IHS in the Community
Parents, Teachers and Students Unite!
November 12, 2010Irvington High School
By Ichaya Doctor
"Good Morning Blue Knights!"
It was 8:21 and the morning announcement had just begun. Mr. Davis went on to say a lot of important things, but one announcement in particular stood out because it was foreign to most students. There was going to be a meeting for members of the PTSA. The students in homerooms throughout the building were puzzled as to just exactly what the PTSA was
The PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student Association) organization is a volunteer organization of adults and students whose sole purpose is to advocate for children and youth. The PTSA has nearly 800 local PTSA in all 21 counties of New Jersey and total membership of approximately 200,000 members.
The mission of the PTSA is to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children; to assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children, and to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.
According to Ms. Patricia Boone, the parent coordinator at Irvington High, "The PTSA is a group consisting of parents, teachers and students who works closely with the principal, helping to secure student success.
Ms. Boone pointed out that Irvington's PTSA is concerned with the education and welfare of the children of Irvington. We meet every first monday of the month at Irvington High School," stated Ms. Boone.
Ms. Boone pointed out that the PTSA has many goals here at Irvington High. "We try to increase parent involvement and volunteerism and enhance fundraising to help support our school.”
“We also offer our students opportunities to express their concerns at our meetings,” Ms. Boone went on to say. “We also attempt to communicate and collaborate with parents more effectively so that parents are better informed.”
Ms. Boone believes it's very important for teachers to join the PTSA. "In my opinion,the word teacher is a part of PTSA and, in a child's education,” stated Ms. Boone. “(Their participation) shows unity with the parents, students and school system. It shows the parents and students that the teachers care and it (tells) parents & guardians that their child is in safe hands."
For more information or to join Irvington's PTSA, please contact Ms. Patricia Boone.