Student Citizen Awards - May 5, 2014

Eighteenth Annual Student Citizen Awards - May 5, 2104

Picket In The Pines

NYSUT - Picket In The Pines Video - "Public Education Is Not For Sale"

Anti Cuomo Rally


Revive, Rebuild, Renew!

Cathleen Cavanagh - 2014 Friend of Education
10 and 20 Year Recognition from NYSUT
for many PMCT Members

On Thursday March 27, 2014 at the Annual Long Island Directors Awards Dinner long time High School nurse, Cathleen Cavanagh, was recognized as a 2014 Friend of Education. PMCT also had many members recognized for 10 and 20 year awards for their union leadership. Twenty year distinguised service awards were given to Beth Warnken and Kathy Bucaria. Ten year service awards were given to Karol Boddy-Wallace, Susan Caramore, June Gagnon, Kathleen Murphy, Jeffery Peterson, Susan Stahl, Michelle Thoden and Syndee Zegel. Congratulations to all our PMCT member and to Cathleen Cavanagh and a big thank you to them for their dedication to students and education in the Patchogue-Medford School District.

Picketing at Senator Flanagan's Office
Friday March 21, 2044

Thank you to all the PMCT members who attended the very important picket at Senator Flanagan's office
On Friday March 21, 2014, at several locations around the state, NYSUT activists brougth home the message that the budget proposals being negotiated in Albany are unacceptable. In Suffolk County we, once again, needed to let Senator Flanagan, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, know that he needs to do better for public education.

As we enter the crucial final two weeks of the state's budget process, the worst possible proposal is the Senate resolution. It includes four completely unacceptable positions that short change public schools, fund and empower charter and private schools at the expense of public schools, and exacerbate the negative effects of the tax cap.

The Senate resolution would:
- Make the tax cap worse! It would require a district to stay below the 1.46 percent tax cap. The Senate would also make permanent the existing tax cap law that would otherwise sunset in 2016.
- Allow back-door vouchers to private schools which would take further funding from public schools.
Provide $161 million less in funding for K-12 school aid than the Assembly.
- Not address any of our testing, APPR and common core issues. The Senate actually adds as much money for tuition tax credits, charter schools, and for non-public schools as they do for K-12 public school aid. - In higher education, the Senate includes the governor's language that could lead to the privatization of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and other public hospitals.

Yes… this is short notice, but that’s the way the state budget process works. If you are angry and you want to do something to make a difference, now is the time, not a week from now, not next month. Please do what you can to come to the Senator’s office this Friday, March 21, between 3:30-5:00pm for picketing. Join with colleagues, parents and other allies in the education community to deliver the message that we are angry and we are not going away.

Common Core, Race to The Top and P-20- What Are These Forces Taking Hold of Public Education?- Feb. 2014

"High-Stakes Teacher Evaluation: High Cost, Big Losses." - A group of expert researchers have published a new collection of articles about teacher evaluation and high-stakes testing and their consequences. This is a great resource for anyone trying to research why the current corporate education reform will not work and will in fact hurt everyone involved.The collection appears online in the Teachers College Record.

An Animated Video on What Motivates Us and gives us DRIVE - Uncovers the hidden truths and defies the common practices of motivation. An awesome and popular video about how to get the best out of people. Autonomy...Mastery...Purpose...Not profit. This is a really great animated version of a speech by Author Daniel Pink.

Maya Angelou and Fellow Authors Against Race to the Top- Nov 2013

Schools in Finland and Student Evaluation- Nov 2013

Blood Drive 2013

PMCT Blood-Drive - Thanks to all who came down to donate!- Nov 2013


Picket at Senator Flanagan's Office
Fri. Nov. 1, 2013

Hundreds of teachers, parents and students picketed against the recent education reforms instituted in New York. Senator Flanagan is the chairman of the Education Committee in NY and needs to be held accountable. Senator Flanagan What's The Holdup?

What's the holdup with action to end excessive high-stakes testing to which our students are subjected?

