T.E.A. Rep Council Meetings 2017-2018

Remaining meetings:

4/18 Daniels Farm

5/16 Frenchtown

 

 

Released Minutes: Executive Board Meeting April 4, 2018

Meeting called to order at 4:00 p.m.

  1. April Rep Council Agenda
  • Added a few specific items to the agenda for April Rep Council

 

  1. By-Law Revisions
  • The revisions proposed by Gregg Basbagill have already been discussed with a vote tabled to the April Rep Council meeting
  • We discussed that the revisions made / proposed regarding Rep Council attendance and term Limits for positions cannot be changed at Executive Board. There was discussion over wanting to make some slight changes to the wording, but that cannot be done at Executive Board.  Motions for amendments can be made at the April Rep Council meeting.
  1. Political Action
  • We are extending an invitation to Ashley Guadiano, a Trumbull resident / parent who is running for State Representative to come to speak at our May Rep Council meeting at Frenchtown around 4:45 p.m.
  1. Budget
  • We made a motion to add back to the budget: four $250 teacher scholarships. It passed.  We will not be taking $1,000.00 out of the budget, we will just be adding in the extra $1,000.00
  • Talk to your building members as to the reason for the budget cuts
  1. Fairfield County Council
  • At Testos April 23, 2018
  • Attending: Tammy Jacobellis, Brenda Windsor, Monica Callahan, Leigh Gabriel, Mary Pierce and Jennifer Crawford
  1. THS Department Chair Grievance
  • Thought it was on its way to be settled with both sides in mutual agreement, but administration is only agreeing to the terms for 2 years. Therefore, no settlement is being made yet.
  1. Good of the Order
  • THS concerned about a way to account for students in the case of an evacuation
  • The district has extended the deadline to accept the early retirement incentive until April 16th
  • With 9 snow days – do not yet know how administration is handling it. June 22nd is set to have Teacher’s College come for elementary school, so students cannot attend school that day.  It is possible the district will forgive a day for students.  Technically, teachers need to work 186 days which takes us to Monday, June 25th.  No word yet on that. The district could possibly forgive a teacher day, but that has not occurred in the past.

TEA Representative Council Meeting March 28, 2018 at Trumbull High School

Attendance: Tammy Jacobellis, Matt Bracksieck, Maggie Pereira, Jennifer Crawford, Brenda Windsor, Leigh Gabriel, Andrea Kremzar, Mary Pierce, Vanessa Brittain, John Mastrianni, Michele Potok, Judy Atwood, Anne Rosa, Nedda Carrano, Jean-Marie Pulaski, April Lang, Pam Rogalin, Jen Winschel, John Congdon, Nick Banks, Gregg Basbagill, Tracey Cranston, John Evans, Mimi Seperack, Joanne Connon

 

CALL TO ORDER  4:04

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Minutes passed

 

TREASURER’S REPORT  (Windsor)

Our proposed budget for 2018-19 school year reflects a 30% decrease due to the possible passing of the Janus case, which could lower our potential for collective bargaining. For reasons beyond legal services, we continue to suggest everyone participate in the union. With our 30% decrease, all of our executive board members will be taking a cut to their stipends, we have proposed removing the annual teacher tuition scholarships, and removed all monthly building money for meeting snacks. We have also proposed lowering the amount collected to supplement the monies put aside for collective bargaining, legal and grievance needs. Currently, we collect 1/3 of the bargain budget each year with the collective bargaining happening every three years. The proposed budget lowers the stipend provided to each negotiator from $1500 to $1200. Please make sure to discuss any budgetary concerns with your building reps. They will be sharing those concerns at the next building rep meeting in April.

 

SECRETARY’S REPORT (Crawford)

  • Please continue to send me your written reports via email so I can reflect accuracy in the minutes.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT  (Jacobellis)

 

  1. Thank you to THS for hosting our meeting.
  2. Thank you to Brenda Winsdor and Anne Rosa for attending the Fairfield County Forum. It’s important that Trumbull is always represented at these meetings.
  3. Fairfield County Council is on Monday, April 23rd at Testo’s. If you are interested in attending, please contact Tammy by Wednesday, April 18th so I can register you for the event.
  4. It’s an important TEA election year!  Please consider running and making a difference! See Gregg Basbagill, the TEA Elections Chairperson, with any questions.
  5. District Early Retirement Incentive: Deadline is Monday, April 2nd.
  6. Calendar Updates: Monday, April 16th is a LEGAL Day for students and teachers. No lunch will be served. June 22nd is a FULL DAY of PD for teachers.
  7. After meeting with Dr. Cialfi and Dr. McGrath, there continues to be thought and consideration for the safety of our schools.  There are conversations on a daily basis. Over the past 5 years, they have spent approximately $5.5 million specifically on Safety in the areas of 1. Facility measures 2. Technology 3. Staffing.  There is also a Security Bond being developed for facility upgrades.
  8. Our next Rep Council meeting is on Wednesday, April 18th at Daniels Farm School. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting. TEA Budget will be further discussed, there will be by-law revisions to be voted on, and Jeff Leake will be presenting.

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL REPORTS

Alternate                     NO REPORT

Booth Hill                    NO REPORT

Daniels Farm              NO REPORT

Frenchtown                     NO REPORT

Jane Ryan                     NO REPORT

Hillcrest                      NO REPORT

Madison                      NO REPORT

.           Middlebrook              NO REPORT

Program Leaders       NO REPORT

REACH                        NO REPORT

Tashua

We were concerned with the report that was given to K-2 teachers the day before report cards went home and that the information it provided (two scores) wasn’t clearly explained – i.e. that one score was out of 20 and the other was not. As well, some of the scores reported were from pieces written in February, and therefore were not necessarily a true indication of a student’s current ability. Other concerns were around the fact that there may be a discrepancy between the report card score and the scores sent home because these were two snapshots in time and the report card reflects overall progress in a trimester. Finally, in the letter, parents were told to go to the Trumbull Writes website to look at rubrics and see a scoring explanation, then contact their child’s teacher with any other questions or concerns.

 

TECEC                        NO REPORT

Trumbull High            NO REPORT

 

 

STANDING COMMITTEES

Membership (Gabriel)          NO REPORT

Public Relations (Basbagill)               NO REPORT

Social (Crawford, Pereira)

Our end of year celebration will take place on Wednesday June 6th from 3:45-5:45 at Tashua Knolls.  Please “SAVE THE DATE!”  More details to follow . . .                 

JOINT COMMITTEES

Advanced Degrees (Callahan, Gabriel, Kremzar)   NO REPORT

Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning Committee (Jacobellis, Ryan, Scrofani)

NO REPORT

 

Policy Advisory (Windsor)    NO REPORT

TEAM (Pereira)                      NO REPORT

 

 

 

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Scholarship (Pereira, Callahan, Kremzar)

  • A separate email was sent out with all the scholarship information and applications form. This scholarship applies to TEA members who have a graduating high school senior attending a 4 year college beginning next year.  If you have any questions, please contact Monica Callahan at mcallaha@trumbullps.org.
  • We also give out 5 teacher scholarships which are presented at our end of year celebration (June 6th at Tashua Knolls). We will send that information out in a separate email as well but not until after April break.

 

Political Action- (inactive)                                          NO REPORT

Personnel Policy- (inactive)                                       NO REPORT

Elections (Basbagill)

Through the April Rep Council meeting individuals may declare their candidacy for any of the following leadership positions on the Executive Board:

  • President (Co-Presidents)
  • Vice President (HS, MS, ES)
  • TEA Representative to the Board of Education
  • Membership Chairperson

 

REPORTS

Board of Education (Rubano)

 

Following are the minutes from the February 27, 2018 BOE meeting, which began at 7:00 p.m. :

 

  • The following schools and club were recognized for their accomplishments:
    • Madison Middle School – Math Counts Team, and advisor, Malathi Muralidharan.  The students shared their experiences with the BOE.

 

  • Spirit of Inclusion Award by Mrs. Lisa Nuland – She read a letter she wrote about how inclusive THS is, and how it affected her son positively.

 

  • Schools of Distinction Awards – Daniels Farm and Middlebrook
    • The principals of the schools spoke briefly about their pride in the teachers and the school.  Many teachers from each of the schools attended.
  • Correspondence – The BOE has received many emails from parents regarding school safety as a result of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida
  • Superintendent’s Report
    • Cialfi discussed the presentation that he, Dr. McGrath, and Mr. O’Keefe did to the Board of Finance on February 22.  Although Vicky Tesoro approved a 3.1% increase, it’s possible that more cuts could be made.  If that even happens, the BOE will be provided with a list around May.
    • He mentioned that students and faculty have met with administration to discuss plans for the March 14 student walkout.  Once final details have been made, an official announcement will be made.
    • March 7 – school safety meeting at Madison Middle School at 7:00 p.m.
  • During public comments, Marc Guarino, notified the BOE about the meetings that he has had with students, faculty, and administration regarding March 14.  As Dr. Cialfi mentioned, plans are not finalized yet.  However, he did want to keep the BOE informed about the discussions.
  • Student report:  Academic success for the Mock Trial and Academic Decathlon, and basketball playoffs for both the boys and girls teams.
  • Christine Hefele and Mrs. Garra (Hillcrest) did a great presentation on One to One Digital Learning and digital Citizenship, which is currently taking place at the middle schools due to the distribution of the Chromebooks.
  • Unified Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum Guide was approved.  The BOE had wonderful things to say about the program at TECEC.

Meeting ended at 8:20 p.m.

 

 

Following are the minutes from the March 27, 2018 BOE meeting:

 

  • THS Mock Trial team and advisor, Eric August, were recognized for winning the state competition.  Students shared their experiences with the BOE, and the Board approved their trip to Reno, Nevada for the national competition.
  • Gary Kunschaft was recognized as CT PTA Elementary Principal of the Year.  Many members of his staff were there to support him.
  • Superintendent report
    • Gary recognized Model Congress participation at UPenn this past weekend.
    • Discussed the capital improvement plan
    • Congratulated athletics at THS
    • Snow-day makeups:  April 16 will be a half day for students; staff will have PD in the afternoon; tentative last day for students is June 21; for teachers, it is June 22; graduation for THS is June 20
  • TPAUD representatives made a lengthy presentation on the student surveys regarding alcohol and drug use.
  • Later School Start Time was introduced by Board member, Kathleen Fearon.  Marc Guarino, Mike King, and Dawn Perkins did a presentation on how the start change would affect the high school and the district.  This is just a preliminary discussion.  Kathleen proposed forming a committee to study the topic further.  The Board voted to put it on hold until the budget is finalized.
  • Policies were approved by the Board:
    • Student Teachers
    • Free and Reduced-Price Meals
    • Sexual harassment
    • Websites
    • Student Use and Possession of Smoking Products, Tobacco Products, Drugs, and Alcohol
  • New supplemental textbooks were approved:
    • The Absolutely True diary of a Part-Time Indian
    • Between Shades of Gray
    • Warriors don’t Cry:  A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little rock’s Central High
    • Flying Lessons & Other Stories
  • Finance reports were discussed by L. Chory and Sean O’Keefe
  • Budget update – no new changes; budget remains at 3.01%

 

 

 

PTA General Council (Kremzar, Pierce)                               NO REPORT

Sunshine (Law)

These are the terms for Sunshine.  If any of the following apply to a TEA member in your building, please contact Heatherly Law:

 

1.) Death in immediate family (includes in laws)

2) New baby

3) Marriage

4) Illness (greater than 6 weeks)

5) Death of a grandparent

 

Give name and address to:

Heatherly Law

Lawh@trumbullps.org

TECEC

 

Webmaster (Kennan)

Please send any TEA photos/events to pkennan@trumbullps.org to be posted on the Trumbulltea.org website.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The secretary cast the ballot for the CEA-RA Election (CEA-RA May 18th) and the following people will be attending on behalf of Trumbull:

  1. Tammy Jacobellis
  2. Lucia Abate
  3. Gregg Basbagill
  4. Vanessa Brittain
  5. John Congdon
  6. John Mastrianni
  7. Sara Scrofani
  8. Carol St. John
  9. Brenda Windsor

 

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

  • Bob Smoler, current president of the Fairfield Education Association is running for CEA President. He attended our March Rep Council meeting and shared his background, beliefs and visions for CEA.

 

 

  • We will be voting on the following two proposals at our April Rep Council meeting:

 

Proposed Constitution Amendments

  1. Article III,

Section 4.

The Association shall not deny membership to individuals on the basis of race, creed,

national origin, age, or sex gender or sexual orientation nor shall any organization

which so denies membership be affiliated with the Association.

Rationale: modernize the definitions of discrimination. I am assuming the classification of

gender identity is covered under “gender.”

  1. ARTICLE VI — EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1.

The Executive Board shall consist of the officers, the association representative to the

Board of Education, elected in odd years by the general membership , the

Membership Chair, elected in odd years by the general membership , the immediate

past president/co-presidents, two members elected annually by the Representative

Council from its ranks during its September meeting, and three at-large members

elected annually from and by the general membership. The immediate past

president/co-presidents will remain as non-voting members of the Executive Board for a

period of one year following the completion of their term of office to advise the Executive

Board.

Rationale: Currently the Membership Chair is not even listed as a member of the Executive

Board. This also clarifies the selection of the Membership Chair and Board of Education Rep. I

suggest that the elections for these positions occur in odd years, so that the Executive Board’s

election is more evenly split between years. This would mean that those two positions would be

up for re-election two years in a row as we adjust to the change.

For your convenience, I included the amendment language for the Constitution. As you can

see, it needs your approval, then Rep. Council, then the membership needs to vote on it. We

can have the membership vote on these changes in conjunction with the annual election (early

May)

  1. ARTICLE X — AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

Changes to the Constitution can be proposed in writing by any member provided that the

following process is adhered to:

  1. Changes must be discussed by the Executive Board at the next meeting

following the submission of the proposed change—or as soon as possible

after said proposal.

  1. A 2/3 affirmative vote, of the Executive Board Members, is necessary in

order for the request to be passed on to the Representative Council.

  1. Upon passage by the Executive Board, the Representative Council must

vote on the request at its next regular meeting—or as soon as possible.

An affirmative majority vote by the Council Members present is needed to

send the request to the entire membership.

  1. Within 30 days of the Representative Council meeting, the membership

must vote on the proposed changes.

  1. Proposed Bylaws Amendments

Section 7. Officer Stipends:

The stipends for President(s), Vice-Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer,

Representative to the Board of Education and Membership Chairperson above and

beyond the unified dues assessment, shall be established by the Executive Board with

the approval of the Representative Council each year as part of the annual budget.

Rationale: We are currently paying a stipend that is not specifically permissible under

this section (may be seen as permissible under EBoard “staff” but that isn’t really an

accurate depiction since they are members themselves).

