Hiring of new staff continues. If your provisional contract has not been renewed, please see here for the current listing of positions, and also feel free to call or email either Caren or Michael if you have any questions as to the process of rehiring.
Paraprofessionals on layoff are asked to keep in contact with Jenna Fitzgerald.
Lastly, as September grows closer, it appears likely that the school department has changed its mind and will not excess 24 individuals from the so-called underperforming schools. In early August we alerted you that the school department had told the BTU in formal negotiations that it wanted to excess as many as 24 teachers and paras from five Level 4 schools (Agassiz Elem., Dearborn MS, E Greenwood Elem., Holland Elem., and English High School).
ELL Summer Enrichment Academies- Inconsistency in Wages Spawns Grievance
Please note: The summer program posting for the ELL Summer Enrichment Academies ran in late May/early June and contained an inconsistency. Both teachers and paraprofessionals were told that there’d be a stipend, and later in the job posting, the stipend morphed into an hourly wage, which in most cases was greatly reduced from the stipend posted. The BTU has filed a grievance on this discrepancy, seeking the larger sum of money for any and all members, teachers and paras, affected. If you worked in the program and want to join the grievance, please email Patrick Connolly.
Also, we’ve been told that some of those hired were sent home for lack of work partway through the program. If you fall into this category and were denied full employment, please similarly contact Patrick Connolly to discuss a possible grievance. Thank you.
Fenway Park to Host New 6th Graders. BTU Needs a Few Volunteers
Please note: This program is for 6th graders in middle schools only, as they are transitioning to a new school and a new grade.
On August 27 the city and the school department invite entering 6th grade students to visit Fenway Park for an open House. Incoming students get to meet theRed Soxir new principal, visit the Green Monster, and meet Wally the Red Sox mascot. Mayor Menino will also be present. This is a great ‘welcome’ event to our students, and the BTU is sponsoring as table for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out or meeting Wally, we need you! Please let Patrick Connolly know today or tomorrow. Details to follow.
Great Things are Happening in Our Schools. Send us your examples
The BTU is also looking to gather interesting examples of excellent educational offerings in the city’s schools. We want to hear about interesting class or school projects, unique and fascinating lessons, and any other examples of great work that goes on daily in our schools. Please email your examples here. Thank you.
Welcome Back Party to Aid Cancer Drive
American Cancer Save the Date: Welcome Back Party, September 24, 3-8 PM, BTU Hall, Proceeds to go to Cancer Drive.
Also check out the following new web page for the Making Strides Walk. You can sign up for one of our teams or make a donation at this page.
New Positions in BPS: Just Posted “ Health Strategies
Job Title: Physical Education Instructional Coach–High School and Elementary School.
This is a new grant. Grant initiative will focus on obesity and tobacco prevention along with promotion of multiple health strategies. Funding supports creation of a Wellness Department which will continue the work of the School Wellness Action Plan, Coordinated School Health model, and related policy and program initiatives.
To apply send a resume and cover letter, along with all inquiries concerning this position, to Jill Carter or by US Mail: Boston Public Schools, FNS, 11B Charles St, 2nd floor, Dorchester, MA 02122
One Nation March
On October 2 a march will be held in DC to call for increased funding in education and health care, an increase in jobs, and support of the politics of unity. The AFT and many other organizations are supporting this march, under the banner of One Nation. The BTU is thinking of renting a bus to bring to DC members who wish to participate. We would be leaving at midnight on Friday from the BTU and returning to Boston around 5:00 PM Saturday with an estimated time of arrival at 2 AM Sunday morning. Before we commit to doing this, we are hoping to estimate how many members and friends might be interested. To get a fair and accurate count before we rent a bus, we are asking for a $35 deposit from members who wish to attend. The $35 will be refunded only to those who ride the bus. If we don’t organize it this way, we will not be able to accurately assess interest. If you wish to take advantage, please send in a check to the BTU, c/o DC One Nation.