What's the holdup in ending the amount of influence testing corporations have on the State Education Department and some elected officials?

What't the holdup in standing up for the public education and against big-money groups that oppose our children's public neighborhood schools?





PMCT has joined the group of over 5000 teachers, parents and people who know something is wrong in public education. Talking and complaining to each other has not helped and even screaming "Help!" to those making the decisions has not worked. The main street media has not helped at all and elected officials have not helped enough. We need to do something even more powerful and UNITE!

Green laces are loud and impossible to ignore. They are therefore a perfect symbol of the people protecting kids. Over 2000 people, including close to 40 PMCT members, attended the Students, Not Scores Rally held at Comsewogue High School on Saturday August 17th. Dr. Joe Rella, the Superintendent of the Comsewogue Schools told the crowd he would be wearing his green laces every day as a reminder of the battle we are waging against the high stakes testing in NY and across the country. His rallied the crowd to "STOP IT...FIX IT...OR SCRAP IT "and told them "We Can't Be Invisible Anymore!" You can see some of the video of Dr. Rella's talk to the crowd at this link Dr. Rella at Student, Not Scores Rally. The more of us that wear the green laces as a symbol of our love for educating children and our rejection of the abusive common core implementation and testing..the more likely people with the power to make the change will listen.

All PMCT members will be receiving the laces when we return to school. All members are also encouraged to join the FB group entitled Lace To The Top. The group can also be followed on Twitter @lacetothetop. You can also find more information on how you can be politically active and stay informed at the website As NYSUT president, Dick Iannuzzi, told us at the rally "Stop looking to the corporate world for quick fixes. Start Listening to parents and educatotors. Get it right, instead of getting it done."

Please sign the petition that give your support to Assemblyman Al Graf's approach to fixing education in New York. He has introduced a program bill that will change the education policies in New York State. He believes our children deserve a chance to succeed and it should be done right! His petition can be found at Congressman Graf has been very vocal in his opposition to the shoddy implementation of the Common Core and High Stake Testing in NY and also attended the rally and spoke at the rally on August 17th.

Please encourage all your friends and family with children in public schools to join the group, wear their laces, sign Congressman Graf's petition and help fight for the education of all public school children.

PMCT VP Beth Warnken ready to go with over 500 pairs of green laces!

Picture Credit - Kevin Glynn from Lace to The Top - One of the highlights of the rally was Assemblyman Englebright saying, "Somebody's head should be on the block and it should be John King!" He was right of course, but he neglected to mention King's host of other education reform cronies: Barack Obama, Arne Duncan, Andy Cuomo, John J. Flanagan, Ken LaValle, Chris Christie, Cory Booker, Mike Bloomberg, Merryl Tisch and the list goes on and on....

Thanks to all the PMCT member who attended the rally!!

HS VP Alicia Connelly-Foster with NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi

A HUGE Crowd!

Suffolk NYSUT Friends of Education Awards

The 32nd Annual LI Directors Awards of the Suffolk Chapter of NYSUT held their annual presentation awards dinner on May 2nd at Captain Bill's Restaurant in Bay Shore. The PMCT Executive Board was in attendance as two Pat-Med employees were honored that evening. This year the "Friend of Education" award was given to PMHS Head Custodian, Paul Grupinski, who was in attendance with his wife. Paul has served the children and schools of the Pat-Med community for many years by keeping our schools in excellent condition and a safe environment for the children of the community. A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Head Custodian, Dan King, for his numerous years of service to the children and schools of the Pat-Med community. Although he was unable to attend, his award was presented to PMHS teacher Margaret King in his place. The entire membership of the PMCT extend their congratulations to these fine men for all they do for the Pat-Med school district, the students and the community and for their many years of valued service.

