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  • Castle Hills Variety Show
    Posted Apr 13, 2013, 7:52 AM by Rebecca Baker
  • ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS! March 19, 2013ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!Call Governor Perry TodayAsk Him To Support Public SchoolsDear Texas PTA member,The Texas Legislature is developing the budget for the next two years. While many legislators want to increase funding for public schools and reform the new STAAR student assessment program, Governor Perry has not voiced support for these initiatives.What you need to know:Funding for Public SchoolsTexas PTA is urging the Texas Legislature to adequately fund public schools, in addition to funding enrollment growth, by restoring much of the funding that was cut last budget cycle.Many in the Texas Legislature are taking a “wait and see” attitude toward funding for public schools until the Texas Supreme ...
    Posted Mar 19, 2013, 7:20 AM by Rebecca Baker
  • Texas PTA Legislative Report Weekly Bills Watch @http://www.txpta.org/legislative/Committee Hearings This WeekWeekly SummaryBill filing ended last week as legislators rushed to submit 2,563 bills and proposed constitutional amendments, bringing the grand total up to 5,924 pieces of legislation.SB 1, the Senate’s version of the general appropriations bill, was voted out of Senate Finance unanimously and the working legislation represents a budget total of $94.1 billion. To improve funding equity and to keep up with enrollment growth, the bill adds $1.4 billion to the Foundation School Program. It also increases Texas Grants by $120 million. The bill will be considered by the Senate on Wednesday.No funding cuts have thus far been restored ...
    Posted Mar 19, 2013, 7:16 AM by Rebecca Baker
  • Congratulations, CHE Families! The Spring Fundraiser (February 28, 2013) was a resounding success.  Thanks to the folks that helped by... setting up and taking down, getting donations, giving donations, arranging for dinner, making baskets, playing basketball, making crafts, taking pictures, and especially those purchasing all the wonderful items, we raised a little over $4,000 to continue to bring the CHE Roadrunners the PTA programs and services.  "Here, here!" for a job well done!
    Posted Mar 18, 2013, 1:29 PM by Rebecca Baker
  • Castle Hills Spring Fundraiser and Silent Auction Thursday, February 28thAgenda for the evening:6:30 - Dinner is served!  Silent Auction begins in Foyer!  There are some great items and packages being offered this year, so make sure to bring your check book or credit card!   Cash always works too!  All proceeds go to help the school through the PTA.6:30 - Program & General meeting starts in the Cafeteria.6:40 - 7:30 - Enjoy special acts by new and familiar artists in the cafeteria.6:40 - 8:00 - Enjoy crafts, music, and Photo Booth in Gym #1.7:00 - 7:15 - Teacher vs Student basketball game in Gym #2.7:30 - Silent Auction Ends - Winners pay and pick up items in the library.To help with the ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2013, 2:04 PM by Rebecca Baker
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Castle Hills Variety Show

posted Apr 13, 2013, 7:50 AM by Rebecca Baker   [ updated Apr 13, 2013, 7:52 AM ]

Actors, musicians, and magicians – yes, you!   Acrobats, dancers, and poets, you too!  Start thinking about what you’d like to showcase this year and get ready to take the stage…  May 23, 2013  All acts, solo or group are limited to 2 minutes.  Auditions Friday 04/19 during the school day.  Permission slips to audition are required. Forms and detailed information will be available online and in the office beginning Friday 4/12. For questions, contact Patti Ferraro 823-1392 or varietyshow@castlehillspta.com  Sponsored by the Castle Hills Elementary PTA  www.castlehillspta.com

ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

posted Mar 19, 2013, 7:20 AM by Rebecca Baker

March 19, 2013
ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
Call Governor Perry Today
Ask Him To Support Public Schools
Dear Texas PTA member,

The Texas Legislature is developing the budget for the next two years. While many legislators want to increase funding for public schools and reform the new STAAR student assessment program, Governor Perry has not voiced support for these initiatives.

What you need to know:

Funding for Public Schools

Texas PTA is urging the Texas Legislature to adequately fund public schools, in addition to funding enrollment growth, by restoring much of the funding that was cut last budget cycle.

Many in the Texas Legislature are taking a “wait and see” attitude toward funding for public schools until the Texas Supreme Court rules on the school funding lawsuit. In the meantime many are advocating a “maintenance of effort” budget for schools, funding enrollment growth but not increasing funding in other areas. 


Reform of the STAAR Assessment Program

Texas PTA supports the following reforms to STAAR’s End-of-Course tests for high school:
  • Return authority for grading policies to local school districts by eliminating the requirement that each End-of-Course test score be averaged into a student’s final course grade with a weight of 15%.
  • Eliminate the requirement that students must achieve a cumulative score on End-of-Course tests in each subject area in order to graduate.
  • Reduce the number of End-of-Course tests that must be passed in order to graduate from high school.
  • Fund costs of remediation for students who fail STAAR or End-of-Course tests.

What You Can Do:

Call Governor Perry at 512-463-2000.

Ask him to:
  • Adequately fund public schools by restoring some of the funds that were cut from public schools in 2012-2013.
  • Increase funding beyond funding for enrollment growth.
  • Reform the student assessment program.
  • Maintain rigor in assessment while reducing the multiple ways in which the testing is used to grade students and schools.
  • Reduce the number of tests high school students are taking in order to graduate.

