Thursday, November 15, 2012

Meeting Minutes 11/1/12

Attending: Kellene Adams, Jill Nebeker, Marvelle Morgan, Principal Glenn, Karla Hendricks, Amy Jessen, Stephanie Hansen, Lisa Zupanic, Mr. Cherry

Thought: Kellene – Enjoy the ride

Minutes: Marvelle moved to accept, Amy seconded, all approved

President’s Concerns:

We need to send the minutes to council, Jill will send email as normal and Kellene will forward to council.

Reality Town – Very successful, all positive feedback. There were enough volunteers.

Reflections – We had 63 entries, up from last year. The display case is open to show the items, but most of the items were writing so we may do a picture of the students once the awards are given. Amy will make a decision. We would like to encourage more art to be submitted next year.

Eagle of the Quarter – Next week it will be on Monday(7th), Wednesday(9th), Thursday(8th). Stephanie is ready for it.

T-shirts – PTA doesn’t have budget so Mr. Glenn will keep working to see if the school can sell shirts.

Bring Parents to School Day – Need to get parents information and let Vicky know how many will want lunch so she can order for the lunchroom. Kellene will do the sign in sheet, Ms. VanDerLough will have 2 students man table for each period. Mr. Glenn will get a table by the front door and maps.

Facebook – There already exists a page for OHMS so we will try to contact the owner to see if we can take over the page or they will release the name.

PTSA Students – Amy wanted to know if we could open up the PTSA group so that other students could help if they wanted. We will look into finding a way to allow other students to come to Ms. Vanderlough’s classroom during TA to help with big projects.

Ms. Vanderlough’s students would like to do an assembly on anti-bullying, but there is no time in the schedule until after the holidays. Over the next two weeks they will set up their schedule and order the hoodies.

Do we want to combine Blue Ribbon & White Ribbon Week – we decided to keep separate.

Maybe do Blue Ribbon Week toward the end of January .

PTSA students did a run through of Eagle of the Quarter. They need to plan on 3 rd period to come help Stephanie next week.

White Ribbon Week – Will be week of March 11 – 13. We need to decide what we are planning on doing (who we are asking to do assembly) so we can schedule the people and make sure they can come on the week we have planned. Kellene will follow up with Jodi.

Principal Report – School Community Council recommended looking into having more parent volunteers in classrooms. Mr. Cherry sent out a survey to teachers asking if they would like help from parents & currently it is about 60% in favor and 40% not but still waiting for more response only about 30+ responses so far. Studies show the more parents are involved the more successful students are.

OHMS – We are in the 93rd percentile in the State academically. This is a great achievement.

Next meeting on Thursday, December 6th at 11:30am

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

OHMS Events

If you missed the Meet the Candidates night, you can still find out which candidates will be on your ballot by visiting and click on the tab that says On My Ballot.

Upcomming events include the Vision Screening and Reality Town. Check the calendar for more information!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Budget for 2012-2013

Below is the proposed budget. Please vote if you approve at the end of this post.

Proposed Budget of
Oquirrh Hills Middle School PTSA
Fiscal Year 2012-2013

Balance Carried Forward:     $16,794.11


     Membership (700 members)     $3500.00
     Harmon’s Grocery PTA Days Fundraiser     $500.00
     Memory Books Fundraiser     $8000.00
     Total Projected Income:     $12,000


     Student Support

           Eagle of the Quarter     $1,000.00
           Field Day      $1,500.00
           Legislative Day      $1,000.00
           PTSA Student Representative Sweat Shirts $800.00
           Miscellaneous Student Activities (Reality Town, Reflections, etc.)      $500.00
           Student Support Budgeted Expense s:       $4,800.00


           Red Ribbon Week      $800.00
           White Ribbon Week      $1,200.00
           Health/Safety/Welfare Budgeted Expenses:      $2,000.00


