TAWLS: Letters for the President and Important Reminders

Follow the links below to President Chris Hodnicki’s Opening Letter and School Board Endorsement Letter.

TAWLS 2013-2014 – Opening Letter 2013-2014

TAWLS 2013-2014 – School Board Endorsements Update

TAWLS Message 2012-2013 – Issue 2

  • TUITION REIMBURSEMENT: All paperwork is due by the end of the school day (3:30) on Monday, Sept. 16th. (The contract specifies Sept. 15th, but it’s a Sunday). In your paperwork, please be sure to include the following:
    1. Tuition Reimbursement Form (you can find and print it here… http://wls4kids.org/faculty/upload/faculty_tuition_reimbursement_request.pdf
    2. Receipts that show the amount paid for the course(s), make sure it’s not a bill or statement unless it shows payment
    3. Transcript or Grade Card showing a grade of C or better (does not need to be official)
      Send your paperwork to Tammy Conlan at Shoreland by the above date.
  • RHINO ALERTS: Sign up to receive important TAWLS related alerts via email or text.Rhino Alerts is the system TAWLS used to alert members, via text messaging or email, regarding important TAWLS events and school or district closings.  In order to subscribe to these alerts, please complete the following:
    1. Go to www.rhinoalerts.com
    2. Find Lucas county and click on it
    3. Click on “TAWLS”
    4. Click on “Subscribe to alerts”
    5. Fill in your name
    6. Do not fill in anything for subscription expiration date
    7. Choose whether you would like text, email, or both alerts and fill in the proper information.
    8. Once you have completed all the information, click the “COPPA Compliant” box and then subscribe.

    Once you have been added to the alert system, you will receive a message (text, email, or both) that comes from tawlsofficers@gmail.com indicating that you have been added.

  • NEW TEACHER WORKSHOP: OEA is sponsoring a workshop for New Teachers. Please see the attached invitation for additional information.
    • When:  Thursday, September 19, 2013
      Dinner at 5:00 pm
      Meeting begins at 5:30 pm
    • Where: Holland UniServ Office
      7359 International Drive, Suite D
      Holland, OH  43528

TAWLS Meeting Schedule 2013-14

TAWLS Meeting Schedule 2013-14


Officer Meeting Dates

TAWLS Officers will meet on Wednesdays on the following dates:

September 4, 2013             January 8, 2014               May 7, 2014

October 2, 2013                   February 5, 2014

November 6, 2013              March 5, 2014

December 4, 2013               April 9, 2014


TAWLS Executive Meeting Dates

Any TAWLS members are welcome to attend meetings on the following dates:

September 18, 2013            January 15, 2014              May 14, 2014

October 9, 2013                    February 12, 2014

November 13, 2013             March 12, 2014

December 11, 2013              April 16, 2014


Superintendent Meeting Dates

The following dates are when TAWLS officers meet with Central Office members.

September 12, 2013             January 7, 2014             May 22, 2014

October 10, 2013                  February 20, 2014

November 7, 2013               March 13, 2014

December 12, 2013               April 24, 2014


Looking Back at the 2012-2013 School Year

Greetings members-

The 2012-2013 school year has been an amazing year for TAWLS. Beginning in fall 2012, we began with a vision of FORWARD TOGETHER, striving to embrace UNITY for TAWLS. Beside teachers, UNITY was achieved by working together with the community and district staff. Recent legislation from Columbus continues to attack public education making it crucial that we remain united in our commitments to our students and district by keeping the strong collaboration and communication alive within our community and administration. This year we have accomplished:

1) CONTRACT – Negotiated a 2 year contract that includes a 3% increase to the base for next year
2) COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION: Participation in the Labor Day Parade, which will continue again in 2013-2014 with a new TAWLS banner
3) BUILDING VISITS: Building visits by TAWLS president and negotiating team members to address concerns and connect you to the process.
4) COMMUNICATION: Began use of a new website with access to a TAWLS wear store, text alerts, and TAWLS electronic newsletter to communicate important events to members (A spring/summer issue will be coming soon!)
5) BUILDING COMMUNITY AWARENESS: TAWLS 50th anniversary billboards, meeting with AFL-CIO executive secretary, bi-monthly UNISERV and OEA meetings, attendance at meetings on Right to Work and receptions given by political candidates and prospective candidates.
6) ACTIVITIES: TAWLS social activities included: The Candy Budd-Crowley Amazing Race, Mud Hens Night, Calamity Day drawings, Carmels & OB’ socials, New Teacher Luncheon and Gifts, and the Christmas/Holiday Gift Exchange at Sidelines.
7) CELEBRATING 50 years of TAWLS: Recognizing TAWLS through a proclamation from the mayor of Toledo and OEA president Pat Frost-Brooks at the Spring RA, Anniversary Billboards, TAWLS store items, and celebrations with past presidents at the Spring Banquet, special festivities at the Spring Banquet, a special TAWLS anniversary logo, and 50th anniversary travel mugs (which will be delivered to you soon)

Looking ahead to next year and based on survey results we will continue with our vision of FORWARD TOGETHER to achieve UNITY by maintaining and strengthening the association through: community participation & awareness, building visits, communications, and activities. Of course there are some new items on the horizon: establishing a Progressive Discipline Policy Committee, committee meetings for OTES, Building Representative Handbook, Building Representative Training, and options for a Peer/Member Mediation program. It is through your support and activism that allows us to achieve so many wonderful things and look at options for the future.


Christopher Hodnicki