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Council Notes

Mid-September 2016
Please share this information with your entire 2016-2017 PTSA Board!
In This Issue:
Calendar of Events
General Membership Meeting September 26th
National PTA School of Excellence: Madrona Elementary
State Superintendent Candidate's Forum September 28th
Legislative Assembly
Membership Benefits
From Your President
Training Requirements for PTA
Reach Out To Your Council Representative
Reflections: What Is Your Story?
Highline Council PTSA General Membership Meetings
Highline Council PTSA and Region 9 Contact Information

 

Calendar of Events

(more information follows below)

SEPTEMBER
Conversations with the Superintendent:
      Monday, September 19th, 6PM at Highline High School Library
School Board Meeting:
      Wednesay, September 21st, 6PM at ERAC
General Membership Meeting:
      Monday, September 26th, 6PM at ERAC
School Board Work Session:
      Tuesday, September 27th, 5PM at ERAC
      (discussing plans to expand learning opportunities at Tyee and Evergreen)
State Superintendent Candidate's Forum:
      Wednesday, September 28th, 7PM at Town Hall Seattle

OCTOBER
School Board Meeting:
       Wednesday, October 5th, 6PM at ERAC
No School:
       Friday, October 14th

WA State PTA Candidates Forum for State Superintendent:
       Saturday, October 15th, Highline College (more information coming soon!)
General Membership Meeting:
       Monday, October 17th, 6PM at Tyee Cafeteria
School Board Meeting:
       Wednesday, October 19th, 6PM at Sylvester Middle School
Legislative Assembly: 
       Friday-Saturday October 21st-22nd in Olympia
General Membership Meeting:
       Thursday, December 1st 6PM at ERAC
Reflections Deadline:
        Monday, December 12th

BE SURE TO CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR UPDATES! www.highlinecouncilptsa.org

General Membership Meeting
Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. at ERAC

 
Our first General Membership Meeting of the year is scheduled for Monday, September 26th, 6:00 p.m. at the ERAC Boardroom, 15675 Ambaum Blvd SW in Burien. Our topics for this meeting will include Reflections and Membership Campaigns. Please send your Reflections Chair and your Membership Chair to this meeting.
 

National PTA School of Excellence: Madrona Elementary PTSA


Congratulations to Madrona Elementary PTSA 9.5.80 on being recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence! We will honor Madrona Elementary PTSA at our September 26th General Membership Meeting!

State Superintendent Candidate's Forum
 

Town Hall Seattle is hosting a State Superintendent Candidate's Forum, presented by the ARC of King County. Dr. Ilene Schwartz, University of Washington Professor of Early Childhood and Special Education, will be moderating the discussion. Tickets are $10. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Washington State PTA will hold a candidate's forum on October 15th at Highline College. Details coming soon!

Legislative Assembly: October 21-22, Olympia

 
Registration is now open for Legislative Assembly, taking place at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia. Click here to download the agenda, register, and book your hotel room. Note that the cost for this year's Legislative Assembly is more than it was last year.

Your president should have received an email from Tatia Vasbinder at Washington State PTA to send the names of your PTSA's voting delegates. The deadline is October 17th. You must reply to the email that Tatia sent you. If you did not receive the email, contact Tatia at tvasbinder@wastatepta.org.

Membership Benefits


Right now, Washington State PTA offers a number of benefits to its members, including the following businesses:
Barnes and Noble
Fed Ex
Great Wolf Lodge
Key Arena
LeMay Museum
Seattle Storm
Value Village
Washington State Fair
XFinity Arena

... and many more! You can find more in the Leadership Resources on the Washington State PTA website! If you need the username and password for Leadership Resources, contact Mindi Welton-Mitchell, president of Highline Council PTSA.
Help your child's school more during September!
September 19-25: 10% of each visit goes back to your school.*
*When you use your Red Robin Royalty Account. Register for a Red Robin Royalty account here. Be sure to designate your child's school during registration. 
Ask your server for details.

