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  • WCT teachers achieved NYS Master Teacher Recognition and National Board Certification

    Margaret Loh (JJ), Katrina Duffy (JJ), and Michael Crocco (JJ) received NYS Master Teacher Recognition.  Missing from picture are NBCT Meredith Inkles and Anne Marie Dunn.

    Mid-Hudson School Study Council SUNY New Paltz Awards for Excellence

    On October 16, 2014 Martha Bilsback (Myers Corners teacher) and Gloria DiNardi (RCK Social Worker) received the Mid-Hudson School Study Council SUNY New Paltz Awards for Excellence.  Those toasting both Martha and Gloria included colleagues, retirees, friends, a student and family as well as WCSD administration.

     

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    • In accordance with the WCT Constitution and By-Laws, there will be an election in all buildings on Thursday, March 26th, 2015.
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      The Wappingers Congress of Teachers and the Wappingers Congress of Retired Teachers are once again offering three (3) $2,000.00 scholarships to seniors presently enrolled in any public or private high school planning to attend college in September 2015. To be eligible, candidates must have a parent or guardian who is a member in good standing of the WCT.
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      Congratulations to Anne Marie Dunn, Library Media Specialist at Oak Grove Elementary and Meredith Inkeles, Library Media Specialist at Kinry Road Elementary.
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      At the end of this month, we will discontinue using the current email system which you are enrolled in.  If you would like to continue receiving email from the WCT, and have not already done so, it is important that you register for the website include your email address by December 31st.  While enrolling, you can also set yourself up to receive text messages from the WCT.  It only takes a few minutes.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALLOW 24-48 HOURS to be granted access.   
      On May 2, 2015, WCSD is hosting a literacy conference with Penny Kittle (http://www.pennykittle.net/), author and educator.The focus is adolescent literacy and it is inspiring, effective, and adaptable to any teacher's practice. The conference includes lunch and costs only $20 for district employees; out-of-district is $35. WCSD teachers will receive inservice credit.
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      ALBANY, N.Y. June 26, 2014 — New York State United Teachers President Karen E.
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      NYSUT's Research and Educational Services will be offering video conferences on teacher and teaching assistant certification for the 2014-2015 school year.  Both sessions will be held at the Conference Center at the Mid Hudson Regional Office, 201 Stockade Drive, Kingston, NY.  Light refreshments will be served.
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      NYSED: NEWS AND PRESS ROOM 

      In accordance with the WCT Constitution and By-Laws, there will be an election in all buildings on Thursday, March 26th, 2015.
      Read More...
      The Wappingers Congress of Teachers and the Wappingers Congress of Retired Teachers are once again offering three (3) $2,000.00 scholarships to seniors presently enrolled in any public or private high school planning to attend college in September 2015. To be eligible, candidates must have a parent or guardian who is a member in good standing of the WCT.
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      Congratulations to Anne Marie Dunn, Library Media Specialist at Oak Grove Elementary and Meredith Inkeles, Library Media Specialist at Kinry Road Elementary.
      Read More...
      At the end of this month, we will discontinue using the current email system which you are enrolled in.  If you would like to continue receiving email from the WCT, and have not already done so, it is important that you register for the website include your email address by December 31st.  While enrolling, you can also set yourself up to receive text messages from the WCT.  It only takes a few minutes.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALLOW 24-48 HOURS to be granted access.   
      On May 2, 2015, WCSD is hosting a literacy conference with Penny Kittle (http://www.pennykittle.net/), author and educator.The focus is adolescent literacy and it is inspiring, effective, and adaptable to any teacher's practice. The conference includes lunch and costs only $20 for district employees; out-of-district is $35. WCSD teachers will receive inservice credit.
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      Once you have logged in successfully, you can follow these directions to verify your information: If you would like to check and/or change the telephone or email information at any time, you can sign into the website and follow these steps:
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      ALBANY, N.Y. June 26, 2014 — New York State United Teachers President Karen E.
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      NYSUT's Research and Educational Services will be offering video conferences on teacher and teaching assistant certification for the 2014-2015 school year.  Both sessions will be held at the Conference Center at the Mid Hudson Regional Office, 201 Stockade Drive, Kingston, NY.  Light refreshments will be served.
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      WTF CO-INSURANCE/CO-PAYMENT UPDATE

      WELFARE TRUST FUND UPDATE

      As you know, the WCT Welfare Trust Fund (“Fund”) is providing a pilot coinsurance/co-payment reimbursement program to all active and retired members and their families, who participate in the Empire Health Advantage PPO and EPO Select 20 Plans, provided by the Dutchess Educational Health Insurance Consortium (“DEHIC”).   Retirees must be enrolled in one of the WTF Plans.

