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  • WCT teachers' Recognitions

    New York Association of School Psychologists President Elect:

    Elizabeth Rizzi (JJ)



    Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award:

    Rebecca Zilinski (JJ) 

    NYS Art Teacher's Association Teacher of the Year:

    Robyn Talbot (JJ) (in center) 
    with her colleague recipients from other districts


     

    Nancy Beiner (JJ) recognized by former student, Shannon Herrmann with Rose I Kelly Award  from University of Scranton Pennsylvania for Excellence in Teaching.


    Patricia Fitzgibbon (RCK) received National Board Certification 2016: Early Childhood through young adulthood/Exceptional Needs AND Martha Jones (OG) National Board Certification in Elementary Art
      

     

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      Kinry Road Elementary 

      Kinry Cares about Kindness: Spreading Positivity One Hello at a Time

      By Katie Oliver

       

      Kinry Cougars took part in a nationwide initiative entitled, “Start with Hello”, developed by the Sandy Hook Promise Organization. The purpose - to teach kids how to build others up, especially those that are isolated or lonely, and make a point of reaching out to build true connections with one another. The result - a stronger sense of community.

      Running from September 24th through 28th, this week-long campaign kicked-off with an assembly that focused on strategies for helping others connect to the school community and a read aloud by Mrs. Bish, principal. Throughout the week, students were challenged to start with hello and greet those they didn’t know very well. Cougars also pinned positive and motivational messages all over a positivity board in the main hall, took part in a “Getting to Know You Bingo”, and created a sea of green by wearing green in all shades to support the initiative and promote awareness.

      Social isolation is an issue that continues to grow and impact schools around the world. Kinry students took action and were empowered that week. They came to realize that a simple “hello” can make a huge difference in someone’s day and that there is strength...in the power of one.


       
       

      Fishkill Plains 
      Fishkill Plains welcomes Miss Amy Fazio as our new principal. The first event that we all shared with each other was GREEN OUT for Sandy Hook Promise Program- “Start with Hello!” All students and staff participated!

       
      Orchard view
       

      At Orchard View, September and October has been very interesting and eventful!
       

      The Mediation Center of Dutchess County has been training students in Restorative Conflict Resolution every 3 weeks and has been the highlight of our Empowerment Academy for the last 2 months. The Science Department of Perino and Burlew earned a Grant from Earth Day Grant Fund which the students used to test lead in our soil in the surrounding areas. We are presently waiting on the results of the testing!!

      Orchard View also was awarded a grant from the Community Foundation to attend Sharpe Reservation in November to work on team building. It is an event our school looks forward to every year!

       

       Van Wyck
      Krista O’Neill (WJHS & VWJHS) and her husband, Brendan welcomed a son, Thomas Joseph.

      Lauren Wengert and husband, Chris welcomed a daughter, Lily Isla.

      Carolyn Walsh married Vincent Dalrymple in July. Mr. & Mrs. Dalrymple celebrated with a honeymoon in Iceland!

      Kiana Sullivan and Chris Del Bianco announced their engagement!


      Myers Corners

      Recently, The Caring Closet at Myers Corners Elementary received a large food donation as part of a young boy’s birthday gift. Speech teacher Barbara Vorel’s son, Christopher, asked for food donations in lieu of gifts for his 4th birthday. Though he still received many great birthday gifts, he was able to collect a truckload of food donations, which he delivered to the Myers Corner’s Caring Closet as part of his birthday celebration. The food donations were then distributed by the counseling staff at Myers to families in need.  Happy Birthday Christopher!! 


                

      gayhead elementary

      Maryalice Didiego, Gayhead fifth-grade teacher celebrated at the weddings of not one, but TWO of her children in 2018! Her son, Billy, married his high school sweetheart Krista Hayden. Both Mr. and the new Mrs. Didiego are John Jay alumni. Maryalice’s daughter, Allison, married her brother’s best friend Brendon Thomas. The new Mr. and Mrs. Thomas said their ‘I dos’ quite recently, the wedding taking place just last month!

      Jennifer Moyles, Gayhead assistant principal, and Karen Ferrara, Gayhead special education teacher ran the Dutchess County Classic Half Marathon this past September to completion. Congratulations!



