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BarGAINing Listening Sessions
The HEA Bargaining Team has scheduled listening sessions. Please join the discussion! Dates are Feb. 28 and March 13. More information about BarGAINing in the next E-Focus.

Special Education Staff Feedback Opportunity
HEA/HSD Special Education Committee is scheduling feedback dates for all HEA Special Education Staff. These will be held in the Highline High School Cafeteria from 3:15- 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8. If you are a certified special education staff member, please attend at least one of these opportunities. You can join the discussion at any time in those two hours.

Weingarten Rights Reminder
What are your Weingarten rights? This is your right to HEA representation in any meeting with Administration that could result in disciplinary action against you. If you aren't sure, here is a suggestion for you to say: "If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative attend this meeting." If you aren't sure how to proceed, contact your HEA building representative.

Fall 2017 HEA Member Grants
The following are Fall 2017 HEA Grant Recipients: Claudia Conroy, Kacie Harada, Roy Hammock, James Roach, Rachel Schultz, Dawn Elwell, Alissa Whitson, Beverly Pecoraro, Jennifer Reese, Cindy Hamar, Andres Costa, Meagan Fleming, Alana Hamar, Thara Cooper, Jennifer Ferry, Celeste Borowiak Timulak, Christie Brown, Bianca Longubucco, Michael Stein-Ross, Rebecca Salm,  Alexandria Skagen, Linda Lambert, Kim Johnson, Katie Taylor, Michele Brees.

Requests granted include, headsets, books, art supplies, washable inkpads, writing journals, flag football flags, puzzles, music games, life skills instructional materials.

Look for the Spring 2018 HEA Member Grant Opportunity!

From HEA Member Michael Stein-Ross ...


We are slowly building the gear library in order to equip our students with proper outdoor clothing and equipment as we fulfill our mission of hands-on, experiential learning and environmental stewardship. Here is a photo of some our Classic Program students geared up for a snowshoe outing this week. Thanks again!

From HEA Member Rebecca Sahm ...

My third-graders use their lunch recess and afternoon recess to work on their weaving with the looms and the boards. They have been making scarves, hats and placemats. Though this started as an art idea I have enjoyed the conversations and friendships that have developed due to the students sharing this activity time. They help each other with the projects. They talk about color choices. They have formed deeper bonds and friendships due to having this time to talk and get to know each other. They are becoming very skilled at the loom work. One child has made 3 scarves.  She wanted to make one for every member of her family. Others have made hats for siblings. It has been wonderful to watch them make things for others. Now they want yarn colors for spring to make things for Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. Thank you for supporting this activity. It is one I will continue with next year! The recess teachers love it as well since it means 10 less children out on the playground.

Courageous Conversations
Over the past couple of years, HEA and HPS leadership have had frequent conversations about how we can best support both staff and students in these challenging times. One of the top perceived needs is to provide skills, strategies, and opportunities to have authentic conversations about difficult topics such as race, LGBTQ status, gender bias, etc. These important conversations may be needed with our colleagues as well as with our students.

To address this need, HEA and HPS have jointly asked Dr. Caprice Hollins of Cultures Connecting to partner with us in providing training to secondary school teams. Facilitating conversations about race will provide skills and strategies to help small teams lead conversations in their schools about challenging issues -- not just race. However, this topic will be used to teach transferable skills.

We are inviting each secondary school to send a team of one administrator and two teachers (or three teachers from the large high schools) to attend this training series, which will take place on Feb. 20, March 14 and April 30,  from 4-6 p.m. at Puget Sound Skills Center, Health Science Building.
If you are interested in attending the training as part of your school's team, please email Susanne Jerde and Sue McCabe. We will confirm participants by Feb. 2. For HEA members, in your email, please include your name, school, years of experience in Highline, and a brief statement about why you are interested in this opportunity and why you believe you are/ would be a good facilitator. We are looking for staff at the following schools: Big Picture, Cascade, Choice and Woodside.

Affordable Housing Advocacy
HEA Members have been supporting the FIRS Homeowners Association in their fight to save their homes. The FIRS Homeowners are organizing and raising this concern across South King County. Meetings are also happening in Burien as well. HEA members at Madrona, Chinook and Tyee are finding ways to support their students and families. Sandy Hunt, HEA vice president and Madrona member, writes this article to help us learn about what is happening in SeaTac. As more community conversation about affordable housing in South King County increases, HEA wants to support your efforts in this community-wide fight.  

Know Your Contract!
Send HEA the correct answer and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift card at a locally owned coffee shop. Correct answer for the Personal Leave question in the last issue of E-Focus: HEA members' use of personal leave days are deducted from accrued illness leave.

Coffee Card goes to Tory Walker

Which of these statements about seniority is CORRECT?
A. HSD doesn't track HEA seniority.
B. HSD provides an HEA seniority list to the Association on April 1.
C. HSD provides an HEA seniority list to schools and HEA by April and makes corrections at any time.
D. HSD provides an HEA seniority list to schools and HEA by March 1 and the list is open for 14 calendar days for changes/additions.
E. HSD provides an HEA seniority list to schools and HEA by March 15 and the list is open for 30 calendar days for changes/additions.
F. HSD provides an HEA seniority list to schools and HEA by March 1 and makes corrections at any time.
Send your answer to Portia Robinson in the HEA office. All correct answers will be submitted for a drawing to win!  

Jan. 26, 2018

In this Issue  

* BarGAINing Listening Session
* Special Education Staff Feedback
*Weingarten Rights Reminder
* HEA Member Grants
* Courageous Conversations
* Affordable Housing Advocacy
* Know Your Contract


Q: How do we show union solidarity?
A: Wear Red Days! Wear RED on Wednesday, Jan. 31, WEA Member Lobby Lobby. NEA members across the nation wear red for Public Education.

Q: Is Feb. 2 a work day?
A: For HEA members at elementary schools, Feb. 2 IS a work day. For HEA members at secondary schools, Feb. 2 IS NOT a work day.

Q: What are the CBA changes for March 9, 2018?
A: March 9 is a non-student/non-work day for elementary HEA members.  March 9 is a non-student day for secondary students but IS a WORK day for secondary HEA educators. There is NO NON-STUDENT DAY for secondary students in May.

Ed Forum
"Communication Strategies for Challenging Conversations"
No cost to members and 3 clock hours.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 13
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Ramada Tukwila SouthCenter, 15901 West Valley Highway, in Tukwila
Email Lori Fleck to sign up.

Legislative Updates
Please connect with WEA OurVoice to keep up-to-date on what is happening every week in Olympia. The future of educators and students is being decided by our state Legislature.   

Your Contract

THE HEA/HSD Collective Bargaining Agreement is available on the HEA website.

Contact Us

Sue McCabe
HEA President
Ext. 26

Portia Robinson
Administrative Assistant
Ext. 21

Elizabeth Beck
WEA UniServ Rep
206-246-4340, Ext. 25

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