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Health is Academic Resources Available to PTAs and Parents

Healthy kids have better academic outcomes. It’s that simple.

Health-Is-Academic-SquarePTAs play an important role in engaging families, teachers and children to develop healthy behaviors. North Carolina PTA works with partners to mobilize parents to advocate for school health policy and environment change in the areas of physical activity and nutrition.

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NCPTA Convention Photos Available on Facebook

NCPTA hosted its 96th Annual NCPTA Convention & 1st Annual Male Engagement Conference on May 20 – 21 at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro.

View photos from the 2016 Convention and Male Engagement Conference.

NCPTA Announces 2015-2016 Annual Award Recipients

NCPTA is excited to announce the winners of the 2015-16 Annual Awards Program.  The following PTAs and individuals will be recognized during our 2016 NCPTA State Convention Awards Celebration on Saturday, May 21, 2016.


Community Partner Award
  • Gideon Adams, Senior Manager of Program and Outreach, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Wake County
Gwin Hughes Healthful Living Award
  • Cumberland International Early College High PTSA, 2nd Annual Community Health and Wellness Fair, Cumberland County
  • Jennifer Stenerson, Murrayville Elementary School, New Hanover County
Heroes and Helpers Award
  • Joelle Newman, Wrightsville Beach Elementary PTA, New Hanover County
  • Jessica Plasencia, Lewisville Elementary PTA, Forsyth County
Outstanding Student Service Award
  • Dauria Harrison, Aycock Middle School, Guilford County
Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Loretta McDaniel, Chicod Elementary/Middle PTA, Pitt County
  • Laney Hodges, Eastern Elementary PTA, Beaufort County
Principal of the Year Award
  • Joel Grim, Gordon Elementary School, Harnett County
  • Robert Christina, Pinecrest High School, Moore County
  • Michael Butler, Roanoke Valley Early College, Halifax County
School Nurse Award
  • Judy Vickers, Bitz Elementary School, Onslow County
Teacher of the Year Award
  • Carly Schwartz, Davenport A+ Elementary School, Caldwell County
  • Joan Colalillo, Penny Road Elementary School, Wake County
Membership Enrollment Recognitions

President’s Membership

  • Ed V. Baldwin Elementary School PTA, Cumberland County

Gold Acorn

  • John Codington Elementary PTA, New Hanover County

Ruby Acorn

  • Ashley High PTSA, New Hanover County
  • Brier Creek Year-Round Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Brooks Global Studies Magnet PTA, Guilford County
  • Charles Bugg Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • John Codington Elementary PTA, New Hanover County
  • East Garner Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Fuquay-Varina Middle PTSA, Wake County
  • Gordon Elementary PTA, Harnett County
  • Grand Oak Elementary PTA, Mecklenburg County
  • Green Hope Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Huntersville Elementary PTA, Mecklenburg County
  • Jamestown Middle PTSA, Guilford County
  • Mills Park Middle PTSA, Wake County
  • Northern Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Northern Guilford Middle PTSA, Guilford County
  • Northwoods Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Oakwood Elementary PTA, Catawba County
  • Old Richmond Elementary PTA, Forsyth County
  • Lawrence Orr Elementary PTA, Mecklenburg County
  • Page High PTSA, Guilford County
  • Pittman Elementary PTA, Halifax County
  • Providence Spring Elementary PTA, Mecklenburg County
  • Shughart Elementary PTA, Harnett County
  • Southeast Guilford Middle PTSA, Guilford County
  • Wesley B. Speas Elementary PTA, Forsyth County
  • Sternberger Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Summerfield Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Wrightsville Beach Elementary PTA, New Hanover County

Silver Acorn

  • John Codington Elementary PTA, New Hanover County
  • Northern Elementary PTA, Guilford County
Achievement Awards – Councils

Outstanding

  • New Hanover County PTA Council

Distinguished

  • Wake County PTA Council
Achievement Awards – Local Units

Outstanding

  • Ashley High School PTSA, New Hanover County
  • Armstrong Elementary School PTA, Cumberland County
  • Brooks Global Studies Magnet PTA, Guilford County
  • Pine Valley Elementary School PTA, New Hanover County
  • Stokesdale Elementary School PTA, Guilford County