Amending the bylaws process, for your convenience…

  1. ARTICLE XI — AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

These Bylaws may be amended by majority vote at any regular meeting of the Representative

Council provided that the proposed amendments have been previously studied by the Executive

Board and that written copies have been sent to faculty representatives two calendar weeks in

advance of the meeting at which voting will take place.

 

  1. ARTICLE V- FACULTY REPRESENTATIVES

Section 3.

Each faculty representative shall attend the regular meetings of the Representative Council.

After two unexcused absences of a representative, the president may declare the seat unfilled

and call for a faculty election to fill out the term. The president may designate a member in good standing to organize this special election.

( Section 4 would be re-titled Section 3 upon the removal of the current Section 3. )

Rationale for This Amendment:

  • With the expected outcome of the Janus case on the horizon, the union needs to take an

inclusive, non-punitive approach to retaining membership and retaining Rep. Council

members.

  • This By-Law has never been used to remove members from the Rep. Council, and the

TEA President and Executive Board have communicated that they do not intend to use it

to remove members. We should not have a By-Law on the books that we have never

used and we don’t intend to use.

  • As written, the by-law allows for unfair application of its punitive measure. The word

“may” implies that the President can selectively choose which members to remove from

Rep. Council and which members not to remove, even if they have the same number of

absences. Fair and inclusive By-Laws should not contain such subjective language.

  • The TEA By-Laws contain no such similar rules regarding Executive Board member

attendance at Executive Board meetings, and Executive Board members are

compensated for their roles. It isn’t logical for the By-Laws to exclusively contain a

punitive attendance process for unpaid Rep. Council members.

  • If the current By-Law were to be fairly applied to all members, 30 Rep. Council members,

including 6 Executive Board members (as the Constitution states that Executive Board

members are also members of Rep. Council), would need to be removed from Rep.

Council. This high number will only rise with each successive Rep. Council meeting. It

doesn’t make sense to have a By-Law on the books where nearly every member of Rep.

Council can be removed from Rep. Council at the President’s discretion.

  • Regardless of whether they have missed 2 or more meetings or not, Rep. Council

members are volunteering their time and working hard in their buildings for no

compensation, and they should not be subject to such punitive measures.

 

 

  1. ARTICLE VIII- ELECTIONS

Section 1. Candidate Eligibility

(The current Section 1 would be re-titled Section 2 upon the addition of this proposed Section 1.

  1. All Active Members of the TEA, as defined by ARTICLE III of the TEA Constitution

are eligible to run for election for a first and second term for all TEA Officer

positions.

  1. Term limits shall apply to all TEA Officer positions. Each Active Member is eligible

to serve a total of two full two-year terms in each respective TEA Officer position.

  1. An Active Member who has served two full two-year terms is eligible to run for

election for any other TEA Officer position, so long as he or she has not

previously served two full two-year terms in such position.

Rationale for This Amendment:

  • TEA members have expressed that they are uncomfortable running for Officer positions

they perceive as being “somebody else’s position.” This proposed amendment will

encourage members to participate in Officer roles without feeling like they are stepping

on any toes.

  • This amendment promotes the exchange of different ideas and different approaches to

Officer positions over an extended period of time, while also allowing for veteran Officers

and Executive Board members to continue to serve in new and crucial positions.

  • This amendment does not exclude any TEA member from participating in compensated

Executive Board roles; it only promotes diversity in such roles over time. For example, a

TEA member who serves as secretary for four years still has the opportunity to serve in

he three other Officer positions for a total of twelve more years. Also, other

compensated Executive Board roles, such as Representative to the BOE and

Membership Chair are not subject to such term limits because they are not Officer

positions. A TEA member could conceivably still serve in a compensated position for his

or her entire teaching career, but the amendment would also allow for new members to

enter these important positions in a non-confrontational fashion.

 

 

 

RECOGNITION

 

For the Good of the Order  J

 

 

Released Minutes: Executive Board Meeting March 14, 2018

  1. March Rep Council Agenda
  • We went through the agenda and made some additions (“Elections” heading under SPECIAL COMMITTEES) and a few specific items
  • Made adjustments to correct a change in committee members on TEVAL

 

  1. Department Chair Grievance
  • Fran Basbagill and Tom Edwards met with Gary and Mike as representatives for the Department Chairs at THS
  • A discussion occurred. The request: Department Chairs are to have 1 teacher goal.  Department Chairs are to bring evidence and examples of their role as a department chair and an end of year summary will be written for each teacher directly on their role as a department chair.
  • Waiting for approval from administration
  1. Facebook Page: Concerned Trumbull Teachers
  • There was a discussion about what the criteria might be to be allowed on this page
  • There are teachers that have been blocked however, there are paraeducators and parents a part of this Facebook group
  • Concerned that TEA minutes are posted, however also discussed that minutes are available on our TEA website and accessible to anyone.
  1. Proposed Constitution and By Law Changes
  • Discussed proposed changes to Article III, Section 4 and Article VI Section 1
  • In both cases, wording was changed or added to better clarify.
  • Executive Board passed the changes.
  • They will now go to Rep Council
  • Then Rep Council takes these changes to their schools and will be voted on by the membership
  • We added wording to clarify Section 7 in our By Laws.
  • Executive Board voted to pass the changes.
  • By Laws changes do not go to the membership for vote.
  • Article V, Section 3 By Laws – a concern about this By Law was brought up – we had a discussion. The President will address the concerned member about this personally.
  1. Proposed Budget for 2018-2019
  • Started by discussing the reality of having to reduce the TEA Budget by about 30% in anticipation of the Janus Case that is in Supreme Court deciding that agency fees will no longer have to paid and that teachers can opt not to be a member and not pay dues.
  • We carefully went through the budget and made line item changes
  • Executive Board passed the proposed budget to now be presented to Rep Council at next week’s meeting.
  1. Good of the Order
  • Our Sunshine rep just had a baby, so we will be sending her a card.
  • An email about a bus to Hartford on March 24th went out to the membership and the invite will be extended to a few neighboring school districts.
  • The Bus heading to Washington DC on March 24th is almost filled.

TEA Representative Council Meeting February 21, 2018 at Jane Ryan School

Attendance: Tammy Jacobellis, Matt Bracksieck, Monica Callahan, Maggie Pereira, Jennifer Crawford, Brenda Windsor, Kathy Rubano, John Mastrianni, Carol St. John, Kimberly Greco, Kim Lombardi, Michele Potok, Judy Atwood, Anne Rosa, Jane Billington, Jenell Cunningham, Nedda Carrano, Tyler Cohen, Karen Smith, Jean-Marie Pulaski, April Lang, John Congdon, Nick Banks, Shannon Bolan, Gregg Basbagill, Tracey Cranston, Jamie Curley, John Evans, Ken Jones, Mike Margonis, Sara Scrofani, Mimi Seperack, Pat Tivadar, Joann Connon, Steven Barbin

 

CALL TO ORDER  4:00

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

We have added approval of the minutes to the agenda.  When we reviewed the minutes it was then that we discovered a report was from Booth Hill was not included.  Their report was added and the minutes were resent to the membership.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT  (Windsor)

The treasury report included up-to-date spreadsheet of spendings and deposits. There was a motion made to move money from summer leadership to CEA-RA in the amount of $1250, in order to accommodate up to 12 people attending CEA-RA. If there are not 12 people attending, we won’t need to move the money. The monies are used for Friday night dinner and double occupancy hotel rooms. The motion was carried out and if needed the monies will be moved.

SECRETARY’S REPORT (Crawford)

  • Attendance is taken at every Rep Council meeting. It is important that you remember to sign the attendance sheet if you attend a Rep Council meeting so I can accurately reflect attendance in the minutes.  If you do not sign the attendance form, I will not know to include you in the minutes.  Thank you for your help.
  • There was a discussion about the procedure of school and committee reports being submitted for the minutes. Questions were asked about why the secretary, who is responsible for taking notes at each minute, did not type up the minutes for each report.  I responded that I felt the minutes would be more accurate if each school and/or committee submitted their report to me in writing.  I will continue to take notes and keep track of who gave a report.  If I do not receive a report in writing from a school or committee that gave a report I will check with them to see if they intend to give a report or prefer my notes.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT  (Jacobellis)

SAVE THE DATE: April 23rd is a Fairfield County Council meeting at Testo’s in Bridgeport. Please RSVP to Tammy if you are interested in attending.

  1. The CEA RA is May 18 & 19that the Mohegan Sun. Trumbull can send 12 delegates. If you are interested in attending, please email Tammy Jacobellis by March 16th.  If there are more than 12 people that would like to attend, then an election will take place the week of March 20th.
  2. There will be a CEA Presidential election this year at the CEA RA. The 2 candidates are Jeff Leake and Bob Smoler.  Bob will be attending the March Rep Council meeting on March 21stto speak for a few minutes and answer any questions.  Jeff will be attending the April Rep Council meeting on April 21st.  All are welcome to attend these meetings.
  3. An email was recently sent about the March for Our Lives community rallies organized by students on March 24th. The 2 rallies that CEA is participating in are in Hartford and Washington D.C.. Please go to www.cea.org to take the poll to attend these rallies.
  4. In an effort to keep all TEA meetings stream-lined and more organized so all voices are heard, Roberts Rules will be more closely followed. We also have changed the Agenda to include School Reports towards the beginning of the meeting. Also, motions, when able, should be distributed ahead of time to all building reps.
  5. This is an important year for TEA Elections.  Positions for elections this year: President, Vice President at all levels, 3 At-large members to the Executive Board, Board of Education Rep, and Membership Chairperson. If you are interesting in running for any of these positions, please contact Gregg Basbagill, the TEA Elections Chairperson by April 16th.
  6. Our next Rep Council meeting is on March 21stat 4:00 at Trumbull High School. All are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL REPORTS

Alternate                     NO REPORT

Booth Hill                    NO REPORT

Daniels Farm              NO REPORT

Frenchtown                     NO REPORT

Jane Ryan                     NO REPORT

Hillcrest                      NO REPORT

Madison                      NO REPORT

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Middlebrook

Middlebrook teachers expressed concerns over having more than one initiative in a year (reading and science for next year).  Will we get the needed materials, support, and time to roll these out properly?   Teachers are already feeling overwhelmed with current curriculum plus new data entry expectations.  Also, 3rd grade teachers were did not volunteer but were chosen to pilot a new reading program.  One 3rd grade teacher was meeting with Dr. Budd today to voice her concerns.  After the meeting, she reported that he did say teachers would be compensated for any additional hours they put into this outside of the contracted work time, and they are only expected to do one unit between now and the end of the year.  This new reading program is very intense, which also includes pre and post assessments with time-consuming rubrics.

 

Program Leaders       NO REPORT

REACH                        NO REPORT

Tashua                        NO REPORT

TECEC                        NO REPORT

 

Trumbull High

Thursday, 2/15 incident

  • 8 am Email sent–said don’t drink the water.  No additional information.
    • Questions about health and safety were not addressed
    • All clear sent at 9:46–plenty of time to address concerns
  • Fire Alarm at 10–due to fumes released after full water was restored.
    • Given the events of the day before, couldn’t there have been an announcement saying it was necessary to evacuate the building but it was a controlled situation?
  • Staff & students were outside for extended length of time
    • No access to coats & jackets
    • Crowd control was a challenge as time extended
  • Eventually students were brought inside to gym & auditorium
  • Questions/ concerns
    • School opened without fully functional facilities–why not delay?
    • Lack of plan for extended time outside in inclimate weather
    • Lack of proper communication
      • Initial email concerning water should have disclosed more information–questions about safety should have been addressed
      • Without progress reports, teachers and students were left in the dark creating an increasingly tense situation
    • Proper maintenance is not being conducted on plant facilities (source of oder)
    • Key positions are not being staffed–no HVAC head replacement, head Electrician retiring, no replacement yet

 

AP enrollment outcome

  • Budd and Principal Guarino host “Pizza parties” to attract potential AP candidates from Sophomore class last school year.
  • More than 25 students drop AP Lang from their schedules before school year ends and over the summer, creating a large divide regarding teacher students loads
  • Half cadre day pulls seven teachers, two admins, and Dr. Budd to discuss “solutions” for the disparity, as increasing AP enrollment is a district goal.
  • Initial plan is to convert all honors classes to AP at the start of the second semester, even though students did not sign up for course and no 11 honors teachers are trained.
  • Plan changes to identifying students who can switch to class at the half year mark.  Every student in 11th grade is given an AP style assessment, but students are not told what the purpose of the assessment is.
  • The second half of the Election Day PD is used by English Department to score assessments.  And additional cadre day is used to score exams as well, primarily featuring teachers who were absent on Election Day.
  • Students are selected based on high scores, but mainly due to potential lateral switches in their schedules.  Two separate letters go out to students and parents.  Follow-up phone calls are also used to solicit students.
  • Another 1/2 cadre day is convened with 5 out of 6 AP/ 11 Honors teachers to discuss transition strategies
  • At the start of the 2nd semester, six students move to AP from Honors, and one student drops AP to move to Honors, netting an increase of five students for the AP Lang class.
  • Students circulate a petition to stop the elimination of honors next year.  Teachers are questioned about the petition, even though it was entirely student driven.  Three teachers were questioned about sharing information, the petitions, and about their “feelings” about the switch to all AP next year.
  • The scheduling process for next year has been delayed three weeks and students, teachers, and parents are kept in the dark about the timelines.

 

Issues unresolved from last Rep Council–Is there new information?

  • Special Ed balance in classes
  • Vo-Ag concerns
    • TEA member acting as Director (admin position eliminated this year to save money)
    • PE credit being awarded in classes with teachers not certified in PE
  • Office for Alt-School Psychologist
  • New Special Ed teacher hired for testing but school psychologists are still testing.

 

 

STANDING COMMITTEES

Membership (Gabriel)          NO REPORT

Public Relations (Basbagill)               NO REPORT

Social (Crawford, Pereira)

Our end of year celebration will take place on Wednesday June 6th from 3:45-5:45 at Tashua Knolls.  Please “SAVE THE DATE!”  More details to follow . . .                 

JOINT COMMITTEES

Advanced Degrees (Callahan, Gabriel, Kremzar)   NO REPORT

Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning Committee (Jacobellis, Rubano)

NO REPORT

 

Policy Advisory (Windsor)    NO REPORT

TEAM (Pereira)                      NO REPORT

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Scholarship (Pereira, Callahan, Crawford)              NO REPORT

Political Action- (inactive)                                          NO REPORT

Personnel Policy- (inactive)                                       NO REPORT

 

REPORTS

Board of Education (Rubano)

 

TEA Report to the BOE – February 13, 2018

Elementary Schools

Daniels Farm School

Mary O’Neill, our library teacher ran a Maker Space workshop with all fourth graders to create carnival games featuring concepts learned through force and motion. The fourth graders then invited our kindergarten students to the carnival where they then learned about force and motion from the fourth graders.

