Mill Creek Middle School 2018-2019 Committee Descriptions
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As community leaders, PTA members can make a difference in children’s education by encouraging adequate funding for better Arts education. Each child should have opportunities in the Arts, regardless of the school he or she attends. Parents can contact their legislators, boards of education, superintendents and principals to promote Arts education as part of the curriculum. Parents also can encourage their students’ growth in the Arts. Study and talk about the history of a special work of art – a quilt, a piece of pottery or a painting – enhance their learning experience. One of the best ways to get your child excited about art is to be enthusiastic yourself.
Reflections is a cultural arts program of the National PTA. This Arts program is available to students who attend a school with a PTA/PTSA in good standing as defined in the Basic PTA Information section of this resource.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS BANNER COMPETITION
The Special Olympics Banner Competition recognizes our Special Olympians, brings awareness to the school community and encourages acceptance and tolerance.
A PTSA audit is a review of the financial transactions to be sure that receipts have been properly accounted for and expenditures made as authorized in the budget, as approved by the general membership, and in conformity with PTA bylaws and standing rules. An audit must be completed at the end of each school year. At least two weeks before the end of school, the board of directors appoints an auditor or audit committee. The audit committee is a special committee. Once the audit is completed and the results given to the executive committee, the work of the auditor or auditing committee is completed. The audit committee must review all accounts of the PTA.
Each local PTA or PTSA is a self-governing unit, with its structure and specific regulations prescribed in bylaws that the members have adopted. The bylaws of the unit supersede any general parliamentary rule with which they conflict. Bylaws may not be suspended even by unanimous vote.
Community outreach is PTA’s commitment to include the entire community in all phases of PTA programs and activities. It is of such importance that it must be given top priority when planning PTA activities. A concerted effort must be made to involve every member of the community in PTA including but not limited to parents, step-parents, foster parents, grandparents, students, teachers, school staff, school administrators, law enforcement officers, governmental services and agencies and businesses. Everyone needs to be included.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Recognizing diversity within organizations means valuing differences and similarities in people through actions and accountability. For Mill Creek MS PTSA, these differences and similarities include age, ethnicity, language and culture, economic status, educational background, gender, geographic location, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position and tenure, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.
The goal of this committee is to develop and implement programs that support the academic achievement of K-12 students. Because research shows that family engagement increases student achievement, the most effective programs are built around the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. See the Family Engagement section for more information on the national standards. PROGRAM AREAS: Education Enrichment covers a wide variety of content areas, including: • Reading • English/Language Arts • Math • Science • Social Studies, including Geography, History, Economics, and Personal Financial Literacy • Character Education • Study Skills • Education/Career Planning • Out-of-School Time Programs, including After School and Summer Learning Programming
Environmental Education (EE) is an active process that increases knowledge, skills, abilities and awareness, resulting in understanding, commitment, informed decisions and constructive action to ensure stewardship of the earth’s environment. Hands-on experiences are the best ways for students to build understanding of the complex world around them. These experiences can best be initiated through citizen science, service-learning and outdoor classroom projects. Students who experience learning in outdoor situations and connect with nature, reap benefits that can last a lifetime.
Today students spend a great deal of time inside of a building looking at a screen of some kind. They can see a tree but do not know its bark, its textures, etc. Many students today have no idea of the source of water in their community. Their usual answer is “the faucet.” They have lost their connection to the “river.” It is easier to pollute something with which we have no connection. Programs: Some of the programs that could be initiated by the EE Committee include Science Nights such as the Our Shared Forests project, education enrichment in the areas of air, water, school grounds/outdoor classrooms, energy, gardening/greenhouse growing projects, Adopt-A-Stream/Road, school-wide or community-wide waste management/recycling.
The Family Engagement Committee addresses the very foundation of PTA by promoting the education, health, and safety for all children. The inherent goal of the committee is to help strengthen, support, and sustain the involvement of parents in the lives of their children.
Health is a state of physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing often defined as “wellness.” This term helps define one’s thinking about health in terms of decision-making and assuming responsibility for what is best for the individual. Health includes the following: Physical Health, Mental Health, School Health and Nutrition. A healthy school environment is more than a Walk to School program or healthy snacks for birthday celebrations. It involves incorporating a healthy way of thinking into programs, studies and activities at school. This shift in the school culture takes time. Start the school year by developing relationships with the PTA leadership team and the school administration team. Listen to feedback and share ideas. Together the team can have great impact on student health and well-being. Studies show that healthy students perform better academically and have lower rates of absenteeism and discipline issues.
The Hispanic/Latino Committee will serve as the advocacy voice for local unit PTAs/PTSAs. This committee should take the initiative to reach out to Hispanic/Latino families and the Hispanic/Latino community. Hispanic/Latino parents, like American parents, are very concerned and keenly interested in helping their children succeed in school. Many of them realize that this is the key to becoming productive members of American society. They must first become familiar with the educational school system and its many policies and procedures.
