WAEA West Ada Education Association

WAEA West Ada Education Association

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Sara Palmer
I hope many teachers/staff took part in the email blast to the WASD Board of Trustee's on Eric's recommendation. Perhaps you too received a response from Trustee Smylie today. I appreciate that he took the time to take the blast seriously and crafted a response to at least say that he hears us.

As a side note... why is the school board scheduling meetings for 3pm? School is not even out at every building at that time - and we do have an incredibly vested interest in what is happening in this district. Further, with the meeting being recorded, I do not understand why it is not posted immediately for review. These are all transparency issues - and should be brought to their attention. I am hearing through the grape-vine we are in yellow again next week.

Be well teachers/staff!
Please share this with everyone, especially if you have or know of a child that goes or will go to Eagle High School or any school with a cellular tower. People need to at least have the information to make a choice as to whether or not to be concerned.
Please go here to find out the measurements observed, information about studies that have been done and recommendations for levels of radiation and more in-depth information.
http://www.eaglehealing.com/radiation.php
Please go here to sign my petition to have the cell tower removed and pass a law banning cell towers from school property. There is plenty of information out there to show there is damage being done, and we shouldn't be having out children and teachers being exposed to this. Why take that risk?
https://www.change.org/p/west-ada-board-of-trustees-remove-…
The West Ada Board of Trustees approved a cell tower which was installed on the Eagle High School property in early 2017.
A meter that measures RF radiation was rented and readings were taken inside and outside of Eagle High School. And what was found was disturbing. There were levels observed up to 66,667% higher than the levels that have been shown in studies to cause biological effects/changes, and up to 40,000% higher where students sit in some classrooms.
Here's a small description of the radiation being emitted from cell phones, WI-FI, cell towers, as well as any device which uses those things. This is a microwave radiation, the same as what your microwave uses to cook food. I don't think that it's too much of a leap to say that the higher the levels the more damage and faster the damage will be done. If you cook food in your microwave at high, it cooks very fast. If you lower the power level or put it on defrost, it will cook the food much more slowly. Have you seen the videos on YouTube where people set up several cell phones and they cook an egg?
Devices such as cell phones, cordless phones, baby monitors, laptops, tablets, game consoles, etc are considered two-way microwave devices. The difference between all of those devices and cell tower masts is that they can be turned off. They can be kept at a distance from the body to minimize the risk. And people have a choice as to whether to use them or not. With cell masts, there is no ability to turn them off. It's 24/7/365. So if you work at or attend that school for many years, those people are exposed to the radiation that I measured. And the levels in some of the classrooms were higher than using a cell phone.
Two teachers and two students were diagnosed with cancer at one school when a cell tower was put there.

Educators working together for students and staff in the public education system. The WAEA is a strong professional organization in the West Ada School District/Joint School District #2.

We serve both Certified and ESP staff.

Operating as usual

Photos from WAEA West Ada Education Association's post 10/18/2022

Had our October B-Rep Council last night! Grateful to our event sponsor for providing dinner and Dave Roberts for taking extra time to make sure all our questions were answered about the transfer to .



10/14/2022

On Friday, October 14th the West Ada School District announced that it would be switching its insurance provider from Blue Cross of Idaho to Regence. Blue Cross has been the districts provider for 22 years, so the decision was not one that was made lightly.

In this episode, we sit down with the District's Chief HR Officer, Dave Roberts, to talk us through the decision, help us understand some of the things to expect with the change, and how to best utilize our insurance benefits.

“WAEA: After the Bell” can be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, or you can just listen to the episode here:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/11495080

10/14/2022

On Friday, October 14th the West Ada School District announced that it would be switching its insurance provider from Blue Cross of Idaho to Regence. Blue Cross has been the district’s provider for 22 years, so the decision was not one that was made lightly.

In this episode, we sit down with the District's Chief HR Officer, Dave Roberts, to talk us through the decision, help us understand some of the things to expect with the change, and how to best utilize our insurance benefits.

“WAEA: After the Bell” can be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, or you can just listen to the episode here:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/11495080

10/11/2022

Miss Monday's WA Board meeting and need a quick summary of the important events? We catch up with Sue Darden, our diligent WA Observer, to get the run-down on on all the issues of the evening.

"WAEA: After the Bell" can be found on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or you can just listen to the episode here:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/11481127

You can read Sue's fantastic notes on the meeting here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1crTAGGL1RVajhH-UfrMRW9P3cz1np6qv/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116753030432646879630&rtpof=true&sd=true
Or you can watch the full board meeting here:
https://youtu.be/31yjUSyY13Y

10/07/2022

Are you involved with our Government relations committee?

Are you a monthly contributor to PACE (Political Action Committee for Education)

http://www.idahoea.org/iea-pace/

Photos from WAEA West Ada Education Association's post 10/06/2022

Your and Admin got together last night for the first meeting of the Problem Solving Team. At the district and state level, we face a number of daunting challenges this year, but working together, we have our best chance at success!




