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SRP Conference by Lori Levine

In October, Deborah Rossi (Otsego), Dawn Montelle (West Hollow) and I attended NYSUT’s 39th Annual School Related Professionals Leadership Conference in Albany, NY.  The conference was attended by SRPs from across New York State, including 85 first-time attendees. School Related Professionals encompasses all non-teacher positions, including clerical, health care, custodial, teaching assistants, paraprofessionals, aides, kitchen [...]

SRP Conference by Lori Levine 2018-01-14T08:02:20+00:00

Mentoring New HHHTA Members by Mike Falen

I attended a mentorship meeting on November 15, 2017 in the boardroom at Central Office.  The meeting was run by Rick Keller and was well attended by nearly 20 new members to the Half Hollow Hills family this year.  Members were from different areas of the profession including classroom teachers, special area teachers, and support [...]

Mentoring New HHHTA Members by Mike Falen 2018-01-14T07:58:56+00:00

Hills Comes Home by Charese Cunningham

Saturday October 20, 2017 was unlike any other Saturday for the Hills  community.  Unseasonably warm, the air was crisp and alive with anticipation. Music filled the air.  Members of the community lined the area in front of and around our schools. Everyone was eagerly awaiting the annual homecoming parade and football game.  Colorful floats with [...]

Hills Comes Home by Charese Cunningham 2018-01-14T08:18:55+00:00

Book Fairies Deliver BIG by Nicole Baggio

In November, the HHHTA Public Relations Committee held a week-long children’s book drive at all five elementary schools. This was done during the week of elementary parent/teacher conferences. The drive was organized to benefit The Book Fairies, a Long Island-based non-profit organization that collects and donates books to high poverty schools and community outreach programs [...]

Book Fairies Deliver BIG by Nicole Baggio 2018-01-14T08:17:17+00:00

Standing Room Only for this Year’s HHHTA Family Movie Day by Suzann Schmanski

A boy following his dreams, the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead, and a journey through a family’s past were all brought to life in Pixar’s movie Coco, the film selected for this year’s HHHTA Family Movie Day.  The HHHTA Family Movie Day was a huge success.  Every seat in the theater was [...]

Standing Room Only for this Year’s HHHTA Family Movie Day by Suzann Schmanski 2018-01-14T07:42:42+00:00

Friends and Food by Gina Cortina

The HHHTA held its 3rd annual Walking Food Tour on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  The tour covered the Lower East Side of Manhattan and began on East Houston Street.  Our first stop was Yonah Shimmel's Knish Bakery. It opened in 1910 and is still going strong. Not only were the knishes delicious, on offer were [...]

Friends and Food by Gina Cortina 2018-01-14T07:38:20+00:00

Superintendents’ Conference Day 2017 by Sarah Baptiste

The HHHTA joined many others in the HHH community in the welcoming of all members for the 2017-2018 school year!  The Public Relations/Membership team met over the summer to plan ahead for Superintendent's Conference Day, which was our team's first opportunity to make face-to-face contact with our members. We hosted a "Welcome Back" area at [...]

Superintendents’ Conference Day 2017 by Sarah Baptiste 2018-01-14T08:04:22+00:00

Professional Council Inspires First Districtwide Read

Humphrey was scampering about Half Hollow Hills this past month and the kids went crazy!!! Every child in K - 5 read The World According to Humphrey, and were eager to share their thoughts and feelings about the book. Schools had scavenger hunts, trivia quizzes, and  Humphrey even visited some of them during this exciting [...]

Professional Council Inspires First Districtwide Read 2018-01-14T08:07:34+00:00

Speak Up.. Stand Up.. Step Up!!

This March, NYSUT held its first “Speak Up, Stand Up, Step Up” Conference in Latham, New York.  I had the privilege to attend this event which focused on education, organization, and mobilization around women’s priorities.  Educators from all over New York State spent two days discussing issues that affect women and how, as union members, [...]

Speak Up.. Stand Up.. Step Up!! 2017-10-21T17:44:49+00:00

Politics in Action | 2017 Budget Phone Banks

Every year, as May approaches, school districts across the Island gear up for election day.  Districts are looking to have their respective communities approve the budget for the following year and also to elect members to serve on the board of education.  As we all know, passing the budget is extremely important for so many [...]

Politics in Action | 2017 Budget Phone Banks 2017-10-21T17:46:01+00:00