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Celebrating 100 Years of Advocating for Children

 Banneker Middle School Parent Involvement Committee with Governor O'Malley.

                           

   

Maryland PTA took part in the Maryland Task Force convened in 2014 to make a recommendation on when the school year should start.  The Task Force met for nearly a year and the final report suggested that it would have little impact on education. We don't agree.

As parents who work closely with local school systems, Maryland PTA supports preserving and protecting the rights of local communities and their respective boards of education to adopt school calendars that meet their unique needs. Local boards serving the needs of parents, teachers, school children and the community is the wisest choice in our opinion.

We also disagree that the change to a start date post-Labor Day will have little impact on education.  While those individuals who are able to prolong their summer vacations will enjoy the additional time, there are many children who need school facilities for every day needs, like school lunches and a safe environment to learn and play, and who look forward to the start of school to have a routine that includes socializing with fellow students and teachers. Adopting a school calendar that takes into consideration teacher and employee contracts, as well as meets the overall needs of ALL students would be a wiser choice.  Now, many students may be faced with a school calendar that will impact the observance of local traditions such as winter breaks, religious holidays and Spring break so that families who can afford a trip to the shore can prolong their enjoyment. 

I would feel differently, if the Governor indicated that the reason for the post-Labor Day start time meant that he would earmark the additional funds for education but unfortunately, we have seen only cuts to date.  Providing full funding for education is also a "family issue", Maryland's children need the resources for their schools so that they can have a 21st Century Education.

Elizabeth Ysla Leight

President

 


MD PTA Briefs the Maryland House of Delegates Ways and Means Committee

 

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, President Elizabeth Ysla Leight briefed Committee Chair Anne Kaiser and members of the House Ways and Means Committee on Maryland PTA’s 2017 legislative priorities and positions.

 

The testimony opened with MD PTA’s mission and purposes and positions on the legislative issues on budget, vouchers, special education, school construction, and highlighted the importance of monitoring the level of student assessments, student health and school safety. I stressed that Maryland PTA strongly supports Pre-kindergarten funding legislation and supports providing every school system with additional per pupil funding for each eligible four-year old enrolled in public pre-kindergarten school. Legislation is needed to remedy the longstanding deficiency in funding provided to local school systems for pre-kindergarten.

 

Legislative Overview

On January 20, 2017, Governor Hogan released his proposed State Budget and Capital Budget for FY 2018. Included in the budget was the significant share of these budgets devoted to operating and capital funding of public schools including the now mandated Geographic Cost of Education Index.

 

The Governor’s Budget Highlights is available on the Department of Budget and Management’s Website. The General Assembly will consider the Governor’s operating budget as House Bill 150/Senate Bill 170 and capital budget as House Bill 151/Senate Bill 171. The Governor has also introduced a Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA) to amend the law to remove several mandated funding programs, including the $7.5 million Public School Opportunities Enhancement Program.

 

Maryland PTA’s legislative priority on school funding is to support full State funding for Maryland’s outstanding public schools. MD PTA urges the Governor and General Assembly to support increased funding of public education in the FY 2018 State Budget. Local public schools are committed to preparing all students to be globally competitive in college and careers.  Increased state investment in public education are essential in these times of rapid change, rising expectations, and increased costs.

 

Maryland PTA looks forward to testifying on education matters in support of public education the 2017-18 school year with amendments to remove the BOOST program funding and maximizing funding for all other public education programs. 

 


        

National PTA Statement on Betsy DeVos’ Confirmation as

U.S. Secretary of Education

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Feb. 7, 2017)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Laura Bay:

 

“Today, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education. Throughout the confirmation process, National PTA joined other education, civil rights, disabilities and community organizations in expressing strong concerns for Secretary DeVos’ lack of experience with public education; unfamiliarity with the challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s public school students, families and educators; and support of programs that divert critical public school resources.

 

“National PTA looks forward to informing Secretary DeVos on all of our public policy priorities, including equitable public education for all, healthy and safe schools, protections for our nation’s most vulnerable youth and the importance of family engagement in education. Where we are in alignment, we stand ready to work together, however, policies of the administration that attempt to weaken public education will continue to meet National PTA’s opposition.

 

“National PTA has long stood and advocated for high-quality public education to ensure all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our association remains steadfast in our belief that public education must be strengthened with the support of adequate funding and continue to be governed by public officials. We oppose any private school choice system—vouchers, tax credits or deductions—that would divert public school resources.

