LEA March 2017

March 2017 Newsletter

President’s Notes

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We had a fantastic February Association Rep meeting with our NEA Specialist LaToya Johnson. The Reps learned how the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is a bottom up approach to federal accountability for Public Education.

LEA is taking the lead locally, meeting with community stakeholders to ensure our voice is heard at the Virginia Department of Education. In September 2017, VDOE will submit the Commonwealth's plan to the USDOE.David Palanzi, President
Loudoun Education Association
LaToya & Dave

Budget Update

$1.14 tax rate would fund all the needs for the FY18 budget. The Board of Supervisors is considering adopting $1.135 which would leave LCPS $3.57 million short of the budget presented by Dr. Williams to the Board of Supervisors on February 22.

April 4th @ 5 p.m. Board of Supervisors approves Loudoun County FY18 budget, including appropriation to schools.

Board of Supervisors 

Thanks to the advocates for Public Education and the LCPS budget who spoke at the recent BOS Public Hearings in support of funding the schools.
Kudos to the following speakers:
Tuesday, February 28
  • Michele Copeland, Librarian, Powtomack ES, LEA Association Rep.
  • Melissa Muszynski, Teacher, Sully ES, LEA Secretary
  • Sandy Sullivan, Teacher, Legacy ES, LEA Vice President
  • Corey Griswold, Teacher, Sterling MS, LEA Board of Directors
  • David Palanzi, LEA President
  • Tim Brown, Teacher, Woodgrove HS, LEA Treasurer
  • Celeste Liscowski, Substitute, LEA Retired 
Thursday, March 2
  • David Nickelson, PTO Co-President, presented a resolution on behalf of the families of Hillside Elementary in support of funding the budget.
Saturday, March 4
  • Steven Meyer, Teacher, Harper Park MS
  • Tia Walbridge, Parent
Send the BOS an email supporting the LCPS budget from your personal email account today!

Legislative Update

Is there a teacher salary increase in the state budget?

Well kind of--behind the news headlines here are some facts:
  • The 2% increase is only for some teaching positions (based on Virginia’s SOQs) which are far below LCPS staffing standards.
  • The ‘raise’ is only funded for 4 ½ Months. It begins in mid-February 2018.
  • Funds may be used by school systems to ‘back fill’ any local salary increase.

Governor McAuliffe vetoes three education bills:
  1. A school-choice bill that would have allowed parents to use state money to pay for private schools.
  2. A bill which would allow students to transfer to other district schools.
  3. A bill which would have created a virtual school.

LEA Seminar on
Effective Classroom Management

This VEA workshop is designed to help teachers, as well as other education professionals, improve their instruction and classroom management skills. This session provides the necessary foundations for classroom management skills on which other instruction and behavior management must build: communication skills, interventions for difficult behavior, creating an effective climate, rules, routines, and reinforcements for positive behavior and optimal learning. Workshop March 22 at the LEA office.

New Copiers have Been
Spotted at 4 Schools!

There are plans to have replacement copiers by 2019. Be sure to follow the new protocols to get the copiers working. All parts, trays, feeds, should be working.If not, report them for repair.

Rep Meeting Door Prize Winners

Angelia Bono, Science 6 Teacher, Smarts Mill MS
Barbara Oliphant, Media Specialist, Freedom HS
Teresa Poplawski, Teacher Assistant, Sully ES

500 Color Photo Copies, Pencil Dispenser with 188 pencils, A Day With Dave as a Co-Teacher

More Diversity in Schools...

Was the message at VEA’s Teachers of Color Summit.
  • Richelle Coleman, Buffalo Trail ES
  • Janice Faulk, Forrest Grove ES
  • Germaine Henderson, Farmwell Station MS
  • Katrina Smith, Simpson MS
  • Shirlita West, Farmwell Station MS
LEA was fortunate to have 5 terrific members attend the Teachers of Color Summit.

The agenda was jam packed for this 3 day event. Participants engaged in a variety of discussions on topics related to recruitment and retention.  Summit activities included: panel discussions, akeynote presentation,  “History and Heritage” luncheon, historical and educational exhibits, vendors, workshop breakout sessions, and a gala reception and exhibition at the newly renovated Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. 

The summit is part of a year-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the merger of the Virginia Teachers Association and the Virginia Education Association.   

Read Across America

Leesburg Elementary hosted a community reading event on Friday, March 3rd.

This successful event has been planned and hosted by their dedicated staff for a number of years.

Melanie Curtis, AR, stated there were nearly 250 attendees!

NEA Ballots Coming Soon

Vote for up to 13 Delegates to represent LEA at the NEA Convention in Boston this summer!

March- Important Dates

 8 LEA Board Meeting @ 4:30 p.m.
13 ESSA Stakeholders Meeting @ 4:30 p.m.
14 Transportation Caucus @ 11:30 a.m.
14 School Board Meeting @ 6:30 p.m
15 Rep Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. Douglass School
15 VEA Pre-Convention Caucus Meeting @ 5:00 p.m. Douglass School
16 LEA Retired @ 11 a.m.
20 GR/PAC Committee @ 4:30 p.m.
22 LEA Workshop: Effective Classroom Management  @ 4:30 p.m.
24 PAC Open House Fundraiser  @ 4:30 p.m. TBA
25 Wine to the World Corcoran Winery and Cidery 1-5 p.m.
28 School Board Meeting @ 6:30 p.m
29-4/1 VEA Convention 

More Dates

Celebrate the Grape! (or Apple)