Paul Grupinski with Paul Pecorale

Paul Pecorale with Margaret King

  • Elaine Biller - PMHS Teacher - Honored by the American Red Cross Pat - March 2013
  • Pat Murray - 2013 Recipient of the Harvard University Distinguished Teacher Award - March 2013
  • Alicia Connelly-Foster - PMCT HS Vice President - Keynote at 2013 Midyear Graduation - February 2013
    Congratulations to Fran Kosiczky who was just selected by NYSUT as this year's Community Service Award Winner!!! Thank you Fran for all of your hardwork, dedication, and goodwill that you have extended to our community!!

    Fran and friends at a sandwich making gathering in preparation for that weekend's soup kitchen. Pictured from left to right are Jen Pollock, Cristin Weeks, Nadine Scalzo, Kim Kunnecke, Sherry Paxson, Kerri Simeone, Lydia DeAngelis, Alicia Connelly-Foster and Fran Kosiczky

    2012 Breast Cancer Walk - Fran Kosicky, Kerri Simeone and Jackie Nolan

  • Meeting Albert Shanker by Christina Paino- January 1, 2013
    Breast Cancer Walk
    The Dowling College-Brookhaven Campus was the venue on Oct. 14th for the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk for Suffolk County. Over 200 Patchogue-Medford students, coaches, players, parents and teachers attended and walked under bright sunny skies helping to raise over $6000. Special thanks to Frank Paddelecchia and his lacrosse coaching staff and team for walking and raising additional money. Oregon teacher Andrew Bacon, with the help of his student organization, raised an additional $1200 the week following the walk. Walksmall

    Click Here to See More Pictures from the Walk

    PMCT Blood Drive 2012
    Thanks to all who donated! Due to Hurricane Sandy our Blood Drive was cancelled, however we joined the Medford Fire Department and helped collect over 95 pints.  Over 20 of our members attended and some of our non-members who donate each year were called and showed up as well.  Morrigan Halliday, our Eagle student who we were doing the drive in honor of, was there with many friends and family too!

    Educate New York Now Rally 9/20/12
    The Dennison Building in Hauppauge was the site of the rally to bring to light the inequities in how Albany funds public education. The rally was held during the afternoon hours of September 20th as commuter traffic passing by was almost brought to a halt.Teachers from school districts throughout Long Island including instructors from Nassau and Suffolk Community Colleges, attended the rally to give voice to the devastation brought on Long Island schools by the governor and legislators in Albany. Working to eliminate the tax cap and restore education the way it should be was the emphasis of the speeches made by teachers, parents and NYSUT representatives. Future events throughout the year will be organized to STOP THE CAP! RESTORE THE GAP! Photo 4

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    PMCT Supports the Chicago Teacher's Union by Wearing Red Shirts 9/12/12
    The Chicago Teachers Union called a strike on Monday September 10th as school officials said they had nothing more to offer in negotiations. It is the city's first teachers strike in 25 years and will continue in the absence of a firm deal from the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel. The union that represents nearly 30,000 teachers and support staff in the nation's third-largest school district called the strike after negotiators failed to reach a contract agreement with school administrators despite eight months of talks. Negotiators had resolved all but two issues -- teacher evaluations and provisions dealing with jobs for laid-off teachers.

    The primary disagreement appears to be teacher job security in the wake of a new program that evaluates teachers based on students' standardized test scores. The Chicago Teachers Union called the idea "data-driven madness." However, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said teachers had no choice but to strike, despite "intense but productive" bargaining sessions. "This is no way to measure the effectiveness of an educator," Lewis said Sunday. "Further, there are too many factors beyond our control which impact how well some students perform on standardized tests such as poverty, exposure to violence, homelessness, hunger and other social issues beyond our control."

    Another sticking point is a "recall" policy that would put laid-off teachers in line for job openings at other schools within the district. Emanuel said such a policy would take hiring decisions away from school principals and put them in the hands of central administrators and union leaders. As many as 6,000 teachers could lose their jobs under the evaluation system, according to Lewis, who called the system "unacceptable."

    Union officials have said they are puzzled by the stance of Emanuel, the city's Democratic mayor, whom they accused of going back on promises to teachers, police officers and other civil servants.

