Washington State Programs and Awards

 

Showcase the Work of Your Volunteers – Apply for WSPTA Group Awards
Deadline is March 1 (postmarked)

You know how hard your volunteers work in all areas of PTA. You can bring attention to this work at the WSPTA Convention by applying for WSPTA Group Awards. The application forms specify which examples of work are needed for each particular award. Don’t worry, you don’t need to provide examples of everything on the application form. Points are earned for each item provided.

Communication:   There are awards for “Website”, “Newsletters & E-blasts”, and “Communication Strategy”. This last award acknowledges that a good communication strategy is carried out using several methods simultaneously (bulletin boards, reader boards, e-blasts, thank you notes, etc.)

Best Practices: “Standards of Excellence”, “Honor Unit or Council”, and “Outstanding PTA of The Year” are all awards that will showcase how your PTA is following prudent business practices, ensuring training of your officers, and showing that your work is child-focused. These are all the things you are doing already. Why not have all that hard work recognized?

One Special Project, Event, or Service: Did your PTA provide an outstanding event or service? Tell us about it using the “PTAs Taking a Significant Action” award application form.

PTAs Helping One Another: If your PTA (or council) received or gave assistance to another PTA (or council), please let us know! Use the “Mentor-a-PTA” application form. (For PTA-to-PTA, or Council-to-Council assistance only.) 

Further details and application forms: http://www.wastatepta.org/programs/significant_action/index.html


INDIVIDUAL PTSA AWARDS
Deadline is March 1

The Washington State PTA has an awards and recognition program whose purpose is to build pride and participation in, and an awareness of Washington State PTA programs; to give recognition for outstanding efforts; and motivate units and councils to provide quality service for and involvement of their members.

WSPTA Website for more information and all applications CLICK HERE
WSPTA Store Website to order all awards CLICK HERE

Golden Acorn
A Golden Acorn Award is presented, by a local PTA unit or council, to a volunteer in recognition of his/her dedication and service to children and youth. Each unit creates their own Application Form.  Since the beginning of this program, more than 44,000 Golden Acorns have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington State. A contribution in the name of the recipient(s) is made by the honoring PTA to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. From these contributions, WSPTA is able to provide grants to freshman students entering post-secondary education.

Honorary Life Membership
The purpose of the Honorary Life Membership is to recognize an individual who has contributed significantly to a PTA at the local unit, council, or state level. Each unit creates their own Application Form.  This award can be given by a PTA unit, council, or region.
Outstanding Advocate Award
In 2004, the Washington State PTA established the Outstanding Advocate Award, a new statewide volunteer recognition program to recognize and honor individuals for their advocacy work on behalf of children and youth. Each unit creates their own Application Form.  This award can be given by a PTA unit, council, or region. Recipients receive a certificate and pin and a contribution is made in their name to the WSPTA Scholarship Program.
Outstanding Student Advocate Award
The Outstanding Student Advocate is presented by a local PTA unit or council or region to recognize students who have made significant contributions through leadership and service in their schools and community. Each unit creates their own Application Form.
Outstanding Educator Award
The Outstanding Educator Award was created to recognize individuals who have provided outstanding educational opportunities for children and youth that are beyond the normal scope of their jobs.

GROUP/Unit WSPTA AWARDS
Deadline is March 1
(unless otherwise stated)

Council & Local Unit Standards of Excellence, Communication, Outstanding Newsletter, PTAs Taking Significant Action, Honor Unit, Outstanding Local Unit of the Year, Mentor-A-PTA Award, Outstanding Service Award-Region & Council The Washington State PTA has an awards and recognition program whose purpose it to build pride and participation in, and an awareness of Washington State PTA programs; to give recognition for outstanding efforts; and motivate units and councils to provide quality service for and involvement of their members.

For a complete description of each of the following WSPTA awards and to download applications CLICK HERE

Honor Unit
The Honor Unit Award recognizes PTA units and Councils that have gone significantly beyond the attainment of excellence and have demonstrated exceptional qualities that merit replication by others. Familiarize yourself with the judging form early in the year so that you can keep track of the requirements to qualify for this award, as you accomplish them.

Mentor-A-PTA
The purpose of this award is to recognize local units, councils and service delivery teams for their mentoring of other local units, councils or service delivery teams by providing assistance to their adopted PTA entity. The mentor must provide a helping hand to the adopted PTA entity in any of the following means: Training, Leadership or Financial support. Application deadline is March 1st.

