NMPTA Proud Award Nominations are now being accepted!

New Mexico PTA is pleased to announce that applications are available for the NMPTA Proud! Awards program for 2016-2017.  Based on the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships this awards program encourages all New Mexico PTA schools to submit entries in one or more categories describing how  the PTA at your school successfully Welcomed All Families, Communicated Effectively, Supported Student Success, Spoke Up for Every Child, Shared Power, and Collaborated With Community.
So fill out the application form today!  Anyone can submit an entry. The deadline for entries is April 7, 2017.  If you have any questions please contact Jeanne Grazier, NMPTA VP for Membership at membership@newmexicopta.org

Congratulations to our 2016 NMPTA Proud! Award winners!!!

Last spring, after receiving many applications for our newly instituted awards program, three PTAs were chosen for their outstanding effort in the areas of National PTA’s Standards for Family-School Partnerships. These awards, in their first year, recognized the following PTAs:

  • Standard #2: Communicating Effectively – Osuna Elementary PTA, Albuquerque –
    For expanding their range of communications to reach every parent.
  • Standard #3: Supporting Student Success – Osuna Elementary PTA, Albuquerque – For inspiring their students to become authors.
  • Standard #4: Speaking Up For Every Child – Gadsden Middle School PTSA, Gadsden – For solving the mystery of the uneaten school lunch!
  • Standard #5: Sharing Power – Capitan PTA, Capitan – For training parents, staff, and PTA members about the PARCC test.

Winning PTAs received 2 free registrations to the annual NMPTA convention, special recognition at the convention, and an opportunity to share their story at a convention workshop.

You can borrow these ideas for your PTA and more, from our Great Idea Bank: www.newmexicopta.org/great-ideas-bank/.

Your PTA could be the next NMPTA Proud! Award winner! Visit our web site www.newmexicopta.org/nmpta-proud-awards/ for this year’s application and details.

Announcing the NMPTA Proud! Awards

New Mexico PTA is pleased to announce an all new PTA awards program for 2015-2016.  Based on the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships this new awards program encourages all New Mexico PTA schools to submit entries in one or more categories describing how  the PTA at your school successfully Welcomed All Families, Communicated Effectively, Supported Student Success, Spoke Up for Every Child, Shared Power, and Collaborated With Community.
So fill out the application form today!  Anyone can submit an entry. The deadline for entries is April 2, 2016.  If you have any questions please contact Jeanne Grazier, NMPTA VP for Membership at membership@newmexicopta.org

National PTA and LifeLock Announce The Smart Talk Giveaway for Families

Sweepstakes encourages families to set technology ground rules 
for a chance to win a trip to Disney World

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Jan. 19, 2016) — National PTA and LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE: LOCK) today announced The Smart Talk Giveaway, in which one lucky family will win a trip to Disney World for a dream summer vacation. The Smart Talk Giveaway is part of a national effort to help families have conversations about online safety and agree on ground rules together for using the Internet and mobile devices. The sweepstakes is now open and all families are encouraged to participate.

“Today, kids are getting devices as early as nine or 10 years old. As we tell our kids to look both ways before crossing the street and teach them to practice good behavior, it is just as important to talk to them about being responsible and safe in the increasingly digital world,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “National PTA is excited to collaborate with LifeLock to not only help families have these open conversations, but reward them with a trip to Disney World.”

Last fall, LifeLock and National PTA launched The Smart Talk—a free digital tool designed to empower families to make smarter, safer choices online and build the next generation of digital citizens. The tool provides an interactive experience that guides parents and kids through a series of questions and conversations about topics such as safety and privacy, screen time, social media, apps and downloads, texting and calling, reputation and respect, and online videos and cameras. After agreeing on healthy limits together, they can create a personalized family agreement to post in their home as a reminder.

Any family that goes to TheSmartTalk.org/#/Giveaway by Feb. 16 is eligible to enter The Smart Talk Giveaway. One lucky family will be selected to win a trip for four to Disney World July 1-5, 2016. The winning family also will be highlighted during the 2016 National PTA Convention & Expo, which will take place June 30 to July 3 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort.

“The best time to teach our kids good online habits is right now,” said Hilary Schneider, president of LifeLock. “The Smart Talk gives parents new language to help develop an ongoing dialogue with their kids, so that the conversation can evolve over time as kids grow and take on more responsibility.”

The sweepstakes winner will be announced in early March. For more information about The Smart Talk Giveaway, visit TheSmartTalk.org/#/Giveaway or TheSmartTalk.org.

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

About LifeLock

LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE:LOCK) is a leading provider of proactive identity theft protection services for consumers and consumer risk management services for enterprises. LifeLock’s threat detection, proactive identity alerts, and comprehensive remediation services help provide peace of mind for consumers amid the growing threat of identity theft. Leveraging unique data, science and patented technology from ID Analytics, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, LifeLock offers identity theft protection that goes significantly beyond credit monitoring. As part of its commitment to help fight identity theft, LifeLock works to train law enforcement and partners with a variety of non-profit organizations to help consumers establish positive habits to combat this threat.

Media Contacts
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA
hmay@pta.org, (703) 518-1242

Becca Youngs, LifeLock
media@lifelock.com, (480) 427-2170

New Mexico PTA Land of Enchantment Scholarship

Attention PTA High School Seniors and Parents!

Since 1915 the New Mexico PTA has been working to fulfill its mission to initiate, support, enrich and advocate for the critical role of adult involvement in the education and life experiences of children throughout the state of New Mexico.
The New Mexico PTA is pleased to announce the Land of Enchantment Scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senior with a history of advocating for others in their school or community.  For more details and information check out the application available here.  Applications must be postmarked on or before March 15, 2016.

