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We support Public Education!
We want the US Secretary of Education to be an educator!
Devos would be devastating to public Education!
We believe in public schools for EVERY student!
We support our schools!
We want our legislators to VOTE NO for Betsy Devos @senatorSchumer @SenGillibrand
PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE FOR ALL CHILDREN! WE MUST SUPPORT THEM!
The letter below by PMCT President, Beth Warnken, was published in the Long Island Advance on Thursday January 12th.
Long Island Advance
20 Medford Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772
Letter to the Editor
The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers is joining with the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools on January 19th for a National Day of Action – #PMCT4PublicEd #ReclaimOurSchools.
Our purpose is to share our concerns about the nominee for US Secretary of Education,
Ms. Betsy DeVos. Ms. DeVos is a billionaire activist from Michigan. She has a degree in Business Administration and Political Science. Ms. DeVos has no educational experience. She has not ever attended public schools herself nor have any of her four children. Never having worked in a school – public or private, we believe, should disqualify her from serving in this role. It seems obvious to us that the US Secretary of Education should hold some minimal credentials: a degree in teaching, have served as an educator and have a connection to a public school system – where 85% of the children in this nation are educated.
We are concerned that Ms. DeVos will support policies intended to privatize, defund and destabilize public education in America. We are troubled at the prospect of what that would mean for us here in Patchogue-Medford.
We, the teachers in Patchogue-Medford, stand united in support of our schools. We believe in public education and the right EVERY child has to a free and appropriate education. We are concerned how national policies may adversely affect our public schools and the quality education our students receive in Patchogue-Medford.
We are against the nomination of Betsy DeVos for US Secretary of Education. We, on this National Day of Action, encourage you to do as we have done, contact your US Senators Chuck Schumer (ph#518-431-4070 or go to www.schumer.senate.gov) and Kirsten Gillibrand (ph#631-249-2825 or go to www.gillibrand.senate.gov) and tell them to Vote NO! Betsy DeVos should not be confirmed Secretary of Education.
Beth A. Warnken, President
Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers
On Saturday November 26, 2016 the beautiful PMCT Express Float made it’s way down Patchogue’s Main Street at the town’s annual Christmas Parade. The PMCT Express was designed and created by the PMCT Outreach Chairpeople, Nadine Scalzo and Kerri Simeone. A crew of talented executive board members and PMCT members helped hammer, nail, paint and decorate the float. The final float was a holiday hit at the parade. PMCT members, along with PMHS Key Club members, handed out pencils to children along the route while some of their own children rode on the float. Thanks to all our members who joined in to help celebrate our amazing community and kick off the holiday season!
Thanks to the PMHS Key Club for their help handing out Candy and Pencils!
Patchogue-Medford teachers are excited to get into the holiday spirit with their beautiful new float at Patchogue’s Village’s 54th Annual “Christmas Parade”. We can’t wait to see all our students and parents on the parade route. Below you can see some of the pictures from the float construction process. Thanks to all our float builders!!
The parade is on Main Street from 6-8PM on Saturday, November 26, 2016.
The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers is proud to announce that it has won a New York State United Teacher’s Solidarity Grant. Our executive board designed a strategic plan in 2015 that focused on building member engagement and building stronger coalitions within our community. Through the hard work of our Political Action Chair, Syndee Zegel and past PMCT secretary, Linda Nowicki, a grant was written to help fund our plan. The $15,000 award will be used to build member engagement through the use of “PMCT TV”. Each faculty room will have an LCD display installed and a continuous loop of information will be available for members to view so as to keep up to date. Also, each faculty room will have a bulletin board installed that will be dedicated to keeping the PMCT up to date with pertinent information
The plan also calls for ways to work with our community groups. Each elementary teacher will be providing note pads to the parents of their students to keep the lines of communication open. Teachers will also be using new stationary purchased through the grant for parent/teacher communication. Along with the Chamber of Commerce, we’ll provide educational activity books branded with a PMCT Logo for a “Safe Halloween Event”. Finally, our local will construct a float for use in local parade events.
The PMCT is dedicated to meeting the needs of both its members and the community: working together to educate the whole child.
These bulletin boards are in faculty rooms in all our buildings to keep members informed.
These TV’s are in faculty rooms in our buildings highlighting all our activities.
Notepads were given to all K-5 parents at open house nights.
A tweet from a happy parent thanking us for the notepad.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
at Suffolk County Community College – Riverhead Campus.
Walker check-in: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Walk begins: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Please check in at the NYSUT Suffolk table when you arrive.
Proudly wear your Patchogue-Medford Breast Cancer T-shirt.
(To receive a T-shirt your $10.00 donation and T-shirt order form must be given to your Building Outreach Rep. by Friday, September 30th.)
You can also wear your PMCT T-shirt/apparel
or Pat-Med colors!
DIRECTIONS FOR ON-LINE DONATIONS
1. Go to: www.makingstrideswalk.org
2. Go to: DONATE
3. Enter: PMCT Outreach
4. Click on: DONATE (in green)
Donations can be made online, or if you prefer, you can give
your donation to the Outreach Rep. in your building.
Checks made payable to the American Cancer Society.
A Making Strides Walk will also be taking place on Sunday,
October 16, 2016 at Jones Beach. PMCT Outreach Chairs will be present at this event. Please stop in to say hello and join us for snacks.
(You will also have the opportunity to hand in cash donations at the NYSUT tent on this date.)
http://patmedteachers.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Making-Strides-Walk-Flyer-.pdf – Click to see the flyer
On August 24-25, 2016, 39 new teachers started their Pat-Med Careers at New Teacher Orientation. They were welcomed by Superintendent, Dr Michael Hynes, and PMCT President, Beth Warnken. Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Joey Cohen, put together an informative and welcoming two day orientation that included a bus ride around the district to all our buildings. PMCT provided breakfast and lunch on the first day. At lunch on the first day the new teachers met their PMCT mentors/buddies, and headed off to see their buildings and classrooms. PMCT looks forward to a long and collaborative future with all our new members.
The 2016 AFT convention was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center from July 17-21, 2016. Representing PMCT at the convention were Beth Warnken, PMCT President, Kevin Toolan, PMCT Vice President, Alicia Connelly-Foster, PMCT Secretary, Syndee Zegel, PMCT Political Action, and Linda Nowicki, PMCT Past Secretary and Delegate. At this years convention AFT celebrated 100 years of representing educators. You can read more about the 100 year celebration at this link http://www.aft.org/100years.
The PMCT delegates attended the educational issues committee where ESSA, recess and the I Refuse resolutions were discussed and debated.
Please support the candidates for local BOE elections on Tuesday May, 17, 2016.
Click on the link below for a complete list. This list was updated on Sunday May 15, 2016