Meeting Minutes - July 2017
Heritage High School PTSA Meeting
January 9, 2018; Media Center, Wake Forest, NC
Call to Order: 6:35 pm
Attendees: Monica Massey, Tricia Ellen, Jina Yatsko, Rita Gomillion, Joanie Arteta, Cathy Kopec, Gina Samia, Heidi Wilcox, Lynda Hull, Malik McFarlane, Scott Lyons, Joanie Arteta, Erin Mcleod
Principal’s Report: Mr. Lyon’s reported first semester is coming to a close – makeup work is due by January 11 (Thursday) and must be submitted to receive credit for late or missing work. Snow days at the end of the semester caused students to miss class time but unfortunately the exam schedule can’t be delayed due to WCPSS policy. Exam schedule will stay the same and teachers are working to make up instructional time this week. Students do not have to be in school on the days they do not have exams, however, on exam days they do need a permission slip to leave at end of the exams. Sports teams are off to a great start for the season. Mrs. Williams has requested parent help with mid-year graduation; please email Mrs. Williams if you can volunteer on January 23 at 6:30-
7:30 pm. There will be 40 graduates. Monica will ask Meg Shearin to send a sign up to request volunteers.
HHS has 35 open seats and we are working through the waitlist to offer spots and we will be capped again if all spots are filled from the waitlist (which currently has 100 names on it). Gaming Academy has struggled with getting students signed up (we recruited from middle schools and for this year we had eight students). Teaching staff was strong, but we have not been able to get student internships as we had hoped, so the Academy is being phased out. Over the next three years the students in the Gaming Academy will graduate. The Agriculture-Business Academy has just been approved and we have possibly 100 interested students (40 definitely interested) and the Agri-Business Academy will be launched next year.
SGA Report: Ten Days of Giving raised $733 for St. Jude’s. Thanks to PTSA for donating hot chocolate. Pink Out (Stand up To Cancer) event is being planned for an upcoming basketball game. Leadership Symposium is being planned by SGA and FBLA. Husky Bowl is also returning and will be hosted soon (competition between clubs). This is a competition of events/donation requirements between club members to earn points and club with the most points will win the trophy and a prize (prize is still being decided – ideas – parking spot for a day, pass to leave 5 minutes early for lunch). SGA is considering another movie night and will begin
planning Mr. Heritage soon. Malik McFarlane asked how PTSA and SGA can partner and work together on Mr. Heritage - Joanie Arteta and Jina Yatsko noted that they will be meeting soon with Ms. Lyles and several SGA representatives to begin planning and dividing responsibilities. Senior Gift will be awnings at main entrance of school to protect carpool area from weather. Senior T-shirts are also being ordered. Prom is April 21, 2018 at the Marriott Crabtree.
President’s Report: Monica Massey presented applications for Teacher Mini Grants. We have received three teacher grants for review, and we have to determine a deadline for applications to make sure we allot the funds requested. Mr. Lyons requested an early fall deadline (for future school years) so that grants can be reviewed all at once and money allocated and he suggested we check with him as well to determine what he may be able to pay first before approving/paying grants. For this school year we will set February 1, 2018, as teacher grant application deadline and Mr. Lyons will send a note to staff with this deadline. At this point we have about $400 remaining in the Teacher Grant budget.
The following grants were reviewed:
Mr. Manville who teaches Food 1 and; 2 requested $1,000 for a Mini Chopped Competition. After a brief discussion it was decided that Monica will email Mr. Manville to ask for a list of items needed so we can ask parents for item donations (spices/food items). PTSA will also request grocery gift cards to donate, and will revisit the request once we see how many items can be collected from donations. Mrs. McCabe requested funds to for her classes to attend a movie ($450) 21 students movie and lunch with 9 TAs and Teachers; Heidi Wilcox made a motion to support this effort and award Mrs. McCabe a $450 grant, the motion was seconded by Lynda Hull, and passed unanimously.
Ms. Starling requested $60 to cover the cost of a license fee required for her assume the role of the Agri-Business Academy leader. Mr. Lyons explained that Ms. Starling had to take an extra class to assume the role of Agri-Business Academy. Gina Samia offered to donate the funds personally for Ms. Starling’s request. Thank you Gina!
Treasurer –Cathy Kopec reported that we are below budget right now for the year in revenue. We need to continue recruiting additional members and encourage support at Spirit Nights and with our retail rebates. Harris Teeter funds are much lower than in past years, we need to push members to link their cards. Joanie Arteta suggested that Sherry Forbes at Chamber of Commerce may be a good contact for businesses in the area. Monica is working on setting up a spirit month for HHS PTSA at Starbucks Café at Gladwell Orthodontics.
Secretary – On a motion by Heidi Wilcox, seconded by Gina Samia the minutes from the December Board meetings were approved. Ways & Means – No report.
Membership – Gina Samia reported our current membership numbers - 205 student members, 255 parent meetings, 96 Faculty Members - total 555 members (2016-2017 599 Members). Right now our winning departments are English and Science. February 8 is meet the teacher night, so PTSA will provide dinner to those teacher teams that night. Reminder: PTSA members are needed to
help with working tables 5:45 pm at Meet the Teacher. Gina also announced that the Rolesville Middle School now has a food bank that is open for any family/student in Wake County. Monica thanked Gina for offering to serve as a parent representative on the Student Improvement Committee.
Fundraising/Spirit Nights– January 25 – Location TBD
Business Alliance – Lynn Briones provided the following report via email:
We have not had a meeting for Business Alliance since our last PTSA meeting report, but there is 1 event leftover from last month:
Business Panel needed for Entrepreneurship Class (like “Shark Tank”)
Wednesday 1/10 3-4 people needed for 2 different time slots to listen to student business plans and give feedback. 7:30-8:45 am and 10:45-12:15, please email Dawn Beaster if you would like to serve in this capacity.
Hospitality – Hospitality- Jina Yatsko reported that her committee was busy the past few months with early release in December and Cookies/Coffee and Teacher Appreciation Token delivery. There is no teacher lunch in January, February is hosted by the Booster Club; and hospitality will host the final lunch in March. The Talent Show will be held March 17. More info to follow on volunteer opportunities, and assistance with auditions will be sent via email. Final Exam Goody Day – candy has been purchased and was supposed to be delivered to advisory for PTSA members, but with the snow days the candy bars will be delivered at the start of the new semester. This Thursday we will distribute candy to all students as they leave school at all three exits. Cathy Kopec noted that we will add a $10 donation line to the sign up genius to request “adopting a teacher” to help fund lunches and future teacher
NO REPORT - Communications/Website, Scholarship, Special Ed/Inclusion, Volunteers, Student Events, Cultural Arts,Photographer, and Reflections
Monica asked for a volunteer to chair the nominating committee and she will be emailing all current Board members to determine their interest in positions for next year. If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Team please let Monica know.
February 8th – Meet the Teacher at 6:30 pm – volunteers are needed for PTSA tables to arrive at 5:45 pm.
Meeting adjourned – 8:07 pm