      Jill Valentino, Gayhead AIS math teacher recently had her writing featured in both the print and online issues of Hudson Valley Parent magazine. For the September issue, Jill contributed an essay titled “Should You Let Your Baby Cry It Out?” sharing her experiences and feelings on the topic as well as those of other local Hudson Valley moms she interviewed for this piece, which is still accessible online at https://hvparent.com/cry-it-out-sleep-method. In the current (October) issue, Jill authored a piece for the “Real Talk” section of the magazine dedicated to parents of tweens and teens titled “Real Talk: Start The Conversation About Depression” where answers the question “How do I talk to my adolescent daughter if I feel she may be depressed?” Jill’s thoughts fall under “A Mom’s Perspective,” and her essay is paired with one authored by a mental heath professional. Both articles are currently featured in this month’s print edition of Hudson Valley Parent, a free locally-published magazine that can be found in various locations throughout the Orange, Ulster, and Dutchess county region. Jill’s essay for this month can be accessed online as well at https://hvparent.com/real-talk-october-18-paul-schwartz

      Gayhead, along with the Millbrook Football team, raised over $1200 for Sparrow’s Nest in September by hosting a Green Out on September 28. The money was donated to help a specific family currently facing a substantial hardship. The Parish of St. Columba contributed finacially to the cause as well. Thanks so much to all who opened their hearts and wallets for the cause.
       


       

      Kelly Hanna, Gayhead first-grade teacher, and Tracy Misch, Gayhead fourth-grade teacher began their brand-new Introduction to Mindfulness Club this October. This after school yoga/mindfulness program is dedicated to teaching children various breathing techniques, yoga poses (asanas), and relaxation techniques. The club members, led by Kelly and Tracy, engage in guided meditation, and music, craft projects, partner pose activities, and games are incorporated into club meetings as well.

      The Introduction to Mindfulness Club was conceived to addresses challenges today’s children face regarding personal stress management both in the school setting and at home. By learning specific meditation and mindfulness techniques, It is Kelly and Tracy’s hope to teach children better practices in managing and displaying their own emotions.

      Mindfulness is possessing “in the moment” awarness of our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and the surrounding environment. Additionally, mindfulness is the act of bringing acceptance to what one experiences, rather than defaulting to judgement. Mindfulness also helps to raise one’s comfort level with respect to their unique experiences, too. When children are able to first, pause, then be able to connect to what is happening to them in its exact moment of occurance, they end up with increased choices of possible responses to their current situation.

      Kelly and Tracy firmly believe that sharing mindfulness practices with young people hands these children necessary tools for resolving conflicts, handling stress, enhancing concentration and improving classroom focus. Most importantly, Kelly and Tracy feel that encouraging children to practice mindfulness can boost their overall mental and physical health! At Introduction to Mindfulness club meetings, students learn to access their own resiliency while concurrently developing useful skills they can utilize throughout their lives. It is Kelly and Tracy’s hope that students will also walk away with lifelong passion for yoga, and of course, have lots of FUN
       



      Download: WCT Student Debt workshop flyer.doc
      The WCT has diligently worked with Empire and is pleased to offer a presentation on Live Health On-Line.  This will take place of Tuesday, October 16th at 4:00PM at John Jay High School in the Large Group Instruction room (128). See Attached flyer with highlights.
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      May 2018 Dear DEHIC Participants: This is to inform you of an important update from the DEHIC Board of Trustees that will positively impact the prescription drug benefit of the Alternate PPO, Healthy Advantage PPO, and EPO Select 20 beginning July 1, 2018.  This important update is estimated to save the health plan $2.2M over the next plan year.
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      Download: HDComplete Member.pdf , BIG SAVINGS Express Scripts Final Copy.pdf , Maintenance Drug List BCBS.pdf

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      Download: Mobile App Flyer 2.0 - v2 - 100517.pdf

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      Download: SKM_C554e17102014080.pdf
      From July 13th through July 16th, AFT Delegates Pasquale Delli Carpini, Flip Gertler and Diane Di Chiara attended the AFT Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The theme of the convention was “I’m sticking with my union” in light of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in the Janus case.
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      The Wappingers Congress of Teachers is offering up to $150 as a grant to each school to further the character education of our students and promote bully prevention programs in the Wappingers Central School District.
      Read More...
      Download: Character Ed Bully Grant Application 2016.doc
      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.
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      4. Scroll down and click "Save Settings"
      The committee was formed from the WCT’s Local Action Project (LAP) during the 2017-2018 school year in response to the growing substance abuse epidemic in Dutchess County and the impact on our members, students and community-at-large. We function under the belief that education is imperative to the prevention and successful treatment of those with a substance abuse disorder. Moreover, we know that the stigma associated with substance abuse must be diminished in order to appropriately care for a person with a substance use disorder, as well as all those involved in substance abuse including the family, friends and co-workers.
      Read More...
      Download: WCT Addiction Prevention and Education Committee Vocabulary.pdf
      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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      From July 13th through July 16th, AFT Delegates Pasquale Delli Carpini, Flip Gertler and Diane Di Chiara attended the AFT Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The theme of the convention was “I’m sticking with my union” in light of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in the Janus case. Hilary Rodham Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Tega Toney (President Fayette County Federation of Teachers) were among the guest speakers and honorees.


