Ligon PTA

Ligon GT Magnet Middle School 2017-2018 PTA

Ligon General PTA Board Meeting, February 21, 2018

February 28, 2018 by Stuart Davidson

Ligon General PTA Board Meeting

February 21, 2018


In Attendance

Leslie Howes

Kelly Kelly

April Dopler

Bob Bradley

Patricia Brezny

Karey Harwood

Heather Broszwhite

Stuart Davidson

Cecilia Joyce

Gretta Dula

Amanda Mueller

Lexie Serrrano

Rhebia Heyward

Zeel Patel


Meeting Convened at 7:30 AM


Budget-Kelly Kelly

8th grade funds are still coming in and there will be a formal and imax movie at the end of the year.

Last year they raised over $9,000 and we still have a little carry over from last year.

8th grade dance is a little prom like.

PTA is looking into purchasing cameras for security and Wake County Security will give us specs.

We did not receive the grant for the flexible learning space, however the pta is still working with Ms Dula to see what or how we can help.

Teacher grants are coming along nicely and new tvs were purchased for the orchestra, band, and chorus rooms (we need to be comparable to other magnets which have these features).


Membership-Kristi Wilson and Heather York

There are 340 PTA members and if you would like to go to member hub and sign up, please do so.

March 13th is the Magnet fair for incoming 6th graders and we will try to recruit members there too.


Food Arc Junior Club-Cecelia Joyce

We are a go!  Trying to get a club organized with a strong teacher lead.  The $1500 grant from Enloe is helping with the industrialized cooler.  Hoping to model our food arc with the one from Enloe and Broughton.  Our vision is for this to be student run.  Aiming to have a grand opening with Kristin Cooper and Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes.


Box Tops-Kelly Foglia

Ms. Cesari is in the lead.  Random name will get a target gift card.


Hospitality-Jen Joyner

Soup and salads were a big hit!  We are hosting another luncheon on March 2nd.  Bus driver cookies were really nice!


8th grade events-Julie Bell

8th grade events contact is Julie Bell and it would be great if we can get more help.  The gym is completely transformed and no parents are in the dance part of it


Bolt for the Blue-Leslie Howes

April 29th is the big day!  Website is up and running!  Still hoping to get auction items, raffles, and sponsors.

We will have spirit nights coming up before hand.  Panera in North Hills, Brixx Pizza in Cameron Village, and B.Good in North Hills.  Possible Pappa Murphys during spring break.

Run Club will be Wednesdays after school.  It will be run by Ms Cesari and Ms Flythe.  Last year, they had 12 participants.

5k, 1 mile, and will have prizes for top male and top female winners.

Raising money for food arc junior.


Book Fair-April Dopler and Lexie Serrano

Ms Cesari won the coin challenge.  Entire school raised $1300.00.  48 books were purchased for kids in need.

Hoping to get kids to the store to purchase those books.

We had 60 art pieces on display between 2d and 3d.

If there is any money left, we will reach out to teachers.


LAB (Ligon Arts Boosters) Heather Brosz White

We are grateful for the PTA and LAB partnership.

We had several Reflections exhibits this year.

Ceremony will be at Martin Middle and 3 winners from Ligon.

Spring musical Oklahoma kicks off this week.

Vouchers for kids that are in theatre.

Ticket sales need to be done by teachers but need help for concessions.

Online auction needs more bids!  Last year, $4200 was generated.


Principal’s Update-Ms. Dula

Ligon is in the process of doing a lockdown drill within two weeks.  The entire school will lock down and command central will be in her office.  All cameras will be looked at to see any movement.  Someone will be on call with 911 and someone will be on call with Wake County Security.  After the drill, vulnerable areas will be discussed. Area that needs practice is lunch.  After the drill, Ms Dula will make a phone call.  Staff will be briefed at the end of the day.

Last week a rumor started via snap chat from a conversation in a bathroom.  Please do not snap chat and let an adult know if there is something wrong.

Our numbers are up from last year.


Announcements-Leslie Howe

The Beast will be performing Monday through a United Arts Council Grant

Career Day is in need of volunteers!  Please contact Tia Newkirk.

If there is carpool interest, please contact Karen.

Next PTA meeting will be March 21st


Bob B.

MSEN will take a field trip to Universal Studios to see the behind the scenes work in April.

Ligon Robotics went to Combs Elementary.

NC State surplus has a lot of good stuff going on sale in April or May.