 

The DFS technology club supervised by Brenda Windsor has continued to produce monthly news shows featuring a PBIS update with appropriate building expectations. This month the created a supplemental show featuring the history of the Super Bowl. In addition, the produced a fun interview feature to help kick off the one school one book event.

 

Tammy Russo and Amy Panella, Reading Consultants, ran a very successful One School One Book kickoff event featuring student super heroes.

 

Steve Spillane, fifth grade teacher and student council supervisor helped run a school wide can drive for the Trumbull Food Pantry.

 

DFS fourth and fifth graders finished another year of JA for a day on Friday, February 9.

Frenchtown Elementary

The Kindness Club is having a book drive of new or gently used books to be donated to Bridgeport Schools.  The student council is sponsoring a Rainbow Day where each grade from K-5 will wear a different color of the rainbow.  (K-red, 1st-orange and so on).  This will take place Thursday February 15th.

 

On February 8, the school took part in the Sandy Hook Promise, which the PBIS committee organized.  Each class decorated a smiley face and then each child was asked to consider sharing that smile with someone they did not know well or maybe someone they did not play with much or definitely if they ever saw someone who seemed to be alone or might not always have a friend to play with.  The message was that sharing a smile makes others feel happy and as if they belong and it is important that we all try to make sure that no one feels isolated or alone.

 

Kindergarten and First Grade celebrated the 100th Day of school last Friday by dressing up as if we were 100 years old.  It was really fun to see everyone’s creativity.  Various activities were conducted focusing on the number 100.

 

By the second grade classrooms there is a life size replica of Abraham Lincoln on the wall.  All classes have been invited to have their picture taken with Abe and it will be displayed on the bulletin board in that hallway.

 

During the month of February, Frenchtown is celebrating its love of books, which greatly involved a collaboration of the Library Media Specialist and the Integration Technology Specialist.  Students in grades K-5 are creating book promotions for their favorite book using a variety of presentation software.

  • K-1 will be using ipads and Chatterpix Kids App to make their book talk.
  • Grades 2-3 will be creating a Class Google slideshow to showcase their favorite book. The slideshow will be looped on the plasma TV in the main lobby.
  • Grade 4 will be creating a Book Promotion using Powtoons Presentations – a graphic novel approach to presenting with cartoon characters.
  • Grade 5 will be creating Imovie Book Trailers using the ipads, to develop a 1-2 minutes “commercial” for their favorite book with the purpose of captivate their audience to run to the Learning Commons to get their book.

All classroom teachers and staff have decorated their door to the theme of their favorite book or read aloud.  Each day in February, the school is posting the door decorations on their twitter account, and a winner will be announced at the end of the month.

 

To culminate their love of books, Frenchtown is having a Learning Commons Open house on Saturday, March 10 to invite families and friends to see the changes from library to learning commons and explore the Maker Stations as well as find a comfy spot to read together.

 

Middle Schools

HMS is having its annual Cultural Café on Thursday, March 8th and thank the PTA for their continued monetary support.

 

Madison Middle school students in grades 6-8 recently participated in the preliminary round of the National Geographic Geography Bee.  Ten finalists competed in the school finals, held on January 24th.  8th grader Kurtis Bleakley was our school winner!  Madison will be notified in early March if Kurtis qualifies for the state of CT competition, which will be held on April 6th.  The state finalists represent the top 100 scoring students on the online test that all of the school champions take.  Congratulations and good luck to Kurtis!

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High School

On Saturday, January 27, Libbi Intemann, advisor to the THS Ethics Bowl, assisted ten Trumbull High students as they walked through the Phelps Gates at Yale University in New Haven to ponder and respond to ethical dilemmas that challenge us every day. As the first ambassadors representing Trumbull in CT’s first Regional Ethics Bowl, these talented young adults engaged in insightful, civil discourse on topics ranging from public versus charter schools, driverless car liability, loyalty to nation, and gentrification.

 

Throughout the 8 hour competition, two Trumbull teams rotated in 5 qualifying rounds with three other Connecticut schools, taking turns developing on their ethical stance and explaining the foundation of their reasoning. In each round, Trumbull Team 1, comprised of Emily Ruben (10), Julia Esposito (12), TJ Melia (12), Cade Toth (11), and Vishal Ramesh (12) and Team 2, comprised of Sarah Gianetti (11), Owen Borders (12), Grace Xiong (9), Sophie Calandro-Bitjeman (10), and Tess Schober (10) presented their team’s ethical position, responded to inquisitive commentary from other teams, and reasoned through 10 minute questioning by judges.

 

Earning their way into the finals, with a record of 3-1, Trumbull Team 1 faced Choate Rosemary Hall Team 1 (4-0) on the ethical issue facing those people suffering from Bodily Identity Integrity Disorder (BIID). Questions posed to Team Trumbull included: If BIID patients are likely to resort to dangerous measures to modify their bodies, is this a good enough reason to allow doctors to perform these modifications? How would you answer this question? Team Trumbull presented strong reasoning that disabling an able-bodied person suffering from BIID was unethical on the grounds of the disabling societal impact as well as the lack of ethical leniency in the Hippocratic Oath.

 

Although Trumbull placed second overall in the competition, it was a first for several reasons. Facing their first ever Ethical competition at the first ever Ethics Bowl in CT, Trumbull High School students proved excellence in civility, insight, and reasoning. Trumbull High School has set the “ethics bar” high and we look forward to building our team and earning our way towards the National Ethics Bowl in 2019.

 

Samantha Eisenberg has been asked to participate in NACAC’s (National Association for College Admissions Counselors) Legislative Conference in Washington, DC at the end of February. At this conference she will have the opportunity to meet with CT legislators and legislative aids to discuss topics important to counseling, college admissions, and education.

 

This Saturday, February 10, Trumbull High’s Model Congress team hosted our first ever full day competition at the high school.  We had over 60 students attending from Christian Heritage, Darien, New Canaan, Torrington, and Wilton.  Seniors and Presidents Ethan Bachand and Derek Marble completely organized this event from running our opening and closing ceremonies to training our student chairs, creating the background guides and crises, and organizing all the logistics for the day. Students were able to resolve a number of crises throughout the day which included a nuclear spill, the college debt bubble, a free speech incident, a bomb planted at the Olympics, and the possible secession of 9 states from the union back in the 1850s.

 

We had three award winners this day too!  Congratulations to the following students:

  • Cyrus Asgari – Honorable Mention (2nd place) in the Ethics Committee
  • George James – Honorable Mention in the Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
  • Hannah Auten – Honorable Mention in the Historical Committee on the Compromise of 1850

 

Special thank you to Ethan and Derek and all the student chairs of the event:

  • Historical Committee: Jessica Parillo and Kevin Moccia
  • Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs: Laura Rosales and Kyle Beck
  • Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation: Shane Carley and Alev Yorulmaz
  • House Ethics Committee: Lawrence Zhang and Miriam Marino
  • House Foreign Affairs: Stefano Mancini and Manan Manchanda

 

Yesterday at the US District Court in Hartford the THS Mock Trial Team won advancing to the Final Four Semi-Final Round of the state tournament to be held at the same court tomorrow (Wednesday 2/14 in the afternoon.)  These students will participate:  Emily Cardinale, Daniella Chuka, Alexandra Coclin, Megan Griffin, Nigel Hayes, and Andrew Koch.

Following are the minutes from the BOE meeting on February 13, 2018:

 

  • Board Chairman Loretta Chory mentioned the January 24 meet and greetwith the TEA, Board members and Vicki Tesoro, which everyone enjoyed.

 

  • During public comments, students from the THS Model Congress Club presented t-shirts to Michael Ward (We the People and Model Congress) and shared their experiences with the Board, especially the February 10 full-day conference, which was held at the high school. Katie Boland, advisor to these clubs, shared a letter that Congressman Jim Himes wrote honoring We the People.

 

  • Dr. Cialfi spoke about the recognition of Daniels Farm School and Middlebrooks for one of the distinguished schools.  The schools will be recognized at the February 27 meeting.

 

  • I shared my TEA report with the BOE.

 

  • Following trips were approved for the high school:  4 trips for the marching band, and one for the Academic Decathlon trip to Texas.  All these trips are competitions.

 

  • No personnel report

 

  • Second readings of these policies were approved:  Non-Discrimination, Affirmative Action, Non-Discrimination in Employment, Employee’s Service in the Guard or Reserve, Attendance Grades K-8, High School Attendance/Loss of Credit, and Loan of Textbooks to Nonpublic School Students.

 

  •    First readings of these polices were discussed:  Student Teachers, Free and Reduced-Price Meals, Sexual Harassment, Websites, and Student use and Possession of Smoking Products, Tobacco Products, Drugs, and Alcohol

 

  • These curriculum guides were approved:  Multivariable Calculus, Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2-D Design, Global Insights, and Grades 6-8 STRIDE (Students Taking Responsibility for Developing Excellence).

 

  • The following books were approved:  Earth, 2nded., Physical Science with Earth Science, 2nd ed., and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

 

  • Dr. Cialfi discussed the recent Board budget meeting that recently took place with the First Selectman, Vicki Tesoro, and the Board of Finance.  The BOE had approved $105,350,635 (4.22%) for 2018-2019.  After meeting with Mrs. Tesoro, adjustment was made to the budget.  She removed $1,127,908 (-1.2%) from the Board approved budget, which brings the budget to $103,536,727.  The Board of Finance still has to vote, and the BOE mentioned that they are NOT ready to make any changes to the original requested funds.  More discuss to follow.

Minutes by Kathy Rubano

 

 

 

PTA General Council (Kremzar, Pierce)                               NO REPORT

Sunshine (Law)

These are the terms for Sunshine.  If any of the following apply to a TEA member in your building, please contact Heatherly Law:

 

1.) Death in immediate family (includes in laws)

2) New baby

3) Marriage

4) Illness (greater than 6 weeks)

5) Death of a grandparent

 

Give name and address to:

Heatherly Law

Lawh@trumbullps.org

TECEC

 

Webmaster (Kennan)

Please send any TEA photos/events to pkennan@trumbullps.org to be posted on the Trumbulltea.org website.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  • Motion for inviting Kate Fields to speak to supt.  (below)
    • We will invite her to come but we cannot guarantee the supt will meet
    • Motion passed as written. The Executive Board shall carry out the resolution established by the Representative Council.

Motion for PEDEC Compliance

2/21/2018

 

Motion Overview:

 

The motion proposes that the TEA accept the offer of CEA’s Teacher Development Specialist to come to Trumbull and speak with the superintendent to resolve the fact that Trumbull’s PDEC committee is out of compliance with state guidelines.

 

Full Motion:

 

1) Whereas,

  • Trumbull Public Schools’ PDEC committee’s chairperson is the assistant superintendent rather than one teacher co-chair and one administrator co-chair,
  • Trumbull Public Schools’ PDEC committee has never published meeting minutes,
  • Trumbull Public Schools’ PDEC committee has not met regularly in recent years (according to the TEA president at the January Rep Council meeting, the committee did not meet at all during the 2016-2017 school year),

2) Whereas TEA leadership’s attempt to resolve these items with district leadership on 12/20/17 resulted in the response that Trumbull’s PDEC committee does not need to follow these guidelines because they “are guidelines not requirements” (as documented in the January Executive Board minutes),

 

3) Whereas,

  • CEA’s Teacher Development Specialist is recognized as the union’s leading expert on Connecticut state law, Connecticut state guidelines, and district PDEC committee requirements,
  • CEA’s Teacher Development Specialist does not typically offer to come to districts to resolve problems unless she recognizes a significant issue,

 

4) Whereas,

  • CEA’s Teacher Development Specialist has stated to TEA leadership that districts are “expected to to adhere” to state guidelines,
  • CEA’s Teacher Development Specialist has stated to TEA leadership that, “by refusing to do so (the superintendent) is indicating that he is refusing to give teachers the voice they are legally supposed to have on the PDEC.”
  • CEA’s Teacher Development Specialist has stated to TEA leadership that the superintendent’s “reluctance to comply with the Commissioner’s guidance suggests there are likely other problems as well.”

 

Let it be resolved that the TEA will act to address the Trumbull Public Schools PDEC committee’s compliance issues with state guidelines by accepting the offer of CEA’s Teacher Development Specialist to come to Trumbull and speak with the superintendent about the above stated compliance issues, including but not limited to the need for a teacher co-chair, the need for meeting minutes, and the need for regular meeting sessions.

 

 

  • CEA letter for dues reduction  (below)
    • A letter was drafted to the CEA regarding concerns over the candidates that CEA has endorsed and how these candidates did not vote in favor of teachers resulting in a 1% increase in what is taken out of teacher’s paychecks to help cover pensions. Looking for CEA to make some changes to their process possibly.
    • Also asking for a 5% dues reduction from CEA next year.
    • Concern about Janus that might negate the unions.  We are voicing displeasure and asking for a review of procedure.
    • Concern was also voiced about asking for a 5% dues reduction when budgets are a concern for unions in general.
    • The motion to send the letter below from TEA did not pass. However, the letter is included below and if anyone who wishes to sign the CEA Dues Reduction Letter should send an e-mail to Nick Banks (nbanks@trumbpullps.org) or John Mastrianni (jmastria@trumbullps.org) by March 9th.

 

CEA Dues Reduction Letter

Teachers in Connecticut recently advocated and successfully fought against a provision in the State Budget that would shift the cost of teacher retirement onto cities and towns across Connecticut.  This was the CEA’s primary focus in encouraging teacher activism and it was the primary focus of CEA’s letter writing campaign directed at the state’s lawmakers.

While this was successful in helping preserve the budgets and finances of Connecticut’s towns and cities, the second phase of the budget negotiations was not nearly as successful for teachers.  Instead of the cost of teacher retirements being placed on municipalities, the cost was placed directly on the backs on teachers.

As CEA President Sheila Cohen stated in her October 26th press release after the budget was finalized “We are dismayed, however, that after receiving tens of thousands of emails and calls from teachers, legislators still voted to increase the payroll tax on teachers. While we appreciate the fact that legislators reduced the two-percent increase in the teacher tax down to one percent, this increase does not strengthen the teacher retirement fund—it simply allows the state to reduce its share and pocket the $38 million in new tax dollars paid by teachers. This is wrong because teachers have reliably contributed their fair share every year.”

While we are happy to hear President Cohen’s words of consolation, it does not change the fact that the CEA’s fight was primarily focused on the interests of our employers and not the interests of teachers as dues paying members.

