PARENT INVOLVEMENT

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

The Franklin Special School District PTO is a group of parents, guardians, teachers and staff focused on supporting our schools and our students so that all children receive the best education possible. The PTO provides opportunities for family involvement, supports our teachers’ needs in the classroom, organizes fundraising events to provide educational supplies and equipment, and engages our community. Each of the eight FSSD schools has their own chapter and each school’s PTO chairs, teachers and administrators are members of the overall FSSD PTO.

GETTING INVOLVED
Please join the PTO! A membership is a minimum donation of $10 and the money is used to help fund the cost of appreciation events for our teachers and staff, as well as other FSSD employees. It’s our opportunity to thank EVERYONE who invests in our children…crossing guards, bus drivers, teachers, administrators, staff, etc.  

Also, get engaged in your school’s PTO! There are many great opportunities to volunteer at your school. Volunteering is the best way to get to know your child’s school and get connected to other parents, teachers and administrators. You don’t have to join the PTO to volunteer, and you don’t have to volunteer if you join the PTO. But we certainly hope you will choose to do both in support of your child and the teachers and staff contributing to their education.

2017-2018 FSSD PTO Officers

President – Brandi McCutchan
Vice-President – Debra Myrick
Secretary – Meg Reuthe
Treasurer – Rebecca Carter
Membership Drive Chair – Mary Ann Beshears
Hospitality Chair – Kim Stinson
Service Chair – Jennifer Morrison
Director of Schools – David Snowden, Ph.D.
  

What is the FSSD PTO?
The FSSD Parent Teacher Organization is an umbrella organization comprised of five elected officers and three representatives from each school. Governed by a set of bylaws, they share knowledge so that leading practices can be exchanged and programs can be coordinated among the schools. By working together as an entire district, we make each individual school stronger. It serves as a vehicle to facilitate communication among parents, administration and the school board to ensure the FSSD’s continued commitment to excellence in education.

Per Article VI of the FSSD PTO Constitution and By-Laws, Section 1:

“The FSSD PTO leadership shall consist of the president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and community relations representative, a PTO Chair of each school, a principal of each school, a teacher representative of each school, and the FSSD director of schools (or representative). The members shall serve until the installation of their successors.”

What Does the PTO Do?

The PTO is specifically concerned with:

  • Providing a forum whereby information concerning the educational interests of all students can be freely exchanged and programs can be coordinated among the schools;
  • Addressing the public issues which affect children in and out of the classroom;
  • Acting as an information source for parents as to school district actions and policies;
  • Researching and analyzing educational policy and legislative issues that may impact the district.

What About the School-Based PTOs?
Each of the eight schools has its own Parent-Teacher Organization, which enables parents to become aware of and participate in the educational process. Principals and staff work closely with the PTOs in a supportive relationship to promote mutual understanding between home and school. Each parent is invited to join (family memberships are available for $10) and participate in the activities and meetings of the PTO. Principals and staff representatives attend regular meetings.

Does the PTO Raise Money?
Fundraising is a major goal of the PTOs. Money raised by each PTO is used to enrich the school in many ways. Schools indicate their priority issues before school begins so parents know exactly where their money will be used within the school.

What else do the PTOs Do?
In addition to fundraising, the school level PTOs lay the groundwork for positive open communication between home and school. The PTOs help organize and implement many student and family activities during the year.

FLIP volunteer

A senior with the FLIP program reads with a first-grade student at Liberty Elementary School

The FSSD schools always welcome the work and contributions of volunteers and business partners. Volunteers are trained and coordinated in each school, so if you are interested in giving of your time, talent or resources to any of our schools, please contact the school directly. In addition, the district works closely with select community agencies, which places volunteers in our schools through a district coordinator. Please see the information below about our community partners:
  • Friends Learning In Pairs (FLIP)

The Friends Learning In Pairs program trains and places senior volunteers in public elementary schools to serve as reading tutors/mentors to children in grades K-4 who are at risk of academic failure. Over 150 volunteers assist more than 600 children each school year. For more information or to volunteer: 615-376-4332 or email Kathy Banks.
 

Raise Your Hand Williamson

Raise Your Hand Williamson (RYH) is an initiative of United Way of Williamson County, in partnership with Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District to promote a countywide collaboration to recruit volunteer readers, tutors, and mentors for students performing below the state standard.
 
What you can do:
  • Volunteer 1 to 4 days a week working with students and teachers for up to 10 weeks.
  • Tutor students one-on-one or in small groups, reinforcing what is taught in the classroom so they can keep up with their peers.
  • Mentor students providing advice, guidance and friendship.
  • Sponser a school.
Raise Your Hand Williamson logo
 
For more information, email Volunteer Williamson County or call 615-771-2312.
2016-2017 Meeting Dates


Past Meetings

  • April 21, 2015 (Minutes)
  • April 19, 2016  (Agenda  •  Minutes)
  • Feb. 16, 2016  (Agenda)
  • Dec. 1, 2015  (Agenda)
  • Sept. 22, 2015  (Agenda)

Upcoming Events

Nov
20
Mon
all-day Thanksgiving Holidays
Thanksgiving Holidays
Nov 20 – Nov 24 all-day
All schools and district offices closed
Nov
30
Thu
6:30 pm Special Ed Parent Mtg @ Franklin Elementary School Library
Special Ed Parent Mtg @ Franklin Elementary School Library
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The FSSD Office of Special Populations is hosting a series of parent meetings for parents of students with disabilities. The purpose of these meetings is to increase parent understanding of special education, improve dialog between school and home,[...]