Missouri PTA is giving thanks for all the incredible Reflections entries! Thank you to those units who have worked hard for our Missouri artists! In the spirit of giving, Missouri PTA would like to provide a little extra time to enter Reflections artwork. Take a breath, enjoy your families, gobble till you wobble……
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) joined Governor Parson, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), and the Department of Public Safety recently to launch the “Clear the Air” youth vaping awareness campaign. “We are grateful to our educators across our state who face this issue head on each day,” says Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “Providing both parents and educators resources to be better informed on the risks of vaping – and on how to identify vaping devices and the signs of their use – will give them greater support to address this issue with their students and children.”
Clear the Air Awareness Campaign Resources:
- Clear the Air toolkit – resources for educators, including youth-focused social media graphics and posters to print.
- Clear the Air PSA – 15 second youth-focused message
- StoptheVapeMissouri.org – website for youth
- Vaping and Cessation information from DHSS – see the “Teen Vaping Train-the-Trainer Webinar and Resources for Adults” section at the bottom of the webpage
On October 15th, Missouri Governor Parsons gave a press conference regarding the issues vaping is causing in our state.
Follow this link to a YouTube video of the press conference.
The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals will be hosing an event in Columbia, MO, November 17-18, entitled “School Wellness Symposium – Building Bridges Together.” The target audience is for K-12 educators, counselors, support staff, health professionals, higher education, clergy, and community decision-makers.
SCHOOL WELLNESS TOPICS THAT WILL BE PRESENTED:
- Closing Gaps in Achievement and Opportunity: Tyrone Howard
- Race and Culture in Schools: Tyrone Howard
- Creating A Culture of High Expectations: Anthony Colannino
- Making Equity Matter: Maisah Howard
- Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms: Maisah Howard
- Building Relationships: Linda Jordan
- Anxiety and Depression: Polly Patrick
- Cultural Competency: Erica Battle
- Social-Emotional Learning: Denise White
- Hope in Learning: Venola Mason
- Self-Care: Adam Drummond
- Chemical Dependency: Linda Jordan
- School Safety: Missouri School Boards Association
- Medicaid 101: Missouri School Boards Association (Kim Ratcliffe) NKC Schools (Perry Hilvitz)
Registration and hotel information can be found here.
Congratulation PTA Grant Winners:
Espy PTA of Nixa
Russell Blvd. Elementary PTA
The PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop Grant, sponsored by Google, has awarded these 2 local PTAs in Missouri with $1,000 in funding and materials to host Be Internet Awesome Family Workshops in their school communities during the 2019-2020 school year.