Mission

History

The Taylor Middle School PTA was organized on March 16, 1951. It is a branch of the National PTA, which was created in 1987 and is the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation. The PTA reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to positively impact the lives of all children and families by representing our members, to provide funds to support 21st century teaching, and to create community and encourage involvement through PTA sponsored social activities.

Core Values

  • We believe every adult has a responsibility to ensure that all children develop to their full potential;
  • We believe parents are children’s first teachers and that parent involvement is essential throughout a child’s educational experience;
  • We believe that family is the basic unit of society responsible for the support and nurturing of all children, and we recognize that “the family” may be defined in many ways;
  • We believe our responsibility includes advocating for the safety and welfare of all children and the opportunity for a quality public education for each child.

More Info about PTA

From California PTA (www.capta.org):

With thousands of kids heading back to school starting as early as next week, California State PTA offers parents the top three trends in education during this back-to-school season.

  1. Family engagement leads to student success. Research shows that authentic family engagement is a key factor in long-term student success — including better student attendance, higher graduation rates and increased student achievement. Our recently enacted bill, Assembly Bill 2878 (2018), is a family engagement measure that uses research-based guidelines to define what authentic family engagement could look like in Education Code in order to guide schools, districts and county offices of education. Learn more about the bill and the importance of family engagement at www.capta.org/advocacy and www.capta.org/family-engagement.
  2. Safe children are better learners. We believe that every child is entitled to a safe and peaceful school environment that is orderly and empowering, in which students and staff are free to learn and teach without the threat of physical and psychological harm. When kids feel safe and secure, they can better focus on learning at school and in the home, and can achieve academic success. Learn more about the importance of safe school environments at toolkit.capta.org/safe-school-environments
  3. It starts with attendance. Children need to be in school to learn — it’s that simple. If children don’t show up for school every day, they miss out on developing fundamental skills. Data shows children who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are far less likely to read proficiently at the end of third grade. Parents and families are essential partners in making sure students attend school, and play a key role in identifying the barriers to attendance as well as what motivates students to go to school. For more information on the importance of school attendance, check out the resources from Attendance Works.