MVSD Teacher of The Year 2018-19 and WSGV SELPA Exceptional Special Education Teacher 2017-18 Honored

Lena Solis, MVSD 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year, and Heather Whittemore, WSGV SELPA Exceptional Special Education Teacher 2017-2018, were honored this month on two separate occasions.

Lena Solis was honored at the LA County Teachers of the Year Awards Banquet in Universal City.

Heather Whittemore was honored at the MVSD Board Meeting in El Monte.

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!

Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year Banquet.

Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year Banquet.

MVSD Board Meeting.

MVSD Board Meeting.

Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes SB 328

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 328 on Thursday. The bill would have required middle and high schools to start no later than 8:30 a.m.

CTA was in favor of rejecting the bill stating on their website, “School start times should be decided at the local level and include community input. Local leaders, with this input, are best prepared to make these decisions that will best meet the needs of the students.”

A speech at the 2018 Service Center ONE Legislative Breakfast on September 15 given by assembly member Patrick O’Donnell of Long Beach mentioned that not all communities are alike and have different challenges. One community is unable to start school at 8:30 a.m. or later due to a train schedule. Another community has agriculture classes that start early in the morning during zero period.

Mountain View Family Center

On Tuesday, May 15th, some MVTA elected Executive Board members, and MVSD Administration and School Board members, were on hand to see the current state of the Mountain View Family Center.  This center will be used to support students and families in the MVSD community.  It is on the site of the old Boys & Girls Club on Mountain View Road between Elliott Avenue and Magnolia Street.  The grand opening is scheduled for Fall 2018.

Left to Right: MVTA Members - President, Laura Gaber; Member At Large 4-6, Jenny Siebel; Member At Large Pre K-3, Brenda Lopez

Left to Right: MVTA Members - President, Laura Gaber; Member At Large 4-6, Jenny Siebel; Member At Large Pre K-3, Brenda Lopez

Left to Right: Darin DeKnikker, Laura Gaber, Lillian Maldonado French, Jacqueline Saldana, Veronica Sifuentes, Sandy Garcia, Adam Carranza, Christian Diaz, Jenny Siebel, Brenda Lopez, Raymond Andry

Left to Right: Darin DeKnikker, Laura Gaber, Lillian Maldonado French, Jacqueline Saldana, Veronica Sifuentes, Sandy Garcia, Adam Carranza, Christian Diaz, Jenny Siebel, Brenda Lopez, Raymond Andry

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta of Books

Saturday, May 5 was the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta of Books at Arceo Park and MVTA was there to pass out free books to the young children (12 years or younger) in El Monte.

Thank you to Laura Gaber, Patty Goytia, Jenny Siebel, and Letty Cardenas for showing up and representing MVTA.

Letty Cardenas

Letty Cardenas

Left to Right: Patty Goytia, Jenny Siebel, and Letty Cardenas - Photo Credit: Laura Gaber

Left to Right: Patty Goytia, Jenny Siebel, and Letty Cardenas - Photo Credit: Laura Gaber

Leticia Urias Honored at CTA WHO Awards

Leticia Urias, our MVTA Vice President, was honored today at the California Teachers Association WHO Awards that took place at the Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills.

Tony Thurmond, candidate for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, was the speaker.

#mtviewteachers

 

Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate.

Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate.

Tony Thurmond and Leticia Urias, MVTA Vice President, with other awardees.

Tony Thurmond and Leticia Urias, MVTA Vice President, with other awardees.

Jacquella Payne, MVTA Secretary, attended the awards.

Jacquella Payne, MVTA Secretary, attended the awards.

Laura Gaber, MVTA President, honoring Leticia Urias, Vice President  and Bargaining Team Member.

Laura Gaber, MVTA President, honoring Leticia Urias, Vice President  and Bargaining Team Member.

MVTA School Board Rally

MVTA is having a School Board rally this Wednesday, April 18th.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Dinner will be provided by Taco Man Catering

6:30 p.m.: School Board meeting start time

Consider telling your professional story.

RSVP Your Attendance:  Use your personal email (not your district email address) and send a confirmation by Tuesday, April 17 at 12:00 to Jenny Siebel (MVTA Organizing Chair) at jsiebel8@gmail.com and let her know how many (if any) are coming with you.

 

PS. If you did not receive an email notifying you of the school board rally on April 18th, please go to the "Contact" tab on this website and enter your contact information so that we will be able to send you any future updates that cannot be sent to your district email address.

DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

This session was held at the Equity and Human Rights Conference in Torrance on March 4th and led by Patricia Rucker.

DACA is an executive order signed by Barack Obama in 2012 that gives registered protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

DACA fees are $495 per person and the recipients need to reapply every two years in order to receive temporary protection from deportation and a work permit.

Recipients pay the same taxes as U.S. citizens and they pay into the Social Security fund.  They do not receive Social Security benefits, Medicaid, welfare, food stamps, and the Affordable Care Act.

In order to qualify for DACA the recipients had to have come to the U.S. before June 15, 2007 and be younger than 16 years old at the time.  They must have a clean criminal past.

95% are in school or have a job.

5,000 DACA recipients are California teachers.

22,000 DACA recipients did not renew their status in the first month after the September rescission order by President Trump.

72,300 undocumented students are enrolled in California public colleges and half probably have DACA protection right now.

People whose DACA protection expired before March 5, 2018 had the opportunity to reapply for another two years.  For everyone else their protection will start to expire if another plan isn’t developed.

Tammy Capilla, Equity & Human Rights Chair/LGBTQ+ Contact

CTA #ArmMeWith Personal Video

If you'd like to share what you would like to be armed with, you can create a video and upload it to this CTA website. The website has a sign you can print out and use in the video.

Also, the student-led March for Our Lives is this Saturday and there are marches happening in Brea, Pico Rivera, and Upland. Find out more information at MarchForOurLives.com

https://stories.cta.org/armmewith/

 

Bargaining Team Members

The new Bargaining Team is as follows:

  • Elena Caballero - Chair
  • Maria Aguilar
  • David Chen
  • Lena Solis-Aguilar
  • Leticia Urias

Their first team meeting was February 22, 2018.  They created a survey that was presented to the Representative Council on Wednesday, March 14th and it will be distributed at the staff meetings during the week of March 19 -23, '18.

ACCESS: PART OF A SOCIAL JUSTICE LENS CHECKLIST

I participated in the “Organizing for Social Justice” session at the CTA Issues Conference this January.  It was 1 ½ hours long and covered a lot of ground, so this article will focus on one small piece of that session having to do with access.  Most of this information was taken directly from the “BCTF Social Justice Lens Booklet” found at: https://bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/SocialJustice/Publications/SJLens.pdf

What challenges keep some students from accessing the same opportunities as their peers?

Do our programs, resources, events, and so forth meet the following criteria for access?  If not, we should identify alternatives that do satisfy these criteria.

ACCESS

  • values a welcoming and inclusive approach to all people equally
  • values openness to the ideas and opinions of others as equal participants
  • teaches the value of multiple perspectives
  • demonstrates respect for democratic processes and civil society
  • values community and cooperation
  • responsive to all others equally

Tammy Capilla, MVTA Equity Team Chair and LGBTQ+ Contact