PTSA Committees 2017-2018
For more information about these committees, or to volunteer, please contact the PTSA VP’s for Volunteers, Stephanie Deutchman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vicki Herson (email@example.com ) or contact the committee chairs directly. Committee chair names and contact information are listed on the website under “PTSA Quick Links”; “PTSA Activity and Committee Chairs 2017-2018.”
Counseling Advisory Committee
The Counseling Advisory Committee (CAC) is a positive, constructive, working committee comprised of parents, counselors, and SGA representatives who work together to assist the Guidance Department to provide the best possible services for students and their families. Support provided may include but is not limited to: organization of parent informational meetings at each grade level, collaborating on ideas for improvements in the school environment, providing encouragement to the counseling staff, and building better communication between the school and families.
The Directory Committee works with representatives of the senior class to compile updates and corrections to the Whitman Telephone Directory published each fall. The directory includes contact information for staff, PTSA, and students. It is used widely throughout the Whitman community. Sale of the directory is a major fund-raiser for the senior class and every PTSA parent membership includes a directory.
Freshman and New Student Pizza Party
Organizes food and publicity for the New Student Pizza get together. This is held one evening just before school starts.
Coordinates parent sign ups of the Giant bonus cards to make Whitman High School the recipient of monies from groceries purchased.
An evening, held in March, of food, dance, entertainment, and cultural events from the many diverse countries represented at Whitman. The committee coordinates with the ESOL Department, additional staff, international families and students to plan the event.
Main Office Volunteers
Recruits, coordinates, and trains parent volunteers to staff Main Office phones and welcome desk during the school day. Coordinates annual updating of resource information so that volunteers and secretaries have current information available (to facilitate effective “first welcome” to Whitman—both to callers and visitors).
“New to Whitman” Parent Liaison
Collects names of all new students (with parent names) registering during the year from the Registrars office. Volunteers will communicate with new families to help them learn about the Whitman community and invite them to coffees and other events to meet other parents and to help them learn about the area.
Plans and raises all monies to support the after prom party held from 1:00 am to 5:00 am at Whitman, immediately following the prom. The committee consists of two to three co-chairs, 15 committee chairs, and over 150 volunteers the night of the party. We are part of a coalition of 26 public and 12 private schools working together to provide an entertaining, safe, alcohol and drug free celebration.
Principal’s Coffee for Rising 9th Grade and New Parents
Committee coordinates two coffees, one in June and one in August. Includes ordering food, purchasing paper goods, coordinating with the PTSA President on publicizing the event, and assisting at the events.
Special Education Needs
The committee stays informed of issues that affect students receiving special education and/or accommodations at Whitman. The committee improves communication among parents, students and staff through maintaining an email listserv firstname.lastname@example.org and planning meetings on topics related to special education. The chair works closely with the administration to improve Whitman’s performance in meeting the educational and social needs of its students with disabilities.
Committee coordinates approximately 9 yearly food events for staff: a welcome back to school staff breakfast at the beginning of the year, buffets for the 6-7 after-school staff meetings and in December, holiday gift bags for all Whitman staff and administrators. Co-chairs seek and coordinate food contributions from Whitman families throughout the year.
Student Service Learning (SSL)
Assists the school SSL Coordinator, and other staff promote SSL opportunities.
Sponsors and publicizes regular walks for parents which promote fitness and friendship among participants.
Whicom is a managed, unmoderated, e-mail discussion group open to parents, faculty, and staff of Whitman. Whitcom is for informal communication about topics related to Whitman, such as items lost at school, requests for tutors or carpools, and general questions regarding sports or other after-school activities and events. The manager posts the weekly community announcements, and maintains the comprehensive Whitcom Tutor Listing and Neighborhood Specialist Listing, available to Whitcom members.
Maintains the subscription list and approves new members to Whitnet.
Whitman Clubs Night
Coordinates an evening in September when clubs and organizations showcase the variety of activities offered at Whitman. In conjunction with this evening, compiles a pamphlet for parents and students which lists descriptions and officers of all clubs.
Whitworld is open to all international and American families at Whitman. Monthly cultural and social events are arranged to enjoy the richness of cultural diversity in this area, help them and their students integrate into the Whitman community and provide information and support to new families.