Photos from WAEA West Ada Education Association's post 09/30/2022

Day one of the ’s Local Presidents’ Training. Shelly and I get to spend the weekend learning from hardworking Association leaders from across the state.

One of our local presidents was also just named Idaho’s ! Congrats to Post Falls educator Karen Lauritzen! Karen is the 8th IEA member to win the award in a row…..



09/29/2022

In our second episode of interviews with local candidates, we sit down with Terry Gilbert who is the IEA-endorsed Democratic nominee running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

We discuss Mr. Gilbert's background, the difference between Democrats and Republicans on education, his priorities if elected, school funding, and many other topics.

"WAEA: After the Bell" can be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, or you can just listen to the episode here:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/11403064

Read more about Terry and his campaign here:
https://www.gilbert4idahoschools.com/

09/28/2022

Miss Monday's WA Board meeting and need a quick summary of the important events? We catch up with Sue Darden, our diligent WA Observer, to get the run-down on all the issues of the evening.
In this episode we discuss:

• Textbook committees
• Policy changes/updates
• Policy vs. procedures
• Continuing bussing issues
• Middle school late work policy committee

"WAEA: After the Bell" can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, or you can just listen to the episode here:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/11399791

You can read Sue's fantastic notes on the meeting here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1m5Pnydl5RqFmpSSIhdUDp1AixlXRQBC2/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=104733766717476981384&rtpof=true&sd=true

Or you can watch the full board meeting here:
https://youtu.be/nFMxQtMeW8g

Photos from WAEA West Ada Education Association's post 09/28/2022

Busy day today! Interviewed Sue about last night’s board meeting for the , then interviewed IEA endorsed Superintendent Candidate Terry Gilbert for (episodes should post tomorrow and Thursday respectively); attended a health insurance committee meeting at the DSC where we heard the pitch from Regence BlueShield of Idaho, and then rushed back for a WAEA/ professional development class on at Rocky Mountain Hish school!


09/27/2022

Your representing at tonight’s WA Board of Trustees meeting.

Make sure to catch the on our podcast Wednesday if you want a summary of tonight’s events.

09/24/2022

One of the positions up for election this November is Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction. This position will undoubtedly have a large impact on the direction education goes in our state over the next four years. We are pleased to announce that WAEA: After The Bell will be recording interviews with both parties' candidates for the position.

Today we sit down with the Republican nominee, Debbie Critchfield to discuss her background, what her priorities would be if elected, school funding, and many other topics.

"WAEA: After the Bell" can be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, or you can just listen to the episode here:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/11376762

Read more about Debbie and her campaign here:
https://debbie4idaho.com/

09/24/2022

Had a really great interview with Debbie Critchfield for “WAEA: After The Bell” yesterday. Debbie is one of the two candidates for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction that we will interview on the podcast. The episode will post later this afternoon, so be sure to listen!

Photos from WAEA West Ada Education Association's post 09/20/2022

We had our first Building Rep meeting of the new school year last night, and if turn-out is a sign of things to come, this year is gonna be amazing for education!

We are grateful for all the hard-working professionals that dedicate their precious free-time to ensuring their peers have the support and information they need to succeed at our work sites.

Educators and staff supporting eachother and working towards a better system for all stakeholders is what it is all about.






09/13/2022

Sue is gone this week, so we sit down with WAEA Vice-President Carmi Scheller to recap the important takeaways from the September 12th WA Board of Trustees meeting.

In this episode we discuss:

• Facilities Survey - https://survey.k12insight.com/r/N0MeBe
• Bussing
• Continuous Improvement Plan (3rd reading)
• Communications Policy Update (2nd Reading)
• L2 Form Approval (3rd Reading)
• Door-Locking Procedure

"WAEA: After the Bell" can be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, or you can just listen to the episode here:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/11313218

Read the text of the agenda and any supplementary materials here:
https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/SB_Meetings/ViewMeeting.aspx?S=36031062&MID=1255

Watch the meeting here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nTr8MmeOwg

09/12/2022

This survey gathers important data that the district will need to help build an argument for the upcoming legislative session. The more people that do it, the more accurate the argument for need in West Ada gets. Please fill it out ASAP and ask your peers to do so as well. It closes Wednesday at 6pm!

West Ada School District Community Dialogue: School Facilities

West Ada is working hard to address facility and capacity needs throughout the district. We kindly request your input on the following survey. This information is helpful in understanding and addressing community, school and district needs and priorities as West Ada works to create a Facilities Master Plan.

This survey closes on Wednesday, September 14 at 6:00pm

Survey results will be posted on the September 26 board agenda in SIMBLI for patrons to reference.

To complete the survey, please visit: https://survey.k12insight.com/r/N0MeBe

09/11/2022

Are you utilizing the additional benefits of your membership?

