From Mrs. Ratz and the Yearbook Design Team

Yearbook Sales: Many parents and students have asked if there is going to be a yearbook this year. YES! Yearbook is happening.  I am so proud of our local yearbook staffs and advisers. They are working around the clock – covering VIRTUAL LEARNING, HYRBID SCHEDULE, SPORTS, ZOOM CLASSES, NEW HOBBIES, PETS, MUSIC, CLUBS, PORTRAITS, OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES and more! There is NO CERTAINTY that we will order extra books to sell at the end of the year. Order at Jostens.com or by clicking HERE.

Senior Yearbook Ads: Honor your senior with an ad in the yearbook. Senior ads are a great way for parents, family, and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. Place your senior congratulatory ad by April 25th at Jostens.com or by clicking HERE.

Payment plans are available at checkout for yearbooks and yearbook ads.

April 13th – 7 pm – Back by popular demand – College essay presentation from Amy Smith, Power Hour

Join Churchill alum Amy Smith on Tuesday April 13th at 7pm for a presentation on “How to Find and Communicate your WOW Factor in your College Essays.” 

*PLUS – How has the pandemic affected college writing requirements? – what’s new, what isn’t.

Amy, a former Churchill mom, journalist, publicist, and college essay coach, owns Power Hour Editing and helps college-bound students jumpstart their process, stand out, amplify their voices, and power to the finish line.

She’ll share her “Top Do’s and Don’ts” for college essays based on years of experience identifying trends & roadblocks many students face in the writing sections of their applications. 

And, she’ll share excerpts from “rockstar essays” to demonstrate how to be authentic, creative, and communicate WOW in YOUR writing! 

Amy will identify steps you can take NOW to avoid the summer/fall crunch.

(Perfect for Juniors – Also appropriate for 9 th & 10 th grade students interested in understanding the writing process). www.PowerHourEditing.com

Register here, and you’ll receive an email follow-up with additional tips after the presentation

xMINDS presents Navigating Special Education for Autistic Students in Maryland with special education advocate Monica Martinez – April 24 – 10-11:30 am in English and 11:30 am-1:30 pm in Spanish

Click here to learn more

Join Xminds for an overview of federal special education law and a practical introduction for parents on how to successfully navigate special education in Maryland, and specifically Montgomery County Public Schools. 

For more information or to register for the April 24th 10-11:30 English presentation, find out details here.

For more information or to register for the April 24th 11:30 – 1:30 Spanish presentation, find out details here.

 Both English and Spanish-language sessions will be recorded and posted on the xMinds website and the new xMinds YouTube channel

The PTSA Nominating Committee is Seeking New Board Candidates For Next Year!

We hope to find new candidates among our incoming and current WCHS parents. Every Board role is open.

Our 2021 WCHS PTSA Board Nominating Committee Includes:

Dara Johnson – dyfjohnson@msn.com
Eva Kreisler – evakreisler@gmail.com
Patricia McKeon – stpatrick107@hotmail.com

Please contact them for questions about the officer positions – All PTSA Members are welcome to run.

WCHS PTSA 2021-2021 Open Positions Include (click here):

Winston Churchill High School PTSA Officer Descriptions 2021-2022

Section 1.  The president shall: 

  1. preside at all meetings of this local PTA/PTSA, the board of directors, and the executive committee [this is the group of the elected members of the board only];
  2. coordinate the work of the officers and committees of this local PTA/PTSA in order that the purposes may be promoted;
  3. be a member ex officio of all committees except the nominating committee;
  4. perform such other duties as may be prescribed in these bylaws or assigned by this local PTA/PTSA or by the board of directors;
  5. review bank statements monthly and initial; and
  6. represent this PTA/PTSA at all council meetings or send an alternate

Section 2.A.  The vice president/president-elect shall:

  1. act as an aide to the president;
  2. perform in the duties of the president in the absence or inability of that officer to serve; 
  3. at the start of the term, obtain the files and records of the PTA from any outgoing officers, and share those files with current officers as necessary; and, 
  4. agree to assume the role of president at the end of the term of the current president. 
  5. ensure that the nominating committee is convened in a timely fashion and offers a slate of officers consistent with these bylaws; 
  6. select chairs of standing committees, including (but not limited to) a post-prom committee, no later than September 30 of each year;
  7. recommend any special committees to the executive committee for approval pursuant to Section 4; and,
  8. assume the office of president in the event that the vice president and president elect does not assume the office of the president.

