LEA JUNE 2018

June 2018 Newsletter

President’s Notes

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Enjoy your recharge time!

Do teachers really have summers off?? I like to think of summers as comp time for all of the unpaid hours we spend to create the schools Loudoun's kids deserve. 
 
I am thankful for all of those who volunteer their time to LEA. I hope you will look for opportunities to enhance your involvement with LEA. We are only strong because of members at all levels who work together to improve our working conditions. 

LEA membership growth has been tremendous this year and has strengthened our collective voice. I am grateful for the progress we have made for our education support professionals (classified employees) towards a living wage. This has been a year marked by continued community connections (see Friend of Education Award below). Together we continue to elevate the respect of our profession in our community.

Membership Matters!

I feel very grateful to work for all LEA Members and I look forward to meeting more of you during the 2018-2019 school year.

If you are in the area, please come by the LEA office and say hello! Our office is in Lansdowne, across the street from Inova Loudoun Hospital, 19465 Deerfield Ave, Suite 206.

David Palanzi, President
Loudoun Education Association

Some of the incoming and outgoing LEA Board Members

School Board Update

From LoudounEA Facebook Live Post May 8 & 22

5-8-2018
At the School Board Meeting. Tonight’s topics are all information items they include lease renewal for the charter schools, naming the new elementary school, TJ contract extension and revisions on several policies.  

Public Comment: 
There are 28 speakers tonight for public comments. The speakers discussed the keeping the TJ option, harassment and discrimination policy for staff, and ask for grandfathering of EL students who are not with 8 credits and will age out.

5-22-2018
At the School Board Meeting. Tonight’s topics include lease renewal for the TJ contract extension and revisions on several policies.   

Public Comment: 
There are 26 speakers tonight for public comments. The speakers discussed keeping Loudoun students at TJ as an option for our kids, extending elementary recess time which is currently capped at 15 minutes, and they also asked the board to grandfather EL students who are not within 8 credits of graduation and will age out.
 
Superintendent’s Time:
Dr. Williams highlighted the appointment of Sharon Willoughby as the new Assistant Superintendent of Business & Financial Services.
 
Action Items:
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Contract Extension. Vote to continue LCPS participation passed (6-3) Rose, Hornberger, and Marshall opposed.
  • Adoption of Proposed Policy 5080, Class Sizes sets max class sizes in grades 6-12. Passed (9-0)
See the rest of Dave's notes for the SB Meeting
Charlotte McConnell works to improve her community through her advocacy as an ally to Loudoun’s educators. McConnell advocates for the often-times overlooked needs of the community. Her support for educators and students has been particularly evident over the past year as she has spoken at school board meetings to remind our school board about the lack of inclusion for LBGT employees in its harassment policy. She has also served on the LEA’s ESSA Committee (Every Student Succeeds Act), a community outreach group that works on important education issues.

In the community, McConnell is an active participant in the Forest Grove PTA. She is a volunteer trainer for Stewards of Children whose prevention training features real people and real stories about protecting children from sexual abuse.
Article in Loudoun Times-Mirror
Members are encouraged to apply for up to $500 to support innovative instructional practices that foster student growth. 
  • Proposal projects and activities should be student-centered, developmentally appropriate, and aligned with curriculum. 
  • The application process is digital. Click here to complete the online application and here for the guidelines. 
  • ALL application packets must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on September 24, 2018. 
  • For more information, call VEA's Office of Teaching and Learning at 1-800-552-9554.
Five LEA members received VEA MiniGrants in 2017!

LEA's Newest
Board of Directors


Loree Bendel, Secretary @ Sterling MS
Karen Tyrrell, Technology Assistant @ Belmont Ridge MS

Loree & Karen were appointed at the May LEA Board of Directors meeting. We have more than 600 ESP (classified) members and Loree and Karen will ensure their voices are heard.

Donate Teaching Supplies

Do you remember what it was like starting out as a new teacher?

If you have items that could be donated then simply send them through the LCPS courier to Sara Genetin @ John Champe High School.

Please mark your box or envelope 
LEA – Membership Committee

POSTERS ● ART SUPPLIES ● STORAGE BINS ● BOOKS ● LAB SUPPLIES ● GAMES ● PUZZLES ● OFFICE SUPPLIES ● CRAZY STUFF ● ETC...

$4,000 to Future Educators

Students from 4 high schools received scholarships for $1,000 each.
  • Broad Run
  • Heritage
  • Loudoun County
  • Loudoun Valley
Thanks to the generous contributions by members and to the Scholarship Committee for all of your hard work.

Students will be named during their school's award ceremony.
 

LEA Scholarship Committee

  • Tim Brown, Spanish Teacher @ Woodgrove HS
  • Loree Bendel, Secretary @ Sterling MS 
  • Andrea Jordan, English Teacher @ Heritage HS
  • Celeste Liscowski, Retired/Substitute
  • Patricia Lockwood, IFT @ Sterling MS
  • Christina Ramirez, 2nd Grade @ Sterling ES

June - Important Dates

 
  6 - LEA Board of Directors @ 4:30 p.m.
  6 - NEA Delegate Caucus @ 5 p.m.
12 - School Board Meeting
18 - Government Relations Committee
26 - School Board Meeting

**SAVE THE DATE Rep Training September 13!

More Dates

Door Prize Winners!

At the May Association Rep Meeting these members were awarded door prizes:
  • 500 Color Copies - Heather Binkley, Science teacher at J. Champe HS
  • Colorful Cardstock - Janet Segerson, SEARCH teacher at Buffalo Trail ES

Member Issues


When you talk to us, your information is confidential and we do not share your personal situation without your permission.
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LEA FAQ’s

LEA Summer Hours


Q: What are the summer hours of the LEA Office?
A: The LEA Office will be open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. - noon Friday. You can call 24/7 and leave a voicemail or email us.
 

Association Meeting Attendance
Top Worksites 2017-18

 
BALLS BLUFF ESMary, Faye & Dana
BELMONT RIDGE MSDiane
BROAD RUN HSMartha & Janet
CARDINAL RIDGE ESNevine & Larissa
EVERGREEN MILL ESBeth & Trish
FARMWELL STATION MSShirlita & Jon
FREDERICK DOUGLASS ESEricka & Becca
HARMONY MSGeorge & Joyce
HARPER PARK MSSteve & Chris
HERITAGE HSAndrea & Helen
LEGACY ESSandy
PINEBROOK ESHeidi
ROCK RIDGE HSCindy
SELDENS LANDING ESDixie
SENECA RIDGE MSLucretia, Darryl, & Lisa
STERLING ESChristina
STONE BRIDGE HSBill
STONE HILL MSBarb
SUGARLAND ESAlexa
SULLY ESMelissa, Darlene, & Valerie
SYCOLIN CREEK ESTracey & Sarah
WOODGROVE HSPat & Tim

We are here to support you!


Call LEA immediately at 703-858-7700 when:
  • you are contacted by Child Protective Services, law enforcement, or are placed on administrative leave.
  • a student or parent threatens you.
  • you are being disciplined, reprimanded or dismissed.
  • you are placed on an improvement plan or have other evaluation concerns.
  • you have questions about LCPS policies or regulations.
  • you think you have a grievance. Grievances must be filed within specific timelines. Waiting may void your ability to file!
Remember: If you have a concern, be sure to contact LEA. We are here to work together for the school system we all deserve.

Loudoun Education Association

LoudounEA.org
19465 Deerfield Ave. | Suite 206 | Lansdowne, VA 20176
Phone: 703-858-7700 | Fax: 703-858-7712
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