Welcome to MOPTA

A PTA is a local, self-governing unit. It promotes the Purposes and Mission of the Missouri and the National PTA as it plans its programs and activities to meet the needs of children and youth in the community. It is linked through its all-inclusive membership and by its acceptance of the Purposes and Mission of the National PTA and the Missouri PTA.

Learn more about Missouri PTA.


MOPTA Legislative Action Alerts - HB1253 and HB1297

Currently the Senate is considering HB1253 and HB1297. Both of these bills are similar to a bill vetoed by the Governor in the last legislative session. These are bills that, if they become law, will have a significant impact on education funding.

HB1253 and HB1297 both would create a business income deduction of 50 percent for business income that’s reported on individual income tax returns and would also cut the corporate income tax rate. Those in favor of the bills argue the tax cuts will not take place if the state takes in less revenue than it did in 2012, protecting essential obligations. Missouri’s schools are currently underfunded. In 2013 the Missouri Foundation Formula was underfunded by $621 million. HB1253 and HB1297 are estimated to cost the state $374 million and more than $700 million respectively.

These bills would continue to leave the Missouri Foundation Formula underfunded and would likely result in further cuts to education and our schools. Missouri PTA is asking members to reach out to their elected officials regarding this issue. Ask your Senator to protect education and vote against HB1253 and HB1297.

Not sure how to reach your State Senator?  Click here to look up and contact.

Angel Davis
Vice President of Legislation and Advocacy
Missouri PTA


House is currently considering SB538

The House is currently considering SB538. This bill would allow school districts and charter schools to receive state aid for children ages three to five who are eligible for free and reduced lunch and are participating in the district’s or charter school’s pre-kindergarten program.


PTA supports quality preschool and early education programs. Preschool programs do so much more than just prepare students for kindergarten. Preschool and early education programs provide children an opportunity to grow, to develop social relationships, promote emotional development and learn how to be students. Research has shown that providing high quality early education yields significant long-term benefits. Individuals who were enrolled in preschool programs have been shown less likely to repeat grades, need special education, get into future trouble with the law, more likely to graduate high school and ultimately earn more than those who were not.


SB538 would provide schools with more funds to strengthen their preschool programs. Missouri PTA is asking for members to reach out to their Representative and ask them to support SB538.

Not sure how to reach your State Representative?  Click here to look up and contact.

Angel Davis
Vice President of Legislation and Advocacy
Missouri PTA



National PTA Responds to Results of 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Dec. 4, 2013) — Yesterday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the results from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test of mathematics, science and reading literacy, which was administered last fall to 15-year-olds in the United States and 64 other countries and economies.

U.S. students scored slightly above average in reading, average in science and below average in math, compared to their peers around the world. Overall, the scores of U.S. students reflect little change since the test was last administered. PISA is given every three years and was first administered in 2000. It is designed to test whether students can apply what they’ve learned in school to real-life problems.

According to the OECD, the countries in which students perform the highest on the test prioritize links between families, schools and communities; invest in early childhood education; and have established rigorous and coherent academic standards. The findings from the PISA align with National PTA’s support of the Common Core State Standards and commitment to building family-school partnerships.

“As the largest child advocacy association in the country, National PTA remains committed to working closely with parents, educators, policymakers and other stakeholders to advance education and ensure every child graduates with the skills needed to compete and succeed globally,” said Otha Thornton, National PTA President. “The results of the 2012 PISA demonstrate a clear need for academic standards that raise the bar and are aligned with what students are expected to know to excel in today’s workplace. The results also underscore the importance of family engagement in education.”

The Common Core State Standards are internationally benchmarked, relevant to the real world and reflect the knowledge and skills students need to compete globally and excel in their studies and the workplace. National PTA is confident that the standards are an essential tool to ensure every child receives a high quality education that prepares him or her for success upon graduation from high school. National PTA has played a leading role in educating families and communities about the Common Core State Standards and remains committed to supporting parents and educators every step of way as the standards are implemented in classrooms across the country.

In addition, National PTA firmly believes that families, schools and communities must partner to advance education and ensure student success. Research shows that when families, schools and communities work together, student achievement increases and schools improve. The Family Engagement in Education Act of 2013, which was introduced in July in the House and Senate, is a means to empower parents, improve capacity for states and provide much-needed resources for schools to increase family engagement. National PTA is committed to supporting the passage of the Act and strengthening family engagement in schools across the country.

Through support of the Common Core State Standards and Family Engagement in Education Act, among other policies and initiatives, National PTA is committed to the advancement of education to ensure all students graduate prepared to succeed globally. For more information on the Family Engagement Act of 2013 and National PTA’s efforts to support the transition to the Common Core State Standards, visit PTA.org.

