Greetings Cheetah Parents,
As the newly elected PTA President, I would like to welcome back returning students and families! I
would also like to extend a warm Cheetah welcome to our new families and staff. To all of you, I look
forward to making the 2016-2017 school year a fun, exciting, and productive year.
The purpose of PTA, above all else, is to support and enrich the education and well-being of the
students. “Every Child – One Voice” is the National and Texas PTA motto. The Parent Teacher
Association is one of the strongest voices in the educational process that directly supports our children
and school. This year will be no exception! Your PTA has been hard at work preparing an enhanced
learning environment for all of our students. Our staple programs of Reading Olympics, Cheetah Math,
and Paws Publishing have undergone complete makeovers and our new Chairmen are enthusiastic to
roll out these programs and share them with our students. These programs are designed to enrich and
reinforce the learning that takes place in the classroom setting. I highly encourage you and your
students to take advantage and participate! In addition to our classics we will be debuting a new
student leadership program! The PTA All-Stars (Achieving Lasting Leadership Skills Through Advocacy
Responsibility & Service) will have the opportunity, with a paid PTA membership, to participate in and
attend monthly meetings, provide service when needed, and have their voice be heard by the PTA
Board. I am excited to see how this newly imagined program will impact the lives of our students. We
will spend the year working passionately with them to impart long lasting leadership skills in a fun
positive learning environment.
Along with our education focused initiatives, the PTA will again be sponsoring the Back to School Bash,
the PGE Movie Night, Dad’s Club Pizza Party Kick-Off, and the Dad’s Club Mad Science Night. These are
all 100% free events for our students and families. It is an excellent opportunity for our Cheetah’s to
come together and bond as a community.
While student driven programs are our focus it is not the only way PTA provides support. Over the past
few years with the help of our Apex fundraising efforts we have been able to provide 54 Chromebooks
to the Park Glen campus. The addition of these devices has been a major asset to the school. Craig
Weston, the Park Glen principal said, “An important skill for our students is to build their capacity to
work in cooperative groups—having established roles within a united effort to attack a task from
multiple angles. Park Glen utilizes the Engaged Learning Model (ELM) to facilitate this type of learning,
and Chromebooks allow our students the opportunity to have dedicated technology at their fingertips to
research, create, and present their findings. Additionally, the Chromebooks are being used anytime the
teacher is needing technology to be available to students for any number of learning tasks.”
Additionally, last year we were able to aid the school in purchasing Project Based Learning Tables for the
4 th grade classrooms.
I invite you all to stay informed of our upcoming events by following us on Twitter @ParkGlenPTA and
visiting our Facebook page at facebook.com/parkglenpta. We also produce a bimonthly newsletter, The
Cheetah Chatter. You can look for that publication to come in an email from Mr. Weston.
Please contact me anytime about PTA events and activities. I am here to assist you in any way that I can.
I look forward to working with everyone this year to the benefit of all families and students.
Park Glen PTA President
Proud mom of Michael (7 th grade) and Madison (3 rd grade)
Vice President of Fundraising, Keller Council of PTAs