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PTA Members Invited to Public Education Event Sponsored by Public Schools First NC

Public Schools First NC is hosting an event with leaders who share the vision that public schools are the heart of our community. Former Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. will be leading the conversation.

In Praise of Public Education: A conversation with Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Raleigh, NC

Learn more.

Talk it Out OutReach Toolkit Available to Local PTAs

Using the Talk It Out Campaign to Earn a National Distinction

Talk It Out is a statewide campaign focused on reducing underage drinking in North Carolina by encouraging open, honest and frequent conversations between parents and their children. Given this mission, a partnership between the NCPTA and Talk It Out is a natural fit.

Talk It Out has developed resources that equip parents with the information and confidence to talk with their children about this important issue. One resource that the NCPTA has specifically endorsed is the Talk It Out OutReach Toolkit. This toolkit empowers you to bring the Talk It Out message to your local PTA. In addition, the OutReach Toolkit is a great way for your school to meet the requirements of the PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and be named a School of Excellence, a distinction all schools should strive to achieve.

Below is a synopsis of the standards required for distinction and the ways in which Talk It Out can help your school meet them.

PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

Standard 1: Welcoming all families into the school community—Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.

  • North Carolina PTA thanks the Talk It Out campaign for bringing attention to the problem of under-age drinking in North Carolina. Parent engagement is important at every age but especially important as our children transition from elementary school to middle school and face new challenges and choices.  As you will see in these materials, children want their parents to talk with them about these difficult topics and Talk It Out helps give parents the tools to start the conversation.
  • Encourage Mom and Dad to Stay Involved emphasizing their involvement matters.

Standard 2: Communicating effectively—Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.

  • NCPTA is opening conversations locally, at the county level, statewide, and across the nation.  We encourage you to open conversations with your school community and with your families.

Standard 3: Supporting student success—Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.

  • Talk It Out OutReach Toolkit will provide PTA Leaders and school staff with all of the resources to hold meetings with parents about the important issue of underage drinking and how to start the conversation with their children.

Standard 4: Speaking up for every child—Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.

  • Talk It Out has developed resources that will equip parents with the information and confidence to start the conversation with their kids

Standard 5: Sharing power—Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.

  • PTAs across our state can play a pivotal role in changing the outcome of our students, and it can all begin with a short conversation.

Standard 6: Collaborating with community—Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.

  • Middle and high schools experience a significant drop in parental involvement in education.  But we want to change that paradigm. Your PTA has a wonderful opportunity ahead to build and showcase your parent involvement. Using programs like Talk It Out, you can engage parents in changing the landscape. Together, we can make a difference.

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Five NC Students Win National PTA Reflections Awards

Congratulations to National PTA Reflections winners from North Carolina!

Two of the NCPTA winners received National Awards of Excellence, and three 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 2014-2015 program, themed “The world would be a better place if…View all National Award Winners.

View the 2014-2015 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.

Music Composition Award of Excellence
Mayah Ding
A Vision
Brunson Elementary School
Winston Salem, NC
Listen to Mayah’s Music Entry


Visual Arts Award of Excellence
Ian Rinker
Dirty Water
Polo Ridge Elementary School
Charlotte, NC
View Ian’s Visual Arts Entry

Awards of Merit

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

Music Composition Award of Merit
Nikhil Patel
Barringer Academic Center
Charlotte, NC
Listen to Nikhil’s Music Entry


Dance Choreography Award of Merit
Ciera Roseboro
Night Forest Dance
Edwin A. Anderson Elementary School
Wilmington, NC
Watch Ciera’s Dance Entry


Dance Choreography Award of Merit
Emma Grace Simons
New Town Elementary School
Waxhaw, NC
View Emma Grace’s Dance Entry