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About Us

The MIS/HPMS PTO coordinates important educational programming for students and parents, including general membership meetings and coffee talk meetings each year. The MIS/HPMS PTO also hosts monthly faculty/staff appreciation events and provides volunteer and financial support for over thirty school-related activities.

Why we fundraise

The state of Texas takes nearly 70% of HPISD tax dollars and redistributes them to other school districts in accordance with the state's “recapture” or “Robin Hood” legislation.  Because of this, without private fundraising we would have far less to spend per student than many neighboring districts, which would impact everything from our teacher pay and recruitment to programs offered.  Fundraising organizations across HPISD fill an estimated $6 million annual budget gap so that our district can provide an outstanding education for our students and pay our teachers a competitive wage. 

For more information about our fundraising efforts and where the money goes, please see our Raider Challenge page.

Why we volunteer

Volunteers offer much-needed support to our staff and supplemental programs and services for our students.  Volunteers also save the district money so they can better provide for essentials like competitive teacher salaries.  Did you know that cafeteria volunteers save the district $400,000 per year?!

Volunteering is also a great opportunity to connect and build relationships with parents, community members, and staff while modeling the service mindset we aim to teach our students... "Enter to Learn. Go Forth to Serve."  You may even get to see your kids at school!

For ways to get involved, please see our Volunteer page.

Join the PTO

PTO dues are $45 per family and directly fund essential student and faculty support that would not otherwise be possible.  Join during Back to School Signup (BSSU) or click here to pay online.  Email the MIS President or HPMS President with questions. 

Join PTA
Nominating
Serve on the PTO!

Parent involvement and leadership are critical to the success of our school.  We have more than 75 roles so there's something for everyone! You will meet other parents who are committed to serving our students, teachers and staff, have opportunities to interact with school staff and teachers, and have FUN!

To learn more about our volunteer positions, see descriptions here.

If you're interested in a position or want to serve on the Nominating Committee, please complete our Nominating Committee & Board Interest Form by Friday, November 17th.  Required meetings for the Nominating Committee are Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, and Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

Questions?  Please email our Nominating Chairs.

2023-24
PTO Board of Directors

Courtney Gerstenhaber

Gretel Shipley

Kitsy Smith

Amy Barker
Tracy Cohen

Kelley Curtin
Jacky Pincoffs
Hilary Lynch
Christine Lee
Allison Lockard

Kristin Evans
Leigh Anne Haugh
Rachel Stephens
Jessica Turner Waugh
Lauren Haig
Allison Small

Erika Yeaman
Destin Shore
Marcy O'Connor
Kristina Whitcomb
Paige Deskin

Raider Challenge

Fundraising Officers

Kristin Evans

Leigh Anne Haugh

Rachel Stephens

Jessica Turner Waugh

Raider Challenge 4th Grade Liaison

Susan Claycombe

Raider Challenge Donor Relations

Suzie Forsberg

Raider Challenge Donor Party

Lindsey Colter

Raider Challenge Graphics

Kristin Gunnerson

 

Bricks & Stones Chair

Janet Bennett

Raider Rewards

Melissa Holland

Raider Shop Chairs

Raider Shop Officers

Destin Shore

Erika Yeaman

Raider Shop Officers-Elect

Jacque Green

Nancy West

Raider Shop Volunteers

Jennifer Barfoot

Jessica Drennan

Raider Shop Finance Officer

Marcy O'Connor

Raider Shop Finance Officer-Elect

Marisa Stockwood

Raider Shop Wrap Pack Chair

Brittany Chisenhall

Raider Shop Wrap Pack-Elect

Amy Gale

Raider Shop Apparel Chairs

Paula Whitman

Emma Wortman

Raider Shop Apparel Chairs-Elect

Deanna Carrell

Mary Chaney Spencer

Raider Shop Agenda Cover Chair

June Molnoskey

Cafeteria

Cafeteria Finance Officer

Lauren Haig

Cafeteria Finance Officer-Elect

Julie Melihercik

Cafeteria Gift Fund

Lahna Durham

Cafeteria Volunteer

Katherine Issel

Tracy Port Melech

Volunteer Website (VSP)