This committee can be very beneficial to the Hispanic/Latino families that are not familiar with the steps involved in navigating through the educational system. The committee’s purpose is two-fold: 1) to ensure that local unit PTA leadership becomes familiar with the Hispanic/Latino culture and educational beliefs; and 2) share resourceful information to these individuals that is designed to educate parents on matters related to family engagement and involvement. These parents will understand how important and vital the roles that they play are in their child's education and that everything they do to promote their child's learning is of value.
The hospitality chairperson is the official host of the PTA unit and, with a committee, has the responsibility of establishing a friendly, comfortable atmosphere at PTA meetings and events. The hospitality committee helps to create a sense of belonging that invites members to become involved in PTA activities. The hospitality chairperson should work with the committees who plan programs or events, and vice versa. Hospitality practices should be reflective of the various cultures in the school and community (social conventions, programs, refreshments, decorations, etc.).
LEGISLATION & ADVOCACY
Since 1897, PTA has worked to improve the lives of children and their families. For more than 100 years, PTA volunteers have used their time, energy, experience and knowledge to bring about changes in laws, policies and programs for the benefit of children. PTA is a nonprofit, noncommercial, nonsectarian and nonpartisan association whose members can and should speak out on behalf of children’s rights. The mission of PTA is to be “A powerful voice for all children,” “A relevant resource for families and communities,” and “A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.”
The purpose of the Male Involvement Committee is to encourage, strengthen and support the efforts of male involvement in the education of children. It is our ultimate goal to provide opportunities to men to not only become more engaged in the education of children, but to also offer men an opportunity to become more involved with other men who are facing, or have faced, similar situations and stereotypes commonly held within the greater community.
Members make it possible for PTA to serve children and youth. The goal of the Membership Committee is to enroll members throughout the school community, including those who may not have children in school but have a vested interest in seeing children succeed. Georgia PTA believes membership should be reflective of the community, and that leadership should be reflective of membership.
The Nominating Committee is a special committee elected by the membership, at least one month prior to the election meeting and charged with the important task of nominating an eligible person for each office as described in the bylaws.
A PTA’s programs can take many forms. The main purpose of any PTA program should be to involve families and help the school. Effective planning is essential for creating programs that children, families and communities will enjoy and benefit from. The resources needed to support these programs (money, time, volunteers, space for activities, etc.) are often limited and require program leaders to think creatively. Programs should be planned in response to a need or priority of the school community. Programs should encourage and support opportunities for parents, families, and other caring adults to be involved in the healthy growth and development of children and youth.
PUBLIC RELATIONS (Communications)
The objectives of the Public Relations Committee are to inform the public and the PTA membership about the ideals of the PTA as expressed by its Purposes and Mission and to create a supportive climate for the PTA in the community so that its goals can be accomplished.
SPECIAL EDUCATION (Special Services)
This committee addresses the needs of diverse learners in the school population by fostering communication and awareness of special education between the district, school, parents, and children. Exceptional children include the gifted and talented, as well as students with mental disabilities; physical disabilities; chronic illnesses; visual disabilities; hearing disabilities; speech disabilities; social and emotional disabilities; learning disabilities; and in some instances, disadvantaged and deprived students. Each local unit is strongly encouraged to have this committee. This committee recognizes and promotes each child’s abilities rather than disabilities. It is not designed to be a sounding board, but is organized to help assist parents and teachers in the education of all children.
The PTA Volunteer Coordinator oversees the activities of the school volunteers and represents them on the Board of Directors.
The website coordinator is responsible for maintaining an up-to-date website complete with information that speaks to the aims and accomplishments of the local unit, encourages attendance at PTA meetings and parent involvement in PTA activities, fosters cooperation with the school in keeping families informed about school functions, and encourages engagement with the child in the home and in the school.
The purpose of the Youth Services Committee is to identify the greatest potential threats to children and youth and avert or lessen these dangers; and encourage the availability of facilities and services for these young people. Issues that may be addressed by this committee are substance use and abuse, tobacco use by minors, sexuality issues such as sex education and teen pregnancy, eating disorders and obesity among youth, gangs, prejudices and discrimination, internet safety, child abuse prevention, stress, depression and suicide, bullying and school violence/discipline issues, teen driving, bus/bike/crosswalk and fire safety, stranger danger, peer pressure, high school absenteeism and high school dropout rates, runaway/missing children, terrorism and/or disaster preparedness.
Student involvement is the commitment by PTA to actively involve students in the work of the association. Parents, teachers and students are dedicated to work as a team to train youth to be future advocates, community leaders, and parents. Georgia PTA encourages and supports student participation in PTA events and programs. Meaningful student involvement happens when the ideas, knowledge, opinions, and actions of students are engaged in every facet of schools. Research and experience proves that meaningful student involvement strengthens students and educators’ commitment to education, community and democracy.