March 7, 2018 FEA Europe Update

Terry's Update

March 7, 2018

1. Transfer Information
2. Ballots for Europe Elections
3. DLA Site/Retirement Info
4. Support for Stoneman Douglas High School
5. HCR Newsletter
6. Winter Athletic Championships
7. FTC Robotics Competition
8. National Teacher Day (how it started)
9. Women's History Month
10. MUSS Model US Senate
11. Mark Your Calendar
12. St. Patrick's Day Info/Activities
13. NEA Foundation Award (Deadline 1 April)
14. Area Director's Travel

1. Transfer Information --The letters for the transfer program have now gone out to most, however there are approximately 5 left that will be placed as places become available. If you were not an excessed teacher and have not received a transfer notice you did not receive a transfer. Any FEA members sending questions to Connie Shanaghan about the transfer round are reminded to include their transfer group and their Service Comp Date (SCD) with their message. Also, if you know of any new vacancies please let Connie know.

2. Ballots for Europe Elections -- The ballots for the FEA Europe Elections have been sent to all FRSs in the schools. They most likely have given them to members and have collected them. The deadline to return them to the election committee is 14 March, so the ballots will need to be in the mail no later than sometime in the beginning of March. If you have not gotten a ballot please see your FRS.

3. DLA Site/Retirement info -- This site will give you a close estimate to ‘certify your time in service'. It also should be noted you will need this before getting your paperwork in order for retirement. Attached also is the power point for retirement that HR Supervisory Specialist Richard Crisp uses for his presentations.

4. Organization of Events to Support Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida -- Your principal has been given the manual on what teachers and students can and cannot do to show support for the victims. Please see your school admin should you have an idea to support the victims that were a part of this horrendous violence. When in doubt, please remember that the Hatch Act prohibits any federal employee from engaging in political activity while on duty time, on government property and while using government equipment. Also, NEA offers advice from the National Association of School Psychologists for talking to them about violence and other national tragedies. Find that info here.

5. HCR Newsletter -In this issue you will find information regarding: short deadline for a Teacher Fellowship with Anne Frank House, an update on our Diversity in Hiring Work Group, NEA HCR trainings available for your area, a search for HCR best practices, a link to previous newsletters, and your FEA HCR Contacts. Here is the link.

6. Winter Athletic Championships -- The Wrestling Championships will be held 16-17 February. The Basketball and Cheerleading Championships will be held 21-24 February. All competitions will be held in Wiesbaden and good luck to all that have qualified! Congratulations to Wrestling Champions and competitors: Div I Stuttgart (5th straight) Ramstein Blue (2nd) Ramstein Red (3rd) Div II Spangdahlem (3rd) Div III Alcombury (3rd) Hohenfels (4) Brusels (5). Cheerleading Champions and competitors: Div I Wisbaden (1) Stuttgart (2) Ramstein (3) Div II Rota (1) Spangdahlm (2) Aviano (3) Div III Alconbury (1) Baumholder (2) Girls Basketball Champions and competitors Div I Stuttgart (1) Naples (2) Div II Black Forest Academy (1) Spangdahlm (2) Div III Sigonella (1) Ansbach (2) Boys Basketball Champions and Competitors Div 1 Ramstein (1) Kaiserslautern (2) Div II Black Forest Academy (1) Rota (2) Div III Baumholder (1) Brussels (2)

7. FTC Robotics Competition --Congratulations to Lakenheath High School's RoboLancers for winning the FTC challenge in Aviano, competing against 10 DoDEA teams and 9 European teams. Following five qualifications rounds, the Robo-Lancers were the ONLY team with a record of five wins, no losses. They advanced to the semi-finals where they won to earn them a spot in the finals. The finals are best of three and in the first round the Robo-Lancers saw their first loss. They then proceeded to win the next two to take the championship! The team is now preparing for the WORLD championship event in the USA at the end of April. Well done Lakenheath High School's Robo-Lancers!!

8. National Teacher Day - National Teacher Day is a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day for that year only. NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May. In May of 2009, a bill was introduced in Congress that created a national day of teacher recognition on the Tuesday of the first full week of May. It will be May 8 this year. National Teacher Day info.

9. Women's History Month -- This month, March, is Women's History Month. Since 1910, March 8 has been observed as International Women's Day by people around the world. Thus, March was chosen for National Women's History Month in the United States. This link will provide you with many useful tools to celebrate this month. Click here

10. Model US Senate -- Next week DoDEA students will be assuming the roles of US Senators at the European Model US Senate Conference, March 18-20 in Wiesbaden. The Model US Senate Program gives high school students, the opportunity to represent a U.S. Senator in a simulation of the Senate legislative process. Students will research a wide variety of contemporary issues and prepare bills for discussion and debate in caucuses, committee hearings and before the entire MUSS Senate in its plenary sessions. Knowledge of parliamentary procedures used in legislative debating is an essential part of preparation. In short, the MUSS Program will provide a forum for students to use a wide range of communication skills as they seek to promote and pass legislative proposals in a dynamic and challenging simulation.

11. Mark Your Calendar
March 7-9 -- Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS
March 10-16 -- Honors Music Festival
March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day
March 18-22 -- Model States Senate (MUSS) see #11
March 19-23 -- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
March 29 -- Math Counts

12. St. Patrick's Day --Saturday, March 17, is St. Patrick's Day. You can find many fun activities and other items relating to all things green at this site.

13. NEA Foundation Award -- Each year the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence recognizes educators whose professional practice and advocacy for the profession are exemplary. All state affiliates, including FEA, are allowed to nominate one candidate a year (we are looking for a nominee for 2018 -- our 2017 nominee was Michael Pope from Japan). The application is attached and the deadline for submission of all materials to FEA is April 1, 2018 and should be sent to the Washington FEA Office at 1201 16th St. NW, Suite 117 Washington D.C. 20036 or scanned to Gary Hritz at ( For further information see the attachments.

14. Area Director's Travel -- I will be in Sembach for the area JCC on 6-7 March. If there is any ‘Breaking News' I will distribute it as quickly as possible. Visiting the FEA website will also give you up to the minute information.

Terry McClain
FEA Europe
Area Director