Founder’s Day Banquet – February 18



Founders’ Day Banquet

Serving with Honor, Courage, Commitment

Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.  (Doors open at   6 p.m.)

Hosted by Hillcrest High School at Central High School

Tickets:  $16 per person


Contact name:__________________________________________________



Unit:____________________________  # Attending ____ @$16 each

Check #__________

Please make checks payable to SCPTAs and include Founders’ Day on memo line.  An email confirmation will be sent to you when ticket order is received in lieu of  paper ticket!  Schools are seated together according to date of purchase, so purchase early for best seating!

Mail order form and check to Becky Volz, Founders’ Day Banquet, 1910 N. Grant Ave.  65803.  TICKETS ON SALE TODAY!!!


PTA/PTSA Volunteers of the Year

We would like each school to submit the name of an Outstanding Volunteer,                 Digital Photo (in jpg format), PTA/PTSA Unit and Unit President to Carrie Windes at NO LATER THAN FRIDAY!!!

 Also, please include a simple, short statement from volunteer answering this  question, “Why do you serve?”.  This is in connection with this banquet’s theme–Serving with Honor,      Courage, Commitment.    If questions, contact Carrie by cell or text at   417-343-0893.



Sign for REMIND and get the latest information from SCPTA

download (1)Be sure to sign up for REMIND so you receive important text reminders about SCPTA general membership meetings; Clothing Bank volunteer schedule; specific donation needs at the Clothing Bank; Reflections deadlines, etc.

It’s easy to sign up for this FREE service that many teachers and coaches already put to use. Just text @scptag to 81010. You will be asked to reply with your full name, then you’ll receive a text confirming that you are on the REMIND thread for SCPTA!

School Board Candidates Forum

Springfield Council of PTAs will host our annual School Board Candidates forum on Wed. March 2, 2016, at 9:15am at Horace Mann Elementary, 3747 S. Broadway, 65807.

This event is open to the public and is provided as a service to our members to encourage them to participate in the democratic process and to help them learn more about the candidates for school board.

Springfield Council of PTAs is a 501(c)3 non-profit and does not endorse candidates. All candidates have been invited and all 5 have agreed to attend this Question & Answer forum.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

January 25-31 marks National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week.  Alcohol remains the most commonly used and abused drug among youth. PTA has long supported a resolution on Substance and Alcohol abuse awareness and prevention.  The effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain of a child or teen can cause both adverse behavioral/psychological problems and have social consequences.  The first step in preventing abuse is recognizing a problem exists and being knowledgeable of the tools and resources available for both kids and parents.  The National Health Information Center has created a National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week webpage designed with teens in mind.  Parents can find resources at  Want to know the statistics behind underage drinking?  Check out the CDC’s  Fact Sheet – Underage Drinking.

President Signs ESSA

December 10th, 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.

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. 

Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) does not expect major shifts in Missouri’s current education policy as a result of ESSA. “The increased flexibility provides the chance to work together to do what we know works for children in our state,” said Commissioner Margie Vandeven. “Missouri is well-positioned to use the new legislation to improve opportunities for students and teachers.”

The act returns responsibility to the states in holding schools accountable and for helping school districts, educators and students find success in classrooms. ESSA outlines parameters for state accountability systems, but the act gives Missouri the flexibility to design an accountability system that best meets the needs of Missouri students.

The act maintains the current assessment requirements which the state carries out through the Missouri Assessment Program or MAP tests. It also reaffirms that states are in control of academic standards and assessments. ESSA will not affect the state’s review of the Missouri Learning Standards, which is expected to wrap up this spring.

ESSA ends the federal practice of prescribing specific reforms for educator evaluation and support systems. Missouri will move forward with its Missouri Educator Evaluation System. ESSA will allow Missouri to continue to use the Missouri Educator Standards and provide a model educator evaluation system for districts.

The Department states on its website that it will continue updating the public about the law as federal officials create new rules and regulations for implementing ESSA. The rulemaking process will take up to a year once the public starts to give its input.

For more information on Missouri’s Learning Standards, see DESE’s website:

Congratulations Reflections Winners

Congratulations to the 2015-16 SCPTA Reflections Winners!



