2016 Missouri PTA Convention Awards

Application Awards:

Blue Seal Award
Exclusive 100 Award
Silver Acorn Award
Outstanding Membership Campaign Award
100% Faculty Award/Golden Apple Award
Student Membership Award – no applicants
Membership Challenge
Health & Safety Education Award – no applicants
Outstanding Local Unit/Council Newsletter Award & Website Award
Parent Education and Engagement Award

Non-Application Awards:

Oak Leaf Award
Missouri PTA Honor Roll
Community Involvement Award
Golden Gavel Awards

 


2016 Missouri PTA Scholarship Recipients

The Missouri PTA Scholarship Committee selected three outstanding students to receive Missouri PTA Teacher Education Scholarships for the fall 2016 school year.

Helen B Maupin Foundation:

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Janelle D., Raytown South High School, Raytown, MO, plans to major in Secondary Education (Spanish/ESL).  She has excelled in a variety of subjects and extracurricular activities including Missouri Girls State, Fashion Design, Forensics, Cross Country Track, Soccer, FCCLA, NHS, Student Council and Art Club and has a number of tutoring experiences.  She is inspired to become a teacher because of the impact teachers have had on her life.  Janelle looks forward to inspiring and mentoring others and plans to “pour love, encouragement and kindness into the lives” of her students.


Caroline B Ullman:

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Kaylan B.
, Potosi High School, Potosi, MO, plans to major in Elementary Education (Music; 3rd Grade).  She has participated in National Honor Society, Future Teachers, All-District Choir, All-District and All-Conference Band, cadet teaching and is known to be a leader in both her school and her community.  She believes that teachers are the shapers of the next generation and she looks forward to creating the “next generation of doctors, scientists, and great thinkers” who will change the world.


Marissa S.
, Winnetonka High School, North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, MO, plans to major in Elementary Education (Early Childhood-Kindergarten).  She has been active in Student Council, Key Club, Softball, Choir, volunteering and informal tutoring of friends and family.  She is known to excel academically while keeping up with 30 hours per week of working outside of school.  Education has always been important to Marissa, and she wants to teach kids that “they can be anything they want if they stay in school and do their best.”

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Phoebe Apperson Hearst Memorial Award:

Each fall, the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Memorial Award (PAH Award) is awarded to an outstanding senior, one with a record of exceptional academics, outstanding character, community service and a commitment to teaching.  Income from the PAH Fund is used to finance these awards.

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In August 2015, the Scholarship Committee selected Shannon C. of Independence, MO to receive this award.  Shannon will graduate with honors from William Jewell College.  In addition to her academic honors, she has been a dance instructor and is captain of the William Jewell dance team.  Shannon states that she decided to become a teacher in part because of classroom experiences that she contributes to PTA’s impact: “PTA has had a large impact on my decision to become a teacher.  PTA provides students with so many learning experiences and opportunities that coincide with what is being taught in the classroom and that make teaching worthwhile. All throughout elementary school, PTA funded and sponsored many things that contributed to my growth as a learner. They helped foster my love for school and learning, and that love is one of the reasons I decided to become a teacher.”


In addition to the PAH Award, seventeen (17) students have renewed their annual scholarship disbursements of $500.00; totaling $8,700.00 awarded by Missouri PTA in scholarships last fall.  Historically, scholarships have been funded by income from endowment funds, individual donations and local PTA Council and Unit gifts.  In addition to individual, unit and council contributions, half of the proceeds of the Distinguished Service Award is designated for scholarships.

Congratulations to these outstanding students, and thank you to everyone who contributes to Missouri PTA scholarships.

Donna Petiford
Scholarship Chair and Immediate Past-President, Missouri PTA


Please visit the Missouri PTA Scholarship page for more information.

 

 


Trailridge Elementary PTA selected as a 2015-2017 National PTA School of Excellence.

Missouri PTA is pleased to announce that Trailridge Elementary PTA, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri was selected by National PTA as a 2015-2017 National PTA Schools of Excellence.

In the 2014-2015 school-year, more than 240 PTAs partnered with schools to participate in National PTA’s School of Excellence program. Of those participants, National PTA is pleased to recognize 124 schools from across the country as the 2015-2017 National PTA Schools of Excellence for their achievements in building strong family-school partnerships.

In the analysis of data for the 2015-2017 School of Excellence participants, National PTA found:

  • Nearly 95% of families feel they are treated fairly regardless of age, gender, race or cultural background. (Welcoming All Families)
  • 95 % of families believe their school and PTA communicate with families in multiple ways. (Communicating Effectively)
  • 79% of families feel they understand the academic standards their child is expected to meet and how the curriculum is linked to those standards. (Supporting Student Success)
  • 83% of families feel PTA promotes opportunities to empower parents to advocate for the success of their own child and other children in their school. (Speaking Up for Every Child)
  • Approximately 81% of families believe their school establishes policies that recognize and respect families’ cultural, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic diversity. (Sharing Power)
  • 93% of families feel the school is a central part of their community.  (Collaborating with the Community)

For more information please visit National PTA’s website.


Missouri Department of Revenue & Tax Exempt Letters

Dear PTA Presidents and Treasurers;

I wanted to share with you that I recently talked with Missouri Department of Revenue regarding tax exempt letters.  I had received an updated letter that has no expiration date.  They have changed the letters; there is no longer an expiration date.  They mailed out updated letters on Dec. 15, 2014 to every unit that had a current tax exempt letter as of Dec. 1, 2014.

If your unit has not received an updated tax exempt letter you need to go to their website; www.dor.mo.gov and search for Form 126 Registration or Exemption Change Request.  Here is a direct link; http://dor.mo.gov/forms/126.pdf.

I was told that they had “a ton” of the letters returned to them.  They would have mailed this update to the last address that they had on file.  Please check to see that you have received your updated letter as soon as possible.  If you have not please go online as soon as you can to get your current mailing information changed.  Please mark your envelopes with “Address change” so that it will flag the letter.

I would suggest that you use the school mailing address so that you are assured that in the future any correspondence from them comes to the school and they can get it to you.  Most units have a PTA box in the office.  This should assure that you don’t miss any correspondence.

Each time there is a turn over in your leadership you should fill out this form so that MO Dept. of Revenue has updated mailing information.   This should be added to your procedure book and list of things to do when leadership has a turn over.

Thanks, have a great day!
Lori Prussman
MO State PTA Treasurer