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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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      On Thursday, September 3, 2015 there will be a general membership meeting in the auditorium of RCK at 2:30 p.m. The check-in will start promptly at 2:15 p.m. We encourage carpooling to avoid traffic jams. Due to the times in which we now teach your attendance is of utmost importance. The district is giving us part of the workday to conduct this General Membership Meeting.
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      Twenty four new teachers were welcomed to the school district in a joint effort between the Wappingers Congress of Teachers (WCT) and the Wappingers Central School District (WCSD). This year, in the spirit of collaboration, the teachers spent the morning at central office before being chauffeured by yellow school bus to the WCT office where, President Pasquale Delli Carpini gave them a warm welcome. There, they were treated to lunch by the WCT and they also received information pertinent to new teachers. The other WCT hosts were Ronnie Dwyer, administrative assistant, Flip Gertler (VP Elementary), Jim Marrinan (VP Political Action), Kerri Roger (Building Representative) and Diane DiChiara (Secondary-at-Large).  Superintendent Jose Carrion, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations, Dr. Dwight Bonk and Executive Director of Special Education and Student Support Services, Richard Zipp joined the new teachers at the WCT office to show their support for their future success. 

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      Various members from John Jay and Roy C.
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      The RA elections will be held online for the first time beginning next week.  Please look for an email with the details and reminder to vote.  You will be able to cast your vote between Tuesday, June 23 at 7:00 am and Wednesday, June 24 at 5:00pm.  Only members who are registered on the website are able to vote. If you haven't, do so NOW!Any member who will be moving from one school to another has been assigned voting access to their new school.
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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:
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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.   
      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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      This is the testing letter to the community to urge them to make an informed decision when it comes to testing of their students.
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      Download: amended testing letter on letterhead.pdf
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      On Thursday, September 3, 2015 there will be a general membership meeting in the auditorium of RCK at 2:30 p.m. The check-in will start promptly at 2:15 p.m. We encourage carpooling to avoid traffic jams. Due to the times in which we now teach your attendance is of utmost importance. The district is giving us part of the workday to conduct this General Membership Meeting.
      Read More...

      Twenty four new teachers were welcomed to the school district in a joint effort between the Wappingers Congress of Teachers (WCT) and the Wappingers Central School District (WCSD). This year, in the spirit of collaboration, the teachers spent the morning at central office before being chauffeured by yellow school bus to the WCT office where, President Pasquale Delli Carpini gave them a warm welcome. There, they were treated to lunch by the WCT and they also received information pertinent to new teachers. The other WCT hosts were Ronnie Dwyer, administrative assistant, Flip Gertler (VP Elementary), Jim Marrinan (VP Political Action), Kerri Roger (Building Representative) and Diane DiChiara (Secondary-at-Large).  Superintendent Jose Carrion, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations, Dr. Dwight Bonk and Executive Director of Special Education and Student Support Services, Richard Zipp joined the new teachers at the WCT office to show their support for their future success. 

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      Read More...
      Various members from John Jay and Roy C.
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      WCT & OTHER LOCALS JOIN FORCE!
      The RA elections will be held online for the first time beginning next week.  Please look for an email with the details and reminder to vote.  You will be able to cast your vote between Tuesday, June 23 at 7:00 am and Wednesday, June 24 at 5:00pm.  Only members who are registered on the website are able to vote. If you haven't, do so NOW!Any member who will be moving from one school to another has been assigned voting access to their new school.
      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...
      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.   
      Congratulations to Anne Marie Dunn, Library Media Specialist at Oak Grove Elementary and Meredith Inkeles, Library Media Specialist at Kinry Road Elementary.
      Read More...
      This is the testing letter to the community to urge them to make an informed decision when it comes to testing of their students.
      Read More...
      Download: amended testing letter on letterhead.pdf
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      Read More...

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

      NYSED: NEWS AND PRESS ROOM 


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      WISCONSIN WARNING! WHAT WE CAN LEARN!

      WCT RALLIES FOR EDUCATION!

       

      President's Message

      The game is up, Governor!
       

      Dear Members,

      Of teachers, Cicero said: “What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the teacher who instructs the rising generations.” New York State Governor Cuomo must not share the same philosophy nor the worth of our profession.

      Late Tuesday, March 31, 2015, after much debate, the $ 23.5 Billion final budget bill containing education funding and policy passed 36 to 26 in the state Senate and 92 to 55 in the Assembly. In 34 years of teaching I have never witnessed such frontal, unwarranted attacks to the teaching profession. Yet, Cuomo labels these atrocities towards our children and educators as “one of the greatest legacies” he leaves to the state.

      Some of the changes outlined in the bill are:

      • A new teacher evaluation system based on two components: 50% student performance on state exams, instead of the current negotiated 20%, and 50% based on teacher observations.
         
      • These observations may be conducted by building administrators, a different building administrator or an “independent” administrator from another district.
         
      • An additional observation from a colleague within or from another district may be performed as long as the observer carries a rating of “effective” or “highly effective.”
         
      • If teachers earn an “ineffective” rating based on student performance from the state test, they may not earn “effective or “highly effective” overall (Capital Pro, March 31, 2015).
         
      • If teachers’ combined scores based on student performance on the state tests is “ineffective,” they must be rated “ineffective” overall (Capital Pro, March 31, 2015).
         
      • Teachers who are rated “ineffective” on their observations may not get “effective” or “highly effective” ratings overall (Capital Pro, March 31, 2015).
         
      • Districts would be required to begin a 3020-a process for those teachers with an “ineffective” rating for three consecutive years.
         
      • The District and the WCT must negotiate the optional components of the APPR, submit our plan to the state and be approved by November 15, 2015, or lose additional state aid.
         
      • The new system contains a plan for taking over unsuccessful schools, whose performance falls in the lowest 5% in the state for three consecutive years by a state-approved appointed receiver “to manage and operate all aspect of the school…shall have the power to supersede any decision policy or regulation…replace teachers and administrators…” in other words: complete power.
         
      • Starting July 1, 2015 new teachers will have to serve a four-year probationary period before becoming eligible for tenure process, instead of the current three years.
         
      • In order to be recommended for tenure, a teacher must earn a rating of “effective or “highly effective” for three of the four years.
         
      • Teachers with permanent certification have to register with the state every five years and must complete 100 hours of continuing education or professional development during each time period.
         
      • “Highly effective” teachers would also qualify to apply for state-funded grants of up to $20,000. Undoubtedly this is Cuomo’s push for merit pay!
         

      Please click here for the complete letter and attachments.

      In Solidarity,

      Pasquale Delli Carpini

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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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