PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)
WHO ARE WE?
Terra Nova's Parent Teacher Organization is dedicated to enabling families, teachers, staff and the community to join forces to promote a positive learning environment for all students - including yours. All parents and guardians of Terra Nova students are members, whether or not you are able to make a membership donation, attend meetings, or volunteer your time. The PTO, a non-profit organization, was founded for the following purposes:
To encourage communication among the school, home and community at large.
To provide support to the school in the form of volunteers, financial and resource contributions and parental representation within the Jefferson Union High School District.
To create and carry forward programs that advance the mission of Terra Nova High School and the goals of the administration and faculty, parents, and students.
To facilitate parental involvement in school-wide decision making and activities.
PTO Executive Officers
Staff Appreciation Chair
WHAT WE DO
Unlike many parent organizations, the Terra Nova Parent Teacher Organization is not primarily a fundraising organization. Each year, we identify goals and - with enough volunteer leadership and support - we undertake specific projects to further these goals. We raise funds only for agreed-upon projects that we are not able to fully support through our general fund (membership donations). Recent projects range from the Tiger logo on the front of the building and the memorial plantings and bench at the center of the campus, to the addition of the computerized Eureka Career and College Planning System as part of Terra Nova's counseling resources. Our single largest current goal is to dramatically expand the installation of Smart-Board technology to the classrooms.
Ongoing activities are supported by volunteer committees. We help facilitate a Career Day and College Fair. We present preparation courses for the SAT and PSAT tests. Our Academic Council for Excellence (ACE) recognizes scholastic achievement and improvement with the award of U.S. Savings Bonds, and we award grants in support of projects proposed by faculty and staff. We sponsor a graduation-night party for seniors. We beautify the campus through gardening, clean-ups and other improvements, to reinforce student respect for the school and the environment in which they learn. Our members periodically help out in the office, and regularly represent parental concerns in school and district-wide committees.
MEETING DATES for 2016-17
All meetings are held at 7pm on the 4th Tuesday of every month with the exception of November and December. The last meeting of the year is in April.