City Council PTSA Holds Opening Meeting

The Jamestown City Council PTSA (CCPTSA) recently held it first meeting at the Renaissance Center with featured keynote speaker, Jamestown Superintendent Tim Mains.

Mains discussed his goals and vision for the district, the Common Core Learning Standards, state testing and the importance of parent involvement in education.

“I can’t stress how important parent and community involvement is to a successful school district,” said Mains. “I chose Jamestown in part because of its strong community who really believe in its school district. I’m so impressed with the commitment, talent and energy in this community and look forward to working together to build an even stronger district.”

Every Jamestown public school has an active PTA/PTSA and welcomes new volunteers and support from both parents and the community. Joining a PTA/PTSA means that you are willing to support the mission of the PTA, volunteer with events and support the students and schools. PTA membership is $5 per person and most schools offer a student membership for $4.

“I truly believe that education is a partnership between the parents and the schools,” said Erika Zielinski, PTA Southwestern Region director. “PTA provides the bridge necessary to allow parents to become involved. PTA not only supports the students, but the teachers, the administrators and the community as well. Together, as a team, we can all provide a better future for our children.”

At the first meeting, officers were elected.

President: Stacey Micciche, Southwestern Region PTA assistant director

First VP: Carm Proctor, Jefferson Middle School principal

Second VP: Melissa Himes, Fletcher Elementary PTA president

Third VP: Tammy Nordwall, president elect Lincoln PTA

Treasurer: Melissa Emerson, Washington Middle School principal

Corresponding Secretary: Joanne Dean, treasurer Lincoln PTA

Recording Secretary: Erika Zielinski, Southwestern Region director

The group discussed increasing the amount of the PTA scholarship offered to a JHS graduating senior. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the scholarship fund can send their donations to: CCPTSA Scholarship Fund, c/o Melissa Emerson, CCPTSA Treasurer, Washington Middle School, 17 Chestnut St., Jamestown, NY 14701.

Lincoln Elementary School PTA was honored for celebrating their 25th anniversary and an announcement was made regarding the Commissioner of Education’s town hall meeting on Common Core and state testing on Oct 24 at 6 p.m. The location for the town meeting will be announced shortly.

If the public wishes to attend a future CCPTSA dinner, contact your local school PTA president to RSVP. All meetings will be held at the Renaissance Center in Jamestown, and dinners are $10 per person. The Jamestown CCPTSA 2013-14 calendar and who is sponsoring the meeting is as follows:

Oct. 17: C.V. Bush Elementary School

Nov. 9: Health and Wellness Expo – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 12: Jefferson Middle School

Jan. 16: Lincoln Elementary School

Feb. 8: Arts in Education Expo

March 20: Washington Middle School

May 8: Love Elementary School