8:45 AM Adjournment

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PTA Meeting Minutes January 10, 2018

January 17, 2018 by Stuart Davidson

Meeting Convened at 7:35 AM

Kelly Kelly
-First box tops check of $266.90 has been received
-Income should show $500 more due to a donation and then there will be a matching grant of that as well which will go towards the phantom fundraiser. The original $500 will go towards the food arc or back pack buddies.
-Grant approved for Mr. White and software purchases will be made
-Grant for tvs for arts wings is also approved
-All of the new technology will be tied in with Wake County software

Book Fair
April Dopler and Lexie Serrano
-Coin challenge was a tremendous success. $1285.80 was raised and 48 books, 16 per grade, will go to students that teachers have helped designate. The kids will get to choose their own book.
-Mr. Misuraca sent an email on how well the coin challenge went.
-Winners were:
6th grade Cesari 70% ($658.44)
7th grade Laffey, Regan and Leosa 75% ($451.51)
8th grade Bradfill 36% ($165.76)
-Each winning class also gets a book of their choice and pizza party
-Gift-wrapping also brought in $237.49.
-Barnes and Noble gift card has a value of $1,190.00

-Total Income from the Book Fair has been $2,712.79
-Teachers will use google docs and give input on what kids like

Heather White
-First year that Ligon was represented at Reflections
-7 Participants and 3 placed
-3 students and will go on to compete
-Due to turnover at the county level, we did not receive one of our art pieces.

Box Tops
Kelly Foglia
-March 1st is the next submissions deadline
-Target gift card drawing for kids that bring in submissions
-Homeroom with the most submissions will get a donut party

Jen Joyner
-Funning along nicely
-December the teachers had a catered lunch from Golden Corral and the teachers loved it! The rolls were a super hit!
-Cookie Exchange was a lot of fun and teachers got a container and were able to take home a dozen cookies
-Snacks every first Monday for our teachers and this month were veggies!
-Bus driver appreciation is coming up and they’ll get bus driver cookies and a gift card
-Career Day we will need a catered lunch
-Mr. Avery our crossing guard will get a special treat and gift card. Powell Elem has nominated him for best cross guard(look for him on facebook)

Food Arc Junior
Cecelia Joyce (could not attend)
-The head of Facilities is working with us to find a suitable locations for our food arc.
-The back pack buddies program is still ongoing during this time

Flexible Learning Space
Kelly Kelly, Vickie Parker, and Leslie Howes
-The vision of Ligon is to have a flexible learning space that teachers can check out when needed and students can work at their leisure
-The old computer lab is the room where this space is planned for
-Leslie and admin visited other schools to see how Ligon can also benefit from it
-There is a grant available from Wake County for $10k that Vicki Parker is working hard towards
-However, the PTA will be able to help if needed
-Looking at the possibility of having student input along with teacher input

Bolt of the Blue
Leslie Howes and Cecelia Joyce
-Sunday, April 29th 1-4 PM
-Currently have two sponsors, Adam Peele and Equity Finance
-In Kind donations (raffle items) would be recognized on website
-We will have spirit nights leading up to the race, one at Brixx
-Run Club will be led by Ms. Flythe and Ms. Cesari. It will be Wednesdays after school
-Looking into getting people for the booths that are not trying to sell but offer wellness tips
-Red Cross can donate up to $10 per pint of blood donation and we will look into that possibility of doing a blood drive along with the 5k

Volunteers are needed for Sports boosters concession stands and to help at the magnet showcase.

Check website for the next Principal’s Coffee
Next General PTA meeting will be 2/21/18

Adjournment at 8:30 AM

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PTA Meeting Minutes November 15, 2017

December 7, 2017 by Stuart Davidson

Meeting called to order by Leslie Howes.

Kelly Kelly gave an update on the current budget. The budget will change periodically due to check returns The PTA has been funding a lot more grants. The teachers are responding to this well. The PTA will be purchasing 50 in screen TV’s for the Art’s Rooms to be able to see their videos for curriculum related learning. Box Tops money ~$260 will be coming in March. There will be another fundraiser push in Jan-Feb. There will be a discussion about a contest for box-tops in the spring.

Jen Joyner updated on Hospitality. There were pies at the staff meeting. The teachers are happy with their Friday food. A lunch for staff will be catered in Dec. There will be a cookie exchange in Dec. There will be a sign-up genius coming and will be asking for 2 dozen cookies so each staff member will take home a dozen. There is a Thanksgiving theme this week for the teacher coffee.

Cecelia Joyce updated on the Food Ark. Backpack buddies is transitioning to a Food Ark Jr recap. It will encompass a student run garden. We will partner with Inner Faith Food Shuttle. We are waiting for Wake County to approve a reallocation of room. There is a Giving Tree on Giving Tuesday. There will be an Angel Tree for donation information. There is still discussion about who will be in charge of the garden. Ms Lopez was in charge but took a new position outside of Ligon Middle School. Patrick Falkner, the new Ag Teacher will be asked to assist. He is in charge of the FFA.

Lexie Serrano gave an update on the Barnes & Noble Book Fair being held at Crabtree Valley Mall on Dec 10-16. Ligon night will be Monday night Dec 11th. There will be coin collecting all week Dec 4-8. The Student Council And NJHS will be volunteering to wrap presents in the evenings. There will be a “Dress as your favorite book character” day on Monday Dec 11th. The best dressed in each grade will have lunch with Ms Dula and Mr Fletcher to fly the drone. The teachers will create a wishlist of the books they would like to see in the library and each book will have a “teacher’s choice” label added to it. We will be receiving a B&N gift card instead of cash. The PTA will assist with getting books and assisting the librarian. On Monday Dec 11th there will be Arts demonstrations. Chorus from 6-6:30, Drama 6:45-7:15, and Band from 7-7:30pm.

Ms Dula gave a principal update. Thank you to the PTA for all teacher workshop support & conferences. Thursday LMS is doing tours. She would like to talk to any parent PTA meetings. The teacher of the year is Grace Derstine. 35 students made All-District Band. Dec 1 is another principal coffee. ELA will be talking about new curriculum coming next year. It is at 7:30am im the media center Mr Sharp will continue as the interim 6th grade AP through June. Interviewing is going on to replace the 8th grade Science teacher.

Announcements : The art teacher turned into 7 Reflections projects. MSEN is a class elective. The parent advisor updated: any students can go to Saturday academies. Apply through NC State. Classes held 10 Saturdays through the year and meet at POE Hall on the NC State campus.

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10-18-17 PTA Meeting Minutes

October 23, 2017 by Stuart Davidson

10-18-2017 Ligon PTA Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order by Leslie Howes, Ligon PTA President.
Budget Review was done. While staff development is over on budget line, there is funding left in mini grants to pull from.
Teacher grants of $3000 awarded so far:
Battle of Books, Mural SE Hallway, 2 Spanish teachers to World Language Conference, 2 Counselors to NC Counselor’s Conference, Microphones for Mr. Jones, Sound evaluation being done in Auditorium, FFA memberships for 50 students & planters for FFA, AIG conference for Avery, National dance conference for Mora, RAMP for Garcia, 3 other grants are in the approval process.

Membership by Kristi Wilson. LMS PTA is still accepting membership applications throughout the year. 333 Ligon PTA memberships have been sold. 313 Parents and 20 staff. Member Hub is now being set up because the NCPTA is going to require schools to use this. 10-12 magnets will be delivered to families who have purchased memberships. Will be adding info to newsletter regarding buying extra magnets. Member Hub manages communications and calendar but is not being fully utilized this year. The teachers can use it to make their own clubs and communicate. We can add a note to teachers to join PTA. PTA will be presenting Member Hub to the teachers for next year launch. PTA will be building their site and putting in communication tools over the course of this year.

Phantom Fundraiser: We are a little over ½ way at $11,133.80. The Fall Challenge netted $3300 so far. Ms. Bradfield’s class is ahead. She has offered a sweet treat to her students in addition to choice lunch seating.

Food Ark Jr.: Cecelia Joyce. This is in a holding pattern. It is an offshoot of Enlow and Broughton HS Food Ark. This is a student run organization that has food, supplies and clothing for families in need. It encompasses the LMS garden club, Student Council and NJHS. It will provide cooking skills and gardening skills for all students and families. Parents may need to contact Wake County to reach out and get this moving. The current space allotted in LMS doesn’t have air conditioning and cannot pass inspection to house food. We are waiting for the A/C to be fixed or to be moved to a different space. We are using backpack buddies while waiting for space.

Box tops continue.

Book Fair: Lexie Serrano met with Barnes and Noble. The dates are set for Sunday Dec 10th – Sat Dec 16. Ligon night is Dec 11th from 6-8pm. Choir and Band will be performing in cafe area and theatre will be performing in children’s section. There will be Teacher Wish Lists and several motivational ideas were discussed for encouraging teachers to fill them out. There were also student rewards discussed for receipts of book purchased. Discussion also centered around how to get other clubs to participate like Chess Club, Science Olympiad, Food Ark, MSEN. Ligon will be taking a gift card for percentage of book sales to be given to the library. There will be a sponsorship for books for kids in need.

Bolt for the Blue and Health Fair will be held Sunday April 29, 2018. It supplies funding for Food Ark Jr. Jan 15th paper registrations will be printed. They are currently looking for sponsorships from companies. A company logo can be on the back of the t-shirts if they have it by April 10 2018. Please contact any companies to help sponsor.

Still have PTA needs:
VP Health & Wellness
8th Grade Representative to assist
Book Fair Volunteers

Reflections theme this year is “Within Reach”. We are still in need of a coordinator.

We are working on updating website.

Facebook page is open: Ligon PTA

Early release is this Friday Oct 20th 2017

Next PTA meeting is Nov 15th 2017 at 7:30am in Media Center.

Kathy Dobill

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Bren Bataclan Coming to Ligon Oct. 17-21, 2016

September 23, 2016 by admin

 Boston-based street artist Bren Bataclan will be visiting Ligon as Artist in Residence during the week of Oct. 17-21, 2016. Bren will be working with groups of students from each grade cohort to create a mural in the cafeteria.  The theme of the mural will be “The Ligon Community” and it will be finished by Friday, Oct. 21st. To learn more about Bren, visit his website at . Also, mark your calendar as the PTA will be hosting a coffee in the cafeteria on Thursday, Oct 20th from 7:30-9AM to provide families the opportunity to meet Bren and see his work. Coffee and bagels will be served.

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Principal’s Coffee

September 22, 2016 by admin

The next Principal’s Coffee is scheduled for Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 am in the Media Center.  Our guest speaker will be Christina Zukowski from Middle School Math Programs.

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