On February 3, 2014, Senate Bill 477 was introduced to amend and change Article 4 Section 18a-4-14 Sub section b. There were additions made to this code: The use of the entire period of time allotted for a planning period is determined by the teacher. Administrators may not request or require a teacher to attend meetings, training or any other work related event during a planning period. “Meeting” for the purpose of this section includes, but is not limited to IEP Meetings, 504 Plan meetings, and Parent Teacher Conferences. Everyone needs to spread the word about this bill. Go to www.legis.state.wv.us and notify the members of Senate and House that this is not good for students. Please let everyone you know about this bill as emails may be missed.
The nomination form for West Virginia’s 2014 National Distinguished Principal is on line at this time. One can go to the top of this page and click on the Name of the form. The name of the form that appears may need to be clicked upon twice but the form should appear. Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself. The requirements are listed on the form itself. Please get the form to the State Office by January 8, 2014. Any questions, please contact Frank Collier at 304-642-0509 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are getting this by e-mail please encourage your colleagues to come to this site and click on the option for email when posts are made to the site. Feel free to download the form, copy it, and distribute it to your friends and colleagues.
May 14, 2013
By John Wickline - Upshur Bureau Chief , The Inter-Mountain
Union Elementary School principal Dr. Sara Stankus thought her students were focusing on the annual WESTEST Monday, so she could not fathom the reason she was being summoned to the gymnasium.
As she entered the room, she was amazed to see students and staff, faculty, family and friends packed into the place, all there to honor her for being named a National Distinguished Principal.
"I couldn't be any kind of great principal without great students and great staff," Stankus said, choking back the emotions as she addressed the crowd.
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
Union Elementary School principal Dr. Sara Stankus, left, smiles Monday after learning she was chosen as the West Virginia honoree in the National Distinguished Principal’s program. Holding the banner which will hang in the school are third-graders Karris Stimson and Zachary Rowan, right.
Stankus has been the principal at the Upshur County school for the past six years, and Upshur County Superintendent of Schools Scott Lampinen said she was "very, very most deserving" of the honor.
"Dr. Stankus works very hard for her school and her students," Lampinen said. "Every single day she is doing something for the benefit of her students."
Stankus thanked all of those who worked behind the scenes to make the honor possible, from those who nominated her to those who served as references for her.
"I know there are other principals who deserve this honor," she said. "I am accepting this award in their honor."
A principal's job is to set the tone for the educational environment inside the school, she said, not just for the children, but also for those who educate them.
"A principal is so important to a school and to the students," Stankus said. "A principal can make the students really get excited about wanting to learn and the teachers really love to come to work."
The National Distinguished Principal Award is given to one school principal in each state. It can be given to a public, private, military or religious school leader. As part of the honor, Stankus will travel to Washington, D.C., in October, where she will attend a reception at the State Department and will also attend an awards dinner where the U.S. Secretary of Education will be the featured speaker.
To receive the award, a principal must be nominated by a colleague. The award is sponsored in part by the National Principals Association and Vilac.
Stankus will also received a specially cast school bell to commemorate the achievement.
"The Executive Committee of West Virginia Association of Elementary Middle School Principals has appointed Dr. Sara Stankus, principal of Union Elementary School, located in Upshur County, as West Virginia 2013 National Distinguished Principal.
Dr, Stankus has been principal of Union Elementary School since 2007. Sara has earned an Ed.D.Ed. Leadership from WVU, a Masters Degree in aCounseling from Marshall University, a B.A. in Elementary Education k-8 and Special Education from West Virginia Wesleyan College where she earned a Reading Specialization, as well. She holds National Board Certification for both School Counselor and as a Private Counselor.
She serves as a Trainier for New Teachers and New Principals through West Virginia Center of Professional Development where she serves on the Principal Credentialing Board along with the Advisory Board. Dr. Stankus serves as a team leader for the Principals Leadership Academy and as a National/State Trainer for Ruby Payne.
Hello and welcome to WVPRINCIPALS.ORG. As executive director of the West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals, it is my pleasure to introduce this new Web site. You can find out more about us, discover education-related links, find our sponsors, our officers, information regarding membership, etc.
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