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  • WCT teachers achieved NYS Master Teacher Recognition and National Board Certification

    Margaret Loh (JJ), Katrina Duffy (JJ), and Michael Crocco (JJ) received NYS Master Teacher Recognition.  Missing from picture are NBCT Meredith Inkles and Anne Marie Dunn.

    Mid-Hudson School Study Council SUNY New Paltz Awards for Excellence

    On October 16, 2014 Martha Bilsback (Myers Corners teacher) and Gloria DiNardi (RCK Social Worker) received the Mid-Hudson School Study Council SUNY New Paltz Awards for Excellence.  Those toasting both Martha and Gloria included colleagues, retirees, friends, a student and family as well as WCSD administration.

     

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      PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

       

      A SUMMER OF SUCCESS!

      Dear Colleagues,

      Welcome back! As always, summer seems to fly by and before we know it, September is upon us. Hopefully, you have had a relaxing and enjoyable vacation with your family and friends and are looking forward to the beginning of a new, exciting, and productive academic year.

      The union leadership has had a most eventful and productive summer, benefiting the members, the students and the Wappingers school community we serve.

      One of the accomplishments was to bring negotiations to a successful conclusion. We reached a five-year memorandum of agreement due to the hard work and perseverance of a knowledgeable negotiating team: Michelle Ross, Ray Koretsky, Flip Gertler, Brian LaSusa, and Kathy Schwartz (NYSUT Labor Relations Specialist). They deserve our sincerest gratitude and respect. We were also able to preserve, protect and improve benefits for the membership—and most importantly—safeguard the quality and the depth of the health insurance of our choice. 

      Superintendent José Carrión and his negotiating team also had the commitment and the vision to reach a settlement which is both educationally sound and fiscally responsible. We are confident that the economic and educational value of this agreement will continue to attract and retain highly qualified educators to the District.

      During the lengthy and ongoing negotiating process, neither side is ever able to attain everything that was originally proposed despite vigorous attempts. The process is frequently frustrating and difficult. In order to move forward, we learn to compromise without losing sight of the objectives that are important to all our members. Working together, with mutual respect and integrity, the negotiating team was able to present a rewarding contract to our members.

      Through the dedication and leadership of the LAP (Local Action Project) team: Diane Di Chiara (Secondary-at-Large), Rena Finsmith (Senior Building Representative), Jim Marrinan (Director of Political Action), Kerri Roger (Building Representative) and Kate DeGroat (Building Representative), more than thirty events focused on Member Engagement, Community Outreach, Political Action and Communication were planned and accomplished this past year. The Commentator was brought back in a print edition, members participated in the Wappingers and East Fishkill Community Days, three educational forums were held, a Down Syndrome Teen dance that was open to all Dutchess County students, a Senior Citizen Luncheon with entertainment was held for Wappingers seniors, and an overwhelming number of members made donations to community food pantries and animal shelters.

      Please take note that the LAP team has scheduled many more events for this upcoming year, based on the interests and affiliations of members. Periodically refer to the calendar posted on the website and in the Commentator, as the success of these events is contingent upon your involvement.

      On Thursday, August 18th, the Wappingers Congress of Teachers welcomed 25 new members to its ranks. Judging from their enthusiasm, I know they will become invaluable lifelong unionists. I encourage them to participate in the WCT’s many worthwhile above-mentioned endeavors.

      On July 19, August 15th and 23rd, teachers, retirees, BOE trustees, administrators, students and community members generously volunteered their time to label, sort and box over 21,000 free books, worth more than $250,000 from the First Book Organization to benefit our students. This organization encourages publishers to donate quality new books to participating school districts. I would also like to recognize Ron Broas and thank the WCSD Facilities Department for their understanding, patience, and help in the distribution of the books. The fervor and the managerial skills of my fellow LAPsters were instrumental in bringing this amazing project to fruition.

      Furthermore, thanks to Betty Harrel, former WCSD Oak Grove principal and special education administrator, the preschool books were also distributed to new mothers and daycare centers through Leading to Reading, a community project of the Poughkeepsie branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women).

