J.E.B Stuart HS

  
 The mission of the Parent, Teacher, and Student Association of J.E.B. Stuart  is to contribute to and enhance the academic and overall educational experience of Stuart students. 




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PTSA Meeting Details


  Slate for 2015/16 PTSA Board was approved at the May 2015 meeting with 2 nominations form the floor and one withdrawal from the slate.
  • President – Kate Walters
  • VP Fundraising – Donna Carter
  • VP Communications – Anna Novak
  • VP Membership – Patty Jones - WITHDRAW - Jessie Nadler Nominated from Floor
  • VP Activities – Debbie O’Rourke
  • Secretary – Joyce Gendell
  • Treasurer – Monica Selmonosky
  • VP RaidersCare - Open- Lauren Prestenback, Nominated from Floor

PTSA End-of-Year Raffle Open Until June 2

Buy a Raffle Ticket to Win Reserved Seating and Parking for Graduation or Free Parking Next Year!

For $25.00 each, you can win a chance to get a “Free Student Parking Space 2015-16 academic year”, "Reserved Parking at Robinson High School the day of Graduation", or “Reserved Seating at Graduation” (seating for four).  Click on the link on the left side of this page to Buy Online from the PTSA.

 Ticket sales will close on June 2nd. All proceeds will benefit PTSA Merit Scholarships.



Donate to PTSA Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are given each year to deserving seniors in recognition of their accomplishments.

Please consider contributing to this fund to support and reward our students. An easy $25 donation is two clicks away.
Click on the link on the left side of this page "Buy Online from the PTSA" and select "Merit Scholarship Donation".


Help with the Student SOL Celebration Picnic

The faculty and staff at Stuart are treating students to a picnic on Monday June 8 to reward them for making a strong effort on their SOL exams. Based on similar events in the past, they expect about 500 students to participate. The school is providing the food and beverages, but have requested parent volunteers to help prepare and serve. Please consider helping out with this event. It should be really fun!

To sign up, go to: click this link or past into your browser

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C4EAAAF2BA6F58-student1




Thank you Stuart Parents and Staff

Thank you to the many parents, teachers and administrators who attended the April 22 PTSA "Evening with Dr. Garza and Principal Meet and Greet Event".  We were very pleased by the large turnout and by the positive response of the parents and school communities to the administrative changes for both Stuart and Glasgow. We have been fortunate this year to have had several opportunities for direct dialogue with the the senior leadership of FCPS  and our local School Board member, all of which have played a significant role in directing attention on the needs of these schools.

 We started this academic year with a challenging landscape and the efforts made at all levels to ensure growth and continued moves toward success at Stuart High School specifically are promising. We are eager to see the results of some of these efforts in the SOL scores from this year. As Dr. Garza and Ms. Evans have stated, this is just the beginning and there is still much work to be done, but as the President of the PTSA I am pleased that Stuart is receiving the attention it has been lacking for some time.

 Thank you to the parents, teachers and students who have spoken up at meetings, asked questions and continue to press for acceptable responses. Thank you to Dr. Garza, Fabio Zuluaga, Sandy Evans, Penny Gros and Shawn DeRose for their willingness to meet with us and allow open microphone Q&A sessions. This has provided our community a unique opportunity to participate in and shape solutions for success in our schools and to foster open and transparent 2-way communication. We look forward to continuing to work together to achieve the success we all desire for our children in their academic endeavors.

 --Ginger Hayes, President, Stuart PTSA 2014/15




August School Start Input

As reported, Stuart's PTSA has been asked to put together some basic pro and con points regarding the potential for starting school 2 weeks early in August and ending 2 weeks early in May/June. This is not a PTSA recommendation or agenda item. The suggestion has been raised by the community and our local School Board official would like to gather preliminary community thoughts. Please send comments to fundraising@stuartptsa.org.

This is not a consideration for the 2015/16 school year but will be further discussed over the next several months.

