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Last listening session cancelled and looking for Unit C Negotiations Team members

Good evening ARTA!

Unit A members our last formal listening session of the year is cancelled for tomorrow. But at anytime you can reach out to Steve Godbout, Christina Smith, Dan Forhan, Mary Rose Steele or Sherry Nolan Hess with your negotiations concerns. We will have 2 listening sessions in September before we get underway with negotiations

Unit C negotiations team is still looking for members to sit on the team. We currently have Diane Egizi and Ken McDonald on the team. If anyone else is interested in being on the team reach out to Gina or Aimee. It would be great to have 5 members on the team.

If anyone would like to host the end of year ARTA party let GIna or Aimee know. We will cover the cost of the food. Thanks in advance!

Looking into next year, we have had some great conversations with Greg Martineau. He is an honest, kind and genuine person, we expect to continue our great working relationship with Central Office as we have done in the past. We are very fortunate to have a Central Office as supportive as ours it is most certainly not the case across the state.

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ARTA Monday meeting 2 pm small theater

Hi everyone,

The agenda for our ARTA meeting has changed slightly due to Sara’s email regarding the schedule being put on hold.

  1. We will still discuss the pilot schedule. Let’s continue to work together to help the schedule become a reality in the following year. The schedule works, what else can we do to get it off the ground.

2. We will also let you know some of the topics that have come up to the Negotiation Teams. Thanks to those who shared your thoughts throughout the school year. We have one more listening session Monday May 6th at 6:45 am room D 116.

3. Elections are May 6th. Make sure you have your nomination papers in for Unit A and Unit C Negotation Teams.

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Nomination Papers!

May is right around the corner and with that is our annual ARTA elections. This year the elections are for the Unit A and Unit C Negotiations Team.

Stop by the library and see our Parliamentarian Kim Honey to pick up your papers. Please return them to her by Wednesday May 1st for our May 6th elections.

There will also be a listening session on May 6th at 6:45 in room D116 please bring your negotations concerns and topics.

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Evidence examples- to destress your life

Though you need 6 pieces of evidence you can have a piece that links to multiple standards.

There are just a few examples there are many more you can use. Make the system work for you!

1. Standard I-

  1. An observation for admin or dept chair
  2. Lesson plan
  3. Any type of assessment
  4. Sharing grades with students ( canvas)
  5. Sharing work with colleagues ( PLC, dept, meetings)

2. Standard II

  1. Observation from admin or dept. Chair
  2. Lesson plan
  3. Course syllabus

3. Standard III

  1. College recommendations
  2. Course syllabus
  3. Emails
  4. Canvas screenshot
  5. Advisor to a club

4. Standard IV

  1. Evidence of  meeting student goal
  2. Evidence of meeting professional goal
  3. PLC, Dept meetings notes
  4. Emails, taking attendance
  5. Being a member of a committee
  6. PD day

5. Student Goal

6. Professional Goal

http://www.doe.mass.edu/edeval/model/PartIII_AppxC.pdf– The Standards

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Free PD workshop over vacation and $255 for 2 grad credits! Also Ed Eval info.

https://massteacher.org/events-and-conferences/engaging-schools

If you are wondering about what you can do over vacation to keep up your teacher skills look no further than a FREE PD workshop with a 2 grad credit option. The link above will take you to a description and registration.

On to a topic that has no correlation to making you a better teacher. Your Educator Evaluation Evidence is due Friday April 12th. If you need help maneuvering teachpoint reach out to anyone who can help you upload the documents to show you are great educator!

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ARTA info : meetings and events

Welcome back from vacation,

We hope you had some down time and didn’t think about work for a few days.

Here are the upcoming events for ARTA in the next week

Monday 3/4- ARTA meeting at 2 pm in the small theater. We are lucky to have a guest appearance from Merrie and Max the MTA president and Vice President. They were elected in May and want to get to know local associations and share their platform for the MTA. We will also talk local issues and update you on what ARTA members have been doing the past couple months.

Thursday 3/7- Listening session for negotiations 6:45 am in D116. Please bring topics/ideas for the negotiations team to help with next year’s negotiations.

Thursday 3/7- MTA Regional President’s meeting at Worcester Tech High School. http://www.cvent.com/events/2019-mta-regional-presidents-meetings/event-summary-af976fccc8ed4aa0aacbb68e52d686cf.aspx   If you want to get involved in assocations activites this is a great opportunity to meet other locals and become more invovled in being a voice of ARTA.

We are all ARTA so make your voice heard!

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Negotiations listening session #1

The date of the first of seven listening sessions to gather your input on our current contract and for you to share your priorities for our next contract negotiation is coming up.  Here is a link to the page where you can find the contract https://algonquinregionalteachers.wordpress.com/contracts-constitution-and-forms/
Please consider stopping by room D116 on Tuesday, January 8 beginning at 6:45 a.m. to share your thoughts with members of the negotiating team.
If you cannot make it on January 8th, please make note of our next session, which will be held after school on Tuesday, February 5, at 2:00 p.m. in room D116.
We look forward to seeing you.
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Want to be more active in the Association? Join Gina on Thursday

MTA is hosting a member forum with a light dinner at the EAW ( Educational Association of Worcester)  on Thursday. Sign up if you are interested in attending in the link below.

You can also stay for the president’s meeting  it is a great opportunity to meet local presidents and see if  the ARTA leadership is the next step for you!

http://www.cvent.com/events/2018-mta-member-forums-and-regional-presidents-meetings/event-summary-b6229b9a4116425eb5978eccef5ab268.aspx?i=9b54e815-f08d-4994-899d-3be20708f872&r=1

Let us know if you have any questions. This is open to all members.

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Updates 9/17/18

Hi everyone,

A few people have asked for the order form for faculty attire. It is in the link below, you can order anytime and then send the check and order form directly to NewTek Design.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PlnpgyA5KLILy8ek3FrpRV8SUH6RCaHsEYap4Yyp4hM/edit?usp=sharing

We have had multiple discussions with Sara about the parking lot. We are waiting for the students passes to be straightened out and our hopes are we will get some spaces back.

We have an e-board meeting Tuesday Sept. 25th in Aimee’s room. if you want to address the e-board on an issue please come right after school.

We will be planning an ARTA meeting for some time in October as our first meeting was squashed due to the weather and central office planning.

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End of year party, any takers to host?

Hi everyone,

With no retirement party this year we were wondering if anyone would be interested in hosting the end of the year party.  On any day of your choosing. Becca has graciously hosted for years and it is time to pass the baton.  It doesn’t have to be local to Northboro or Southboro but that seems to be what has worked best in the past in getting the most staff to attend.

ARTA will happily buy the food and other necessities we just need a person happy to host.

Let Aimee or Gina know if you are interested.

 

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Today’s meeting clarifications

Good evening,

We didn’t have time to answer all your questions regarding the Association’s role, nor is a faculty meeting the place. Here is a run down of our thoughts. It is lengthy but it should cover a lot of the missing pieces from today. We will also be at the after school session tomorrow and will discuss it at the ARTA on Monday.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q7vS_s9drfyFt5DEr3hI9llGUHLCiniYy95rq8QF7Zg/edit?usp=sharing

Also, there is a negotations listening session on Wednesday at 2pm in D116. The team is ready to here your thoughts!

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Colin Powell