Celebrating 100 Years of Advocating for Children
Release: Dr. Karen Salmon Named Next Maryland State
State Board Selects Dr. Salmon After National Search;
Term Begins July
MD (May 24, 2016)
Maryland State Board of Education today selected Dr. Karen B. Salmon as the
State’s next State Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1.
Salmon will begin serving as Acting Superintendent on June 1, and take the helm
as State Superintendent one month later. She will succeed Interim State
Superintendent Jack Smith, who earlier this year was named the next
Superintendent of the Montgomery County Public Schools.
State Board voted unanimously to elevate Dr. Salmon to the State Superintendent
position, pending final contract negotiations.
am committed to collaborating with all of our stakeholders to ensure a
world-class education for every Maryland public school student," Dr. Salmon
said. "I want to build on Maryland's past accomplishments, streamline programs
at the Maryland State Department of Education, and articulate a shared vision
for educational excellence." (Click here to read the entire press Release).
Advocacy and the ESSA
you continue to advocate on behalf of students in our state, Maryland
PTA wants to bring to your attention the following information.
The U.S. Department of Education recently posted an updated set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The Department has prepared these FAQs to support states and school
districts in understanding expectations during the transition to full
implementation of the ESSA. They recognize there are questions that are
still not addressed in this document; but will continue to update and
add to these FAQs over the coming months.
The FAQs are posted on National PTA’s ESSA webpage – www.pta.org/essa along
with other materials to help you, PTAs, and parents understand the law
and how they can be involved in the implementation process moving
2016 Maryland PTA Proposed Bylaws Amendments
The following bylaws amendments will be voted on at the Maryland PTA 101st Annual Convention being held August 5-6, 2016 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Silver Spring, MD. Be prepared to discuss and vote on these amendments during General Session by reviewing them on advance. VIEW AMENDMENTS HERE
Proposed Amendment 1 - Article II - Purposes - Section 1a,c,d,e and f (new)
Proposed Amendment 2 - Article VI - Councils - Section 1j - 2nd Sentence
Proposed Amendment 3 - Article VI - Councils - Section 2c
Proposed Amendment 4 - Article Vi - Councils - Section 12 - 1st Sentence
Proposed Amendment 5 - Article IX - Officers and their Elections - Sections 1a and 2 e
Proposed Amendment 6 - Article VXI - Convention - Section 1d - 2nd Sentence
Proposed Amendment 7 - Article XXI - Amendment of Bylaws - Section 1c - 2nd Sentence
Is Your Local PTA Unit in Compliance with Maryland PTA Standards
of Continuing Affiliation?
1) Are the local PTA unit's bylaws on file with Maryland PTA?
2) Is the local PTA unit up to date on membership dues payments to Maryland PTA?
3) Has the local PTA unit paid their 2015-16 insurance?
4) Has the local PTA unit filed the Annual Renewal of Registration Form for Maryland
5) Has the local PTA unit filed a Form 990 with the IRS?
6) Has the local PTA unit completed an audit for the 2015 year and sent a copy to Maryland PTA?
7) Does Maryland PTA have the current officer contact information for the 2015-2016 school year?
If you can say, "yes," to items 1-7 above, Congratulations! Your local PTA unit is in good standing with Maryland PTA Bylaws!
your local PTA unit has not completed each of these Maryland PTA
requirements, they are not in good standing according to the Maryland
PTA Bylaws. Please call our office 1-800-707-7972 or e-mail OfficeAdministrator@mdpta.org, for assistance.
MARCH 31, 2016 - DEADLINE FOR COMPLIANCE ACCORDING TO MARYLAND PTA BYLAWS.
We are excited to share with you the story on Beverly Cleary running on the TODAY Show this morning at about 8:30 a.m. You’ll find at the end of the clip, Brock Bridge Elementary is featured to show the unveiling of the E-readers and a
couple shots of students using the devices.
It has come to our attention that
effective February 29, 2016, the IRS launched a new website for
submitting the Form 990-N (e-Postcard) filings. Any Form 990-N filings
that was not completed and submitted by 11:59 pm (ET) on February 28, 2016, will need to be re-entered into the new IRS system. To access the new IRS website please click: www.irs.gov/990n. You will be required to create an account and profile. Please contact the MD PTA office if you have any questions.
Maryland State Education Forum sponsored an Education Policy Forum in
Annapolis to discuss education topics, policy and the upcoming
Legislative session. President Elizabeth Ysla Leight was part of the
first panel which helped to set the tone for an excellent forum with
educators, legislators and PTA members.
Maryland Parent Involvement Awards Program Issues call for Nominations
BALTIMORE (November 24, 2015) – The Maryland State Department of Education today announced a call for nominations for the ninth annual Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Awards (PIMA). The unique awards program honors parents and others with legal responsibility for a child whose exemplary contributions to public education have led to improvements for Maryland’s public school children, teachers, schools, programs and/or policies... (Click Here)
PTA parents, want to know how to help your child and
about the changes happening in classrooms across the country? Do you
want tips to help your child prepare for the upcoming state test?
