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HSEA works to connect teachers with teachers while advancing the profession of teaching.

Don't Forget How Much We Love EVERYTHING YOU DO! February 2017 edition

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DUES information!

Here are the dates for EFT withdrawals. This is for people who are having dues taken out of their checking accounts only!

9/16/2016 - 9/30/2016

10/14/2016 - 10/28/2016

11/11/2016 - 11/25/2016

12/9/2016 - 12/23/2016

1/6/2017 - 1/20/2017

2/3/2017 - 2/17/2017

3/3/2017 - 3/17/2017 - 3/31/2017

4/14/2017 - 4/28/2017


No dues taken out in June, July, and August!

Words From Our President...

Balance! Lifestyle experts promote maintaining balance in your life. My first memory of balance came in 8th grade physical education class where I tried to "conquer" the balance beam. We learned various steps and had to write our own routine and "execute" it successfully. Balance! The idea of a balance beam is that one maintains "balance" during the experience. However, my experience did not replicate that ideal. I did my mount on the beam and promptly tumbled to the other side. This was for a grade so I tried it again.... and again. I finally was able to execute a couple of dip steps before falling once again to the mat. Balance! Hopefully, you are able to achieve better balance than I did in 8th grade PE! Decades have passed, but I still work on balance...sometimes in school during hall duty, I practice standing on one leg! Balance! As teachers, we constantly need to work on balance. School can be absorbing and sometimes quite isolating in spite of being surrounded by people daily. (People of all sizes, of course!) I give advice instead of always practicing it--- Carve time for family, friends, and work. Make sure to leave some time for fun too—though I think work is fun!

Balance! As teachers, we have forces that act on us that might upset our equilibrium. We are pulled by state standards, HSE curriculum, our administrators, our students’ parents, politicians, and our students. Sometimes, it might be cool to wish for the security of that four-inch beam instead of a balancing act such as the wire-walking Wallenda family.

Balance! I have been blessed with Association membership through my career. That membership card helps me navigate the politics of the job while doing my best to stay on the beam or the wire. If you haven’t already, join us. Together, we can conquer the beam or the wire to maintain our balance!


President - Janet Chandler

Executive Vice-President - Ben Yoder

Vice-President Membership & Elections - Deb Jackson

Vice-President Politcal Action - Kelli Hanes

Vice-President Communications & Public Relations - Leslie Brown

Treasurer - Mary Carson

Secretary - Terri Zabonick

Membership Drive 2016-2017

Don't forget! We are always accepting new members! Use your building maps, and keep on keeping on! Thanks for all of your continued hard work with gaining members and getting the word out!

2016-2017 AR meeting dates: (All at FHS LGI room):

September 14---4:15 PM - 5 PM

November 9 ---4:15 PM--5 PM
January 11--4:15 PM--5 PM
March 15 --4:15 PM - 5 PM
May 10---4:15 PM - 5 PM

ISTA Events Coming Up.....STAY IN THE KNOW!

Celebration Of Public Education - Monday, February 20th! Click below to register and for information!

Good Teaching Conference - March 3rd and 4th - click below for more information!

HSEA Lobby Days!

March 8th and April 12th are designated lobby days for HSEA to be involved in and get our voices heard downtown!

Email: Kelli Hanes - khanes@hse.k12.in.us, if you're interested in participating and helping out!

Scholarship Information...

An email, with flyer's attached,was forwarded to you by Janet on the information in regards to the available scholarships for dependents of ISTA members.

Nomination forms can be found on ISTA’s website at https://www.ista-in.org/our-profession/scholarships-awards.

The deadline on all of the scholarships is March 1, 2017, with the exception of the ISTA Foundation District Scholarship.

The ISTA Foundation District Scholarship Nomination forms are not due until April 1, 2017 and should be sent to the ISTA Office at 6910 N Shadeland Avenue, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46204. This is a $700.00 scholarship that each District Council awards. The District Council determines if the award goes to one or more dependents of its members. Transcripts or essays are not required. A nomination form is in the scholarship link.

The only requirements for this scholarship are:

· Candidate must be a child, stepchild, grandchild or step grandchild of an ISTA member

· Candidate must have a “C” average in high school.

· Candidate is graduating from a public high school during the 2016-17 school year.

· Candidate does not have to live with the ISTA member or attend high school in the same district where the member teaches.

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HSEA Member Spotlight - Missy Knouse, CRE!

Missy teaches one of our preschool classes at Cumberland Road Elementary. She also serves as one of our district discussion reps! Side note - she's quite a singer, and loves to knit!

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Words from Missy Knouse...

Hi! My name is Missy Knouse. I am an Early Childhood teacher, currently teaching at Cumberland Road Elementary. This is my eleventh year teaching at HSE and my 10th year as a union member. I don't remember exactly what or whom encouraged me to become a member of the union, but I'm glad that I did. Being a member gives me a voice, and I am very thankful for those members who work so hard for me, and all teachers, to bargain for the benefits we receive. As a member, I am also thankful that the union is there to support me if tough situations should arise. Two summers ago I was approached by a colleague who asked me if I would be interested in taking on a more active role in my building and in the union. After much consideration, I agreed to take on the role of district discussion representative for CRE. At first, I was a little nervous to take on this role, but it's been a great experience. It has made me much more aware of the issues that teachers face in our building, as well as in our district. I enjoy being a part of the discussion process and helping others.

HSEA is sponsoring two upcoming workshops just for you presented by Horace Mann!

State Teachers’ Retirement Workshop

Whether you have just started your teaching career


You are about to conclude your teaching career:

Join us February 16th at 4:15 for a State Teachers’ Retirement Fund workshop

RSVP by February 14th.

Student Loan Forgiveness Workshop

Are you concerned about and upset about your student loan debt?

Would you like to be able to either reduce or eliminate that debt?

If so, join us March 1st at 4:15 for this new and exciting workshop.

RSVP by February 24th.

Both workshops will be held at Fishers High School LGI Room

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To save your seat for either or both of these seminars, please RSVP to Bob Lucas at bob.lucas@horacemann.com

We hope to see you there!

NEA Member Benefits......FREE TOTE!

Did you know we have access to complimentary life insurance? Taken directly from the member benefits site: "Free tote bag when you name a beneficiary. As an eligible NEA member, you have NEA Complimentary Life Insurance issued by The Prudential Insurance Company of America (Prudential). Name a beneficiary and we’ll send you a sturdy, canvas tote bag. FREE"


You will be directed to register if you have not already done so. You name your beneficiary on your complimentary life insurance--you receive a free tote.


Just spreading the news and making sure you are all following HSEA on Twitter, @HSEAteachersHSE, or on our Facebook Page: Hamilton Southeastern Education Association! Feel free to click on the Twitter and Facebook links below - should take you directly to our pages, if you're signed in to your accounts!

Please also remember to sign-up for our REMIND updates by following the information on the link below! Just click on the word REMIND! We hope to see you all there!

This is YOUR newsletter too!

In the coming newsletters, remember, anyone who is a HSEA member is welcome to make a submission, or send information that you would like to see in the newsletter!

We will also be continuing to do the "member spotlight," so, if you'd like to nominate a member, or want to write something yourself, please let us know!

Send any submission, articles, etc. to: hseateachers@yahoo.com


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