Media Contact:
Heidi May, National PTA


Missouri PTA's Selected for Grants

McNair Elementary PTA (Hazelwood) and Trailridge Elementary PTA (Lee's Summit) both have been selected to receive the Take Your Family to School Week Grant for $1000 each.

National PTA's Take Your Family to School Week is a program encouraging strong family engagement and the importance of partnerships among parents, teachers, and school administrators. For the 2013-2014 academic school year, Take Your Family to School Week will incorporate the theme, Supporting Student Success, which will address the risks associated with a huge problem for our nation's youth: dropping out of high school.

A Proud National Sponsor since 2005, AXA Foundation—the philanthropic arm of AXA Equitable—is again pleased to sponsor PTA's Take Your Family to School Week.

Grant Amount:  $1,000 to 50 local PTAs

If you would like more information on the Grant, visit www.pta.org/TYFTSW.



2013-2014 National PTA Reflections Program

Missouri PTA wants to help make sure your unit is on track for a successful Reflections Program. This is a reminder of a few important points regarding the program. We hope you find this information beneficial and please contact us at reflections@mopta.org if we can be of assistance.

The 2013-2014 National PTA Reflections® Program theme is "Believe, Dream, Inspire".  The state deadline is fast approaching – January 16, 2014; only two more months!

If you need information about online registration including creating an account, submitting the unit participation form & student entry form watch the Reflections Webinar – live on November 19 or December 17 from 7:30 – 8:30 P.M. CST

  • Provide reflections chair’s name & contact information to the state office – office@mopta.org If you don’t have a chair yet, it’s not too late!
  • Organize a small group of volunteers to tackle the task as a team.
  • Register or establish an account for your local unit with National PTA
  • Complete the Local Unit participation Form online
  • Student entry forms must be completed online
  • Make sure unit is on track for unit in good standing status - click here for details.
  • Utilize available training & resources
  • State winners will be announced by the first week of March
  • State Reflections Student Showcase – April 26, 2014; Rockbridge High School in Columbia starting at 1 p.m.


Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grants

This National PTA program provides matching-dollar funding to local PTAs to support in-school and after-school arts enhancement programs in local communities. PTAs serving at-risk student populations are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications will be available January 10, 2014 and are due March 14, 2014.


PTA Missouri Assessment Guide

As part of its ongoing commitment to support parents and educators as the Common Core State Standards are implemented in classrooms across the country, National PTA® is pleased to announce the launch of Common Core State Standards Assessment and Accountability Guides. The guides are being developed for every state that has adopted the Common Core State Standards and will serve as a valuable educational tool as states transition to new standards-aligned assessments in the coming years.

PTA Missouri Assessment Guide

2013 Parent Guide

“National PTA has played a leading role in educating families and communities about the Common Core State Standards and is committed to supporting parents and educators every step of the way as states transition to the standards,” said Otha Thornton, National PTA President. “The need for raising awareness and increasing understanding of the standards remains a high priority. We are excited to launch the new guides focused on assessments and accountability systems to help ensure that parents are knowledgeable about the standards and new assessments.”

Developed in collaboration with the Center for Strategic Research and Communication, the Common Core State Standards Assessment and Accountability Guides feature information in parent-friendly language, including background on the standards and state-specific information about their assessment consortium, the testing timeline, sample test questions, impacts on students, new accountability systems and ways for parents to get involved and support their child’s learning at home. The guides will be available in English and Spanish online at www.PTA.org/studentsuccess. They will be rolled out throughout 2014.

The Assessment and Accountability Guides are a companion to National PTA’s popular Parent’s Guide to Student Success, which has been used throughout the nation by parents, school districts, community partners and departments of education. The grade-by-grade guide explains the Common Core State Standards and key items that children should be learning in English and math, features activities parents can do at home to support their child’s learning, and highlights questions parents can ask their child’s teacher.



Advocacy Award Nominations Now Being Accepted!

Dear State Leaders,

As most of you know, each year during the Legislative Conference National
PTA recognizes an outstanding youth, individual, local unit/region/council,
and state congress for outstanding work in advocacy. Winners are selected
from a pool of nominated applicants submitted through our website.

National PTA's annual advocacy awards are an exciting way to highlight
advocacy efforts by PTA members, units, and congresses, but also serves as
an important celebration of PTA's rich history of advocacy.  However, these
awards cannot take place without your help! If you know of exceptional
advocacy work happening throughout your states, please take some time to
submit a nomination! Please also distribute this information to your
regional and local unit leaders so that we may receive as many applicants
as possible.

