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

1/17 Booth Hill

2/21 Jane Ryan

3/21 THS

4/18 Daniels Farm

5/16 Frenchtown

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