Monday, September 30, 2019
We’re planning some changes to our 2021 Annual
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Friday, September 27, 2019
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Sept. 27, 2019)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Leslie Boggs:
“According to an article published this week in Education Week, since the start of the new school year, at least seven shootings have occurred in or near high school football stadiums, including in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Any act of violence involving children and youth is intolerable—no parent should fear for the safety of their child every time they leave home.
“For years, we have called for action and have said ‘enough is enough.’ Yet, too often, we have been met by ‘thoughts and prayers’ from our elected leaders. Our children and families deserve more than thoughts and prayers. Continuing to do nothing is unacceptable.
“National PTA has taken swift and concrete action to address the safety of our nation’s children. Last week the National PTA Board of Directors added to a long list of many advocacy activities over the years by amending the association’s position statement on Gun Safety and Violence Prevention to reinforce our unwavering call for universal background checks and the adoption of ‘red flag’ laws, among other measures that will decrease gun violence and make our schools and communities safer for everyone.
“I also testified last week before the U.S. House of Representatives Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in support of universal background checks, and our association sent a letter in early September to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to bring the Background Check Expansion bill to the floor and facilitate its passage in the Senate.
“We encourage all families to get involved in our efforts to protect every child. Our association has developed for parents on steps they can take to advocate for and ensure schools are safe and supportive places for their children as well as on how to talk to their children about violence.
“For nearly 30 years, National PTA has advocated for common-sense and comprehensive gun safety and violence prevention measures, while preserving the lawful use of firearms for sport and personal protection. It has been and remains a top priority of the association to prevent and eliminate violence in schools, communities and at home; promote safety for children; make sure the needs of the whole child are met and ensure every child reaches their full potential.
“A report released last week found that 2,500 school children died from gun-related injuries in 2017, and for the first time, firearms killed more people than motor vehicle accidents. National PTA demands that Congress and the president act today and put laws in place that address our nation’s gun violence epidemic and protect our children and families.”
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. For more information, visit PTA.org.
For Immediate Release
Sept. 27, 2019
Sept. 27, 2019
Fourteen Ohio Schools Receive National Blue Ribbon Honors
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has named 14 Ohio schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. Schools in each state are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student subgroup scores and graduation rates:
- Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest-performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest-performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.
In mid-November, DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education will celebrate with more than 350 school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The National Blue Ribbons Schools in Ohio for 2019 are listed below:
|Akron||Akron Early College High School||Akron City Schools|
|Beachwood||Beachwood Middle School||Beachwood City Schools|
|South Webster||Bloom-Vernon Elementary School||Bloom-Vernon Local Schools|
|Columbus||Bluffsview Elementary School||Worthington City Schools|
|Milford||Boyd E. Smith Elementary School||Milford Exempted Village Schools|
|Convoy||Crestview Elementary School||Crestview Local Schools|
|Kettering||Dayton Regional STEM School||-|
|Delphos||Franklin Elementary School||Delphos City Schools|
|Lewis Center||Freedom Trail Elementary School||Olentangy Local Schools|
|Minster||Minster Jr./Sr. High School||Minster Local Schools|
|Creston||Norwayne Middle School||Norwayne Local Schools|
|Solon||Solon High School||Solon City Schools|
|Wadsworth||Wadsworth Middle School||Wadsworth City Schools|
|Westerville||Worthington Christian Middle School||Worthington Christian Schools|
National PTA is conducting this brief survey to measure the current awareness of certain sponsors among our local PTA leaders and members. Your responses provide us valuable feedback to help us strengthen our sponsor’s programs to benefit state, district and local PTAs nationwide.
This survey will be repeated at a future date in the coming year to measure any increase or decrease in the awareness of these same sponsors.
To ensure we get accurate baseline data, once started, please do not click away from this survey. Please use only your memory and opinion to answer these questions.
Sign up to receive The Ohio PTA Voice on the right side of the home page.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Life360 brings families closer through smart tools that protect and connect the people who matter most. With real-time location notifications and advanced driving safety features, parents and kids can feel free, together. In an effort to better understand how the digital age affects families, Life360 surveyed 2,000 parents nationwide with kids ages 6-25. This Go-Guide compiles key findings and insights around family milestones, communication habits, and modern parenting concerns. To address the challenges highlighted by this research, Life360 proudly announces a new collaboration with National PTA – the largest and oldest child advocacy association in the United States. Together, we will foster constructive conversations among families by offering new resources like this Go-Guide.
Table of Contents
Section 1 | Universal Family Milestones
Page 5. National and Regional Averages
Page 6. General and Tech
Page 7. Family Communication
Section 2 | Family Insights by School Age
Page 8. Elementary School
Page 10. Middle School
Page 12. High School
Page 14. College
Section 3 | A Modern Tool for Families
Page 17. Life360’s Advanced Safety Features
Page 18. Talking to Your Kids About Life360
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Take this important 30-second report card parent survey. http://bit.ly/2IhRJUt
Join the Ohio Partnership PTA today! For the cost of a $5 cup of fancy coffee, you can join the largest and oldest child advocacy association in the state for one year. Your membership means a great deal in amplifying advocacy efforts everywhere. https://lnkd.in/eKMZCER
¡Ensamble la sociedad PTA de Ohio hoy! Para el coste de $5 tazas de café de lujo, usted puede ensamblar la asociación más grande y más vieja de la defensa del niño del estado por un año. Sus medios de la calidad de miembro mucho en esfuerzos de la defensa que amplifican por todas partes. https://lnkd.in/eKMZCER
Thanks California PTA for the believe pic. #PTAProud
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019
The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries.