From Your President


We decided there was so much going on this September that we needed to send a mid-month update. Notice that the calendar at the district level has a number of events, including Conversations with the Superintendent, and a School Board Work Session on expanding opportunities at Tyee and Evergreen. This is exciting news, and please tell your parents and teachers, especially those who live in those service areas, to attend.

Last week, Highline Schools kicked off Graduate Highline, a community partnership to help our district achieve its goals of reaching a 95% graduation rate. I had the privilege to be able to attend this fantastic event, and encourage your PTA to consider supporting this fantastic effort to increase opportunities for career, college, and citizenship for all of our students. Click here for more information.

If your PTSA has an amazing program you want to share, or an event you want to get the word out on, please send it to us! We'd be happy to share. Also, be sure to join our Facebook Group to ask your questions and share your ideas between PTSA's!  Also, like our Facebook page! See you on September 26th at our General Membership Meeting, where we will celebrate Madrona Elementray PTSA 9.5.80's recognition as a National PTA School of Excellence!

Mindi Welton-Mitchell
President, Highline Council PTSA 9.5
Over 100 community partners attended the Graduate Highline kickoff on Friday, September 16th at the Matt Griffin YMCA. State records show that our 2015-2016 graduation rates have risen above 73%, an increase of 10% just in the past few years!

Training Requirements for PTA


Your Executive Committee--all elected PTA officers--are required to have yearly training. One member of your executive committee must take PTA and the Law each year. If you have not received training yet, there are still opportunities ahead. We hope to be holding a Money Matters training soon, and other regions have their Fall Conferences. To find a training near you or to register for PTA and the Law, click on the Events page for the Washington State PTA.

Reach Out To Your Council Representative For Support and Help!


Kitty Richmire, kitoutatnite@gmail.com
   Parkside, Des Moines, Madrona, Midway, North Hill, Pacific, Mt. Rainier

Mindi Welton-Mitchell, mindiwm@gmail.com
  Gregory Heights, Marvista, Seahurst, Hilltop, Sylvester, Highline H.S., Big Picture, Choice

Katie Ethridge, kcottontail74@gmail.com
  Tyee, Chinook, Bow Lake, McMicken Heights , Valley View

Scott Ryan, vorplesword@yahoo.com
  Shorewood, Cascade, White Center Heights, Mount View, Evergreen Campus

Maria Santiago, santiagompta@gmail.com
  Cedarhurst, Southern Heights, Beverly Park, Hazel Valley, Aviation, Highline Special Needs

Reflections: What Is Your Story?


This year's theme for the Reflections Arts Program is "What Is Your Story?"

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and WSPTA cultural arts competition. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.
Young artists get involved in Reflections through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are:
  • Literature -- works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
  • Music Composition -- original musical composition, with or without words.
  • Photography -- color or black and white, including techniques: photogram, retouched, montage, sandwich and multiple exposure.
  • Visual Arts -- drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.
  • Film/Video -- original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
  • Choreography/Dance -- originally choreographed dance composition.
Participation in Reflections is organized by student age and grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The grade divisions are:
  • Primary -- Preschool - Grade 2
  • Intermediate -- Grades 3 - 5
  • Middle/Junior -- Grades 6 - 8
  • Senior -- Grades 9 - 12
Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. The Reflections Program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local, council, state, and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local level and selected works are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level. If a PTA is a member of a council, they will send the chosen entries to the council program according to the guidelines established by their council. If a PTA is not a member of a council, they will submit their entries directly to Washington State PTA. 

Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA may select up to four entries in each of the six arts areas (a total of 24) to submit to the National PTA. National first, second, and third place, and honorable mention entries are recognized at the National PTA Annual Convention. 

All PTAs/PTSAs in good standing may sponsor the Reflections Program. Students may only submit entries through a PTA/PTSA. Parent groups not affiliated with the National PTA are not eligible to sponsor this program. 

Special Artist Division 
The National PTA special artist division is an option for students with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Generally, rules and guidelines within the special artists division are intended to ensure accessibility to the National PTA Reflections® program and are modeled after the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

Who qualifies as a disabled individual under the law?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines an individual with a disability as a person who:
(1) Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of that person; 
(2) Has a record of such an impairment; or
(3) Is regarded as having such impairment. 