Outstanding Communications – Other
The Outstanding Communications – Other award recognizes local unit and council use of all forms of communication other than newsletter or website (see separate applications for Outstanding Newsletter and Outstanding Website awards). Use of multiple forms of communication is important in reaching all of the membership and/or community served.

Outstanding Local Unit
The Outstanding Local Unit of the Year (Elementary & Secondary) Awards identify and honor those PTA units that, when compared to all others in their unique environment and within their own special circumstances, are the most representative examples of local units that exemplify the purposes and mission of PTA.

Outstanding Newsletter
The Outstanding Newsletter award recognizes local unit and council PTA newsletters. Newsletters are an important and effective form of communication.

Outstanding Website
The Outstanding Website award recognizes local unit and council websites. Websites are an important and effective form of communication.

100% MEMBERSHIP AWARD

A PTA local unit that serves a school building community may apply to receive a very special membership award if it achieves a membership total equal to or exceeding the student enrollment of that school building. The application deadline for 100% Membership award is March 1 (postmarked by).  CLICK HERE for application and more information.

100% TEACHER MEMBERSHIP AWARD 

The 100% Teacher Membership Award is an award presented to a PTA unit that serves a school community, and enrolls 100% of its certificated teaching staff as members. For purposes of this award, all certificated teachers assigned to the school as their “home school”, including those who spend part of their teaching time at another building, are included in determining the number of teachers.  100% Teacher This includes all home school based certificated teachers (where the teachers get their paychecks). Click here to download Award Application.  Application deadline November 14 (postmarked by)

 

PTA MEN’S ESSAY PROGRAM

Men make a difference in the lives of the children they care about, and children are more successful in and out of school when they have the guidance of an involved male role model. WSPTA promotes a statewide essay contest that explores this vital relationship – from our children’s perspective.

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY – A Volunteer Recognition Award

In gratitude for many hours of service and training, the WSPTA Board of Directors created the Leadership Academy Awards Program. The purpose of this program is to recognize and acknowledge leadership skills attained by PTA leaders throughout all levels of the association.

 

APPLEGATE GRANTS – Application deadline is November 1

The purpose of the Applegate Grant program is to provide opportunities for supplemental funding to units and councils for community-wide projects focusing on the health, welfare, safety, education, care, and protection of children. Each year, the Washington State PTA sets aside funds to be awarded to local units and councils for these programs, projects, and activities.

 

REFLECTIONS PROGRAM (THIS IS A STATE & NATIONAL PROGRAM)

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. There are five categories: Literature, Photography, Music Composition, Visual Arts, Film/Video and Choreography/Dance. There are four grade/divisions: Primary – Preschool-Grade 2; Intermediate – Grades 3-5; Middle/Junior – Grades 6-8; and Senior – Grades 9-12. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. **NEW THIS YEAR** Special Artists Division – a new division in addition to to the traditional divisions. This is a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet the guidelines set forth in the American Disabilities Act. Each year, Reflections challenges students to create art that supports a specific theme. Themes are selected from thousands of ideas submitted by students to National PTA’s Reflections Theme Search. The application deadline for WA state is in January of each year, and then finalists are forwarded onto the National competition.  CLICK HERE

 

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – Application available March 1. Deadline to submit is May 1

Each year, the Washington State PTA awards a limited number of scholarships to graduates from Washington State public high schools beginning their freshman year of post-secondary education in the United States. Scholarships of $2,000.00 are given to recipients entering four-year post-secondary institutions. $1,000.00 scholarships are awarded for community colleges, voc-tech schools or other accredited institutions.

PARENT PLEDGE PROGRAM

This awareness campaign is designed to educate parents about the legal ramifications as well as the health and safety risks associated with serving alcohol to teens other than their own children.

PROGRAMS TO GO

Washington State PTA is offering a series of successful PTA programs for you to “pick up” and use at your PTA. These programs come to you already organized, with minimal work on your part. Guidelines are presented in simple publications with straight-forward suggestions for implementing your program.  Examples of successful Programs To Go: The Teddy Bear Patrol/Fuzzy Friends • Humanitarian Outreach Program • Fundraising Auction • Kids Feeding Kids • Read-A-Thon • Parents on Patrol • Block Watch

 

WSPTA Statewide Awards

The Washington State PTA Board of Directors has established state awards to recognize individuals or organizations for their efforts and accomplishments in promoting the well-being and education of children in the state of Washington.
WSPTA Link to applications 
to Washington State PTSA STATEWIDE award applications and information.


