Poolesville Elementary School
 

Advocacy is an important part of the PTA and each of us as parents/guardians play an important role in the process.  Below are some great links and resources.


Advocacy

  • 19 May 2016 5:18 PM | PES PTA (Administrator)
    Advocacy works, but we need to keep working.  Thanks to the advocacy efforts of the PTA county-wide , the County Council has heard us loud and clear and they have passed a budget that will keep the modernization of PHS on schedule.
  • 25 Feb 2015 9:49 AM | PES PTA (Administrator)

     

  • 26 May 2014 12:35 PM | PES PTA (Administrator)

    I know the end of the school year is crammed, crowded and overwhelming.... even more so than the rest of the crazy school year.... but PLEASE -- don't forget that it's election season ---- and that's mission critical for those of us who care about children, families, schools.... you get the picture.

    You've seen the signs. Hopefully you've checked out a forum. Maybe you're scratching your head right now and saying 'what election ---- it's not November'.

    Maryland's primary moves this year from September to June. June 24 to be precise. Early voting runs from Thursday June 12 through Thursday June 19. June 12 -- that's 3 weeks from TODAY!!

    It's more important than ever to vote this year. We tell our kids to pay attention, get involved, do your homework ---- we have to walk the walk! You have a total of 93 hours over 9 days to get your tuchus into a voting booth. NO EXCUSES!!!!! All the details are below.

    Not registered to vote? Don't know if you're registered to vote? Moved since the last election? Just want to double check to make sure your voter registration information is accurate?? Here's a link to all the information you could ever hope to need about voter registration:

    http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/elections/index2.html# - click the link, then click "voter registration" in the menu along the left-hand side of the homepage. You have until 9pm on June 3 to register to vote in the primary election.

    When and where to cast that all important vote? There are 9 early vote centers throughout the county, each open from 10am-8pm Thursday June 12 through Thursday June 19. That's 80 hours over 8 days --- Saturday and Sunday included. Here are the early vote centers:

    http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/Elections/EarlyVoting2014/EarlyVotingSites.html

    IMPORTANT NOTE: unlike voting at your assigned polling place on election day, should you choose to vote early you can vote at ANY early vote site in the county..... so vote on your way to work, at lunch, on your way home, while you're out running errands, while your kid is playing baseball/softball..... any time your daily travels take you past one of the nine early vote sites.

    Voting purist? Just can't bring yourself to miss the experience of voting on election day? You have 13 hours to make it to the polls on June 24 - 7a-8p. Do you know where your polling place is? Click here to enter your address and find out:

    https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/PollingPlaceSearch - This tool will also tell you which voting districts (congressional, state, councilmanic) you live in.

    And - when you vote, take your kids!

    Thanks everyone.

    Lynne Harris
    MCCPTA VP for Legislation

  • 08 Nov 2013 4:26 PM | PES PTA (Administrator)
    At 7:00 PM on 11 November at the Carver Educational Center off Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Donna Lowell/Poolesville Cluster Coordinator and I, Jerry Klobukowski, will testify before the Board of Education in support of the capital needs of the Poolesville Cluster Schools. The foremost capital need is Poolesville High School’s modernization, which the Superintendent has recommended it be pushed back to 2024.

    Donna and I know we have your support, but the Board of Education does not. They need to see a united community of parents, teachers and students en mass, not just a hand full of people, standing before them. It is essential that everyone in the Western Montgomery community regardless of whether or not you have children in PHS or not to stand up for equity in education and to ensure future generations who attend PHS are afforded the same facilities, and programs that the more down county students enjoy. It is important to engage parents of out of cluster students to join us, especially those whose children are still in grade school and middle school because PHS the magnet to which their students would be sent. Do they want a school on par with Montgomery Blair and Einstein or a facility on its last legs kept together with baling wire and duct tape? For the school was built in 1953, received a cosmetic overhaul in 1978, which do to some sort of administrative amnesia MCPS calls a renovation. The current date of 2024 means the school would be 71 years old before it would be truly modernized. To some it may seem like rather dauntless, even hopeless, but our community, a united community have confronted similar situations head on before and won. We were told we did not deserve a middle school, but we have one, John Poole Middle School. We were told that our middle school did not merit a full size gymnasium, but we have one. We were told Monocacy Elementary School should be closed because Dr. Weast deemed its student population to small and should be closed, but it is still open. This was all accomplished because parents banded together impressed upon the Board of Education, County Executive and County Council that our students deserved to be afforded the same educational opportunities and facilities as down county students.

