Viewing posts from: June 2013

N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Provides Ideas for Family Summer Activities

A message from Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources:

At the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources we have a strong educational mission and try to stress the importance of the arts and history in education in all that we do. I was honored to be asked to share a message with you and tell you about two exciting initiatives our department is providing this summer.

First, a wealth of family-friendly, free events will be offered all across the state on July 13 and August 10 as part of our 2nd Saturdays promotion. Civil War drills and demonstrations, pirate tales and arts and crafts fairs are just a sampling of the fun visitors will find.

Many of the programs will focus on North Carolina history, and each venue will offer a unique program that may include arts, local crafts, history, music, food and hands-on activities. Programs will be offered at all of Cultural Resources’ 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums and other attractions. More information and a complete list of programs.

Also this summer, Cultural Resources has launched a new educational database that allows you and your child to search thousands of lesson and research guides, online activities and exhibits, field trip planners, articles and multimedia all in one place. This tool includes resources produced by our historic sites, history and art museums, symphony, arts council, State Archives, State Library and more. Explore online.

Thank you for choosing to take an active role in making our state’s schools the very best they can be. I appreciate all the hard work you do.

Susan Kluttz
Secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

 

NCPTA Plans Road Tour & Trainings Across the State


Our team will be taking the show on the road in late summer and early fall. Community Council Trainings are already scheduled in six communities. You can check out the map and list below to see when we are headed your way. Save the date and let us know if you are interested in having something hosted by your PTA Council.

Council Trainings – Coming Soon!

  1. Aug. 24, 2013 – Charlotte/Mecklenburg County
  2. Aug. 29, 2013 – Wake County
  3. Sep. 10, 2013 – Durham County
  4. Sep. 14, 2013 – Guilford County
  5. Sep. 21, 2013 – Winston-Salem/Forsyth County
  6. Sep. 28, 2013 – Cumberland County
  7. Nov. 16, 2013 – Jackson County

Details will be posted on the NCPTA website and via Facebook throughout the summer. Tune in and mark your calendars for some great PTA learning opportunities.

Two NC Students Named 2013 National PTA Youth Scholars

The North Carolina PTA is proud to announce that two NC students have been named as 2013 National PTA Youth Scholars.

  • Meaghan Martin of Wake County
  • She’Neka Williams of Guilford County.

Meaghan Martin and She’Neka Williams received scholarships to attend National PTAs Youth Leadership Summit in connection with the National PTA Annual Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.

This interactive leadership and advocacy training event will prepare youth leaders to mobilize their peers around specific issues, such as bullying in their school and community.

Eligible candidates for the PTA Youth Leadership Summit meet the following criteria.

  • a rising high school sophomore or junior
  • a student with solid leadership and communication skills
  • a student willing to accept new challenges
  • a role model for their school and community
  • an energetic, authentic, engaging, and creative student

Learn more about the Youth Leadership Summit.

High Five to Northwoods Elementary PTA in Cary

Northwoods Elementary PTA in Cary received some wonderful praise from members of the community for their Bike to School Day success. The event brought out 75 children plus parents! NCPTA received a copy of a note of thanks from a parent who wanted to commend the organizers for the opportunity to exercise and to meet other parents. She credits the event for getting her daughter to ride her bike and opening the door for riding bikes together in the future.

When you read about this one family’s experience in the below note of appreciation, we encourage you to think about that experience multiplied across the state and nation by PTAs who helped organize Bike to School events!

Hello,
This is the first year that we have participated in bike to school day. I wanted to commend the organizers of this event for this wonderful opportunity to exercise and meet other parents in the Northwoods community. My daughter is a first grader and she has resisted riding her bike for as long as I have been introducing the idea. But because it was her teachers and classmates that were excited about this event, she insisted that we participate. And I’m so glad we did because at the end of the bike ride, when we got to school, she exclaimed that this was more fun than she had expected it to be, opening the door for us riding bikes in the future! The length of the ride was perfect for a first grader just learning how to ride her bike, and we even saw a bunny that crossed our path, which made it even more exciting. The fact that my daughter saw some of her classmates during the bike ride made us feel a part of a community that not only learns together but also stays healthy together. It is this kind of healthy challenge and positive reinforcement that is crucial for developing healthy children in mind and body. So thank you again for getting everyone on board and organizing such a wonderful event, for encouraging the children to participate, and for giving us parents the opportunity to share this activity with our children.