Kara Smith

Volunteer Website Elect

Katie Webb

Monday Day Captains

Cathy Amos

Reagan Pace

Tuesday Day Captain

Brook Armstrong

Wednesday Day Captains

Bavita Doolabh

Thursday Day Captains

Barbie Kohl

Alexa Snelleman

Friday Day Captain

Margarita Coale

Sports Chairs

7th Grade Boys Sports

Jessica Jones

Sara Friedman

Jenny Kearns

Marty Petet

7th Grade Girls Sports

Beth Birdwell

Haley DeVault

Amy Kovac

Diana Swope

8th Grade Boys Sports

Tracy Flint

Charlotte Nelson

Allison Parks

Alexis Wagoner

8th Grade Girls Sports

Kacy Ellis

Carie Heckler

Ali Watkins

Angela Williams

HPMS Sports Finance Officer

Paige Deskin

Raider Sports Signage/Displays

Melanie Biggers

Party Chairs

5th Grade Party

Meredith Ferrell

Katie Head

Katie Roach

Amy Sherman

6th Grade Party

Catherine Baldwin

Leigh Mundinger

Abby Neblett

7th Grade Party Chairs

Missy Finger

Jacqueline Hubbard

Sandy Moore

8th Grade Activities Chair

Kristi Berlin

Brittany Dyer

Missy Saalfield

Ali Watkings

Parent Events and Communication

Communications Officer

Allison Small

Communications Officer-Elect

Ashley Gray

Publicity

Margaret Neubauer

Social Media

Emily Gaylor

Directory

Divia Dayaliji

Raiders Reaching Out

Jennifer Bergin

Amanda Hamilton

Ashley Shull

Room Parents - 5th Grade

Murphey Sears

Leslie Singleton

Room Parents - 6th Grade

Melissa Johnston

Meredith Sarracino

Newcomers - MIS

Elizabeth Conger

Jackie Converse

Stephanie Rushing

Newcomers - HPMS

Annie Cochran

Kathia Steel

Coffee Talks - 5th Grade

Meg Boyd

Emily Klein

Coffee Talks - 6th Grade

Emily Abubakar

Carroll Gurganus

Claire Swope

Coffee Talks - 7th Grade

Haylie Crouch

Ashley Shull

Coffee Talks - 8th Grade

Lara Gaither

Shannon Williams

Staff Appreciation and Support

Teacher Workroom Volunteers

Brook Armstrong

Treat Week

Jessica Rugg

District-wide Appreciation

Sarah Taub

Teacher and Staff Appreciation

Beth Birdwell

Nicki Johnston

Katy Miller

Katherine Sbaiti

Claudia Williams

Teacher and Staff Appreciation-Elect

Jae Carpenter

Lauren Heffelfinger

Emily Helm

LeeAnn Wood

Clinic Volunteer

Anne Evans

Library Volunteers

Sarah Abraham

Book Fair

Susan Hastedt

Book Fair-Elect

Heidi McKinley Florez

Amy Moore

Other Chairpersons

MIS Corresponding Secretary

Berkeley Litton

HPMS Corresponding Secretary

Ashley Blanchette

Mad for Plaid Liaison

Amanda Cejka

MIS 2nd VP BSSU-Elect

Laura Terry

HPMS 2nd VP BSSU-Elect

Laura Hornach

Safety Chair

Emil Cerullo

Volunteer Website - VSP

Emil Cerullo

Hospitality Chairs

Beth Beakley

Sara Egan

Lacy Lange

Lisa Palmer

Grounds

Whitney Donaldson

The History of the PTAs in HPISD

Originally, Armstrong was the only school in the district… a yellow brick building housing all students.  The John S. Armstrong Parent-Teacher Association of Highland Park was founded on November 19, 1914 and elected Mrs. Frank M. Gray Sr. as its first president.

 

A pattern of service to the school was set by the early leaders.  PTA minutes report gifts to the library, playground, and landscaping of the campus.  Supervising and staffing the school cafeteria began in January 1921 when the Armstrong lunchroom was established.

Over the years, the PTA has undergone name changes and multiplied into seven units, one for each HPISD campus.  In 2022, the intermediate/middle school group also changed from a PTA to a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization), but the purpose for “the welfare of the child,” has remained the same.

