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Dollars for Scholars Form

For your convenience, there’s now a Dollars for Scholars payroll deduction document under the “Members Only” menu “Forms” section.

Thanks for supporting this great organization that benefits the students that we teach!

Private Posts

I heard via text that “there was a problem” seeing the post about the contract.

It probably stems from the fact that I have set the post to private so that non-members can’t see it or join in.

If you log in, you should be able to see it and comment. Sorry for any confusion. –Dave.

There are no words for this.

Forgive me for not being able to write anything original right now:
Friday, November 20, 2015 4:30 PM
It is with sadness and regret that I inform you of the untimely death of Mike Gallagher.
Mike was a first grade teacher who touched the lives of our youngest learners. 
Mike filled his classroom with sports paraphernalia and his students became avid fans of all things Philadelphia even though many of them did not know where that was.
As a colleague, Mike was generous, caring, and genuine.
He was all about family and was most recently a loving caretaker of his father.
Once we become aware of how we can help his family and show our respects we will provide the details.
 
I know you will all keep Mike and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
 
Jim and Janice

JETA is a Proud Sponsor Of

The Jordan Elbridge Musical Players!

While the Governor plays politics with our kids’ and teachers’ futures, our members are here working for the future in the present.

This is what we are placing in this year’s playbill.

Break a leg, but never your wings, Eagles!

 

In Honor of…..

154 Students,

12 Teachers,

Over 200 Volunteers,

8,842 Community Members,

And One Memorable Performance,

 

Best Wishes to

The Cast, Crew, and Band of

Kiss Me, Kate!

Newer JETA logo8

 

JETA—Jordan Elbridge Teachers Association

Great things happen when we work together.

A Letter from the NYSUT President

In order to promote the membership meeting on Wednesday, February 11th at the High School Large Group Room, I’m republishing an e-mail I received from NYSUT President Karen Magee.

 

Sisters and brothers:

Gov. Cuomo has declared war on teachers and public education … and every student, parent and educator is threatened by his attacks.

He wants to:

·         gut collective bargaining and due process rights

·         hold school funds hostage to his threats

·         deny college students access and opportunity and

·         more than double the weight of high-stakes standardized tests.

And he’s pushing his Billonaires’ Agenda by demonizing teachers and unions.

This is the most punishing education plan ever put forward by any New York governor. And it’s a plan that MUST BE STOPPED!

This brief video is my urgent call to action for all NYSUT members. I ask you to take a moment to watch it and then share.

And go to nysut.org/allkidsneed for actions you can take right now to get involved.

Stand up against scapegoating and support what all kids need.

·         Please watch this brief video call to action.

·         Go to nysut.org/allkidsneed to get involved.

You will find action steps, resources and information at nysut.org/allkidsneed to help us win this war.

Thank you in advance for joining the fight to save public education!

In solidarity,

Karen E. Magee
President
NYSUT

 

NYSUT – New York State United Teachers
800 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110-2455

A Letter from the NYSUT Executive Vice President

In order to promote the membership meeting on Wednesday, February 11th at the High School Large Group Room, I’m republishing an e-mail I received from NYSUT Excecutive Vice President Andy Palotta:

 

Dear Activist,

On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo will present his budget when he gives his State of the State address. It is no secret that we are under attack by the governor. For us to win the public must hear the voices of teachers. And when I say the voices of teachers, I am contrasting that with the voice of the union. Governor Cuomo and the public need to hear from typical members – everyday classroom teachers, SRPs, retirees, and educators in higher education. In short, they need to hear from you.

That is why I am asking that all of us get out on social media between now and April 1st, the budget deadline, to call out Cuomo and tell him what our schools, students, and communities really need for public education in New York.

Get Ready!

  • Sign up for the NYSUT MAC. You can sign up online for email updates at: https://mac.nysut.org or you can download the NYSUT MAC App for your iPhone or for your Android
  • Get text blasts. You can get our NYSUT Member Action Center text alerts sent right to your phone by texting the word NYSUT to the number 38470.
  • Like us on Facebook at the NYSUT Action Center. facebook.com/NYSUTActionCenter
  • Join Twitter. Looking for messages to retweet? Follow @NYSUT on Twitter com/NYSUT
  • Help create a social media army by helping other members sign up on social media.

