Hilton Central School Teachers Association

If it's October 21st...

113 days without a contract.

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.

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! 

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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.

Oct 26th - Nikole Hannah-Jones presentation (see info and attachment below)

Nov 4th - Join together to spread information about the Con Con. There would be huge life changes for many people if the Constitutional Convention is not voted down. (See the link below for more information.)

Nov 6th - HCSTA Phone Bank - members are needed to work the phone banks from 4 - 7 pm. (As a guideline, 4 - 5:30pm for secondary and 5:30 - 7pm for primary at Greece Teachers' Association at Canal Ponds).

Nov 7th - Flip over the ballot and vote NO to the Consitiutional Convention (see below for more information)

Nov 9th - Retirement System workshop in Rochester (see info below)

Nov 15th - Debt Clinic at 4pm in Brighton (see info below)

Nov. 21 is SRP Recognition Day

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

Dec 12th -Retirement System workshop in Rochester (see info below)

2017 Labor Film Series Tickets available -see Pam if interested (free)

May 12th - Teacher Care Day

You are invited to the Nikole Hannah-Jones presentation on October 26, 7-9 pm at Third Presbyterian Church, Meigs St and East Avenue. Nikole Hannah-Jones is the main education writer for the NY Times and was recently named a 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
  Her writings expose and explain school segregation and the impact of concentrated poverty on student learning. Her presentation is sponsored by various community groups including the Rochester Community Foundation, the City of Rochester, YWCA and Great Schools for All, a community group leading the discussion about how to create socioeconomically diverse schools across existing district lines.

Do you know what the Constitutional Convention talk is all about? November 7th is fast approaching! Click here to learn more.

Your action in the PRESENT has a huge impact on the FUTURE.

From the NYSUT Regional Office: We are pleased to offer two "Student Debt Clinic" workshops on November 15th, one starting at 4 pm in Brighton and a second one starting at 7 pm here at the regional office. Registration link is the same for both: http://aft.to/StudentDebtClinicRSVP The participant chooses either "Brighton TA" or "New York State United Teachers 8030" to pick which one.

 Student Debt Clinics last an hour and a half, cover income-driven repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Capacity for each session is 75 persons.


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 dates in Rochester each one on a Thursday, November 9th and 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! And now... be sure to use this link to 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.