Recipients of the Washington State PTSA Group Awards

 • Issaquah School District •

The Washington State PTA has an awards and recognition program whose purpose is to build pride and participation in, and an awareness of Washington State PTA programs; to give recognition for outstanding efforts; and motivate units and councils to provide quality service for and involvement of their members. The following is a list of local units in the Issaquah School District that won awards.  Out District takes home more awards than any other school district in the State.  Check it out for yourself – to see a complete list of all WSPTSA winners CLICK HERE

Membership Awards

Issaquah PTSA Council 2.6 received the 2013-2014 100% Membership Award – Council Congratulations to the following Councils for being awarded 100% Membership. To be awarded 100% Membership councils must have 100% active participation – all units in the council are enrolled, paid and “in good standing” by March 1st. 

100% MEMBERSHIP PTSA UNIT AWARDS – Congratulations to the following PTAs for being awarded 100% Membership. To be awarded 100% Membership Local Units must apply and have one paid membership for every child enrolled in the school associated with that local unit.

  • 1st YEAR OF ACHIEVING 100% MEMBERSHIP:      Newcastle PTSA 2.6.18
  • 2nd CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF ACHIEVING 100% MEMBERSHIP:       Cougar Ridge PTSA 2.6.8
  • 3rd OR MORE CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF ACHIEVING 100% MEMBERSHIP: Only 10 Awards in Washington State were given in 2013 – 7 of them to Issaquah Schools
    • Cascade Ridge PTSA 2.6.2
    • Maple Hills PTA 2.6.15
    • Sunny Hills PTA 2.6.25
    • Sunset PTA 2.6.30
    • Beaver Lake Middle PTSA 2.6.33
    • Pacific Cascade Middle PTSA 2.6.41
    • Pine Lake Middle PTSA 2.6.42

Jumps in MEMBERSHIP go to:

BRONZE – Congratulations to the following PTAs for enrolling 50% of the previous year’s membership by September 30th.

    • Cascade Ridge PTSA 2.6.2
    • Apollo PTA 2.6.3
    • Creekside PTSA 2.6.4
    • Briarwood PTA 2.6.5
    • Challenger PTA 2.6.6
    • Clark PTA 2.6.7
    • Cougar Ridge PTSA 2.6.8
    • Issaquah Valley PTA 2.6.11
    • Maple Hills PTA 2.6.15
    • Newcastle PTSA 2.6.18
    • Sunny Hills PTA 2.6.25
    • Sunset PTA 2.6.30
    • Beaver Lake Middle PTSA 2.6.33
    • Issaquah Middle PTSA 2.6.35
    • Pacific Cascade Middle PTSA 2.6.41
    • Pine Lake Middle PTSA 2.6.42
    • Issaquah High PTSA 2.6.4
    • Liberty High PTSA 2.6.50
    • Skyline High PTSA 2.6.70

SILVER – Congratulations to the following PTAs for a 5% increase of the previous year’s membership enrolled and paid by October 25th.

    • Creekside PTSA 2.6.4
    • Briarwood PTA 2.6.5
    • Newcastle PTSA 2.6.18
    • Pacific Cascade Middle PTSA 2.6.41

GOLD – Congratulations to the following PTAs for a 10% increase of the previous year’s membership enrolled and paid by January 25th.

    • Apollo PTA 2.6.3
    • Briarwood PTA 2.6.5
    • Issaquah Valley PTA 2.6.11
    • Newcastle PTSA 2.6.18
    • Liberty High PTSA 2.6.50

PLATINUM – Congratulations to the following PTAs for attaining a 20% increase over previous year’s membership enrolled and paid by March 30th.

    • Briarwood PTA 2.6.5
    • Issaquah Valley PTA 2.6.11
    • Newcastle PTSA 2.6.18
    • Liberty High PTSA 2.6.50

100% Teachers in a School are PTSA Members

  • Cascade Ridge PTSA 2.6.2
  • Discovery PTSA 2.6.9
  • Issaquah Valley PTA 2.6.11
  • Maple Hills PTA 2.6.15
  • Newcastle PTSA 2.6.18
  • Sunny Hills PTA 2.6.25
  • Pine Lake Middle PTSA 2.6.42

To view all other Unit award recipients from Issaquah CLICK HERE

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