PTO Minutes 9/17/2013

Hixson PTO Meeting
Meeting Minutes
6:30 p.m.

Dr. Jason Heisserer and 11 parent/guardians in attendance
I. Principal Remarks
Jason discussed this year’s strong start to school and a successful Open House, the importance of Rachel’s Challenge (including the impact he is already seeing around the building),  and the continuing work on streamlining the website to create one place to find all activity, e.g. homework, blog, etc. He also reported that an email about upcoming conferences will be coming out shortly. Also, that Normandy and Riverview Garden students are acclimating well.

II. PTO meeting
August meeting minutes were approved.

President’s Report
        ·         Tracy Dunlap discussed the proposed budget, Career and Health Day (to be held on a half-day),    fundraising ideas, and the applications for Fall mini-grants will be open soon.

Mrs. Meyer, Synthesis, discussed the 7th grade science field trip to SLU, which will be on April 13th. The 8th grade field trip will be to Springfield, IL.
We are still looking for 3-4 houses for the House Tour. Please contact Leigh Mckittrick or Cathryn Gowan.

 III. Discussion Topics
Umbrella Organization – Jason informed us that we need a Hixson representative from the PTO for the position.
Registration – Since the opt-in registration forms didn’t go as smoothly as hoped, they are considering changing the format to an event similar to the high school. There would be times available to come to the building to turn in forms, purchase P.E. uniforms, take photos, and pick up class schedules.
Open House – It was suggested that all general information be covered in first hour.

Homework – Suggestion to have homework easily searchable or be sent out as texts.
Bookfair – Volunteers are needed for this event. Online sign-ups will be used.

Conference Dinners – The PTO will be providing 2+ dinners for teachers and staff.

 Next Principal’s Coffee                 Next PTO meeting
October 18th, 8:30 a.m.                  November 19th, 6:30 p.m.