 

“In addition to investing in public education, National PTA urges Secretary DeVos to improve the Department of Education’s role in advancing family engagement as a tool to increase student achievement and transform schools and communities. We strongly encourage the administration to carefully consider how family engagement can be integrated into all appropriate policy initiatives that it advances or supports. In particular, we urge the administration to fund the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) program and for the Department to utilize the appropriate resources to assist in the dissemination of research and best practices to support family engagement in local communities.

 

“Furthermore, National PTA hopes that Secretary DeVos will ensure continued implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). We also hope she will continue to prioritize stakeholder engagement in the implementation of the law. It is essential that parents and other stakeholders have a seat at the table as states and districts develop new education plans to provide valuable input and hold them accountable.

 

“National PTA is committed to working collaboratively with Secretary DeVos and the Department of Education to implement these recommendations and advance policies that ensure all children reach their highest potential. Critical progress has been made to improve education, provide educational equity for all children and make sure every child is prepared for long-term success. We cannot go backward.”

 

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

                                                                   

 


 

National PTA and Amazon Bring Kindle E-Readers to Schools for

Family Engagement and Literacy Efforts 

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Oct. 26, 2016)—National PTA and Amazon are pleased to award a classroom of Kindle e-readers to local PTAs and schools across the country for family engagement and literacy efforts. The donation of Kindle e-readers is part of the PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle program an ongoing collaboration between National PTA and Amazon to encourage family reading, promote a love of literature and support student success.  

“Families play an essential role in helping children develop their literacy skills. And e-readers are a powerful tool to engage children in reading,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “We are thrilled to equip local PTAs and schools with Kindle e-readers for family engagement and literacy efforts.”

 PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle is a national program that engages the whole family to support the development of literacy skills and foster a love of reading. Through a set of fun, educational activities, the program empowers families with information and tools to use at home and new ways to explore books together.

“Research shows that engaging children and their families in reading increases the amount of learning children take away from a book. Research also shows that when families read together, children do better in school and beyond,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with Amazon to empower families to read together and support children’s growth as readers.”

 PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle was launched in 2013. Since joining forces, National PTA and Amazon have brought more than 2,500 Kindle e-readers to students, families and schools nationwide.

 “At Amazon, we are dedicated to helping students become passionate readers and we believe that reading is fundamental to education,” said Arthur van Rest, Director, Kindle E-Readers. “We are excited to continue our collaboration with the PTA on this program to help inspire a passion for reading in students across the country.”

 All PTAs and schools are encouraged to host PTA Family Reading Experience events using the digital toolkit available at PTA.org/Reading. PTAs that register their PTA Family Reading Experience events will be eligible to receive a classroom of Kindle e-readers.

 

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

 

Scott Meeks | Communications Manager, National PTA

Phone: 703.518.1227

Fax: 703.836.0942

Connect with National PTA® on: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

 


   

                                       PAEMST

                         

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching.
Anyone--principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public--may nominate exceptional mathematics or science teachers who are currently teaching grades 7–12 for the 2016-2017 award year. Teachers may also apply directly at www.paemst.org.
The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2017 and the Application Deadline is May 1, 2017, for secondary school teachers (grades 7–12). Elementary school teachers (grades K–6) will be eligible to apply during a future cycle.

Thank you for your assistance and support!
Nina Riggs

 

 


BALTIMORE EDUCATOR NAMED 2016-17

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Athanasia Kyriakakos, an art teacher at  Baltimore City’s Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, last week was named the 2016-2017 Maryland Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, made the announcement at the 26th Annual Teacher of the Year Gala.  The event attracted scores of educators and dignitaries, including Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Maryland Secretary of State John Wobensmith, Sen. Paul Sarbanes, Rep. John Sarbanes, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, and State Board President Andrew Smarick.

Sia Kyriakakos, with her student Billy Summers

Sia--as she’s known to her colleagues--has been teaching in the Baltimore schools since 2011 and at Mergenthaler since 2014. Born in the U.S., her rich and varied background includes a decade of living in Greece as a child. She spent time teaching in Connecticut studying and teaching at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago, and held teaching positions in both Greece and Sweden. It was during her time in Connecticut, just after receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, that she found her passion: connecting students to the possibilities of art.

Each day, Sia works to expose her students to the world outside the school. “I believe in them and teach them to believe in themselves,” she said. “This is my greatest contribution to education. Every child who comes into my classroom learns through the journey of art that they can succeed in anything.” 

Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford congratulated Maryland’s new Teacher of the Year.

 

“Maryland’s success and our economic future is directly tied to the strength of our educational system, and great teachers make all the difference,” said Governor Hogan. “I congratulate Sia, and celebrate her outstanding work along with all of the finalists. They are having a positive effect on the lives of our children and are helping change Maryland for the better.”