Below are link's to reports on  area schools previous early start program:

Stuart High School:
www.fcps.edu/pla/ope/mod_cal_sch/2006_2007_mscreport_stuart_hs.pdf
 
Falls Church High School:
www.fcps.edu/pla/ope/mod_cal_sch/2006_2007_mscreport_fallschurch_hs.pdf


Glasgow Middle School
www.fcps.edu/pla/ope/mod_cal_sch/2006_2007_mscreport_glasgow_ms.pdf



                                  FCPS School Budget - FCPS Excellence at Risk
FCPS Faces Deficit of More than $100 Million
Statement from Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen K. Garza following the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passage of the Fairfax County Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget on April 28, 2015:

“Once again, we find that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has failed to fully fund Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). This is extremely disheartening - we entered this budget year making a good faith effort to work collaboratively with the Board of Supervisors. We worked for nearly a year with the County Executive and the Board of Supervisors to develop a reasonable budget that met only the very minimal needs of FCPS, and in the end they did not deliver.

“Supervisors are sending a clear message that they are unconcerned about the increasing challenges of our students, our teachers, and our schools. The supervisors refused to fully fund our budget for the 2015-16 school year (FY 2016), when faced with a nominal $7.6 million deficit. We have grave concerns as to what will happen in the 2016-17 (FY 2017) school year when we face a devastating shortfall of more than $100 million.

“The entire Fairfax County community has a critical decision to make: either we invest the necessary funds in our students and schools, or we will have to work together to decide what to cut - and we cannot cut our way to excellence.

“Due to years of chronic underfunding coupled with a decade of significant enrollment growth and increasing student needs, we will not be able to sustain the current quality nor the full range of academic programming we currently offer our students. We have sought to protect the classroom to date, but with the scale of the FY 2017 shortfall, we will have to take a serious look at the programs that we must cut starting in the 2016-17 school year. These cuts will likely affect all current academic programming including limiting elective choices, reducing career and technical programs, impacting advanced offerings, and again raising class sizes at all levels. We must make these difficult choices by December 2015 because students begin their course selections in January 2016.     

“Since 2008, we have cut 2,175 positions and nearly a half-billion dollars from our budget affecting every school and department. We have fallen so far behind in teacher salaries that we are no longer competitive and are losing talented staff to neighboring school districts. Our teachers are the reason FCPS students excel and achieve.  Losing our most experienced teachers will have a significant effect on student performance and will ultimately affect the reputation of FCPS.

“Fairfax County public schools are frequently cited as one of the main reasons that businesses choose to relocate to the county, and Fairfax has some of the highest property values in the country, but without excellent schools as a foundation – corporate investment in Fairfax and property values will decline.

“In the education of our children, every year matters; we cannot hope to make up deficits in their education in their later years. It is critical we take action now.

“I hope our community will join me to #saveFCPS.”

 Learn more about the FCPS budget challenges and how you can help at:  http://www.fcps.edu/news/fy2016/faq.shtml






SHS Resolution on Willston Site

Stuart PTSA general membership supports the resolution for the Return of the Former Willston School site put forth by Mason District Council Community Association. Our general membership voted on January 28, 2015 to agree with the resolutions statements. Resolution adopted by the Stuart PTSA is located in the PDF below.
SHSresolution2014-15.pdf
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 Stuart Vision & Mission Statements


In collaboration with staff, students, and parents, Stuart has adopted a new vision that speaks to who we are as a school and our focus as a community. We have also had the vision translated in Spanish and Arabic to meet the language needs of our diverse community.

English:
  • J.E.B. Stuart – Educating and inspiring global citizens
  • Stuart – Our School, Our Community, Our Education, Our Future
  • Students and Teachers United for Achievement, Respect and Triumph
  • Empower, Educate, Embrace All
Empower our school, Embrace our community, and Educate to build positive futures as global citizens together.

Spanish:
  • J.E.B. Stuart - Educar e Inspirar ciudadanos globales
  • Stuart – Nuestra escuela , comunidad y educación; nuestro futuro
  • Estudiantes y profesores unidos para el éxito, el respecto y el triunfo
  • Potenciar , Educar , aceptar a todos
Potenciar nuestra escuela , aceptar e incluir nuestra comunidad , y educar para construir un futuro positivo juntos como ciudadanos del mundo.

