PTA


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 Lawrence Road Middle School

Parent-Teacher Association

2006-2007

Each school in the Uniondale School district has an active
Parent-Teacher Association. 
This organization has proven to be an integral part of the school system. 
By working cooperatively with the Board of Education, Central Administration, building administrators, classroom teachers, and parents, the PTA helps to provide the best possible education to our students.  Membership is open to all.

President's Message...(June 2007)

As we approach the end of another school year and the end of my tenure here at Lawrence Road as a parent and as the PTA President for the last two years, I would like to use this opportunity to say thank you to all who have contributed to making especially these past two years a success.

 Thank you to all the parents who joined the PTA and to those who supported our fundraiser.  Without your support in these ventures, we could not have provided the opportunities that we did for our students.

 Of course, our appreciation is extended to our 100% teacher-members and administrators who were unwavering in their support of the PTA.  A special thank you to Ms. Karen Richardson, 6th grade teacher, who was our Recording Secretary for the past two years.

Most of all however, I would like to extend a most sincere thank you to the Board and our other volunteers who have worked tirelessly to ensure our unit’s success.  Your combined efforts have borne fruit as can be attested to by the numerous accolades bestowed upon our unit.  Without your hard work, dedication and commitment, Lawrence Road Middle School PTA would not be a shining example for our other schools.

 I wish you all my very best wishes in the coming year.  Please continue to support your PTA and remember, “a strong PTA makes a good school better."

--Maureen Reid

 

HISTORIAN’S REPORT (June 4, 2007)

 As we wrap up another successful year at Lawrence Road, our final meeting for the 2006-7 school year takes us to Famous Dave’s Restaurant in Westbury (Uniondale School District).

 Our PTA year started off welcoming to our school, an interim principal, Ms. Marilyn Hangen (ex Smith Street), our Principal, Mr. Dexter Hodge (ex Turtle Hook) and the newly appointed Dean of Students, Ms. Betsy Benedith.  Additionally, we continue to have teacher representation on our executive committee in the form of our Recording Secretary, Ms. Karen Richardson.

 Membership:

Membership growth continued for a second consecutive year.  Again this year, we achieved the 100% teacher participation; membership growth; community involvement; fathers’ involvement; early bird; founder’s day certificates.

 Fundraising:

While membership increased, we experienced a reduction in our fundraising efforts which resulted in a slight shortfall in our fundraising projections.  The Mothers’ Day Plant Sale was scaled back to a Spring Plant Sale on a limited basis.

 Programs:

At our Hispanic Month celebrations this year, under the chair of our Spanish Teacher, Sra. Cynthia Torres and Sr. Robert Rivas, parents, students and staff enjoyed the delicious food and cultural program which included a teacher-panel discussion.  At our Black History Month program, we welcomed the first African American Mayor of Hempstead, ex-Mayor James Garner who was our guest speaker.  Our staff appreciation dinner, hosted by Ms. Renee Corder, was again another success in the transformed g.p.  to dining room.  Our “Three For Me”; Internet Safety and Sex Education programs for parents rounded out our programs for the year.

 Under the chairmanship of Keith Little, LRMS PTA initiated and spear-headed a Uniondale School District Community Clean-up Day.  This event appears to be headed for permanency in our School District as it was so very well received by the community.

 The winners of the three sets of reserved graduation seats, awarded for attendance at PTA meetings were:  Ralph Counts, Sr.; Alyssa Gonzales and Stephen Donaldson.

 Awards & Events Attended:

Another success story in this area.  We were recognized at all levels of PTA – on the national level we received the National PTA Unit Achievement certificate; regionally – Nassau Region’s Outstanding Unit Award; district – Uniondale’s Most Valuable Team of Council members.

 Our President, Maureen Reid, attended the National PTA Convention in Arizona during the summer; as well as the Emerging Minority Leadership Conference in Detroit.  All our executive board members attended at least one event at all NYS, Nassau Region and district events.

 We thank our out-going board members for all their hard work this year.  Your contribution made the difference in our successes.  Welcome & best wishes for continued success to the new executive committee:

President – Keith Little

1st V.P. – Herma Brown

2nd V.P. – Donna King

3rd V.P. – Kathie Webster

Corresponding Secretary – Fran O’Neil

Recording Secretary – Mervia Joyner-Hall (proposed)

Treasurer – Cheryl Holland

Historian – Jeniva Clarke

Council Delegates: Maria Berry, Silvanus Ogunsanye, Jill Williams

 

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