I am very pleased to announce the recipients of this years' BMUST awards, chosen by their peers in the buildings and by members of the Board of Trustees. Each award winner will be honored at the Annual BMUST Awards Dinner Dance.
John Boyle - Meadowbrook Alternative Program
Dennis Dagger - Grand Avenue Middle School
Jon Dell’Olio - Kennedy High School
Gregg Muscarella - Calhoun High School
Denise Schleith - Merrick Avenue Middle School
Gregg Zogby- Mepham High School
LOU DeFILIPPO OUTSTANDING UNION SERVICE AWARD
Brian Moeller/Calhoun H.S.
PARA SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD
Susan Grippa/Merrick Avenue M.S.
Evelyn Wilken/PTA Coordinating Council Co-President
PRESIDENT’S CHOICE AWARD
Brad Seidman/Kennedy H.S.
PATRICIA CHRISTY OUTSTANDING RETIREE AWARD
Jane Sanacora/BMRTA Highlights Newsletter Editor
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Josephine Parlagreco/Mepham H.S.
FRIEND OF EDUCATION AWARD
Marla Kilfoyle/Oceanside H.S. Teacher & National Education Activist
Join with the LI Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Laborers Local 66, and Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino, and New York State Senator John Brooks who are joining with us to demand better standards in our communities.
When: Saturday March 10, 2018
Where: Sunrise Promenade Shopping Center, 5234 Sunrise Highway, Massapequa, NY
Hobby Lobby is building stores in our communities, and looking for our hard earned dollars but chooses to employ out of state workers. They’ve decided our money is good enough to take, but our communities aren’t good enough to invest in good paying jobs.
Rally to let them know you stand with the hard working men and women of the Nassau-Suffolk Building and Construction Trades Council to fight for good jobs in our communities!
NYC Science Teacher Encourages Kids to Be Donors - NBC New ...
A science teacher on Long Island is going beyond the lesson plan, sharing a life-saving lesson that he hopes will inspire them to help others. Greg Cergol reports.
Please be advised that it is important to check your pay stub for your 2018 tax withholding because you may end up being under-taxed during the year and get a tax bill when you file… Please see the attached article.
Tell the Supreme Court to protect working people's voice on the job.
This month, the Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 a case brought by corporate elites to further rig the rules against working people. It's important for all of us to make our voices heard against the power of these wealthy special interests. Will you add your name?
Thank you and please share on your social media accounts should you feel comfortable in doing so.
TO: Local PresidentsFROM: Matt Jacobs, Regional Staff Director
DATE: February 8, 2018
RE: NYSUT Will Not Promote or Encourage Participation in the
Commissioner's APPR Survey
Executive VP Jolene DiBrango has asked that the following message be shared with all K-12 teacher local presidents:
As you may know, the New York State Commissioner of Education released an APPR survey on Tuesday that took everyone by surprise.
We have spent time carefully examining the survey and believe it may lead to unreliable and invalid data due to the way it has been constructed. As a result, we released the following statement Tuesday evening to the press:
“The state has had at least six years to listen to the voices of teachers and parents who are angry and frustrated with this broken teacher evaluation system. We don't need any more surveys or delays. This is the year to fix it. Evaluations must be returned to local control with no state mandates.”
We will not be sharing a link to the survey through the Member or Leader Briefings or encouraging our members to participate in it. I will be communicating this to the Commissioner.
NYSUT continues to advocate for an APPR fix this year. We want a system that restores trust, helps develop teachers and is free of state mandates. Returning APPR to local control is the only answer.
Regional Staff Director, Nassau
Office Tel: (516) 496-2035
Mobile: (516) 319-7065
Fax: (516) 921-2964
BE the union! www.nysut.org/unionvalue
In addition to the Len Motisi Memorial Scholarship, the Long Island Teachers Benevolent Fund offers grants for:
Financial Grant For Castastrophic Loss
These applications are also posted on the bmust.org website.
Good evening ED 17 Presidents,
This evening, NYSUT EVP Jolene DiBrango posted a message on Facebook regarding a survey that has been distributed by SED without any notification to NYSUT. I reached out to her for further clarification.
NYSUT became aware of the evidently slanted survey through a local president who shared it with an LRS. As per the message below, we should be receiving guidance on Thursday.
I haven't received a survey yet but will be keeping an eye out.
Jolene's post on Facebook...
"I want to be clear. We want APPR fixed now. We want all state mandates removed. We want a return to local control. If you are a NYSUT teacher and received a survey in your inbox today, please know that we are carefully examining the survey to provide you with the best guidance we can before you start the survey. That information will be available to your local president on Thursday. #solidarity #1u #APPR"
BMUST belongs to the Long Island Teachers’ Benevolent Fund (LITBF), which offers a yearly scholarship, (the Len Motisi Memorial Scholarship) to high school seniors graduating this year, who will be attending a post-secondary institution on a full time basis and whose parent is an active teacher in a Long Island local. Many of our members’ sons and daughters have been awarded this scholarship over the years.
The attached application must be sent back to me at the BMUST office no later than March 7, 2018 to get my signature on it and for me to send it to LITBF before the deadline of March 14, 2018. We are also putting these forms on our website, www.bmust.org. The application has a section that must be completed by your child’s Guidance Counselor. You must include a copy of the school transcript, with the current GPA on it and include a copy of the SAT or ACT scores. If the transcript does not contain the GPA, your Guidance Counselor must submit a statement with the scores. So please fill the form in as soon as possible and forward it to me through inter-office mail.