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Panorama Survey from central office

Hi everyone,

We just want to clarify that the surveys emailed from Panorama Surveys regarding the school climate and administration is now in lieu of the Climate Survey done previously by the Labor- Management Committee. We are fortunate that central office wants to be a part of discussions surrounding school climate and culture and have outsourced the survey to a vetted and statistically based company. All schools in the district are taking the same survey. People who have already taken the survey say it only takes a few minutes of your time.  

The results will be shared with the administration, and ARTA is in discussions with central office regarding when and how they will be released to the faculty,  Let us know if you did not receive the survey, or if you encounter any issues while taking the survey.

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Don’t forget about Tuesday! We are adding an afternoon session too. Come and share for negotiations.

We want to make sure we hear as many voices as possible, Our first ARTA meeting of the year isn’t until December 2nd and by then the team will have everything ready to go. We start negotiations on December 7th. In the next few weeks the team will be getting all the comments and ideas gathered to share out. We will share it out on a Google Form where you can rank for importance.

Listening Session- Tuesday October 1st- D116 6:45 am and 2pm

This is for both Unit A and Unit C members.

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Gearing up for negotiations

We will have a listening session on Tuesday, October 1st at 6:45 am in room D-116. Please come and share your thoughts and let the team know what you want to see in the next contract.

We would like to have 2 committees in preparation of negotiations, please let us know if you would like to join.

Coach’s Stipends Committee- Objective is to streamline the categories of pay and see if we need to arrange the categories to better fit the sports we currently have.

Stipends Committee- Objective is to see what we can do to add stipends, create a hiring process that is reflected in the contract and rearrange stipends for equity and fairness. This includes all stipendiary positions, Extra Curricular, Club Advisor and Department Chair stipends.

Please reach out if you want to join these are open to Unit A and Unit C members.

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Calling all clubs that are not currently in the contract.

According to the contract if you would like to add your club to the contracted stipend positions the deadline is Oct 1st. If you would like your club to be considered please write a letter to Sara and ARTA with the reasons why your club should be added to the contract language. Below is the current list in the contract, if your club is not listed and you are a part of the stipend pool ( categories A,B,C payment of usually 300,600,900) and want to try to get added to the list now is the time to do so. In your letter please include years in existence, membership numbers and activities of the club( think if this as your public relations push)

The Negotiations Team will try their best but can’t guarantee it will get listed in the next contract.



