Hello Palmetto Middle School Community!
I’m Katie Abbott, this year’s PTSA President and a proud Palmetto Middle alumna. I want to THANK YOU for your ongoing support of our school. As a previous PTA President at Pinecrest Elementary, I have worked closely with our area PTAs to promote our amazing neighborhood schools. It can be a challenge with the current focus on options such as magnet, charter, and private schools. Fortunately for our students, we believe that Palmetto Middle School is the most well-rounded choice and will continue to serve our neighborhood and strengthen our community. Our school is unique, as we offer 5 levels of education, and each individual student is supported to reach his or her own personal best. Our highest achieving students can receive high school credit for certain math and science courses, take high school level foreign languages, as well as required classes for specialized high school programs. This year, we have a wonderful PTSA parent volunteer as our Science and Math Liaison who also happens to be a Finance professional. With the recent changes in our national Math and Science curricula, this link between our dynamic teachers and the PTSA will provide us the latest information to make the most informed choices with our students.
I want you to know that the PTSA has accomplished some amazing things at our school. Last year alone, we purchased and received donations of 65 high quality new and gently used computers, facilitated the donation of 160 pieces of furniture from Western Union, leased a heavily-utilized office copy machine, installed landscaping, purchased communication devices for PE and other staff to improve security, bought microphones for the drama department, butterfly garden supplies and umbrellas, classroom tools, and so much more. We support our students in countless ways, including need-based individual sponsorships and uniforms, school clubs, sports teams and Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. We cannot, however, continue to do these wonderful programs without your support. Unfortunately, Florida school funding is among the lowest per capita. Our PTSA is doing everything we can to make up for it.
Our first PTSA meeting on September 8th at 9 AM at school. I would be honored to meet you and discuss our budget and goals for this year. In the meantime, please consider joining the PTSA. We are running a back-to-school membership drive with a goal of raising $20,000. Fundraising can be difficult, but it is the only avenue that allows us the latitude to take on projects involving our facility, technology upgrades, and major equipment purchases. If we are able to raise enough in this initial drive, we may not have to do a large fundraiser later in the year.
PTSA membership and support are not just for parents. We encourage teachers (the ‘T’ in PTSA), students (the ‘S’ in PTSA), and community members such as grandparents and alumni to join and support us. Please look carefully at the choices on the other side of this letter. In addition, if you work for a large company, we ask that you look into a company match program, as many have them for organizations such as ours.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly.
You may join and/or support us online using the Pay Pal links below. However, note that we receive more of your donation when you write a check, as we have to pay an fee for online transactions.
To write a check and send in the mail, please print and complete the Membership Form and send with a check made out to ‘Palmetto Middle School PTSA’ to:
Palmetto Middle School PTSA
Palmetto Middle School
7351 SW 128th Street
Pinecrest, FL 33156
If your child is currently a student at Palmetto Middle School, they can return the completed form and check in an envelope to their homeroom teacher.
Again, thank you so much for your ongoing support.
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