PUMA PTA NEWS

 

The Short Pump Middle School PTA would like to Welcome all Puma Parents for the 2014-15 School Year!!

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!  We hope everyone had a pleasant and restful summer and are excited to return for a productive and fun school year!  Please join us in supporting the PTA this school year, by becoming a member.

As parents, as PTA volunteers, as teachers and as a community together at SPMS we strive to help our children grow and learn.  A high quality education is a necessity for our children to thrive as individuals, as they work to prepare themselves for a successful future.

The efforts of the SPMS PTA to support the education of our children is essential for our children’s success!  With our efforts we make a difference by providing materials and funding that enhances our children’s ability to learn and enjoy their school surroundings.

Annually the PTA funds provide Student Agendas to all students for use in recording their assignments.  As well the PTA provides funds for the 6th grade orientation Pride program, that was successfully completed last week, as well as a social event for the 7th grade and an 8th grade dance at the end of the school year.  The PTA actively shows appreciation for our teachers through its Hospitality Program that hosts a variety of events that target increasing the teachers’ moral throughout the school year.  As well the PTA program administers the Reflections program which allows our students’ creativity to shine in a variety of mediums.  Please see more about the Reflections program under its heading at the top of the page.

Typically at the end of the school year the PTA funds are used to buy something tangible for the school.  In the past these funds have helped to provide a new score board for the gymnasium as well as portable scoreboards for outside fields or classroom technology such as Marker Boards and Bright Link Systems.

We strive for 100% participation in our PTA and raised just over $13,000 through our Direct Donation Program last year, all of which directly benefited our school.  We also receive 100% participation in our PTA from our SPMS teaching staff, which shows their commitment to their students.   We hope that you will join the PTA this school year and help our children succeed!

Interested in joining the Short Pump Middle School PTA:

The membership fee is $6 per adult, however we ask you to also consider making a Direct Donation in the amount of $35 per student or $50 per family.  Or consider becoming a Silver Puma ($75) or Golden Puma ($100) to receive a silver or gold window sticker and be recognized as a SPMS supporter on the PTA website.  You can make this contribution all on one form.

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Congratulations to all our artists who made the 2013-2014 Reflections Program a Success!

The students interpretations of the 2013-14 Reflections theme “Believe, Dream, Inspire” were fantastic and some of the submissions went on to win awards at the County level, and have even advanced to the District level of competition.  The PTA is proudly recognizing all participants of the program during the 6th, 7th and 8th grade award assemblies this month.  See more information on our student winners under the Reflections heading above.

It is not too early to begin thinking about your entry for this years program.  The 2014-2015 Reflections Theme is “The World Would Be A Better Place IF…”  More information will be posted once it has been received.

Short Pump Middle School and Henrico County News:

The PTA would like to welcome Associate Principal Jennifer Maddux who joins Assistant Principal Will McClain at SPMS.  We know their enthusiasm and hard work will help ensure a successful start to the school year!

The PTA would also like to congratulate Dr. Patrick Kinlaw on his appointment as the new superintendent for Henrico County Public Schools.

The HCPS will be implementing a 10-point grading scale in the 2014-15 school year.  You can access more information regarding frequently asked questions regarding this new scale at http://henrico.k12.va.us/instruction/GradingPractices.html.