           Volunteer Appreciation     $500.00
           Teacher Appreciation     $2,200
           Teacher Birthday Gifts     $800.00
           Parent-Teacher Conference Dinners for Teachers     $1,500.00
           Hospitality Budgeted Expenses:     $5,000.00


           Membership     $100.00
           Leadership Training     $300.00
           National/Utah/Council PTA Dues:     $2625.00
           School Gift:     $1,500.00
           Office Supplies/Copies/Postage     $500.00
           Administrative Budgeted Expenses:     $5,025.00

Total Budgeted Expenses:     <$16,825.00>

Projected Ending Balance:     $11,969.11

Do you approve of the proposed 2012-2013 OHMS PTSA Budget?

Welcome Back!

Dear Oquirrh Hills Middle School Families,

Welcome back to school! The summer flew by!

Just a quick reminder about Back-to-School Night tonight; please join us 5 p.m. at the school.

Also, as always, we are eagerly looking for volunteers! If you would like to get involved in your student’s education, the PTSA is a great way to do it. We have several activities planned throughout the year, and we couldn’t do any of them without out amazing volunteers. You don’t have to spend a lot of time; some activities only take an hour or two. Please consider sharing your time and talents with us. If you’d like to volunteer, you can call or e-mail our PTSA president, Kellene Ricks Adams at or 801-833-1521.

Also, please take a minute to vote on our PTSA budget. We are moving to online communication as much as possible, and our bylaws state that we must post the budget and allow parents to vote on it. You can view and vote on the budget in the post coming next.

We’d love to have you attend our meetings, where we discuss all the fun activities that we have planned, as well as the great things that are happening at OHMS. The meetings are as follows:

  • September 6, noon, OHMS conference room
  • October 4, noon, OHMS conference room
  • November 1, noon, OHMS conference room
  • December 6 noon, OHMS conference room
  • January 3, noon, OHMS conference room
  • February 7, noon, OHMS conference room
  • March 7, noon, OHMS conference room
  • April 4, noon, OHMS conference room
  • May meeting: TBD

 Finally, this blog is a great place to get important information, not just about PTSA, but about the activities your student is involved in and how you can be involved as well. Become a follower of the blog, and you’ll automatically be notified whenever new information is posted.

We look forward to seeing you tonight.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Memory Books

Dear Parents-

Time has flown by and we have reached the end of another school year.  I have just a few last minute items to make you aware of.

First, Memory books will be distributed on Wednesday, May 30th to the ninth grade, and Thursday, May 31st to the  eighth and seventh grades.  I need to make one last request for volunteers.  I need 12 people to help Wednesday, May 30th  from 1:15 – 3 pm and 24 people on Thursday, May  31st  from 1:15 -3 pm.  If you are able to help us out, please let me or Jodi Parker ( know. I can’t thank you all enough for the time and support that you have given us this year. Reality Town, the Book Fairs, Harmon’s Day, Vision and Hearing Screening, the  Bring your Parent to School days, and Teacher Appreciation have all been a tremendous success because of you.

Second, I want to introduce The PTSA Executive Board for the 2012 – 2013 school year. Serving as PTSA President is Kellene Adams, with Wendy Judd as President-Elect and Tiffany Parks as Treasurer. Jill Nebeker will continue as Secretary, Lynnae Dunn will continue as Membership VP, and Shannon Smith will continue as Legislative VP.  Thanks to all of you who participated in our online voting this year.

Last, I want to express my appreciation to all of the wonderful ladies that have served on the PTSA this year, as well as Mr. Anderson, the staff, and the teachers. Also, Ms. Howard and the amazing PTSA Student Board. You all have been incredible to work with.

