Bring Mr. Yellin Back! sign now

It has come to the attention of the students and alumni of Townsend Harris High School that Mr. Yellin has been excised due to budget issues. IT IS POSSIBLE to get Mr. Yellin back into the school this semester if we, both students and alumni, bring to Mr. Bonamos attention that we are all tremendously upset over Mr. Yellin being excised, he can be brought back.

This is an online petition to reach those whose signatures we cannot gain because we are alumni who no longer attend Townsend Harris, yet feel the same strong emotions towards this issue as any student who is currently attending. Both current students AND alumni are encouraged to sign this petition to bring a beloved and necessary teacher of the fine arts back to our school!

This is the current arrangement of his classes:

1. Ms. Mars (our Assistant Principal of Languages other than English) is teaching his portfolio class.
2. Spanish teachers are teaching two of his art classes.
3. His music theory class is being taught by a newly hired part-time teacher
4. Ms. Wischerth (the other teacher in the Art Department) is teaching an extra class this year because he is not in the building.

This means that the school is paying for 4-5 different teachers to teach Mr. Yellin's 5 period schedule.

PLEASE READ THIS TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION:

Money aside, Mr. Yellin is a core component to any fine arts student in Townsend Harris High School who would like to continue into a college art program. With the numbers of students who have been accepted into college art programs in the past few years, it is evident that Mr. Yellin's presence has had an impact on these students lives. Without Mr. Yellin, the fine arts students are nearly lost as far as building their portfolio and learning new skills only he can teach us due to his experience in the field of professional art. It would be a tragic event for these students or any student who could be experiencing Mr. Yellin's teaching to be neglected this opportunity. Also, students who are being taught art by teacher trained to teach languages are also missing out on a proper art class experience in high school.

Also, when it comes to seniority, Mr. Yellin is not the teacher with the least amount. He has been teaching in Townsend Harris for longer than other teachers who have been brought back this year after they were supposed to be "excised" as well.

So why take away a teacher who is literally half of a department when other teachers who are still in the building with less seniority are 1 of 10 or so teachers who teach in their respective departments?

Mr. Yellin IS the fine arts department in our school.

We need to get in Mr. Bonamo's ear. We need him to know the impact Mr. Yellin's absence will have, not only on the fine art students, but on any student who would have had Mr. Yellin (a trained art teacher) teaching their class.

Parent phone calls, emails to the school, written letters, anything will help. If Mr. Bonamo sees just how much we care about this cause there is a very real chance we can get Mr. Yellin back this year.

Please sign this petition! Please let your voice be heard!

Also, please join the Facebook group Getting Mr. Yellin Back - PLEASE READ THIS IF YOU GO TO THHS

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=143017169073601&v=wall#!/group.php?gid=143017169073601&v=wall

I thank this group for bringing this issue to my attention, and I have posted its contents on this petition.

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