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Happy Last Day of School! Thank you for all that you do for students and for each other every day. Take the time to rest and rejuvenate over the summer. We need all of us to be ready to stand together in August!

We are HEA!

Bargaining Team Message from Your HEA Executive Board
We know you are hearing many messages across the state about bargaining the McCleary money. This opportunity has been many years in the making. You received an E-Focus Bargaining Update on Monday, June 18. While we are seeing progress for some of our colleagues across the state, we have hard work to do this August.

Please make sure your HEA BarGAINing Support Team Members and HEA Reps have your home email and phone number. If we need to communicate quickly to all members, we will do so through BSTs and Reps. Our Bargaining Team will work to bring forth a Tentative Agreement for approval. We vote in person on our contract, so we need you there!  Your vote counts.

We need all HEA members to demonstrate their commitment to getting a strong agreement for all educators and students. If you have questions, contact your HEA Rep/BST member. Join in the activities in August and bring your colleagues. This opportunity will not come along again. Without your participation, we will not make the progress you desire. Let's make sure we are standing together!

In Solidarity,
HEA Executive Board and Bargaining Team

Plan to attend HEA General Membership Meeting Aug. 23

Date: Aug. 23
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: HHS Performing Arts Center

We hope to present a Tentative Agreement for HEA members to ratify. If we don't have a TA, we will discuss next steps. Plan to attend!

HSD School Board Meeting June 27
Come support your colleagues 6 p.m. June 27 at ERAC as they advocate on our behalf. Our HEA members will be speaking to our School Board about increasing safety and valuing staff input. Please attend and wear red. Join us for appetizers at Azteca at 5 p.m. before the meeting.

Spring 2018 HEA Member Grants
HEA Member Grant recipients include Carly Meadows, Cynthia Hamar, David Swart, Sarah Butler, David Ruppert, Nancy Clement, Tigrant Davtyan, Adrea Kunkle, Sarah Gasamis, Patricia Pickard, Alana Hammer, Alecia Mabalay, Michele Brees, Larcy Amorelle, Colleen Thomas-Reitsma, Lisa Carlson, Ruth Gardner, Jennifer Ferry, Alexandria Skagen, and Dawn Tessandore. Two grant recipients share what they are doing with the HEA funding.

I purchased 15 solar graphing calculators to be used in chemistry classes during Highline High School's chemistry bubble next year. Many students cannot afford to purchase their own calculators, and while students can use calculator apps on their phones during normal class, it is essential that we have enough scientific calculators for each student during tests and quizzes. In order for the full scope of the chemistry curriculum to be accessible, these calculators need to be able to do log and exponential functions, as well as scientific notation required in pH and molarity calculations. These 15 calculators will increase equity in the chemistry classroom as we increase our course access to be required for all students.

Thank you,
Andrea Kunkle
Chemistry/Biology Teacher, Highline High School

With the aid of this grant, we were able to purchase 30 copies of the book, The Castle In The Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. We are using this book with a new curriculum to teach the CCSS reading standards. Each student has a copy of the book to use for each session. The students follow along as I read, and then discuss the book using text evidence from the book. They are required to read from the book as they give their opinions, ideas, etc. This is the first time I have used this curriculum and it has been amazing. The students are more invested in the text, they are quoting the text as they explain their thinking and they are excited about the Epic Fantasy genre. Having the money from the grant has allowed each student access to the text so they are more engaged, they are learning new words, they are searching for their justifications. My students and I are grateful for the grant funding and I look forward to using these books for many years to come.

Michele Brees
Fourth-grade Teacher, Madrona

WEA West Side Summer Institute
Great WEA training opportunities for members! HEA will reimburse the registration fee for HEA members interested in attending the West Side Summer Institute 2018. If you have attended a WEA training, you know about the high quality found at these trainings.

Often our WEA brothers and sisters from across Washington are the instructors at these trainings (and the food is great)!

If you are interested, please contact Sue McCabe or Portia Robinson. We will reply as soon as possible.

Click here to see the workshops.


June 20, 2018

In this Issue  

* Executive Board/Bargaining Team Message
* HEA General Membership Meeting
* HEA School Board Meeting
* HEA Member Grants
* WEA West Side Summer Institute 


Q: What happens if I signed my contract with HSD and I am offered a job with another school district over the summer?

A: HSD will send a letter to you stating when they received your signed contract and that HSD relied on that commitment wihen hiring staff. If HSD is successful hiring a replacement, HSD will release you from your contract. The letter also states that is illegal to enter into a contract with another school district without having been released from your HSD contract.

2018 NEA Representative Assembly
Your elected delegates for the NEA-RA will be attending the assembly June 29–July 5. Our colleagues will be volunteering to represent us by debating the important education issues and setting the direction of the National Education Association business agenda for the coming year. HEA Delegates include Tamasha Emedi, Joanne Glasgow, Sandy Hunt, Jessica Stein, Julie Kastien, Debby Strayer and Russell Stahlke. Please thank your colleagues for donating a week of their summer to advocate on the behalf of all HEA members.

HEA Executive Board Elections
You have elected the following individuals to the HEA Executive Board for a two-year term of SY 2018-20. Thank you for voting!

Congratulations to the new board members:

Secretary: Thara Cooper, Parkside 
High School Representative: Shannon Dowdy, Highline High Intermediate Representative:
Juan Cordova, Cedarhurst
Specialist Representative: Open, election will be held in the fall

WEA Family!
We are excited to march together again at Pride on Sunday, June 24! RSVP to join. Info also is on Facebook. Spread the word and join in the fun!

On the Web
Visit our HEA website. Direct URL is www.highlineea.org

Contact Us

Sue McCabe

HEA President
206-246-4340, Ext. 26

Portia Robinson

Administrative Assistant
206-246-4340, Ext. 21

Elizabeth Beck

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

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