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Beltsville Academy Parents

We hope to provide parents a chance to e-mingle, communicate more freely and efficiently, foster a greater alliance with the BA family, stay virtually involved.

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Latest Activity: Apr 26, 2011

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Comment by Jeremy D. Roberts on April 26, 2011 at 9:00am

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm currently on a District 1 Roundtable set up by Ms. Johnson, the BOE member for our area schools. While this group has a different focus, it does include members of the various PTAs, so I'll certainly be working through this avenue to start.

 

The major issue with getting things done before had to do with, quite simply, the lack of personnel. We had a lot going on with our PTA at Beltsville Academy over the past 3 years (I was President for most of that time) and reaching outside of the school to take on something new would have required someone who was not currently involved in the PTA (i.e. had a little more time) but who was still capable of taking the lead on things ... kinda like how I am now that I'm no longer PTA President or very actively involved in the PTA. We'll see how it goes.

 

Thanks again.

 

Jeremy

Comment by Michael A. Robinson on April 25, 2011 at 11:32pm

Jermey,

Stephanie, provides a great plan of action and I would suggest following a few if not all the steps.  I am here to support and I am sure that Stephanie will be open to assisting. 

Mike

Comment by Stephanie Pressley on April 25, 2011 at 8:33pm
My best guess is to start a community forum. When I discuss with parents and community members about building bridges, everyone freeze up. Simply open the door! communication is the key but closing the gap especially if it is a feeder school there should not be a problem. Here is an example. As PTA president at Eugene Burroghs Middle school, I had two elementary schools that came to me and I had two high schools that I had to feed out. A forum or "focus" group will bridge that gap. You have to get administration involved and like you said Michael the BOE member. But even before that create a "cluster" PTA just to get it started. Not really that hard just find a "source information" that represent everyone.
Comment by Michael A. Robinson on April 25, 2011 at 7:22pm

Jeremy,

 

I want to help. Tell what you would need me to do. Should we reach out to the BOE member or the leadership of both schools?  Let me know and I am on board.

Comment by Jeremy D. Roberts on April 25, 2011 at 1:56pm
That's something I've been trying to get done over the past few years. Not as easy as I thought it would have been. I'll be trying to make it happen this year again though, as I'll be a member of both PTAs.
Comment by Michael A. Robinson on April 25, 2011 at 12:58am

Stephanie,

 

This is a very engaged group of parents at BA.  I would love to find a way to connect this group with the parents of High Point High, which is there feeder school

Comment by Stephanie Pressley on April 24, 2011 at 4:58pm
Whats going on out in Beltsville?  So far away from south county but still face the same issues.
 

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