Distinguished

  • Apex Friendship High PTSA, Wake County
  • Aycock Middle PTSA, Guilford County
  • Bitz Elementary PTA, Onslow County
  • Brier Creek Year-Round Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Charles Bugg Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Centennial Campus Middle PTSA, Wake County
  • John Codington Elementary PTA, New Hanover County
  • Davenport A+ Elementary PTA, Caldwell County
  • East Garner Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Fuquay-Varina Middle PTSA, Wake County
  • Gordon Elementary PTA, Harnett County
  • Heritage High PTSA, Wake County
  • Highcroft Drive Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Holly Springs Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • William A. Hough High PTSA, Mecklenburg County
  • Huntersville Elementary PTA, Mecklenburg County
  • Emsley Laney High PTSA, New Hanover County
  • Leesville Road Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • New Hanover High PTSA, New Hanover County
  • North Mecklenburg High PTA, Mecklenburg County
  • Northern Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Northern Guilford High PTSA, Guilford County
  • Northern Guilford Middle PTSA, Guilford County
  • Northwoods Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Penny Road Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Seventy First High PTA, Cumberland County
  • Shughart Elementary PTA, Harnett County
  • Sternberger Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Summerfield Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Washington GT Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Weatherstone Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • Mary C. Williams Elementary PTA, New Hanover County

 

 

Washington GT Magnet Elementary PTA Hosts Hispanic Cultural Night

On April 12, the Washington GT Magnet Elementary School PTA hosted a Hispanic Cultural Night as a learning event for students and a community building and family engagement event for school families.  Washington Elementary is one of the most diverse schools in Wake County.  One of the goals of the Washington PTA is to increase diversity on its board and at all PTA and school events.

Last year, the Washington PTA was one of fifty schools nationwide to be awarded a grant from the National PTA for events during “Take Your Family to School Week” in February 2015.  As part of the grant, Washington planned a first ever Cultural Night where they hosted a Holi celebration and learned about the culture of India.  The event was a huge success and resulted in more Indian families becoming involved in PTA and in school activities.  The event was also covered by the News and Observer.

Because of the overwhelming success of this first event, the PTA hosted its second annual Cultural Night, this year highlighting the many Hispanic countries represented at Washington.  To begin planning for the event, the PTA brought together over 20 Hispanic families during an evening event and dinner at the beginning of March.  “It was extremely important to involve the Hispanic families at our school in the planning,” said Julie von Haefen, PTA President.  “We wanted them to feel empowered and excited about sharing their culture with their own children, with their children’s classmates and with the school community as a whole.”  At the planning dinner, four Spanish translators lead brainstorming groups so the families felt comfortable sharing ideas about what the night should include.  “Many ideas were shared and excitement began to grow among the families.  One parent said that she was ‘so happy just that someone asked’ her to share her culture and ideas, and that no one had ever done that before. It was really heartwarming and inspirational to hear this interest in becoming more involved with a school event from someone who had never felt empowered to do so before.”

To get Washington students excited about the event, the PTA made a presentation to all students the Friday prior to the event, teaching them about what Hispanic culture is, where Hispanic countries are located, and showed them videos of some of the groups who would be performing.  Two Hispanic parents, who became leaders on the planning committee, came to speak to the students in Spanish and taught them about their home countries of Peru and El Salvador.  “After the presentation, students were enthusiastic and went home to tell their families about the upcoming event, which helped increase attendance and excitement about Hispanic Night.”

