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Snow Days and the End of the Semester 

The district and KEA have agreed that the end of the first semester will be adjusted by two days to maintain the same number of days in first semester. This will shift the grade reporting by the same number of days. Since many staff and families have planned on being away on the Friday workshop day, January 24 will remain a non-student day for the purpose of working on grades/progress reporting.  
Semester Overload Agreement 

This agreement will impact middle and high school classroom teachers who may be experiencing overloads; as well as, the counselors and registrars who are working on second semester scheduling.  

For the second semester of 2019-2020 only, an individual classroom teacher may agree to waive the maximum class sizes contained in Section 7.2.A. of the CBA. Individuals shall receive a supplemental 0.2 FTE contract for second semester if they agree to waive this limit. This agreement does still restrict the maximum to 165 students daily in middle school and 175 students daily in high school. If you have any questions about this agreement, please email us.  Human Resources will notify KEA of any teacher who agrees to waive the maximum class size at secondary. Obviously, we have in interest in assuring that members are making the choice without any pressure.  
While we recognize that both of these agreements may have unintentional impacts on your work, these decisions were not made lightly and we continue to hear directly from members which led us to these decisions.  

KEA Teachers Rock: Tacoma Stars Indoor Soccer Game! 

Come watch the Tacoma Stars take on the California Express

Friday, February 7 @ 7:30 pm at the Kent Showare Center

Join your KEA Family for some indoor soccer! These games are always high energy and a ton of fun! Tickets start at only $12!  Click here to purchase.

Click here to purchase your KEA discounted tickets! 
Kent Schools Foundation Opportunity 

The Kent Schools Foundation was originally formed through a partnership of the Kent Education Association and individual school board members almost seven years ago. After two annual fundraisers now, the Foundation is now fully functioning and ready to continue growing to support students and staff in the Kent School District.

The Kent Schools Foundation has announced their Classroom Enrichment Grants for the 2019-2020 school year. The application process is simple and it is now open at their website. If you have a specific enrichment need in your classroom or school, this is a great way to access funds to support that need. Grant applications must be received by January 24, 2020.
Professional Development Opportunity

Members from Kent and Rainier UniServ Councils worked together to put together this amazing Equity Conference.  The conference will be held on Feb. 1, 2020 at Chinook Middle School in SeaTac.  Breakfast, lunch and clock hours are provided at no cost! Click here for conference registration info. Conference check in starts at 7:30 with the Conference kick off at 8:30.  The core team is very excited to have worked across councils to develop an amazing experience for our members.  We hope to see you there!
Upcoming Events

KEA Teachers Rock:
Seattle Thunderbirds Game
January 17

KEA Office Closed
January 20

WEA Retired Luncheon
January 21

Representative Council Mtg
January 22

New Educator Night- Student Loan Forgiveness
January 27

KEA Executive Board Mtg
January 29th

Be sure to check the KEA calendar for upcoming events
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