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VOL. 41, NO.2 2004 Saturday Live— New BEA Logo Chosen T he BEA Representative Council selected the Another Success! new logo for the Billings Education Association (BEA) at their October meeting. BEA T hanks to wonderful sponsors and volunteers, Saturday Live ’04 was a tremendous success! A members presented 28 designs. The BEA Board of stupendous fall day on September 25th brought Directors chose five finalists for Representative Council to over 16,000 carnival goers to Pioneer Park to tromp over consider. The winning logo was submitted by Jo Ann Korb at Rose Park Elementary. The entry was the troll bridge, fish for prizes, and try over a hundred drawn by her son Chad Korb, a graphic other activities. Sixty-five school groups took home over artist. Jo Ann gave the prize, a $50 gift $70,000 to spend on much-needed projects, making this a certificate, to her son. record setting year. Among other things, these groups will Thanks to all who submitted logo use the funds to build designs: Carolyn Thayer, Jennifer mobile computer labs, Moller, Adrian Wegner, Kerri Connors buy books for reading (design by Kelli Morrissey), Karla Gritten, Tracy programs, and send high Crabtree (design by Lexi Booth), Shirley Greene, Kathy school students to Jackson, Scott Haffey (designs by Riverside students), regional competitions. and Linda Soft (designs by her daughter Brooke). Saturday Live also benefits the Education BEA ELECTION RESULTS Foundation. We raised REPORTED additional funds for our A t the election held on October 19, BEA classroom grant members voted overwhelmingly to adopt the program, summer reading-in-the-parks outreach, and a proposed By-Law changes. The ballots, counted variety of other activities that strengthen our students’ by the Election Committee members Barbara education. Bergum, Steve Paterson, and Kris Warren, tallied 548 Now in its twelfth year, Saturday Live retains its For and 13 Against. spark as a major - and fun - community event. This year Thank you Barb, Steve and Kris and Skyview students led the younger ones in brain games and all the Building Representatives for West High students painted bear paws on little faces. It is a holding the elections at their schools. pleasure to wander through the park and see older and Another thanks to all the members who younger kids have a great time together. participated by voting. We are extremely grateful for your support, and we look forward to partnering with you on Saturday Live 2005! Lost your Master Agreement??? M isplaced your copy of the Master Agreement? If so, Anne Cole, Executive Director you can view and print a copy by going to: http:// VOTE Mary Helgeson, President Nov. 2, ‘04 www.billings.k12.mt.us/contracts/bea.pdf or call Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools SD2 Human Resources at 247-3870 to request another copy. T he past week provided the opportunity for our membership to receive quality Allan Audet professional development from fellow BEA President members throughout the state. Thousands of teachers embarked on a journey to Helena to attend the MEA-MFT Educators’ Conference on October 21 -22. They experienced another quality conference that was well organized and provided a wide array of No Child Left Behind Sanctions educational opportunities. Twenty-one different educational groups set up shop at the convention to meet Schools that do not make Average Yearly Progress the diverse needs and interests of education professionals. (AYP) for two consecutive years T hursday evening was filled with exciting events. A celebration, honoring the Montana Teacher of TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE— the Year and the finalists, took place on the Schools receive technical assistance to improve performance and campus of Carroll College. The room was filled to develop two-year plan to improve school. capacity as educators listened to past and present winners Funds will be available for school improvement. of the prestigious award. This year’s finalists were Dana The District will be required to offer public school choice to all West, an English teacher from Havre Middle School, and students in schools identified as needing improvement. Margaret Belisle, an English teacher from Helena High. District must pay for transportation costs and use The 2004-2005 Teacher of the Year is Mary Wren, a math 5 percent of its Title I funds to pay for transportation. teacher from Great Falls High School. Schools that do not make AYP for three consecutive years F ollowing the Teacher of the Year Award, many teachers made their way to the Carroll College FUNDS— gymnasium where they heard a rousing speech District