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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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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

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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!