    The membership of PMCT along with NYSUT and the AFT stand in solidarity with the Chicago teachers. Union Strong!


  • Congratulations to all our PMCT 2012 Retirees!! - Bellport Celebration Pictures - June 2012

  • PMCT wins NYSUT Journalism Awards - June 2012

  • 2012 Student Citizen Awards - April 2012

  • Student Testing Proves Very Little as The Testing Industry PROFITS - April 2012

  • New Teacher Evaluation Procedures: Unfair and Uncertain - Feb. 2012

  • A Financially Secure Retirement is Slipping Away from the American Worker - Jan. 2012

  • The Importance of Education In President Obama's State of the Union Address 2012- Jan. 2012

  • Ohio Election Results Uphold Workers Rights - Senate Bill 5 REPEALED - Nov. 2011

  • As the Teacher Goes, So Goes the Student Dr. Kathleen Cashin - NYS Regent - Research on outstanding educational systems in other countries - Nov. 2011

  • 2011 Jones Beach Breast Cancer Walk - Thanks to all who attended!! PMCT raised over $4000 including $1000 from Tremont Elementary!!


    PM Varsity Girls Soccer Participated in "Kicks for Cancer" held on October 15th Pat/Med vs. Longwood- Thanks to their coachesÐ Cat Zanni and Chris Grieco

  • "American Teacher" Trailer - a new film that does what the slanted "Waiting for Superman"

    Barton teachers participate in Breast Cancer Awareness month with many activities. Pictured: Seth Haughland, Michele Slaughter, Madeline Galgano

    The students at Barton Elementary were very excited to receive new learning games. The games included Chess, Checkers, Tic Tac Toe, Apples to Apples, UNO, Guess Who, Perfection and various card games. PMCT donated all these to the PatMed Before and After School Program. Thanks to all our PMCT colleagues who contribute yearly via our PMCT Outreach Program.

  • The Civil War and Labor History - Sept 2011

    Congratulations To The PMCT 2011 Retirees!!

    More Pictures

  • Navy Seal Michael Murphy Honored With Warship Bearing his Name
    - May 7, 2011

  • 2011 Student Citizen Awards - April 28, 2011

    Picket at Senator Flanagan's Office - May 6, 2011

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    PMCT Crafts Donation

    Pictured from left to right... Teresa Reilly and Shawn Hirst.
    As part of their Community Outreach Program, the PMCT donated much needed craft supplies to the Patchogue-Medford Youth and Community Services Center. These supplies are needed to run the summer programs offered by the PMYCS to students from the Patchogue and Medford communities.

    In addition, PMYCS also maintains a food pantry and accepts donations of gently used clothing and books to distribute to community members in need. For more information about the programs the PMYCS offers or to donate items, please call 631-758-4100 or visit their website at

  • "Now Is The Winter Of Our Discontent" - March 2011

    Sachem Rally Pictures - Thanks to All Who Attended!!

  • Elementary Students Exhibit Work at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook
  • Education Rally - Thursday Feb. 17, 2011 - 6 PM - 7:30 PM - Sachem East High School
  • Tax Cap Bill - Please contact your State Senator IMMEDIATELY!- February 3, 2011

  • Margaret King - 2010 recipient of the Alfred Williams Literacy Award - November 2010

    Blood Drive - Monday November 1st - 42 pints collected! 15 people placed themselves on the Bone Marrow registry.Blood Drive Pictures

    Jones Beach Breast Cancer Walk 2010

    Under beautiful sunny skies, the Annual Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk was held October 17th at Jones Beach State Park. There were more than 40 members of PMCT attending the event and contributing to this important cause. The total collected by PMCT was $7000, which was extraordinary. Special thanks to Oregon teacher Andy Bacon and his students for raising $2,806.00 on their own. Thanks and Kudos to all those who participated and contributed to this worthy cause.

