Check-In, October 16th, 2017

Good Morning, County. Happy Monday!

Last week was relatively quiet, with a few key exceptions. To start with, we did have a general meeting on Wednesday, October 11th, and elected a brand new Social and Wellness chair to take the place of Preman Edwards who has moved on to a staff officer position with the NSTU. Thanks to both Jason Jennings and Mona MacNeil for putting their names forward, and a big congratulations to Mona who will be joining the executive team! Read more

Check-In, October 10th, 2017

Good morning, County! I hope that all of you who partook in the Thanksgiving tradition are enjoying your turkey sandwiches today.

First of all, thank you to everyone who responded with your concerns about the extended P-2 school day. I have amassed quite a list of issues and will bring them to the attention of HRSB. They did have the right to extend the school day, but it is my hope that, with the help of your input, they will recognize a need to provide more supports for teachers who are struggling with the transition. Read more

Check-In, October 2nd, 2017

Hello County! Happy Monday!

I hope that your PD days of last week were of value to you as we head into month #2 of the 2017/18 school year.

Last week was busy here, as we had both a management/teacher meeting as well as two days of regional negotiations. By now, most schools should have copies of the asking packages, and I hope that you have found time to review it. Trust that we are working hard on your behalf!

I did bring forward some key issues at management teacher, including the removal of small appliances. I will be going into this in more detail at our next general meeting on October 11, but suffice it to say that the directive to remove personal appliances was not altered in any way. Read more

Check-In, September 25th, 2017

Good morning County! Happy Monday.

As you may have heard by now, the DoEECD, with the help of the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, last week released its long awaited attendance policy.

At first blush, the policy does seem to be a legitimate attempt to provide educators with a framework within which they can work to support increased student attendance. There are, however, still many questions to be answered about how the policy will be implemented, and to what extent the new policy increases workload. The Operational Plan contains the most detailed summary of the new policy, and I would encourage all members to become familiar with the document, and would ask that you forward your thoughts and concerns on to me. Read more

Check- In, September 18th, 2017

Good Morning County,

I hope your first week went well.

As school begins in earnest and folks start to settle into a routine, I would like to take a moment to reflect on “The new normal” and what I am hearing from teachers. Of course, one of the unfortunate truths of this gig is that my phone seldom rings when people are happy. However, the first week here was remarkably quiet.

What I did hear, however, was a bit disquieting. Read more

Welcome Back to a New Year

And away we go! Our first full week is here!

I know that for many of you, start up has been challenging. I hope that you have had a chance to read my message from last week and have looked for ways to put the caregiver 1st.

With that in mind, I have been getting many questions about what teachers “must do” versus what they “may be asked to do” as we start up the 2017-18 school year. This is a very complex question, with what may seem to be some wishy-washy answers, but I will try to do my best to give you some guidelines. Read more

New: PD Funding Guidelines for 2017-2018

Hey County,

The updated guidelines for PD funding applications are now available:

Halifax County Local PD Guidelines 2017-2018  (MS Word)

Please remember to review all relevant sections of the document and following requirements closely. As we all know, there is a great deal of scrutiny about the ethical and responsible use of funding for teacher professional development. These guidelines are in place to ensure that we can confirm that our members adhere to rigorous standards in pursuing opportunities for professional growth- we thank everyone who applies for their effort to do so.

If you have questions about how to submit an application or need clarification, please reach out to our VP Professional Development Duncan Cameron (halifaxcountypd@nstu.ca) BEFORE you submit to ensure there are no issues. Head on over to the PD page for forms and applications.

Thanks all! Happy applying. 😉

NEW: Conference Funding Application Form for 2017-2018

Hey County,

Forms to apply for funding for conferences from the County Local are now here:

Conference Funding Application 2017-2018 (MS Word)

Please submit according to the instructions on the form. One change from previous years is that you are now free to apply for funding no matter when your conference occurs- that means you can fill it out early, even if your conference happens in the “second half” of the school year.

So, get applyin’! 🙂 If you have any questions, please contact our tremendous VP Professional Development Duncan Cameron and team at halifaxcountypd@nstu.ca. Thanks!