• LAST UPDATED: October 23, 2014

    Phone Banks Tuesday 10/28/14 3-6PM
    at North Rockland Teachers Union office Rt. 9W Stony Point.
    If interested contact Kevin Connell denkev5@aol.com or 845-558-6774

    Topics on the this page:

    1. Union Social 10/24
    2. Volunteer to help with the phone banks
    3. Fall Festival
    4. RBSA Raises $4,876!!!
    5. Any BOCES teacher or administrator who holds a Professional Certification
    6. NYSUT intervenes in lawsuit challenging tenure.
    7. Show your respect on SRP Recognition Day, Nov. 18
    8. ELL students now required to be identified
    9. Support for us on education issues
    10. Personal Day Requests will no longer be submitted on a paper form
    11. Minutes

    Friday 10/24/14

    Union Social at D&D's Main Street, New City
    3-6 PM Free Beer & Wine And Appetizers.




    Meet our team members

    Patti Trout
    Karen Michelson
    Alexa Adams
    Christina Adams
    Lorraine Anderson
    Leah Blau
    Marc Blau
    Amanda Butler
    Shirley Clay
    Jodi Coello
    Irina Conklin
    Luis Diaz
    Janet Faluotico
    Doreen Fraino
    Harry Hahn
    Sulina Hernandez
    Lori Higgins
    Scott Jones
    Patricia Killeen
    Dawn Kitz
    Dale Langer
    Amy Leone
    Ashley Lisitza
    Louis Michelson
    Nancy Mirabile
    Burtho Norfleet
    Susan Norfleet
    Philip Rucker
    Aviva Sakolsky
    Jeff Schragenheim
    Karen Schragenheim
    Sarah Schragenheim
    Nancy Shakouri
    Tara Shea
    Andrew Stack
    Melissa Stack
    Margaret Struhar
    Amy Tatro
    Colette Townsend
    Noah Trout
    Marie Wood Smith

    Special thanks to all those that helped and donated to the
    RBSA Team


    A $1,000 goal and they raised $4,876!!!!!!

    Thank you to our supporters!

