Our Teacher Appreciation Committee works hard all year long to help express our collective appreciation. If you’re looking for a fun way to treat your teacher to something personal throughout the year, click here to check out their fun facts, including likes and dislikes 🙂
Current Events & Announcements
Fun Run 2021 Is Here!!
The Fun Run, PTA’s biggest annual fundraiser, is happening October 22nd. Donations are now open – please click here to make a donation. We have lots of fun and prizes planned for each of you! Please stay tuned to the Blast and social media for information updates.
We invite ALL Mitchell families to join our PTA. Please note that ANYONE is welcome to join our PTA, whether or not your child attends Mitchell in person, through eLearning or even if you do not have a child at Mitchell. Please click here to fill out the online forms to join PTA and/or the free and secure online directory. Please wait until you have your teacher assignments before completing the forms!! You must submit new forms each school year to join PTA and be included in the online directory. Thank you.
PTA Information Welcome Packet
Whether you’re new to Mitchell, new to PTA or just want to learn more we have all of your PTA information here. This PTA Welcome Packet includes all you need to know about the PTA Board, events, committees and volunteer opportunities. Although many of our events may take on a temporary new format this year, we hope this will give you an idea of PTA’s traditional contributions to the school.
Teacher Fun Facts
We’ve all missed our teachers since last school year’s abrupt in-person ending. I know we appreciate them now more than ever. Our Teacher Appreciation Committee works hard all year long to help express our collective appreciation. If you’re looking for a fun way to treat your teacher to something personal throughout the year, check out their fun facts here, including likes and dislikes 🙂
A message from our Student & Teacher Advocacy Committee Florida ranks 41st in the country for public school funding per student spending approximately $4000 (or 36%) below the national average! Our State Legislators passed a budget in March that increases funding by only $0.47 per student after paying for underfunded school security mandates. Adjusted for inflation, the 2018-19 per student budget is almost 18% less than pre-recession 2007-08 funding. Please click here for more details. Last year, our State Legislators passed House Bill 7069 that requires 50% of Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds to go to charter schools, even though only 11% of students in Florida attend charters. To learn more, please click here. The PTA adopted a resolution in December so that we can better support our students and teachers by addressing ongoing public education issues. As such, the PTA has created a new committee, the Student & Teacher Advocacy Committee, with Becky Ferrell-Anton and Alisha Stephens as co-chairs. We hope to raise awareness of public school issues and communicate action items through PTA channels such as meetings, the PTA website, the PTA Facebook page, Bobcat Blasts, etc. Join STAC on the Remind App by texting @mitchstac to 81010! If you’d like to be involved with the committee or if you have questions or suggestions, please contact Becky or Alisha.
GET A HEAD START ON VOLUNTEERING! If you plan to volunteer at school this year in any capacity such as reading in the classroom, tutoring as a Bobcat Buddy or chaperoning a field trip, you are required to apply online with the school district before you are able to volunteer. If you are returning as a volunteer from last year, you can reactivate last year’s volunteer application. *PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL VOLUNTEERS NEED TO RE-APPLY FOR SCREENING EACH YEAR. *Volunteers will not be permitted on campus unless signed in with a valid driver’s license.
It takes a village to raise a child. Most of our operating budget comes from the Fun Run. Here is how your Fun Run dollars will make a difference in our classrooms:
- Teacher classroom funding up to $200 per teacher ($400 for “specials”), used for storage bins, books, ink cartridges etc. ($9600)
- Mini-grants for classroom supplies or special classroom projects ($10,000)
- 2 RIF (“Reading is Fundamental” events where students choose a book to keep ($4500)
- Professional Development Opportunities for teachers ($5850)
- Meet the Teacher, Tears and Cheers Breakfast, Men’s & Women’s Bobcat Breakfast events, and 2 Conference Night dinners for teachers ($4000)
- Classroom periodicals ($3000)
- All teacher and staff appreciation events throughout the year ($3000)
- Take-home folders ($4000)
- BrainPop Computer Program used in classrooms ($1200)
- Music & Arts Programs ($1000), Guidance Department expenses ($650), and Media Center expenses ($2200)
- Insurance, bank fees, office expenses, website costs ($3000)
- Landscaping for the school ($5300)
- Family Outreach Programs ($3000)