WCTA Offers Restorative Practices Training
You may have heard the buzz about restorative practices and the power teachers have to transform their classroom's climate. Many WCTA members already know, and already practice, this method of creating positive classroom learning communities. Want to learn more? Come to a training!
Click here for testimonials and links with more information.
WCTA News Update
Welcome (and welcome back) to all our WCPS teachers! The 2019-2020 Academic Year is getting underway, and with it, the various activities of the Washington County Teachers Association!
- For members, please see your building reps in early September to update your contact info for MSEA.
- For new teachers, we are glad you are here! Call the office or email Neil or Carlos for details about how to join WCTA!
If you are interested in downloading a copy of the latest WCPS-WCTA Negotiated Agreement, click here.
Neil Becker was elected President
Carol Mowen was elected Vice President
Helen Huffer was elected by write-in for Elementary-at-Large
Keith McCray was also re-elected for his Elementary-at-Large position
Tonya Meadows has accepted the Middle School Member-at-Large position at this time
Carol Kreykenbohm-Barnhart was elected High School Member-at-Large by write-in.
Interested in joining WCTA? Have a question you would like to ask us? Ideas? Feedback? Please fill out and submit the form below, and you will be contacted. Thanks!
New Salary Scale Begins for 2019-2020
Now that the new school year is underway, teachers will see the results of the negotiated salary increase that WCTA negotiated with WCPS. Thanks to local funds and a state Kirwan grant, teachers are receiving a solid increase this year.
Salary Step Crosswalk is available here to explain the increase and changes to the salary scale.
Medical benefits premium increases were held to just 2% thanks to member advocacy and changes in usage. And we were able to get some additions/improvements to the coverage for both medical and dental.
As an FYI, WCTA dues begin in October 2019.
Have a great school year, and if you have questions or concerns, call WCTA! We're here to support our teachers and students!
This Fund-Raiser is for everyone - WCTA members, non-members, co-workers, family and friends. Download the pdf here. At the bottom of the paper is a coupon to be filled out and returned along with your club dues of $15.00 (Checks should be made payable to WCTA Scholarship Fund). Drawings are held monthly during the WCTA Rep Council meeting. One lucky winner will be awarded a gift certificate to that month's corresponding restaurant. If you win one month, you are still eligible for each of the subsequent monthly drawings. Multiple entries are welcome. You may join at any time, late entries will not be eligible for months already drawn. Each entry remains active for the 12 drawings listed on the paper.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE WCTA SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Winners 2018/2019 School Year:
July - Jenny Peck-Weigand @ Pleasant Valley won $30 to The Stadium
Aug - Nadine Fox @ CES won $25 to Fratellis
Sept - Beth VanReenen @ Pleasant Valley won $25 to Rik’s Café
Oct - Michelle Neibauer @ Smithsburg Elem won $30 to Hempen Hill
Nov - Tony McDonald @ Salem Ave won $25 to Café Del Sol
Dec - Sharon Chirgott @ retired $40 to the Black Eyed Susan (which closed) so Sharon took the cash
Jan - Heather McAllister @ Fountain Rock Elementary won $50 cash
Feb - Richard Snyder - retired won $25 to House of Kobe
March - Tiffany Lewis @ Western Heights Middle School won $25 to Cafe del Sol
April - Carol Mowen @ Washington County Technical High won a $25 giftcard to BJ'S Brewhouse
May - Jenny Peck-Weigand @ Pleasant Valley won $25 to Riks Café
June - Ann Whisner @ Marshall Street won $30 to Chic’s Seafood
Do you have questions about your healthcare bill? Contact one of the following:
- WCPS Benefits Office - 301-766-2810
- Tricia Riley, WCPS Benefits Specialist: email
- Contact Cigna - 800-244-6224 - If you have Medicare as your primary insurance please contact them first.
Be sure to log into your My Cigna page or app. Check out items available under the My Health tab. There are Discount Programs and Resources available that may save you additional money.
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MSEA continues to keep standing strong to protect our public schools from cuts and privatization in the days ahead. Get the last action alerts and breaking news on state education issues by signing up for their text alerts.
Text MSEA to 84693 and you'll be kept in the loop.
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