Check-In, Tuesday, May 22nd

Good morning County, Happy Tuesday.

I hope that many of you had a chance to unplug this long weekend, and are now ready for the final push to the finish line.

As you are probably aware, the vote for the NSTU presidential race is tomorrow, May 23rd. I have fielded a number of questions around administrators, and yes, they may still vote on Wednesday. Your school should have received your voter cards last week, and if you have not, (or if you do not believe you have enough) please contact plboudreau@nstu.ca. Read more

Check-In, Monday, May 14th

Good Morning County, Happy Monday.

As staffing season kicks into high gear, I am getting lots of calls about notice of assignment.

Please note that the principal does have the right to assign you as per the needs of the school. However, if you feel that the assignment is unfair or unreasonable, you can request to have an explanation as to why it has changed.

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Check-In, Monday, May 7th

Good Morning, County. Happy Monday.

Well, another Annual Council has come and gone. This weekend was again filled with lots of lively debate and great networking opportunities. I want to thank all the Halifax County Delegates who gave up their weekend to do the business of council. We had a number of our members put their names forward for positions, and congratulations to Shelley Luddington on being appointed as a representative for the Canadian Teachers Federation. Read more

Check-In, Monday, April 30th

I don’t know about you, but it is hard to believe that it is almost May.

There are a couple of key events coming up over the next few weeks, starting, of course, with this weekend’s Annual Council. This event sees delegates from all across the province coming together in Halifax for a weekend of meetings and debate around issues facing the NSTU and public education in general. Read more

Check In, Monday, April 23rd

Good morning County. Happy Monday.

Staffing season is fast approaching, and I would like to remind teachers of a few key dates. Please note that you should receive your notice of assignment on May 9th by 4pm, and that is when the first round goes live. If you are considering a change, please make sure that your resume is up to date on MyHRSB. This is a common mistake, and not having your current qualifications listed when you apply for a job can leave you out of the running. The first round closes on May 14th. Read more

Check-In, April 9th, 2018

Good morning County.

I know that many of us have spent a very reflective weekend after hearing the news of the unspeakable tragedy out of Humboldt, Saskatchewan. As someone who has spent many, many hours travelling with young people on any number of occasions, this horrifying incident has touched me deeply. The loss of even one young person is one too many, but the sheer magnitude of this devastating accident has, I am sure, given many of us more than a moment’s pause over the past few days. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the families of the victims, and if you are interested in finding out more, follow this link. Read more

Check In, April 3rd, 2018

Good morning County! I hope you had a restful Easter weekend.

As a high school teacher, the Easter break was always fairly significant for me in that it marked the 2nd to last milestone on the way to the end of the year. It was always between the Easter break and the May long weekend when I found a nice long stretch of classroom time where I could get a good flow going with my students. It was also probably one of my busiest times of the year. Just a friendly reminder to keep an eye on your own “energy reserves” as best you can over the coming weeks. Read more

Check-In, March 26th, 2018

Good morning County. Happy Monday.

I know there has been lots of discussion around many a staff room table this past week about Bill 72 and the implications. Unfortunately, I still do not have a great deal of information to share with you, but will continue to monitor and pass along what I can.

As you are probably aware, there are a number of elections on-going at the present time. We have three awesome candidates vying for our one of our Provincial Executive positions, and they are Duncan Cameron, Shaun Doyle and Crystal Isert. We will be sending out lots of information about these three over the next few weeks leading up to the election, so stay tuned. Read more

Check-in, March 19th, 2018

Hello County, and welcome back.

We return to our classrooms today under a cloud, of sorts. The full impact of Bill 72 still remains to be determined, and as we move through the next few weeks, there are bound to be numerous questions around the impact this legislation will have on members. I have no new information, but will be passing on what I do find out as quickly as I can. Read more