Section 2.C. The vice president – membership shall:

  1. act as recording secretary if that officer is not present; 
  2. maintain the membership roster in digital form; 
  3. maintain primary responsibility for regular communications with members regarding PTSA business; and 
  4. assume the office of President in the event that the vice president – committees does not assume the office of President according to the order of succession above.

Section 3.A. The recording secretary shall:

a.   record the minutes of all meetings of this local PTA/PTSA, the board of directors, and executive committee;

b. be prepared to read the minutes of the previous meeting;

c. file all records;

d. have a current copy of the bylaws;

e. maintain a current membership list; and

f. perform such other duties as may be prescribed in these bylaws or assigned by this local PTA/PTSA or by the board of directors.

Section 3.B. The corresponding secretary shall: 

  1. keep files of all correspondence and update the executive board regarding same at each regular meeting;
  2. assist the vice president – membership with maintaining the membership roster;
  3. assist the vice president – membership with notifying members of upcoming PTSA meetings and events in a manner consistent with the bylaws;
  4. communicate with membership through social media as necessary; and 
  5. update membership regarding new officers in spring of each year. 

Section 4. The treasurer shall:

  1. have custody of all funds of this local PTA/PTSA;
  2. keep a full and accurate account of receipts and expenditures including reconciliation of the bank statement each month;
  3. make disbursements as authorized by the president or board of directors of this local PTA/PTSA in accordance with the budget adopted by this local PTA/PTSA;
  4. present a written financial statement at every meeting of the executive committee, the board of directors, the general membership and at other times when requested by the board of directors;
  5. make a full report before the newly elected officers officially assume their duties;
  6. be responsible for the maintenance of such books of account and records as to conform to the requirements of Article IV, Section 13 of these bylaws;
  7. be responsible for preparing and filling all necessary tax forms and submitting a copy to the Maryland PTA office within thirty (30) days of filing;
  8. have the accounts examined at the close of the fiscal year and upon change of treasurer by an auditor or an auditing committee of not less than – three (3) persons who, satisfied that the treasurer’s annual report is correct, shall sign a statement of that fact at the end of the report.  An auditor or an auditing committee shall be selected by the board of directors at least thirty (30) days before the new officers assume their duties; and perform such other duties as may be prescribed in these bylaws or assigned by this local PTA/PTSA or by the board of directors. 

Delegates Assembly – WCHS PTSA members vote for TWO MCCPTA DELEGATES to represent Churchill interests at these meetings each school year, who serve as members of the board and executive committee

The Delegates Assembly is the body that bridges the council and local PT(S)As. Each local unit president and up to two (2) delegates represent their PTA or PTSA at these monthly meetings. 

The privileges of introducing motions and voting are limited to the voting body, consisting of the president or alternate and two accredited delegates or their alternates from member PTAs/PTSAs as well as the MCCPTA officers, the immediate past president, area vice presidents, cluster coordinators, and all MCCPTA committee chairs. The monthly meetings provide an opportunity for delegates to present ideas, debate issues, become better informed, make personal contacts with other PTA leaders, and vote on MCCPTA actions.  The conduct of business is governed by Standing Rules adopted by the delegates, MCCPTA bylaws, and Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th ed. (Da Capo Press, 2011).

A number of school-related groups have designated representatives to MCCPTA.  These liaisons may attend meetings—and participate in discussions if approved by the MCCPTA President—but have no vote. 

MEETINGS: The Delegates Assembly generally is held on the fourth Tuesday of the month during the school year at 7pm (locations will be announced). Meetings are open to all PTA members. 

Free Student Online Tutoring and Homework Help!

MCPS has announced a new, FREE student online tutoring and homework help service 

The service is a secure, online resource that will be easily accessible through MCPS student Canvas and StudentVUE accounts and will offer free, on-demand assistance on any subject from grade 3 through grade 12.

Directions for how students will access the service are here.

More information is on the vendor website – but do not access the site from here; this is the pay-as-you-go site.

International Night Friday 3/26 from 4-6 pm

This Friday 3/26 from 4-6 pm, the WCHS International Student Alliance will be hosting International Night. The event will take place via Zoom and will showcase the rich and diverse cultural background of our community. To learn more, or to sign up to present, check your school email.

PTSA Board Nominating Committee Candidates Needed

The PTSA Board is seeking three candidates to make up a nominating committee, which will source new board candidates for next year. Please contact anyone on the board if you are interested in serving on this search committee. We hope to find new candidates from our current Churchill community, as well as from our future incoming freshman parents . Every board role will be open for nominations.