PMCT Wins Read Across America Grant

The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers is proud to announce that we’ve won a $1,000 grant as part of the 2018 Read Across America-NY “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers”. This grant will be used to purchase books for Medford Elementary School Library. All students throughout the district will have access to the titles through their school’s library catalog system. We are proud to partner with NYSUT, AFT and Firstbook to bring quality literature to our students. Pictured Beth A. Warnken, PMCT President and Susan Miele, Medford Elementary Librarian.

PMCT Recognized for Social Justice at 2017 NYSUT RA

PMCT President, Beth Warnken, was presented with the Ken Kurzweil Social Justice Recognition Award at the NYSUT RA held on April 7-8, 2017 in New York City.

The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in social justice issues. In 2016, they demonstrated this by:

Educating their colleagues, students and community about the dangers of domestic abuse.

Advocating for educational justice. n Supporting initiatives to combat hunger and poverty.

Demonstrating labor solidarity.

Championing women’s issues, history and rights.

Championing racial justice.

This award was created as a result of a resolution passed at the 2016 NYSUT RA. The award recognizes those locals that have made a collective and sustained contribution to promoting social justice and human rights during the previous year. The award is named after longtime NYSUT Civil and Human Rights Committee Member and activist Ken Kurzweil, who spent years educating fellow NYSUT members and the local community on civil rights, social justice and human rights issues.

The PMCT delegates who attended the RA were Beth Warnken – President, Kevin Toolan – Vice-President, Alicia Connelly-Foster –  Secretary, June Gagnon – Elementary Vice President and Syndee Zegel – Political Action Chairperson.

 

 

 

Kevin Toolan, Beth Warnken and June Gagnon are the ION in the picture above.

PMCT Joins the Alliance to Reclaim our Schools Day of Action on January 19, 2017

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!

#WearRed4Ed


Read morePMCT Joins the Alliance to Reclaim our Schools Day of Action on January 19, 2017

National Day of Action – Anti Devos Letter Published by LI Advance

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

ATT: Editor

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.

Sincerely,

Beth A. Warnken, President

Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers

 

 

PMCT Wins NYSUT Solidarity Grant

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.

bulletinboard

These bulletin boards are in faculty rooms in all our buildings to keep members informed.

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These TV’s are in faculty rooms in our buildings highlighting all our activities.

notepad

Notepads were given to all K-5 parents at open house nights.

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A tweet from a happy parent thanking us for the notepad.