  • NYS Constitutional Convention - Know Your Rights - Protect Your Rights - October 2010

    Waiting For Superman - Please Explore The Links Below

    1. 'Waiting for Superman' fails to offer meaningful solutions to complex problems NYSUT Media Relations - October 12, 201

    2. What Superman got wrong, point by point - This was written by Rick Ayers, a former high school teacher, founder of Communication Arts and Sciences small school at Berkeley High School, and currently adjunct professor in teacher education at the University of San Francisco. He is the co-author, with his brother William Ayers, of the forthcoming "Teaching the Taboo" from Teachers College Press.

    3. Superman Does Not Exist and Teachers' Unions are Not the Villains, by Esther Wojcicki Creative Commons Board Chair

  • Breast Cancer Walk 2010 Info - Sun. Oct. 17th
  • 2010 Blood Drive Info - Nov. 1

    Congratulations PMHS Class of 2010

    The Senior class president, Mike Fishers Graduation Speech - He rewrote the lyrics to the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys song Empire State of Mind as his graduation speech and performed it at graduation!

  • Patchogue Medford Places Second In French Poetry- June 2010

  • Clavin Brothers Bring Pride to Pat-Med Community- May 2010

  • 2010 PMCT Student Citizen Awards- April 2010

  • PMCT Publications Earn Numerous Journalism Awards- April 22, 2010

    "Race To The Top" Is A Race To Failing Education
    - March 2010

    PM Graduate Makes History as the Longest Running "Phantom" On Broadway
    - February 2010

    PM Graduate Begins New Job at Internet Search Engine "Google"
    - January 2010

  • PM Middle Schools Celebrate National French Week- November 2009

  • PMCT Blood Drive - November 2009

  • 2009 Jones Beach Breast Cancer Walk - October 2009

  • Bay Elementary School PLEDGE FOR A CHANGE VIDEO inspired by Barack Obama's Election- October 2009

  • Nick Cordone - Retired PMHS Art Teacher - Paintings Featured in East End Publication - October 2009

  • Joan Soldano - Medford Elementary Teacher - Attends "Space Camp"- October 2009

  • Aicher Girls Complete Triple Play For PMHS Valedictorian- October 2009

  • Outreach Distributes Toys For Before and After School Programs- September 2009

  • PMCT And Patchogue Lions Club Backpack Project - September 2009

  • Play For Peace Soccer Tournament- August 2009

  • 2009 PMCT Retirees- June 2009

  • 2009 Student Citizen Awards- April 2009

  • Good Will Report - PMCT Gives Back To The Community During 08-09 School Year- June 2009

  • E.A.S.Y.-Effective Alternatives (to) Smoking (for) You By Sherry L. McPherson, LCSW - May 2009

  • High School Teacher Inspires Students Into Action With Memorial Mural Project - April 2009

  • Kari Anderson - PMHS Graduate Finds her Own Roots - February 2009

  • Former PMHS Teacher Named Bishop of
    Charleston, S.C.
    - February 2009

  • PMHS Students Design Cards For Our Troops And For Cindy Quinn Fundraiser- December 2008

  • PMHS Grad Externs At ABC News - December 2008

  • Congratulations PMCT Teachers- November 2008

  • PMCT Phonebank- November 2008

  • 2009 Breast Cancer Walk - Watch The Inspirational Video - October 2008

  • Obama/Biden - Candidates Who Support Education - October 2008

  • Septemberfest 2008 - September 2008

  • PMCT Backpack Drive - September 2008

  • New Teacher Orientation - September 2008

  • 2008 Student Citizen Awards - May 2008

  • PMCT Teachers Of The Year - April 2008

  • PMHS Film Students Earn Best In Show Honors at Festival - April 2008

  • PMCT Participates in Education Rally- February 2008

  • Heroic Pat-Med Grad Receives Medal of Valor - February 2008

  • Play For Peace Soccer Tournament- August 2009

  • 2009 PMCT Retirees- June 2009

  • 2009 Student Citizen Awards- April 2009

  • Good Will Report - PMCT Gives Back To The Community During 08-09 School Year- June 2009

