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Singing the praises of national ‘Glee’ champs

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Winter Concert at PS 48, the Bronx

Pat Arnow Leading the 4th-grade chorus in its Winter Concert is music teacher Melissa Salguero.
Music teacher Diana fox conducts the 4th- and 5th-grade chorus. Pat Arnow

Music teacher Diana fox conducts the 4th- and 5th-grade chorus.

PS 48 is great! Students, all agree, awarding the school a $50,000 prize. PS 48 is great! Students, parents, teachers and the YouTube-watching world at large agree, awarding the school a $50,000 prize in the national Glee Give A Note contest.

When students at PS 48 in the Bronx performed at their Winter Concert on Dec. 23, they were also celebrating their $50,000 national prize, which had been announced on Dec. 15, in the “Glee Give A Note” contest.

“I saw a commercial for the contest two weeks before the deadline,” said music teacher (and fan of the “Glee” TV show) Melissa Salguero. “You had to showcase your school with a video and discuss what you would do with the prize money.”

Meet the President: District 27 and 28

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Paperwork, SESIS compliance, testing and more testing — all the things that take time away from instruction — were a prevalent theme at the Meet the President event for members from Districts 27 and 28, held at the UFT’s Queens borough office on Dec. 13. “They are asking you to do data reports and then a report on their data reports and then assessments aligned with the data reports,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

UFT Hispanic Affairs Committee hosts Three Kings Day celebration

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Continuing a tradition

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Three kings Gustavo, Siramane and Philip lead children and parents to a wondrous room filled with toys. More photos >>

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Checking out their options are (from left) Jeremiah and Isaiah with their uncle Angel Moran on one side and Yasheika (in white) with her mom Yajaira Garcia and baby Valeria on the other side.

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Elizabeth Colon with her grandchildren Dangy and Michelle, who look pleased with their choices.

They may have been the three kings, but they seemed like Pied Pipers as they led entranced children (and their parents and grandparents) toward the beautiful gifts that awaited them.

On Jan. 6 — Three Kings Day — the UFT’s Bronx borough office was transformed for a festive children’s party. There was a reading of the story of the three kings (or wise men) in both Spanish and English and a tasty dinner, but the highlight came when each child got to choose a favorite gift from an enticing array laid out before them by the kings.

National Action Network rallies for jobs and justice

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The push must continue

Roberson addresses the group. Miller Photography

Roberson addresses the group.

Following up on organizing the Oct. 15 March for Jobs and Justice and the unveiling of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network sponsored rallies on Dec. 9 at the State Office Building in Harlem and in 25 other cities across the nation.

Advocating for CTE

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Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education

UFT President Michael Mulgrew spoke about the importance of career and technical education in closing the achievement gap and its value for workforce and economic development at an Advisory Council for CTE meeting held at UFT headquarters on Dec. 8. More than 60 stakeholders in the field were there, including small business owners, representatives from the financial sector and the Department of Labor as well as Department of Education officials, CTE teachers and representatives of various colleges and universities.

Bullying event at Beacon HS

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Defining what courage means

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Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late attorney general and former New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, asks students at Beacon HS in Manhattan to look within and define what courage means in their everyday lives at an event at the school on Dec. 6. New York State United Teachers President Dick Iannuzzi (left) was among the leaders of the discussion, part of the Speak Truth to Power curriculum developed through a partnership between NYSUT, the UFT’s state affiliate, and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

‘All part of the school team’

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School-Related Personnel Appreciation Day

SRPs from PS 30 in Manhattan enjoy the camaraderie at UFT headquarters Bruce Cotler

SRPs from PS 30 in Manhattan enjoy the camaraderie at UFT headquarters.

Enjoying the recognition at the Staten Island event are paras (from left) Adel S Bruce Cotler

Enjoying the recognition at the Staten Island event are paras (from left) Adel Saad of IS 62,   Ghaly Atia of IS 49 and Faden Saad of PS 29.

PS/MS 34 paraprofessionals Ashley Breen (left) and Dusha Kameraj from PS/MS 34 i Bruce Cotler PS/MS 34 paraprofessionals Ashley Breen (left) and Dusha Kameraj from PS/MS 34 in Manhattan with Armando Mandes of the Bronx Alternative Learning Center.

School-related personnel throughout the city were honored by the UFT at special events in each borough recently for the invaluable support they provide. 

School psychologist Lisa Harte of PS 138 in Manhattan rated the celebrations “important” for strengthening camaraderie and because “we go back to work happier and focused,” she said. 

‘Axing’ for trouble

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Budget cuts protests in Districts 21 and 22

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Budget cuts protests in Districts 21 and 22 Miller photography
Budget cuts protests in Districts 21 and 22 Miller photography

Protesting budget cuts that have reduced course offerings, pushed class size over the limit and eliminated after-school programs in schools throughout South Brooklyn, teachers, students, parents and community leaders marched from the Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue MTA station to Abraham Lincoln HS after school on Nov. 30. Fearing more cuts in January, the marchers carried their message “some cuts don’t heal” through the community. The march was initiated by staff at Leon Goldstein HS, where some students can’t get the classes they need to graduate.

Staten Island budget cuts meeting

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Staten Island budget cuts meeting

‘Something has to be done’

‘Something has to be done’Bruce CotlerPietromonaco listens as PS 57 5th-grader Yatta (left) and 4th-grader Kayla read a list of cuts their school has endured. More than 100 parents, teachers, students, administrators and education advocates attended a meeting at PS 58, Staten Island, on Nov. 29 to strategize ways to prevent further budget cuts to schools. The meeting was hosted by the UFT, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and the Staten Island Federation of PTAs.

Annual Hispanic Affairs Committee Celebration and Awards Gala

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Double honors for district rep

Double honors for district rep

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Quinones (holding flowers) is surrounded by the chapter leaders in her district. More photos >>

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Award recipients (from left) Mendel, Ivany, Mojica and Quinones are joined by members of the Hispanic Affair Committee.

Carmen Quinones, the UFT District 8 representative, was doubly honored at the Hispanic Affairs Committee Gala, a fundraising event for the AFT New York State Latino Caucus Scholarship Fund held on Nov. 16. Honored along with UFT Secretary Michael Mendel; Sonia Ivany, president of the New York City Chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement; and Jesse Mojica, executive director of the Office of Family Engagement for the Department of Education, Quinones was also honored by the chapter leaders in her district who presented a check for $1,000 in her name.

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