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GEA was once again a sponsor in the Greenwich Alliance’s Turkey Trot which took place on Saturday, Nov. 27. Steve Farnum and Kate Cole, teachers at Eastern Middle School, ran for Team GEA. GEA president, Lillian Perone, was also in attendance.
Leading up to Thanksgiving, the Greenwich High School Roots & Shoots Club organized and delivered meals to nearly 80 Greenwich families and the school raised over $10,000 to benefit community members as part of the Greenwich Human Services Holiday Aide program.
Kathy Mendez, a Social Studies teacher at GHS and the Roots & Shoots Club Advisor, called the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive "a smashing success."
Roots & Shoots Club members and GHS faculty and staff volunteered as delivery drivers. Fresh items were provided by Aux Delices and the GHS Cardinal Cooks who baked fresh pumpkin bread to add to the meal baskets.
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WELCOME BACK LETTER FROM GEA PRESIDENT LILLIAN PERONE
Dear GEA Members,
On behalf of the GEA Executive Board, I’d like to welcome you to the 2021-22 school year. I hope you all had a relaxing and rejuvenating summer.
I want to start by looking back and congratulating you on accomplishing so much under such challenging circumstances a year ago. With the pandemic came a total shift in our everyday practices. From dual teaching to remote learning to keeping your students and colleagues safe, you successfully made it through a school year none of us could have ever imagined.
While we may have hoped Covid would have been a thing of the past by now, unfortunately we enter the new school year with some of the same precautions in place, similar health and safety protocols from a year ago, and many of the same challenges. It will take understanding, collaboration, and professionalism to once again persevere through the year.
On July 1 I took over as GEA president. This summer, the GEA Executive Board worked hard on a number of matters that affect you personally and professionally. Among the issues we tackled:
● Reorganized our Executive Board to increase capacity and efficiency. We want our GEA experts at the table at all levels.
● Worked with Human Resources and made sure that our GEA members were given the opportunity to apply for openings before external candidates.
● Communicated and worked with coordinators for a smooth transition into a new math program.
● Performed building walkthroughs.
● Attended the Summer Experience sponsored by CEA -- trainings on grievance, teachers and the law, racial bias, to name a few.
● Worked with CEA to develop a plan of action once details are fleshed out on mandated vaccination and testing.
● Met with coordinators to try to resolve ALP concerns.
● As part of our new communications strategy, began revamping our existing
website and prepared to increase our presence on social media, while working to establish effective communication with members.
To our new teachers as well as those returning, I’m confident that you're surrounded by colleagues willing and able to help you professionally and personally. To that end, each school in our district has dedicated building reps that are there to listen to your concerns, get answers to your questions, and speak to administration on your behalf. What I’m asking from each and every one of you is that you work collaboratively with everyone in your building to solve problems, address issues, and create a positive environment not just for each other but also for your students.
Let’s work together to make this a successful, rewarding, and safe school year.
GEA PRESIDENT LILLIAN PERONE'S
BOE SPEECH FROM 9/27/21