    Action Rubber & industrial supply
    Albert Driscoll
    Allison Avila
    Ally Medina
    Amy Leone
    Ann & Adriana
    Ann, Robert, Alexandra & Robert
    Anne & Joe Bonello
    Ashley Coello
    Aviva y Sakolsky
    Beth Doremus
    Beth H Borelli
    Betsy Lohrfink
    Brenda Tenley
    Brian Horowitz
    C Bullock
    Carmen Miranda
    Carol Frankel
    Carol Kelly
    Catherine Monti
    Christina Adams
    Christopher Hitchings
    Claude Going
    Colette Townsend
    Colleen Foley
    Craig Michelson
    Dale L Langer
    Daren Handley
    Dave Gorbea
    Dawn Deleo
    Dawn Kitz
    DD/DB Summer School
    Debbie Kydon
    Desiree Scott
    Desiree Tuckey
    Don Ceazer
    Lafalgio Garcia
    Donnie Eschrich
    Doreen Romney
    Dorene Weisberg
    Dr. Dana Williams
    Dr. Judith Sambol
    Dr. Rosann Posa
    E Feeney
    Ed Thompson
    Elaine Kosinski
    Elsa Villalobos
    Eugene Foley
    Evan Seidel
    Gary Deys
    Glenn Uller
    Gloria Ramirez
    Harry Carle
    Hernando & Melita Diaz
    Ira Sakolsky
    Jack Mori
    Jackie Maffei
    Jason Kahn
    Jean Doyle
    Jean Gay
    Jeanette Carlucci
    Jerry & Celia Schwartz
    Jo Louis
    Jody Sherman
    Johanna Miele
    John & Robin Ertel
    Joseph DiMaggio
    Joseph Traxler
    Joseph,Robin,Sara and Jonah DiMaggio
    Joyce, Lori ,Charlene, Susan
    Judith Sambol
    Julia Urquhart
    Karen Schragenheim
    Karin Rohde
    Kathleen Galligan
    Kathleen M Conti
    Kathy Flickinger
    Kathy Lambert
    Kathy Phelan
    Kimberly Taylor
    Kristina Siddi
    Larry Soeller
    Lawrence Schroder
    Lenny Cardillo
    Linda & Ralph Morris
    Lori Higgins
    Lorraine M Anderson
    Ronni and James
    Margaret Howard
    Mark Koehler
    Marlena Tiborsky
    Mary Ellen Doremus
    Melissa Stack
    Michael Fields
    Michael Singer
    Michelle Mazzella
    Mitch & Cindy Spiegel
    Mr. John Pfeiffer
    Mr. Paul Brenner
    Mr. Robert Winning
    Mr. Timothy J Brown
    Mrs. Deborah Smith
    Mrs. Donna Marie Adams
    Mrs. Ilene Gallagher
    Mrs. Jane M Fobert
    Mrs. Janis E. Mills
    Mrs. Jill T Cannella
    Mrs. Marcelle Mase
    Ms. Amy Stearns Kaye
    Ms. Aviva y Sakolsky MEd
    Ms. Jackie Pardy
    Nancy Shakouri
    Nathan Metlitz
    Nicole Venditto
    Nikki Culianos
    Noreen Toolan
    Pat Martone
    Patricia Mauro
    Patrick Howard
    Patti Trout
    Patty, Mike, Matt & Samantha Metlitz
    Peter J Boyle
    Rachel Lissade
    Randi Welsh
    Rizza Pielago
    Robin L Jones
    Robyn Tendler
    Rockland Teacher's Center
    Rosann Posa
    Rose and Bruce Pollack
    Rose Fiorella
    Sabrina Perykasz
    Sarah Garland
    Scott A Jones
    Sharon Rappaport
    Shelly Shapiro
    Sherry Cruger
    Shirley V. Clay
    Reni, Lindsay, & Missy
    Steve Zahorodny
    Susan Norfleet
    Susan Sloane
    T Slutsky
    Team Diaz
    The Purdy Family
    Veronica Shea
    VIctoria Ionashko-Ryan
    Victoria Trotta
    W Kindlain
    Woodmont Day



    Any teacher or administrator who holds a
    Professional Certification

    Any teacher or administrator who holds a Professional Certification
    is required to complete 175 hours of PD activities during a 5 year period to
    maintain their Professional Certification.

    Teaching Assistants with a Level 3 Certification are required to complete 75 PD hours over the course of 5 years. These PD hours must be reported to NYSED and is reported through the BOCES HR office.

    As per the Rockland BOCES BSA contract, staff are required to participate in PD
    activities each year (32 PD hours for teachers and 30 PD hours for teaching
    assistants for this school year). Participation in these PD activities as well
    as participation in Superintendent's Conference Days count towards the PD

    Some BOCES programs are using My Learning Plan (MLP) to track
    the PD hours, others use the paper form.

    If staff are using paper forms to track these hours, each staff member completes
    the form, submits it to an administrator for signature, and the administrator or
    staff member forwards these forms to the HR office.

    Upon receipt, HR will submit the information to NYSED.


    Please note that anyone who does not hold a Professional Certification does not
    need to submit PD hours to NYSED.

    The following certifications do not require the completion of PD hours for

    1. Any Initial Certification
    2. Permanent or Provisional Certifications in these areas
      School District Administrator (SDA), School Business Administrator (SBA), School
      Administrator and Supervisor(SAS); School Guidance Counselors, School
      Psychologist, School Social Worker, School Nurse Teacher, and any Permanent
      Teaching Certification obtained prior to 2004 such as Special Education K-12.

    Please note that a staff person may hold both a Permanent Certification (does
    not require reporting) and a Professional Certifications (requires reporting).