must continue to offer and support public school choice. from NEA President Reg Weaver. With his dynamic style, District must provide students in failing schools with Supplemental Services and must use 5 percent of the District’s Reg energized the crowd as he walked through the overall Title I funds. audience greeting several students from Carroll College. District must use an additional 10 percent of its Title I money for President Weaver focused on No Child Left Behind, supplemental services or transportation for public school choice. (NCLB), and how labeling schools as failing negatively If funds are not sufficient, districts must serve lowest-performing impacts the school’s children and staff. He said, “To base students first. success or failure on a single test is not appropriate.” He vowed that the NEA will continue to work on implementing Schools that do not make AYP change concerning NCLB but emphasized the need to vote for four consecutive years for pro-child and pro-education candidates. CORRECTIVE ACTION— District must implement a corrective action plan, such as F riday provided an opportunity to hear from implementing a new curriculum, professional development or candidates running for state-wide positions. replacing certain school staff. During this session, one candidate running for the District must continue to offer public school choice and office of Superintendent of Public Instruction answered a supplemental services. question on NCLB by stating he was in favor of it and that no teacher would lose their job because of NCLB Schools that do not make AYP requirements. for five consecutive years RESTRUCTURING— E mployees will face the sanctions listed at the right District must make significant plans to change school governance if their schools are identified as failing. Read structure, including state takeover, the hiring of a private through these sanctions, decide for yourself how management contractor, staff restructuring or converting school to a charter school. educators will be affected. District must continue to offer public school choice and supplemental services. VOL. 41, NO.2 Page 3 2004 Fifteen local teachers seek NBC B ecoming a National Board Certified teacher is an extensive The fee for National Board Certification is $2,300. However, series of performance-based assessments that include teaching scholarships and loan programs are available. The Montana portfolios, student work samples, videotapes, and analyses of the Professional Teaching Foundation provides between 10-20 scholarships teacher's classroom teaching and student learning. This collection of per year for Montana teachers interested in obtaining National Board materials is compiled over the course of a regular school year and is Certification. The scholarships pay up to $1,150 per candidate. For submitted in the spring. To learn more about National Board Standards, information about the MPTF scholarship, other scholarships and visit the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website at loans, go to http://mea-mft.org/nbc3.htm www.nbpts.org. The state of Montana provides professional stipends of $3,000 to More than 30 National Board Certified teachers reside in Montana those teachers who achieve National Board Certification. In addition, and 13 are Billings teachers. The Billings teachers include: several Montana districts provide annual salary supplements or Jan Allen Curt Prchal incentives for National Board Certified teachers. These districts and their Bev Bakker Eileen Sheehy current stipend amounts are listed below: Cheri Dale Paul Swenson Steve Gardiner Carolyn Thayer Billings ($2,000 annually) Richard Jones Kris Keup Roundup ($1,000 scholarship, $1,000 one-time stipend, then $500 annually) Vince Long Carol Annin Laurel ($750 annually) Lyn McKinney East Helena ($700 annually) Thompson Falls (Salary step - equal to roughly 2% salary increase annually) This year the following Billings teachers are pursuing 2004-2005 Centerville (25 points on performance-based compensation application) National Board Certification: Bozeman ($2,000 one-time stipend) Whitewater ($1,000 one-time stipend) Kim Busch Karen Rice Robyn Byford Corvallis ($1,000 annually for five years) Susan Daly Bess Lovec Mari Jane Orner Teachers interested in National Board Certification should contact Linda Jones Jacqueline McDonald Roberta Fuller Erik Burke at email@example.com or at 1-800-398-0826. There are Kathy Pfaffinger Deanne Gemmill Julie Blakeslee two MPTF scholarships left for this year. It’s not too late if you act Judy Rigler Janet Nickoloff Jeff Meide right now. Billings Education Association Political Action Committee STATE ENDORSEMENTS VOTE Supreme Court Justices