As a direct result of the brainstorming meeting, the PTA decided to highlight four areas of Hispanic culture.  The event included the following activities and performances:

Music: Professional Latin folk music and dance group “Flor y Canto” performed, along with Mexican singer Valeria Fernandez.  Washington students performed traditional songs and dances that were taught during specials in music and dance during the school day. Students also made make-and-take musical instruments.
Dance: Sube Ritmo, the Latin dance team from NC State performed a salsa and bachata dance.  An amazing dance group from the Takiri Academy performed Latin American folk dances.
Food: Many Hispanic families prepared and served a free buffet of delicious and authentic food, drinks and desserts from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Honduras and more.  The PTA purchased additional food to supplement the donated dishes, including desserts from a local Mexican bakery and authentic pupusas from a local vendor.
Art: Mexican artist Cornelio Campos displayed his painting and demonstrated his techniques.  The PTA also provided many crafts for kids, such as paper flowers, coloring sheets and cut paper banners.  Hispanic parents handmade 100 mini pinatas which were available for children to decorate.  A display of artifacts was also available with items brought by families from their home countries.

Many Hispanic families wore traditional clothing from their home countries and Washington students were invited on stage to show the community where they were from so that the students could see how diverse the school is.  The students also participated in a scavenger hunt at the event, identifying flags of the various Hispanic countries which were hung in the cafeteria as well as other artifacts and foods.  Washington also invited a member of the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh to attend as well as other local Hispanic dignitaries.  The PTA also reached out to the Latin sororities and fraternities at NC State University and members of those organizations volunteered at the event, serving food and helping with crafts.  WCPSS Parent Academy also came with information about WCPSS programming for Hispanic families.  At the end of the evening, the PTA raffled a large pinata to attendees, which generated excitement and was a great end to the event.

The evening was a huge success and the attendance was very large.  “The event engaged our Hispanic families in the educational experience of their students, made them feel welcomed and comfortable at Washington and they know that they are a valued part of our school community.  We were also excited to teach our non-Hispanic students and families about this wonderful culture and, of course, to have fun!”

If you are interested in planning a similar event at your school, or have questions and want more information, please contact Julie von Haefen, Washington PTA President at julievonhaefen@yahoo.com.

Nine NC Students Win National PTA Reflections Awards

Congratulations to National PTA Reflections winners from North Carolina!

Three of the NCPTA winners received National Awards of Excellence, and six NCPTA winners received National Awards of Merit. These national award recipients were chosen from hundreds of thousands of submissions. Students across the nation participated in the 2015-2016 program, themed “Let Your Imagination Fly.” View all National Award Winners.

View the 2015-2016 NCPTA Reflections Gallery of State Winners.


Awards of Excellence

These National PTA awards are given to the top three scores for each arts category in each division.

Photography Award of Excellence
Mallory Justis
The Different Sides of Me
Carmel Middle School
Charlotte, NC
View Mallory’s Entry

 

NC-Dance-High-Pridgeon-AshleyDance Choreography Award of Excellence
Ashley Pridgeon
Who You Are
South Mecklenburg High
Charlotte, NC
View Ashley’s Entry

 

Film-High-Schultz-ElliottFilm Production Award of Excellence
Elliott Schultz
Take Flight
Olympic METS
Charlotte, NC
View Elliott’s Entry

 


Awards of Merit

These National PTA Awards are given to the next five highest scores for each arts category in each division.

NC-Dance-Middle-Budo-MaryDance Choreography Award of Merit
Mary Budo
Let Your Imagination Fly
Martin Middle School
Raleigh, NC
Watch Mary’s Entry

 

Music Composition Award of Merit
Gabriel Irving
Let Your Imagination Fly
Jesse Wharton Elementary
Greensboro, NC
Listen to Gabriel’s Entry

 

Music Composition Award of Merit
Dylan Mole
Kitty Hawk Rag
Cary Senior High
Cary, NC
Listen to Dylan’s Entry

 

NC-Dance-Inter-Player-KatherineDance Choreography Award of Merit
Katherine Player
Heaven
Wrightsville Beach Elementary
Wrightsville Beach, NC
View Katherine’s Entry

 

Visual Arts Award of Merit
Rishabh Singh
The Box of Imagination
Barringer Academic Center
Charlotte, NC
View Rishabh’s Entry

 

 

Visual Arts Award of Merit
Himanish Verma
Power
Fuller GT Elementary
Raleigh, NC
View Himanish’s Entry