      Download: The Wappingers Congress of Teachers.pdf

      Download: WCT Student Debt workshop flyer.doc
      The WCT has diligently worked with Empire and is pleased to offer a presentation on Live Health On-Line.  This will take place of Tuesday, October 16th at 4:00PM at John Jay High School in the Large Group Instruction room (128). See Attached flyer with highlights.
      Read More...
      Download: Live Health Online.pdf
      May 2018 Dear DEHIC Participants: This is to inform you of an important update from the DEHIC Board of Trustees that will positively impact the prescription drug benefit of the Alternate PPO, Healthy Advantage PPO, and EPO Select 20 beginning July 1, 2018.  This important update is estimated to save the health plan $2.2M over the next plan year.
      Read More...
      Download: HDComplete Member.pdf , BIG SAVINGS Express Scripts Final Copy.pdf , Maintenance Drug List BCBS.pdf

      Read More...
      Download: Mobile App Flyer 2.0 - v2 - 100517.pdf

      Read More...
      Download: SKM_C554e17102014080.pdf
      From July 13th through July 16th, AFT Delegates Pasquale Delli Carpini, Flip Gertler and Diane Di Chiara attended the AFT Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The theme of the convention was “I’m sticking with my union” in light of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in the Janus case.
      Read More...
      Download: IMG_5221.JPG
      The Wappingers Congress of Teachers is offering up to $150 as a grant to each school to further the character education of our students and promote bully prevention programs in the Wappingers Central School District.
      Read More...
      Download: Character Ed Bully Grant Application 2016.doc
      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.
      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:
      1. Under Member Resources, click on "Member Home"
      2. Click on the "Account Settings"
      3. Update whichever information you would like to edit
      4. Scroll down and click "Save Settings"
      The committee was formed from the WCT’s Local Action Project (LAP) during the 2017-2018 school year in response to the growing substance abuse epidemic in Dutchess County and the impact on our members, students and community-at-large. We function under the belief that education is imperative to the prevention and successful treatment of those with a substance abuse disorder. Moreover, we know that the stigma associated with substance abuse must be diminished in order to appropriately care for a person with a substance use disorder, as well as all those involved in substance abuse including the family, friends and co-workers.
      Read More...
      Download: WCT Addiction Prevention and Education Committee Vocabulary.pdf
      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...

      From July 13th through July 16th, AFT Delegates Pasquale Delli Carpini, Flip Gertler and Diane Di Chiara attended the AFT Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The theme of the convention was “I’m sticking with my union” in light of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in the Janus case. Hilary Rodham Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Tega Toney (President Fayette County Federation of Teachers) were among the guest speakers and honorees.


      Download: The Wappingers Congress of Teachers.pdf

      MANDATORY MAIL ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS

      Dear DEHIC Participants:

      This is to inform you of an important update from the DEHIC Board of Trustees that will positively impact the prescription drug benefit of the Alternate PPO, Healthy Advantage PPO, and EPO Select 20 beginning July 1, 2018.  This important update is estimated to save the health plan $2.2M over the next plan year.

      During the Board of Trustee’s meeting held on January 24, 2018; a motion was made to approve the introduction of Mandatory Mail Order Coverage for prescription drug maintenance medications.

      By definition, maintenance medications are those drugs used to treat chronic, long-term conditions taken on a regular and recurring basis.  Examples of chronic conditions requiring this type of treatment include but are not limited to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.  DEHIC members currently have an opportunity to obtain their maintenance medication through the mail order process under Express Scripts, Inc. The process is currently voluntary and members are able to obtain a 90-day supply for two copayments.

      Beginning on July 1, 2018; members will be required to obtain their maintenance medications through Express Scripts, Inc. This process will save time and money (two copayments for 90-day supply remains in place).  You will no longer need to make a trip to the pharmacy, as the medication will be delivered directly to the home address.  If members will be away from the home for extended periods of time, the medication can easily be re-directed upon request.  An extended period of time is 3 or more months.

      We have included materials for your review that explain the process for you as well as a list of maintenance medications. This material can be found in two locations of the website: under "Headlines", and under "Benefits-Health Care." You can also find the same materials on the WCT app under "What's New."  The attached list of medications is subject to change by Express Scripts, Inc; so it is important to periodically check with Empire Customer Service on such updates.

      Although this does not go into effect until July 1, 2018; please enroll sooner than later so that any issues that may arise can be worked out.  To ease into the transition beginning July 1, 2018; members will be allowed to obtain two prescription fills at their pharmacy if they have forgotten to enroll in the mail order service.  After that, they must use the mail order service, or will have to pay the full cost of the prescription out of pocket.  Should members forget to use the mail order service beginning July 1, 2018; a letter will be sent to the member from Express Scripts, Inc.; within 2 weeks after each fill at the pharmacy. The letter will remind the member to use mail order, as well as, the ways in which they can sign up.  A phone number will be included for additional member support. 

      Please take the time to review your medications so that you can check the list to see what maintenance drugs are covered.  Remember this will be mandatory as of July 1, 2018.

      In Solidarity,

      Pasquale Delli Carpini

      WCT President
       

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