What is the BHS PTSO?
PTSO stands for Parent Teacher Student Organization. The BHS PSTO is a nonprofit group comprised of parents, teachers, students and staff dedicated to improving the educational experience of all students at Belmont High School. Our goals are to encourage interaction between family and school, serve as a source of support, and work with teachers, staff, and the community at large to improve our children's educational experience. The PTSO works closely with the school administration to meet this goal.
Who can join the PTSO?
Any student, parent or guardian of a current student of BHS as well as all current faculty and staff.
How do I become a member?
All you have to do is complete our membership form and pay the yearly registration dues of $35.00 per parent and $5 per student. It is never too late to join!
What are the benefits of membership?
First it gives you a voice! Your membership entitles you to vote at all meetings on PTSO business. You may desire to volunteer to help with our many events throughout the year. Volunteering is encouraged but NOT required. Paying your dues helps fund programs and materials that directly support your child's learning experience.
Students involved in PTSO not only receive credit for community service hours, but also practice important leadership skills working with parent mentors.
What programs and materials does the PTSO fund and support?
In recent years we have relied exclusively on the "Non-Fundraiser" for donations. This year we expanded our fundraising efforts to include business sponsorships and membership for a nominal fee ($35 adults; $5 students), which we hope will encourage greater community participation. In addition, we are running targeted fundraisers (water bottle sales campaign, popup pizza sales) for high school drinking water improvements, and are working to hold events (flea market, school dance) that will build community as well as raise money. For more information please see the Fundraising page.
Programs and Community Events
The PTSO works on informational sessions of interest to the whole community:
- College Speakers Series: The Road to College; the College Fair; Financial Aid Planning; Gap Year
- Wellness Speakers Series
- Teacher and Staff Appreciation
- Curriculum Offerings: last year we offered a high school computer science education presentation, which helped to generate interest in adding the new AP Computer Science class. Currently we are thinking about options for life skills education.
- “Sexual Assault and Title IX: What Every Student and Parent Needs to Know,” a panel discussion co-sponsored with the Belmont Women’s Club.
When and Where are the PTSO Meetings?
We have 10 scheduled meetings a year. Please see the Events page.
Why should I come to PTSO Meetings?
- The number one reason is to benefit our students and help our school. The PTSO is a great opportunity to become involved in your child's education at BHS
- Get informed. Find out what's happening at the high school!
- Get connected! Come and share ideas, concerns, and experiences with other parents and educators in the community. PTSO functions are an opportunity to meet other parents and teachers, build rapport and be informed.
- Tap into a network. By getting involved at BHS, you will become part of our community working to effect positive change.
- Be a role model for your own kids and a mentor to student members. By becoming active in the PTSO, you will be demonstrating to students the importance you place on education. Studies show children do better in school when parents are involved.Speak Up. PTSO offers a forum for exchanging ideas as well as making suggestions. PTSO can be a way for you to more effectively voice concerns at BHS.
How can I make a difference at BHS?
The PTSO believes that students and parent involvement is an essential ingredient to a student's success. We strongly encourage all students, parents and faculty to join the PTSO. Joining the PTSO is a great way for you to show support for our students' best education possible. You can attend the PTSO meetings, volunteer your time for PTSO events and support the fundraising events to help educate students. Your input is important to us.
How can I help?
Please consider helping in any way that fits your schedule. There are many things that you can do to help. Maybe what works best is to show your support through making a financial contribution. Maybe you can dedicate several hours to a special event or fundraiser. The amount of time you spend participating in PTSO activities is up to you. The important thing is that you become involved in your child's educational experience. You may contact the PTSO office or any of our Officers and let them know you are interested in volunteering and they will gladly help you find the perfect place. Even if the school year is underway, it is never too late to get involved! BHS needs you!
How does the PTSO acquire the necessary funds to sponsor so many projects?
Fundraisers and donations. Look for a fundraising letter in the fall, as well as fundraising events targeted for particular needs. Your support of these events is vital to our success as a PTSO!
What happens to the money raised by the PTSO?
Each year we create and vote on a budget to allocate funding. The PTSO strives to raise at least enough funds to meet some of the items on the wish list of the school administration. While fundraising is not our primary goal, it is an important aspect of the PTSO. Money raised by the PTSO sponsored events helps purchase supplemental materials for BHS students and staff. The PTSO’s role has become even more critical as we raise funds to fill budget cuts. The PTSO gladly works to provide some of the extras that our students and teachers receive.
How do I become an officer?
All positions are for 2-year terms. In order to be eligible for officer nominations, one must currently have a student enrolled at Belmont High School who will still be a student at our campus during the entire two year term. If you meet all these requirements simply complete the "Officer Nomination" Form that is available in the spring. Once all forms are submitted the Nominating Committee will select a slate of officers to be presented and voted on at the PTSO meeting in June.
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