This year, advocates may apply themselves in the youth and individual
groups, and the winners in these categories will get the opportunity to act
as advocacy ambassadors for PTA. Nominations must be for efforts made in
the last year and are due by midnight on December 19, 2013.

Visit www.pta.org/advocacyawards for more information on each award and to
submit a nomination!

Thank you for all of your hard work!


Erica E. Lue | Advocacy Coordinator
T  703.518.1234
F  703.836.0942
elue@pta.org | www.pta.org




Alcohol Awareness Month

How Do We Teach Them to Resist Peer Pressure When It Comes to Alcohol?

Research shows that most young people, 12- to 20-year-olds, do not consume alcohol.  However, when it comes to underage drinking, many tweens and teens tend to believe the myth that “everyone is doing it.”  This misconception could easily lead them to conclude that they should be trying alcohol too, so they will fit in.

Giving students the facts about alcohol, both the dangers and the statistics on how much drinking is really going on, and arming them with coping strategies to handle peer pressure can help in the fight to prevent underage drinking.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Parents and teachers may find the resources listed below useful in educating kids, tweens and teens against underage drinking:


· The Cool Spot

· Laws in Your State - National Minimum Drinking Age Act

· Too Smart to Start

· Activities: Reach Out Now (PDF)

· Booklet: I Wasn't Having Fun Anymore (PDF)

· Lesson Plan: Reach Out Now (PDF)

· Lesson Plans: Stop Underage Drinking

Kids.gov: A Safe Place to Learn and Play


Smart From the Start Grant Program
National PTA and Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Expand Partnership With Pre-K Smart From the Start Grant Program
More than $100,000 in grants offered to PTAs across the country through new program
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Nov. 21, 2013) — National PTA® and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) have expanded their partnership to bring Smart from the Start, an early childhood health education grant program, to PTAs across the country. Through Smart from the Start, more than $100,000 in grants will be awarded to PTAs to empower them to engage families of children ages 3-5 and partner with their communities to improve access to healthy foods and safe physical activity options. Smart from the Start was launched in September 2013 as a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative.
“Teaching children and families about the importance of nutrition and physical activity is critical to help them make good decisions now and sets the stage for a healthy lifestyle into adulthood,” said Otha Thornton, National PTA President. “We are pleased to expand our partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to empower PTAs with tools and resources that inspire active, healthy living and improve communities across the country.”
Smart from the Start focuses on the healthy lifestyle practice of energy balance – balancing calories consumed with calories burned. Through the program, National PTA will award 10 Smart from the Start: Community Outreach grants of $10,000 each to district, council and regional PTAs to focus on a specific neighborhood community in which to improve access to healthy foods and safe physical activity options for young families. Applications for the grants will be available beginning in January 2014 at PTA.org. The deadline to submit applications is March 28, 2014.
In addition to the community outreach grants, 25 Smart from the Start: Pre-K grants of $2,000 also will be awarded to PTAs in 2014 to implement the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s Energy Balance Pre-K curriculum. This grant application will be available in Spring 2014.
“National PTA has taken a real leadership role in expanding our Together Counts ™ program to reach pre-schools and Head Start programs across the country,” said Lisa Gable, President of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. “It’s never too early to teach children the importance of energy balance, and we look forward to seeing the impact of this innovative partnership.”
Smart from the Start is part of the Together Counts initiative. Together Counts is a national campaign that promotes active, healthy living through energy balance. The program focuses on two critical areas – families and schools. It features tips, tools and incentives for parents, teachers and school health professionals to use to encourage energy balance; promote active, healthy lifestyles; and address childhood obesity.
For more information on Smart from the Start, visit www.togethercounts.com/at-school/pre-k. To learn more about the Together Counts program, visitwww.togethercounts.com or the Spanish site at www.juntoscontamos.com.
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
About Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led organization, is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity–especially childhood obesity–by 2015. It’s a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together more than 250 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance–calories in and calories out. It focuses its efforts on two critical areas—families and schools – through their Together Counts™ campaign.

Snack Facts: Raising the Bar on Nutrition Standards in Schools

While some schools have already implemented higher nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in vending machines and a la carte food lines, the US Department of Agriculture has not updated their rules since 1979.  New rulings will go into effect in September 2014, so some schools may see nutrition improvements in the future. Read more...


Summer Food Programs

When schools close for summer vacation many children loose access to breakfast and lunch meals.  To support low-income families and ensure students return to school ready to learn in the fall, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are promoting increased awareness to federal summer meal programs.  More information regarding the summer programs and how you can get involved can be found at www.fns.usda.gov/summer-food-service-program-sfsp


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