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Provide leadership in promoting the WHS PTSA mission; serves as official spokesperson of WHS PTSA; facilitate executive committee, board meetings, and general meeting agendas.
Contact: Andrea Blacwood, PTSA President
Vice President, Programs
Works with the designated program committee chairs to ensure that all programs of Wakefield High School PTSA are conducted and executed in a quality manner.
Contact: DeBora King
Records the minutes at all executive board and general PTSA meetings including the names of members present at board meetings. Prepares and distributes meeting minutes for approval. Position serves on the Board of Directors.
Contact: Michelle Lair, Secretary
Keeps accurate and detailed financial statements of the budget, receipts, disbursements and bank balances. Maintains permanent treasurer files per recommendation of North Carolina PTA. Position serves on the Board of Directors.
Contact: Melinda Jones, Treasurer
Represents the student body at PTSA meetings. Reports at each meeting student activities and school climate. Position serves on the Board of Directors.
Contact: Carson Jones (Senior Rep)
Hannah Raftery (Junior Rep)
Shannon Kelly (Sophomore Rep)
Advocacy Chairperson will stay informed of Wake County legislative priorities and Wake County Council, keep informed about policies and issues within the school district, and pass along information to Wakefield PTSA members in monthly meeting report. Position serves on the Board of Directors.
Contact: (Board Advisory Council)
Contact: (Wake PTA Council)
Contact: Michelle Lair (School Improvement Plan)
Membership Chairperson organizes PTSA membership drives of students, teachers, parents and community members. The school's PTSA is very active in supporting programs for students, teachers and parents for the entire school. This membership allows parents to tap into resources available online by local Wake County PTA and state chapter of NCPTA. Both these organizations help to promote education among all students.
Contact: Leigh Watson & Sharon Gerald
Our primary fundraiser for the year is a community-wide event held at Wakefield High School. An arts and craft show with local and state vendors. This committee breaks down the major tasks (vendors, hospitality, basket raffle, set up/break down, volunteers, bake sale, marketing/advertising) and holds the event in November. Many opportunities for students and parents leading up to the day of the event.
Contact: Lynn Stuchel, Chairperson
PTSA provides volunteers and funding for the Faculty Back to School Breakfast, Faculty Early Release Day Luncheons, Treat Day (during the Holiday season) and Faculty & Staff Appreciation Week. PTSA and parent volunteers also help coordinate Lamp of Knowledge, Mid-year Graduation Reception and Senior Awards Reception.
Lamp of Knowledge
The Lamp of Knowledge Program recognizes students who made Honor Roll first and second semester and earned a 3.75 (or greater) GPA during the prior academic year. Students receive a "W" letter and academic pin. If they are a multiple year recipient they receive a bar for their letter. A continental breakfast is served along with an inspirational speech from a special guest.
Contact: Kim Sanchelli, Chairperson
Chairperson distributes A and A/B Honor Roll certificates to students at the end of each semester (February and September).
Contact: Yolanda Card, Chairperson
PTSA provides academic, community service, AIM and P.R.I.D.E. scholarships to Wakefield Seniors each year. The Chairperson responsible for organizing and communicating available scholarships from PTSA along with business community scholarships. Chairperson also coordinates forms and scholarship packets with Student Services and counselors and solicit parent and business volunteers to sit on a panel to judge student essays and participate in student interview for selection.
Contact: DeBora King, Chairperson
This committee is led by Underclassman parents who organize a reception at the Senior Awards/Graduation Night in May. Food, decorations, invitations and WHS traditions are a part of this event. All parents are invited and welcome to help with this important event!
Contact: Cyndi Townley or Hospitality@wakefieldhsptsa.org
AIM – Academic Improvement in Motion
Academic Improvement in Motion (AIM) is a PTSA sponsored program, facilitated by school faculty and administrators on behalf of students who show academic improvement. It focuses on recognizing the academic achievements of students who are not on the honor roll or not in the top tier of the class but have put forth “extra effort” to improve their abilities and grades in a specific class during a nine week period. It is intended to be used by teachers as part of their recognition “toolkit” for students. We recognize that all students can improve and teacher for honors and AP classes also use the program. Senior AIM recipients are also recognized at Senior Awards Night with a certificate and pin and may also apply for PTSA’s AIM scholarship.
Contact: Lisa Goldsmith, Chairperson
P.R.I.D.E. (PBIS-Positive Behavior Intervention System)
Committee works with the faculty PBIS (character education committee) on both campuses on recognition of students receiving P.R.I.D.E. cards. P.R.I.D.E. cards are given out to students that display characteristics/actions from the P.R.I.D.E. matrix - Positive words and actions, Respect of self and others, Integrity and Honor, Displays self control and Excellence in everything you do.
Contact: Lisa Goldsmith, Chairperson
Communications Contact: Karen Robinson
Website/Facebook/Twitter/Newsletter Contact: DeBora King
Bulletin Board Contact: Position Open
Cultural Arts Chair works with the school's art department: visual, band, chorus and theater to determine programs that would benefit our students. Chair also works with the English Department for writing and poetry programs.
Contact: Lynn Stuchel, Cultural Arts Chairperson
PTSA’s Special Programs Committee meets with the school’s Special Programs Department and Administration to advocate for children through parental support and special projects.
Contact: Anne Marie Ward, Chairperson
Chairperson helps members link their Harris Teeter VIC Card to raise money for WHS. Members can go online to the store's website or list their card number on the PTSA Membership Form and the chairperson will take care of it. Members can also connect their Target (Visa) Red Card and their Kroger Card at the respective company's website.
Contact: Hannah Raftery, Senior Representative
All are welcome to PTSA meetings! PTSA Board Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month in the Main Campus Media Center from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There are three general meetings a year (Meet the Teacher Night in September, Curriculum Fair in January, and April). A quorum consists of 20 members.
Contact: Andrea Blackwood, PTSA President
The Mission of the Wakefield Business Alliance is to create a link between our business community and our school community. Through this connection, business partners can enhance the School-to-Career transition of every student, as they become responsible, productive citizens and leaders within the community. PTSA representative attends monthly meetings and reports PTSA events and activities to members. Representative also coordinates volunteers and/or business to assist in Career Fairs (county-wide and at the high school) and Career College (Middle School). Participates as a judge for school presentations, internships, mock interviews and small business plans.
Facebook: Wakefield Business Alliance
Just Think First
The JUST THINK FIRST Program seeks to raise awareness on various topics that affect teens in society today including violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, gangs and negative peer pressure. Through education, we continue to be committed in our efforts to provide powerful messages to our students regarding safe and responsible choices they can make. On Thanksgiving day, a 5k road race/walk is held to raise awareness and funds for the JUST THINK FIRST program. Various volunteer opportunities are available for this event. Everyone is invited to participate.
Contact: Sandy Gasper, PTSA Liaison
"I join PTSA because I want to be an integral part of my school community by supporting as much as I can. I want to support the parents who do so much and who spend countless hours on projects, fund raisers and a myriad of other things to benefit students, faculty and the school in general. I join because to do so is to be committed to one's school; it says I believe in this school and the members of this school community."...Ms. Leshnock – WHS English Department
"I join because I see education as three-fold like the trunk and branches of a tree. Obviously, the 'tree' is the student, among the 'branches' are parents and teachers (and so many others coaches, friends, relatives, ministers etc.) To have the 'tree' be sturdy and healthy and truly flourish, the tree needs ALL the branches WORKING TOGETHER for the benefit of the student. The 'working together' is the PTSA. I want to be a part of this so I join."...PTSA Board Member