You Made the Difference!

Dear PTA Advocates,

Once again and with your help, Texas PTA was instrumental in stopping the passage of legislation to create a voucher program in Texas. Our message continues to be, “Focus on strengthening our public schools! All students benefit from that goal.”

We made small, but important progress to begin to reform our outdated, inequitable and inadequate school finance system during the Special Legislative Session that lasted for 30 days this summer. HB 21 by Rep. Dan Huberty, created a grant program to provide extra support for students with dyslexia and autism, removed a penalty in funding for very small school districts, created a step-down to help some districts to adjust to the loss of specialized funding they had been receiving since 2006, and created a commission to develop recommendations for school finance reform that can be considered in the next Legislative Session that will begin in January of 2019.

While we did not see the progress in reforming our school funding system that we were hoping for, we made great progress in educating legislators about the fact that as property values rise and homeowners pay more in taxes, the state, for at least 10 years, has been using those increased revenues to offset their share of the cost of public education so that they now contribute less than 32% of the cost of education in Texas. This cannot continue. The state must increase its share of funding for public schools and must fund schools equitably. We will continue to work toward this goal.

Thanks again for making a difference,

Texas PTA Board of Directors and Staff
Texas PTA Advocacy Committee

Take Action Now

Urge Legislators to Vote YES on HB 21 and HB 23!

Texas students need your voice tomorrow when legislators debate HB 21 and HB 23. Email or call your Representative and ask them to vote YES on both of these critical priorities.

As a reminder, HB 21 is Representative Dan Huberty’s plan to fix our broken school finance system. HB 23 is Rep. Huberty’s bill that aims to fund innovative, collaborative programs for students with autism on public school and charter school campuses.

We need your voices to #backthefuture of Texas children now.

They are our No. 1 priority!

#StopCutsToClassrooms

Did you know that Federal funding for public education programs has remained at 2% of the federal budget for decades, despite the increase in public school enrollment and the rising cost of education resources and services.

This disparity between funding levels and actual costs means that the federal government has essentially enacted cuts to classrooms. National PTA is running a nationwide campaign—from July 7 to September 29—to raise public awareness that current levels of federal education funding are an inadequate investment in our children.

We need YOU to help to make this initiative a success—Every state PTA, local unit and PTA member is critical to stopping cuts to classrooms!

Here’s how to participate in the STOP Cuts to Classrooms campaign:

  • Sign the petition to #STOPCutsToClassrooms to make your voice heard and receive regular updates on the campaign.
  • Visit National PTA’s #STOPCutsToClassrooms webpage to learn more about federal funding for public education and view the campaign toolkit for more info.

Whew, and what to do

Well done Marcus High School students!

Congratulations 2017 Graduates!

Take a few days to relax and clear you head. But only a few days! Then:

  • Get a part-time job
  • Do some volunteer work
  • Take a trip, write a blog
  • Read, read and then read something hard
  • Practice, practice and play your instrument
  • Enroll [in] some preparation or enrichment courses

These ideas and more from College 101 – don’t let the name fool you, this is is good for all students!

Back to School Fair Supply Drive

Marcus High School needs your help! Lewisville ISD will be hosting their Annual Back to School Fair on August 5th, 2017. For the event to be a success, schools around the district will be donating new supplies.

Supplies will be used to stuff Kindergarten – 12th grade backpacks that will be provided to registered students at the Back to School Fair.

Here is how you can help:

Marcus HS – one package of 3×5 index cards
The cards can be deposited in the collection box at the front of the building. If you would rather donate a $1.00 or make a monetary donation, the money collected will be used to purchase supplies.
 
Marcus 9 – lined filler paper.
These items can be dropped off in to Marcus 9 office.

 
Any donation is greatly appreciated.

For more information and how you can volunteer to help:

Thank you in advance for your support!

Do the Texas Two-Step to Raise the Age!

HB 122 is stalled in the Senate! The House of Representatives passed legislation that would raise the age of mandatory adult prosecution from 17 to 18 years of age, allowing non-violent offenders who are 17 years of age to be charged as a minor.