It pays to belong. IEA Members can save each month on local restaurants, shopping, travel, movies, and more with their Educator Access Discount Program! To see what your annual savings could be, go to https://idahoea.accessdevelopment.com, scroll to the bottom, and click on “Let’s Find Out” to access your savings estimator.

09/07/2022

On September 1st, 2022, Governor Brad Little called the Idaho Legislature back for an extraordinary session to vote on a bill that utilized a chunk of the state's record budget surplus to address the effects of inflation. While most of the bill was going towards tax refunds, a significant portion of these funds were reserved for K-12 education. The bill passed with bipartisan support and has since been signed into law, but there still remains a lot of confusion surrounding the timing of the bill and questions about its possible effects.

We sit down with the IEA endorsed candidate and incumbent House Representative from District 15, Steve Berch, to discuss what happened in the special session, what he has learned about Idahoans' concerns while door-knocking in his district, and the precarious future of education in our state.

"WAEA: After the Bell" can be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, or you can just listen to the episode here:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/11272636

Learn more about Steve and his campaign here.
https://www.berch4idaho.com/

Read the full text of HB1 here:
https://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2022spcl/legislation/H0001/

09/05/2022

Happy Labor Day! Very thankful for all of our Union members who show up everyday making WASD a better place to work and send their students.

Photos from WAEA West Ada Education Association's post 09/03/2022

Cord Breuer and I went out canvasing for Natalie for Idaho District 22 this morning. It was my first time ever door-knocking and it was a lot easier and more fun than I had thought it would be!

Natalie is a teacher in our district and a WAEA member who needs our help. We need more people who truly understand and appreciate educators in the Idaho Legislature! Natalie would certainly be a great voice for public education.

Sign up to help Natalie out here:
https://natalie4idaho.com/volunteer/

Listen to our podcast discussion with Natalie and learn what she is all about here:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/11019022?fbclid=IwAR05kPN8opFV3QlaVh4qtbXzhWVGyK0JuRXjElEah3bbSEcnNniS2pKB4jY

Photos from WAEA West Ada Education Association's post 09/01/2022

Your and are down at the capital building this morning testifying in support of HB1 during the special session. While not perfect, or a long-term solve for the school funding problems we face, it is a good first step.

Watch the live House Revenue & Taxation committee meeting here:

https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ww02/

08/31/2022

Blake Lyman is in his 3rd year teaching elementary music; he is also a brand new member of the association AND the WAEA's treasurer on the executive board. We talk with Blake about why he joined the association and what motivated him to get so deeply involved in its functions so quickly.

"WAEA: After the Bell" can be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, or you can just listen to the episode here:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/1837804/11236049

Learn more about the smoky room experiment and the "diffusion of responsibility" here:
https://youtu.be/LYENi9padNg

Photos from WAEA West Ada Education Association's post 08/30/2022

Hot Dog Howdy was a success! Thanks for building our community.

08/25/2022

Somewhere out there,
there's a Para,
a Teacher's Aide,
a Para-Educator,
a Para-Professional.

Somewhere out there,
there's a Para wipping a nose.
A Para wiping tears.
All for the love of a child.

Somewhere out there,
there's a Para pushing a wheelchair around 3rd base.
A Para cheering and yelling, "go straight."
All for the love of a child.

Somewhere out there,
there's a Para repeating a math problem,
a Para sharpening a pencil,
All for the love of a child.

Somewhere out there,
there's a Para showing a student how to go through the lunch line,
and how to make new friends.
All for the love of a child.

Somewhere out there,
there's a Para teaching a student the box step, so he can ask a girl to dance.
A Para reminding students to be kind.
All for the love of a child.

Somewhere out there,
there's a Para teaching a student how to tie their shoes,
or change their clothes.
All for the love of a child.

Somewhere out there,
there's a Para repeating a zoom lesson.
A Para cleaning a classroom.
All for the love of a child.

Somewhere out there,
there's a Para making games out of homework.
A Para stiking clever deals to see progress.
All for the love of a child.

Somewhere out there,
There's a Para lying awake at night.
A Para anxious about a new day.
All for the love of a child.

Somewhere out there,
There's you.
A Teacher's Aide.
A Para-Educator.
A Para-Professional.

The backbone.

The silent force that move quickly and quietly through the school.
THIS IS MY SHOUT OUT TO YOU!!!!
You are forgotten by many,
But most importantly,
a HERO to some.

For those who are,
or who ever have been,
A PARA.
I know you do this each and everyday,
all for the love of a child.

Thank you to the "backbone" of our system. Students, teachers,administrators, and parents lives are made better because you choose to do hard things, often out of love. We understand and we see you.

Our Story

The WAEA serves educational staff in the West Ada school district/Joint School District #2. We serve both Certified and ESP staff.

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