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Jim Terry T-Shirts:  The Jefferson Junior High Parent Club has organized a Jim Terry T-Shirt Sale to honor Jim Terry.  If you are interested in purchasing a T-shirt for $10.00, visithttp://www.SignLadyINC.com.  On this site select the Web Store tab followed by Mr. Terry Memorial and enter the code WLS.  Orders can be placed through March 22, 2015.  All proceeds will benefit the Jim Terry Memorial and Scholarship Fund.

Mud Hens 2015:  A new tradition has begun.  The TAWLS Annual Mud Hens Event will be celebrated in Jim Terry’s honor and known as “Terry-Time at the Hen House.  In conjunction with the event, basket raffles are being organized to raise money in Jim’s name to be donated to the Paul Zielinski/Jim Terry Science Scholarship Fund.  This year’s Mud Hens Game is Friday, April 17th and 7 p.m. against the Columbus Clippers.

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Spring Banquet:  Invitations to the TAWLS Spring Banquet have been delivered.  This year’s banquet will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015.  RSVPs are due to Joy Krajewski by April 2, 2015.  We hope you will be in attendance as we honor our retirees, new teachers, outstanding educators and outstanding teachers!

Awards:  It is time once again to nominate deserving individuals for the Golden Apple Award, the Outstanding Educator Award, and the Outstanding Teacher Award. Please review the guidelines for each award and submit all required documentation to Heather Densmore at Whitmer High School by Wednesday, April 1, 2015.  Attached you will find the criteria for each of these awards.

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TAWLS Awards – Outstanding Educator

TAWLS Awards – Golden Apple Award

Rise Above the Mark:  An encore presentation of the documentary Rise Above the Mark has been scheduled for Thursday, March 19th at Toledo Early College High School.  See attached flyer for more information.

Rise Above the Mark

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“Terry-Time at Mud Hens” Event

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It is…Time to Rock the Hen House In Honor of Jim Terry @ Our First Annual “Terry-Time at Mud Hens” Event!

Click below to find information about this year’s TAWLS Mud Hens game taking place on Friday, April 17th.  Three different ticketing options are available and TAWLS is picking up a portion of the price on meal options for all those purchasing a meal option.  Ticket Orders are due to Emily Schifko at Jackman by Thursday, April 2nd.  We hope you are able to join us in this fun-filled celebration!!!

Mud Hens Flyer 2015

 

 

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Spring Banquet:  Invitations to the TAWLS Spring Banquet should be arriving soon.  This year’s banquet will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015.  RSVPs are due to Joy Krajewski by April 2, 2015.  We hope you will be in attendance as we honor our retirees, new teachers, outstanding educators and outstanding teachers!

Awards:  It is time once again to nominate deserving individuals for the Golden Apple Award, the Outstanding Educator Award, and the Outstanding Teacher Award. Please review the guidelines for each award and submit all required documentation to Heather Densmore at Whitmer High School by Wednesday, April 1, 2015. See the links below!

TAWLS Awards – Golden Apple Award

TAWLS Awards – Outstanding Educator

TAWLS Awards – Outstanding Teacher

Rise Above the Mark:  An encore presentation of the documentary Rise Above the Mark has been scheduled for Thursday, March 19th at Toledo Early College High School.  See attached flyer for more information.

Rise Above the Mark

Testing Timeline:  Below  you will find a testing timeline that has been created by Torian Hodges Finch our OEA Labor Relations Consultant that maps out clearly the overabundance of standardized tests being administered in grades K-12 here in Ohio this school year.  Torian is asking all OEA members to contact Congress to express their concerns with the overabundance of testing.  If each member serviced out of the Holland OEA Office made one call per week for the remaining 9 weeks of testing, that would amount to over 36,000 calls made by our members.  Can we count on you to help get our voices heard?

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Calamity Days:  AS Chris Hodnicki mentioned in his email to us on Friday, March 6th, pending board approval, TAWLS and the WLS Administration has reached an agreement regarding calamity days for the 2014-2015 school year.  The agreement grants 7 calamity days. Any calamity day(s) over 7 requires teachers and students to make up days at the end of the school year.  To clarify, at this point in time we have used 9 days.  So what this means is that students last day of instruction will be Monday, June 8th and Teachers’ Work Day will now be Tuesday, June 9th.

Text Alerts:  If you have not already done so, please take a brief moment to subscribe to TAWLS Text Alerts.  Text the number 81010 with the message @tawls to subscribe.  Thank you to the 307 members who have already subscribed!!  Meadowvale currently has 90% of their members signed up!

