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First meeting of 2014-15

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Join us on Wednesday, September 3 at 9 a.m. in the Garland/Rowlett rooms on the second floor of the Harris Hill Administration Building Annex.

Our program will feature Dr. Bob Morrison, superintendent of Garland ISD. He will be giving the annual "state of the district" address, as well as sharing information about the November 4 bond election.

Bring your questions!


As former "newbies" ourselves, the members of the Council Board are well aware of the anxiety that can accompany taking on a leadership role within your local PTA. That's why we will be offering our annual officer and chairman training session - aka Leaderpalooza - to give your local PTA a one-stop opportunity to gain tips and tricks to successfully filling your role this year.

Breakout sessions include workshops for:


  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary


  • Arts in Education
  • Legislation
  • Membership
  • Parent Education
  • Programs
  • Volunteers
  • Youth Protection

Come join us at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 13 at Lakeview Centennial High School, located at 3505 Hayman Road. The school is near I-30/Broadway.

34 GISD schools earn National PTA School of Excellence

National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. At a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement.

The path to excellence starts with a joint commitment of PTA and school leaders to work together to achieve PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Through the School of Excellence program, the PTA and school will gain new ways to engage families in school decision-making, such as improvements to programs, practices and policies related to education, health, safety or the arts.

The statistics:

  • 169 schools in the United States of America were designated a School of Excellence
  • 42 Texas schools were designated a School of Excellence
  • 34 Garland ISD schools were designated a School of Excellence

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Foundations: Leader Orientation

All new Board members are required to complete this leadership training. To make it easier for individuals to get the training at their convenience, Texas PTA has made it available on their website, However, be forewarned that finding it on the site is challenging.

(1) Go to

(2) Log in using the 2014-15 login/password (included with your membership card)

(3) Click on Intranet Home in upper right section of page

(4) Choose View Member Area from left side menu buttons

(5) Choose Notebook from left side menu. This is the online training portal.
At this time, Foundations training is the only option available, but it appears to have three "modules."

A council board member who was planning to do the online training reported that you may run into issues with your browser while trying to access the training. If you have more than one browser installed on your computer and have problems, you may wish to try an alternative browser. Examples of browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome.

August 2014
Council Talks Newsletter
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Council Meetings

Except where noted, meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Garland/Rowlett rooms in the Harris Hill Administration Building Annex at 501 S. Jupiter Road in Garland.

  • September 3, 2014
    Dr. Bob Morrison
    Guest Speaker
  • October 1, 2014

  • November 5, 2014

  • December 3, 2014

  • February 4, 2015

  • March 4, 2015

  • April 8, 2015*
    (note - 2nd Wed)

  • May 15, 2015*
    (note - 3rd Friday)
    PTA Spring Luncheon
    Culwell Center Arena

Sharon Wainscott
2014-15 Council President

Garland ISD Council of PTAs
c/o GISD Box 701
P.O. Box 469026
Garland, TX 75046-9026

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