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April 2016....Will April showers bring May flowers?

Words From Our President...

Painful! As you know, I often share personal stories to illustrate a point. So, today will be no different. I started writing this column while participating at the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) Representative Assembly. Teachers across the state serve as delegates. Such events offer you an opportunity to connect with colleagues you have not seen for awhile. What do you do when you see such a colleague? If you're me, you greet them with a smile, and you might offer a hug and receive one in return.

Painful! Hugs were painful for me at that meeting. I will explain more by the time you get to the end. . . you know it is very important to "read until the end." Let's talk about education and how painful relates. I will share some factual information.

Painful! It will be truly painful for our HSE family if the referendum fails. Higher class sizes will be painful. Since I've been at HSE, I have had a few classes over 35 with the highest 39. Those numbers are painful and a disservice to the students.

Painful! It would be painful to see support staff and administrators lose jobs. They feed their families just as teachers do.

Painful! Reduction-in-Force (RIF) would be painful. Loss of teachers causes everyone pain, but especially those teachers who lose jobs and then teachers not riffed experience higher class size.

Painful! This situation causes discussions in whose ox will be gored. You hear stories of discussions about program cuts, groups of positions that could be eliminated in order to save others.

Painful! The hours of testing students have endured this year in standardized exams has been truly painful for those students. Another day, another test.

Painful! It has been difficult to watch some policy makers who have created a vision for public education without experience in the trenches. (As a history teacher, I can assure you that trench warfare is painful!)

Painful! As a government teacher, it has been painful, to see that some potential voters fail to exercise their vote. Don't let that be you! Don't cause me more pain!

Painful! Last year, one of my high school friends advised me to get a shingles vaccine. I failed to heed her advice. Last week, I received a shingles diagnosis. This malady feels as if you have knives gouging into your skin and then twisting a bit. Now, you understand why the hugs have been painful at the ISTA RA.

Painful! The Health Center told me it will take several weeks for improvement just as it will take a week or so for us to have referendum news to avoid other potential "painful" solutions I outlined above.

Painful! My pain tolerance remains high. Hugs are most willingly accepted--especially on my right side, as of now!


President - Janet Chandler

Executive Vice-President - Karin Foster

Vice-President Membership & Elections - Deb Jackson

Vice-President Politcal Action - Ben Yoder

Vice-President Communications & Public Relations - Leslie Brown

Treasurer - Mary Carson

Secretary - Terri Zabonick

Delgates Named For The NEA Representative Assembly!

NEA-RA Delegates: NEA-RA held in Washington D.C., July 2nd - July 7th, 2016

Janet Chandler

Shelley Feeney

Deb Jackson

Kim Kennedy

Connie Larocco

Bob Rice

Ben Yoder

Spring ISTA - Representative Assembly

A huge thank you to the following teachers that gave their Saturday to work for the teachers in Indiana, especially those teachers that are a part of the Indiana State Teacher Association and HSEA! It was a great day to hear from individuals who are dedicated to move the state of Indiana in a direction that is good for students, families, and TEACHERS! Those who attended the RA were:

Leslie Brown

Janet Chandler

Ben Yoder

Ruth Everett

Shelley Feeney

Karin Foster

Deb Jackson

Kim Kennedy

Tonya Kneller

Connie Larocco

Michael Teal

Terri Zabonick

Thank you to all! And THANK YOU for making TEACHERS a top priority!

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Celebration Of Teachers! May 2nd-May 4th! National Teacher Week!

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Not only will some very lucky HSEA members be recognized daily with Target giftcards throughout this week - the NEA, click on the link below and also watch the video, tells us just how important this week means to them!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Always remember - we treasure you ALWAYS, just not during this special week!

Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

Social Media and REMIND

Just spreading the news and making sure you are all following HSEA on Twitter, @HSEAteachersHSE, or on our Facebook Page: Hamilton Southeastern Teacher 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 PDF link that was emailed to you, or click on the REMIND link below!

We love to keep you in the know!

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

Only a couple more newsletters before our year ends! TIme flies when you're having fun!

We're Approaching The End, And We're APPRECIATING YOU ALL!

Hard to believe we're talking about the end of the year! We're hoping for great changes to come to HSE, and because of that all I can say is this, in the immortal words from the band Journey, "Don't Stop Believing!"
Journey - Don't Stop Believing Lyrics