 

Lt. Governor Rutherford said Sia’s teaching has illuminated new worlds for her students. “Sia provides her students with many gifts, and they leave her classroom with new ideas to make Baltimore and Maryland a better place to live,” he said. “Her principal calls her an advocate, ambassador and leader. But Sia says, quite simply, she’s a teacher.”

 

Sia describes her work as a collaboration with her students. “I give my students a toolkit of strategies to help them reach their potential in art and also in their lives,” she said. “Together, we become cultural ambassadors and break the boundaries of poverty, the restrictions set upon them by the adversity of living in an urban environment -- and we do it all through art.”

 

Dr. Salmon said Sia not only believes that every student can learn and succeed; she does everything in her power to make it happen.

 

“Sia uses every tool in her toolbox, finding new ways to engage her students,” Dr. Salmon said. “It is clear that they respond to her creative methods. One of her former students wrote that Sia opened her eyes and gave her hope in the future. I cannot think of a better description of great teaching.”

 

Selecting Ms. Kyriakakos for the award was not an easy task for the judges. The other outstanding finalists were: Katrina Griffin, Anne Arundel County; Donna Miller, Calvert County; Anne Highfield, Cecil County; Michael Williams, Montgomery County; Tamara Forte, Queen Anne’s County; and Christy Briggs, Wicomico County.

 

The finalists were selected by a panel of judges from key Maryland education organizations representing principals, teachers, school boards, teacher unions, parents and higher education. Finalists were measured against a rigorous set of national criteria that include teaching philosophy and results, community involvement, knowledge of general education issues, and suggestions for professional and instructional improvement.

 

The 2016-2017 Maryland Teacher of the Year was announced at Martin’s West in Baltimore. The winner receives cash awards, technology equipment, national travel opportunities, and a new car valued at more than $25,000, donated by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association.

 

Ms. Kyriakakos is the second Baltimore City teacher in a row to receive Maryland Teacher of the Year honors. She succeeds Ryan Kaiser, a teacher at The Mount Washington School. Maryland has had a history of national success with its Teacher of the Year Program. Since 2006, Maryland has had three of its State Teachers of the Year selected as National Teachers of the Year.

 


Advocacy and the ESSA

As you continue to advocate on behalf of students in our state, Maryland PTA wants to bring to your attention the following information. 

The U.S. Department of Education recently posted an updated set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The Department has prepared these FAQs to support states and school districts in understanding expectations during the transition to full implementation of the ESSA.  They recognize there are questions that are still not addressed in this document; but will continue to update and add to these FAQs over the coming months.

The FAQs are posted on National PTA’s ESSA webpage – www.pta.org/essa along with other materials to help you, PTAs, and parents understand the law and how they can be involved in the implementation process moving forward. 

 

Is Your Local PTA Unit in Compliance with Maryland PTA Standards

of Continuing Affiliation?  

COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST

1) Are the local PTA unit's bylaws on file with Maryland PTA? 

2) Is the local PTA unit up to date on membership dues payments to Maryland PTA?

3) Has the local PTA unit paid their 2016-17 insurance? 

4) Has the local PTA unit filed the Annual Renewal of Registration Form for Maryland

Charitable Organizations?

5) Has the local PTA unit filed a Form 990 with the IRS? 

6) Has the local PTA unit completed an audit for the 2016 year and sent a copy to Maryland PTA? 

7) Does Maryland PTA have the current officer contact information for the 2016-2017 school year? 

If you can say, "yes," to items 1-7 above, Congratulations!  Your local PTA unit is in good standing with Maryland PTA Bylaws!

If your local PTA unit has not completed each of these Maryland PTA requirements, they are not in good standing according to the Maryland PTA Bylaws. Please call our office 1-800-707-7972 or e-mail Office@mdpta.org, for assistance.

MARCH 31, 2017  - DEADLINE FOR COMPLIANCE ACCORDING TO MARYLAND PTA BYLAWS.


                                                NPTA

                       

Commit to Positive, Safe Environments for All Students
 
National PTA is committed to the well-being of our children and ensuring that schools create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all children.
 
Today, National PTA joined other leading education organizations in a national call to action addressing the recent reports of bullying behavior in schools. Every child deserves to come to school excited to learn in a safe and nurturing environment without the fear of bullying, violence or discrimination.
 
This call to action follows National PTA's statement on its commitment to positive, safe environments for all students and a recent webinar on bullying and cyberbullying prevention.
 