Learning Heroes can help! Learning Heroes just released their Family Playbook which
is designed to ensure that parents have the information and resources
at their fingertips to get ready for the upcoming state test. The guide
provides basic facts on what to expect, tips and tools for helping your
child prepare and links to the practice test so you can become familiar
with the types of questions that will be asked. Learning Heroes mission
is to equip parents with the information they need from partners such as
National PTA to support your child at home. For more information and
personalized tools visit BeALearningHero.org.
The http://www.greatschools.org/gk/sbac-test-guide/ provides
an explanation of the skills and
content in both math and English, broken down by test categories. For
example, to better understand a 5th grade math score, a parent can
unpack the score by selecting their child’s grade, state and subject and
reading about the types of skills that need to
be mastered in each of them. Easy and parent-friendly language is then
used to show ways to support your child's school success.
· The Learning Heroes Skill Builder is
a search engine that parents can use to uncover learning
activities specifically tailored your child's area in need of
improvement. Just like the GreatSchools tool, parents can select a
state, grade, subject and category. The search engine then finds
targeted exercises and resources you can use with your child
to help improve those skills.
Score Report Support
spring, your child took a new state test focusing on the critical
thinking, problem solving and reasoning skills that students need, which
replaced the previous test taken in your state. Results from the new
tests are important because they will help teachers better understand
where your child does well and where he/she may need some help.
As parents, we all have lots of questions about what score reports from the test means for our children. That’s
why in this month’s newsletter, we’re focusing on resources to help you
understand your child’s score report, and learn how to use it to
support their growth. We hope these resources are helpful to you, and we're here to help!
What's different about the new tests?
Click here for some introductory information on how the new state tests work, and
what they are measuring. If you’re not sure which test your child took
last spring, select your state from the drop down menu at the bottom of
the page for more information.
How can I help at home?
our site, we’ve developed two new one-stop-shop pages (one for Smarter
Balanced and one for PARCC) packed full of useful information for
parents from trusted partners such as GreatSchools, National PTA and
Scholastic. And we’re very excited to share new tools, including
GreatKids State Test Guide for Parents and Skill Builder, which allows
you to search by grade, subject and scoring category to find information
and resources tailored to the areas where your child needs support..
Click here for our new page for parents: About the Smarter Balanced Test
Click here for our new page for parents in PARCC states: About the PARCC Test
Click here if you’re not sure which test your child took last spring.
How are they helpful to my child's teacher?
this video, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling,
shares information about the new tests, and how they are helpful to your
child’s teacher. This video focuses on the Smarter Balanced test, if
you live in a PARCC state, click here.
National PTA received a request from PARCC.
If you could find time to take the survey it would be greatly appreciated.
PARCC states are seeking feedback to ensure they are delivering score
reports and other information in a way that is both understandable and
useful to parents and students. The answers parents give will provide
the consortium with valuable
information, and will help enhance the score delivery process for next
Useful PARCC Websites
Other Helpful Links
Lessons Learned: Bridging the Gap between School and Community
Posted by NASSAP on October 16, 2015
Guest Post by Eddie Gleason
Meaningful family-community engagement and principal leadership are
two essential components for effective school improvement. Yet, these
two elements often operate separately from each other, and collaboration... <READ FULL ARTICLE>
Hey fourth graders!
A new White House youth initiative to get all 4th graders and their
families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural
treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE!
To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors,
supporters and advocates, the White House, in partnership with the
Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park
initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and
every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public
lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.
Beginning September 1st all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at www.everykidinapark.gov. This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!
The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year,
until August 31, 2016. Information on obtaining the pass is available by
Have you checked the status of your unit's incorporation?
If you are not considered "In Good Standing" by the Maryland Department of Assessments, you need to contact them (410-767-1350) to find out what is required to bring you into Good Standing. Not being in good standing can result in the loss of your incorporation and the protection it provides. It will cause your local to not be in good standing, and thus not be able to participate in several of our programs and benefits. This
loss of standing by the MD Dept of State is usually a result of not filing
your property tax report.
THIS REPORT NEEDS TO BE FILED WHETHER YOUR PTA/PTSA OWNS ANY PROPERTY OR NOT!!!
Check your status at www.dat.state.md.us
- Click on Business Data Search
- Click on Business Entity Search
- Then enter either the PTA name as originally submitted OR enter the Incorporation number for your PTA.
- When you see your PTA, click on general information
- This will give you an overview of the status of your
What's going on.......
Maryland PTA Newsletters
April - May 2015
.....good things are happening in Maryland!
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