2017-182018-192019-20


2%2%2%
Yearbook Advisor, Publication & Business           $4,413$4,501$4,591
Math Team Advisor – Varsity                        $2,954$3,013$3,073
Math Team Advisor – Junior Varsity                 $1,482$1,512$1,542
Sachem Advisor                                     $1,245$1,270$1,296
Senior Class Advisor      2@                         $2,726$2,781$2,837
Junior Class Advisor       2@                       $1,979$2,018$2,059
Sophomore Class Advisor     2@                         $999$1,019$1,039
Freshmen Class Advisor     2@                         $999$1,019$1,039
Student Council – Adv. Council Advisor              $3,513$3,583$3,655
Drama Director                                     $4,438$4,527$4,617
Drama Set Designer                                 $3,551$3,622$3,694
Spring Drama Advisor                               $3,551$3,622$3,694
Musical Director                                   $3,082$3,144$3,207
Musical Drama Producer                             $3,425$3,494$3,564
Musical Set Designer                               $2,740$2,795$2,850
Musical Costume Designer                           $1,027$1,048$1,069
National Honor Society         2@                    $1,496$1,526$1,557
Marching Band Director                             $4,987$5,087$5,188
Marching Band Assistant                            $2,456$2,505$2,555
Marching Band Color Director                       $1,748$1,783$1,819
Detention Hall Supervisor                          $3,230$3,295$3,361
Evening SAT Teachers                               $2,029$2,069$2,111
National Art Society Advisor                       $1,619$1,651$1,684
Harbinger Advisor                                  $4,447$4,536$4,627
Science Club Advisor – Varsity                     $2,340$2,387$2,434
Science Club Advisor – Junior Varsity              $1,748$1,783$1,819
Diversity Awareness Advisor                        $1,748$1,783$1,819
Latin Club Advisor                                 $999$1,019$1,039
Mock Trial Co Advisor                              $999$1,019$1,039
Community Action                                   $1,747$1,782$1,818
DECA Advisor                                       $1,747$1,782$1,818
US Robotics Advisor                                $2,954$3,013$3,073
Best Buddies Program Advisor    2@                    $1,752$1,788$1,823
Tri-M Co-Advisor                                   $1,619$1,651$1,684
Jazz Ensemble Director   2@**                    $3,678$3,752$3,827
Jazz Choir Director                                $3,678$3,752$3,827
SADD Advisors         2@                   $1,452$1,482$1,511
Drama Guild – Boston Globe                         $1,748$1,783$1,819
Model UN Advisor        2@               $1,007$1,027$1,047
Peer Mentoring        2@                             $886$904$922
National Business Honor Society Co- Advisor         $1,619$1,651$1,684
Publications Photography Advisor                   $1,619$1,651$1,684
Web Master                                         $5,003$5,103$5,205
Computer Team Advisor                              $1,734$1,769$1,804
Choreographer                                      $1,006$1,026$1,046
Vocal and Rehearsal Pianist                         $1,713$1,747$1,782
Substitute Caller                                  $3,477$3,547$3,618
Substitute Scheduler
$1,500$1,530$1,561
Director of Student Activities                     $1,291$1,317$1,343
Athletic Event Ticket Takers (Per Game)
$49$50$51
Athletic Faculty Manager                           $3,227$3,292$3,358
AP Coordinator                                     $2,071$2,112$2,154
Grade 9 Team Leaders                               $1,675$1,708$1,743
PSAT Coordinator                                   $404$412$420
Mentor Co-Coordinator       2@                       $837$854$871
Mentor                                             $554$565$576
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Want to get more involved in Association work? Attend an All-President’s Meeting September 14th.

Below is a message from MTA President Merry Najimy- This open to any member(s) who are interested in being more active in ARTA/MTA. More than one person can go so if you are interesting please sign up in the link below.


Because of your organizing through the Fund Our Future campaign, Massachusetts Public Schools have won the largest increase in school funding in decades through the state budget, which was passed this summer. Let’s celebrate, as the teaching and learning conditions of our members and students in the most underfunded districts will be dramatically improved this school year.

But our work is not over yet! This victory came via the budget, not a bill. Additionally, we don’t have significant movement on theCherish Act, which means our higher education members do not yet have the working conditions they need and our higher education students do not have the colleges they deserve. All the while, tuition has increased this year and student debt continues to skyrocket.

At this statewide meeting, we will make plans for the fall to bring the Promise Act home, look ahead to how we will win the Cherish Act, and prepare to keep growing our union power in the post-Janus era by developing an All In blueprint. Again, please join us from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, for the MTA All Presidents’ Meeting .

We encourage each local president to bring a small team of leaders and members, particularly those who have been active in the Fund Our Future campaign. Register Here

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Did you know???

In order to foster better communication throughout the building we thought we would try to do an occasional “Did you know??” segment.  This first segment centers on the ESPs in our building.  Many of you have worked with ESPs in your classroom, but we think there is a lack of clarity around their role amongst general education teachers.  After meeting with them recently, these are some things that they would love for us all to know:

  • ESPs are paid hourly and only paid to work 5.75 hours/day.  This typically means they arrive at 7:30 and leave at 1:45
  • ESPs have a 30 minute lunch and a 15 minute break daily, for which they are not paid
  • ESPs do not have any prep periods
  • For these reasons, an ESP working in your classroom may appear to arrive “late” or leave early.  Sometimes this is to accommodate their break.  Other times it may be because they are communicating with another classroom teacher.  Since they have no prep time, they have to do this before or after class which can affect their arrival or departure time to or from their next class. 
  • It would be very helpful to invite ESPs into your CANVAS classes as observers.  This helps them to be on the same page as their students. 

If you have a topic that you think would be helpful to communicate to others, let us know and we can turn it into a “Did You Know??” topic!  Thanks and have a great school year.

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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