      This program provides an opportunity for you to offset the co-pay/co-insurance costs that you incurred from July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.  Starting January 1, 2015, you may submit a claim form with a copy of your Explanation of Benefits to the Fund and receive reimbursement of up to $150 per covered family for any in-network coinsurance and/or co-payment costs incurred under the DEHIC Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Advantage PPO and EPO 20 plan.  Once the $150 is reached, the Fund will reimburse 1% of all additional in-network coinsurance and/or co-payment costs incurred during the same period.

      Claims must be submitted to the Fund no later than March 31st of the calendar year following the calendar year during which your coinsurance and/or co-payment expenses were incurred (Example: Coinsurance and/or co-payment expenses incurred between July 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 must be submitted between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2015).

      In order to take advantage of this benefit, you must follow the following easy steps.  Please wait until after January 1, 2015 to request your “CLAIMS SUMMARY” as co-payments and co-insurance will apply through December 31, 2014.

      1.  Print the Co-pay/Coinsurance form under the FORMS TO DOWNLOAD tab on the WCT website.

      2.  Complete the top portion of the form, sign, date, and enter total amount submitted.

      3.  Call Empire at 1-800-342-9816 (this number is on the back of your insurance card).  Ask to speak with a customer representative.

      4.  Request a “CLAIMS SUMMARY” for the time period of July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. 

      5.  You will only be able to request a “CLAIMS SUMMARY” for you and any dependents under the age of eighteen.  Other family members that are covered under your insurance will need to request their own “CLAIMS SUMMARY”.  This is necessary due to HIPAA privacy regulations.  This request can take place during the same phone call.

      6.  They will send your “CLAIMS SUMMARY” via standard mail.  They will NOT email it to you.

      7.  Send your “CLAIMS SUMMARY” along with your completed Co-Pay/Co-Insurance form to the address below.

      Wappingers Congress of Teachers Welfare Trust Fund

      c/o Daniel H. Cook Associates

      253 West 35th – 12th Floor

      New York, NY 10001

      President's Message

      BIG SAVINGS: USE HOME DELIVERY PHARMACY!

      Dear Colleagues,

      There are big savings by getting your maintenance medications delivered to your door using the Express Scripts home delivery pharmacy for your regular, non-specialty drugs. Instead of getting 30-days’ worth of medication, you will receive 90-day supply for the price of 60 days. The chart below will serve as an example of potential savings for one maintenance drug:

      TIER 

      Amount you pay for a 30 day supply by going to your Local retail Pharmacy

      Amount you pay for a 90 day supply by using Express Scripts home delivery

      Deductible per person per calendar year

      Total yearly savings

      I

      $10

      $20

                  $0

       (generic drugs)

      $40

      II

      $20

      $40

         

      *        $50

      $130

      III

      $40

      $80

      *        $50

      $210

      Note:  The $50 deductible does not apply to Tier 1 generic medications when dispensed through a retail pharmacy (e.g., CVS, Walgreens, etc.)

      * Does not apply to EPO select 20

      *Does not apply when using Express Scripts home delivery

      I urge you to take advantage of these built in savings that come with your prescription component of your health insurance. The savings could be significantly higher depending upon how many maintenance medications you and your dependents are presently using. Your 90-day supply will arrive safe
      and secure to your home days before your medication runs out.

      Please take the time and click here to begin! 

      There you will find a step by step procedure on how to get started, including
       the Express Scripts home delivery pharmacy order form.

      Important Note for “Specialty” Medications:  These prescriptions often require special handling, and are sent to you through Accredo (1-800-803-2523).  These drugs are obtained through the provider referral process, and are managed for you by your healthcare provider. You may use the phone number to follow up on your medication, if necessary. 

      In Solidarity,

      Pasquale Delli Carpini

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