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PTA (Parent Teacher Association)

NEXT PTA Meeting September 15, 6:00-7:00pm

 

Our last two meetings of the 2019-2020 school year were held virtually with great attendance and discussion.  During the last meeting we discussed Wonderings & Wishes as we provided feedback for the Title I Budget, Family Engagement Plan, SCIP and Compacts. Some of what was shared:

 

  • What are our priorities?
    • What we would like to see at Mays:
      • ASD family friendly events
      • Support for new/inexperienced teachers
      • Support in the K-2 classrooms (Teacher's Assistants)
      • Continuing focus on academics and RP/PBIS 
      • Transition events and Family events were prioritized (but ALL partnership events were important)
      • Good Communication is important
      • Phonemic Awareness & Phonics development in early grades particularly
      • Rigor across all subjects
      • Cultural support, cultural approach to teaching, cultural events
      • More direction, communication, from Administration during Distance Learning
    • What Mays does well:
      • Communicate
      • Collaborate
      • Encourage partnership with parents (listen to ideas and create spaces to share)
      • Support students (RP and PBIS particularly)
      • Differentiate (meet students where they are at)
      • PBIS store 
      • Opportunities for parents/families to come to school outside of the regular school day as well as during the school day

 

During the April Mays PTA Virtual Meeting, we connected about struggles and we reflected on what makes us laugh. A common struggle was juggling work, family, and personal time when sharing limited space. This can be particularly challenging for families with young children. We agreed that setting a schedule and embracing the moment (the moment when the toddlers are rolling around the floor laughing, or siblings are squirting water at each other in the bathroom) can help us through the challenges.

 

Remember to smile. Remember to laugh.

 

Allison Thielen, Mays Learning Lead, led us through a review of the Mays SCIP (School Continuous Improvement Plan). The Mays SCIP has goals in Math, Literacy, IB, and School Climate (PBIS and RP). She spoke to some of the goals and how we have monitored implementation through Walk Throughs (when administrators and coaching staff visit classrooms looking for specific classroom actions related to the SCIP), weekly teacher team meetings with coaches and support staff (PLCs), weekly all-staff meetings, and weekly administration and coach meetings. A highlight of the discussion was participating in a classroom activity, “Which one doesn’t belong?” We got to explore how this helps our students justify their thinking. Click here for the full presentation and a chance to look at two samples of "Which one doesn't belong?" with your family.

 

Grace Yang, Mays PBIS and Restorative Practices Coach, shared the PBIS Matrix for Distance Learning. We discussed the importance of maintaing (and creating) routines. 

 

Jolene Mason, PTA President, pointed out the importance of keeping iPads safe and charged during Distance Learning. They are critical links to school.

 

We discussed how parents are involved in the SCIP. Parents are critical in the development of the Grade Level Home School Compacts which can be found on the Grade Level page in the Classroom section of the Mays website.  The Compacts provide specific ways for parents and teachers to partner over the SCIP goals. Parents and teachers were also invited to the next SCIP discussion on May 21 which will focus on reviewing our current SCIP and planning the SCIP for 2020-2021. The May 21 gathering will also be the Mays Virtual Art Show. 

 

Mays will also be putting a survey out to families to get their feedback on the SCIP, Compacts and Family Engagement Plan (FEP).


Please join us for our PTA general meetings, the calendar for the 2019-2020 school year is below. At PTA we plan events and review school goals for the benefit of all students. We welcome all parents and staff members.

  

The Mission of the PTA

  • To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.
  • To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children.
  • To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.

The Purpose of the PTA

  • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship.
  • To raise the standards of home life.
  • To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
  • To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
  • To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

 

Mays PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Meetings 2019-2020

Tuesday, September 10

Tuesday, December 10

Tuesday, January 14

Tuesday, April 14

Tuesday, May 12

Fall Festival, Friday, September 27, 5:30-7:30

Mays CAFE, Thursday, October 24, 5:30-7:30

Mays CAFE, Thursday, January 23, 5:30-7:30

 

All meetings are held in the Red Atrium from 6:00-7:00. A light dinner and chidcare provided.

 

During our Tuesday, December 10 meeting (6:00-7:00pm), we took a closer look at the Mays SCIP (School Continuous Improvement Plan). The SCIP is our roadmap to academic success. It outlines action steps that the school will take to improve literacy, math, IB and school climate. During our meeting, we looked at how the SCIP has been implemented so far this year. We reviewed the Family Friendly SCIP

 

Walkthroughs are a way to review implementation of our SCIP. During Walkthroughs, administrators and coaches enter classrooms with a Walkthrough Form to collect data on what is happening with regards to our SCIP goals. Walkthroughs are performed for Math, Literacy, and RP (Restorative Practices). PTA reviewed the Walkthrough Forms and looked at the most recent Math Walkthrough data which found the following:

  • Students are given opportunities to make connections to prior learning or experiences. Noted in 15 out of 18 classrooms (83.3%)
  • Students are given opportunities to explain/justify their mathematical thinking. Noted in 16 out of 18 classrooms (88.9%)
  • Teacher asks open-ended questions to facilitate student discussion. Noted in 18 out of 18 classrooms (100%)
  • Strategies that elicit student discourse are observed (i.e. Turn & Talk, Stand & Talk, Number Talk, etc.). Noted in 16 out of 18 classrooms (88.9%)

Data collected from Walkthroughs are shared with staff during Leadership Meetings (weekly) and teacher PLC meeetings (weekly). Walkthrough data informs what professional development needs to be done.