Unions are under attack from entities that wish to see unions abolished and severely weakened. The spectre of the Janus Case looms over all labor associations across the country at a time when current member’s confidence in unions is wavering.

Part of this lack of confidence in our unions is due to the fact that CEA and AFT endorse many candidates that do not have the best interests of teachers and students in mind.  CEA, AFT, and NEA should carefully consider each politician’s voting record before granting a candidate an endorsement.  This is especially important to consider since many public officials turn their backs on unions and union membership once they have been elected.

As a way to increase the confidence of paying members and also make up for the unfair burden being placed on teachers due to their lack of advocacy and the endorsements of those who voted for this teacher tax (see attached), we are asking for a 5% dues reduction for this year.  While this is only a fraction of the costs that teachers will pay out-of-pocket to preserve their pensions, the gesture would go a long way in creating much needed good will in a tangible (and not symbolic) way.

 

 

 

CEA Endorsed Candidates

Below is a compiled list of Connecticut House of Representatives and State Senate, endorsed by CEA during the 2016 elections.  The members of the House and Senate listed below voted for the state budget that included the tax on our profession.

Connecticut House of Representatives

Catherine Abercrombie, James Albis, David Arconti, Andre Baker, David Baram, Patrick Boyd, Michael D’Agostino, Mike Demicco, Andrew Fleischmann, Joe Gresko, Antonio Guerrera, Gregory Haddad, Jack Henessy, Rick Lopes, Geraldo Reyes, Matt Ritter, Bobby Sanchez, Ezequiel Santiago, Peter Tercyak, Edwin Vargas, Tim Ackert, Vincent Candelora, Themis Klarides, Brian Ohler, Dave Yaccarino, Joe Aresimowicz, Jeffrey Berger, Russell Morin, Linda Orange.

Connecticut State Senate

Marilyn Moore, Steve Cassano, Beth Bye, Terry B. Gerratana, John A. Kissel, Kevin D. Witkos, Paul Doyle, Martin Mooney, Ted Kennedy, Gayle Slossberg, Edwin Gomes, Bob Duff, Mae M. Flexer, Leonard Fasano, Anthony Guglielmo

 

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

  1. TEA Election season is upon us.  This year, we are holding elections for President, Vice Presidents (one for elementary level, one for middle level and one for high school), Membership Chair, Board of Education Representative and Three At-Large members.  Any TEA member is eligible to run for these positions.

 

The election will be held in early May, but the time for nominating candidates for these positions is upon us.  Any nominations should be made in writing to Gregg Basbagill (Elections Chairperson, THS) by March 31.  In April, candidates may declare that they are running, and the slate of candidates for all positions will be completed at the April Rep Council meeting.  Please see the attached elections procedure for more details.

 

If you have any questions about the positions, please reach out to any member of the Representative Council or the Executive Board for more information.  Or consult the Constitution and Bylaws to learn more about our organization’s structure and management.

 

Gregg Basbagill

TEA Elections Chairperson, 2018

 

 

Election Procedures and Timeline:

In even years, the Constitution and Bylaws stipulate that elections are held for President and

Vice-Presidents of the Association. At-Large members are elected annually. Election for

Membership Chair and Board of Education Representative will also be held this year..

March :

Active members may nominate candidates for President and Vice-President in writing (email) to

Gregg Basbagill. Nominations are due by March 31.

April 16:

Any candidates who wish to declare their own candidacy must do so in writing (email) to Gregg

Basbagill.

April 18: Rep Council Meeting (Daniels Farm)

The nominated and declared candidates will be read to the Rep. Council. Others may be

nominated from the floor at this meeting (but no candidates may self-declare at this meeting). If

there are no contested seats, there will not be an election.

April 25: Candidate biographies due

All nominated and declared candidates who wish to submit a statement may do so. Candidates

may also submit a picture if they wish.

April 27: Election Preview

The Election website will be shared with the Executive Board to ensure that everything looks

proper.

May 1: Online Voting Begins at 12:01 am

Ballots will be cast using SimplyVoting. Candidates’ names will be listed alphabetically. If pairs

are running for president, the person with the earliest name, alphabetically, will be listed first.

Voters will login with their school email to cast ballots. Schools are encouraged to use a

building meeting for this purpose.

 

May 8: Online Voting Concludes at 5 pm.

The results will be reported to the candidates that evening via email, and an announcement

distributed by the secretary the following day.

 

 

  1. School security motion  (attached)

Motion passed as written. The Executive Board shall carry out the resolution established by the Representative Council.

 

Motion to Review School Safety Profile & Procedures

2/21/2018

Motion Overview:

 

The motion proposes that the TEA formally contact central office administration and the Board of Education to request security enhancements to Trumbull Public Schools’ buildings and procedures, and request a formal reply, in response to the growing threat of school shootings.

 

Full Motion:

 

1) Whereas,

  • Unions were founded on the principle of protecting workers’ safety,
  • Teachers unions have the additional duty to also protect our students’ safety,

 

2) Whereas,

  • School shootings have occurred in buildings which resemble the size and demographics of Trumbull High School (large suburban schools with a large population of students),
  • A school shooting occurred in an elementary school within close geographic proximity to Trumbull Public Schools’ buildings,

 

3) Whereas,

  • Numerous Trumbull Public Schools buildings have windows separating classrooms from hallways, sidelight windows in classroom doorways, and windows in close proximity to door locks,
  • Some Trumbull Public Schools substitutes or short-term staff members are not issued keys to lock the classroom doors which they occupy,
  • Numerous Trumbull Public Schools buildings have classroom doors which can be unlocked by the same key, of which hundreds of copies exist throughout the same buildings

 

4) Whereas,

  • Fatalities occurred in recent school shootings due to an assailant firing through classroom windows,
  • Fatalities occurred in recent school shootings due to staff being unable to lock difficult-to-lock classroom doors quickly and efficiently,

 

Let it be resolved that the TEA will formally contact central office administration and the entire Board of Education either by letter, email, or in-person (at the discretion of the TEA president) to fully report all bulleted items from Parts 2, 3, and 4 of this motion, and to formally request the following:

 

Two and Part Three the Final Report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, including but not limited to:

  • providing closers on classroom doors so that they automatically return to a closed, latched, and locked position to preclude unauthorized entry,
  • equipping classroom doors with windows or sidelights with penetration/forced entry resistant glazing,
  • That the district re-examine its policy on the control and issuance of keys and/or its classroom door locking mechanisms so that doors can be quickly and easily locked by teachers, substitutes, short-term staff, etc. at all times
  1. B) That the district seek further methods to fully comply with all recommendations found within FEMA’s Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans, including but not limited to:
  • further training for all staff on responding to active shooter scenarios,
  • tabletop exercises, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises of school and district plans,
  • increased availability of medical and safety supplies in all classrooms

 

Let it be resolved that the TEA will request a written response to the union’s concerns from central office administration and the Board of Education to be shared with union members at a Rep Council meeting.

 

FEMA guidelines on functional exercises and full-scale exercises:

 

Exercise the Plan

The more a plan is practiced and stakeholders are trained on the plan, the more effectively they will be able to act before, during, and after an emergency to lessen the impact on life and property. Exercises provide opportunities to practice with community partners (e.g., first responders, local emergency management personnel), as well as to identify gaps and weaknesses in the plan. The exercises below require increasing amounts of planning, time, and resources. Ideally, schools will create an exercise program, building from a tabletop exercise up to a more advanced exercise, like a functional exercise:

 

Functional exercises:

 

Functional exercises are similar to drills but involve multiple partners; some may be conducted district-wide. Participants react to realistic simulated events (e.g., a bomb threat, or an intruder with a gun in a classroom), and implement the plan and procedures using the ICS.

 

Full-scale exercises:

These exercises are the most time-consuming activity in the exercise continuum and are multiagency, multijurisdictional efforts in which all resources are deployed. This type of exercise tests collaboration among the agencies and participants, public information systems, communications systems, and equipment. An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is established by either law enforcement or fire services, and the ICS is activated.

 

To effectively execute an exercise:

  • Include community partners such as first responders (law enforcement officers, EMS practitioners, and fire department personnel) and local emergency management staff;
  • Communicate information in advance to avoid confusion and concern;
  • Exercise under different and non-ideal conditions (e.g., times of day, weather conditions, points in the academic calendar, absence of key personnel, and various school events);
  • Be consistent with common emergency management terminology;
  • Debrief and develop an after-action report that evaluates results, identifies gaps or shortfalls, and documents lessons learned; and
  • Discuss how the school EOP and procedures will be modified, if needed, and specify who has the responsibility for modifying the plan.

For additional information on conducting exercises, please see the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program Guide at https://hseep.dhs.gov/pages/1001_HSEEP10.aspx.

 

 

Tabletop exercises:

Tabletop exercises are small-group discussions that walk through a scenario and the courses of action a school will need to take before, during, and after an emergency to lessen the impact on the school community. This activity helps assess the plan and resources, and facilitates an understanding of emergency management and planning concepts.

 

 

  1. A motion was made to request that TEA front the bill to reserve a bus to Washington D.C on March 24th. Bus for Trumbull Teachers to March 24 DC. The cost would be $3600.00. $70 per seat for each TEA member. There is a 10 day cancellation but would only refund 50% of the cost.  This motion did not pass.  However, there has been an email sent to the membership informing them that CEA is possibly organizing buses and currently taking a poll to see how many teachers are interested in attending.

 

RECOGNITION

 

For the Good of the Order  J

 

 

TEA Representative Council Meeting January 31, 2018 at Booth Hill School

Attendance: Tammy Jacobellis, Matt Bracksieck, Monica Callahan, Maggie Pereira, Jennifer Crawford, Brenda Windsor, Leigh Gabriel, Andrea Kremzar, Vanessa Brittain, John Mastrianni, Kimberly Greco, Kim Lombardi, Michele Potok, Judy Atwood, Anne Rosa, Jane Billington, Nedda Carrano, Tyler Cohen, Karen Smith, Jean-Marie Pulaski, Pam Rogalin, Jen Winschel, Nick Banks, Gregg Basbagill, Tracey Cranston, Jamie Curley, John Evans, Sara Scrofani, Mimi Seperack, Rick Blanc

 

CALL TO ORDER  4:00

TREASURER’S REPORT  (Windsor)

All receipts to this date, January 31, 2018 have been paid. Our Meet and Greet was a success with ten additional TEA members attending over the projected number. We had 30 actually RSVP, we budgeted for 50, and 60 were in attendance. We went over the event budget by $140, but we will be able to adjust with a future event. We will begin our budget process for the next year in the next two months. If anyone has any questions or suggestions, please get them to the executive team as soon as possible.

 

SECRETARY’S REPORT (Crawford)

  • Attendance is taken at every Rep Council meeting. It is important that you remember to sign the attendance sheet if you attend a Rep Council meeting so I can accurately reflect attendance in the minutes.  If you do not sign the attendance form, I will not know to include you in the minutes.  Thank you for your help.
  • If you have a report for the minutes, please make sure to email them to me each month by or right after the Rep Council meeting for the month.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT  (Jacobellis)

  1. Thank you to Booth Hill for hosting the meeting.
  2. Thank you to all that attended the TEA Meet and Greet at Vazzy’s on Wednesday, January 24th. We received positive feedback from teachers, Board of Education members and the First Selectman, Vicki Tesoro.
  3. SAVE THE DATE: The CEA RA is May 18-19th at the Mohegan Sun.  Trumbull can send 12 delegates. If you are interested in attending, please let Tammy know.  This is an important year since there is a CEA Presidential election. There are 2 candidates:  Jeff Leake, current CEA VP and Bob Smoler, Fairfield President.  They will be attending the March Rep Council meeting to present their ideas and answer any questions.
  4. UNION MEMBERSHIP MATTERS: Share CEA video and give CEA posters to all schools for their faculty rooms.
  5. My personal email is tammy18harley@yahoo.com and my phone number is 203-209-9034. It’s important to use private email when discussing personal matters. You can also call or text me your concerns. It’s important to stay off the server and school email when sharing personal matters.
  6. It’s a new year! Please check your certifications! Please take the time to check out the expiration date on your certifications.  Do not let it lapse.
  7. TEA Elections for President and Vice President are this year.  There are also 3 At-Large positions and a Board of Education position. If you are interested in being the Elections Chairperson, please let me know by Wednesday, February 7th. The Election team will need to present a time line and the election process at the February Rep Council meeting to be voted upon.
  8. SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, June 6th is the TEA End of the Year Celebration! We are hoping for a large turnout for this fun event! Please let Jen Crawford or Maggie Pereira know if you would like to help make this event the best one yet! J

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Letter to CEA regarding dues relief

TEA Reps reviewed the draft of the dues reduction letter that was discussed at the November Rep Council Meeting.

 

After a discussion of the content of the letter, suggested changes were proposed.  Each section will be revised and voted on at the next Rep Council meeting in February. The motion will ask to send the letter to Fairfield County Council so that other locals can sign the letter.  If no other CEA locals wish to participate in the letter, we will send it exclusively from the TEA.

 

PEDEC committee

The TEA learned on 10/27/17 that elements of the TPS evaluation and professional development committee are out of compliance with state guidelines on PDEC committees. This issue was first discussed at the 11/29/17 Rep Council meeting. The TPS committee is out of compliance with state guidelines by not having a teacher co-chair, not publishing minutes of its meetings, and not meeting regularly (The TEA president stated that the committee did not meet during the 2016-2017 school year). According to the 1/3/18 Executive Board minutes, district administration responded to the union’s concerns during a meeting on 12/20/17 by stating that these compliance issues “are guidelines not requirements.”

TEA leadership reached out to CEA’s Teacher Development Specialist about this issue, and the TEA president read excerpts from her response at the Rep Council Meeting. CEA’s specialist informed TEA leadership that districts are “expected to adhere to state guidelines,” as the guidelines are intended to “give teachers the voice they are legally supposed to have on the PDEC.”  CEA’s specialist offered to come to Trumbull and meet with the superintendent about this issue, as this failure to follow state guidelines on PDEC “suggests there are likely other problems as well.”

 

TEA leadership said they are currently considering the CEA’s Teacher Development Specialist’s offer, and remains committed to resolving these guidelines violations.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Regular meetings with BOE

A motion was made to establish a direct line of communication with the BOE via one on one meetings without the Superintendent.  After the discussion, the motion was amended to invite the BOE to direct talks with or without the Superintendent.

 

It was argued that this would be a natural follow up to our meet and greet with the BOE to ensure that the Board is fully informed about the impact that decisions are having on the schools, from the teachers’ perspective.

 

The concern raised was how the Superintendent would feel if the union engaged in direct discussion with the BOE and about following the chain of command.

 

The motion to invite the BOE to talk ended in a tie.