It has long been a top priority of National PTA to make sure all children have a supportive environment where they can thrive and learn. We are committed to working with schools, school systems, educators, parents and the community to ensure all children have the opportunity to receive a great education in a setting free from discrimination, harassment and violence.
 
We encourage you to share this statement among your membership and within your schools and communities to support and affirm safe and inclusive school learning environments for all students.
 
Collaborating Organizations
 
National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org
 
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National PTA and Guitar Center Team Up to Spark Student Creativity

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Sept. 29, 2016)—National PTA® and Guitar Center have teamed up to bring resources to families, schools and PTAs across the country to inspire students’ creativity through the National PTA Reflections arts in education program.

“Participation in the arts enables students to explore their talents and express themselves while building their confidence and sense of accomplishment. Involvement in the arts is also closely associated with students’ social and emotional development and civic engagement,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “National PTA is thrilled to team up with Guitar Center to provide more students the opportunity to experience the joy and important benefits that come from participating in the arts.”

As part of the collaboration, Guitar Center will donate musical instruments to a number of local PTAs across the country to support their arts education efforts, inspire students to participate in the National PTA Reflections program and spark students’ interest to create music. Local PTAs will also have the opportunity to tap into a wide range of support from Guitar Center locations in their areas, such as having Guitar Center instructors serve as judges for their Reflections programs. With studios in nearly 100 stores, Guitar Center Lessons provides a world-class music education in many genres for musicians of all ages and skill levels.    

“Learning to play music can be an amazing, life-changing experience that can help improve a student’s self-confidence, but also boost their academic performance over time,” said Krista Shue, national director of Guitar Center’s Lessons program. “We’re excited about the opportunity to collaborate with National PTA to introduce more children to learning music and fostering the skills necessary to think creatively.”

National PTA Reflections is a recognition program through which students are encouraged to explore their creativity and be involved in the arts—in the classroom and at home. National PTA and PTAs nationwide urge students from preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts—that reflect on an annual theme. The 2016-2017 National PTA Reflections theme is “What Is Your Story?”

Submissions are reviewed by visual, literary and performing art experts, and students are recognized each year at the local, state and national levels for their artistic ingenuity in bringing the theme to life. Guitar Center will make it possible for a National PTA Reflections award recipient to travel to the nation’s capital in January to participate in a special ceremony at the U.S. Department of Education.  

“The National PTA Reflections program has inspired millions of students to explore their talents and be involved in the arts for nearly 50 years,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA and Guitar Center share a commitment to ensuring all students have the opportunity to experience the arts, as it is essential to helping them reach their full potential and preparing them for long-term success.”

 

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth.

About Guitar Center

Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment. With more than 270 stores across the U.S. and one of the top direct sales websites in the industry, Guitar Center has helped people make music for more than 50 years. Guitar Center also provides customers with an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility through its GC Lessons programs in more than 100 stores, where musicians of all ages and skill levels can learn to play a variety of instruments in many music genres. Additionally, Guitar Center’s sister brands include Music & Arts, which operates more than 140 stores specializing in band & orchestral instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students, and Musician’s Friend, a leading direct marketer of musical instruments in the United States. With an unrivalled in-store experience, an industry-leading online presence and passionate commitment to making gear easy-to-buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument.

Media Contact:

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA

(703) 518-1242, hmay@pta.org

 

 

 


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                              Celebrating Gifted and Talented Education in Maryland

 

2017 CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS
 
The attached Microsoft Word file provides a review of the information required to submit an Nomination for the 2017 Gifted and Talented Education in Maryland Awards.   Click here to Launch the nomination form 

 


 Washington County Board of Education Proposed Policy Change May Impact Washington County PTA (Click Here)

 Testimony of the President, Elizabeth Ysla Leight (Click Here)

 Maryland PTA Structure and Function (Click Here)


                                                                                                    

 

Talking to Children About the Election

By Windy Lopez-Aflitto, Director of Content and Partnerships, Learning Heroes
 
Our nation has experienced a historic election and throughout this complex process parents and teachers have played an important role in helping children understand what it means for our communities and country. In the days and weeks ahead, it will remain important to listen to our children, making sure they feel safe, optimistic and motivated to learn and grow as individuals and as part of the world around them.
 
For more than 15 years I’ve had the privilege of working with families and educators across the country and continue to be inspired by the commitment to raising healthy, happy and successful children. Here are some questions and ideas I’ve been thinking about as well as additional resources and tips from trusted partners such as Scholastic, GreatSchools, CommonSense Media, Univision and more.
 
Listen and Ask

How are your children feeling? What questions do your children have?

