Welcome to the Maricopa Heritage Academy Parent Teacher Organization!
If you are new to Heritage Academy, we want to make sure you know that all parents and teachers are automatically part of the board and are welcome at all our monthly meetings!
Meetings are generally held the 2nd Tuesday evening of every month (except October & no meeting in December).
Meetings begin at 7:00 pm
PTO is a wonderful way to get involved. Join us!
Current Board Leadership 2019-2020:
Heritage Academy PTO Leadership Duties:
President: Attends and oversees meetings and all activities. Reports to Principal.
Vice President: Attends all meetings and activities when possible. Assists President and board in all efforts and steps in when President is absent.
Secretary: Attends all meetings. Keeps Notes of meetings and activities. Assists in activities when possible. Maintains PTO calendar.
Treasurer: Attends all meetings and keeps records of all PTO funds. (fundraising efforts, reimbursements, payouts, purchases, donations) Assists in activities when possible.
Communications officer: Attends all meetings and organizes communications between PTO leadership, parents/teachers and vendors as needed. (facebook, flyer creation, mass email skills are needed) Assists in activities when possible.
Heritage Academy PTO Committee Chairperson Duties:
The Committee Chair position is generally a 2 year position for an individual or a couple who serves in leadership over a committee of teachers and parents supporting a particular department of Heritage Academy. Currently, committee chairs are requested for Academics, Sports, Performing Arts (We could split this into Band/Choir and Drama/Dance), Teacher/Staff Appreciation, Constitution Week and Fundraising.
Each Committee Chairperson would be responsible for heading the efforts of a group of parents and teachers to aid in the fundraising/ support and growth of their respective department. They would communicate with the Department head, coaches and/ or teachers relating to their department and work to focus the efforts of those on their committee along with any others wishing to help to aid their department in a unified effort. They may help lead fundraisers, orientations, tryouts, concessions, music rentals, rehearsals, carpooling to practices and/or games, parking duties at school or special events, concert/performance ushering, program creation, booster club creation, scholar/athlete recognition nights, lunch distribution and uniform distribution among other things. The Chairperson will help generate, propose, and report on these activities during meetings.
Attendance at monthly PTO meetings is required for Chairpeople. Meeting times and locations are flexible as the PTO decides how to best fit member’s schedules.
Meetings will generally be 1-1.5 hours. We spend our time addressing the various ways we can support our new school under our different areas of interest through our planned activities and efforts. Each committee Chair will report on the efforts of their committee to meet the needs of their Department. Discussion will follow regarding ideas, solutions and proposed future activities. The PTO consists of parents and teachers of Heritage Academy Maricopa campus. Members are encouraged to participate in any meeting and activity that they are able in order to support the mission of the Maricopa Heritage Academy PTO.
***All Heritage Academy families are asked to pay yearly PTO dues of $20. These funds contribute directly to our mission below and will be applied on an as needed basis as we progress through the PTO activities of the year.
If a family has a financial hardship, they are encouraged to seek an interview with Principal Ellsworth so she is aware of the situation and can possibly offer helpful resources.
The mission of the Maricopa Heritage Academy Parent Teacher Organization is to:
- Raise funds to assist the various Departments of Heritage Academy meet the needs of their scholar’s education when there is a gap between funds and academic needs.
- Increase communication, cooperation and participation between scholars, parents and teachers with regard to scholar activities outside the classroom.
- Nurture a supportive, enriching, social and academic environment for Heritage Scholars as well as teachers and staff.
Heritage Academy Scholar Council Liaison
The Scholar Council Liaison will be a 1-2 year position held by an individual or couple and functions much like a Committee Chair. This leader assists and guides the Scholar Council in planning and execution of various activities overseen by the Scholar Council during the year. These events are usually social, held at the school and build the enriching family-like environment prevalent at Heritage campuses. These events could be dances, dress down days, group community service etc.
Heritage Academy PTO Committee Member and Parent Support
This role is filled by a parent or teacher who wants to help support the school but may not be able to commit to attending all the monthly meetings or who may not be able to chair a committee. Committee members support the efforts of their committee however and whenever time allows. They maintain good communication with their committee chairperson. These parents and teachers function more as project based support and can serve on more than one committee.
What can you expect from your PTO this year?
We will begin the year meeting our wonderful parents at Meet the Teacher night where we will sign parents and teachers up for passive fundraising efforts like Fry’s Rewards and Amazon smile.
We hope to help the opening days of our school run smoothly by assisting in traffic direction.
We will meet monthly as a board (Open to ALL parents and teachers) to discuss activities that will support our school. These meetings will usually be the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
We will assist in lunch distribution and team transportation as school gets underway.
We may assist with instrument rental night and uniform distribution for various teams, groups or the band.
We will assist in scholar monthly rewards and semester athletic awards.
We will have a class contest for boxtop collection in the early Fall.
We will hold our Constitution week activities and the Constitution Night Festival and Concert in September.
We will assist with Holiday performances, concerts, and concessions, in December.
We will support one fundraising activity per school department such as the Drama Department Murder Mystery Dinner.
We will offer holiday gifts to teachers and staff in December.
We will support the Scholar Council in their social and academic activities as needed throughout the year, like dances and Spirit Week.
We will hold Teacher/ Staff Appreciation Week in late Spring.
We will hold elections at our May Meeting for the coming school year Board Leadership and Committee Chair Positions.
Check out our Facebook group: Parents of Heritage Academy Maricopa for information on:
- Swapping used uniforms
- Upcoming activities and events
- Opportunities to volunteer