    NYSUT intervenes in lawsuit challenging tenure

    NYSUT's motion to intervene in a suit challenging the state's tenure law was granted this week by state Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo.

    The motion -- filed on behalf of seven individual teachers and the statewide union -- gives teachers the opportunity to aggressively defend the state's tenure law, which allows New York's educators to advocate for students and protects good teachers from arbitrary firing.

    Here's NYSUT's statement.


    Poll shows broad support for NYSUT positions on education issues

    Read and share the results of this new poll that shows broad based support for us on education issues.

    • Some highlights:
      Roughly 2/3 of Americans agree with traditionally Democratic positions when it comes to education - especially when it comes to overwhelming support for neighborhood schools and teachers.
    • Overall, 82 percent of those voters able to rate their local teachers believe them to be excellent, very good, or good.
    • Solid majorities (61 percent) back more funding for public schools - including 79 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of Independents, and even 45 percent of Republicans.



    Show your respect on SRP Recognition Day, Nov. 18

    There's no excuse! Respect your school-related professionals -- the teaching assistants, teacher aides, monitors, secretaries, food service workers, custodians, security guards, drivers, mechanics and all who make our schools run.

    SRP Recognition Day is Nov. 18, 2014.

    To help locals celebrate, NYSUT has available celebration packets that include "SRPs Make a Difference" buttons, a suggestion guide, a poster and fliers available to leaders.

    Register at www.nysut.org/eReg/SRD14 to let us know how many buttons you will need. Order by Nov. 1 to guarantee delivery by Nov. 18.

    Let us know the details of your plans and share your pictures and stories in our contest. For questions, contact SRP Coordinator Margaret MacCartney at mmaccart@nysutmail.org.


    What's New in 2015-16

    • School districts are not only expected to annually identify ELL students not making adequate language and/or academic progress they are now required to identify the academic and social/emotional supports they will provide, based on their identified needs.
    • School districts are required to implement a bilingual class based on the number of ELLs who speak the same language in the district, not in a particular building.
    • School districts must provide all teachers and administrators professional development to meet the needs of ELLs.
    • School districts may now use additional criterion to determine whether an ELL student is ready to exit ELL services, including a combination of a student's NYSESLAT score and 3-8 ELA assessment score, or ELA Regents scores.
    • Procedures requiring the Committee on Special Education to determine whether students who have, or are suspected of having a disability should be identified as an ELL and receive bilingual or ESL programs and services.

    Please download the complete fact sheet (PDF), which contains the following:

    • What's New in 2015-16
    • Identification Process
    • Parent Notification and Information
    • Retention of Identification and Review of Records Placement
    • Program Requirements and Provision of Programs
    • Grade Span and Continuity
    • Exit Criteria
    • Support and Transitional Services
    • Professional Development
    • School District Planning and Reporting Requirements
    • Additional Future Amendments
    • Advice to Local Leaders
    • Resources on English Language Learners
    • Definitions of Key Terms




    Changes in how a Personal Day Request will be submitted and approved.

    Personal Day Requests will no longer be submitted on a paper form, rather they must be submitted on AESOP.

    Personal Day Requests

    • Partially Approved or Denied by your immediate Supervisor.
    • Forwarded to Main Office for Final Approval or Denial.

    You will receive AESOP e-mail notifications informing you of your supervisor's decision. Please monitor your e-mails for this information.

    PLEASE NOTE: If your request is fully Approved, your Personal Day will be automatically entered into AESOP and there is no need for you to call in your absence on that day.

    If your Personal Day Request is Denied, you will receive an e-mail explaining the reason for the Denial.

    You are able to track the progress of your Personal Day Request by logging into your AESOP account.

    Make sure you provide detailed information for the reason of the request.

    The following are examples of reasons provided that would result in a denial of the request for a Personal Day on the basis of not enough information:

    • Attending a wedding
    • Personal Family Business
    • Family Obligation
    • Traveling



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