Stay connected to how your children are reacting to the election and listen closely to their questions and thoughts. Provide reassurance that you, your family, and your children’s school are there for them, giving them a place to talk through their questions and work through their feelings.
 
Role-model positive choices

Given that many communities feel disconnected and divided right now, what can each of us do to be kind and understand others? How can we have a positive impact in our school and community?

Talk to your children about the small choices and actions we take every day that help make the world a better place. As you show the importance of understanding others’ feelings and views as part of leading a positive and healthy life, your children will too.
 
Teach them how to overcome challenges

With all of the different feelings children might be experiencing, how can you help your children learn to manage their emotions? How can you teach them the skills they need to overcome difficult situations?

Continue to support their overall development by showing them important skills like how to practice self-control and how to approach life’s challenges with perseverance and resilience.
 
Focus on the positive

What makes your children smile? What are they good at and what are they interested in?

Limit negative media exposure and focus on the positive things that make your children happy. Help encourage and strengthen your children’s belief and confidence in their ability to realize their dreams and play a positive role in the world around them. 
 
For more information, resources and tips on related topics including bullying and supporting social and emotional development, click on these Learning Tools.

Additional articles and resources:
  What should we tell our kids? Be tomorrow’s leaders, today.
Common Sense Media
  How do you talk to your kids about the election?
CNN
  ¿Cómo explicar a los niños el triunfo de Trump en las elecciones?
Univision
  4 key messages your children need to hear the day after the election
Huffington Post
  Here’s what students are saying about the election
NPR
  Talking with your kids about the presidential election
Parents Together
5 things to know before talking to your kids about the election
PopSugar
  How to talk to your kids about the election results
Today
  Children changing the world
Scholastic
  Citizens of the world: How to raise a child who appreciates, respects, and enjoys the diversity of life
Scholastic
  What do kids want in a president?
GreatSchools

 


 

Score Report Support

Last spring, your child took a new state test focusing on the critical thinking, problem solving and reasoning skills that students need, which replaced the previous test taken in your state.  Results from the new tests are important because they will help teachers better understand where your child does well and where he/she may need some help.  

 

As parents, we all have lots of questions about what score reports from the test means for our children. That’s why in this month’s newsletter, we’re focusing on resources to help you understand your child’s score report, and learn how to use it to support their growth. We hope these resources are helpful to you, and we're here to help!

What's different about the new tests?

Click here for some introductory information on how the new state tests work, and what they are measuring. If you’re not sure which test your child took last spring, select your state from the drop down menu at the bottom of the page for more information.

How can I help at home?

On our site, we’ve developed two new one-stop-shop pages (one for Smarter Balanced and one for PARCC) packed full of useful information for parents from trusted partners such as GreatSchools, National PTA and Scholastic.  And we’re very excited to share new tools, including GreatKids State Test Guide for Parents and Skill Builder, which allows you to search by grade, subject and scoring category to find information and resources tailored to the areas where your child needs support..
 
Click here for our new page for parents: About the Smarter Balanced Test
Click here for our new page for parents in PARCC states: About the PARCC Test
Click here if you’re not sure which test your child took last spring.

How are they helpful to my child's teacher?

In this video, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, shares information about the new tests, and how they are helpful to your child’s teacher.   This video focuses on the Smarter Balanced test, if you live in a PARCC state, click here.

 

National PTA received a request from PARCC.

If you could find time to take the survey it would be greatly appreciated.

 

The PARCC states are seeking feedback to ensure they are delivering score reports and other information in a way that is both understandable and useful to parents and students. The answers parents give will provide the consortium with valuable information, and will help enhance the score delivery process for next year.

 

 

 


  

 


             

Have you checked the status of your unit's incorporation? 

If you are not considered  "In Good Standing" by the Maryland Department of Assessments, you need to contact them (410-767-1350) to find out what is required to bring you into Good Standing. Not being in good standing can result in the loss of your incorporation and the protection it provides.  It will cause your local to not be in good standing, and thus not be able to participate in several of our programs and benefits.  This loss of standing by the MD Dept of State is usually a result of not filing your property tax report. 

THIS REPORT NEEDS TO BE FILED WHETHER YOUR PTA/PTSA OWNS ANY PROPERTY OR NOT!!!

Check your status at www.dat.state.md.us

  • Click on Business Data Search
  • Click on Business Entity Search
  • Then enter either the PTA name as originally submitted OR enter the Incorporation number for your PTA.
  • When you see your PTA, click on general information
  • This will give you an overview of the status of your PTA.        

 


 

What's going on.......

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                              .....good things are happening in Maryland!

 


 

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