Past Presidents
McCulloch Intermediate School & Highland Park Middle School PTO
MIS                                            HPMS

2023-24

2022-23​

2021-22

2020-21

2019-20

2018-19

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

2011-12

2010-11

Courtney Gerstenhaber

Jessica Turner Waugh

Missy Finger

Tricia Perhirin

Paige Andrews

Rebecca Black

Maryann Denton

Nicole Richter

Meredith McBee

Lynn Stocker

Leslie Kibby

Carol Robertson

Laua Walsh

Susan McSherry

Gretel Shipley

Libby Johnson

Amy McNulty

Kyle Huckaby

Elizabeth Speicher

Marcy Simmons

Meredith Clark

Kay Herring

Gretchen Groves

Sue Humphrey

Natalie Thomas

Nancy Monning

Christi Nelson

Cynthia Looney

MIS                                  HPMS

2009-10

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

2002-03

2001-02

2000-01

1999-00

1998-99

1997-98

1996-97

1995-96

Anne McPherson

Mary Meier

Melissa Utley

Sheila Holmes

Marty Washington

Tricia Stewart

Mary Taylor

Paula Burford

Jayne Bass

Ann Shaw

Mary Lou Gibbons

Rita Duncan

Cindy Harding

Ginger Sager

Amy Meindl

Amy Davis

Carol Dalton

Beth Felvey

Lee Michaels

Julie Livingston

Pam Brock

Kathy Jenevein

Beth Clark

Kathleen Cheney

Karen Bedell

Judy Sillers

Gail Knapp

Leslie Conant

Susan Hall

Cordelia Boone

Arch H. McCulloch Middle School PTA

1994-95

1993-94

1992-93

1991-92

1990-91

1989-90

1988-89

Laurie Aldredge

Ann Swope

Brownie Watkins

Barbara Cervin

Marla Boone

Cappie Addison

Bettye Slaven

1987-88

1986-87

1985-86

1984-85

1983-84

1982-83

1981-82

1980-81

Carol Diehl

Susan Kull

Judy Gibbs

Sondra Carter

Dorothy Kennington

Lee Mahood

Becky Bright

Sybil Taylor

1979-80

1978-79

1977-78

1976-77

1975-76

1974-75

1973-74

Joan Stanbury

Zoe Chantillis

Kitty Snelling

Beverly Lightbourn

Carolyn Rodgers

Ann Smith

Joann Goff

Highland Park Middle School PTA

1972-73

Mrs. Carlton Cranor

1971-72

1970-71

Mrs. Marvin S. Sloman

Mrs. S. G. Shaffer Jr.

1969-70

Mrs. William H. Hitzleberger Jr.

Highland Park Junior High PTA
each school began its own PTA

1968-69

1967-68

1966-67

1965-66

1964-65

1963-64

1962-63

1961-62

1960-61

1959-60

1958-59

1957-58

Mrs. James T. Pryor

Mrs. E. D. Peters

Mrs. William B. Stallcup Jr.

Mrs. Jack E. Eades

Mrs. Jesse E. Thompson

Mrs. Curtis Horn

Mrs. John Graham

Mrs. James H. Merritt

Mrs. W. J. Dickey

Mrs. A. J. Kutner

Mrs. William Groth

Mrs. Willis Lea Jr.

1956-57

1955-56

1954-55

1953-54

1952-53

1951-52

1950-51

1949-50

1948-49

1947-48

1946-47

1945-46

Mrs. Vernon Coe

Mrs. John B. Bourland

Mrs. Luther Jordan Jr.

Mrs. Jack Brown

Mrs. Alfred Matthews

Mrs. John Rogers

Mrs. Robert Webb

Mrs. Lois E. Dolch

Mrs. J. D. Francis

Mrs. B. T. Geron

Mrs. Paul K. Cash

Mrs. B. C. Jefferson

1944-45

1942-44

1941-42

1940-41

1939-40

1938-39

1938-38

1937-38

1935-37

1933-35

1931-32

Mrs. Ernest Tutt

Mrs. Felix Butte

Mrs. R. E. Rettger

Mrs. Howard Dunham

Mrs. W. B. Ruggles

Mrs. Will C. Jones

Mrs. John R. Beall

Mrs. Bentley Young

Mrs. H. L. Pritchett

Mrs. A. V. Cockrell

Mrs. R. C. Dunlap

Highland Park PTA
name changed when high school was added

1929-31

Mrs. Luther Jordan

1927-29

1925-27

Mrs. Will R. Wilson Sr.

Mrs. E. H. Nolte

1922-25

Mrs. E. H. Morgan

John S. Armstrong PTA of Highland Park
original PTA of HPISD

1920-22

1919-20

Mrs. E. H. Morgan

Mrs. William Bacon

1917-19

1916-17

Mrs. C. M. Hudson

Mrs. J. R. Babcock

1915-16

1914-15

Mrs. W. I. Ford

Mrs. Frank M. Gray Sr.

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