Check-In, Monday, October 15th

Good morning County! Happy Monday.

Well, it looks like we have managed to make it through the first six weeks of school.

I know that the new “student support” initiatives that have rolled out this year have proven challenging for many of you, as more and more teachers are reduced to their minimum marking and prep time. This has been one of the most common issues from my in-box this week. Please be aware that we are bringing these concerns forward, but, as I mentioned last week, this seems to have been a directive that has come down right from the DoEECD. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will try, as best we can, to see if some sort of compromise can be reached. In the meantime, be mindful of your own personal resources and how much you are taking on. It is now, perhaps more than ever, important that teachers look to strike that work/life balance.

Speaking of balance, I would like to address the fairly large elephant that will be weaving its way into our collective schools come Wednesday. As we all know, that is the day that cannabis becomes legal, and although the government has said it is working on a guide for teachers, it is pretty unlikely it will be ready for “Weed Wednesday”. The impact of legalization on schools will only become obvious over the next few months, but teachers will need to navigate this latest “new normal” without, it seems, an inordinate amount of guidance. It has been stated that possession or use of cannabis on school grounds will be treated in the same manner as alcohol, but we all now there are some very distinct challenges to cannabis use, particularly with the rapid increase in vaping. If this development causes a particular concern for your schools, please let me know as soon as you are able.

Now, on to some lighter fare!

All of you will be attending the presentation on Wednesday or Thursday by Dr. Sharroky Hollie on Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning. I know that HRCE has sent out numerous communications on this, and I would encourage all members to closely review the material, particularly around food and scent sensitivities.

As well, don’t forget that we have two rather fun events coming up over the next few weeks. One is a trivia night that is being hosted by the communications committee on November 4th, and the other is a dance which is being held on November 24th. Check out our short-snappers for all the details!

And lastly, but certainly not leastly, this Wednesday also marks voting day for your next Provincial Executive member. Good luck to both Paul Boudreau and Drew Fournier, and thanks for running a great campaign. Polls open at 6:00 am on Wednesday morning and are open until 8:00 pm, so members will have lots of time to vote. Please make sure you cast your ballots!

That’s it for today, County. Have a great week, and enjoy Dr. Hollie!

 

Halifax County Local Trivia Night

Your local communications and social wellness committees are pleased to announce a Halifax County Local Trivia Night on November 1st at the Sackville Lion’s Club from 7:00 – 9:00pm.  County members are encouraged to create school teams with no more than 6 players to each team.  You may have a maximum of 2 guests (4 must be NSTU members) and points are awarded for team uniforms.  There will also be a complimentary beverage and snacks.  Applications are due by October 29th @ 4:00pm.  Please address any questions or concerns to Crystal Isert –  cmisert@nstu.ca     HCLTriviaNight poster       #HCLTriviaNight

Application form:   https://goo.gl/forms/DA8nyRv8SqMba6C43

 

Halifax County Local Trivia Night

Thursday November 1st from 7:00 – 9:00pm

Sackville Lion’s Club

101 Old Beaver Bank Rd.,  Lower Sackville

 

Check-In, Monday, October 1st

Good morning, County! Happy October!

Last week was another busy one here at the office, as all three local Presidents struggled to understand the removal of excess marking and preparation time from teachers schedules, and the implementation of the tier 2 support for students.

It seems that there is a great deal of confusion around what this support is meant to be, and how it has rolled out across schools. We have recently received information from the HRCE that this is not meant to be “Tier 2” support, but rather “Tier 1” support. However, when looking at the inclusion report, what is actually happening in most schools fits under neither description. We have further been told that this is still very much a work in progress, and is an attempt to align HRCE practice with the Inclusion report, and, more specifically, the Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) for students. Read more

Check-In, September 24th, 2018

Good Morning, County! Happy Monday.

Rather a short Monday Check-In this week, as there is a whole number of issues that are set to be dealt with/ discussed this week.

Today, the Halifax Regional Representative Council (HHRC) will be meeting with the HRCE to discuss a number of issue in our regularly scheduled Management/ Teacher meeting. Topics this time around include Permits to Teach, Power Outages and Water Shortages, Tier 2 Supports and the new Teaching Standards. I will have updates ready for presentation on these topics for Wednesday’s general meeting. Read more

Check-In, Monday, September 17th

Good morning County. Welcome to week three!

Last week saw your local executive meet on Wednesday and discuss a number of issue and concerns. We solidified a number of motions which had their inception at our executive summer planning, and we will be presenting them in finalized form at the local meeting on SEPTEMBER 26th. (Please note this change of date.)

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Check-in, June 18th.

Well, folks, that just about wraps up another year.

This will be my last Check-in of the year, and as you all set about the last few weeks of business that is the end of year wrap up, I just wanted to send out a wish that your summer be restful and at least somewhat relaxing.

In one last little bit of union news, we did manage to get through the Teacher Placement Process on Saturday, and we had almost two hundred teachers secure employment for next year. I want to take a moment to congratulate everyone who did so, and wish them an excellent summer of anticipation and excitement. Read more