CALL TODAY! 

YOUR CALL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR TEXAS SCHOOLCHILDREN!


Texas PTA Legislative Report

posted Mar 19, 2013, 7:16 AM by Rebecca Baker

Weekly Bills Watch @
Weekly Summary
Bill filing ended last week as legislators rushed to submit 2,563 bills and proposed constitutional amendments, bringing the grand total up to 5,924 pieces of legislation.
SB 1, the Senate’s version of the general appropriations bill, was voted out of Senate Finance unanimously and the working legislation represents a budget total of $94.1 billion. To improve funding equity and to keep up with enrollment growth, the bill adds $1.4 billion to the Foundation School Program. It also increases Texas Grants by $120 million. The bill will be considered by the Senate on Wednesday.
No funding cuts have thus far been restored for public schools. While HB 10, signed by the Governor this week, gives $1.75 billion to public education, it actually just pays another bill that had been postponed from the last biennium. Federal sequestration may be adding more hurt to local schools: El Paso ISD and Arlington ISD have reported $2-3 million in budget cuts which mostly affect low-income students.
More bills roll out to change graduation requirements. This time, SB 1724 reduces the total number of End-of-Course exams to 4 or 5, with more tests required depending on the endorsement pursued. The bill contains much of the same language of SB 3, which creates a Foundations diploma program that allows students to receive certification or endorsements in the humanities, business, STEM, and more. And a year earlier than expected, the first set of STAAR tests will be released to the public at the beginning of summer.
News of the Week
Several articles are available each week to keep you up-to-date on legislative happenings in Texas.  You can view the blog here.

Congratulations, CHE Families!

posted Mar 18, 2013, 1:29 PM by Rebecca Baker

The Spring Fundraiser (February 28, 2013) was a resounding success.  Thanks to the folks that helped by... setting up and taking down, getting donations, giving donations, arranging for dinner, making baskets, playing basketball, making crafts, taking pictures, and especially those purchasing all the wonderful items, we raised a little over $4,000 to continue to bring the CHE Roadrunners the PTA programs and services.  "Here, here!" for a job well done!

Castle Hills Spring Fundraiser and Silent Auction

posted Feb 20, 2013, 2:03 PM by Rebecca Baker   [ updated Feb 20, 2013, 2:04 PM ]

Thursday, February 28th

Agenda for the evening:
  • 6:30 - Dinner is served!  Silent Auction begins in Foyer!  There are some great items and packages being offered this year, so make sure to bring your check book or credit card!   Cash always works too!  All proceeds go to help the school through the PTA.
  • 6:30 - Program & General meeting starts in the Cafeteria.
  • 6:40 - 7:30 - Enjoy special acts by new and familiar artists in the cafeteria.
  • 6:40 - 8:00 - Enjoy crafts, music, and Photo Booth in Gym #1.
  • 7:00 - 7:15 - Teacher vs Student basketball game in Gym #2.
  • 7:30 - Silent Auction Ends - Winners pay and pick up items in the library.
To help with the stress of getting dinner, PTA would like to offer
you the option to purchase a Large ONE topping pizza by CiCi's.  
One topping options:  Pepperoni or Cheese
Pre-Purchase your pizza for: $5.00

To ensure that there is enough food for everyone, please print the form attached below and return to the school with your cash or check made payable to Castle Hills PTA, or visit the PTA Online Store to pay by debit/credit card by Friday, February 22nd.

Educator Recognition

posted Dec 12, 2012, 2:13 PM by Rebecca Baker

As the Fiscal Cliff Approaches, PTA Advocacy Tools Available

posted Dec 11, 2012, 6:13 AM by Rebecca Baker

Since March 2012, advocates have been hearing about an across-the-board federal budget cut, known assequestration. Unless Congress acts to replace the sequester, deep cuts totaling $1.2 trillion could occur in January 2013 that will impact virtually every area of American life. 

Cuts to public education under sequestration will total nearly $5 billion. These funding losses will mean: 

  • Larger classroom sizes
  • Fewer teachers
  • Elimination of after-school and enrichment programming
  • Reductions in services for special-education students
  • Loss of quality early-childhood education options for low-income children
  • Less financial assistance for postsecondary education

Cuts will hit high-need school districts the hardest, as shown by recent state analysis of district-level impact, that is, unless PTA takes action. PTAs can utilize the customizable tools available on the National PTA website to ask that Congress take action to stop sequestration from decimating public education. 

Tools include a sequester backgrounder, program estimates with templates to create customizable sequestration invoices, letters to Congress, and letters to the editor. 
  
Stay updated on the latest news related to the fiscal cliff by following National PTA on Facebook and Twitter. 

North East News

posted Sep 16, 2012, 10:30 AM by Rebecca Baker   [ updated Sep 16, 2012, 10:31 AM ]


Book Fair / Volunteers

posted Sep 4, 2012, 11:18 AM by Rebecca Baker   [ updated Sep 16, 2012, 10:29 AM ]


Cafeteria Menu

posted Aug 5, 2012, 7:13 PM by Rebecca Baker   [ updated Aug 5, 2012, 7:16 PM ]


Apply online for free or reduced price meals beginning July 23, 2012 at www.neisd.net under the Cafeteria/Free Meal Plan link.  Applications will also be 
distributed at the school.

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