Hilton Central School Teachers Association

If it's December 7th...

160 days without a contract.

WAIT! - The ratified contract will go to the board on 12/12. Please consider going to the meeting.

HCSTA     2017-18

This year is an important one to get involved so we can support each other. This will help us to best support our kids.


The site for the mini-apparel order will be open until December 1st. PLEASE NOTE:

  • Most shirts are available in black and white. Use the drop-down to select your color. 
  • A few shirts also have options with selecting either the lettering or the crest logo. Once you click on a shirt, look at the photo options below the main picture to see what they would look like.
  • Descriptions of fabric and fit are provided as well. 
  • Feel free to put your building name in the organization spot so it is easier for us to sort apparel.

Order and pay online. Apparel will be delivered to school as soon as it is ready. https://fastlaneaa.myshopify.com/collections/types?q=HIlton%20Teachers

We do still plan on doing  an order with more options in the spring, but wanted to respond to requests that we were getting. Happy shopping!


 Apparel Order

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, educators, first responders and middle-class families will protest against the GOP tax bill:


What you’ll lose:


  • Your deduction for union dues, if you are a union member
  • Your deduction for student loan interest
  • Your deduction for medical expenses
  • Your deduction for tuition if you’re a grad student
  • Your deduction if you are a teacher for what you spend on supplies
  • Key funding for vital services like public schools and firefighting
  • Your deduction for state and local taxes


Don’t forget to wear your HCSTA shirts tomorrow (Wednesday, 11/29) to show your support for our union brothers and sisters!


On November 16, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on their tax proposal entitled the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.  This measure would repeal a number of deductions, including those on state and local income taxes (SALT) and provide tax cuts to the wealthy.  Of the thirteen Republicans voting no on the bill, five are from New York: Donovan, Faso, King, Stefanik and Zeldin.  By working with community groups, NYSUT was able to organize several local events to pressure Congressional Republicans to reject the proposal. 

The Senate is expected to vote on their tax proposal as early as this week.  If the Senate is able to pass their bill, then both bills will be sent to a Conference Committee for reconciliation to resolve the differences.  Once complete, an agreed upon bill would be voted on again by both the House and the Senate.

 Since the House may vote again on a tax bill, NYSUT will continue to put pressure on Republican Congress members.  On November 29th, a national day of action will take place with groups from all over the country speaking out at Congressional district offices, urging them to vote no.  Please see the attached listing of events that NYSUT is coordinating with coalition groups around the state.  Please make an effort to attend and help spread the word.

AFT and NYSUT have declared Nov. 29th a National Day of Action – Please read below for the possible effects on you as a working family and educator. If you would like to support this day of action, I ask that you please wear HCSTA attire on Wednesday of this week. 

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, educators, first responders and middle-class familieswill protest against the Republican plan to give massive tax giveaways to the rich and big corporations at their expense.


In Solidarity,


Virginia Errico-Bourji

HCSTA PAC Chairperson

Keep yourself informed! The video links provide information about the GOP tax bill - individuals vs corporations from 11/6/17 and the SALT deduction information from 11/7/17.

AFT-endorsed candidates won big on election night

Click on the link below for the full article from NYSUT.


Dec 7th - Retirement System workshop in Rochester (see info below - SIGN UP EARLY!)

Dec 9th - DASA Training @ Regional Office – these fill up fast – contact regional NYSUT office if interested.

Jan 27th - Rochester Negotiations Conference - Information coming up

Jan 31st - Retirement letters are due to the Board for those retiring at the end of the school year (Congratulations to you!!)

April 27th - Scholarship Fun Night from 6pm - 8pm at the high school- Please mark you calendars now. Help to set up, run a booth, and/or clean up. Look around your house for prizes that will be collected shortly.

May 12th - Teacher Care Day - Gather together with other teachers to give back to our community. We have helped with organizing at the library, doing activities at senior facilities, planting community food gardens, cleaning trails, spreading lots of mulch, and so much more.

Member Benefits - November 2017

Are you taking advantage of all the benefits that you are able to??

- theme park tickets- movie tickets

- hotel and vacation discounts- car and truck rentals

- retail store discounts- and SOOOOO much more! 

Click to enlarge.

These will be kept in the NYSUT Member Benefits tab to the left so you can refer back to them throughout the year.

Those from last year can be found there as well.


First, a reminder of the annual, contractual, deadline for members eligible and interested in retiring with the Article 18-3 Retirement Incentive “must submit a letter to the Board of Education no later than January 31st to be effective at the end of the school year.” Any questions about this incentive, please review your contract, ask Pam and contact Scott Massie in Human Resources.