PTA Parent
Northwoods Elementary, Cary, NC

NCPTA Nominee Sydney McCoy Honored by National Action for Healthy Kids

Over the past year, the North Carolina PTA has teamed up with NC Action for Healthy Kids (NCAFHK) to provide learning opportunities related to school wellness. When NCPTA learned about Sydney McCoy, a young wellness hero and local celebrity chef in Apex, they brought her to the attention of NCAFHK. As a result, a nomination was submitted on behalf of NCPTA to recognize McCoy as a Healthy School Hero.

“We are grateful that Action for Healthy Kids takes the time to identify and celebrate wellness leaders who are making a difference for kids in terms of good nutrition, physical activity and overall wellness policies,” said Debra Horton, executive director of the North Carolina PTA. “Sydney McCoy is inspiring, and we appreciate the opportunity to recognize youth who step up to lead at such a young age.”

McCoy is one of a dozen nationally recognized by Action for Healthy Kids as Healthy Schools Heroes. Read more about McCoy and the other heroes.

NCPTA Announces 2012-2013 Annual Award Recipients

NCPTA is excited to announce the recipients of the 2012-13 Annual Awards Program.  The following PTAs and individuals were recognized during our Parent Education and Leadership Conference on Saturday, June 1.

Gwin Hughes Healthful Living

  • David D. Jones Elementary PTA, Guilford County

Outstanding Educator

  • David Layton, Summerfield Elementary, Guilford County

School Nurse Award

  • Ginny Beisler, Northview Middle School, Catawba County

Standards for Family-School Partnership Awards

Standard 1: Welcoming all families into the school community

  • Northern Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Trask Middle PTA, New Hanover County
  • Vance High PTSA, Mecklenburg County

Standard 2: Communicating effectively

  • Highcroft Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Trask Middle PTA, New Hanover County
  • Laney High PTSA, New Hanover County
  • Guilford County Council of PTAs

Standard 3: Supporting student success

  • Summerfield Elementary PTA, Guilford County

Standard 4: Speaking up for every child

  • David D Jones Elementary PTA, Guilford County

Standard 6: Collaborating with community

  • Ogden Elementary PTA, New Hanover
  • Laney High PTSA, New Hanover
  • Winston-Salem Forsyth County Council of PTAs

Membership Enrollment Recognitions

President’s Membership Award

  • Albemarle Road Elementary PTA, Mecklenburg County

Gold Acorn   

  • John Codington Elementary PTA, New Hanover County
  • David D. Jones Elementary PTA, Guilford County

Ruby Acorn

  • Highland Mill Montessori PTA, Mecklenburg County
  • David D. Jones Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Kernodle Middle PTA, Guilford County
  • Laney High PTSA, New Hanover County
  • Myrtle Grove Middle PTA, New Hanover County
  • New Hanover High PTSA, New Hanover County
  • Northern Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Oak Grove Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Ogden Elementary PTA, New Hanover County
  • Patriots Elementary PTA, Cabarrus County
  • E. P. Pearce Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Pine Valley Elementary PTA, New Hanover County
  • Southwest Middle PTSA, Mecklenburg County
  • Summerfield Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Trask Middle PTA, New Hanover County

Achievement Awards – Councils

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Council of PTAs
  • Guilford County Council of PTAs
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Council of PTAs

Achievement Awards – Local Units

  • John Codington Elementary PTA, New Hanover
  • Guilford Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Highcroft Drive Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Independence High PTSA, Mecklenburg County
  • David D. Jones Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Laney High PTSA, New Hanover
  • Myrtle Grove Middle PTA, New Hanover County
  • New Hanover High PTSA, New Hanover County
  • Northern Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Ogden Elementary PTA, New Hanover
  • Summerfield Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Trask Middle PTA, New Hanover County