May is here and we have found ourselves still working at home to educate our students. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. I have seen the awesome educators of the EOEA diligently engaging students. These are difficult times but the concern and compassion that has been administered by members have made coping with this pandemic easier.
We have to continue to get our students to the finish line. The end of the school year is approaching. The big question is: “what are we going to do when it is time to come back to our buildings?” There are committees that are being developed for re-entry. I am asking that when you are asked to take part in such plans that you step-up and assist. Your expertise, ideas, and suggestions are needed at the planning table. Dr. Harvest and Ms. Champagne will be sending this information out so please check your emails.
I did speak with Ms. Champagne and the other members of the Grading Committee on April 29-30, 2020. Information on how Cycle 4 grading has been discussed and is forthcoming.
There are questions about teacher contracts being signed. This is usually done by May 15 and distributed by email; it has to be signed by you through DocuSign.
I am happy to inform members that the NEA-RA (The National Teacher’s Convention) will be conducted through a virtual meeting July 2-3, 2020.
I hope teachers enjoyed last week as you were appreciated for the work that you do. The Zoom Entertainment Session held on Friday, May 8, 2020 was simply amazing and fun. We thank our special guests who joined in to say encouraging and thankful words, NJBOE Assistant Commissioner Abdul-saleem Hasan and City Councilman Bergus Leneus. Thank you also to Angel Boose, Tonya Tobias, Dwayne Baker, and our Social Chair Ashley Greene who shared their talents to make the event a success. There were over 60 smiles in the Zoom Room.
I hope you continue to be in good health as we press together towards successfully closing this school year out.
As always please call, text, or email me if you have questions or concerns. If you do not get me on the first attempt please give me 24-48 hours to get back to you.