Negative Emails

 Sent by Principal Linda Hill Sunday 1/29/12 after I was told to be quiet at a Union meeting by the chapter leader, after my account and email access was suspended by the principal and after I refused to resign as UFT Delegate.

**Recent information shows that before this email was sent, UFT Chapter leader Richard Candia was emailing the administration about union issues and even naming a dozen members who supposedly support me. Why?

Dear Staff,

What a beautiful weekend, in terms of weather. I hope you are enjoying it. Feedback from some staff also indicated we had some other challenges – unfortunately, not quite so fun- last Friday at the Union meeting. Without knowing all the details I just need to remind the staff of the message we started the year with – “We’re all in this together.” So I ask you what does it mean to be colleagues in a school community? How do we remain together in unity in the midst of a potential division?
It is clearly bad for there to be division. It is pleasant to be together and working toward a common goal – the success of our students, while it is unpleasant to have to deal with unrest, strife, and division. The attitudes and actions that we portray in school should be
patterned after a relationship of comradeship and respect that we share and want to emulate for our students. It is in our best interest for us to be unified. It actually takes away from our entire school community when staff members are divisive.
Educators don’t work alone – we work together. We don’t just dwell together in our building, but we dwell together, with a unified set of beliefs, for the benefit of our students. This should be our aim in all things we do.

Unfortunately, instead of striving together it seems that some of us are now finding
ourselves struggling over words and having disputes and arguments that are unprofitable and distract us from our goals. When people are so focused on their own interests that they do not consider others, they are certain to cause problems that lead to disunity and disturb the cohesiveness of the organization. This can be seen in
an article in today’s NY Post. While we worked so hard this year to re-establish our credibility and reputation in our community, the negative press in that article set us back in order to satisfy one person who seems to have a need for recognition. Let each of us examine our ways and verify, if indeed, we are promoting togetherness and unity in our school or if we have a divisive spirit that needs to be changed.

To sum up, we still have much work ahead of us in the remainder of the year. The success of our deserving students depends on how we serve their needs, academically, emotionally, and socially. As you may know 50% of the teachers at P.S. 14, one of our feeder schools, will be ATR’s next year due to the closing of the school. I attended a large rally last week for the public hearing on the closing of the school. Everyone,
UFT, parents, local politicians, students, came together to oppose the closing of the school, but it was too little too late. We cannot allow the plight of P.S. 14 to fall on I.S. 49. The only way we can deflect that is by all of us coming together, learning new strategies and approaches, honing our own skills, and sharing best practices to teach
both our struggling students and our high achieving students, as well as all students in between, and keeping our eyes on the prize – developing responsible and intelligent 21st century citizens. The work is hard and we cannot afford to be sidetracked. We can, and we will do this, as it is the right thing to do!

Techie Friday

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Mr. Portelos

Feb 7 (7 days ago)

to Linda, Anne

Ms. Hill,

I will be offering “Techie Fridays” on Friday mornings where we have no
Staff or Dept meetings in my lab. I will volunteer to help staff members
with updating websites, using google docs as a grade book and mail
merging as well as general Q and A. Can I have permission to email the
staff. They would start this Friday morning. Thank you.

Linda Hill lhill@dreyfus49.com

Feb 8 (6 days ago)

to me

Mr. Portelos,

I would like a list of interested staff that will attend Techie Fridays BEFORE and IF
I approve the PD sessions. Please draft the email you want to send to
the staff and send it to me BEFORE sending it to the staff.

Sincerely,

Principal Hill

Mr. Portelos

Feb 8 (6 days ago)

to Linda

Ms Hill,

Its difficult to get a list since word has not gone out yet. It will be
like a Lunch and Learn or similar to the Smartboard Training I gave
during a Friday morning last year. I have had many discussions about
ways to help teachers with tech and their classes. Some want smartphone
integration. Others want a class list on Google docs with mail merge
integration. There are more that want to make their sites better or help
acquiring parent emails and having group lists.

Email would be something like this:

Dear Staff,

I will be in my room Friday morning starting “Techie Fridays” on days we
have no Staff or Dept meetings. We will be there to help set up or
augment:

– teacher sites focusing on updating HW page via smartphone.

– Also on agenda will be setting up easy class lists on google docs.

-iPad and the classroom

Bring your coffee mug and K cup!

Mr. Portelos,

I was informed that you told teachers about Techie Fridays which I never approved. Please do not have any Friday morning PD meetings. Teachers already meet with Kwaku, an AUSSIE, to work on developing their technology skills. There is no need for further correspondance on this matter.

Sincerely,

Principal Hill

Mr. Portelos

Feb 9 (6 days ago)

to Linda

There will be no PD on Tech in my room tomorrow. Just to make sure though I
can be in my room and other teachers are free to visit before the day
starts? Correct?

Linda Hill lhill@dreyfus49.com

Feb 9 (5 days ago)

to me

As per my discussion with Superintendent Claudio, you should avoid having
meetings of any kind with staff at this time. It would far more
advisable to concentrate on your pedagogy, particularly your lesson
planning, as you stated was a goal for you earlier this school year.

Sincerely,

Principal Hill

Mr. Portelos

Feb 10 (5 days ago)

to Linda, 

Ms. Hill,

This is a strange request, but would you be able to define “having meetings of any kind with staff at this time.” for me please? I was merely volunteering to come in early and make
myself available to the staff that needs my help like I have done for the past 5 years. If I am in a room during a non instructional period and there are one or more union members with me, does that count as a
meeting? Does the same apply to hallways, staff lounge or outdoors? I just need to be very clear on this directive so I do not appear to be insubordinate. Thank you.

Sent days before most of issues even occurred. Notice that I told Ms. Hill that Susanne Abramowitz behaved in the cafeteria in front of students and she did nothing but have her right me up instead.

Mr. Portelos
Jan 22

to Linda, Susanne

Ms. Hill,
Concerning the CEP goals I want to look at the data to come with a 4th goal that covers the other 75% of the students. On ARIS however I can only export my 180 students. Can I get an exported excel file from anyone who has access to the whole school?

Also, I remember the SLT minutes used to be more public. Currently they are only within the password protected Staff Site. Can we move them to the main site?

Lastly I never received a copy of the current CEP. Can I get the file emailed to me?

Thank you.

Mr. Portelos
STEM Lab Teacher
Berta Dreyfus IS 49
stem.dreyfus49.com
fb.me/stemlab

Mr. Portelos
Jan 22

to Linda

I have been met with some resistance lately when I spoke to Susanne. She spoke down to me and wagged her finger at me in the cafeteria,  so the conversation ended there. I CC’d her in the previous email. I will send her agenda items for the next meeting and have asked Rich to mediate for us. The minutes I wrote were changed from when I typed them. Stating that the teachers were spoken to and agreed that they want to keep the academies that divide our school would be false. On The contrary most think it should go back to the way it was.

Please understand that I want our school to be great. Really I do. My concerns are that the new Phase One Special Education program and the opening if PS 71 on Targee would further decrease our enrollment.

-Mr. Portelos

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  3. The principal is a ass… Power hungery and a thief…..this has been going on for so many years, we loose count.The Rubber Rooms are Jail sentences for many goos teachers that ADMINISTRATORS want to get rid of for no reason.Its the ADMINISTRATORS who should be FIREDThe education system of NYC has gone to hell…and it is the biggest job to get cleaned up and out.KEEP FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS.

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