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2014 Summer IDEA Grants:Do you have an idea that is innovative or will renew your teaching? If so, then the next funding period for IDEA Grants is here! Click here for a timeline to help you. All paperwork needs to be completed by June 4th. If you are approved, you can begin your work and you can order any materials/supplies starting on July 1st.

VOTE COPE: Information on VOTE COPE will be distributed to members at our staff meeting on Wednesday, May 7th. Please see a building representative if you do not receive your form or if you were unable to attend the meeting. Forms should be completed and returned to the designated person on the form by Friday, May 16th.

Reminder--General Membership Meeting:Thursday June 5, 2014 in the MS LGI at 3:30.   Click to see the agenda.

A Thank You from STA President—STA Union President, Mary Beth Flatley, would like to personally thank all of the membership who took the time out of their busy schedules to complete the recent technology survey. Mary Beth will work to compile the results from the survey and will utilize the comments and feedback to frame her own talking points with the district. The union appreciates its members’ input and it is this feedback and information that continues to drive our decision-making, methods of communication, and ability to keep our contract language upheld.

IMPORTANT NYSUT PRESS CONFERENCE—On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, NYSUT is organizing a press conference for foreign language, art, and music teachers to bring attention to how cuts to education have drastically impacted these important subject areas. All teachers who teach these subjects are invited and encouraged to attend the event in order to show support for your content areas and the cause. The event will take place at 4 pm outside the Senate Lobby in downtown Albany. Please consider attending. We must continue to voice and advocate for our profession and for our students.

OUR KIDS CAN'T WAIT ANOTHER YEAR: JOIN NY SCHOOLS FOR PANEL DISCUSSION: Over $387 million in promised state aid has been withheld from public schools in our region in the last 4 years. In fact, 70 percent of school districts in New York are receiving less state aid than they did five years ago. On January 30, 2014 at 6:30pm at Colonie Central High School,  47 districts comprised of concerned parents, students, taxpayers, board members, teachers, administrators and legislators from across the region will join together for a panel discussion about what is at stake and what needs to be done to fix the school funding crisis. For more information and RSVP details, see the attached handout: NY SCHOOLS STILL IN FISCAL PERIL.

General Membership Meeting:Thursday June 5, 2014 in the MS LGI at 3:30.   Click to see the agenda.

STA WEARS BLUE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION: On December 9, 2013 STA members participated in the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education. The event included more than 100 organizations including: NYSUT, AFT, AFL-CIO, AQU, and Citizen Action. The event encouraged people to show their support specifically focusing on: encouraging public schools and colleges to help all students succeed, funding our schools, supporting a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences for standardized tests, and looking to focus teaching on learning, not testing. The national day of action took place for all union members, educators, parents, students and community members to reclaim the promise of public education as our nation's gateway to democracy and social and economic justice.

NYSED Commissioner King to hold forums on the Common Core: implementation, click here for more information.

SCHALMONT TEACHERS' HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE: The Schalmont Teachers' Association sponsored a non-perishable food drive from December 2- December 16.  All of the  donations were delivered to the Schenectady City Mission prior to break by Schalmont Middle School students. STA would like to thank all of the members who made contributions in their buildings this holiday season.

STA SUPPORTS "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" WALK:   STA members and some of their families participated in a walk to benefit breast cancer research, on October 20, 2013, in Washington Park in Albany, NY.  They raised $2,010.00 for the cause!!

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME: STA'S ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD:Schalmont teachers took to the softball diamond for a charitable cause, along with teachers from five other districts. Teachers from Scotia-Glenville, Schenectady, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, Mekeel Christian Academy, and Schalmont gathered at Collins Park in Scotia and raised over $1,000 for the cause.  The hope is to make this an annual event.  The Schalmont team made it to the finals.  Our team members included:Bob Anderson (MS), Michael Burgner (MS), Jeff Taft (MS), Jeff VanHoesen (HS), Joelle Litz (HS), Alaina Lange (HS), Bruce McAllister (MS), Matt Morgan (MS), Melissa Pierson (MS), Jessic Zupan (Jefferson), Mike Hartigan (Security), Nick Sweet (HS), and Elisa Pepe (MS).

STA Wins NYSUT’s 2013 “Best of the Best” Award for Outstanding Journalism: On Saturday, April 27 NYSUT held its annual awards ceremony in Troy. Sarah Mattice, STATIC editor, attended the ceremony because we were honored with five awards. While at the ceremony, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that STA was selected as the overall winner in NYS for the 2013 “Best of the Best” Ted Bleeker Award for outstanding journalism on a union publication. STA demonstrates its ability to let our voices be heard and this is evident through our STATIC issues.

 Thank you for the many wonderful articles written by teachers throughout the last few years. STA has won several awards in the past through NYSUT’s journalism contest and this year we were presented with the following honors:Award of Distinction: Best Editorial Design-Chemistry teachers implement environmentally safe labs, Sarah Mattice; First Place: Best Opinion Writing-It takes a village, Mike Libertucci; First Place: Best Profile-We pull together, Sarah Mattice; First Place: Best Publication, Sarah Mattice, editor; First Place: Best Union News Story-Little pockets full of sunshine…, Sarah Mattice; 2013 “Best of the Best” Journalism Award. Thank you to Michael Libertucci and Sarah Mattice for writing winning articles on  behalf of STA.  A special thank you goes to Sarah Mattice who has not only written articles, but is the STATIC editor who works tirelessly to put together a comprehensive newsletter that illustrates and showcases STA’s professionalism. 



APPR Information - Check out the State Ed Website which has the Danielson Rubric posted.  Lots of good information related to APPR and the process and what it willmean to teachers.

STATIC Editor Needs You! - Sarah Mattice, HS English teacher and STATIC editor is always looking for STA "news", congratulations, and editorial opinions from members.  If you have a classroom project or would like to submit an item that would be of interest to our members, email Sarah or contact her in the high school.   

The Schalmont Teachers' Association website is managed by Sarah Mattice, Webmaster.  Any comments or problems may be emailed to her.