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DCCPTA President’s Newsletter November 2023

Hello Teammates, As Thanksgiving approaches, I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering commitment and dedication to making a difference in the lives of others. Your selfless acts of kindness have touched the hearts of countless individuals and have had a profound impact on our communities. The holidays are a time when we gather with our loved ones to reflect on the blessings in our lives, and you are undoubtedly one of those blessings. Your willingness to give your time, skills, and energy to help those in need is truly inspiring. Whether you have volunteered at a local school, organized food drives, or lent a helping hand to those facing adversity, your generosity has

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Advocacy Report – October 2023

October General Meeting – Advocacy Chair Report Superintendent Search Update: Website for all information – https://dcps.duvalschools.org/domain/13517 DCPS Public forum input – Website for notes from community forums (added as updated) https://dcps.duvalschools.org/Page/33371 Current timeline: The Duval County School Board voted on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to postpone the search for the district’s next superintendent until early 2024. The board also voted to extend Superintendent Dr. Dana Kriznar’s contract through June 2024, anticipating the next superintendent to begin in June or July 2024 Local Information and Upcoming Opportunities: COJ.net – City Council Website contains information about City Council members, Legislative priorities, Meeting announcements, etc. Joint meeting on 11/13 at 10 am at 117 W. Duval St., Suite 425 between city council and Duval

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Advocacy Report – September 9, 2023

Melissa Daniel Advocacy Chair, DCCPTA Prepared 09/22/23 September General Meeting – Advocacy Chair Report Superintendent Update. DCPS wants stakeholder input. Website for notes from community forums (added as updated) https://dcps.duvalschools.org/Page/33371  Survey results released. 3600 people participated. https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2023/09/12/duval-county-school-board-to- reveal-results-of-community-feedback-in-superintendent-search/ Qualities include integrity, background in education, ability to lead a diverse district, problem solver with proven demonstrable success in a large urban district. Current timeline: 10/18: Semifinalists selected. 11/16-17: Interviews with 3-4 finalists. 11/21: Superintendent Selected Applicants that have applied Scott Schneider Dr. Clifford Burns Dr. Garrick Askew Adam Taylor Voucher update from Step Up for Students as requested by Florida Policy Institute (from Pineapple report) Link to article: https://pineapplereport.com/florida-policy-institute-asked-for-school-voucher-data-heres-what-one-nonprofit-provided/ 242,929 students are enrolled in the voucher program. 122,895 are new to

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DCCPTA President’s Newsletter September 2023

Greetings dedicated volunteers, We hope this newsletter finds you in good health and high spirits. As the new school year kicks off and we focus on our membership drives, we want to extend a warm welcome to both new and returning families. As we look ahead to the coming year, we have an exciting lineup of events, workshops, and business partnerships planned to further enhance the value of your memberships. We will continue to focus on addressing the evolving needs of our diverse membership base. By now you will have received your Kit of Materials from Florida PTA if you are a President. Please take your time digesting this wealth of information on how to properly operate as a PTA. I would encourage you

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Advocacy Report August 8, 2023

Melissa Daniel Advocacy Chair, DCCPTA Prepared 08/08/23 August General Meeting – Advocacy Chair Report Superintendent Update.  DCPS wants stakeholder input. Complete Online Survey before September found on the DCPS website. Attend a Community Meeting (in person and virtual available) Aug. 22, 2023 – Community Forums Baldwin High School  11 a.m. (community can attend online or in-person) Westside High School; media center – 6 p.m. Aug. 24, 2023 – Community Forum Atlantic Coast High School; media center – 6 p.m. (community can attend online and in-person) Aug. 29, 2023 – Community Forum Raines High School; media center – 6 p.m. (community can attend online and in-person) Aug. 31, 2023 – Community Forums Fletcher High School; media center – 11 a.m. (community

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DCCPTA President’s Newsletter August 2023

Welcome back, dedicated volunteers! We are delighted to assist you and appreciate your commitment to making a positive impact in your community. First and foremost, we want to express our gratitude for your decision to join the mission of PTA. Your willingness to contribute your time, skills, and energy to your community is invaluable and will undoubtedly make a difference in the lives of many children. At DCCPTA we are passionate about the mission and goals of the PTA organization. We believe that together, we can create positive change and improve the lives of those in need. We are united by a shared vision of a better future and a strong desire to contribute to the well-being of our community.

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49 Student Artists Win Reflections Art Program for Duval County

The Duval County Council of PTA is proud to announce the winners of the 2022-2023 Reflections Art Program for Duval County. Congratulations to the Award of Excellence and Merit winners! Forty-nine (49) Awards of Excellence winners will represent Duval County and their local schools at the State level phase of this year’s program. Read The Full List of Winners Thank you to all the local unit leaders, volunteer judges, and committee members for supporting our students and advocating for the arts. You make our mission possible, and we couldn’t be more grateful for amazing volunteers like you. For more information visit the Reflections page or contact awards@dccpta.org.      

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A Letter from the President October 2022

I can’t believe fall is here! We are changing gears from hot summer days to cool crisp mornings and evenings.   It has been so exciting to have a lot of our PTA/PTSAs reinstated, some haven’t had a PTA in 5 to 10 years!  We want to welcome all those new Local Units and I as well as the other board members are here to help make your school year a success. Our DCCPTA’s first collection of donations to the Giving Closet Project was a success and we will continue to collect those items that are on the list at our October 25th and November 29th General Meetings.  If you need a list of items we are collecting, please email me

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2022 Duval County Schools Dress Code Update

Resolution Background As many of you may remember, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Advocacy Committees worked on drafting a dress code resolution last school year.  The resolution was first approved by our DCCPTA Board and then it was shared with our local chapters for them to vote on and the resolution was approved with a majority vote across our local DCPS PTA/PTSA’s.  The next step in the process was to then share our resolution with the DCPS school board for their consideration, which we did at the end of last school year.  To clear up some confusion, our DCCPTA resolutions are not binding with DCPS nor the school board.  It is simply an advocacy tool that we can use

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