  • E.A.S.Y.-Effective Alternatives (to) Smoking (for) You By Sherry L. McPherson, LCSW - May 2009

  • High School Teacher Inspires Students Into Action With Memorial Mural Project - April 2009

  • Kari Anderson - PMHS Graduate Finds her Own Roots - February 2009

  • Former PMHS Teacher Named Bishop of
    Charleston, S.C.
    - February 2009

  • PMHS Students Design Cards For Our Troops And For Cindy Quinn Fundraiser- December 2008

  • PMHS Grad Externs At ABC News - December 2008

  • Congratulations PMCT Teachers- November 2008

  • PMCT Phonebank- November 2008

  • 2009 Breast Cancer Walk - Watch The Inspirational Video - October 2008

  • Obama/Biden - Candidates Who Support Education - October 2008

  • Septemberfest 2008 - September 2008

  • PMCT Backpack Drive - September 2008

  • New Teacher Orientation - September 2008

  • 2008 Student Citizen Awards - May 2008

  • PMCT Teachers Of The Year - April 2008

  • PMHS Film Students Earn Best In Show Honors at Festival - April 2008

  • PMCT Participates in Education Rally- February 2008

  • Heroic Pat-Med Grad Receives Medal of Valor - February 2008

  • Project Adventure At River Elementary - February 2008

    New Teacher-Mentor Luncheon - January 2008

    P-M Graduates Choose Careers in Education - December 2007

    Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk - October 2007

    PMHS Graduate - Lt. Michael Murphy: Awarded Medal of Honor - October 2007

    PMCT Backpack Drive - September 2007

    Opening Day - a new year with new challenges - September 2007

    2007 PMCT Retirees - June 2007

    2007 Student Citizen Awards - May 2007

    High Stakes Testing Undermines The Quality of Education - May 2007

    PMHS Art Students Enter AAA Contest - March 2007

    PMHS Art Students Exhibit in Southampton - March 2007

    River Teachers Host an ESL Parent Night - December 2006

    PMCT Blood Drive - November 2006

    Speak Out - December 2006

    Breast Cancer Walk 2006 - November 2006

    Fall 2006 Connection - November 2006 - The community communication publication of the Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers.

    PMHS Alumni Baseball Game - October 2006

    PMCT Welcomes Our New Teachers - September 2006 - New teacher orientation.

    Backpack Distribution - September 2006 - For the sixth year PMCT in conjunction with the Patchogue Lions Club and Mission Foods donated 120 backpacks filled with school supplies to the PM School district's elementary schools.

    PMCT 2006 Retirees - June 2006

    Joe Baglio's Inspirational National Honor Society Speech - May 17, 2006

    PMHS Social Studies Teachers Spend Their Summer Learning - May 2006 - Colonial Williamsburg was the site of the summer colloquia sponsored by the Patchogue-Medford School District, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the National Council of History Education. The seminar was held from August 7th through the 12th, 2005. Many members of the PM Social Studies staff attended the 6-day event.

    2006 Student Citizen Awards - April 2006

    Tuition Tax Vouchers: A Misplaced Priority - April 2006 - Gov. Pataki has proposed tax credits vouchers for parents with family incomes under $90,000 in districts with at least one school in need of improvement, with the biggest beneficiaries of these funds being the parents who already have the money and send their children to private or religious more....

    Jim Beagan Returns From Iraq - January 2006 - Gov. Pataki has proposed tax credits vouchers for parents with family incomes under $90,000 in districts with at least one school in need of improvement, with the biggest beneficiaries of these funds being the parents who already have the money and send their children to private or religious more....

    2005 Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach - December 2005 -PMCT led the way with the highest amount of donations collected totaling $8,044.00 and also the highest percentage of membership turnout for the event.

    PMCT Members Participate in A.L.S. Golf Fundraiser - November 2005

    J.R.O.T.C. at PMHS - September 2005 - A Positive Approach to Building Better Citizens. Click her to learn about the Junior ROTC program at PMHS that has been actively educating our students for 31 years.

