PTSA

2017-2018 Officers

Legislative Updates

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Maintained by Stephanie Huber for Clarkston Community Schools PTA District Council. Contact chs1vp@clarkstonpta.org with questions. Go to http://www.legislature.mi.gov/mileg.asp?page=CommitteeBillRecord for complete records of education bills in the state House and Senate.

New Bills

All pending bills are deleted at the beginning of odd-number year legislative sessions.

Updates on previous legislation

SB 1335 HB 6502 - The governor signed into law changes to the Michigan Merit Award, now called the Michigan Promise. Beginning with this year's seniors, every student in Michigan will be eligible for a $4,000 scholarship. Students who achieve the required score will receive $1,000 during their freshman and sophomore years in college. After they successfully complete two years of post-secondary education, students would net another $2,000. Students who don't achieve the required score can still earn the entire $4,000 scholarship by successfully completing two years of post-secondary education. Students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average in their post-secondary institution to earn a Michigan Promise scholarship when they reach the two-year point.

Contact your Representatives

Representative John Stakoe
N0893 House Office
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing , MI 48909-7514
P: 517.373.5843
F: 517.373.2616
johnstakoe@house.mi.gov

Senator Mike Bishop
Building S-106 Capitol Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
P: 517.373.2417
F: 517.373.2694
senmbishop@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Bishop is the new Senate Minority Leader

The goal of the Michigan PTSA's Legislative Committee is "to secure adequate laws for the protection of children and youth…"

For specific legislative updates, contact Lisa Kuch, PTSA First VP, Legislative Chair, at 248 394 0371, or visit this site over the next few weeks for further outcomes of legislative activity in Michigan.

MICHIGAN STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Rick Snyder (R)
Office of the Michigan Governor
Phone (517) 373-3400 or Fax (517) 335-6863
Address: P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, Michigan 48909
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Governor Snyder's Plan to Reinvent Michigan's Education System

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)
E-mail: senator@levin.senate.gov
Web: ~ www.senate.gov/~levin/
Phone: (202) 224-6221 Fax: (202) 224-1388
Address: 459 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
District Offices:

DETROIT
1860 McNamara Bldg. 477 Michigan Avenue Detroit, MI 48226
Phone (313) 226-6020 Fax (313) 226-6948 TDD (800) 851-0030 Phone: 313-226-6020

WARREN
30500 VanDyke, Suite 206 Warren, MI 48093
Phone (810) 573-9145 Fax (810) 573-8260

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
E-mail: senator@stabenow.senate.gov Web: http://stabenow.senate.gov/

Phone: (202) 224-4822
Address: 702 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Mid-Michigan Office:
Phone: (517) 203-1760
280 East Saginaw Hwy East Lansing, MI 48823

Goals

PTSA Goals

  • Publish a student directory for PTSA members.
  • Provide hospitality for staff on conference nights.
  • Offer the National PTSA Reflections Fine Arts Program.
  • Provide chaperones for student social events.
  • Provide volunteers for the Spring Art Fair.
  • Offer six scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Provide volunteers for the Senior Class Picnic.
  • Fund Health and Welfare Programs for parents in collaboation with the PTA Council.
  • Offer parent mentors to CHS students needing extra support.
  • Offer classroom mini-grants as a service to our teachers through the Ways & Means Projects.

Objectives

PTSA Objectives

With 6 million members, National PTA is the largest volunteer youth advocacy association in the United States. PTA is a leader in reminding our nation of its obligations to our students. CHS has a PTSA ("S" is for students). We are focused on promoting a positive student environment, through partnerships with parent/guardians, staff and the community.

The mission of the PTA is threefold:
  • To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children
  • To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children;
  • To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of the nation.

The objectives of the PTA:

  • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship
  • To raise the standards of home life
  • To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth
  • To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligentlly in the education of children and youth
  • To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

Reflections

Congratulations to our participants moving on to State Level Reflections.

State Level Awards Announced in Late March

Andrew GilbertVisual Arts
Ellie ArnoldVisual Arts
Helen Josephson Literature
Jacolyn McCowanVisual Arts
Jenna RitcheyPhotography
Jordan KuriawenLiterature
Kaylee AdairDance Choreography
Kiran StumpPhotography

PTA believes all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual arts Reflections Program. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit works of art in six areas:

  • Dance Choreography,
  • Film Production,
  • Literature,
  • Musical Composition,
  • Photography, and
  • Visual Arts (includes art forms such as drawing, painting, print making, and collage).

For more than 40 years, the program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art. The Reflections Program was started in 1969 by then Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson.

Meetings

Meeting Schedule

October 10

November 14

December 12

January 9

February 13

March 13

April 10

May 8

Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:30 in Room A218

(at the END of the hallway)

Scholarships

Scholarships

CHS PTSA scholarship applications are available in the Counseling Office or can be downloaded below.

The due date is Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

This year there are 8, $500.00 scholarships available for seniors.

Best of luck to 2017-2018 CHS senior applicants!

CHS PTSA 2018 Senior Scholarship Application

PTSA Website