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Halloween Fun Night

On Monday,  everyone met up to have a great time celebrating the fall season!  Everyone that was able to make it down to the celebration had a fun time eating delicious foods, carving pumpkins and enjoying the perfect weather.

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Karen Kendrick made a freelance carving of a cat

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Kathryn Schott made a Spooky pumpkin

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Katrina made a fun Jack O’ Lantern

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Lauren, Ashley, Catherine, and Kristen are enjoying the plentiful food and each others company.

Thank you to everyone that was able to make it down to Dr. Perrachione’s house for our Halloween Fun Night!

Upcoming Events

NEA Schuyler Family Fun Night November 4, 5:30-7:30

Every year NEA holds a Family Fun Night at Schuyler Elementary.  Kids come to have a good time with their family doing activities that we lead.  All the activities are already planned so we just have to show up and have a great time with the kids.  Pictures from last year are posted on our website under Event Photos (scroll down to the bottom) and it was a lot of fun.

NEA Meeting November 11, 5:00 pm

Webinars

There aren’t any Webinars that will be presented soon, but there are still plenty of pre-recorded Webinars that you have access to.

October 14th Meeting

For our meeting this week, Polly Matteson from the Career Center came to talk about tips and ideas to help you ace the interview, find your dream job, and get into graduate school. She had a ton of valuable information and it was great that she was able to come to our meeting!

Some of the helpful tips that Polly Matteson gave us was:

For the interview, be prepared to answer questions about your values, interests, traits, skills, and experience.  You should also do your research on the school district you are looking for by knowing their mission, history, competitors, and future plans.  If you have a difficult time determining your strengths and weaknesses you can visit www.authentichappiness.com and take the “Brief Strengths Test” or the “VIA Survey of Character Strengths” to help you get an idea of what they are.  You will have to create an account before you will be able to take either of the surveys, but it is free and doesn’t take long.
When you tell stories during the interview, be sure to follow the STAR method.  Talk about the situation, the task, the action you took, and the result.  Be sure to include the result to show that you learned and improved something because of that experience.
Introduce yourself at the interview with a confident handshake and a smile.  Give eye contact and be conversational.

Of course, the Career Center does more than just interview preparation.  There are many helpful tools available on the Career Center’s webpage.  If you would like help in preparing for what happens after you graduate Truman, visit the Career Center on the third floor of the SUB.  They can critique your resume, do mock interviews, and are there to help you with everything career related.

Upcoming Events

NEA Meeting October 28

Our next meeting on October 28 will be at Dr. Perrachione’s house.  We will have hot dogs, chips, and soda for everyone.  We will also be carving pumpkins, so bring a pumpkin and carving tools with you.  In a couple of days we will be sending out an email with GoogleDoc to RSVP and directions on how to get to her house.  If you need a ride to Dr. Perrachione’s house, let us know on the GoogleDoc.

SMSTA Fall Festival Planning October 17, 7pm

SMSTA, a group for students interested in the Education field, is hosting a Fall Festival for the Novinger schools.  There will be games, a reading corner, a haunted hallway, and plenty of activities to make it a great night for students in the Novinger area.  They need help in planning all of the fun activities though, so come help out if you can.  If you have any questions, contact SMSTA Vice-President Teah Cunningham at tmc4624@truman.edu.

SMSTA Fall Festival October 31, 5:30-7:30 pm
NEA Schuyler Family Fun Night November 4, 5:30-7:30

Every year NEA holds a Family Fun Night at Schuyler Elementary.  Kids come to have a good time with their family doing activities that we lead.  All the activities are already planned so we just have to show up and have a great time with the kids.  Pictures from last year are posted on our website under Event Photos (scroll down to the bottom) and it was a lot of fun.

Webinars

There aren’t any Webinars that will be presented soon, but there are still plenty of pre-recorded Webinars that you have access to.

Student Leadership Academy

On October 5, many members of our NEA chapter went to Jefferson City for the Student Leadership Academy.

There were a lot of incredible speakers that came to speak to us.  The SLC (Student Leadership Council) President, and President of our own NEA chapter, Kathryn Schott along with the Vice-President Morgan Domijan welcomed everyone to the conference.  MNEA President Charles Smith was the Keynote Speaker and he gave us some inspirational words of wisdom about what we will face in the education field.

Alice Flores from Young Activists United-UMSL discussed what we could do about student debt.  It is continuing to be more and more difficult for families to send their children to college due to the rising costs of higher education.  Our legislators have the power to make it easier to pay for college and it is important that we talk to them about it now.

NEA Student President David Tjaden informed us on how we can fund local projects with NEA Grants.  There are two types of grants that we can apply for.  The first is the SOAR grant which we can use to improve a chapter’s organization.  This can be used on fliers or posters to increase awareness, door prizes, and many others.  The second type of grant is called the CLASS grant.  With the help of other NEA members, we can use this money toward community service projects.  Many of these grants go towards funding a Reading Across America event.

There were also two breakout sessions. One focused on how to get involved in NEA at the Local, State, and National levels.  The other looked into the many communication tools that you can use to keep in contact with your NEA locals.

Everyone that attended had a great time and it was great to see five Truman students represent the amazing NEA chapter that we have.

To Join NEA

In order to join Truman’s wonderful NEA chapter, there are a few things you’ll have to do.

 

Go to www.mnea.org and scroll down.  On the left hand side there will be a button that says ‘NEA Student Program Join Us Today Click Here’. Click it and fill out the information it asks.

 

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You’ll need a credit/ debit card handy to pay the $24 dues.  You’ll be a member of NEA from September 1, 2013 to August 30, 2014.  To get the most of your membership it is best to sign up as early as possible.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at trumannea@gmail.com.

September 9

At the meeting we discussed what NEA was about and the many opportunities at  the local, state, and national level there are.

Tutoring at the High School is a service opportunity that NEA is considering.  The Kirksville High School is interested in getting tutors during the school day in every subject.  Email Matthew Matheney by September 18th for more information.

At the next meeting on September 23, Steve McLuckie will be discussing how NEA students can get involved in NEA at the local, state, and national level.

There will be a Student Leadership Academy in Jefferson City on October 5.  It is a great way to increase your understanding of the teaching profession.  It’s free, lunch and transportation reimbursement is included  Anyone interested must sign up by October 1 on the MNEA website (MNEA> Conferences and Workshops > Student Academy).

Schuyler Family Fun Night will be November 4th.

 

 

Last Meeting

Last Meeting for 2012-2013

To wrap up a great school year, NEA celebrated with a game night! With pizza and games in tow, we spent the night playing everything from Bananagrams to Mad Gab and Disney Princess Candyland.

Pictured Below (clockwise from top): Matthew Matheney, Karen Kendrick, Kristen Gavenda, Sara Hahn

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Prizes were also given to a couple of people that had perfect attendance for the semester!  Congratulations to Karen Kendrick, Dani Martin, and Kristen Gavenda!  These winners received a gift card to Dairy Queen, Jimmy Johns, and Hastings.

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Thank you to the (now retired) officers and everyone that helped to make this a great year for NEA!

Upcoming Meetings

It might be a long while off still, but it’s never too early to plan on attending next year’s meetings!

September 9
September 23
October 14
October 28
November 11
December 2

Have a Great Summer!