Second, I am sending updated information about this fall’sNew York State Teacher Retirement System (NYSTRS) workshop date in Rochester each one on Thursday, December 7th at the Holiday Inn Airport. This is a great time to learn more about your Retirement System. Members must register…and sessions fill up fast. You may choose to attend all or part of the day. The workshops are general information about specific topics listed on the schedule below and very informative, and not individual retirement planning sessions. Log into yourMyNYSTRS Account to register or call TRS directly at (800) 348-7298Ext. 6100 to sign up.

Thank you!


Virginia Errico-Bourji

Your NYSTRS Delegate

Here's more detailed info, phone numbers, and links for you to follow:

Many retirees wish they began focusing on financial and retirement planning much earlier in their lives. The truth is: No matter how far along you are in your career, careful financial and retirement planning are critical.

NYSTRS' Pension & Retirement Education Program (PREP) is designed to help members of all ages prepare for retirement. PREP is structured to allow you to tailor the program to fit your needs. Stay for the entire seminar (see the full PREP Agenda) or just the modules below that would be of greatest significance to you:

PREP Agenda includes:

  • Registration: (8:00-8:30 a.m.)
  • Introduction: (8:30-8:45 a.m.)
  • NYSTRS Benefits: Your pension, death benefits, and disability coverage. (8:45-9:45 a.m.)
  • Financial Planning: Tax-deferred investments  starting early and catching up later. (10-10:45 a.m.)
  • Social Security: Benefits, eligibility rules, and collecting ASAP or at "normal" retirement age. (10:45-11:15 a.m.)
  • Estate Planning: Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and living wills. (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
  • Retirement—A New Beginning: Planning ahead, staying active and healthy, and relocating. (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
  • Filing for Retirement: Resigning vs. retiring, choosing a retirement date, and benefit payment options. (2:40-3:15 p.m.)
  • Retirement Income: Monthly benefit payments, cost-of-living adjustments, and working in retirement. (3:15-3:30 p.m.)

Watch an online PREP video to learn how NYSTRS can PREP you for retirement. You may also print the PREP brochure.

Seminars are held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. There is no fee to attend and your spouse/partner is welcome to attend, but you must make a reservation in advance. (Note again: These seminars are not designed for individual retirement counseling.)

Making a Reservation

There are two ways to make a reservation:

  1. Online using your MyNYSTRS account. After logging into your account, select the "My Tools" tab and then "Schedule Appointments."
  2. By calling NYSTRS at (800) 348-7298, Ext. 6100 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Please provide your:
    • NYSTRS EmplID or Social Security number;
    • Date of birth; and,
    • Email address and telephone number.

If your spouse/partner is attending and is also a member, please have the above information available for him/her as well.

Please bring your most-recent Benefit Profile to the seminar. For the most up-to-date estimate of your retirement benefits, use our online MyNYSTRS Pension Estimator. This tool allows you to create estimates using various retirement dates.

If you make a reservation and subsequently cannot attend, please cancel by calling the number above or via your MyNYSTRS account so your place can be made available to another member.

Your NYSTRS Delegate,

Virginia Errico-Bourji

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year Finalists and our Teacher of the Year, Barb Richardson.

The HCSTA shared the message: Every Student. Every Day.

Not so new, but important information

Be sure to submit your reflection to your walkthrough within five work days. The Danielson rubric and reflection submission are done through www.mylearningplan.com

Important Documents has: What is APPR (from Barb), our contract, and information about TEACH registration

Is your birthday this month?? Happy birthday! REGISTRATION IS GOOD FOR FIVE YEARS. Howeever, feel free to check the status of your registration at TEACH website

Check out NYSUT's unclaimed funds page to see if anyone you know is owed money! https://secure.nystrs.org/unclaimedFunds/UnclaimedFunds.aspx

In the works: We are working on a Teachers Sell/Give to Teachers where teachers in our district can give/sell their personal items. We may make a link to a shared document or classroom so it is easier to manage and include photos. If you know of an easy way, please pass it on to K Craney.

Photo Collection
Goal - Have each building submit 50 quality photos with HCSTA members in them from 2016-2017 school year. The official contest is over, but it's not to late to submit photos.

Here are the specifics:
  • * Photograph member(s) of HCSTA involved in district related things: instruction, coaching, conducting, leading events, participating in functions, organizing a fundraiser, receiving a reward, volunteering, etc.

  • * Please only one photo per event (Ex. 1 photo from March Madness, or 1 from Empty Bowls, or 1 from a particular science lesson)

  • * Name your photo by telling what it is of.

  • * Drop your photo in the shared Google Drive. Each building has their own folder. (You may need to request access first. I will approve any requests by the end of each work day. If that doesn't work, pop an email to K Craney and you will get your personal access to the folder via an email.)

Are you aware of something that you think our members would benefit from knowing? This includes great things that our members are doing! Please email K Craney to have it added to our site.