Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Support Northshore Schools


Colleague,

I don’t need to tell you that the Northshore School District is experiencing tremendous growth. Snohomish County is now one of the fastest growing regions in the entire country. The crowding in our schools and the traffic in the north end are proof of this trend. As the houses go up, new students in our schools follow soon after. Why are people coming here? It is because of the excellent reputation of the Northshore School District!

In February 2018, the Northshore School District will be going to the voters for approval of a Capital Projects Bond ($275 million), Educational Programs and Operations Levy ($234 million), and a Technology Levy ($62 million). Each of these measures covers the next four years of operations for our district, starting in 2019.

The Capital Projects Bond will help us deal with our ever expanding number of students. It will:

  • Provide safety and security upgrades (including new door locks).
  • Build a new K-5 school off of Maltby Road.
  • Add 30 classrooms to be shared by Skyview Middle and Canyon Creek Elementary (SkyCreek Campus).
  • Build a performing arts and instructional building at Inglemoor High School.
  • Provide maintenance and upgrades at many schools.
  • Improve outdoor learning spaces.

The Educational Programs and Operations Levy is critical since it provides 20% of the overall budget that goes towards educational programs, services, and our daily operations. It represents about 25% of an educator’s total salary in Northshore. This levy provides additional funds for:

  • Special Education.
  • Academic support for advanced learners.
  • Transportation costs. 
  • Intervention for struggling learners.
  • Enrichment and extra-curricular activities including music, drama, sports, and clubs.
  • Basic education costs not covered by the state or federal government.

The Technology Levy will help our students and staff keep up in a rapidly changing world of technology. This levy will allow our students to have the devices they need along with the instruction to be a responsible digital citizen. This levy will:

  • Provide 1:1 devices for all grades.
  • Provide training for teachers in how to best incorporate technology in our classrooms.
  • Training for online safety and strong digital citizenship skills.

NSEA will be conducting phone banks at the end of January/early February to call the voters in our district. Phoning voters is key to the successful passage of the bond and levies, and we need your help. 

See below for our phone bank calendar and click here to sign up for a calling shift.

 Each school has been assigned a specific day and shift for calling. Get a group of colleagues together to make call on your school’s day/shift, or come anytime during phone banking. Many staff go out for a bite to eat either before or after calling to build a sense of community and strengthen our commitment to each other and public education. Phone bank dates are listed below. See your Building Rep to sign up for a shift or click here. Come support the Northshore School District, make calls, and have fun!  Click here to sign up for phoning

Tim Brittell, NSEA President

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Represent NSEA!

Nominations are now open for NSEA delegates to the WEA-Rep Assembly in Spokane in April and the NEA-Rep Assembly in Minneapolis, MN in early July. Any NSEA member, Cert or ESP, can be a delegate. No previous experience is needed, and being a delegate to either RA is an opportunity to get involved with your state and national unions. All delegates are elected to their position; elections will be held in December. Please read below for more information. If you have any questions, contact Lydia King at lking@washingtonea.org.

Acting as a delegate is a great way to get involved, to learn more about how WEA operates, and to help shape WEA's direction. WEA-RA is the annual gathering of representatives from WEA affiliates around the state to decide on policy, positions, and the business of WEA.  It's a great way to see the "big picture" of what happens within WEA.

This year's WEA-RA is in Spokane, and runs from Thursday, April 19 through Saturday, April 21, 2018 (plan to return home on Sunday, April 22nd). NSEA will pay your expenses, including your flight to Spokane, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, and meals. Delegates must attend Mock RA on Wednesday, March 28th after school. 

ESPs, Certs, and first-time delegates are strongly encouraged to attend WEA-RA.  NSEA will be taking 10 delegates to WEA Representative Assembly. To nominate yourself or someone else to be an NSEA delegate to WEA-RA, click here.

NSEA has budgeted to send 2 delegates (one certificated member and one ESP member) to the National Education Association Representative Assembly in Minneapolis, MN from June 30 through July 5. NEA-RA is the primary legislative and policymaking body of the Association and derives its powers from, and is responsible to, the membership. The Representative Assembly adopts the strategic plan and budget, resolutions, the Legislative Program, and other policies of the Association. Delegates vote by secret ballot on proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws.

NSEA will pay for delegate’s airfare, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, and meals in Minneapolis, MN.