Take Action!

  • Join the debate. As you are getting out of school on Wednesday, Facebook and Twitter will be lighting up with comments about Cuomo’s teacher-bashing proposals. Join that conversation on Wednesday!
  • #InviteCuomo . Governor Cuomo has rarely stepped foot in a New York State public school so we want to invite him to attend the NYSUT-sponsored Community Forums on Public Education. Let’s invite him into the community to hear from teachers, parents, students, administrators and community members about what we need for public education. Tweet out an invite directly at him and be sure to include the hashtag: #InviteCuomo if you want your tweet to be seen and heard.
  • #AllKidsNeed – Highlight the inequities and lack of resources hurting New York State public schools by using the hashtag #AllKidsNeed. Tell the governor and the public what your students need – more science labs, music and art classes, school libraries, smaller class sizes and more. Many of your colleagues around the state have already begun tweeting using this hashtag. Retweet their tweets and write your own!

Important ground rules for personal social media:

  • Don’t post photos of your students.
  • Don’t communicate with currently enrolled students.
  • Engage before and after the school day and during your lunch hour — not during your work day.
  • Review your district’s guidance for using personal social media.

I know that together we can succeed when we all stand together as ONE union.

In Solidarity,

Andy Pallotta

Congratulations, Paul!

This past October, Paul Farfaglia was re-elected to the New York State Teacher Retirement System Board of Trustees.

There are only ten people who sit on the board, and only three active teachers.

Paul’s work for teachers goes way beyond Jordan Elbridge. Check out the page for the Board at https://www.nystrs.org/main/about/board.htm

Thank you and congratulations, Paul!

JETA is Back!

School has started, and JETA is back in action!

Enjoy some poorly framed and backlit pictures of a few of your friends who were somewhat willing to pose during 4th period on the second day of school!

Stay tuned–there are more shots coming, especially when I can recruit some photographers from Elbridge Elementary!

Jennifer O'Malley, High School English

Jennifer O’Malley, High School English

Windsor Price, High School Social Studies

Windsor Price, High School Social Studies

Nancy Rodak, Fifth Grade

Nancy Rodak, Fifth Grade

Mary Hayes, Fifth Grade

Mary Hayes, Fifth Grade

Gail Craig, Fifth Grade with Shelly Westcott (Local 200)

Gail Craig, Fifth Grade with Shelly Westcott (Local 200)

Suzanne Petrick, Middle School Nurse

Suzanne Petrick, Middle School Nurse

Que pasa, Mrs. St. Germain?

Que pasa, Mrs. St. Germain?

Andrew Barno, 8th grade Math

Andrew Barno, 8th grade Math

Paul Farfaglia, running toward the light.

Paul Farfaglia, running toward the light.

The Sixth Grade Team: Nancy Fuller, Drew Deapo, Kelly Baker, Chris Palen, Dave Shafer, Andy Marinelli, and Aaron Stone.

The Sixth Grade Team: Nancy Fuller, Drew Deapo, Kelly Baker, Chris Palen, Dave Shafer, Andy Marinelli, and Aaron Stone.

Steve Dardani, School Psychologist (whose ninja skills prevent him from being accurately photographed)

Steve Dardani, School Psychologist (whose ninja skills prevent him from being accurately photographed)

Megan Fietta, 7th grade resource

Megan Fietta, 7th grade resource

Doug Hickman, Middle School Technology

Doug Hickman, Middle School Technology

High School Faculty Meeting, September '14

High School Faculty Meeting, September ’14

Loretta Johnson, High School Librarian

Loretta Johnson, High School Librarian

Rob McIntyre, High School Guidance Counsellor

Rob McIntyre, High School Guidance Counsellor

Happy McClurg (HS Math)'s legendary happiness overwhelms the iPhone lens.

Happy McClurg (HS Math)’s legendary happiness overwhelms the iPhone lens.