Middle School

Name Grade Division School Place
Crosby Mills          7th Middle School Greenwood 1



High School

Name Grade Division School Place
Christopher Mitchell 12 High School Greenwood 1


Visual Arts

Name Division Grade School Place
Eli Cramer Primary 2 Sherwood 1
Elisabeth Mrad Primary 2 Sunshine 2
Audrey Dimmick Primary 2 3
Jaly Green Primary 2 Sherwood Honorable Mention
Clair Owen Primary 2 Greenwood Honorable Mention
Katie Su Intermediate 4 Greenwood 1
Ashley Tan Wanda Intermediate 3 Wanda Gray 2
Fatima Aslam Intermediate 3 Greenwood 3
Nicole Davis Intermediate 5 Sherwood Honorable Mention
Sarah Mostyn Intermediate 3 Pershing Honorable Mention
Eva Heidemann Intermediate 3 Greenwood Honorable Mention
Meryk Pheonix Intermediate 3 Mc Bride Honorable Mention
Ashley Bryant Intermediate 3 Wanda Gray Honorable Mention
Adriana Naylor Intermediate 3 Honorable Mention
Aundrea Nelson Intermediate 3 Delaware Honorable Mention
Kylie Le Point Intermediate 4 Wanda Gray Honorable Mention
Karson Feuerbacher Middle School 6 Greenwood 1
Jasmine Thach Middle School 6 Jarrett 2
Autumn Shotwell Middle School 7 Jarrett 3
Liam Hampton Middle School 7 Jarrett Honorable Mention
Sai Prahasa Vuda Middle School 8 Central Honorable Mention
Katlin Hillard Middle School 6 Carver Honorable Mention
Avalynn Lackie Middle School 6 Carver Honorable Mention
Julie Sharp High School 10 Central 1
Anna Mc Gehee High School 11 Greenwood 2


Music Composition

Name Division Grade School Place
Tomas Klepper Primary 1 Rountree 1
Emily Scott Intermediate 5 Disney 1
Hamah Young Intermediate 4 Rountree 2
Nathaniel Hunter Intermediate 3 Greenwood 3
Elaine Klepper Intermediate 5 Rountree Honorable Mention
Lachlan          Mc Kinney Intermediate 3 Greenwood Honorable Mention
Samantha Thomas Middle school 7 Jarrett 1
John Georgiades Middle School 8 Central 2



Name Division Grade School Place
Sophia Brown Primary 3 Sherwood 1


Primary Greenwood 2
Julia Rosa Primary 2 Sherwood 3
Shriya Miller Primary Greenwood Honorable Mention
Micah Espinoza Primary 1 Sherwood Honorable Mention
Anna Khai Hugen Le Primary 2 Honorable Mention
Allison Loughary Intermediate 4 Sherwood 1
Ashley Bryant Intermediate 3 Wanda Gray 2
Liberty Hawley Intermediate 3 Sequiota 3
McKenna Hunt Intermediate 5 Sherwood Honorable Mention
Emmarie Logan Intermediate 4 David Harrison Elem. Honorable Mention
Hailey Dawn Youngblood Middle School 7 Central 1
Sophia Birmingham Middle School 6 Central 2
Govind Nair Middle School 6 Greenwood 3
Madison Mitchell Middle School 6 Greenwood Honorable Mention
Madison Mitchell Middle School 6 Greenwood Honorable Mention
Jacob Sharp Middle School 8 Central Honorable Mention
Christopher Mitchell High School 12 Greenwood 1
Christopher Mitchell High School 12 Greenwood 2
Christopher Mitchell High School 12 Greenwood 3



Name Grade Division School Place
Shriya Miller 2 Primary Greenwood 1
Emma Daugherty 1 Primary Greenwood 2
Ethan Gaumer 2 Primary Sunshine 3
Gwyndolyn Gelner 1 Primary Greenwood Honorable Mention
Gabi Gaumer k Primary Sunshine Honorable Mention
Sarah Jane Trotman 3 Intermediate David Harisson Elem. 1
Nina Malega 4 Intermediate Sunshine 2
Elana Hadi 4 Intermediate Rountree 3
Oakland Wayne


3 Intermediate Greenwood Honorable Mention
Sara Kimrey 3 Intermediate Wanda Gray Honorable Mention
Harmony Pyle 7 Middle school Jarrett 1
Jack Gregory 6 Middle school Carver 2
Joanna Hsi 6 Middle school Carver 3
Dorian Khoshymn 6 Middle school Greenwood Honorable Mention
Emma Laney 6 Middle school Greenwood Honorable Mention
Jesse Paxton 11 High School Greenwood 1
Katherine Goulter 11 High School Greenwood 2
Olivia Robinson 11 High School Glendale 3
Julius Walker 11 High School Greenwood Honorable Mention
Kate Artur 11 High School Glendale Honorable Mention

Council Reflections Program

40th Reflections Logo-PMS208

Reflections Showcase:

This year the Springfield Council of PTAs will host our Reflections Showcase and awards ceremony on Sunday, January 17. It will be held in front of JC Penny’s in the Battlefield Mall and entry viewing will be from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  All submitted work will be on display.