      Politically, at the state and national level, two very important decisions were rendered in the month of August.  On Tuesday August the 23rd, the National Labor Relations Board formally recognized private sector graduate students—who work as teaching and research assistants—as employees under federal labor law. Thus, they now have the right to unionize and universities such as Columbia and Harvard are required to bargain in good faith. Moreover, “This ruling reverses a misguided decision by the board in 2004, which held that graduate assistants at Brown University were primarily students and not employees and thus had no standing to form a union.” (The New York Times 8/24/2016)  The Columbia University decision enables approximately 35,000 teaching and research assistants in private schools across the country to unionize. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/opinion/unions-in-the-ivory-tower.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur&_r=0.

      Moreover, on Monday August 22nd, the California State Supreme Court justices declined an appeal of the California Court of Appeal ruling in the Vergara v. California, thus upholding California educators’ right to tenure and other fundamental due process rights. http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-ca-supreme-court-lets-teacher-tenure-survive-20160819-snap-story.html. This case has been watched closely, especially in New York State, where two similar lawsuits have been filed challenging New York’s tenure statute. This ruling marks a significant win for teachers across the country. The plaintiffs in the Vergara case claim that tenure protects bad and ineffective teachers, harming poor and minority students, and deprive them of their right to a sound basic education. On the contrary, tenure helps safeguard children's rights to an effective education because it provides educators freedom to advocate for their students without fear of reprisal. Because tenure exists, teachers in New York State can speak freely on issues such as over-testing, cuts in academic programs, elimination of art, music and language and inappropriate placements for students with disabilities. (NYSUT)

      Wishing us all continued success!

      In solidarity,
      Pasquale Delli Carpini 

                         

                                Ratification Vote Results -September 8, 2016

      School Total Ballots Yes No Abstentions
      Brinckerhoff 43 39 4
      Evans 31 30 1
      Fishkill 33 32 1
      Fishkill Plains 46 43 3
      Gayhead 60 54 6
      John Jay 133 117 16
      RCK 133 43 90
      Kinry Road 21 19 2
      Myers Corners 54 51 3
      Oak Grove 31 28 3
      Sheafe Road 51 49 2
      Van Wyck 68 59 9
      Vassar Road 24 24 0
      Wappingers Jr. 68 59 9
      Orchard View 8 5 3
      Other
      Totals: 804 652 152
      VIDEO GALLERY

      WCT WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS AT ROOKIE SCHOOL

       

      WCT RALLIES FOR EDUCATION!

       

      Thursday, September 1, 2016

      at Roy C. Ketcham H.S.

      at

      8:00 AM

      Check-in will start promptly at 7:30AM

      Your attentendance is of utmost importance. The district is giving us part of the workday to conduct this meeting. The expectation is that EVERY WCT member will attend.

      The following will be discussed:

      Negotiations: Memorandum of Agreement
       

      We would like to encourage carpooling with other members to avoid traffic jams.

      Remember to bring an item for the Fishkill Food Pantry.

      Your union, your benefits, when you need them, at your fingertips! The WCT has integrated the contents of our website with a customized app for both iPhone and Android where you can enjoy your union benefits and communication in a convenient and easy way.  Simple navigation, quick links to the places you need to visit, your contract, your forms, and blogs, and much more.
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      Pasquale is excited to represent the Wappingers Congress of Teachers at the AFL-CIO Endorsement Convention. Click for pictures.

         

         

         

        

      On Thursday, August 18th, in collaboration with the WCSD, the Wappingers Congress of Teachers welcomed approximately 30 new teachers to our ranks. More than half of the new teachers are Wappingers graduates! After spending the morning at Central Office, the teachers took a yellow school bus over to their new union office where they were served a hearty lunch. Several were joined by their mentors. Tad Herman signed them up as members. They then learned about all the union benefits they now have from the Welfare Trust Fund from Flip Gertler, VP Elementary. Jim Marinnan guided them through  enrollment in Vote Cope and they were shown the WCT web page and how to log on to access forms and other pertinent information by Diane DiChiara. Kerri Roger, LAP, showed them how to get their free WCT tee shirt at the online store and Kate DeGroat explained LAP and how they could volunteer. Both the Superintendent Carion and Dr. Bonk stopped by during the afternoon and along with Pasquale Delli Carpini displayed the collaboration that exists between the WCSD and the WCT. All of this was made possible through the efforts of the WCT's administrative assistant, Ronnie Dwyer. A warm welcome to our new teachers for a successful year!