Explore new model, and sign the PTA to demand universal background checks.
American children live in homes with guns that are both loaded and unlocked.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Addressing mental health in our schools can be complicated and overwhelming. How does the State PTA best fit in? How can we make the biggest difference and how do we get started?
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
TAKE ACTION contact your Senator TODAY! The letter is already written to your U.S. Senators in Voter Voice - just add your name and address. It is that simple❗️ Your VOICE matters❗️ Tell YOUR SENATORS to address gun violence through universal background checks.
- HR 8 passed the U.S. House of Representatives 200+ days ago (PTA supports this legislation)
- SB 42 should come to the floor of the Senate NOW
- Ultimately a bill should reach the President's desk for signature
Gun Safety and Violence Prevention
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
It is our hope that with the support of the From Report to Results (FRTR aka R2R) initiative, funded by the Gates Foundation through National PTA, Ohio PTA will:
- Improve data literacy by hosting educational events and developing and disseminating parent-friendly resources and materials;
- Amplify the parent voice on data through social media and other public forums;
- Drive a narrative among parents showcasing the benefits of data and the “good side” of data, dispelling myths around data being solely related to test scores; and
- Engage parents as stakeholders in key policy conversations around report cards and school improvement, continuing PTAs role in implementation efforts of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) at the state and local levels.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your district R2R "report card" workshop today!
Don't procrastinate and take a chance of losing your 501(c)(3) status. The 990 is due November 15th but why wait...complete and file the simple form today. Your state financial reporting is also due. Why pay a fine to the state for a late filing and/or penalty for not filing. The fiscal year ended June 30, 2019 so filing can occur anytime until November 15th to be considered timely.
Monday, September 16, 2019
[Room capacity 50 people]
Good evening PTA leaders,
I am pleased to share that Leslie Boggs, National PTA president will be participating in a U.S. House of Representatives Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Forum on the “Impact of Gun Violence on Children and the Need for a Senate Vote on Universal Background Checks” this Wednesday, September 18, 2019 on Capitol Hill from 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET.
The forum will be livestreamed and we will share that link with you as soon as we get it. We will also be posting Leslie’s testimony online and will share that with you as well.
As you know, for almost 30 years, National PTA has advocated for federal efforts to protect children and youth from gun violence and strongly believes that Congress must enact common sense legislation that will help prevent future tragedies from occurring while preserving the lawful use of firearms for sport and personal protection.
If you haven’t done so already, please send your Senators an email to urge them to support S. 42, the Background Check bill or thank them for their sponsorship of S. 42 the Background Check Expansion Act. The House of Representatives passed the H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 earlier this year which would close a loophole in current law that allows private or unlicensed vendors to sell guns without conducting a background check on the purchaser. The bill is stalled in the Senate which is why we need you to Take Action today! National PTA sent this letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell last week urging him to bring the bill to the floor and facilitate its passage in the Senate. It’s time for the Senate to take action to address our nation’s gun violence epidemic and protect America’s children and families. Attached is the email we shared with you last week regarding our advocacy on gun safety and violence prevention.
Thank you for your continued advocacy!
National PTA Government Affairs
Why does information about schools matter? To understand your child's educational experience, you need to know more than just their tests scores. By exploring information about your school, you can gain a deeper understanding of their day-to-day life at school and also have specific insights into what you want to change.
You are invited to participate in our How To Interpret Report Card Data Workshop
Hosted by the Ohio PTA FR2R Committee
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: North Royalton Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library
5071 Wallings Road • North Royalton, OH 44133
*******Lunch Served @ 11 a.m.********
Room capacity 50
Room capacity 50
Educate, Interpret, Advocate... From Report To Results workshop will provide important information to your district parents about the state and district report cards. Have the FRTR committee come to your school district real soon. The workshop is 55 minutes.
E-mail - email@example.com
Sunday, September 15, 2019
All professional organizations provide training for their employees and volunteers.
PTA is no different. We are a professional parent teacher association.
If you experience low parent enthusiasm, lack of members, insufficient leadership, and more drama than you need…perhaps PTA training [PTA professional development] is an antidote
for what ails you.
for what ails you.
Next great PTA training opportunity listed below.
Ohio PTA District 13 Fall Conference
Saturday, October 5, 2019 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
John R. Buchtel CLC , 1040 Copley Rd. Akron, OH 44320
Registration fee (includes lunch) is $15.00/person
OR 2 for $25 must pre-register at the same time! NO REFUNDS!
Registration deadline is Monday, September 30, 2019
Make all checks payable to: Ohio PTA District 13
Mail registration form and payment to:
3823 Faith Lane
Richfield, Oh 44286
Or register through Cheddar Up: