2016-2017 Annual Report
The Cobb Middle School (CMS) PTA is a collaborative effort between Parents and Teachers for the betterment of our students’ well-being and success! Our goal has been to make every student’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our families and community to advocate for all children. With your help, the CMS PTA has been active and successful in providing quality programs and activities for the students of Cobb MS. We are grateful for the involvement of the parents, teachers, faculty, program speakers, counselors and students! Thank you!
Cobb PTA’s guiding principles for 2016-2017 included:
- To promote the welfare of the children and youth in home, school, community and place of worship.
- To raise the standards of home life.
- To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
- To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
- To develop between educators and the community such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.
With our guiding principles and PTA mission in mind, Cobb PTA had many wonderful accomplishments for the school, faculty, staff, and students. The CMS PTA consists of 25 dedicated board volunteers and 650 members! Here is a recap of PTA the activities and events for 2016-2017:
Arts In Education – Debbie Rajunov, served as the contact for our students and coordinated the National PTA Reflections program for the CMS PTA. This program allows students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. This year’s theme was “What Is Your Story?”. Four students participated in this program and all four advanced to the Council level.
Book Fair – Scholastic Book Fairs help us share more books with more kids and foster the love of reading. In addition to connecting students with the latest and greatest titles across all genres, funds raised by our book fairs enable us to place more books in the Cobb library and classrooms. Led by Cindy Edwards, our fall book fair was a pirate themed event and had total sales of $7,109. Our spring book fair was wilderness themed and had total sales of $5,265.
Council Representative – Angela Mason served as Cobb PTA’s Council Representative. She attended the monthly Frisco ISD Council of PTA meetings and reported back information to our local chapter. Angela also provided information and updates to our city and school board elections this spring.
Directory - Chairperson Terrie Leonard prepared the CMS online school directory. Working with the school data clerk, Terrie circulated PDF and Word versions of the directory through the CMS website for access to the students, parents and staff. Updates were made 4 times this year as new members were added and leaving members removed. Terrie also forwarded this information to the webmaster so that PTA information could be shared with new members. Additionally, she forwarded to the VP of Membership so that new members could be contacted for joining PTA.
Environmental – Julie Roeder served as Cobb's PTA Environmental Chair. CMS continued to participate in many of Frisco's recycling projects, including batteries, plastic bags and gently used shoes. She promoted campus participation in the Fall's International Walk-to-School Day on Oct. 5th, while educating students on the health, safety and environmental benefits of walking and bicycling. In December, Environmental oversaw a fundraiser at Chili's in which 20% of the proceeds (in the amount of $450) were donated to benefit Cobb Beautification Day. Faculty and Staff "ordered out" lunch for the day and volunteers were able to pick up and deliver to the school, while families were encouraged to support by dining at Chili’s too. Beautification Day was held on April 22, which coincided with Earth Day and Frisco's Clean It and Green It campaign. Parents, students, and staff contributed time and work to spruce up the campus. The main emphasis this year was planting all new drought tolerant shrubs and plant at the entry of the school to improve the welcoming atmosphere at our campus. $949.93 was spent on top soil, mulch, plants, and flowers. In May, with the efforts of Environmental and the school, money was budgeted and raised in the amount of $3000 to improve the safety and aesthetics of the corner at Teel & Old Orchard Pkwy. This included installation of a river rock border and large boulders placed throughout the area to eliminate the washout of gravel and dirt onto the sidewalk/crosswalk area.
Festival – Lissa Clemens served as our PTA’s Festival Chair. She planned the Cyclone Celebration that was held on Thursday, May 25th. The Cobb community celebrated another successful year by enjoying several inflatable activities, including basketball goals and an obstacle course, indoor laser tag, a rock climbing wall, a photo booth, and an indoor ‘hungry hippo’ game. New this year was "Bubble Soccer". Not to be missed, was the DJ to provide tunes in the gym where the inflatables were located. Lissa secured the In-N-Out food truck and Snowball Express to provide food to the families for the evening of fun.
Historian – The Cobb Middle School PTA Historian, Aimee Ratermann, was at our many exciting events. She collected photos throughout the year to be compiled into a year-end scrapbook to commemorate the 2016-2017 school year.