Thanks for a great year,
Lisa Zupancic
OHMS PTSA President

Monday, April 30, 2012

Uplift Utah Families (Free Tickets)

You are invited to the Uplift Utah Families parenting conference on May 4th and 5th.  The mission of Uplift is:

Our mission is to assist parents in gaining access to programs and information that will help them acquire the skills necessary to raise loving, responsible children. We believe that strong parent-child relationships are the key to providing children with the tools necessary to make safe and healthy choices in their lives, keeping them free of drugs, alcohol and exposure to pornography. Our program will include an original musical program, presented by elementary students to their parents, with future plans to have yearly conferences on the family and a website linking different programs and resources together throughout the state.

During the conference parents can attend workshops that will help them be better parents.

The first lady of Utah, Jeanette Herbert, would like to increase participation so she is making tickets available for free to our parents. You can find a link to the ticket here. Please feel free to print off as many as you need.

A packet has been created if you would like to print some of the information from the website and share it with others or if you prefer just a flyer you can get one here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Please Vote

The nominees for the OHMS PTSA 2012-2013 board are as follows:

 President: Kellene Adams
Secretary: Jill Nebeker
Treasurer: Tiffany Parks
 Legislative VP: Shannon Smith
Membership VP: Lynnae Dunn

Each position had only one volunteer/nominee.  Please vote at the right to accept or reject the board as listed above.

We are still in need of a President-Elect for next year.  Please volunteer if you are willing to do this job.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Canned Food Drive

The students at OHMS are collecting canned food items to be donated to the Utah Food Bank.  Please consider donating cans to help those served by the food bank.  The last day to collect cans will be Monday, April 16th.

Yearbook Orders

The last day to order a yearbook is April 20th.  The cost is $20.00.  Checks should be made out to OHMS, not to the PTSA.

Yearbooks will be given to the 9th graders on May 30th at 1:30pm to the 7th and 8th graders on May 31st at 1:30pm.

Proposed 2012-2013 PTA Executive Board

Here is the proposed 2012-2013 PTA executive board for Oquirrh Hills Middle School. As you can see, we still need to fill two board positions: treasurer and president-elect. While these positions may sound overwhelming, they’re really not. There is plenty of training and assistance, and we would love to have someone help us out. If you would be willing to do either of these, please contact Kellene Adams at 801.455.8448 or Thanks!

Post edited to include Treasurer.  

Kellene Adams
Jill Nebeker
Tiffany Parks
Legislative VP
Shannon Smith
Membership VP
Lynnae Dunn

Friday, March 2, 2012

White Ribbon Week

Next week is White Ribbon Week at OHMS.  During this week OHMS will be working with the students to help them be aware of the dangers of pornography and what to do if you or someone you know comes across it or has an addiction to it.

On Wednesday, March 7th, a parents meeting will be held in the OHMS auditorium.  Parents from both OHMS and RHS are invited. The Fight the New Drug program will be presented.  After the presentation parents will be able to ask questions. We hope to see you there.

The next day, March 8th, during school both OHMS and RHS will have assemblies (separate) presented by the program.  

Board Positions

We Need You!

The Oquirrh Hills Middle School PTA is filling board positions for next year’s board, and we need your help! None of these positions require a great deal of time (even the President-Elect), yet they offer the perfect opportunity to become involved in the school and in your student’s life. The PTA plays a key role in providing important, fun, and rewarding activities for our students, and we couldn’t do it without you! Please consider helping us out next year—it really is time well spent!

·         President-Elect (shadows the 2012-2013 president and prepares to serve as president in 2013-2014)
·         Book Fair Coordinator (organizes and oversees our Book Fair, which is held two times a year during Student-Led Conferences)
·         Web Page Coordinator (keeps our PTA website up to date)
·         Volunteer Coordinator (organizes and oversees the PTA volunteers who are involved in the various PTA activities)

Please contact Kellene at 801-257-5359 or if you have questions or are interested in one of these positions. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Volunteer at Book Fair

It is time for the Spring Book Fair at OHMS! This is a fundraiser for our Library. Please come and support us by 1 - buying some books and 2 - volunteering to help cover some shifts at the register!

 Dates: February 27 - March 1

Times: 7:30 - 3 on Mon.
          7:30- end of parent teacher conferences on Tues. & Wed.
          7:30 - end of lunch on Thur.

 Call Janice Carlsen for more info or to sign up to help (801-254-5822) or email her at Thanks for your help!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Harmons PTA Day

Hello Everyone-

It’s hard to believe that the school year is half over! We are looking forward to an exciting and fun-filled second semester. I just wanted to let you know about a few things that we have coming up. First, we have Harmons PTA Day on Thursday February 9. This is a very easy way for you to help raise some money for our school. Harmons donates 5% of their profits for that day to the participating schools. This year we were selected to participate at the South Jordan Harmons, 10507 South Redwood Road. So grab your grocery list and invite all your friends, and come visit us at Harmons. At 5 pm, they will be having the annual Principal’s Bagging Contest and our very own Mr. Anderson is the current reigning champion. Come cheer him on as he competes to keep his title! There will also be cookie decorating and fun games for the kids.

We are still in need of 5 volunteers to help us out at Harmons PTA Day. We need 2 people to help with the 3-5 pm shift, and 3 people to help with the 5-7 pm shift. We need one person to bag groceries (no prior experience needed) and 2 people to help in the cookie decorating booth. You must be over 18, and no children are permitted to be accompany you. A lunch or dinner is provided to all who volunteer. If you can help us out, send me an email at Thanks!

Also, we will be having our second semester “Bring your Parent to School” day on Friday, February 24. If you would like to eat a school lunch with your child that day please let us know ASAP. Our cafeteria staff wants to make sure that there is enough food for everyone, so please email if you are planning on purchasing a school lunch.

Thanks for all your support,
Lisa Zupancic

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fight the New Drug

On March 8th OHMS will have an anti-pornography assembly put on by Fight the New The purpose of this organization is outlined here:

During the Victorian era movement, in the 1850s, England passed the first laws against pornography. The laws did not stop the prolific spread of pornography and may have actually increased demand. In the 1970's and 1980's, the extreme feminists took up the banner of the anti-porn movement. Their approach was bellicose and divisive and focused on passing laws that were eventually found to be unconstitutional.

Learning from the past, Fight the New Drug takes a non-legislative, non-judgmental approach. We recognize an individual's right to view and produce pornography, however, once they are educated on the harmful effects of pornography we believe they will choose to avoid it. We only wish to educate about the negative effects of pornography on individuals, families, and businesses.

In our research, we've found that many people, especially Americans, automatically assume that the anti-pornography movement is at odds with First Amendment freedoms. Under that perception, people are asked to weigh the importance of free speech against the damaging effects of pornography. Fight the New Drug rejects this perception and we will position ourselves as anti-porn, pro-free speech.

Fight the New Drug's message is based on science and facts. In a sense, science is an international currency. We explain why porn is harmful by educating people about the negative psychological and physical reactions it causes. We do not affiliate ourselves with any religious groups or political agendas.

This movement is the result of many years spent developing ideas and researching the effects of pornography. Taking a fresh approach to the issue, we're a non-profit organization dedicated to help the young generation educate itself with the facts on pornography. We hope you will join us in this fight.

If you would like to know more about the organization and the assmbly please check out the website linked above and/or coming to the parents meeting, date to be announced later.

Bring Your Parents To School” day

It’s time for this semester’s “Bring Your Parents To School” day! Next Friday, February 24th, we invite you to shadow your child around school for the day. Feel free to drop in anytime throughout the day and stay as long as you like. Please check in with a member of the PTSA in the auditorium when you arrive. We will be happy to print out your child’s schedule for you. You are invited to eat lunch with your child in the cafeteria, but we need to give the Lunch Ladies a heads up if you will be purchasing a school lunch. If you plan to take your student off campus for lunch, you will need to check him/her out in the attendance office.

Please click the button to the right that says "How can we serve you better?" if you are planning to purchase school lunch. We look forward to seeing you.