PTA and Partnerships
For anybody seeking information about the MHS PTA group, this is the place to find it. You may read further down the page to get an idea of what the MHS PTA was about.
After trouble finding/keeping Board members for a few years, I as the the remaining interim Officer turned over the pertinent records and funds for the group in April 2016 to the state PTA office, effectively ending the school's PTA unit.
If anyone should wish to revive the MHS PTA, they may contact the state office as below, or contact me, Kris Hightower. I was the Treasurer for the group for the last few years and will act as a liaison for as long as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org . I will retain, or store at MHS, all the program and event information from the PTA.
540 Washington Ave North Haven, CT 06473
In order to start up a PTA unit, there must be a minimum of three Officers for the Board - President, Secretary, Treasurer.
Welcome to Middletown High School PTA/Partnerships
MHS PTA/Partnerships was about sharing ideas and information, and sponsored a number of activities and programs. Important features of our group were supporting enrichment for students through teacher grants, as well as fostering communication between school and parents. We also provided hospitality for some school events. We generally held only one yearly fundraiser, the Mother's Day Plant Sale, in collaboration with the Agriculture Science department.
Membership in PTA provides an excellent opportunity to connect with other parents. By attending meetings, you will get the “inside scoop” on what’s going on at your student’s school, as well as direct access to administrators. Guest speakers include faculty, administration, guidance, athletics and members of the community.
Students are encouraged to join the organization; in fact, any member of the community with an interest in the schools can join.
The PTA Board/Executive Committee
(officers and their contact info listed here)
(membership form was posted here)
MHS PTA Committees, Delegates, Events and Programs
Committees are a way to divide responsibilites among the membership; often these duties fall to the Board if there are no committee members. Please contact any Board member to volunteer for these positions; multi-year commitments would be advantageous to the organization. The duties are determined by the by-laws of the unit as well as tradition or necessity.
Chairs of all standing committees and events should report at the monthly meeting either in person or via email to the secretary prior to the meeting, or indicate if there was no committee action since the last meeting.
Attend Board of Education meetings and report at next PTSA meeting in person or in writing.
Attend Middletown Schools Association monthly meetings and report in person or writing at next PTSA meeting. Depending on how many delegates volunteer, this can be done on a rotating basis or have one main delegate with back-ups in case of schedule conflict.
CT PTA Delegate
Attend annual dinner/meeting of Connecticut State PTSA and report at next unit meeting in person or in writing.
Create and maintain a membership database and issue membership cards. Find creative ways to attract new members. Have a sign-up table and person for memberships at school functions.
Mother's Day Plant Sale
PTA's main yearly fundraiser, held the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend, with a pre-sale on Friday afternoon for school personnel.
Basic duties of Chair: Be available on Friday and Saturday of Mother's Day weekend for the sale. Place ads with media outlets, work with Vo-Ag teacher to select plants and determine prices; organize volunteers; place advertising signs.
Stop & Shop and Price Chopper offer school rewards programs; when you register your store loyalty card for these, the PTA/school receives points when you use the cards, then receives cash rewards or goods at the end of the school year. This does not affect the points on your cards for any other programs, and is a simple and lucrative fundraiser for us!
The Chair sets up or renews the programs each year with the stores, then gathers loyalty card numbers from cardholders willing to sign up.
This is the MHS PTA's largest and most important program. Each year the PTA provides mini-grants of $250 each to teachers for projects that enhance the educational experience, but are not provided for in the school budget.
Duties of the Chair/Co-Chairs for this program include:
Distribute application forms to teachers (November/December).
Form a small committee to evaluate and choose winning projects.
Notify teachers of decisions.
Contact Treasurer for check distribution.
A program in which students are rewarded for doing good within their school, families, community, etc. Students are confidentially nominated by school personnel, and are presented with small tokens of appreciation privately.
Chair creates and distributes applications, forms a committee of volunteers to: evaluate applicants, arrange for/get donations of reward items, present awards.
Help plan and execute PTA-funded food at Freshman Activity Fair in August (hosted by Board members).
Plan staff appreciation event for May. Other hospitality at events as planned for in budget or by ad-hoc request from administration.
Senior Art Purchase
Each year MHS holds a showing of Senior students’ art work in the library/media center. The PTA sends a committee to choose and offer to purchase some of the works, which will be permanently displayed at the school.
Duties of Chair/Co-Chairs:
Contact members of the schools and community to form a judging committee.
Attend the Senior Art Show (in May) with committee and choose 3-4 works in different media.
Contact winners to confirm their agreement to sell pieces. Produce certificates and request checks from Treasurer.
Attend or have a designee attend the Senior Honors Program (morning late May/early June) to present awards/checks.
Senior Honors Ceremony
Each year in May, Senior students who have achieved four straight years of Honor Roll designation attend a ceremony during which they are honored by teachers/mentors, and receive a gift from the Administration. The MHS PTA provides wrapping for the gifts and boutonnieres for the honorees.
Duties of the Chair include:
Get number of honorees from Principal's office;ensure there are enough gift bags and tissue from previous year; purchase more if necessary.
Arrange for boutonnieres.
Wrap and bag gifts and apply labels provided by Principal's office; deliver prior to event.
Arrive early on evening of event with a volunteer; set up boutonniere station and pin flowers to honorees.
PTA financial records are not subject to Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, so are not required to be available to non-members. Any paid current member may request a copy of any available Treasurer Report, Annual Statement or Annual Audit Report, which will be emailed. Please note that monthly Treasurer Reports are not required to be kept on permanent record.
Minutes of Meetings
Click on any link below to view minutes of past meetings.