The awards ceremony will be held beginning at 2 p.m. 



Deadline for Springfield Council judgingNovember 10, 2015–Drop off at the Creamery (411 North Sherman Parkway) 6-8pm.

Deadline for Missouri PTA judging:  “no later than December 10, 2015” – Submission is all online.

Springfield Council of PTAs TrainingReflections2015 (a powerpoint of the training held Sept. 16, 2015).

Missouri State PTA Reflections Toolkit 2015-2016

National PTA Reflections Resources 30min video or take the Reflections Leader e-learning course to walk through a step-by-step process for engaging students, parents and educators in Reflections while learning about resources and tools provided by your State PTA and National PTA.

Recruit a committee/team of volunteers to assist with program tasks. Also recruit community arts professionals to review artwork and determine awards.

Flier for students: Let Your Imagination Fly…

Judging RubricJudging Score Card

Save the Date:  Springfield Council of PTAs Reflections Showcase event, Sunday, January 17, 2016

Salvation Army provides new coats!

This is what WARMTH looks like! This is what GIVING looks like! This is what LOVE looks like! Over 450 BRAND NEW WINTER COATS graciously given to us by our dear friends at The Salvation Army – Springfield, MO!! That’s right–just as our supply of coats was dwindling, we received a call that The Salvation Army wanted to share their good fortune with the children of Springfield! Thank you to Jeff and Judy and all the wonderful people who run your organization for setting up this donation. We are blessed beyond words to partner with you to serve this beautiful community! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Membership In Action

Missouri PTA is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 membership promotion:  MEMBERSHIP IN ACTION! 

One member = One change to win $2,000. 

More memberships = more changes to win $2,000!

See this flyer for rules-> Membership In Action

PTA Takes Action – November 2015

Missouri PTA Legislative Platform 2016

Each year Missouri PTA formulates a legislative platform for the upcoming state legislative session. The priorities are based on the issues the Missouri PTA Legislative Department expects to target for the upcoming state legislative session. As other issues arise, either in the form of bills or due to unexpected events, Missouri PTA turns to the state and national resolutions and position statements to formulate our stance.

The Missouri PTA Legislative Platform for 2016

  • Legislation that protects and calls for local control of schools.
  • Legislation to strengthen laws designed to protect minors from abuse and increase funding for programs and services aimed at the prevention of child abuse, neglect and maltreatment.
  • Legislation that supports increased access to mental health services for children.
  • Opposition to tax credits or tax deductions for tuition paid by a parent or sponsors for non-public elementary and secondary school children.
  • Enforcement of legislation requiring school districts to have policies that promote increased parental engagement in their children’s education.
  • Legislation that will maintain or generate local and state funding for public education.
  • Legislation that will safeguard the educational and personal records of students.

For more legislative information from Missouri PTA, please read the rest of the November Legislative report and share this information at your next PTA/PTSA meeting:

Legislative Chair report November 2015

November is Child Mental Health Month

November is designated as Child Mental Health Awareness month. Addressing mental health conditions is a serious subject that many, often due to the stigma attached, feel uncomfortable discussing. Children suffering from mental health issues tend to struggle academically from the time they enter school through their secondary school years. Only 20% of children ages 9-17 who have diagnosable mental disorders are identified and receive help. Schools play a critical role in identifying and addressing mental health needs. Find out what services your school already has in place and make sure to pass that information along to other parents. One of the most basic ways PTA can help is by acknowledging children’s mental health is a serious issue and providing information and education about available resources. PTA needs to get the conversation out in the open. National PTA has some great resources you can share on Emotional Health. You find topics on stress management and teens, the signs to tell if your child is struggling emotionally, and links to a variety of additional resources for both parents and educators.

The National PTA partnered with the National Association of School Psychologists to host a webinar on ways to access special education services offered by your school when your child has a mental health disorder.

Listen (to the webinar at the link above) as a parent, school psychologist and national expert in parents’ and students’ rights, share how to navigate the school system and advocate for your child’s educational needs and overall well-being at school through individualized education plans (IEP) and 504 plans


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