February 13, 2019

Advocacy Day Is Three Weeks Away!

We gather in just a few weeks for Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 5! We will hold TWO preparatory webinars with Hinman Straub: Wednesday, February 20 at 12 noon, and Friday, March 1 at 12 noon. Click on the dates to the left to register for a webinar. In addition, we will have an in-person briefing at the Hampton Inn Downtown Albany on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. (no registration required). You are encouraged to attend at least ONE of these sessions to review our talking points and schedule for the day.

As always, our goal is to have all 18 of our Chapters represented in Albany on Advocacy Day. In doing so, we are able to meet with lawmakers and represent our school districts from all areas of the state. There is still time to register, but please do so quickly so we can organize your appointments with legislators. For assistance, please contact Robin at 518.465.0563 or info@nyssfa.com.

The schedule for the day is as follows:
Tuesday, March 5    
8 a.m. Shuttle  Hampton Inn to Empire State Plaza
8:30 a.m. Coffee and Snacks Third-Floor Terrace, Legislative Office Building
10 a.m. First Legislative Appointments  State Capitol and Legislative Office Building
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Boxed Lunches Available Third-Floor Terrace, Legislative Office Building
3:30 p.m. Last Legislative Appointments State Capitol and Legislative Office Building
4 p.m. Shuttle Empire State Plaza to Hampton Inn
Register today!
Climb Your Career Ladder at Summit

Wednesday, March 6 is our Classrooms of the Future Summit. Experts will review the requirements and timetable of the Building Condition Survey (BCS) coming in 2021. Following that, our training program will focus on one aspect of the BCS: Mold remediation with Eileen Franco of the NYS Deptartment of Labor and Todd Crawford from the NYS Deptartment of Health. PESH Bureau representatives will be on hand with information and to answer your questions. As always, our Summit will feature a timely update from the State Education Department's Office of Facilities Planning. REGISTER today!

Reserve your room for Advocacy Day and Summit at the special rate of $175 a night by calling The Hampton Inn at 518.432.7000 and using group code CHXA27. 
Register today!
Thomas Scott, CDF Earns Recertification 
SFA President Paul Rooney (pictured far right) of North Rockland Central School District recently attended the Middletown City School District School Board meeting to present Thomas Scott with his CDF recertification. Tom originally attained his CDF in 2008 and is a member of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of NYSSFA. 

Scott and Rooney are pictured above with members of the Middletown School Board. We congratulate Tom on his achievement!
Educational Greenhouse Coming to St. Lawrence

A proposed greenhouse at St. Lawrence Central School will become a new classroom.

“It will be for more of an educational experience. We’re referring to it as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classroom. We wanted to involve all those disciplines in this area,” Superintendent Robert Stewart said.

He said school officials visited SUNY Potsdam to see what disciplines the university offered in its greenhouse. That gave school officials ideas for its own greenhouse.

“We have a lot of curriculum, especially in the science area, where kids learn but don’t have hands-on experience. This is all about creating that hands-on experience. It dovetails right into Next Gen (Generation) science standards that are coming out. We’d like to incorporate many different sciences, not just living environment and biology, but chemistry and physics,” Mr. Stewart said.
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Public Airs Concerns About Contamination at Elmira High

The state Department of Health held a forum Thursday night at Elmira High School, fielding concerns from the public and explaining the next steps in addressing the long-running industrial contamination at the school. 

After giving a brief background of the state's awareness of the contamination and the studies that have been conducted since, officials tried to address the concerns of the public and faculty.

On Thursday afternoon, officials from the Department of Health held a meeting with current staff before the evening session for former staff and the public. 

Employees and the public voiced concerns about soil testing, migration of possible contaminants and groundwater contamination. Several residents voiced concerns about other possible illnesses attributable to the types of contamination at the school, questioning why the studies and surveys focuses primarily on cancer. 
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Community Resource Center Opening at Monticello Middle School

Beginning in early February, the district will open a Community Resource Center twice per month at Robert J. Kaiser Middle School where families in need of assistance with food, heating, employment, housing or any other challenge can meet with a caseworker to discuss options and begin the referral process.

“Finding pathways to assistance can be difficult for families who lack transportation, are juggling multiple jobs, or who are unaware of services and supports that they may be eligible for,” explained District 2 Legislator Nadia Rajsz, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature’s Health & Family Services Committee. “The goal of the Community Resource Center is to simplify the process of finding and receiving help with anything from parenting resources to emergency shelter.”
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Parents Question Whether Shooter Drills Traumatize Kids

Long before an ex-student opened fire on his former classmates in Parkland, Florida, many school districts conducted regular shooting drills — exercises that sometimes included simulated gunfire and blood and often happened with no warning that the attack wasn't real.

The drills began taking shape after the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. But 20 years later, parents are increasingly questioning elements of the practice, including whether the drills traumatize kids.

April Sullivan was pleasantly surprised by an "I love you, Mom" text from her daughter last May, even though she knew the eighth-grader wasn't supposed to be using her cellphone during school in Short Pump, Virginia. But she did not know that her child sent it while supposedly hiding from an intruder. The girl didn't know the "code blue" alert was a drill.

The backlash underlines the challenges administrators face in deciding how far to go in the name of preparedness.
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March 5, 2019 | Albany

Classrooms of the Future Summit
March 6, 2019 | Albany

Leadership Weekend
May 9-11, 2019 | Bear Mountain

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October 12, 2019 | Saratoga Lake

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October 13-16, 2019 | Saratoga Springs

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