ESPs, Certs, and first-time delegates are strongly encouraged to attend NEA-RA. To nominate yourself or someone else to be an NSEA delegate to NEA-RA, click here.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Kraig Peck is Retiring!

Kraig Peck, NSEA’s WEA-Staffperson, is retiring at the end of November. Kraig has worked with NSEA (and the former NESPA) for 10 years and has 40+ years of experience in labor and organizing. Kraig’s work has improved the lives of countless members. Come celebrate his retirement after school (4:30 to 7:00 pm) on Monday, November 27th at The Woodhouse Wine Estate in Woodinville (15500 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, C600, Woodinville). 

Please RSVP by clicking here. No gifts, please!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Join Together!

Join NSEA members and doorbell for Manka Dhingra in the 45th LD (Woodinville, Redmond, and Kirkland). Help us De-Trump our State Senate's one vote Republican majority.

10:00 am to 1:00 pm on...

Saturday, October 21, 2017 

AND/OR

Saturday, October 28, 2017

AND/OR

Saturday, November 4, 2017

8151 164th Ave NE in Redmond (Manka's Headquarters)
Park at the Redmond Transit Center at 16160 NE 83rd St, Redmond.  
It’s a 4 minute walk to the Manka Dhingra HQ where we are gathering. Get there a little early. 
(near the Bella Botega Shopping Center)

Bring friends, family, and co-workers.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Welcome Back!


Here's to a great school year. Some resources that may be of use:

Contact NSEA at 425-486-7101:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Day of Action

TUESDAY, JUNE 20
NSEA DAY OF ACTION

As this school year draws to a close, we need to let our united voices be heard regarding full funding for our schools. With the McCleary Decision yet to be finalized by the next state budget and Supreme Court, we need to keep up the pressure. We are planning a Day of Action to share our message with the community. On Tuesday, June 20th, we are asking all NSEA members to wear their "We Educate Northshore" shirts, or any other shirt or top that is red, to school for the day. Then at the end of day we will hold informational picketing in three central locations in the district to share our message with the citizens in our school district. Picketing will run from 3:30-5:30. Come by for an hour and add your voice to the chorus. Parents, students, and administrators will be invited and encouraged to join us in this action. Our commitment to each other and our students is strong, so come and join us. Our actions on Tuesday, June 20th are: 
  • WEAR RED: Your "We Educate Northshore" t-shirt or any red shirt all day. Building Reps will organize school photos!
  • SIGN WAVE WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO CONTACT THE LEGISLATURE! 3:30 TO 5:30 PM: Come for 1 hour or what you can. There are three locations and schools will be assigned a location, or you can choose a location more convenient to your home or commute. Please carpool for parking:  
    • Bothell: Canyon Park intersection of 228th and Bothell Everett Hwy.
    • Kenmore: On Hwy 522 at 68th
    • Woodinville: Entry to downtown-corner of 131st and 175th , next to Woodinville Fields)
  • ONE THOUSAND CALLS TO THE LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (1.800.562.6000) DURING YOUR DUTY-FREE LUNCH, FROM YOUR CELLPHONE. Tell your legislator to, "Reject the Senate Republican budget. Support local control and collective bargaining."
What's at stake?   
Your future, and the future of our schools
 
Class sizes. Increases in state funding for pay. Our bargaining rights. The ability of Northshore and other districts to meet local needs. National Board bonuses. Future COLAs. More counselors and support staff. Future privatization, if public support declines as local control is lost?
 
What's next, in August?
 
Our NSEA Building Reps voted unanimously on Monday to schedule a meeting at the end of August, "...to determine what actions we will take if the Washington Legislature has not passed a state budget that amply funds public schools as required by the Supreme Court's McCleary decision and/or if the Legislature restricts our right to collectively bargain with our school district". Please hold Wednesday, August 30 after school, as we arrange a location for our meeting. A strike is one possibility.
 
Thank you for your continued commitment to each other as we fight for full funding of public education. We will succeed together!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Congratulations!

The ESP Scholarship Committee is happy to announce the ESP Teaching Certification Scholarship awards. The following four ESP members will be the recipients of the scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Missy Giacomi – East Ridge Elementary, Para-educator             
  • Shelly McLarin - Northshore Network, Para-educator
  • Linda Mismas – Woodin Elementary, LAP Para-educator 
  • Karen Tarr – Inglemoor Elementary, Para-educator

Congratulations to these dedicated ESP members! We wish them the best of luck as they continue to pursue their education goals.