Travis Bruneau & Liz Woodford, High School Technology

Travis Bruneau & Liz Woodford, High School Technology

 

Jason Kufs, High School Social Studies

Jason Kufs, High School Social Studies

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Ben Alexander, High School English

Terry Bondgren, High School Art

Terry Bondgren, High School Art

Jennifer Weaver, HS Resource

Jennifer Weaver, HS Resource

December 9th–Wear Blue & Help NYSUT Call for a Moratorium on Testing

New York State United Teachers is participating in a national day of action on December 9, 2013.  We are asking all members to wear the color blue on this day as a show of unity in a call to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education.  In New York our campaign if focused on a call for a 3 year moratorium on high stakes consequences with testing and fair funding for public education.

Wear blue on December 9 and show that you support what’s best for students and teachers. The press release from NYSUT president Dick Iannuzzi follows below.

Parents are invited to join us and show their support for a 3-year moratorium on high-stakes tests.

M E M O R A N D U M

 

TO:              NYSUT Board of Directors

FROM:        Dick Iannuzzi

DATE:         November 15, 2013

RE:              December 9 – National Day of Action

December 9, 2013 is a National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education—an opportunity to raise our voices in unison in New York and to connect our campaign for fair funding and a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences with campaigns to support public education across the country.  In order for this to be successful, we need your help to mobilize every NYSUT local in every corner of the state.

The National Day of Action connects what we have been fighting for in New York with a national movement. It reinforces our work over the past year and will increase our momentum exponentially.  NYSUT will be participating in this national day of action with a broad coalition of union and community partners, including the AFT, NEA, AFL-CIO, the Alliance for Quality Education and Citizen Action.

We plan to maximize the impact of this nationally coordinated action by demonstrating solidarity and holding actions in as many places as possible on the same day. Actions are designed to engage all of our education members including early childhood staff, teachers, SRPs and higher education members.  We are asking:

 

  • All members to wear the color blue to show support for public education.
  • Our locals to explain why the state’s bad policies — insufficient funding, tax cap, obsession with testing, lack of support for teaching and learning, insufficient staffing, lack of access to affordable higher education, to name a few — make them blue and offer solutions for making it right.
  • Parents to join us so that there is a sea of blue for public education across the state.
  • Locals to send us pictures of members and reasons why they are wearing blue and we will post he photos and a running list of the reasons why members are blue on our website.

In addition, NYSUT will hold joint press conferences with AQE, Citizen Action and other allies in several locations on December 9 to promote our shared legislative agenda and the message that the state should focus on teaching and learning, not testing.  NYSUT and community leaders will meet with their respective Regents and urge them to support a three-year moratorium on high stakes consequences, accelerate support to our schools and make the course corrections that are needed to get it right.

With your support, the Day of Action will amplify our voices and help us achieve our goals.

What is JETA dot BIZ?

Hey everybody–

Welcome to JETA.biz.

We’re trying to take the old JETA newsletter and put it up online so that we can get material out to you more quickly and get more feedback from you than we’ve been able to do in the past.

I’m going to try and anticipate some questions.

Why a blog? Isn’t that 2003ish? –Because it is highly customizable and will allow for Building Reps to host sections for individual schools, for us to reach out to the community, and to help us stay in touch with each other better.

Why dot biz? Isn’t that proletarian? (Thanks, Bill Schlegel!) Well, there aren’t many JETA-based domains left, and this one was the easiest to remember.

Why does that weird face icon appear next to my comments? It’s something I found in the settings that looks cool. It’s called a Gravatar, and it is generated based on your e-mail address. I figure I’ll leave them up until someone complains because I kind of like them.

You can get to the log in page by going to the Site Stuff menu above, and then Login. Then you can write and post comments. Don’t be afraid–it’s nearly impossible to break!

If you have a problem with your user name (you are Megan, not Meg; you work at EE, not MS) please drop an e-mail to dave@jeta.biz. You can change your own password on your profile page. (And you probably should–after writing so many, I started losing it a little bit.)

We hope you like this and work with us to make it even better! Join in!