A view from Graduation June 25, 2015
It is now Open Enrollment for Prudential Disability Insurance. Since enrollment is not always available, take a moment to consider your disability insurance status and needs. For more information visit Educators Insurance Services.
Are you a recent hire to the Passaic Public Schools? Watch for an invitation to the New Staff Orientation scheduled for September 3, 2015. It will be held at the Holiday Inn in Totowa beginning at 9:00 am.
Become a NJEA Pension advocate today!
The next Representative Council will be in late September or early October. Stay tuned for a specific date soon.
PPS Teacher Evaluation Overview (Document created in conjunction with the DEAC)
2015 Health Benefit Contributions Update: Premiums went up! That is one reason why your 2015 paycheck is less. Visit the Division of Pensions and Benefits website, and use their calculator to determine the increase in your premium and check it against your pay stub. In addition, you must input the monthly prescription premium; click here: 2015 Express Scripts Rates. Please note this calculator does not work with Safari; use Explorer or Firefox as your browser. Be prepared for a significant decrease in pay in September 2015 as most of us enter Tier 4. (New employees are already paying the maximum contribution.)
NEW MEMBERS: Benefits are phased in over your first three years of employment. See the contract book for specific information. In particular, note that Disability Insurance is not available until your third year of employment.
Evaluation Update: From the NJEA website:
- In the 2014-15 school year, the percentage of Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) that will be used for a teacher’s evaluation will be reduced from 30 to 10 percent, with Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) accounting for 20 percent and observation of teacher practice 70 percent. Then, based on the first-year findings of the Study Commission, in the 2015-16 school year, SGPs could count for up to 20 percent of an evaluation, SGOs another 20 percent, and teacher practice 60 percent or more, depending on Commission recommendations. For teachers who do not teach in tested subjects in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, their evaluations will be based 20 percent on SGOs and 80 percent on teacher practice.
- Given the widespread evidence of problems with developing effective SGOs during the just-concluded 2013-14 school year, a special process will be established for any teacher receiving an SGO rating that leads to an overall rating of “ineffective” or “partially effective” to review his/her evaluation.
- Check out the latest information about the SGO process: SGO 2.0 and the most recent DOE FAQ update
Do you want to buy a home in Passaic? Check out the Teacher Next Door Program.
Attention Coaches: The Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grant from California Casualty is available for school sports programs.
Get a quote for a car insurance policy from California Casualty. EAP members have saved money on their insurance premiums using this company. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are considering retirement, you are entitled to a consultation with NJEA. For more information, call the NJEA UNISERV office (Region 27) at 973-694-0154.
Check out this video featuring School # 11 and their breakfast program: http://bcove.me/3bixkcm6
Mentoring Information: New teachers please note: you are responsible for the fee $550 if you hold provisional certification; $1000 if you are pursuing alternate route certification. For more information read this bulletin from the NJDOE about your obligations as a new teacher. Also, check out this information from NJEA.
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