BTU Scholarship Information
We are maintaining updated scholarship information at btu.org/scholarships2019. Please check it out!
TODAY — AFT Member Benefits Workshop at the BTU
Join the AFT at the BTU from 6-8 PM to learn about your many member benefits! Food will be served. Registration is first-come, first-serve, and space is limited. See the flyer, and register online now.
NEW — Job Sharing Info Session: April 3
Join us at the BTU from 4:30-6:30 PM for a job sharing information session.
BTU Night at the Red Sox: May 17
Please plan to join us for BTU Night at the Red Sox on May 17. Tickets are first come, first served and are $40 each. We have 332 tickets for bleacher seats, section 38, rows 27-40. Read more ticket information.
Hiring: The Boston Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Program
The PAR program will be hiring a Consulting Teacher (CT) for the 2019-20 school year. For more information, please visit the Boston PAR website and see the job posting. If you have further questions, you can email the current CTs firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
NEW — Hiring: Administrative Assistant
Long-time BTU Administrative Assistant Patty O’Donnell is retiring at the end of April. We truly thank Patty for her years of service and dedication to the union. We will all miss her but wish her the best as she embarks on new adventures in retirement! Please see our Administrative Assistant job posting. We hope to hire someone by the end of April.
NEW — Paraprofessional Transfer Pool
For the first time ever, the Transfer Pool for Paraprofessionals has been extended and will run April 1-12. You must have at least 206 seniority days to apply. You can apply up to five jobs but jobs are not guaranteed. Please see this flyer for instructions and information.
Upcoming Community Events and Opportunities
NEW — Science Social this Friday
We are returning to one of our favorite spots for a Science Social! Appetizers will be generously provided by the UMass Boston COSMIC (Center for Math and Science in Context) office. Join us this Friday, March 29 from 3-6 PM at the Yard House Restaurant, 126 Brookline Avenue in Boston.
Help Send McCormack Students to the Costa Rican Rainforest
In April, McCormack Science Teachers, Kris Grymonpre and Lani Trumble will be taking 14 7th and 8th grade students from the McCormack Middle School to live and study in the Costa Rican Rainforest for eight days. While there, students will learn first-hand about the devastating affects of deforestation on the ecosystem. Please consider donating to this once in a lifetime experience for McCormack students!
Teacher Institute: Uncovering America: Power, Art, and Inquiry
In this July 22-25 Teacher Institute, presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) and Primary Source, examine which stories are—and are not—pictured in the MFA’s Art of the Americas collection. Special BPS price of $125. Earn 35 PDPs, or two graduate credits for additional fee of $320. Learn more and apply now!
BTU Election Update
The signature validation process has been completed, and candidates who qualified for the ballot have been notified. Due to the number of candidates for each office there will be no primary election this year. See the complete list of candidates. Thanks to all who participated in the process! Voting will begin in early May, when all members will receive their mail-in ballots. In-person voting will be held on Wednesday, June 5. An “Election Procedures Candidate’s Guide” is available on the member portal. An opportunity for candidates to address the membership in a public forum is being scheduled — more to follow. See additional Election Committee information.
We are so sad to let you know that Jennifer Rogers Ferent, longtime library para-professional at the BTU School, died suddenly Friday evening. She leaves her husband and three children. Jennifer’s mother, Diane Crane, is a retired BPS teacher. Jennifer will be sorely missed by all. Please see Jennifer’s obituary. The Visitation will be this Thursday from 4-8 PM at the John J. O’Connor & Son Funeral Home.
On behalf of the BTU, we send our condolences to Jennifer family, colleagues, friends, and the BTU Pilot School community.