       

      Dear Wappingers Community, Over the last few years, a growing movement has taken place across New York State.
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      Download: Rally for Public Education2016.pdf
      Please note the deadline for filing your Rx and Co-payment/co-insurance forms is March 31th.  Visit the Welfare Trust Fund Tab to see the instructions and download the proper forms.  
      During our EDCAMP Professional Development Day, our WCT-LAP committee will be collecting items from the local animal shelters wish lists which are located on the left side of this flyer.  When you bring in an item from the lists to either VanWyck Jr. or John Jay High School, you will receive a raffle ticket.
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      At the end of December 2014, we discontinued using the previous email system in which you were enrolled.  If you would like to continue receiving email from the WCT, and have not already done so, it is important that you register for the website include your email address as soon as possible.  While enrolling, you can also set yourself up to receive text messages from the WCT.  It only takes a few minutes.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALLOW 24-48 HOURS to be granted access.   

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      Pasquale, Flip Gertler, Anne Liebergott, Jim Marrinan and Diane Dichiara attended the NYSUT Representative Assembly Convention in Rochester, New York on April 8, 2016. They were able to participate on various committees including: Free books for kids  (We will be getting 170,000 books.
      Read More...
      By Diane DiChiara, Secondary-at-Large This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in NYSUTs Local Action Project (LAP) along with fellow unionists Rena Finsmith (JJ), Keri Roger (JJ), Pasquale Delli Carpini (JJ) and Jim Marrinan (Oak).
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      Congratulations to Anne Marie Dunn, Library Media Specialist at Oak Grove Elementary and Meredith Inkeles, Library Media Specialist at Kinry Road Elementary.
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      The WCT will be a Lead Sponsor for the 5K for Sean event that is being held on Saturday, April 16th at 9:00 a.m.  The event was inspired by Gayhead Elementary student Sean Cadden and is being held in honor of RCK student, Kelly McConologue.
      Read More...
      Download: Nomail5KFlyer.pdf
      .
      Read More...
      Want your benefits at your fingertips at all time?  Download the App today!
      Download: Davis Vision App.pdf

      Enter this link to read and stay informed about the latest NYSED latest news!

      NYSED: NEWS AND PRESS ROOM 

      Various members from John Jay and Roy C.
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      Once you have logged in successfully, you can follow these directions to verify your information: If you would like to check and/or change the telephone or email information at any time, you can sign into the website and follow these steps:
      Read More...
      The Wappingers Congress of Teachers has a new home! You are cordially invited to visit the new WCT office.
      Read More...

      Thursday, September 1, 2016

      at Roy C. Ketcham H.S.

      at

      8:00 AM

      Check-in will start promptly at 7:30AM

      Your attentendance is of utmost importance. The district is giving us part of the workday to conduct this meeting. The expectation is that EVERY WCT member will attend.

      The following will be discussed:

      Negotiations: Memorandum of Agreement
       

      We would like to encourage carpooling with other members to avoid traffic jams.

      Remember to bring an item for the Fishkill Food Pantry.

      Your union, your benefits, when you need them, at your fingertips! The WCT has integrated the contents of our website with a customized app for both iPhone and Android where you can enjoy your union benefits and communication in a convenient and easy way.  Simple navigation, quick links to the places you need to visit, your contract, your forms, and blogs, and much more.
      Read More...
      Pasquale is excited to represent the Wappingers Congress of Teachers at the AFL-CIO Endorsement Convention. Click for pictures.

