December 10, 2015NYSUT statement on 'momentous developments' in public education
Source: NYSUT Media RelationsALBANY, N.Y. Dec. 10, 2015 - New York State United Teachers today released the following statement:
"Today we celebrate momentous developments at the state and national level that open the door for a much needed transformation in public education.
"The recommendations of the state task force signal a commitment to restore the joy of teaching and learning in our classrooms.
"Task force recommendations that have been championed by parents and educators include the creation of developmentally appropriate New York state standards by New York state teachers for New York state students; de-linking state test scores from evaluations for a minimum of four years; and less time on testing, more on learning. The new standards and curriculum resources would be phased in gradually with full educator engagement and transparency to parents.
"These changes are essential to end the high-stakes pressure that has eroded the joy of teaching and learning and narrowed the curriculum.
"A sea change is underway in public education, both here in New York state and at the federal level through the Every Student Succeeds Act. Now we must redouble our efforts to ensure these and other necessary and transformative changes are realized in every classroom across New York state."
NYSUT is represented on the task force by NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino; science teacher Heather Buskirk, a member of the Johnstown Teachers Association; New York City third-grade teacher Kishayna Hazlewood, a member of the United Federation of Teachers; and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten.
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.
The Gift of Warmth & Chocolate Treats
“It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.”
— Jackie Mutcheson
Being able to gift the warmth and comfort to someone going through a difficult time is an enormous gift. Over the past few weeks, donations of hats, gloves, scarves, hot chocolate, marshmallows, Hershey kisses, and candy canes have been piling up in Julia Brogan’s room. With these generous donations, Bronxville faculty and staff made 100 chocolate lollipops, assembled 80 “Hot Chocolate Goodie Bags,” and wrapped 70 hats/gloves/scarves sets for the women and children residing at My Sister’s Place in White Plains and Yonkers, as well as, Hope’s Door in Pleasantville. The surplus hot chocolate, marshmallows, and candy canes were donated to Midnight Run.
Last Friday afternoon, in the Home Economics room, while listening to festive music, enjoying snacks and surrounded by great company, three teams of BTA members were hard at work. Under Joyce Myers’s guidance, Greg DiStefano, David Katz, Vicki Kreiss, and Linita Shih made chocolate lollipops. In addition, Roseann Silves personally made 35 chocolates at home to contribute to the project. Toby Gillen and Christina Rivera assembled 80 “Hot Chocolate Goodie Bags” along with the helpful hands of some faculty children who included Katelyn, Connor & Grace Brogan, Josie Leddy (Gillen), and Manny and Christopher Rivera. Lisa Barone, Jennifer Baumler, Julia Brogan, and Samantha Post wrapped 70 cozy sets of hats, gloves and scarves.
This was all made possible by the generosity of the Bronxville faculty, staff , and students who include:
Lisa Barone, Jennifer Baumler, Lorraine Branson, Julia Brogan, Carol Cerrone, Julie Clarke, Patrick Clarke, Patrick Clarke’s students, Greg DiStefano, Kendall Fousek, Virginia Gentile, Marybeth Gettelfinger, Catherine Gill, Toby Gillen, Millie Guzman, Noreen Herber, David Katz, Pam Kohlhoff, Vicki Kreiss, Chris Lockwood, Eileen Mann, Kathy Marron, Joyce Myers, Regina O’Dwyer, Gene and Linda Orsenigo, Samantha Post, Minu Thomas, Linita Shih, Pamela Simpson, Georgiana Stewart, Jillian Valente, Joyce Vastola, and the countless other donors who dropped off donations anonymously.
Let Our Former Colleagues Know We're Thinking about Them at the Holidays!
Janissa Wiles has prepared the retirees' holiday cards, and they will be in the Elementary School Office starting today!
They will be in the Elementary Office
Fri. Dec 4- Dec. 11
Middle/High School Office
Mon. Dec. 14-18
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