 

SCHOOL REPORTS

Alternate                     NO REPORT

Booth Hill                    NO REPORT

Daniels Farm

Third and fourth grade would like to see only 1 new initiative per year (next year is new reading and science for fourth and maybe third)

 

The following are comments from our third grade team-

 

  • Third grade is happy with their current reading program- their scores are fine
  • They need explicit instruction programs for spelling and grammar with a Scope and Sequence Guide

 

Frenchtown

Teachers in several grade levels at Frenchtown are concerned about how curriculum is being rolled out this year.  Fourth and fifth grades have been given a packet for their informational writing which asks them to substitute their content for the content in the TC unit.  They felt that these new lesson pieces should have been fleshed out and re-written by curriculum and that each teacher should not be doing it on their own.  Second grade has been given new science content, but it is coming to them piece by piece.  It is very difficult to plan a unit when you don’t have all the resources available while you are expected to teach the unit immediately.  Kindergarten expressed the same concerns last year about not having all materials and resources for science.  This year there is uncertainty regarding assessment in science.  In addition, the page given to us detailing what data needs to be inputted into IC does not specify what we are to use for science.

 

Jane Ryan                     NO REPORT

Hillcrest                      NO REPORT

 

Madison

.                        Teachers looking for more say in 8th Grade placement going into high school.

  1. PPT’s and loss preps due to length.
  2. Building Schedule for 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

Middlebrook

Invention Convention:  Changes, and timing of changes, to the invention convention project was of concern to the 5th grade teachers.  The most recent one, which was the option of not making a prototype (Path 2), was communicated with teachers the evening before it was communicated with parents.  We were upset that we, as teachers and implementers of the program, were disregarded in any discussion about potential changes to major elements of this project.  When this project was first launched as a district-wide initiative, we did have PD at the beginning and at the end of the year.  Since then, this project has undergone changes from Connecticut Invention Convention, as well as from our district, without additional PD.  After meeting with Dr. Budd and Floria, the 5th grade teachers were told the rationale behind the changes.  During this meeting, we were also told that a meeting will be set up at the conclusion of the project with all of the 5th grade teachers from the district.  Middlebrook 5th grade teachers would like to have an opportunity to discuss aspects of the project, such as the amount of time we spend on making sure the event runs smoothly.  Plus, the lack of continuity in learning when we are having D.A.R.E, teaching science curriculum, and incorporating invention convention lessons and answering students’ questions, all at the same time.  This is a time of year when we are already dealing with weather-related closings.

 

IC Data Entry:  We would like to continue to express the concern we have over the large volume of data that we are expected to enter into Infinite Campus.  Many of which are open-ended and time-consuming just to score.

The breakdown below is based off of the Tri-2 “Assured Assessments for Infinite Campus Gradebook Reporting” for 5th grade (24 students):

ELA:  216 scores

Reading Records:  96 scores

Basic Math Facts: 144 scores

Exemplar Summative Math:  24 scores

Science:  192 scores

 

Again, this is in addition to the data that needs to be entered for report cards, which is already at 33 pieces of data per student/per trimester with a total of 792 scores per class (again assuming 24 students). This is an issue not just in 5th grade; that is just the sample provided.  These numbers are similar in other grades, as well.

 

 

Program Leaders       NO REPORT

REACH                        NO REPORT

Tashua

Tashua’s big concerns were around the inputting of data on infinite campus. It’s not user friendly. Entering is cumbersome (especially writing and F&P assessments) and it requires that you keep your own records of the data because you can’t print out a report on the back end to help with grading/report cards, etc.  So it’s like double, sometimes, triple entry.

 

Related to this was the question of inputting data. How are the dates for inputting data decided? Are they negotiable? Will there be repercussions if the info isn’t inputted on the exact date. Do we have any say on what and when data goes on? A committee, perhaps? It feels like things are being decided in a vacuum without our input (i.e. the invention convention changes). Another issue was teachers finding time to score writing on demand assessments. Is it always to be done at the Tuesday grade level time?

 

Finally, the gym floor issue, which was brought up at the rep meeting, has been addressed and is now being fixed!!

TECEC                        NO REPORT

Trumbull High

Special ed balance in classes

Concerns originally brought to administration and TEA leadership attention in early October.  The ratio of special ed students in regular ed classes is out of compliance with state guidelines.  At that time it was said that administration was looking at potential changes for 2nd semester and that science classes were a top priority.  At this time, no changes have been made meaning that those classes are still out of balance and still out of compliance with state guidelines.  Administration is saying now that they are looking at the schedule for next year including opening up new “workshop” classes which may fix the problem for next year.

There is concern that IEP requirements for regular ed hours are not being met as classes that are out of balance do not count as regular ed classes.

 

 

 

 

Vo-Ag concerns

Acting director:

A TEA member with his 092 is being asked to take on more administrative duties, filling in for the “Acting Director” of the Agriscience program, an issue brought to the attention of administration and TEA leadership in early October.  There are concerns that this member is not able to meet the requirement that a teacher needs to spend at least half his day engaged in student contact.  The position opened up when the decision was made over the summer to cut the director position.  At that time, it was decided that a TEA member would be placed in the position formerly held by an administrator.  The position was not posted and a better qualified candidate was not given the opportunity to apply for the role.

Currently, the role of the TEA member placed in the capacity of the acting director has not been clearly defined and he has already found himself in the middle of supervising teachers.

 

PE Credit

A long standing practice is to award PE credit to students at the Vo-Ag school in classes where the teacher is not certified in PE.  Students are receiving 2 credits for this class: one academic credit for the class itself and one PE credit.  A similar arrangement for students attending the Aquaculture school was recently changed after a recertification audit ended the practice.
 

 

B19 relief

The question of what constitutes “Student Contact” with regards to relief for the Math and English lab teachers came up again.  An issue originally brought up in September, we got clarification about what the responsibilities for the relief teacher were however a recent incident revealed that a lack of clear job description and lack of clearly spelled out expectations is creating confusion and frustration. We have a plan to meet with administration to find a clearly defined solution for the problem.

 

Related to this issue is the fact that we still do not have job descriptions for certain jobs as the contract calls for, even though we filed a grievance on this issue.  Currently the TEA is waiting on Long Hill to agree to a job description committee to rectify the problem.
Alt School office for school Psych

In October, it was brought to the attention of administration and TEA leadership that there was no space for the Alternate School Psychologist, even though it was known that they were moving the Alt school to the THS campus in the Spring of 2017.  In Oct. we were told that office space would be built over the Dec. break.  It still has not happened and that TEA member does not have the appropriate resources to deliver services to the students.  As of now there are no plans to rectify this.

 

State guidelines–Facilities and Resources

Administration will ensure that the physical facilities adequately accommodate the needs of staff and students to accomplish the established goals with high quality. These will be consistent with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding physical plant. This includes the provision of adequate space to accommodate the following:

      • • group activities without interfering with individualized learning;
      • • technology as a resource to students and educators; and
      • • “privacy areas” for counseling and the delivery of community-based support services.

Job postings

SAT Tutoring positions are continued to be handed out without proper posting, preventing all members from applying for the position.  This issue was brought to the attention of administration and TEA leadership in October.  TEA was informed that these were “non-contracted positions” and therefore did not have to follow the posting procedure.  It is not clear what that means or if it is valid.  We will continue to follow up.

 

New Special Ed Testing teacher

In October the SRP psychologist left and the position was not filled.  Their responsibilities were distributed to the current school psychologists and social workers, increasing their workload.  A person was hired to conduct all the testing and therefore remove that responsibility from the members affected by this most recent job realignment.  However, school psychologists still leave to test off-site.  Looking for clarification about what happened and why.
 

Student recommendations

Because of the push to increase AP enrollment, teachers’ role in recommending students for the following year’s classes is being reduced. Options for students are also being reduced as more and more honors classes are being eliminated.  Now honors students are forced to either enroll in AP classes or drop a level to ACP.  There are concerns that students will become overburdened with an excessive workload because of reduced options.

 

Also, as a result of the teachers’ reduced role, Counselors involvement and work is increasing.

 

 

STANDING COMMITTEES

Membership (Gabriel)          NO REPORT

Public Relations (Basbagill)               NO REPORT

Social (Crawford, Pereira)

Our end of year celebration will take place on Wednesday June 6th from 3:45-5:45 at Tashua Knolls.  Please “SAVE THE DATE!”  More details to follow . . .                 

JOINT COMMITTEES

Advanced Degrees (Callahan, Gabriel, Kremzar)   NO REPORT

Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning Committee (Jacobellis, Rubano)

20 December 2017 / 4:30 PM / Long Hill Building                                                                        Note: Rescheduled date from October 30, 2017

ATTENDEES                                                                                                                                                                       Michael McGrath, Jennifer Chirles, Sara Scrofani, Tammy Jacobellis, Lisa Ryan, Dana Pierce

AGENDA                                                                                                                                                                                       Last Meeting Follow-up

  • A shared approach to the goal-setting process; an overview of the process at the elementary level
  • Online Teacher Evaluation System; a consideration of the pros and cons

New Business

  • State Guidelines for professional development committees; ensuring the spirit of teacher and administration collaboration
  • Plans for the non-traditional teacher; future work of creating plans for those who do not “fit” into the current plan (social workers, guidance, department heads etc.)
  • Sharing Best Practices; future work of sharing out the excellence of our Trumbull Public Schools

ACTION ITEMS                                                                                                                                                     Sara Scrofani will collaboration with Christina Hefele for some ways to use technology to increase opportunities for both data collection and a repository of shared practices

 

Policy Advisory (Windsor)    NO REPORT

TEAM (Pereira)                      NO REPORT

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Scholarship (Pereira, Callahan, Crawford)              NO REPORT

Political Action- (inactive)                                          NO REPORT

Personnel Policy- (inactive)                                       NO REPORT

 

REPORTS

Board of Education (Rubano)

BOE Meeting – January 9, 2018 – Happy New Year

Elementary schools

At Daniels Farm School, the Student Council, headed by Steve Spillane, visited a local nursing facility to sing Christmas Carols before the end of the year. The after school Technology Club created their first News Show of the year featuring the Writing Project and the new school Paint job. Students interviewed teachers and students as well as the school painter. Their next month’s installment will feature our One Book One School Kick Off. Our book this year will be Flora and Ulysses read by all children and teachers.

 

Middle Schools

Hillcrest and Madison Middle Schools just issued a 1:1 rollout of chrome books to students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Students will use them in school and at home to complete assignments. They will have them in their possession until June.  Each student may take out an insurance policy of $15 (optional) to cover the costs of any damages incurred while using these chrome books.  Most students have opted to pay the insurance on these chrome books.  Students were very excited to receive their own personal chrome books.

High School

On Wednesday, January 3rd, the Trumbull High School mock trial program, under the leadership of Eric August, advanced two of their teams to the playoff round of the state mock trial competition.  They will next be in action on Friday, February 2nd at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

 

Kathy Rubano’s Psychology classes visited the Institute for Living in Hartford to learn how the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness has evolved in our country.  The facility has an inpatient and outpatient component.  The staff explained the history of mental illness treatment and showed the students the museum, which contains a replica of a client’s room, and equipment that was used in the past, and is now being used to treat mental disorders.   The Institute for Living is one of the oldest mental health facilities in the country, and is now part of Hartford Hospital.

 

The Academic Decathlon will be hosting the Connecticut State Competition at Trumbull High School on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  The topic of study for this year’s competition is Africa.  The competition includes seven multiple choice tests in: art, economics, language and literature, math, music, science and social science, as well as two performance events and an essay.

 

Academic Decathlon is designed to include students from all achievement levels. Teams generally consist of nine members, who are divided into three divisions based on grade point average: Honors (3.75–4.00 GPA), Scholastic (3.00–3.74 GPA), and Varsity (0.00–2.99 GPA). Each team member competes in all ten events against other students in his or her division, and team scores are calculated using the top two overall individual scores from each team in all three divisions. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded for individual events and for overall scores. To earn a spot at the national competition in April, teams must advance through local, regional, and state competitions. Trumbull High School participated in a scrimmage with other schools across the nation on December 1, 2017 and came in second of all schools participating.

 

Four THS Peer Leaders presented a lesson on Identity-Based Bullying to area elementary school students at the CT Association of Schools Elementary Students Leadership Conferences on Monday, January 8th.  Identify-based bullying is when aspects of a person’s identity (ie. appearance, race, culture, gender, religion, social economic status etc.) is targeted.  Peer Leaders are trained annually by the Anti-defamation league (ADL) to address school climate issues and be able to facilitate a variety of climate enhancing programs.  It is a THS extracurricular club, advised by Dennis McLaughlin and Bill Mecca, that also deliver the annual freshman Truth About Hate Assembly and has partnered with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way foundation, and Facebook’s InspirEd Initiative.

 

On November 30th, a class of senior students taking Peace, Protest and Tolerance went on trip to the VA hospital in West Haven.  Volunteer Services from the VA put together a series of presentations from hospital staff regarding the services they provide to veterans, and actual veterans relayed their experiences about joining and serving in our armed forces.  The AMVETS from North Haven sponsored the lunch for everyone, and during lunch, students were able to sit down and interact with the presenters and other veterans present.  It was an amazing, eye-opening experience for all!

 

On a personal note, a special thank you from me to the staff at Tashua School, especially Nancy Grosso and Karen Smith, who have helped my grandchildren make the transition into a new school easier.

 

Following are the minutes from the January 9, 2018 BOE meeting:

  • Cialfi mentioned that THS made the College Board Top Ten Honors Report due to the amount of AP courses and high test AP scores at the high school.

Also, a big portion of the meeting was focused on the budget and changes that may have to be made.  These changes (if any) will be discussed further at the January 17 meeting.

 

  • I shared my TEA report with the Board.

 

  • A trip was approved for the Trumbull High School Music Department Trip to Hartford.

 

  • Budd discussed the first and second readings of the following policies:

FIRST READINGS

  • Non-Discrimination
  • Affirmative Action
  • Non-Discrimination in Employment
  • Employee’s Service in the Guard or Reserve
  • Attendance Grades K-8
  • High School Attendance/Loss Credit
  • Loan of Textbooks to Nonpublic School Students

 

SECOND READINGS

  • Homeless Students
  • Concussions

 

 

Following are the minutes for the January 23, 2018 BOE meeting:

 

  • Cialfi told the Board that the 2018-2019 budget will now go to the First Selectman’s office.  Upcoming budget meetings will be held on 2/12 and 2/22.

 

  • Cialfi again mentioned how THS has made the AP Honor Roll for the increased student enrollment and scores of 3 or above.  The information was published in the last issue of The Trumbull Times.

 

  • The following trips were approved.  Loretta Chory expressed concerns about the cost of substitutes for these trips.  Dr. Cialfi mentioned that the payment for the subs are coming from a special 205 account from the high school.

