Brief PTO Update:
The year is off to a fantastic start!
As of a few days ago, we achieved our conservative No Hassle Fundraising budget goal of $24,000! A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far. We would love to beat this goal soundly so we can fund more programs on campus.
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The Wish List forms have been distributed on campus, and we are beginning to receive requests already! We are casting a wide net and narrowing down potential speakers and topics for our Empower LT events - both during the day AND in the evenings. We have been getting great suggestions for new student programs to start. We appreciate the influx of ideas - keep them coming!
We had a great turnout for our first General Membership meeting of the year. We accepted the Audit Committee's Final Report and Recommendations, and approved and accepted our full-year budget. Mr Butler shared his experiences so far and his vision for our campus, spending a generous amount of time on Q&A.
We have had several volunteer requests, and you filled those needs quickly. THANK YOU! We will continue to fine-tune the process for our campus requesters AND you, our volunteers.
For those of you wanting to get more involved with PTO and meet our current volunteers, we will plan some informal get-togethers at local establishments. We hope it will be a good way to spread the knowledge and begin make connections.
Thank you for all the ways you support ALL our students. -Babita
Fully funded requests include:
THANK YOU TO OUR
2016-2017 STUDENT DIRECTORY SPONSORS!
A HUGE thank you to our local Lakeway Smoothie King for treating our teachers to free smoothies last week during our breakfast teacher appreciation event.
We love our sponsors - thanks for supporting LTHS PTO!
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MORE WISHES GRANTED!
Thanks to the generous donations of our amazing parents, teachers and business sponsors, we were able to fund a few more wishes. At our April 10th meeting, we approved an additional $4525 of requests from the Fall. Fully funded requests include:
We are working with Mr. Butler to identify more possible investments for this year.
Plan to attend our Monday May 15th PTO meeting to get the scoop!
From the LTHS E-News
On November 17th, PTO representatives, with Principal Butler's assistance, surprised each teacher with the good news. What an amazing and gratifying experience!
(Thank you to our student yearbook photographers!)
We will continue to monitor our income and spending throughout the year. We hope to be able to fund any unfilled or additional requests later this spring. And if you haven't donated yet, it is NEVER too late.
Thank you for all the ways you support your PTO.
Dear LTHS Community,
It's hard to believe June is already here. This school year has been amazing, fast-paced, and full of change. Before signing off for the summer, I would like to thank some people and share with you some highlights.
I would like to acknowledge our executive board and committee chair volunteers and to thank them for their service.
2016-2017 LTHS PTO Executive Board: Tanya Dorsett, Felicia Hester, Grace Payne, Heather Swanson, Amanda Tennant
2016-2017 Committee Chairs: Alicia Autrey, Lynn Ballard, Kim Flasch, Jojie Gallagher, Courtney Helton, Jennifer Hernandez, Kristin Holt, H. Carol Johnson, Emily Larcher, Sara Lauritzen, Lorena Masferrer, Shelley McCannon, Jan Moreland, Carol Rhodes, Brandye Rocca, RaNee Steed, Lei Streuling, Courtney Thomas, Shaeli Walton, Elizabeth Wood
Thank you for your hard work and dedication all year. You made a real difference.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank Principal Butler and his Administrative Team for their open mindedness, patience, energy, and enthusiasm. It has been a real pleasure establishing our campus partnership with you.
This year, we invested about $33K toward our annual Student and Teacher programs. We brought back the Student Talent Show. And we implemented some new ideas to expand our future capabilities, including:
· registering with Amazon Smile to bring in additional income;
· registering as an approved charity with the Benevity Giving
Platform to receive corporate matching gifts;
· creating a Cultural Connections committee to improve our
support of non-English speaking families;
· creating a Social Media committee to improve our
communication with ALL families (Come "LIKE" us on
· transforming our former Empower LT committee into an
amazing Speaker Series with events throughout the year.
We allocated $19.6K toward Wish List requests as follows:
· English (AP English 4 Poetry Book class set)
· Science (9 Force Tables with masses for Physics)
· Social Studies (Updated resource guide set for AP US History)
· Career & Technical Education (chop saw and replacement
blades for Agriculture; 2 class sets (16 each) of Logitech
headsets with microphones for Computer Science; 8 PLTW
Digital Electronics VEX kits for Engineering; Investing 101
micro site license (through July 2018) and set of 40 Leelbox 3D
VR Google Glasses for Business)
· Fine Arts (mat cutter, 2 Lix 3D pens and extra filaments,
interactive document camera, and life-size wooden manikin for
Visual Arts; 4 rolling mirrors for Theatre)
· Special Education (Geometry teaching supplies, classroom
display calculators, Employment / Training Curriculums,
cardstock and envelopes)
· General, Multi-department, and/or Student-driven
(2 replacement iPad Airs with Otterbox cases and 8 lightning
cables for technology cart replenishment in the Digital Media
Center; 60 stackable, recycling bins for a joint DECA /
Environmental Science effort to improve recycling on campus;
LTHS Library “Brain Balance” Project researched and proposed by
Interior Design students, incorporating Floral Design, AG
Mechanics/Welding, Fine Art, and possibly Life Skills students)
The Wish List program allows us to support the LTHS campus in multiple and unique ways. Each year we use this expense line item to balance our budget. This means that the more income we generate from donations and sponsorships, the more we can spend on campus "wishes". You can check out our history of giving here.
We couldn’t have done any of this without you, our community.
Thank you for engaging with us.
Thank you for donating your ideas, enthusiasm, time, and money.
Thank you for attending our meetings and our speaker events.
Thank you for all the big and little things you did this year to further the PTO mission of enriching the education of each student.
It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve as your PTO President this year. I wish you a safe and happy summer.
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Last week, we wrote about our local school tax rate comprising M&O ($1.04 per $100 assessed property value) and I&S ($0.3675 per $100 assessed property value).
The state of Texas created recapture ("Robin Hood") in 1994 to ensure equitable funding of schools throughout the state. The LTISD current recapture rate is 44%. This means out of $1.04 collected locally to run our schools (salaries, utilities, furniture, supplies, food, gas, etc.), we keep only $0.60 locally. The rest is collected by the state. Changes made since 2006 have made this worse by limiting the benefits of an increasing property tax base. More about that next time.
Informative School Finance links:
No Hassle Fundraiser
On November 14th, the LTHS PTO Executive Board allocated just under $15,000 for immediate teacher wish list spending.
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LT Empower Event
"Managing Your Teen's Anxiety"
More about Texas School Finance and LTISD ...
In November, Dr. Candice Ackerman from Flourish Counseling of Austin, Texas spoke before a group of Lake Travis PTO parents on the subject of teenage anxiety. Dr. Ackerman provided a description of the symptoms of anxiety and described ways we as parents can support our child in a competitive school environment.
Click here for a link to the slides from the presentation.
We appreciate Dr. Ackerman for speaking with our parent PTO group. We appreciate Starbucks for their coffee donation and Shipley's for the tasty donuts.