 

After looking at the Math Walkthrough data, we engaged in a Words Their Way phonics lesson. Mays has new phonics curriculum for K-2 and 3-5. The 3-5 grade curriculum is Words Their Way. PTA looked at word patterns in a list of words and then played a brief game of charades based on homophones (words that are spelled differently but sound the same).

 

We concluded our SCIP review with a discussion about Restorative Practices (RP) Circles. As a partner of Mays, our PTA President had recently attended a RP training with the district. She led the group in a RP Circle to start our evening and referred back to it during our discussion. Mays is in its second year of RP and has received a grant to continue the RP work. This means there will be additional staff support for RP during the 2020-2021 school year.

 

PTA members left with an understanding of what our SCIP was and how it was implemented at the school as well as getting a feel for some of the new curriculum and initiatives at Mays. It was a wonderful evening of learning and fellowship.

 

We had a wonderful start to our new school year at our September 10 meeting. We began with general introductions and discussed ways to be involved at Mays, including: upcoming Take Your Parent to School Days, the Fall Festival, and Mays CAFE. We also discussed the Mays open door visiting policy. It was pointed out that you do not need to undergo a background check if you are volunteering in the classroom and supervised by school staff. The school does require background checks for people who volunteer on a regular basis (weekly) or for chaperoning field trips when volunteers will be supervising students. We finished up the evening by writing Hopes & Dreams letters to our students which were delivered to the classroom the next day. What a thrill to receive a letter from mom/dad/grandma at school! This was a great way to share with teachers what we hope for our kids. Please join us at the next PTA meeting Tuesday, Deccember 10, 6:00-7:00 and at Fall Festival and the Mays CAFE in the coming months.

 

Below you will find a recap of the 2018-2019 school year. This provides a good idea of the PTA's role at Mays.

 

Our last general PTA meeting of the year was Tuesday, May 22. We reviewed the School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP) for Mays for the 2019-2020 school year and talked about Track & Field Day and Mays Moves. We look forward to welcoming new parents at the start of the next school year.

 

During our April PTA Meeting, Principal Morris presented the proposed 2019-2020 Benjamin E. Mays IB World School budget. PTA members were pleased to see that their were no cuts in staff, but concerned over the budget for classroom supplies, and food and transportation for events. PTA members suggested that teachers should reach out to parents throughout the year, letting them know what the classroom needs are. PTA members also suggested seeking donations. 3M and a couple of other organizations already supply classroom supplies and backpacks. Paper/copying is the biggest on-going supply need of the school.

 

During our January meeting we discussed and planned for the following upcoming events: Mays CAFE, National African American Parent Invovlement Day (NAAPID), and Mays Movie Night.

 

At our December meeting we looked at: What are we doing at Mays to reach our goals in reading, math, and school climate? We learned about SCIP implementation and provided feedback. Our SCIP (School Continuous Improvement Plan) states goals in math, reading, and school climate for Benjamin E. Mays IB World School. It also offers strategies to meet these goals. Please click on the presentation below for more information on the SCIP and it's implementation at Mays. If you have questions or comments regarding the Mays SCIP, contact Karen Shanahan at (651) 325-2492 or karen.shanahan@spps.org. We value parent feedback.

 

Mays SCIP Implementation and Evaluation Presentation

 

Durig our September meeting we reviewed the Mission of the Mays PTA and talked in depth about the gifts we bring to our school community. This provided feedback for PTA involvement with the Mays CAFE on September 25. Mays CAFE is one of the core ways PTA partners with Benjamin E. Mays IB World School to bring parents, teachers, and the community together.

 

At the May 15, 2018 meeting, the following people were elected PTA Officers for a two year term May 2018 through May 2020: Jolene Mason (President), Tayler Johnson (Vice President), Karen Shanahan (Treasurer), Lindsay Walker (Secretary). Thank you to EVERYONE who participates in PTA at Mays! Please stop by our table at the Meet & Greet back to school event Thursday, August 30 (4:30-6:00) to find out more about PTA.

 

 

The PTA is a vital part of Mays and sponsors the following events:

  • Meet & Greet (to ease transition into the new school year)
  • Fall Festival (a celebration of community)
  • Mays CAFE (two CAFE events during the year to focus on partnership between home and school)
  • NAAPID - National African American Parent Involvement Day (parntership building)
  • Scholastic Bookfair (oportunity for parents and teachers to add to their home/school libraries)
  • Movie Night (a community celebration in conjunction with the Postive Behavior Interventions & Supports team at school)
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Mays Moves and other health initiatives at school

 

 

We welcome all parents and staff members!

For PTA Meeting Minutes and more information visit the PTA section of the Families page.