 

  • THS Model UN trip to George Washington University
  • THS We the People trip to Washington, D.C.
  • THS Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) trip to Atlanta

 

  • Personnel:  new special education teacher at Hillcrest

 

  • Student representative spoke about the midterms at the high school, and THS basketball game with St. Joseph High School, which raised money for cancer research.

 

  • Budd did a presentation on the report from the Tri-State Consortium visit.  The Board was impressed with the progress that the district is making in writing.  Jackie Norcel complimented the teachers in the district for their dedication to writing.

 

  • O’Keefe gave a report on the finances of the district as of November 30, 2017.

 

 

Fairfield County Advisory (Jacobellis)                                  NO REPORT

Fairfield County Council (Callahan, Gabriel, Basbagill)

The Fairfield County Council meeting was held at Testo’s on Monday, Jan.29th.   The meeting began with the introductions of the candidates running for CEA offices. Jeff Leake and Robert Smoler are running for CEA president, Tom Nicholas is running for CEA VP, and David Jedidian is running for NEA Director. Voting and election results will take place at the CEA- RA on May 18th & 19th.

Much discussion ensued about the Janus Case hearings that will begin on 2/26 and end in June. We strongly advise our TEA members to watch the video Survive and Thrive Membership.  Go to the CEA website (main page) and enter your CEA membership # to view the video.  This video provides us with a better understanding as to what can happen to us.

 

PTA General Council (Kremzar, Pierce)                               NO REPORT

Sunshine (Law)

These are the terms for Sunshine.  If any of the following apply to a TEA member in your building, please contact Heatherly Law:

 

1.) Death in immediate family (includes in laws)

2) New baby

3) Marriage

4) Illness (greater than 6 weeks)

5) Death of a grandparent

 

Give name and address to:

Heatherly Law

Lawh@trumbullps.org

TECEC

 

Webmaster (Kennan)

Please send any TEA photos/events to pkennan@trumbullps.org to be posted on the Trumbulltea.org website.

 

RECOGNITION

 

For the Good of the Order  J

 

TEA Representative Council Meeting December 13, 2017 at Vazzy’s Cucina

Attendance: Tammy Jacobellis, Suzanne Haviland – Uniserv Rep, Monica Callahan, Maggie Pereira, Jennifer Crawford, Brenda Windsor, Leigh Gabriel, Kathy Rubano, Andrea Kremzar, Mary Pierce, Vanessa Brittain, John Mastrianni, Carol St. John, Kimberly Greco, Kris Forsythe, Judy Atwood, Anne Rosa, Jane Billington, Jenell Cunningham, Nedda Carrano, Tyler Cohen, April Lang, Pam Rogalin, John Congdon, Nancy Yarmosh, Shannon Bolan, Gregg Basbagill, Tracey Cranston

 

CALL TO ORDER  4:00

TREASURER’S REPORT  (Windsor)

We have received the $7000 CEA grant (https://goo.gl/Wf6kTm) to large local unions with the focus building local effectiveness. Our end of year TEA salary stipends documentation has been sent to the accountant to ensure early W-2 forms. At this point, all outstanding invoices have been paid. We have only received one receipt for building meeting funds. Please remember all buildings have allocations for building meeting funds. In addition, please make sure all receipts with reimbursement forms have an executive board signature. The treasurer should not be signing off on invoices.

SECRETARY’S REPORT (Crawford)

  • Attendance is taken at every Rep Council meeting. It is important that you remember to sign the attendance sheet if you attend a Rep Council meeting so I can accurately reflect attendance in the minutes.  If you do not sign the attendance form, I will not know to include you in the minutes.  Thank you for your help.
  • If you have a report for the minutes, please make sure to email them to me each month by or right after the Rep Council meeting for the month.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT  (Jacobellis)

  1. CEA Update:  Our CEA rep, Suzanne Haviland, is expecting a baby in February. Therefore, Herman Whitter will be her replacement while she is on her maternity leave. Herman was our CEA rep last year so it will be a smooth transition for us.
  2. The TEVAL committee is meeting on December 20th.
  3. The TEA is planning a “Meet and Greet” in January with the new Trumbull First Selectman, Vicki Tesoro, and all the Board of Education members.  We strongly encourage you to attend this important event.  We are stronger together!
  4. The TEA is also planning a BLITZ at Trumbull High School….this is an exciting event where each teacher is interviewed and shares their thoughts and concerns with different Union leadership.  More details coming soon….
  5. Have a wonderful holiday break! Thank you for all that you do for Trumbull students!

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

SCHOOL REPORTS

Alternate                     NO REPORT

Booth Hill                    NO REPORT

Daniels Farm              NO REPORT

Frenchtown                 NO REPORT

Jane Ryan                     NO REPORT

Hillcrest                      NO REPORT

 

Madison

  • Fears of D/F List being compared to Hillcrest possibly diluting of educational values.
  • Special Education Fix,  Didn’t really fix much
  • Clarification of positions at the Middle School level considered Department heads for reapplying clause in the contract.
  • Lack of Medical Information being provided by the school nurse.

 

Middlebrook              NO REPORT

Program Leaders       NO REPORT

REACH                        NO REPORT

Tashua                        NO REPORT

TECEC                        NO REPORT

Trumbull High                    NO REPORT

 

 

 

STANDING COMMITTEES

Membership (Gabriel)          NO REPORT

Public Relations (Basbagill)               NO REPORT

Social (Crawford, Pereira)   NO REPORT       

JOINT COMMITTEES

Advanced Degrees (Callahan, Gabriel, Kremzar)   NO REPORT

Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning Committee (Jacobellis, Rubano)

NO REPORT

Policy Advisory (Windsor)    NO REPORT

TEAM (Pereira)                      NO REPORT

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Scholarship (Pereira, Callahan, Crawford)              NO REPORT

Political Action- (inactive)                                          NO REPORT

Personnel Policy- (inactive)                                       NO REPORT

 

REPORTS

Board of Education (Rubano)

 

  • The new Board members were introduced, and it was announced that Lucinda Timpanelli is a Vice Chairman, and Jackie Norcel is the Secretary for the Board.
  • Cialfi announced that grades 6-8 will receive chromebooks in January, and grades 3-5 will receive them in February
  • I shared the accomplishments of the schools and teachers with the BOE.
  • O’Keefe, and Mrs. Perkins announced the new five-year contract with the Durham Bus Company.
  • Two first reading policies were presented by Dr. Budd (Homeless Students and Concussions), which were approved by the Board
  • The rest of the evening was spent discussing the budget for 2018-2019.

December 7, 2017 BOE Teacher Report

Elementary Schools

A Kindness Club was started at Frenchtown this year.  The club is sponsoring a ‘Pajama Day” this Friday December 8th.  Everyone is asked to donate a dollar.  The Kindness Club has decided to give it to a family in town.  Dylan, a third grader at Booth Hill, is battling cancer.

 

Fourth grade students had their annual Thanksgiving concert the day before Thanksgiving.  The second and fifth grade chorus concerts are coming up.

 

High School

Beth Yerina’s Communications classes participated in mock interviews with local business people.  Each student had the experience of learning what needs to be done before, during, and after an interview.  All students received positive comments from the business professionals regarding their interviews.

 

Beth Yerina’s Sports and Entertainment classes were lucky to have Rob Coloney, a public address announcer for the New York Yankees, come in and speak to their classes.  He shared how he obtained his jobs and interesting stories of his experiences.  Students really enjoyed listening to him.

In the past month and a half the Culinary II class had the opportunity to travel to the Jones Tree Farm in Shelton to cook with Gene Jones, the wife of the owner of the farms. She is a registered dietician and her degree is from the University of New Haven. The students had the opportunity to prepare, taste, and learn about the history of the many squashes that are grown at the farm.  The class also toured and had lunch at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  To end the month, they also traveled to the Fascia Chocolate Confection Factory in Waterbury. Here they experienced the purchase, process and manufacturing of cocoa and chocolate candy.

DECA is off to a stellar start this year.  Students completed the membership campaign – adding 20 additional student members this year for a total of 85 as well as an impressive 45 professional members.  In addition, they completed a school wide community service campaign called “Cold Hands, Warm Hearts” in which they collected 95 pounds of winter accessories for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.  This, in conjunction with other small outreach projects, will likely entitle the club to six spots at the International Career Development Conference Leadership Academy.  DECA is beginning preparations for the state competition in March.

Model Congress Finds Success in Washington D.C.

So proud of all the students that traveled to Washington D.C. recently to take part in Princeton’s Model Congress competition. They spent over 20 hours in committee sessions debating such things like the Voting Rights Act, free speech on campuses, authorized use of military, solar panels for schools and euthanasia. Twenty out of the twenty-six students had their bills passed through committee and seniors Jessica Parillo and Laura Rosales had their bills passed through full House & Senate committees.

 

Co-President Ethan Bachand said, “I think I can say with absolute certainty that this has been our most successful conference to date. Each and every delegate put their heart and soul into this weekend.  As a senior and with this being one of my last conferences, I am proud to see that we still have the same desire for success that founded this club four years ago.”

 

I’m proud to announce that Trumbull has a new school record. We can come with ten awards! Congratulations to the following students:

 

Best Delegate Awards

  • Ethan Bachand – House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Daniella Chuka – Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Jessica Parillo – House Committee on Armed Services

 

Honorable Mention Awards (2nd place)

  • Kyle Beck – Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
  • Shane Carley – Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Michael Cerulli – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • James Dubreuil – Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Manan Manchanda – House Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Derek Marble – House Committee on the Judiciary
  • Mimi Marino – House Committee on Science and Technology

 

Co-President Derek Marble said, “THS Model Congress made history this weekend. As Co-President of the club that once started with just 8 members, hearing so many people’s name called at the award ceremony was probably the proudest moment of my high school career thus far. Everybody on the trip worked so hard, and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for the program.”

 

The Mock Trial competes next Thursday, December 14th at the state competition in the regional round.    In preparation for the competition, the students will participate in Night of Law Saturday at Long Hill.

Laura Santelli and her French students went to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.  She is grateful for the Board’s support in approving this trip for my French students.  They were able to see authentic artwork and learn about the life of renowned post-impressionist artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec at our local CT museum in Greenwich.   They had an incredible collection that one would find in a major art museum like the NY Met.  It is a tremendous opportunity for students to step out of the textbook or classroom to appreciate and experience firsthand the material that they are learning.

 

Link Crew kicked off the 2017-2018 year with freshman orientation in September, welcoming 95% of the freshman class with 4 hours of ice breakers, activities, lessons, and themed school tours. Our trained upperclassmen leaders will be visiting freshman English classes this week to teach a full period lesson on honor. Hosting three Academic Follow Ups a year, Link Crew brings peers together in a classroom setting and allows student-to-student learning about issues such as using resources, diversity and perspective, and honor. In January, Link Crew leaders will sponsor after school study sessions to prepare freshmen for their first experience with midterm exams. For eight years Link Crew has helped to create a welcoming and supportive culture for incoming freshmen and we are already making grand plans to welcome the class of 2022 in August.

 

The field trips to Saint Vincent Medical Center, led by Douglas Winters and Melissa Warner, are designed to enhance the study of Anatomy and Physiology for all three levels of the course offered at THS. Students are given the opportunity to participate in three separate, comprehensive field trips that provided a visual, interactive, and conceptual presentation of the various departments found in a major medical center. Because of limitation in available space at St. Vincent’s and the popularity of the trips, students have to maintain a reasonable minimum grade requirement in order to participate. Many of the topics covered in class align with the presentations given at the hospital by medical personnel. The departments that the students visit throughout the year included, but are not necessarily limited to:

 

  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Birthing Center
  • Cancer Center-Swim Across the Sound
  • Business Department
  • Mental Health
  • Social Services
  • Blood Bank, Microbiology, Chemistry & Histology Labs
  • Cardiology
  • Surgery
  • Mission Care
  • College of St. Vincent Medical Center
  • Emergency Department
  • Pulmonary Therapy
  • Radiology
  • Dietician
  • Pharmacology

 

Students also receive major presentations from interns in several departments within the hospital. These presentations include STI, drug interactions, and background regarding what it takes to become a doctor in the 21st century. Emphasis with each trip includes interaction between students and medical staff and/or equipment. Degree & certificate programs & options, and Careers in Health Care and Medicine are included for each department visited.

Academic Decathlon

Thirty students are actively involved in the club, and on December 1, 23 students participated in an online scrimmage, where THS placed #1 in the state, and #2 overall in competition with other schools in CT and in other states.  The topic of this year is Africa, with a focus on imperialism, and its effects on countries in Africa.  The students read a book, Things Fall Apart, as one of the many required readings, which overlap in Honors English.  The state competition takes place Saturday, February 24 at THS.  If THS wins the state competition, the students will go onto the national competition in Frisco, Texas, at the end of April.  Sara Ellis and Andrea Kremzar are the co-advisors.

The Trumbull High School CSI Forensics club with science teacher, Jordan Miller, kicked off the new year with an introductory meeting attended by around 40 students. They discussed TV and movies that have inspired their interest, and went through what to expect as they train for the spring competition. The club received good news from Civics First that they are revamping their program so the annual forensics competition will include more teams from more schools around the state. They are looking forward to a great year!

 

 

From Nov 3 – Nov 5, THS Thespians participated in their first ever 24 Hour Playathon. Following weeks of theatre arts workshops in directing, playwriting, set design, lighting, etc. Thespian members came together in 24 hours over the course of three days to write, cast, direct, design, rehearse and perform four original one-act plays for an audience of over 200 friends and family. Every aspect of the production was run by students under the mentorship of Thespian advisors Mrs. Bolan, Mr. Bracksieck, and Mrs. Spillane

Nicole Caruso Garcia of the Trumbull High School English Department has been appointed to the Board of Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference (Madison, CT). As part of this role, she is creating and implementing the Jane Caruso Memorial Poetry Scholarship in order to provide ten eligible THS sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the opportunity to attend one day of the May conference. Scholarship recipients will participate in a workshop on poetic craft with poet and physician Rafael Campo, attend scholarly panel discussions/seminars, have lunch with the poets, and attend poetry readings by conference Faculty.

On Dec 6 THS Creative Minds hosted its 2nd Annual Paint Night event. Student participants came together in the THS art studio under the guidance of two student art instructors who led them through a painting project. Students went home with a beautiful landscape painting and a renewed sense of creativity and relaxation!

