Garden City PTA Program Committee Descriptions
Arts in Education
The Arts in Education Committee explores programs, across the broad spectrum of the arts, and makes recommendations for experiences that would enhance and enrich the cultural education of students. Exposure to the arts is valuable to learning since it stimulates creativity, curiosity, and awareness of the world around us. The Arts in Education Committee works directly with building Administration and the District’s Coordinator of Music and Fine Arts. The District currently provides the funding for the programs selected. This Committee has Committee Chairperson(s) and a few committee members.
If you enjoy the arts, believe exposure to the arts is valuable to learning and want to bring additional enrichment opportunities to our students, this is the committee for you!
The Communications Committee keeps our members, and our community informed about PTA and school district events. This Committee's work helps to build a connection between the PTA and the community. Developing a strong and clear connection will grow our membership, foster values for the PTA’s mission and programs and strengthens the importance of community engagement in the education of children. This Committee's work includes all forms of media: print, photography, graphic design for print, e-communication, and social media. This Committee works closely with the School Directors and the Vice President of Technology. This Committee has Committee Chairperson(s) and School Building Representatives.
If you love writing, photography, or graphic design, then this is the committee for you!
The Curriculum Committee keeps up-to-date on curriculum and instruction, grading, student placement, and co-curricular activities throughout the district. The committee works closely with the district administration; provides members information about changes or trends in curriculum, and provides a conduit for the school community to express concerns related to instruction. The Committee also works closely with the PTA Legislation Committee. This committee requires a certain level of time commitment be most effective in your volunteer role. A building represents meets with their principal regularly, attends PTA Curriculum meetings with the Chairperson, participates in meetings of the Committee with the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, and attends meetings of the Board of Education if the topic is relevant to the committee. This Committee has a Committee Chairperson and School Building Representatives.
If you enjoy discussions about curriculum, want to learn more about student learning and ways to improve the educational experience for students then this is the committee for you!
Health & Safety
Caregivers, our schools, and our community are responsible for caring for the health and welfare of our youth. The Health & Safety Committee addresses health and safety issues related to the students and families. The activities of the Health & Safety Committee are designed to educate and inform caregivers about the health needs of children and how best to meet those needs. The Health & Safety Committee works to see that programs are available to meet the needs of our members. This Committee works closely with School Administrators, District Health & Safety Teams, the Budget & Legislation Committee and other community organizations, such as the Garden City Community Coalition. This Committee has Committee Chairperson(s) and School Building Representatives.
If you are interested in being part of a team that provides students and families relevant information regarding issues of health and safety, then this is the committee for you!
Members of the Interview Committee participate in the interview process for new hires to our district. Garden City Public Schools invites parents to serve on its interview committees. Serving on this Committee is an exceptional opportunity to have a distinct voice in the hiring of teachers and administrators: persons who are directly responsible for the safety and education of our children. The office of the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel convenes interview committees throughout the school year comprised of parents, teachers, and building administrators. Interview Committees usually meet after school, Mondays through Thursdays, beginning at approximately 3:30 pm and convenes for 1-2 days, about 2-3 hours per day. Volunteers are expected to commit to the entire interview session. No interviewing experience is necessary. The district offers an Interview Training Workshop every year, usually in the fall. The district training workshop addresses question development and techniques. The Executive Vice President coordinates volunteers and notifies all volunteers of the dates and times for interviews.
If you are interested in being part of a team tasked with the responsibility of selecting the best and most qualified candidates for employment within our district, then this is the committee for you!
PTA is the largest association dedicated to promoting the welfare of children and youth. Advocacy is an integral part of the PTA. Advocacy comes in many forms and occurs in every action designed to improve the lives of children. PTA promotes the educational needs and values of its school community and addresses how decisions by school administrators, the Board of Education and elected officials, meet those needs. This Committee's activities are designed to inform, empower and engage members by providing the information and tools they need to be active participants in the decision process and effect positive change, by communicating concerns to key policy makers both within our district and beyond. This Committee works closely with District Administration, the Board of Education, the PTA’s Curriculum and Health & Safety Committees and other community organizations, where appropriate, to achieve PTA goals for children and youth. This Committee has a Committee Chairperson and School Building Representatives.
If you are interested in learning the impact of decisions made by key policymakers on our public school and believe in the power of working together with one “collective voice,” then this is the committee for you!
