Dear BMUST Members,
This week, BMUST will begin a letter-writing campaign to push Albany to fully fund Foundation Aid for our school. BMCHSD is owed more than $8 million in state aid, so we're sending letters to Governor Cuomo, Senator John Brooks, and Assemblyman David McDonough, who represent the Bellmore-Merrick area. (Here's more information on NYSUT's position on Foundation Aid.)
Your head building reps and political action committee members will set up a location in your building where you can sign the letters (see attached sample). You don't need to mail the letters--BMUST will take care of that. All you need to do is sign the 3 letters and place them in their respective envelopes.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at JFKHS or speak to your head building rep. Thank you!
BMUST Political Action Committee
Please see the attached memo for any teacher considering retirement, planning a leave of absence (not maternity), or returning from leave.
Please find the files from the Local Do's that are referenced on page 3.
Attached, please find the 2020 Scholarship Announcement/Application for students impacted by ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Robert G. Porter Scholars Program: offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to graduating senior students who are dependents of AFT members
Member Grants: 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education and/or fund their proposed ideas to strengthen and grow their union
Our AFT Local Number is: 3043
For more details and eligibility requirements, see attached.
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 the BMUST office no later than March 6, 2020 to get my signature on it and for me to send it to LITBF before the deadline of March 13, 2020.
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. Please fill the form in as soon as possible and forward it to me through inter-office mail.
Please note, you are now required to include your NYSUT Member Number on the application. If unknown, please reach out to Meg in the BMUST office.
I hope this email finds you well. The Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department have announced a series of regional meetings to discuss New York State graduation requirements, their appropriateness and what, if any, modifications need to be made to those requirements. Below you will find the information that I have received. Here is a link to the information on the NYSED website:
If this is an issue that interests you, I encourage you to try to attend one of the two sessions held on Long Island (Wednesday, 3/4, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm in Holtsville and Friday, 3/27, 8:30 am -11:30 am, in Wheatley Heights).
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
The Community Cupboard is need of volunteers for their packing days!
Please use the attached spreadsheet to sign up. The complete list of dates is below.
If you have any questions, please contact Catrina Christensen: firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text (631-793-5915).
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
· February 5
· February 26
· March 11
· March 25
· April 7 (Tuesday)
· April 22
· May 6 (AP testing)
· May 20
· June 3
· June 17 (Regents testing)