June 2015 - Issue 11 Volume 1
I know you are sick of reading anything school related so the fact that you are reading this is actually pretty awesome.
My reflection on this year revolves around our GPEA goals from last year. There were three primary goals we identified last spring. We wanted to make the MEA more accountable to the GPEA, improve our sick leave policy and increase communication between GPEA members. Fast forward to this newsletter and the MEA has been kicked into gear with providing workshops throughout the year (with more coming next year) as well as being active and vigilant in legal issues that we have encountered this year, sick leave language is improved for all of us next year and the last newsletter count showed 388 readers. :-)
There were many secondary goals we identified as well: cultivating and maintaining a positive and vocal presence with our BOE and Human Resources, a positive public relations campaign for our teachers in public and in the media, keeping our professional staff updated on current legislation, hot button topics and so many others. These goals are in place and will be ongoing.
I am committed to working this summer on these topics and identifying new ones. What would you like to see as GPEA goals? I can't change state laws but I'd like to hear your thoughts. I will be working on your behalf both locally and nationally throughout the summer. Will bring you up to speed on all that ............ in the fall.
One more thing, I would be remiss in not extending heartfelt thanks to Mike Rennell, Chris Geerer, Greg Johnson and Judy Ignagni for being my "go-to" people all year. Each holds an area of expertise that I would tap into often as issues arose all year. There is no doubt that the GPEA benefitted from the collaboration of these great people.
The Mikesell family wishes all of you a restful, restorative and safe summer.
Laura Mikesell, M.Ed.
2015 K-12 Niche ranks Grosse Pointe Teachers #2 in Michigan
The Best Public School Teachers ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the quality of the teachers at school districts in the United States and Puerto Rico. K-12 Niche uses data sourced from various government and public data sets, Niche’s own proprietary data, and opinion-based survey responses about teachers from current students, recent alumni, and parents.
A high ranking in Teachers generally indicates that:
*Teachers are intelligent and engaging,
*The district is invested in its teachers and provides a good educational environment
*Students and parents rate their teachers favorably.
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS – SOUTH RANKED #2 AND NORTH RANKED #4 – BOTH ACHIEVING AN A+ RATING
BEST MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS – PIERCE #4, BROWNELL #5 AND PARCELLS #7 – ALL ACHIEVING AN A+ RATING
ALL GP ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS RECEIVED A or A+ GRADES
BEST OVERALL SCHOOL DISTRICT IN MICHIGAN – Grosse Pointe Ranks #6
These results were shared publicly by GPEA leadership at the BOE meeting in May and sent to Grosse Pointe news publications.
Professional Focus Group - Evaluations!
To become part of this group please contact: Chris Geerer (JCGeerer@comcast.net) or Laura Mikesell (GPEA2014@gmail.com) for more information. Our anticipated first focus meeting will take place in August.
Good Bye Jane - Hello Sheryl!
On July 1st, Sheryl Hogan, longtime secretary at Parcells, will be coming on board as our part time office manager. Sheryl brings tremendous knowledge of helping with management of our MEA dues, central office contacts and will be working with GPEA leadership this summer to establish and maintain a new website for our members.
Consideration of the following is appreciated: (Kindly keep any four letter words describing M-Step to a minimum.)
What went well?
How much estimated time was taken away from classroom teaching?
How were the instructions from the state?
How did it effect specials teachers?
Thank you to the two staff members who have shared their experience.
Additionally, please take this Parent Survey put out by the MDE on the MSTEP. The Michigan Department of Education is sharing publicly that the MSTEP went "very well."
2015/16 GPPSS Budget Process
GPEA Summer Office Hours
GPEA Office Summer Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 11am - 4 PM or by appointment.
Cell Phone (313) 310-3643
Office Phone: (313) 469-8193
NEA RA 6/30 - 7/6 Orlando, FL
MEA Leadership Conference July 28-31 - Lake Superior State University.
FAQ from the GPEA
Your last payment for membership dues for this school year (SY 14/15) will be June 25. Your next payment won't be until September 25th for SY 15/16. A complete breakdown of your dues for next year will be forthcoming in August.
What is happening with Teledoc?
Welcome packets for our NEW health benefit "Teledoc" should start arriving at employee’s homes between June 12-19th. Please look for a fully explained packet about what Teledoc is and how it works in your home MAILBOX (snail mail.) This is indeed a convenient program for our GPEA members and our families. This will apply only to those members who take the GPPSS benefits.
Public schools are in the midst of a war of attrition over their control – and even the very institution of public education is in danger. An important read!