Hospitality – Stephanie Leibengood and her awesome volunteers worked together to provide multiple meals and treats for our wonderful CMS faculty. These events included: monthly birthday treats and notes of encouragement, Teacher Appreciation Week lunches and treats, Souper Bowl luncheon, STAAR Snack treats, a holiday cookie exchange, Valentine's breakfast, giveaways and more!
Membership – Cobb PTA was recognized for the following awards under Blythe Talbott’s leadership as 1st VP of Membership:
- Head Start Award - 75% membership by 8/31 of previous year’s total membership
- Early Bird Award
- Fall Increase Award
- Fall Honor Roll 500+ Club Award
- President’s List Award
- Welcome Back Award
- Share the Love Award – each PTA that acquires 14 new members between Feb. 1 – 28, will win a free registration to TX PTA Launch in Houston
- Spring Increase Award - had an increase in membership from previous year
- Golden Apple Award - 100% faculty
- MARS Award (Men Are Really Super) - 300+ men joined PTA
- Voice for Every Child – Silver Award - membership equals 50% or more of enrollment
- Achieved Cobb’s “All Time High” membership – 650 members
Mary Virginia Meeks, Cobb faculty member, was recognized as a Honorary Life Member (One of Texas PTA’s highest honors) at the Frisco Council of PTA banquet in May
Parliamentarian – The Parliamentarian is “a person who is expert in the formal rules and procedures of deliberative assemblies and other formal organizations.” Ashley Riordan filled this important role for the CMS PTA this school year!
President – For the 2016-17 school year, Melinda Samberson presided over the PTA regular and board meetings. In addition, she attended the monthly FISD Council of PTA’s meetings and aided in reporting FISD updates to the board and regular membership. She fielded questions for members and board chairs.In May, Melinda attended the Frisco Education Foundation’s 2017 Scholarship Night with former CMS Principal, Mr. Evans, to present the Robert Cobb PTA scholarships to graduating seniors, Lauren McCaghren and Timothy Tripode, both former Cobb students! Melinda also spearheaded, encouraged, and finished the application process for Cobb MS to become a National PTA School of Excellence.
Principal – Mrs. Theodore attended our monthly board and periodic regular meetings to help inform the team and parents along with guiding our PTA decisions. She was vital in achieving 100% membership with the CMS faculty, earning the Texas PTA Golden Apple award, and encouraged parents to join the PTA to secure the Texas PTA Silver Level award for membership! With the help of Ms. Brotherson and Ms. Boswell, she participated in our annual Beautification Day to improve the CMS campus grounds. In addition, Mrs. Theodore and her committee held the 3rd annual alumni breakfast for former CMS students to attend with PTA sponsored food.
Programs – Alicia Autry served as VP of Programs. She helped secure several educational programs for students and families throughout the school year. Team Big Air performed their exciting acrobatic slam dunking routine while encouraging teen leadership and responsibility during Red Ribbon Week.
Parent programs included Social Media 101 for parents; a 60-minute look at how parents can help their tweens have safer interaction with today’s social media platforms. The presentation addressed actionable tips for online safety and security, an overview of social media’s riskiest platforms, legal and ethical issues, age requirements, cyberbullying, and sexting. In addition, Patrice Dunn, a local counselor and speaker specializing in adolescent communication and best strategies for aiding parents raising teens, presented to Cobb parents. CMS PTA also sponsored the Aim for Success abstinence program for 8th graders. Finally, an 8th grade Ice Cream Social is scheduled for the last day of school following the awards assembly.
Secretary – Michelle Cassano dedicated many volunteer hours to help record both the PTA regular and board meetings through the 2016-17 school year. She prepared minutes and assisted the president in determining a quorum and maintaining a roll call record. Her organizational skills helped the board members to conduct meetings in a timely fashion.
