Pledge to Vote!

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Pledge to Vote!

Our fellow NYSUT members represent a significant amount of registered voters here in our area. At a time when the richest, most powerful corporate special interests in the nation have joined forces to destroy unions, to privatize public services for their own profit, and to disenfranchise and disempower working people for their own gain VOTING is our best chance to fight back to defend our rights, our profession, and our future.

Thank you for standing up to defend unions and our profession by pledging to vote this year.

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Nov/Dec Birthday? Time to register your cert.

November/December birthdays register certificate with SED.

If your birthday falls in November or December (or if you haven’t yet registered a July-October birthday), please take the time to contact SED and register your teaching certificate. Once you’ve verified your TEACH account with SED it’s a fairly easy process.  Although they are encouraging teachers to register during their birth month, you can register at any time throughout the year.

When I called SED, I had to wait on the phone for 20 mins but they were very helpful and got me the info I needed. DON’T CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT unless you’re sure you don’t have a pre-existing account with the state.  The SED representative told me, “you’re better off calling to verify than trying to create a new account, it will mess things up in the long run.”

Read my primer on our website at:  https://wdea3115.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/sed-certificate-registration-system-is-live/ and call or email me if you have any problems.

Please also spread the word among retirees who are subbing in your classroom.  If they wish to continue to teach, they need to also register their certificate with the state to maintain certification.

GM

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Thank You Striders!

A huge thank you to all that donated or participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk!  We broke our goal, as we reached $2180 in donations!  I’m so proud to be a part of a district that is so giving to help others!  Special thanks to those who were able to actually do the walk.  We had a few staff members and their families, along with some boys modified soccer players and their families.  It was a beautiful day for a walk!  Thank you again!  If you meant to donate and forgot, it’s not too late.  Just go to the Making Strides website to access our Westhill Team.  They accept donations right up until December!  Enjoy the rest of the year!

Liz Persons (WDEA Making Strides Coordinator)

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Sept/Oct Birthdays Register w/ SED

September/October birthdays register certificate with SED.

If your birthday falls in September or October (or if you haven’t yet registered a July/August birthday), please take the time to contact SED and register your teaching certificate. Once you’ve verified your TEACH account with SED it’s a fairly easy process.

When I called SED, I had to wait on the phone for 20 mins but they were very helpful and got me the info I needed. DON’T CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT unless you’re sure you don’t have a pre-existing account with the state.  The SED representative told me, “you’re better off calling to verify than trying to create a new account, it will mess things up in the long run.”

Read my primer on our website at:  https://wdea3115.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/sed-certificate-registration-system-is-live/ and call or email me if you have any problems.

GM

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EdCampSyr Sat 9-16

Looking for some inspiration in the new year? Interested in new tech and student engagement ideas for the classroom? Check out EdCamp Syr this Saturday at West Genesee High School.
It isn’t too late to register for EdCampSyr, a new model of professional development for teachers by teachers. Register today for the Saturday, Sept 24, session at West Genesee High School. Workshops run from 9AM to 1PM.
Don’t miss out. Click on the link below.
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Weekly update: check your checks

“We get paid for this?”
Happy first payday! Although your paycheck is probably already spent, you may have noticed that it is a little higher than expected.  This first paycheck did not include deductions for health, dental, vision, life, or disability insurances.  Those will begin in the next paycheck and will be deducted over the remaining 20 pay periods.  Shoot me an email or see your building rep if you have any questions.
Congrats to Walberta staff for another successful Meet the Teacher Night last night and good luck to Cherry Road as they present to parents tonight. Remember, you make a difference every day in the lives of our students and their families. Thank you.
Please head over to our website and join our Making Strides team for the Oct 16th Making Strides for Breast Cancer event at OCC SRC Arena.  Our team and fundraising hasn’t quite kicked into gear yet, we need you to get on board and help us reach our goal of raising $2500 for breast cancer research. Won’t you please help? It’s easy and only takes a moment. Please visit www.wdea3115.org today.  If online giving isn’t your cup of tea, you can make cash donations by feeding the “Coins for Cancer” jars located in each school, wear Jeans for a Cause on Sept. 23 and make a donation to our team, or by donating directly to one of our team members through the ACS mobile app. So if you see one of us coming with cellphone in hand, we’re not playing Pokemon Go, we’re out to collect your donation.  Watch out!
We’ve updated our webpage to include our google calendar including upcoming meetings and special events.  https://wdea3115.wordpress.com/calendar/
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, you’re invited to wear your favorite college gear for our first monthly College Pride Day. Take pride in your alma mater and share your college experience with colleagues and students – it’s a great conversation starter with kids (“My mom went to Potsdam!”). Each month we’ll collect a $2 donation ($20 for the year) to help fund our WDEA scholarship. So please wear your college gear on Tuesday and send selfie or group shots to wdea3115@gmail.com so we can post them on our web page.  Together we can inspire the next generation of teachers.
In solidarity,
Greg
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Making Strides Syracuse – Oct 16

Our WDEA MAKING STRIDES TEAM is registered and ready to go. Please visit our team page to register and make a donation to the October 16 event. This year the walk to raise money for breast cancer research is being held right in our back yard at the SRC arena on the OCC campus. Please join the team, make a donation, and spread the word to your family and friends. American Cancer Society has a great phone app this year that allows you to track your fundraising goals, post on social media, and even take credit card and check donations right on your smart phone.  Our team fundraising goal this year is $2500, please help us reach our goal. Join the team at:
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