The 2014-15 school year is off to a great start and when more than 75 people showed up to the first PTSA meeting of the year PTSA President Anna Hochkammer was pleased.
Principal Dr. Allison Harley opening remarks were about how the school budget had passed, that every classroom now has smart boards and they are well received by students and teachers and that the school start up was “totally smooth, even boring.” Harley went on to talk about the change from CORE to Florida Standard testing. She also talked about how all ninth-grade students would be given the opportunity to use tablets in school.
Hochkammer then spoke. “This is a community school. We are friends, neighbors, relatives and co-workers, and we take care of our own. We take care of our kids. We get them the materials and resources they need to achieve excellence every day. We take care of our school. We provide the volunteers, time and creativity to solve problems and engage in the larger community. We take care of our parents by providing the friendship, community and know-how to help our families succeed. The school is the center of our community and we are a pillar of that community.”
PTSA President Hochkammer went on to say how important it was to communicate with one another. She reminded parents they could find everything at palmettohighptsa.org and should sign up for Twitter feeds @MPSHPTSA. There is also an e-blast that all parents need to get signed up to receive.
The PTSA does not do fundraising, but they do survive on donations. They were ahead of schedule, but still encourage everyone to make a donation. “Whether it’s $5 or $500, every cent will go towards helping your child.”
On October 10 from 3 to 7 pm, Gus Machado Ford (15551 S Dixie Highway) will host Drive 4 UR School where every test drive of a Ford will result in a $20 donation to PTSA. There will be entertainment, food and fun for the whole family. Hochkammer likened it to “money in the street” and hoped everyone would make it out.