Special and Gifted Education (SAGE) – Our SAGE chair, Leslie Romike, started the 2016-2017 school year by attending the SAGE Kick-off meeting for training at the Council level.This also provided opportunities to sign up for updates on district SAGE events and correspondence with other chairs throughout the district with information through social media and newsletters.Leslie helped with the sale of the annual SAGE t-shirts at CMS, and helped distribute the t-shirts to various campuses district wide. Throughout the Fall, Leslie attended some of the campus Best Buddies program events, such as the Buddy Reveal and the Halloween/Costume Party, to see how SAGE can collaborate with the CMS Best Buddies program that supports our students with disabilities. Leslie worked with CMS and helped coordinate the purchasing of some much needed materials for the Special Education classrooms on our campus by the PTA.All SAGE news and events were communicated through our CMS PTA weekly email blasts throughout the school year.
Spirit Wear – Under Chair, Diana Box, students, teachers, parents and siblings had access to both value-priced and high-end spirit wear gear. Online sales with a large variety of clothing options were advertised and sold. The limited remaining inventory was advertised at reduced prices and made available for sale at multiple events throughout the remainder of the school year. As a final service, Diana coordinated online sales of a “Class of 2024” t-shirt for our rising 6th graders and advertised the web-based store to our 3 feeder elementary schools. The excited 5th graders will have the spirit wear in time to wear for the final days of school.
Talent Show – Cobb's GOT Talent was a great success again this year. Our Chair, Lisa Guindon, worked together with Tara Pfiffner, and our theatre teacher, Mr. Moore, to have a fun Friday night with more that 25 students. The MC'ing and sound were done by our multi-talented Cobb students. Not only did our students bring their amazing talents from beautiful voices, wonderful tunes on piano and guitars to Telegu dance and glowing marimba's. This year we raised over $200.00 selling popcorn, candy and drinks while family and friends enjoyed a wonderful evening!
Teacher Liaison(s) – Ms. Longenecker and Ms. Yancey volunteered to serve as teacher liaisons for the PTA this school year. The teachers provided an important line of communication between the PTA and the faculty along with valuable input for decisions made by the organization.
Treasurer – Renee Wyse served the CMS PTA by keeping the treasurer books for the organization - a very important and key role! She ensured that budgets were prepared, communicated and presented to membership and the board. Renee chaired the budget and finance committee. In addition, she compiled the 990 PF tax return and submitted it in a timely manner.
Volunteer Coordinator – Lisa Harrigan helped the CMS PTA team to coordinate our many functions this year! Multiple signups were circulated from snacks to book fair volunteers to DVD donations.With her organizational talents, we held many successful events!
Watch Dogs – David Suter coordinated a pizza party in September for dads interested in becoming a Watch Dog. In addition to the regular daily dog signups, the Watch Dog dads helped with various campus needs through the year.
Ways and Means Stefanie Curlee, VP of Fundraising, began soliciting local businesses in the Fall for the Business Sponsorship program, which was successfully started last year. She organized and effectively communicated the One & Done (check writing campaign) fundraiser, along with the Spirit Nights and Kroger Rewards Program. These funds are raised to support student and parent programs, Red Ribbon Week, Reflections Program, Talent Show, Cyclone Celebration, Teacher Mini-Grants, Fall & Spring Book Fairs, Multicultural Night, improvement of our campus grounds with Beautification Day, support of our Staff and Teachers to show them how much we care by hosting multiple Hospitality Events throughout the year and much more! CMS PTA achieved our fundraising goals for this year ending with a surplus for next year’s preparation. Our Business Sponsorship program which included sponsors iCare, Stacey Feltman Realty Group, Dula Orthodontics, Comet Cleaners, and iCare, brought in $4,700.00, Spirit Nights and the Kroger Rewards program earned 2,315.92, and One & Done Donations raised $7,564.18 for a year’s total of $14,580.10! This surpassed our goal of $13,500.00 for the year.
Website – All Cobb parents received a weekly email blast with information regarding meetings, activities, and events. The email was sent using MailChimp each Wednesday morning. Our PTA website, www.cobbpta.org, was updated weekly, staying current with news and information. Our membership and One & Done donation drives included a self-managed, online store on our website throughout the year. Information data was also collected through our website for parents to volunteer at Cobb through the many PTA activities.We implemented two new features on our website: Google Translate on our homepage to translate information into over 100 languages, and news articles were posted through our new blog feature, Storm Tracker.
Wishing continued success to the 2017-18 CMS PTA Board!
All the best,
Cobb PTA President