Step 1: Call Senator John Whitmire, Chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, and let him know we want a hearing on HB 122 to Raise the Age of adult criminal responsibility. You can find the numbers for his Austin and Houston offices below:

  • Austin office: 512-463-0115
  • Houston office: 713-864-8701

Step 2: Click here to email your Senator and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to ensure the Raise the Age bill gets heard in the Senate.

We need your voices to #backthefuture of Texas children. They are our No. 1 priority!

Thank You!

We have the best teachers at Marcus!

A big thank you for everything you do. We know the hours and investment you make for our children and it is very much appreciated!

Our future is in your hands…

…and we are comforted by this.

Early Voting

Medication Disposal Day

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LISD and DEA Medication Disposal Day

Saturday, April 29 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Help prevent pollution and abuse by bringing your expired or unused over-the-counter or prescription medications to a location near you.

Marcus High School drop off @ front of school.

Other disposal locations:

  • Flower Mound High School
    3411 Peters Colony, Flower Mound
  • Hebron Valley Elementary
    4108 Creek Valley Blvd., Carrollton
  • Lewisville High School
    1098 W. Main Street, Lewisville
  • The Colony High School
    4301 Blair Oaks, The Colony

LISD and Dia para desechar medicamentos

29 de Abril, entre las 10:00am y las 2:00pm

Prevenir la Contaminación y el Abuso! Tome la decisión correcta! Traiga medicamento, recetado o sin receta, que haya caducado o que ya no estè usando el a la escuela más cercana a usted.

Marcus High School drop off @ front of school.

Other disposal locations:

  • Flower Mound High School
    3411 Peters Colony, Flower Mound
  • Hebron Valley Elementary
    4108 Creek Valley Blvd., Carrollton
  • Lewisville High School
    1098 W. Main Street, Lewisville
  • The Colony High School
    4301 Blair Oaks, The Colony

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Happy Earth Day!

Launch 2017

Sunday

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Saturday

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Friday

National PTA President Elect Leslie Boggs (she's ours) Texas, she's ours! Speaking to TX PTA about her journey!!!

Posted by Marcus HS PTSA on Friday, July 21, 2017

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Thursday

 

Launch 2017 Houston, TX

July 21-23, 2017

PTA Convention

Saturday

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Friday

Recognizing all attending 2017 State PTA Presidents!! Here's……Lisa Holbrook!!!! Texas Rocks!!

Posted by Marcus HS PTSA on Friday, June 23, 2017

Recognizing all attending 2017 State PTA Presidents!! Here’s……Lisa Holbrook!!!! Texas Rocks!!

General Session #4

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Thursday

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Welcome
Dr. Traci Petteway

Dr. Traci Petteway

President, Marcus HS PTSA
I am Dr. Traci Petteway, your MHS PTSA President! I am delighted to welcome some and welcome back others to the Marcus High School family! Since our July 1981 chartering, MHS PTSA has made a mark of distinction in the community by providing valuable Parent Education Programs (PEP), Graduating Senior Scholarships for the MHS PTSA “student members”, the 180 Degree Abstinence Program, Red Ribbon Week, Winning the Fight, celebrating our students via the Magnificent Marauder Awards, and showing appreciation towards our dedicated teachers!
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Gary Shafferman

Gary Shafferman

Principal, Marcus High School
Marcus High School is an incredible school due to all the stakeholders. As teachers and parents, we are creating an opportunity for our students to excel in multiple areas such as academics, athletics, and the fine arts. PTSA works as a bridge between Marcus and our community of parents and students. As a strong supporter of public education, PTSA supports our school as an advocate and resource. Marcus PTSA is a strong contributor and helps put together our school homecoming, programs to battle drug/alcohol abuse, student scholarships, and so much more. We are partners, and we look forward to many years of support from Marcus PTSA.

 

Chantell Upshaw

Chantell Upshaw

Principal, Marcus High School 9
The Marcus PTSA provides outstanding support to Marcus parents, students, and staff. Monthly communication, general meetings, and the PTSA website, help keep parents informed about school events and initiatives sponsored by PTSA. PTSA supports academics, arts, school beautification, parent education and so much more. Membership in the Marcus PTSA connects parents, teachers and students and supports the entire Marcus school community. I am proud to be a Lifetime Member of PTA and a member of the Marcus PTSA!