 

 

 

Fairfield County Advisory (Jacobellis)                                  NO REPORT

Fairfield County Council (Callahan, Gabriel, Basbagill)     NO REPORT

PTA General Council (Kremzar, Pierce)                               NO REPORT

Sunshine (Law)

These are the terms for Sunshine.  If any of the following apply to a TEA member in your building, please contact Heatherly Law:

 

1.) Death in immediate family (includes in laws)

2) New baby

3) Marriage

4) Illness (greater than 6 weeks)

5) Death of a grandparent

 

Give name and address to:

Heatherly Law

Lawh@trumbullps.org

TECEC

 

Webmaster (Kennan)

Please send any TEA photos/events to pkennan@trumbullps.org to be posted on the Trumbulltea.org website.

 

RECOGNITION

 

For the Good of the Order  J

 

TEA Rep council minutes are posted below.  All TEA members are emailed the minutes each month.  Not getting them?  Email jcrawfor@trumbullps.org. Thanks!

TEA Representative Council Meeting November 29, 2017 at Tashua

Attendance: Tammy Jacobellis, Suzanne Haviland – Uniserv Rep, Herman Whittier – CEA, Matt Bracksieck, Monica Callahan, Maggie Pereira, Jennifer Crawford, Brenda Windsor, Andrea Kremzar, Mary Pierce, John Mastrianni, Kimberly Greco, Kim Lombardi, Deirdre Foley, Kris Forsythe, Judy Atwood, Jenell Cunningham, Nedda Carrano, Jean-Marie Pulaski, April Lang, Jen Winschel, Rebecca Ardito, Nick Banks, Shannon Bolan, Gregg Basbagill, Jamie Curley, John Evans, Ken Jones, Sara Scrofani, Mimi Seperack, Steve Barbin

 

CALL TO ORDER  4:00

TREASURER’S REPORT  (Windsor)

We have submitted the proposal for the $7000 grant to improve TEA awareness throughout the district. We have updated the Quicken Books program to the 2018 program, and all stipends were sent out the first of December for our stipend executive board members.

SECRETARY’S REPORT (Crawford)

  • If you have a report for the minutes, please make sure to email them to me each month by or right after the Rep Council meeting for the month.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT  (Jacobellis)

  1. TEA has applied for a $7,000 Grant from the CEA to continue to build an active, effective local association. We are looking for your ideas! Please email me any ideas that you feel would increase member engagement, involvement, and visibility.  Perhaps there is a PD opportunity we can offer, or a social that we can host with a guest speaker….thoughts? Ideas? Thank you in advance!
  2. Each new teacher in Trumbull should receive a “goody bag” from their TEA Building Rep. Included in the Goody bag is an important handbook from the CEA.  It’s important that all new teachers know their TEA Building reps if they have any questions or concerns. We want all teachers to feel supported.
  3. Suzanne Haviland and Herman Whitter from the CEA were present at the meeting to share the concerns about the upcoming court case regarding Union membership. It’s so important that all teachers understand the benefits of being part of a strong Union.  The big question: Would you be in the Union if you had the choice? We hope the answer is YES! Please let us know your thoughts either way! We are here to listen! J

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The TEA learned on October 27th that parts of the TPS evaluation and professional development committee were out of compliance with state law and CEA guidelines. One major requirement is that the committee should have a teacher co-chair. TEA leadership has a meeting scheduled with administration to work towards correcting these issues.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

The union discussed the potential to request a dues adjustment from CEA in light of the fact that teachers will face financial hardship next year due to the 1% teacher tax which CEA failed to advocate that it be removed from the state budget. The discussion centered around how much the TEA would ask for, where the TEA would ask that it come from, and if other local unions would be interested in making the same request. The TEA will draft a proposal letter for discussion at the next rep. council meeting.

 

SCHOOL REPORTS

Alternate                     NO REPORT

Booth Hill                    NO REPORT

Daniels Farm              NO REPORT

Frenchtown                 NO REPORT

Jane Ryan                     NO REPORT

Hillcrest

Teachers had concerns over the set up of the afternoon/evening conferences.  Many teachers did not have a break or even time to use the bathroom.

The SRP psych position was eliminated at the middle school level.  Our psychologist took over the counseling and someone else was hired to help with the testing only.

 

Madison                      NO REPORT

 

Middlebrook / Tashua

As Middlebrook brought up last month, there is a concern about the amount of data we are being asked to enter into Infinite Campus.  In particular, the data requested for science.

 

Here is a breakdown based upon data from input from 5th grade:

 

5TH GRADE:  WITH 24 STUDENTS = ENTERING 614 SCORES TRIMESTER 1

Reading 3  pieces of data to enter X 24 = 72

Writing 8 pieces of data to enter X 24 = 182

 

Math 7 pieces of data X 24 = 168  (This could be a lot higher, I don’t teach math so I’m not sure if they have to provide the breakdown for the exemplar or just 1 score)

 

Science notebook set up 1 piece of data x 24 = 24 (guided)

Science Snapshots 4 pieces of data x 24 = 96 (formative)

Science Checkpoints 3 pieces of data x 24 = 72

 

No school is self-contained in 5th grade so the numbers aren’t per teacher.  However, if we were each teacher has to enter 614 pieces of data.  Only 3 assessments (1 reading and 2 math) are uploaded automatically, which is not included in the total of 614.  Not to mention that everything in the science category is so subjective and not standardized at all.  I teach two sections of science and would rather input math facts scores.  There is no comparison.

 

An email was sent to Floria suggesting a standardized test per trimester that can be administered electronically, like they do with the math baseline.

 

 

Program Leaders       NO REPORT

REACH                        NO REPORT

Tashua                        SEE ABOVE

TECEC                        NO REPORT

Trumbull High

  • 11 AP–The push to increase the 11 AP numbers this year continues
    • All 11th grade students were given an AP prompt to complete in class (they were not told that it was an AP prompt and were not told what the purpose of the prompt was and teachers were also told not to identify the task as such).
    • The English Dept spent the afternoon session of the Nov. 7th PD getting trained and scoring some of the prompts–prioritizing the 11AP and 11 Honors classes.
    • A cadre day was given to members of the English Dept. to score the rest (some teachers volunteered, some were told they were doing it).
    • A group of students have been selected to be the focus of renewed recruitment to move from 11 Honors to 11 AP this year–at the end of 1st semester.
    • Issues, questions, and concerns about the way that this is being handled:
      • Why give this to the entire 11th grade if only a select group of students are being targeted?
      • Teachers are concerned about repercussions when discussing the prompt and the decision for students to move up.
      • Guidance counselors are being asked to develop student profiles for the chosen students.
      • There may be significant shifts in schedules for students who move.
      • It is unclear how students will get credit for the course: ½ Honors, ½ AP? What will that look like on transcripts?
      • Students who move in January will only have 10-12 weeks to prepare for the exam. AP is a different curriculum from 11 Honors.  How are we ensuring that they are prepared?
      • If students move earlier, which mid-term do they take?
      • What will be the expectations for the teachers of AP classes who suddenly find 25% more students in their class at the beginning of 2nd semester?
      • What’s the rush to get this done this year?
      • What’s being done this year in 10th grade to avoid a problem like this again?
      • This data is being used only to recruit 11 Honors students into 11 AP. It’s not being used to move 11 ACP to 11 Honors or 11 CP to 11ACP.
      • Ethical concerns relating to the Professional Code of Conduct for Teachers and Administrators and helping students to make informed decisions about transferring into the course
    • We are still waiting on Job descriptions. Some Job descriptions were provided in response to a 10/4 grievance; however, some of those need updating and some were non-existent.
    • Proper process for posting jobs is still not being followed. The superintendent is hand selecting candidates for SAT tutoring jobs being offered through Continuing Education.  Those jobs should be posted so that interested candidates can apply.
    • There is a continuing concern about formalizing the process and proper execution for offering online classes.
    • SRP Psychologist changes–the job description for this position has changed–no longer is this person taking on a case load but only handling testing. This change is having several significant repercussions.
      • The caseload previously handled by this position is being handled by the other school psychologists & social workers.
        • the psychologists and house-based social workers have taken on direct service (the fulfillment of prescribed IEP service time such as weekly social skill counseling through a small group, individual counseling time and weekly push-in classroom social skill services. It is direct contact time with the student to work on IEP goals and objectives.)
        • for SRP including prep time, regular parent contact, weekly collaboration meetings, parent meetings and PPTs.
        • the new psychologist position is just for testing – however, she was told not to test SRP students and that is the psychologists’ and social workers’ responsibility. It is also now their responsibility to take on testing for ELITE students (post-hs to age 21 program).
      • Most but not all new student referrals are now being handled by one person at the high school, School Intervention Specialist, creating new problems:
        • “there is fewer time for Support Staff to triage and be available to see Gen Ed students that typically come to us through the House/EIT process as a ‘Mental Health Referral.’”
        • Programs that have been shelved include the “planning and delivering the More Than Sad [suicide] prevention program for sophomores”
        • “Can no longer attend the monthly Guidance and Support staff meetings on Monday mornings and the Health and Wellness coordinator’s position was eliminated. We would collaboratively plan and coordinate this with counseling and support staff and PE.”
        • house-based social workers continue to see general education students and cases will be transferred to them from School Intervention Specialist as needs intensify and upon qualification for special education services.

 

CEA REPORT:

Suzanne Haviland and Herman Whittier discussed the impending Supreme Court Case (Janus v. AFSCME) which could have a devastating effect on unions across the country.   They told us that we are about to head into “an uncertain period” for unions and union members.  The case challenges “the concept of charging an agency fee” and would in fact not only reduce agency fees for those who choose to not join the union, but would eliminate them entirely.  If the court rules in favor of Janus, teachers would have the choice between paying dues or not paying dues, and would still enjoy all of the benefits of the negotiated contract.  Teachers who do not pay dues would still be entitled to the grievance process, and union representation under the Weingarten Rule, but would not be eligible for legal representation concerning DCF cases and termination of employment. The case will be decided in February.

 

 

 

STANDING COMMITTEES

Membership (Gabriel)          NO REPORT

Public Relations (Basbagill)               NO REPORT

Social (Crawford, Pereira)   NO REPORT       

JOINT COMMITTEES

Advanced Degrees (Callahan, Gabriel, Kremzar)   NO REPORT

Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning Committee (Jacobellis, Rubano)

NO REPORT

Policy Advisory (Windsor)    NO REPORT

TEAM (Pereira)                      NO REPORT

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Scholarship (Pereira, Callahan, Crawford)              NO REPORT

Political Action- (inactive)                                          NO REPORT

Personnel Policy- (inactive)                                       NO REPORT

 

REPORTS

Board of Education (Rubano)

 

Following is a summary of the highlights from the October 24 BOE meeting:

 

  • I shared my report to the BOE.

 

  • A big focus of the meeting was a digital learning presentation by Mrs. Hefele, Madison Middle School staff, and students.  Students partnered with BOE members to show them how Google Classroom works for teachers and students.  The BOE and administration really enjoyed the presentation.  The students were wonderful!

 

  • Cialfi went over the Annual Report to the First Selectman, which covered many areas.

 

  • The Shakespeare curriculum guide was approved, as well as workbooks for the AP/ECE Economics courses at the high school.

 

  • Budd shared the results of the TPAUD High School and Middle School students questionnaires

 

  • The BOE members watched a video that was put together with the Tri-State Consortium Consultancy Visit, which focused on their analysis of writing across the schools in the district.  A formal, written report will be sent to the district in the near future.

 

Following are the minutes from the Tuesday, November 21, 2017 BOE meeting:

 

  • The Trumbull Agriscience Future Farmers of America 9FFA) were recognized for their performance at the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis.  The team won three gold and two silver medals.

 

 

  • Peter Horton spoke to the Board about the THS Golden Eagle Marching Band’s upcoming performance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and how well prepared Macy’s is for security and other areas.  The Board expressed how proud they are of the band!  It’s expected that they will be on TV around 10:19 a.m., so tune in!!!

 

  • The 2019-2020 District Calendar was approved by the Board.

 

  • Budd shared the second reading of the following policies, which was approved by the Board:

 

  • Security and Safety
  • Fire Safety & Crisis Response
  • Student Standard of Conduct
  • Curriculum Development
  • Instructional use of Commercially-Produced Media
  • Security checks
  • Use of Physical Force:  Seclusion and Restraint

 

  • AP Human Geography curriculum guide was approved, and the Curriculum Committee and Dr. Budd spoke highly of Breanne Brienza, who teaches the class!

 

  • The following new text proposals were approved.  The Board was pleased that these books were interdisciplinary and focused on the role of women.

 

  • The Glass Castle
  • Angela’s Ashes
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

 

  • New courses were approved:  AP Art History, Applications of Marketing, Robotics, Principles of Design, and Digital Design and Printing

 

  • Board approved the 2017-2018 budget since the state approved its budget, which affected ours.

 

  • The Board thanked Paul Lavoie, and Suzanna Testani for their service on the Board.

 

 

 

 

Fairfield County Advisory (Jacobellis)                                  NO REPORT

Fairfield County Council (Callahan, Gabriel, Basbagill)     NO REPORT

PTA General Council (Kremzar, Pierce)                               NO REPORT

Sunshine (Law)

These are the terms for Sunshine.  If any of the following apply to a TEA member in your building, please contact Heatherly Law:

 

1.) Death in immediate family (includes in laws)

2) New baby

3) Marriage

4) Illness (greater than 6 weeks)

5) Death of a grandparent

 

Give name and address to:

Heatherly Law

Lawh@trumbullps.org

TECEC

 

Webmaster (Kennan)

Please send any TEA photos/events to pkennan@trumbullps.org to be posted on the Trumbulltea.org website.

 

RECOGNITION

 

For the Good of the Order  J

 

TEA Representative Council Meeting September 20, 2017 at Middlebrook

Attendance: Tammy Jacobellis, Matt Bracksieck, Monica Callahan, Maggie Pereira, Jennifer Crawford, Brenda Windsor, Leigh Gabriel, Vanessa Brittain, Philip Kennan, Carol St. John, Kim Lombardi, Deirdre Foley, Kris Forsythe, Anne Rosa, jane Billington, Jenell Cunningham, Nedda Carrano, Karen Smith,  Jean-Marie Pulaski, April Lang, Pam Rogalin, Jen Winschel, Lisa Cerulli, John Mastrianni, Nancy Yarmosh, Nick Banks, Shannon Bolan, Gregg Basbagill, Jamie Curley, John Evans, Sara Scrofani, Joanne Connon,  Steve Barbin

 

CALL TO ORDER  4:02

TREASURER’S REPORT  (Windsor)

People had asked about the increase in taxes on our budget. Due to the increase in stipends, a couple of years ago, the taxes needed to be adjusted. There was also a workman’ compensation tax that was being taken from the TEA on an employee’s first $15,000 that hadn’t been accounted for in the past. The additional expenses are now figured correctly, and the tax line is as it should be. Our accountant provided services in the 16-17 school year to help file annual nonprofit tax paperwork that had not been filed, which is why our accounting line item showed a deficit. The year the taxes had not been filed, we did not accrue the bill, so it showed an overage in that area at that time. Moving forward, our accounting should be more accurately represented.

