May 2016

First Ever World of Wylie Multi-Cultural Event

by Shana Dixon, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Chair

The World of Wylie was a huge success! Sponsored by WISD Council of PTAs, and planned by a committee of four consisting myself and one teacher from each Intermediate school,  planned an event for all WISD Intermediate Schools. Over 100 5th and 6th grade students participated in a multi-cultural event that showcased numerous cultures.
These students prepared food, dressed in culture specific attire, created videos and project display boards during their own time, outside of school. The World of Wylie had student volunteers from both high schools who welcomed guests and chose projects to receive a special award.

There were raffles throughout the evening donated by local businesses and special guests shared stories of their own culture hoping to spread awareness of "Education is Not a Crime" campaign. Parents, teachers, friends and WISD administration took a tour of the countries while stamping their passports along the way. It was a fantastic event that we hope to share with the community each school year in an effort to embrace diversity and inclusion.  

Upcoming Events

May 12th, 12pm
Council Membership Lunch, ESC

June 1st, 7pm

Financial Reconciliation Committee Training, ESC

July 22nd-24th
LAUNCH: Summer Leadership, San Antonio

Check our full calendar for Local Spirit Nights. Be sure to send us your Spirit Nights!

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Congratulations to the Wylie ISD Council of PTA’s Volunteers of the Year!

by Kay Pitzaferro, Volunteer Chair

Elementary Schools

Charlotte Balliet a.k.a. “Nana” (Smith)- Nana drives from Grand Prairie every day to volunteer and help our Smith Bulldogs. This is over 100 miles a day. She reads one on one with students, helps them with writing workshops, master math skills, and any other task that helps our children. She does it every day with a loving and patient rapport. All students and even teachers refer to Charlotte as “Nana”. She has the most caring heart and spirit. She is so encouraging to all the students. She’s helps in any way she can and her spirit never tires. She is truly inspiring and should be considered a role model for us all. She is a true gift to our Smith and loved by so many.
Cami Johannes (Whitt)- Cami has worked with multiple teachers to insure that their copying, laminating, Thursday folders, or any needed tasks are completed every week.  She has worked on all PTA/school events including but not limited to, Meet the Teacher, Staff membership luncheon, Carnival, Holiday Store, Book Fair, Mother/Son Movie Night, Daddy Daughter Dance, Walk to school day, class parties, Magazine Drive, class performances, Fall & Spring Fundraisers, Picture days, Breakfast with Dad, Green Team(weekly recycling program), monthly scholastic program for the library and she serves on the 5k & Fun Run Committee. She serves willingly in any role needed for these events, from set up to clean up, and multiple shifts in-between if needed.  

Secondary Schools

Kathryn Raebel (Davis)- This year, we did a google doc which allowed our teachers and board to vote on the VOY.  A big majority of the teachers chose Kathryn.  She’s always there when needed, whether you give her a moment’s notice or a couple of weeks.  She reads to the kids, helps teachers with projects, participates after school to help students, she’s at all of our PTA events and non PTA events.  I know that when I’m personally in a bind, she will help me out. She dedicates many hours to Smith, Davis and was on the nominating committee for McMillan helping to prepare their board for next year.  She’s also the Secretary on Council and has been a huge help for Wylie Way Outfitters, she organized all the clothing and has spent numerous hours working at it.
Cristy Vinson (McMillan)- Reflections chair – publicizing the contest, coordinating with ELA and fine art teachers to encourage participation. Supported families to ensure students were eligible to enter the contest. Coordinated recognition party for all entrees on the local level. Active Executive Board member – consistently attending meetings and contributing to decisions. Continually searching for ways PTA can contribute to the needs of the school. Marauder Meal volunteer – regularly volunteers to serve meals to our athletes.  Cristy is always willing to help out in any way and uses  her talents to benefit our PTA and school. She contributes great ideas and is willing to back them up with time investments. She has been an instrumental, behind the scenes contributor to start and grow the SMART Girls program. Cristy is also a Council PTA Matey.          

To all volunteers:

The volunteers of Texas PTA are truly the heart of the association.  Your efforts as leaders of the largest child advocacy group deserve to be recognized.  Thank you for acting as a tireless advocate for children’s education, healthy, and well-being.

Our First Banquet a Huge Success!

by Heidi PeCoy, President
We would like to thank everyone who attended our 1st Annual Spotlight Awards Ceremony on Fri., April 29th. We were able to recognize all the local PTA units, volunteers of the year at each campus, Programs of the Year and membership awards.

The recognitions committee presented the Texas PTA Extended Service  Award to Suzi Kennon and Heidi PeCoy.

A huge shout out to RBFCU for being a limelight sponsor and providing goody bags for all the attendees. We would also like to thank Stacie Gooch with Ebby Halliday as a lantern sponsor and Smile Bright Orthodontics & Wylie Orthodontic Specialists were both luminary sponsors. We already have ideas for next year!

From the President

by Heidi PeCoy, President

Can you believe that it is May already? As you begin the process of closing out the year, please sure to check the PTA president and PTA treasurer guides for end of year procedures. One of the most important things is to appointment the Financial Reconciliation Committee.

As I complete my second term as Council President, I would like to thank all of the local PTA presidents, board members and the council board members. All of you have been wonderful to work with and without your support, we couldn't have accomplished everything we did as a council this year. Who has the best school district administration? We do! We are truly blessed in the Wylie ISD to have the support of the district. Be sure to let them know how awesome they are!

I am looking forward to my new position as leadership development chair on the council board next year. It's going to be another amazing year. I have worked in PTA with Charlotte DeMolay, incoming council president, for 12 years now. I can't wait to see our council grow under her leadership.
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