National PTA Lauds President Obama’s Signing of Landmark Every Student Succeeds Act

Association urges successful implementation of the law to ensure 
all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Dec. 10, 2015) — Today, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 into law. This landmark legislation—which received overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate—reauthorizes the long overdue Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB).

This new law brings needed improvements to K-12 education in the United States, provides greater responsibility to states to meet the needs of all students and acknowledges the essential role of family engagement to student achievement.

“National PTA commends President Obama for swiftly signing the Every Student Succeeds Act into law and his commitment to improving education to make sure every student is prepared for long-term success,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “The Every Student Succeeds Act is a marked improvement over previous law and provides great opportunity to strengthen family engagement in education and ensure all students reach their full potential. Now is the time for all of us to work together at the federal, state and local levels to make certain that this law makes a difference for the futures of our nation’s children.”

For years, PTAs and families have been advocating for a comprehensive, bipartisan reauthorization of ESEA/NCLB that includes robust family engagement provisions. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains a Statewide Family Engagement Centers program that will provide states and districts with the capacity to support effective implementation and enhancement of family engagement policies and initiatives. The law also includes improvements to Title I that will require districts to conduct family engagement activities that are proven to make a difference for students and schools. PTA remains committed to working with policymakers to embed evidence-based family engagement policies and practices in all aspects of a child’s educational continuum.

“PTAs, families and Statewide Family Engagement Centers play an important role in the successful implementation of ESSA and ensuring that all children receive a quality education by holding states and districts accountable,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA is committed to empowering all families to be active participants in state and local implementation of the law, support student success and make the promise of ESEA/ESSA a reality for all children.”

About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

 

Receive $200 for your PTA and Help Parents Get Informed!

Parents have questions about the new PARCC assessments and test score reports. As a PTA leader, we know you want to help them understand what these tests and scores mean for their children.
Join New Mexico PTA’s efforts to inform parents about the PARCC tests and how they can support their children at home. We are asking New Mexico PTAs to host an event led by a PTA leader and school personnel to provide this information to parents and families. National and New Mexico PTA will provide all the necessary resources in an easy-to-use online toolkit, including an event planning checklist, a PowerPoint presentation, script, FAQs, and parent handouts. In addition, a Leader’s Guide will be provided to walk you through the steps to hosting an event. The resources, combined with training and support from the New Mexico PTA, will help you conduct a successful event!

The Details:

  • The Training of Trainers event will be held at the Montgomery Complex Annex, 3315 Louisiana NE, Albuquerque 87110 on Saturday November 14th from 8:30am – 12:30pm.
  • Attendance is limited to the first 20 PTA schools that register. PTAs must register two individuals. One must be a PTA Board member and the second individual may be a PTA member, teacher, Principal, or school support staff person.
  • Registrants travelling more than 60 miles one way (home address to training location address) will be eligible for a hotel room for the night of November 13th, and mileage reimbursement (based on Mapquest). Hotel rooms are double occupancy. Male and female attendees from a school will be booked in separate rooms. New Mexico PTA will be responsible for all hotel arrangements.
  • Breakfast will be provided on Saturday morning, November 14th, for all registrants. All other meals are at the expense of the registrant.
  • PTAs must be in compliance by October 30th to be eligible for this opportunity.

Next Steps:

Step 1: Register for the Training of Trainers event on Saturday, November 14 from 8:30am – 12:30pm by emailing the registration form to nmpta@newmexicopta.org by October 30th.
Step 2: Begin browsing resources on assessments at: http://www.pta.org/AssessmentEventKit.
Step 3: Receive registration confirmation from New Mexico PTA by November 9th.
Step 4: Conduct a presentation with at least 25 adults in attendance by January 22, 2016 and send the required forms to the NMPTA office within one week of the event to receive a $200 donation to your school PTA.
Registration Form
For more questions, contact the New Mexico PTA at nmpta@newmexicopta.org or by
calling 505-881-0712.
Please note: The presentations do not advocate for or against assessments. They are designed to help parents and families better understand the state and federally mandated assessment tests and results. Educated families are empowered families.

New Mexico Schools Awarded School of Excellence Designation from National PTA

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We have exciting news! Two New Mexico PTA schools have earned the National PTA School of Excellence designation.  Only 124 schools around the country received this honor in 2015.   They join nine other New Mexico schools that have been previously recognized.   
It is with great pride that we announce the 2015-17 schools:

Montezuma Elementary – Albuquerque

Joe Stanley Smith Elementary – Carlsbad

 

They join the 2014-16 awardees:
Bloomfield PTA

  • Blanco Elementary
  • Mesa Alta Jr. High
  • Central Primary
  • Bloomfield Early Childhood Center

Capitan Community PTA

  • Capitan Elementary
  • Capitan Middle School
  • Capitan High School

Cleveland Middle School – Albuquerque
La Cueva High School – Albuquerque

As a National PTA School of Excellence, each school made significant progress to welcome and empower families and to support student success and school improvements during the course of the school year.

The schools join an elite group of schools recognized by the National PTA for its partnership with families through PTA to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

Congratulations to our National PTA Schools of Excellence!!

Teachers have the opportunity to earn a $500 grant for their classroom.

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SaveOnEnergy.com will award six $500 grants to be used toward classroom materials and activities. Grant recipients’ lesson plans will be featured on the website for other teachers to use as resources for their classrooms. Lesson plans can range in subject as long as students are engaged and encouraged to learn about energy.
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