Colleagues,

Here’s the link to this week’s Rochester Teachers Care video < https://youtu.be/I0yid_ZHr_c >. It focuses on Rochester International Academy’s Juliann Zelazny Wehner and how she connects learning to her students’ lives. She was just named NYS Physical Education Teacher of the Year for her dedication and professional skills. We congratulate Ms. Zelazny Wehner and are proud to be her colleagues. Contact Aimee Rinere <arinere@rochesterteachers.com> or Matt Lavonas <mlavonas@rochesterteachers.com> to recommend deserving candidates to feature in future weekly videos.
And now, just a reminder about a few dates to keep in mind this month:
– October 12. That’s the correct date for the workshop at the RTA on Student Loan Forgiveness (not October 10 as we indicated originally). The same workshop will be repeated on October 25th. Come to either one at 2:30-3:30pm or at 4:00-5:00pm. No appointment necessary.
– October 15. This Sunday is the date for the annual Breast Cancer Walk. It begins at 10am from Frontier Field but you can pick up your RTA shirt at the NYSUT kiosk beginning at 9:00am. Please bring your RCSD ID badge. Call Mary Barnum at the RTA (546-2681) or email her <mbarnum@rochesterteachers.com> with any questions.
– October 19. That’s the extended deadline to file an APPR Appeal if you are among the teachers notified late last month that your APPR scores/ratings were changed.File your appeal with the HCI or CIT – both located at Central Office. Bring an extra copy to have it date-stamped and retained as proof. Call Martha Keating at the RTA, or email her <maskerade6@aol.com> with questions or concerns.
– October 20. Deadline for submitting First Quarter Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). Be sure to retain a copy of your original targets. This is really important because sometimes the District “adjusts” your originally-set SLO targets and your original targets are lost from view. Call RTA if you have questions or need help with this.
– October 26. Special presentation by Pulitzer Prize reporter and author David Cay Johnston. Among other books, he also wrote The Making of Donald Trump. Johnston will speak at 5:30pm at Workers United (750 East Avenue) on “Reason and Civility: What Happened to Political Debate in America?” And State Assemblyman Harry Bronson will offer a perspective on the proposed NYS Constitutional Convention. RSVP to Maria Fisher <fisheraflcio@gmail.com> if interested in attending.
Adam