Did YOU Know?:  OEA has 178 retirees that are over 100 years old collecting a pension!  Of these 178 members, 162 are women and 16 are men.  The oldest of the 178 was born 12/29/1906!!!

Calamity Days Agreement Reached

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As of Thursday 3-5-15, and pending board approval, TAWLS and the administration reached an agreement on calamity days for the 2014-2015 school year. The agreement grants 7 calamity days. Any calamity day(s) over 7 requires teachers and students to make up at the end of the school year. Per state law, school districts are required to follow their negotiated agreement/contract on whether to follow days or hours. Our negotiated agreement/contract, which expires in June 2016, specifies days.

In consultation with our OEA Labor Consultant, we must follow our contract, which stipulates days, but is silent on granting calamity days, other than we do not need to report. Now that the state is out of granting relief for weather/calamity, it falls to locals.

As always the association remains committed to maintaining the professionalism and integrity of teachers by reminding everyone that even on calamity days teachers are working at home on education related tasks, not to mention the numerous hours beyond the school day and weekends that we dedicate to our profession.

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CTC Print Shop: Anyone interested in making copies in the Whitmer CTC Print Shop will find the doors between the CTC and Whitmer, under the covered walk, unlocked until 4pm, Monday-Friday. If you arrive before 4pm and the doors are locked, please contact your building rep.

Text Alerts:  If you have not already done so, please take a brief moment to subscribe to TAWLS Text Alerts.  Text the number 81010 with the message @tawls to subscribe.  Thank you to the 294 members who have already subscribed!!

OEA Survey:  OEA has prepared a member survey which your OEA staff and local association can use to better serve you and your local in the coming year. Please consider providing your opinions via our 10  minute survey. Your responses are critical in developing an authentic plan for your local. Your responses are confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of our office.  NEA Member Benefits is pleased to offer you two free magazine subscriptions, compliments of the NEA Magazine Service for completing the survey!

Click here to take the survey: http://surveys.ohea.org/limesurvey/index.php?r=survey/index/sid/354398/token/ABC123

PARCC Testing Posting on Social Media:  OEA & TAWLS advises not to discuss or post comments etc. on social media about opting out of PARCC testing because there could be financial consequences to the district and it could be viewed as “interfering with the operations of the employer…”

Calamity Day Posting on Social Media:  OEA & TAWLS advise that you do not make postings etc. during school hours on a calamity day. Technically we are still at work/working and are getting paid as a district employee, whether or not we are at school on that day.  The Ohio Department of Education employs 6 individuals whose sole job responsibility is to monitor social media activity of Ohio’s public school teachers.  In this day and age when we continue to face attacks on many levels as public educators, let’s not give our adversaries any more ammunition to use against us.  God knows they are constantly looking for anything and everything they can use in their fight to topple public education.

We make the recommendations to protect the professionalism and integrity of our profession.

SUPPORT THE UNITED STEEL WORKERS:  We encourage our TAWLS members to support the members of USW Local I -346 who are on an unfair labor practice strike at our refinery in Toledo. These highly skilled, trained and experienced workers deserve fair contracts that will protect them on the job and make our community safer.  So far, the oil industry has refused to address serious health and safety issues, including understaffng and excessive overtime, dangerous scheduling practices, and an over reliance on outside contractors and temporary workers. The issue is not about wages.  These reckless practices put workers and communities at risk from devastating accidents, like a fire at the Chevron Richmond Refinery in 2012 that sent more than 15,000 people to the hospital with breathing problems, and deadly fires and explosions, like those that killed 27 refinery workers since 2010.  This is a matter of life and death. We cannot afford to suffer from a single, disastrous mistake made by an inexperienced, outside contractor.

We’re calling on oil companies to bargain in good faith for fair contracts that will bring the skilled and experienced USW oil workers back to their jobs as quickly as possible. Until then, we urge them to cease operations at refineries with ongoing unfair labor practice strikes.

GM Raffle:  Click here and you will be redirected to a flyer from the United Steel Workers Local 1-346 to support the Jay Jeffries Scholarship fund if you are interested.  Raffle tickets are $15 each or 3 for $30 for a chance to win a 2015 GMC Terrain.

Elementary Caucus:  Thank you to all of our elementary members who took time out of their busy schedules to attend our elementary caucus last week.  Your thoughts and input were much appreciated.  We look forward to using this information productively in the future in our discussions with administration to improve the working conditions at the elementary level for each and every one of you.