    PMCT Honors Sandra Feldman - September 2005 -Sandra was an advocate for all as she worked tirelessly for both teachers and students throughout her career.

    PMCT Joins Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort - September 2005 -PMCT members donated generously as we started our new school year.

    PMCT Welcome Our New Teachers - September 2005

    Class of 2005 - PMCT TEACHER RETIREES PAGE!!! - June 2005

    9th Annual PMCT Student Citizen Awards - May 2005

    Social Security: Is there a Crisis? - April 2005 -we must contact our representatives to fight against privatizing Social Security. Our future and the future of our children and our students, depends on it. Read this article to find out more.

    Patchogue-Medford High School Robotics Team - March 2005 -This year the team will compete in the Long Island Regional held at Hofstra University from March 17 to 19 with hopes of attending the Nationals in Atlanta from April 21 to 23.

    The Benefits of Smaller Classes - February 2005 -Former President Clinton has been quoted as saying “recent research confirms what parents have always known-children learn better in small classes with good teachers.

    ESL Parent Night at River Elementary - January 26, 2005 The ESL teachers at River Ave. Elementary School hosted a special parent workshop for all the families of English Language Learners in the River Ave. school program.

    JIM BEAGAN Serves in Iraq - December 2004 - Patchogue-Medford High School math teacher, Jim Beagan, is currently serving in Iraq. Click here to find out more about his tour of duty.

    PMCT Executive Board - Click here to put a face to the name of your PMCT Executive Board.

    Newly Expanded High School Opens - October 20, 2004 - Click here to learn more about the opening of the expanded building and see before and after images of Patchogue-Medford High School.

    2004 PMCT New Teachers Page - September 3, 2004 - The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers welcomes over forty new teachers to our union.

    Blood Drive - 2004

    2004 PMCT Retirees Page - June 23, 2004

    Patchogue-Medford Teacher Mentoring Program - May 2004

    8th Annual PMCT Student Citizen Awards - May 3rd, 2004

    Past Student Citizen Award Nights

    Jane Conetta receives NYSUT award - March 2004 - "Not for Ourselves Alone" Outstanding Leadership Award for 2004.

    NCLB: The High Cost of Broken Promises - February 2004 - When it comes to the No Child Left Behind Act, a promise is worth more than $9 billion--and counting....

    Special Olympics - November 2003 - Long Island Region Special Olympics
    Early Intervention Skills Tournament - Saxton Middle School

    Breast Cancer Walk - October 2003 - Thousands of New York State United Teachers members participated in this year's American Cancer Society fund-raiser on October 19th. Despite poor weather the turn-out was even greater than in previous years. A total of nearly $50,000 was raised by Suffolk locals.

    Special Education Inclusion - Making it Work - September 2003 - When the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandated that children with disabilities be educated with children who do not have disabilities, education in the United States changed. Education World writer Wesley Sharpe, Ed.D., looks at the characteristics of effective inclusion. Included: Answers to such questions as "How does inclusion benefit kids who have disabilities?"

    WELCOME TO OUR 38 NEW TEACHERS!! - 2003 New Teacher Orientation.

    8/29/03 - New Scoring Chart Issued for Regents Math A Exam New scoring chart based on the recommendation of the independent Math A panel appointed by the Board of Regents.View Conversion Chart

    Commissioner Mills Admits Mistake on Math A - June 24, 2003 - Offers solutions for students who failed the exam and further evaluation procedures.

    The Math A Controversy - June 23, 2003 - Click here to see a letter sent to the State Education Department written By Several Long Island Mathematics Directors. There is also a link to a page to contact your local/state legislators and NY State Education Department Officials.

    2003 Student Citizen Awards - May 5, 2003

    Pro-Education Rally - May 3, 2003

    Helping Children to Understand and Cope With the War in Iraq - April 2003 - With a quarter of a million troops deployed and endless war talk consuming media outlets and dinner tables alike, children can’t help but worry and ask questions. For parents and caregivers, answering these questions and calming these fears is a difficult, but vital task.