    We need your support en mass again, to make the letters PTSA really mean Parents, Teachers and Students. It is easy to find excuses, why we cannot attend, athletic practice or games, club meetings, and the thought of driving to Rockville after a hard day at work, fighting traffic is not very inviting, etc., but what message does that send to our children about standing up for important issues facing us now, what will it teach them. Our children learn much just by listening to and watching what we do. If we expect them to become leaders and contributing members to society, then it is up to us to set the “example” and not sit on the sidelines and hope that someone else will confront and solve the problem. Winston Churchill said “difficulties and dangers will not be removed by closing our eyes to them. They will not be removed by mere waiting to see what happens;” When I was in the U.S. Navy, I learned three very important words: honor, courage and commitment. It is fitting that we are given the privilege of testifying on Veteran’s Day. A day on which we remember and thank our friends and neighbors, those no longer among us, who have served and sacrificed for our country, its ideals, and its way of life for us and future generations. Let us join together honor the efforts of those who preceded us, by showing the courage to stand together in pursuit of a worthy goal, PHS’s Modernization, and making the commitment to ensuring its modernization date slips no further.

    So I ask you to come, come tired; bring your children all sweaty, in uniform from their practices or games; bring your Cub Scouts, Brownies, and Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform to educate them what advocacy really means and unity can accomplish; call and email out of cluster parents whose children are attending or want their children to attend the Number ONE high school academically in Maryland, and 64th in the nation; to all of Western Montgomery county senior citizens, come because you remember how hard you worked to get MCPS and the county to provide Western Montgomery County with the schools, amenities, and services they provided down county, and are tired of hearing that same old “bishwa; come because you would rather be part of realty than watching a “reality TV show”; come with sense of purpose, come with commitment.
  • 06 Nov 2013 8:06 PM | PES PTA (Administrator)

    SUBJECT:                  MCPS Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr has recommended to the BOE that the modernization of Poolesville High School be delayed two more additional years to 2025.  PHS was built in 1953 and is over capacity.  There are many issues with the building (click here to view a student video highlighting the structural inadequacies of PHS proving our need for a new building.)   If Dr. Starr’s recommendation is approved it will be the third time the projected has been delayed.  We are a small community of 6,000 in a county of almost one million people.  Poolesville can easily be overlooked and passed over when tough decisions are made at a county level.  We can’t let that happen.  We need to make sure our voice is heard.

    TESTIMONY:             Every year the Board of Education (BOE) receives oral testimony from the community with regards to the Capital Improvement Budget (CIP) the CIP is the pot of money where school renovations/modernizations come from.  The Poolesville cluster (PES, MES, JPMS, PHS) of PTA’s have organized a team to deliver testimony on our behalf at the next CIP Budget testimony.  Scheduled to testify on our behalf will be Town Commissioner Jerry Klobukowski, PES PTA cluster coordinators Donna Lowell and MCCPTA Representative Joyce Breiner Thanks to Kathy Jankowski we will have a group of student representatives from each school giving testimony as well.

    WE NEED YOU:        The testimony team is doing the hard part.  The rest of us have an easy role to fill.  All we need to do is show up at the testimony and support our team.  The best way to get attention from the county and the BOE is to show up en mass in support of our testifiers.  Wear black/gold and something that signifies you are from Poolesville.  When it’s time for one of our testifiers speak we simply stand up and hold up our signs (8 ½ x 11 paper with something written like “Poolesville Needs Modernized”)  Each testimony is 3 to 5 minutes and our Poolesville Students will be lumped into one 12 minute block.  Once they are done we can go home. 

    WHEN:                        Monday November 11, 2013.  Jerry Klobukowski will be first on the docket and will give his testimony at 7:00 pm.  Our group of students will be on at 7:15 pm.  Donna Lowell will be on around 8:00 pm and Joyce Breiner will be on closer to 9:00 pm.   You don’t have to attend the whole testimony.  The most important part will be that we are there for our students when they testify and support them as they will be supporting us. 

    WHO:                          Everyone who can and is able should try to attend.  The modernization of Poolesville High School and advocating for Poolesville should not be just a concern to future student/parents that will be attending school in 2025.   This is a Poolesville issue and the quality of schools effects everyone.  Please bring your children.  They don’t have to stay long, just till 7:30 pm so they can witness our students giving testimony before the board.  This is a great learning experience for them. 

    WHERE:                     The testimony will be at Carver Educational Services Center,850 Hungerford Drive, Room 123 Rockville, Maryland 20850 (click her for detailed directions including where to park and what bldg. entrance)

    HUNGRY:                   Don’t come to the testimony hungry.  A group of Poolesvillians will be gathered at Cheeburger Cheeburger in Shady Grove prior to the testimony.  Cheeburger will be donating 20% of the all proceeds to PES PTA for all Poolesville customers from 5:00 pm to 9:00 PM on Monday November 11th 2013.  

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