PTA Minutes May
The Wetlands Festival raised about
$10,000 ($8,000 from the silent auction and online sales, and $2,000 from cash
sales on the day of). This is about the
same amount that the festival raised last year.
The Read-a-Thon raised $4,520.
Officers for 2014-2015 School Year
Beth Cavey, President
Patty Healey, VP for Programming
Rachael Schroeder, VP for Fundraising
Amy Yenyo, Secretary
Eva Clark, Treasurer
Ms. Hill will continue
to be the teacher liaison to the PTA.
PTA unanimously approved the following funding proposals:
$50 gift cards for each custodian, for a
total of $200.
$100 donation to Long Branch and Potomac
Overlook Nature Centers, as thanks for donating their time at the Wetlands
for a voluntary teacher training program in Fall 2014 on working effectively
with students with autism
$3,000 for five classroom library kits
($600 each) for grades 4 and 5
$200 for chair sacs to hold classroom library
$100 for gift cards for student patrols
$220 for a food thermometer and food
processor for the kitchen
$115 for props, materials, and costumes
for the Campbell musical
to Have an Orchard Planted at Campbell
PTA member Christy Przystawik attended a
School Garden Teacher Training in D.C. and met with a tree expert who told her
we could apply to have an orchard planted at Campbell. Christy requested some help in filling out
the application, which would need to be submitted in Spring 2014. We need to plan for the space first; Christy will
consult with Pat Findikoglu and former Campbell parent Leslie Mead, who were
instrumental in bringing the Wetlands to Campbell.
on APS School Construction
It’s our understanding that Campbell is
no longer being considered as a site for additional construction.
At this point, it looks like there will
be a new elementary school on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson Middle School, as
well as an addition for Abingdon Elementary.
It appears that there will be a new
middle school in the Wilson Building.
It appears that at Washington-Lee High
School, there will be a reconfiguration of classrooms to add seats.
on 2014-2015 Enrollment Numbers and Staff Changes
Unlike other schools, Campbell is not
forced to increase enrollment in the 2014-2015 school year.
We anticipate the same staff and same number
of students next year.
There will three kindergarten classes
and three first grade classes.
Janice Wood will retire at the end of this
Shirley Atkins will retire, and Pamela
Clark will work at Campbell full-time, as both EL Coordinator and the Resource
Teacher for the Gifted.
Frances McOwen is retiring, and Florence
Dale will return to Campbell to teach ESOL-HILT.
George Laumann is retiring, and Morgan Norwood
will become the full-time art teacher.
Erin Pavolko is leaving Campbell to take
a full-time music position at Patrick Henry.
Standards of Learning (SOL) tests will
be administered from May 19-June 12.
Virginia eliminated two SOLs for next
year; there will be no science or social studies SOLs for fourth grade and no
writing SOL in fifth grade.
Teachers have found that the Interactive
Achievement (IA) tests are helpful in determining what students are
understanding and retaining during the school year. They have helped teachers identify what areas
need to be reviewed and re-taught.
This year, Campbell kindergartners’ IA
scores beat the APS average.