Arabic:
  • جيب ستوارت – تعليم و إلهام المواطن العالمي
  • ستوارت – مدرستنا... مجتمعنا... ثقافتنا... و مستقبلنا
  • المعلّمون و الطلاب يعملون يداً بيد من أجل تحقيق الإنجاز و الاحترام و الفوز
  • تأهيل ... تثقيف ... و احتضان للجميع
معاً نقوي مدرستنا و نحتضن محيطنا الاجتماعي و نعلّم من أجل بناء مستقبل إيجابي كمواطنين عالميين






FCPS Language Line


FCPS now has a web page that includes information on the FCPS phone line in various languages and types of information parents can access by calling.  Weblink is http://www.fcps.edu/cco/fam/parent_info_line.shtml. For those whose first language is not English, leave a message and receive a call back within 24 hours M-F. Language Options are: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese


Welcome to the 2014-15 School Year!
We are all looking forward to an exciting year and the opportunity to see all our students grow. The purpose of the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is to support the faculty, staff, parents, and most especially our students. Parent and Community involvement is a critical element of for a great school. At JEB Stuart High School we strive for an active and successful PTSA and welcome every parent, student and teacher to join and be involved in supporting the school community.

 

Stuart’s PTSA accomplishes our goal of supporting students, parents and teacher by providing:

·       Teacher grants for student’s enrichment activities

·       Teacher/Staff Hospitality and Appreciation Events

·       Educational Classes for parents on college preparation

·       SAT and ACT Test preparation classes and practice tests

·       A fun and safe All Night Graduation Party for seniors


Join: Membership is $15.00 for the first person and $10 for the additional person in your family. Reduced cost is only $ 5 for students and staff.  Please register online or return the membership form to the office with a check to Stuart PTSA.

 

Volunteer: The membership form in the Raider Day packages and online in the documents and forms section of our website lists many volunteer opportunities. Or click here to go to the form directly.

 

Attend Meetings: We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the Library Conference Room. The first meeting will be on September 17. Principal Calhoun will be reporting school events, activities and plans for the year.

 

Follow our Communications: Stuart’s PTSA maintains this website which is continually updated with current information, news, links, and special events.  The PTSA will also use other options to communicate with as wide an audience as possible; such as the Keep In Touch (KIT) email system from FCPS, the Stuart Parents list serve, an opt-in community group using Yahoo for people in the Stuart community to connect with each other and share thoughts and ideas, and FCPS based text messages, Volunteer sign-up programs and other methods of communication as ways for the parent community to reach out to each other with information and questions on a variety of topics.

 

Donate or Shop Online: Contributions are always welcome. Please consider donating to Stuart PTSA and support our efforts by using our online store for donations, All Night Graduation Party tickets, SAT Test Preparation registration and to purchase mulch during our annual spring event. Our store is located at shop.stuartptsa.org.

 

We in the PTSA believe that it is of ultimate importance to do everything we can to enhance the learning environment of our students as they are our future. It will take all of us working together to ensure that this happens. I look forward to meeting and working with you. If you have any questions or ideas to share, please contact me at board@stuartptsa.org.

 

Thank you,

Ginger Hayes

2014-15 J.E.B. Stuart H.S. PTSA President

 
Join the StuartParents list serve


This yahoo group was created by parent volunteers to allow posts and conversations among members. This list serve is an opportunity for people in the Stuart community to connect with each other and share thoughts and ideas, as well as another way for the parent community to reach out to each other with information and questions on a variety of topics. 

 To join, search for "StuartParents" from your yahoo groups home page, or send an email to stuartparents-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.  If you need help getting started, please send an email to annanovak@cox.net for specific instructions.

Participation in this list serve is voluntary and people can join or unsubscribe at any time.  Those wishing to participate in or contribute to a discussion are welcome to do so. The opinions, suggestions and thoughts expressed in this open community are those of the individual writers/posters. 
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