    No Child Left Behind Legislation and Impact - April 2003 - Issues that must be addressed and the challenges ahead.

    State Aid Cuts Would Raise Local Taxes - March 2003 - Contact your State Officials to help SAVE OUR SCHOOLS.

    Jane Conetta - Elected to the NYSUT BOARD - March 2003

    A 40 Year Friendship Across the Ocean - January 2003 - In this age of cell phones, e-mails, instant messaging and palm pilots, a friendship based on writing letters is perhaps a thing of the past. But high school Math teacher, Chris Paino has done just that for the past 40 years!!

    Patchogue-Medford Retired Educators Website - PMRE.ORG - Keep up to date with retiree information and news.

    PMHS Class of 69 - November 2002 - Find out who never left Patchogue-Medford Schools

    Bellport Fall Party - September 2002

    Tips to Avoid Abduction - September 1, 2002 - CNN and other news sources have focused on a number of cases involving young girls missing and found dead. These widely publicized incidents have placed new emphasis on child safety. Link to our very informative article which includes a link to Susan Stein's website on Protecting Children from Strangers

    Ten Ways To Nurture Tolerance, Fight Hate, Promote Tolerance. - September 1, 2002

    In Remembrance of September 11th - Susan Stein put together a wonderful site with ways to remember 9-11. The site shows ways to study the history of the flag, Betsy Ross, the Pledge of Allegiance and its meaning, Francis Scott Key, Uncle Sam, and many patriotic songs. Then she gives suggestions for writing poetry about our current feelings concerning 9-11 and links to related sites. She hopes this site will inspire some of you to teach a little bit about our country and what has happened. Heroes do exist and our children should learn about them, too.

    A Parent's guide to Internet Safety - An online pamphlet on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Website. This is a very important article for all parent to read if their children are using the internet.

    2002 PMCT Retirees - June 21, 2002 - We wish health and happiness to all the wonderful PMCT members who are retiring this month. Enjoy reading some of their goodbyes or contacting them through the email links on this page. - This site is created and maintained by Canaan Elementary school teacher, Susan Stein. It has a wealth or resources for new and experienced teachers. Bookmark it and check back often for updates. Spend some time this summer enjoying the site.

    Pro-Education Rally - April 13, 2002 - PMCT members attended the education rally held Half Hollow Hills HS East.

    How Coulee Creek’s Water Witch Became Star - A Dog Story - March 2002

    Winter Gathering For New Teachers- Jan. 2002 - PMCT Executive Board members, District Administrators and New Teaches had an informal gathering at the High School library to catch up on the years events. Click to see pictures.

    A Father's Tribute - Eric Stahlman- Jan. 2002 - Sam Stahlman's tribute to his son Eric who was lost on September 11th in the WTC tragedy.

    Teach Tolerance...Fight Hate - Jan. 2002 - Every hour in America someone commits a hate crime. When bias motivates an unlawful act, it is considered a hate crime. Read this article to learn more about the ten principles developed by Teach Tolerance, for fighting hate.

    Media Literacy - Jan. 2002 - In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attack, Americans need to be particularly mindful of messages which contain bias. In this article you will learn how to teach your children to question and to reflect upon words and images to which they are exposed.

    Flag Etiquette - Nov. 2001 -With so many Americans wishing to display the American flag as a sign of their support for those affected by recent acts of terrorism and as a show of support for our military engaged in combat, PMCT offers a guide to flag display.

    My Dad's Life Before His Eyes - Nov. 2001 - Student Walter Warkenthien's personal story about the events on September 11, 2001.

    Helping Our Children Cope - Nov. 2001- Tips for Addressing the Needs of Children in the face of Terrorist Attacks

    Click Here To Meet Our New Teachers -Sept. 2001 - Learn about and see photos of the Patchogue-Medford Schools New Teacher Orientation.