         

         

         

        

      On Thursday, August 18th, in collaboration with the WCSD, the Wappingers Congress of Teachers welcomed approximately 30 new teachers to our ranks. More than half of the new teachers are Wappingers graduates! After spending the morning at Central Office, the teachers took a yellow school bus over to their new union office where they were served a hearty lunch. Several were joined by their mentors. Tad Herman signed them up as members. They then learned about all the union benefits they now have from the Welfare Trust Fund from Flip Gertler, VP Elementary. Jim Marinnan guided them through  enrollment in Vote Cope and they were shown the WCT web page and how to log on to access forms and other pertinent information by Diane DiChiara. Kerri Roger, LAP, showed them how to get their free WCT tee shirt at the online store and Kate DeGroat explained LAP and how they could volunteer. Both the Superintendent Carion and Dr. Bonk stopped by during the afternoon and along with Pasquale Delli Carpini displayed the collaboration that exists between the WCSD and the WCT. All of this was made possible through the efforts of the WCT's administrative assistant, Ronnie Dwyer. A warm welcome to our new teachers for a successful year!

       

      Dear Wappingers Community, Over the last few years, a growing movement has taken place across New York State.
      Read More...
      .
      Read More...
      Download: Rally for Public Education2016.pdf
      Please note the deadline for filing your Rx and Co-payment/co-insurance forms is March 31th.  Visit the Welfare Trust Fund Tab to see the instructions and download the proper forms.  
      During our EDCAMP Professional Development Day, our WCT-LAP committee will be collecting items from the local animal shelters wish lists which are located on the left side of this flyer.  When you bring in an item from the lists to either VanWyck Jr. or John Jay High School, you will receive a raffle ticket.
      Read More...

      Read More...
      At the end of December 2014, we discontinued using the previous email system in which you were enrolled.  If you would like to continue receiving email from the WCT, and have not already done so, it is important that you register for the website include your email address as soon as possible.  While enrolling, you can also set yourself up to receive text messages from the WCT.  It only takes a few minutes.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALLOW 24-48 HOURS to be granted access.   

      Read More...
      Pasquale, Flip Gertler, Anne Liebergott, Jim Marrinan and Diane Dichiara attended the NYSUT Representative Assembly Convention in Rochester, New York on April 8, 2016. They were able to participate on various committees including: Free books for kids  (We will be getting 170,000 books.
      Read More...
      By Diane DiChiara, Secondary-at-Large This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in NYSUTs Local Action Project (LAP) along with fellow unionists Rena Finsmith (JJ), Keri Roger (JJ), Pasquale Delli Carpini (JJ) and Jim Marrinan (Oak).
      Read More...
      .
      Read More...
      Congratulations to Anne Marie Dunn, Library Media Specialist at Oak Grove Elementary and Meredith Inkeles, Library Media Specialist at Kinry Road Elementary.
      Read More...
      The WCT will be a Lead Sponsor for the 5K for Sean event that is being held on Saturday, April 16th at 9:00 a.m.  The event was inspired by Gayhead Elementary student Sean Cadden and is being held in honor of RCK student, Kelly McConologue.
      Read More...
      Download: Nomail5KFlyer.pdf
      .
      Read More...
      Want your benefits at your fingertips at all time?  Download the App today!
      Download: Davis Vision App.pdf

      Enter this link to read and stay informed about the latest NYSED latest news!

      NYSED: NEWS AND PRESS ROOM 

      Various members from John Jay and Roy C.
      Read More...
      Once you have logged in successfully, you can follow these directions to verify your information: If you would like to check and/or change the telephone or email information at any time, you can sign into the website and follow these steps:
      Read More...
      The Wappingers Congress of Teachers has a new home! You are cordially invited to visit the new WCT office.
      Read More...

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      WCT Rallys against NYS Education Reform Vote

      On April 6, WCT retirees, along with President Pasquale DelliCarpini rallied outside the opening of Sue Serino's new office to protest Serino's yes vote for the state budget which includes education reform.  Baby Korz was also present with her mom, Lauren, who is on maternity leave and her grandmother, retired special education teacher, Ellen Korz.




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