Students who identify as having a disability have two ways to enter the National PTA Reflections® program. 

Option 1. Enter in special artist division: Qualifying students entering this non-graded division create their own artwork, but may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult. At the national level, one special artist from across all arts categories will be selected to receive an Outstanding Interpretation award. Up to five additional special artists may be selected to receive national Awards of Excellence. 

Option 2. Enter in traditional grade divisions: Qualifying students follow all arts category rules, and may not receive assistance other than that which is allowed for all children, but do receive accommodation to submit Reflections entries in the grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities. They are recognized and awarded prizes as part of the general student population without regard to special needs or challenges.

Please read the rules carefully for size specifications, and materials to be used. Last year, a lot of artwork was not able to move forward because of this.

Each local unit should submit to Council up to 8 entries or 10 percent of your total entries.

The deadline to have entries into Council will be December 12th, 2016 . Entries can be dropped off at the ERAC mailroom. Council must have items by this date in order for the Reflections Committee to have time to judge and submit to State by their deadline.

Erin Baker is our Reflections Chair. You can find out more information here on the National PTA Website, or you can contact Erin Baker at erin.bakerc@yahoo.com for more information. You must register your PTA on the National website in order to participate in the Reflections program. 

Erin will be speaking at our September 26th General Membership Meeting at ERAC to answer your questions about the Reflections program!

 
Highline Council PTSA
General Membership Meetings

 
Attendance at our Highline Council PTSA General Membership Meetings is mandatory. This means you must send at least one representative of your board to every meeting. This way, your PTSA will not miss out on important information such as Standards of Affiliation and other requirements to keep your PTSA in good standing. Each meeting will have a theme and you can determine who will be best to attend. 

Our Meeting Schedule is as follows (subject to change):

Monday, October 17th, 6PM at Tyee Campus Cafeteria (note change of location!). Standards of Affiliation and Legislative Advocacy. Presidents and Treasurers should attend along with Legislative Chairs. Bring your Legal Documents notebook and get your Standards of Affiliation form filled out and completed at this meeting--we will even have a scanner so we can send them to State that night! We will also prepare for Legislative Assembly in Olympia October 21st-22nd. 

Thursday, December 1st, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom. Family and Community Engagement Roundtable and Softball. Family and Community Engagement Chairs should attend along with Softball Chairs.

Tuesday, January 24th, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom: Nominating Committee Best Practices. Your Nomination Committee Chairs should attend.

January/February TBD: Reflections Ceremony for our Reflections winners!

Monday, February 27th, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom, topic TBD

Monday, March 27th, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom, topic TBD

Monday, April 24th, 6PM at ERAC Boardroom. State Convention preparation and Board Transitions. Your Representatives and Volunteers for State Convention should attend. State Convention is at the Hilton in SeaTac April 28-30. We hope to have 100% participation from Highline, meaning each PTA is sending at least one representative, and we hope to have as many volunteers as possible! We will also discuss Best Practices for Smooth Board Transitions.

May TBD: Awards and Scholarship Celebration Night

Your Highline Council PTSA
2016-2017 Board:

President: Mindi Welton-Mitchell, mindiwm@gmail.com
Vice-President: Open
Secretary: Maria Santiago, santiagompta@gmail.com
Treasurer: Scott Ryan, vorplesword@yahoo.com


Committee Chairs
Membership Chair: Katie Ethridge, kcottontail74@gmail.com
Reflections Chair: Erin Baker, erin.bakerc@yahoo.com
Scholarships Chair: Erin Baker, erin.bakerc@yahoo.com
Softball Chair: Kitty Richmire, kitoutatnite@gmail.com

Your Washington State PTA
Region 9 Director:

Tania Skinner
ptareg9@wastatepta.org


NEW! Highline Countil PTSA website:

www.highlinecouncilptsa.org
NEW! email:
council@highlinecouncilptsa.org
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