SECRETARY’S REPORT (Crawford)

  • If you have a report for the minutes, please make sure to email them to me each month by or right after the Rep Council meeting for the month.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT  (Jacobellis)

  1. CEA TEVAL workshops are being offered and encouraged to attend.  Visit cea.org to register.  **Please be sure that your goals do not tie SBAC or CMT scores to them.**
  2.       We welcome Herman Whitter in his new role at CEA. He will be working with us to increase               member engagement.
  3. We welcome Suzanne Haviland as our new CEA Uniserv Rep.
  4. Insurance changes:  On Wednesday, September 27, the TEA membership will be holding two meetings to discuss the health insurance changes that the Trumbull Board of Education has     elected to adopt on October 1st for all Trumbull teachers enrolled in the Partnership 2.0   plan.  These changes were voted on by the State Legislature as part of the state budget negotiations.  The changes will go into effect almost immediately, on October 1. Please email     Tammy any questions that you may have.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS –

NEW BUSINESS

An election was held for two positions on the Executive Board that come from Rep Council.  We would like to welcome back Carol St. John (elementary) and John Mastrianni (middle school).

SCHOOL REPORTS

Alternate                     NO REPORT

Booth Hill                    NO REPORT

Daniels Farm              NO REPORT

Frenchtown                 NO REPORT

Jane Ryan                    NO REPORT

Hillcrest                      NO REPORT

Madison                      NO REPORT

Middlebrook              NO REPORT

Program Leaders       NO REPORT

REACH                        NO REPORT

Tashua                        NO REPORT

TECEC                        NO REPORT

Trumbull High

  • DCs, Team Leaders, other schedule changes (communication)
    • The way that changes to people’s schedules were communicate was unprofessional and broke contract.  It’s left people demoralized and confused about who is doing what job.
    • There’s no long term thinking or planning.  This resembles the Special Ed reorganization that took place several years ago.
  • Reviewing special ed ratios to ensure they fall within the state guidelines
  • Changes to 9th grade grading policies
    • Letter to Long Hill (attached)
    • Letter is going to the E-Board for revision to include other schools.  It will be sent from the TEA as a district issue
    • Motion passed: Letter will go to E-Board for revision to include all affected schools and then sent to Long Hill.
    • There are a lot of issues from the IC Gradebook setup perspective which drove the point home that these changes were capricious and poorly thought out.  We can do this better by working together.
  • TEVAL & teacher goals vs. District goals (no standardized tests)
    • TEVAL committee meeting–TEA representation is Tammy, Sara Scrofani (THS), and Lisa Ryan representing the Middle School
    • Admin has been invited to participate in the CEA arranged PD.  They said the prospect was “interesting.”  Have not signed on yet.
    • Communication from CEA (attached)
    • Tammy & Matt are going to the CEA PD at Aquaculture on Thursday.  We’re going to talk about next steps then.
    • District-wide PD is going to be pushed back due to the insurance info session
    • Raised questions about admin training–an administrator was meeting with a dept. And was either giving out inaccurate info or had no answers to questions.
    • Question about TEVAL calculations (attached)
  • Conducting audit of schedules to ensure prep & lunch
  • PD Schedule 30 days in advance
    • Also not happening in other schools.  Tammy is going to be in communication with Dr. Budd to ensure that PD is being planned in advance and the contract is being followed
    • Tammy is going to arrange a meeting with Admin and the VPs to talk about these issues.  It’s unprofessional and in violation of the law.
  • Need office space for Alt School in portables
    • Matt will follow up with Marc to get something in writing.  If that doesn’t work, then Tammy will have to get something in writing.  No more verbal agreements.  Everything in writing.
  • Chromebooks
    • More are coming
  • Teachers’ duty “checking in” with students–where’s the line for teaching
    • At the moment, there’s no clear contract violation.  Keep an eye on your schedule and let the TEA know if your situation changes.
  • Online AP class
    • Suzanne was very interested in this issue.  She’s had experience with this in other districts.  She asked who negotiated this–answer: no one.  Time to realign those expectations about how a district is supposed to operate.  Teachers have an important decision making role.
  • Carnies
    • It was a failure on the BOE and Supt.’s part that they were ever there in the first place.
    • We hope that the festival will be rescheduled for a different time so the disruption caused to teaching and learning at THS will not be repeated.
  • Supplies

 

Communication from CEA regarding TEVAL

The bottom line is, the district CAN set a district goal based on the data from the statewide test, as has been discussed in your email thread, but they CANNOT use the test scores to measure the success individual teachers (or administrators) have in meeting that goal and/or as part of their evaluation.  How TEA enforces this/helps educate teachers/pushes to modify the TEval document to better clarify this/educate teachers is an area where TEA can be active – from sending out a clarifying email, to more.   For example, as several of your suggestions touched upon:

1)      TEA can send out an email to members that reminds teachers that their goal should not in any way link with statewide assessments.

2)      TEA may want to do its own form of PD to make sure teachers are clear on how to align with the district goals without violating the PEAC resolution.  Tammy has told me that this is already being discussed at this week’s meeting.

3)      TEA could also look to push for or offer PD at the district level (CEA staff could come in for joint PD if that is something the district would consider).

4)      If the TEval document is unclear or misleading on this issue, your TEval committee members can request discussion on edits to the plan.

5)      TEA could also consider asking the district to consider changing or modifying their goal (as it is confusing how this relates to teacher goals and it leaves a lot of teachers out who are not in the main content areas covered by the statewide test).  But the district doesn’t have to change it, and likely won’t, because as Kate relates, unfortunately, test scores under the federal ESSA law are part of the 7 ESSA indicators of accountability at the district level.  The state cannot change this because it is part of federal law.  If there is no change to the goal, the district should clarify as soon as possible for all teachers that it must not count in a teachers evaluation or an administrator’s.

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Kate Field writes:

In the spring of 2017, the Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee (PEAC) recommended state mastery test scores be decoupled from educator evaluation. The Connecticut State Board of Education voted on this recommendation and passed it in early May 2017. This means districts cannot use state mastery tests to calculate any portion of a teacher or an administrator’s evaluation. State mastery tests in Connecticut are SBAC, SAT, and science CMT and CAPT (soon to be replaced by the Next Generation Science test).

While mastery tests cannot be used as indicators of student growth they can be used to inform goals at the individual or district level. That means scores can be used to help identify areas of strength and weakness students may exhibit in aggregate that a district may want to focus on in order to improve.  For example, recent SAT scores showed many students in District X struggle to understand symbolic language, so District X decides to make this area the focus of their district-wide literacy goal. Teachers expected to set literacy goals (like ELA teachers) can be urged to adopt a SLO that is aligned with the symbolic language district goal, but they cannot use the SAT to measure progress toward that goal. Instead they should use indicators such as department developed rubrics or other types of assessments.

 

State Guidelines still require the use of a standardized indicator to measure progress toward a goal when a “fair, valid, reliable, and useful” one exists for the grade level, student population, and subject area. When the state decoupled mastery tests from teacher evaluation, 22.5% of a teacher’s summative score was left up in the air with few standardized indicators available to use instead. Some districts rushed to fill the void with PMTs like NWEA (MAP) or STAR.

The problem with requiring teachers use a PMT as an indicator of growth toward their SLO is that this is a violation of state guidelines, which state that goals and indicators are set through mutual agreement between evaluator and teacher. SBAC or other state mastery tests were not subject to mutual agreement because they were written into State Guidelines as 22.5% of a teacher’s evaluation. In addition, there is no way to control for variables that are outside a teacher’s control with PMTs, like how seriously a student takes the test on any given day or how often they are absent. Without a process to control for these variables, the use of PMTs for the purpose of teacher evaluation is problematic and likely does not meet the high standard for “fairness, reliability, validity, and usefulness.” PMTs may be selected as indicators, but teachers must mutually agree to do so if they feel they are appropriate for their population of students and subject matter.

 

Questions Regarding TEVAL calculation

 

page 13 of the PDF (11 on the document itself):

 

https://www.trumbullps.org/Attachments/eval/2016/Teacher-eval-15.pdf

 

Here’s the language:

 

“7. Peer Feedback: School Leadership Teams will assist in the development of whole-school surveys to align with school improvement goals . Teams will review aggregate ratings for multiple student indicators that are aligned with school improvement goals and consensus will be established to determine the peer feedback rating of Exemplary, Proficient, Developing, and Below Standard (10%).

  1. Whole School Student Learning: Leadership Teams will establish multiple school learning indicators to be used for the administrators’ evaluation rating and the whole school student learning rating for teachers. Teams will review aggregate ratings for multiple student indicators that are aligned with school improvement goals and consensus will be established to determine the whole school student learning rating of Exemplary, Proficient, Developing, and Below Standard (5%).”

 

Here are some important questions:

 

  • Who is on these School Leadership Teams? Is the TEA represented on these teams? How many teams are there? How many times did they meet last year? (We can also check with the other levels at Rep Council to determine if this practice is consistent across the grade levels).
  • How did the School Leadership Teams arrive at scores of “3” for the 10% and 5% components in June?
  • The 10% and the 5% scores are the result of the teams looking at “multiple student indicators that are aligned with school improvement goals.” One of our district/school goals this year is to improve SAT scores, which is no longer allowable under the PEAC resolution. What indicators and school goals will the teams be reviewing instead?

 

TEVAL Language

 

It says 5 separate times in the teacher evaluation plan that teacher goals must be related to/compatible with the district goal:

 

https://www.trumbullps.org/Attachments/eval/2016/Teacher-eval-15.pdf

 

Page 8 (10 of the PDF):

 

“The development of goals and IAGD objectives includes review of the following:

  1. District goals, goals and IAGD objectives, and initiatives (available through the supervisory process, and distributed in initial packets at the beginning of each school year)…”

 

Page 12 (14 of the PDF):

 

“The teacher and administrator (or the supervisor, as appropriate) will develop mutually agreed upon written goal(s) for the coming year on the Goal Setting Form (Attachment A). Goal(s) should be designed in accordance with the job description or district/school goals and IAGD objectives…

District, school, and individual performance goals (job description or CCT standards) will be related…

Goals and IAGD objectives for teachers must focus on the improvement of student learning and should be related to building and district goals…”

 

Page 17 (19 of the PDF):

 

“Goals, IAGD objectives, and lesson objectives must relate to the individual’s role. An individual’s goals must be compatible with content/grade, school, and district goals.”

 

 

 

STANDING COMMITTEES

Membership (Gabriel)          NO REPORT

Public Relations (Basbagill)               NO REPORT

Social (Crawford, Pereira)   NO REPORT       

JOINT COMMITTEES

Advanced Degrees (Callahan, Gabriel, Kremzar)   NO REPORT

Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning Committee (Jacobellis, Rubano)

NO REPORT

Policy Advisory (Windsor)    NO REPORT

TEAM (Pereira)                      NO REPORT

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Scholarship (Pereira, Callahan, Crawford)              NO REPORT

Political Action- (inactive)                                          NO REPORT

Personnel Policy- (inactive)                                       NO REPORT

 

REPORTS

Board of Education (Rubano)

BOE Meeting – September 26, 2017

 

Trumbull teachers had a great opening to the school year, and is very appreciative to administration and the BOE for not eliminating teacher positions.  Teachers have had the opportunity to meet the parents at their schools’ Back to School nights, and look forward to a great new school year!

 

Trumbull High School

The World Language Department is very pleased with the implementation of the Spanish and French 8th grade exams. This exam, combined with the recommendation of the 8th grade WL teachers, has made the placement of the incoming 9th graders much more accurate. As a result, we have had a much more successful year at THS.

Thumbs up with the new AP Latin/Italian course, honors Italian 2 and honors Latin 2 & Spanish 4 Conversation and Culture at THS.

 

The Social Studies Department is offering a new course this year, AP Human Geography.  The class is full, and Breanne Brienza has worked hard all summer to prepare for this new course, which she and the students are enjoying.

 

Students and teachers in the Mock Trial, Model UN, Model Congress, and We the People are working hard to prepare for their annual competitions.

Congratulations to Katie Boland for receiving the Gilder Lehrman History Award.

 

Stephanie Jalowiec from the English Department is working with the 9th grade teachers throughout the year to assist teachers with reading strategies, which in turn will increase their writing skills.  The department is looking forward to working with Stephanie this year.

 

The School Counseling Department kicked off the college season early on! The senior college planning night was held on 9/6 with over 400 parents and students in attendance. Additionally, counselors met with all seniors in small groups in the days following so that all students are knowledgeable in how to ensure their application materials reach the colleges.

The college and career counselor, Samantha Eisenberg, ran common application workshops over the summer and will be holding them again in the next two weeks to make sure that every senior has the opportunity to have all questions answered surround the college applications.

Financial Aid  Night was held on Monday 9/25.

 

 

Minutes – September 26, 2017

 

  • Katie Boland received the Gilder Lehrman History Award from Social Studies Consultant for the State Department of Education, Steven Armstrong.  Some of Katie’s students spoke on her behalf.

 

  • The Board discussed the implications of no budget from the state.  It’s goes back and forth between getting $3.4 million and getting $0.  We are still in unchartered waters!  As a result, pay increases for the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, Business Administrator, Direction of Building & Faculty Maintenance, and the Payroll & Insurance Manager are deferred until the November 21 BOE meeting.  More importantly, the Board wants to see how Trumbull will be affected by the final state budget.

 

  • There were many policies that were reviewed and approved.

 

  • The TAA contract is also deferred until the November 21 meeting.

 

 

Meeting ended at 8:05 p.m.

 

 

Fairfield County Advisory (Jacobellis)                                  NO REPORT

Fairfield County Council (Callahan, Gabriel, Basbagill)     NO REPORT

PTA General Council (Kremzar, Pierce)                               NO REPORT

Sunshine (Law)

These are the terms for Sunshine.  If any of the following apply to a TEA member in your building, please contact Heatherly Law:

1.) Death in immediate family (includes in laws)

2) New baby

3) Marriage

4) Illness (greater than 6 weeks)

5) Death of a grandparent

 

Give name and address to:

Heatherly Law

Lawh@trumbullps.org

TECEC

 

Webmaster (Kennan)             NO REPORT

 

RECOGNITION

 

For the Good of the Order  J

 

Older Meeting Minutes below:

 

Rep Council Minutes – May 2017

TEA Rep Council Minutes – November 2016

TEA Rep Council Minutes – April 2017

TEA Rep Council Minutes – January 2017

TEA Rep Council Minutes – February 2017

TEA Rep Council Minutes – March 2017

TEA Rep Council Minutes – September 2016

TEA Rep Council Minutes – October 2016