Serving on a Nominating Committee is an exceptional opportunity for PTA members to have a voice in selecting the Executive Committee members. Executive Committee members volunteer their time and talents to help maintain PTA sponsored programs, enhance the educational experiences of our children, promote family engagement, and advocate for every child.
The Nominating Committee consists of two representatives each from the High School, Middle School, Stewart and Stratford schools as well as one representative each from Hemlock, Homestead and Locust Schools and an alternate. Volunteers are elected, by the membership, at their school’s PTA meeting.
If you are interested in being part of a team tasked with the responsibility of selecting the best and most qualified candidates to serve on the Executive Committee, then this is the committee for you!
Where else can you attend informative parenting workshops, grab a snack, get a babysitter for your children at no cost to you? Well at Garden City’s Parent University you can! The GC PTA partners with GCPS, GCTA, GC SEPTA, GC Community Coalition, GC Friends of Music, GC Friends of STEM, and the Men’s Association of Garden City for an outstanding event design to inform and empower community members. This Committee helps to plan, organize and facilitate the events of the evening.
If you are interested in being part of a feel-good community event, this is the committee for you!
Pick a Reading Partner (PARP)
PARP is a National PTA program designed to foster the love of reading. The primary goal of PARP is to promote childhood literacy by asking parents or caregivers to set aside time each day to read with their child. PARP encourages programs during the school year that supports reading and participation of children, caregivers, teachers, administrators, school staff and the community by reinforcing the pursuit of reading for enjoyment. The committee works closely with building administrators and teachers in our K-5 schools. This Committee has Committee Chairperson(s) and School Building Representatives.
If you want to help share the love of reading throughout our school community, then this is the committee for you!
Reflections is a National PTA cultural arts program, designed to encourage students to express their thoughts and feelings through creative arts. The Reflection Committee coordinates the student entries into the PTA’s Reflections Contest. This contest originates at the National PTA level, with a theme for each year's competition. Students submit entries in Literature, Photography, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, and Film to the Reflections Committee. The Reflections Committee, utilizing rules set forth by the National and State PTA, facilitate the judging of the submissions. Selected winners from each category advance to the Nassau Region Level. Upon completion of the program at the Nassau Region and NYS PTA levels, Reflection Ceremonies are held throughout the District acknowledging the winners. This Committee has Committee Chairperson(s) and School Building Representatives.
If you enjoy the arts and believe exposure to the arts and self-expression is valuable to learning, this is the committee for you!
The purpose of school-based planning and shared decision-making is to improve the educational performance of all students in the school, regardless of such factors as socioeconomic status, race, gender, language, background, or disability. At the request of the district, the PTA is charged with the responsibility of selecting the PTA parent members to serve on the district’s Site-Based Committees. If selected for this Committee, you will work directly with administrators, teachers, students, and parents addressing issues that may arise related to curriculum, staff development, building and facilities, school procedures, building climate and character, health and safety, extra-curricular activities, and more. Site Based teams meet up to four times a year usually after school dismissal in the afternoon. Meeting times may vary by building. The district offers a site-based training in the fall and oversees the activities of the members Applications for Site-Based positions must be completed before the selection of parent representatives in the spring of each year.
Spirit Week activities engage and involve all district families and the community to participate in the excitement of Homecoming. This Committee works directly with school administration to help organize and assist with Spirit Week activities at the primary, elementary and middle schools. This Committee has a Committee Chairperson and School Building Representatives.
If you are interested is spreading Garden City school spirit and community pride or spending a few hours in your child’s school, then this is the committee for you!
Teachers play a key role in student success and sometimes a simple “thank you” is all a teacher needs to feel valued. Since 1984, National PTA has designated the first week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. The GC PTA provides an opportunity for our school community to participate in a small celebration of thanks to those who educate and care for our children.
In early spring, the PTA and parents host a Staff Appreciation Luncheon in each of our seven school buildings. The school Staff Appreciation Committees and the Staff Appreciation Chairperson plan and organize all aspects of these events. Staff appreciation luncheons provide all school families the opportunity to participate in these celebrations through convenient on-line sign-up tools. This Committee works directly with the Staff Appreciation Chairperson and School PTA Director. This Committee has a Committee Chairperson and School Building Representatives.
If you are interested in spending a few hours giving back to your child’s school and their staff, then this is the committee for you!