Secretary of State Nov. 2, ‘04 Jim Nelson Bill Kennedy Brian Morris Governor Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schweitzer Linda McCulloch John Bohlinger 2004 LEGISLATIVE ENDORSEMENTS Gary Forrester Tyler Smith Lane Larson Carol Gibson Senate District 22 House District 44 House District 49 Elsie Arntzen Co-Endorsement Kim Gillan Mark Noennig Matt Millenbach House District 53 Senate District 24 House District 46 House District 50 Gary Branae Bruce Simon House District 54 Lynda Moss Lyn McKinney Robyn Driscoll House District 47 House District 51 Co-Endorsement Michael Lange Senate District 26 Bea Ann Melichar Wanda Grinde Arlene Becker Co-Endorsement Chris Daem House District 48 House District 52 House District 55 Senate District 27 VOL. 41, NO.2 Page 4 BEA 2004 October / November Know Your Master Agreement Calendar October 31 Halloween! H ave you thought about applying for a Long November 2 VOTE! Term Extracurricular November 3-5 Parent/Teacher Conferences Assignment, better known as a November 10 BEA Board of Directors Stipend Position? If you have, here are a November 16 BEA Representative Council few things you should know: November 24-26 SD2 Vacation November 25 If assigned a position, you should receive a separate contract from your teaching contract. You can A+ . . . A MUST-SEE find out how much the position For Social Studies Teachers pays by looking in the Master F rom global warming to gun control, Justice Learning helps give Agreement in Appendix D. students the skills they need to understand today's complex issues. A free series from NPR's Justice Talking & The New York Times Sharing a position with another teacher is allowed as Learning Network, Justice Learning connects civics to your students' long as the parties agree to split the stipend. daily lives. http:www.justicelearning.org If you see a position advertised and you have the Free Aerospace Education needed qualifications, apply. Teaching Staff has Computer Software priority for extra pay positions. T he local Civil Air Patrol (CAP) unit in Billings, Beartooth Composite Squadron, is distributing free NASA aerospace education software to schools within the Yellowstone County area that either conducts an Recycling for Staples — aerospace education program for its students or has an official aerospace education student science club. School aerospace education programs would huge success include curriculums that cover subjects of astronautics, astronomy, or aviation. Qualifying school science clubs would include the Aerospace Education R ecycle for Education has grossed Alliance’s Wings Program, Wright Flight Program, the Dr. Sally Ride Science nearly $4K for the Montana Club for Girls, Young Astronaut Club, CAP’s Aerospace Education Excellence Professional Teaching Foundation! Program, or any other astronomy, model-rocketry, or aviation club, which is Staples stores have contributed nearly $4,000 officially recognized by the school. to the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation (MPTF) as of Free NASA aerospace software includes October 18, 2004. 1. Exploring Aeronautics for grades 5-8 MEA-MFT is partnering with Staples to recycle computer printer 2. Flight Testing Newton’s Laws for grades 9-12 and toner cartridges and promote great teaching in Montana through 3. Mars Virtual Exploration for grades 5-8 the Recycle for Education program. To request a copy of the education software, contact Beartooth Composite For every eligible printer Squadron’s Aerospace Education Officer, Major Steven Heffel, at or toner cartridge you take to a firstname.lastname@example.org or 652-7268. Staples store to recycle, Staples will donate $1 to MPTF for its NEED your house interior programs: Montana Teacher of repainted this winter? the Year, Montana Teacher Dave Barnett & Mike Cantrell Forum, National Board can do the job! Certification scholarships, and Karen Cox Memorial Grant Program. The program has been such a success that Staples is extending the deadline through 2004. Not sure what’s Big or Small. Call 656-7767 or 628-7122. eligible for recycling? Don't worry. Call for that exterior job next year too! Staples says to bring the cartridges and BEA President they’ll sort them out. In Billings, BEA News & Views ALLAN AUDET Official Publication of VOTE educators are urged to take cartridges to 1st Vice President Billings Education Association the BEA office by 510 North 29th JEFF GREENFIELD Nov. 2, ‘04 December 1, 2004. Billings, MT 59101 2nd Vice President This effort could raise 248-9812 News & Views Editor DIANE WELHAVEN Marilynn Sexton Secretary a bundle by the end of www.beabillings.org JOAN SLEETH the year.
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