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Chief Joseph/Ockley Green parents, staff build school community through PTA

September 13, 2013
The first PTA at the merged school drew a huge crowd.
The first PTA at the merged school drew a huge crowd.
Tasked with merging two schools, parents and teachers got to work months ago to support each other, ensure smooth back-to-school transitions for students and build a single school family.

The work on the transition started in February after the school board announced the merge. A group of 12 --five parents/guardians from Ockley Green and five from Chief Joseph, plus a teacher from each school -- met every week for two-three hours to plan for the transition, according to PTA president Jess Thompson, the mother of a 6th-grader.

The group toured the schools, organized socials, got information about the merge out to families and met with principal Molly Chun.

June brought more meetings and elections for a merged Chief Joseph/Ockley Green PTA. Then came more planning over the summer with Principal Chun and the administrative team.

"Our unofficial motto," Thompson said, "is 'two campuses, one heart.' "

How successful has the effort been?

At the first PTA meeting a few days ago, more than 100 people showed up ... so many people that the meeting had to move outside to accommodate the crowd.

"It was a great meeting," Chun said. "I'm so appreciative of all the work that went into it."

Thanks for setting such a great example, Chief Joseph/Ockley Green families and staff!

PTA meetings are getting underway now at most schools. Check in at your school to see how you can take part.

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