John A. Carusi Middle School
General PTA Meeting
November 11, 2010
Call to Order: Kris Walters called the meeting to order at 7:09pm
Attendance: 24 (including Board and Staff)
The Board members were introduced by President Kris Walters.
The minutes from the last meeting May 2010 were approved.
Treasurer’s Report-Budget reviewed by Treaurer Kelly Bivens
(I) Committee Reports
(A) Membership/Linda King (VP Membership)= at present we are at 80% of last year’s
membership: 156 parents and 65 teachers for a total of 221. Our goal is 320 members.
We need 32 more teachers to join.
(B) Magazine Sale/Mindy Horner- we had the most successful year ever; 200 kids
participated; sales totaled $22,897. Our profit was $9,200. A limo ride was awarded to
the highest sellers
(C) Carusi Courier is now available electronically; Our editor is Linda Abbaszadeh.
(D) Legislative/Nicky Miles
She has info from the National PTA including yearly trip to Washington DC-join and log
on; will give you updates on what’s happening on a National level. Common Core
Standards- standardized academia throughout all states. Legislative Day- republicans
and democrats were present; topics included juvenile justice, parental engagement,
diversity and community outreach; Bill # 252-11 is % funds given to schools for
education; Family Involvement Week is 2/13/2011-2/19/2011, a week of activities
which are school/parent/student related; email Nicky @ NDBmiles@yahoo.com
Wednesday-Health/Parental Involvement including a fitness instructor/ counselor
Thursday-Barne’s and Noble Night, art and Poetry
Friday-Movie night, Teen Banking info
Saturday-International Day, 20 languages spoken at Carusi
(E) Zone PTA
Coat Drive- successful, coats distributed at Malberg School for people to pick up.
Box Top-4500 collected, drop off to Mrs. Grenier ; Mrs. Krupa’s class collected the most.
Mt. Misery 1st trip 11/15/2010, next groups 3/2011
Special ED PTA- to join see forms in Carusi Courier
PTA Bylaws review due 8/17/2011
PTA Officers needed for year 2011-2012, all positions open but Treasurer, Corresponding
Secretary and Recording Secretary parents will be leaving Carusi
(F) Principal’s Report
Ric Miscioscia-6th Asst Principal; Donean Parker- 8th grade Asst. Principal; 7th grade
shared by Mr. Miscioscia and Ms. Parker; Miss Kantner- Interim Administrative Intern
Character Ed-Carusi received State Award, we will try for National Award
Veteran’s Day at Carusi 11/11/2010-8th graders invited vets to come in and speak; we
had 40 veterans come to our day; Mr. Pierlot in charge
Dances-now in the cafeteria due to a new floor in the gym
Technology-all new computers in our Computer Labs, Smart Boards in some classrooms
Carusi has a new web page managed and edited by Dan Sloane
Learning/Testing Standards-pre-testing being done to show what growth will be and
type of placement, example: 8th graders taking Intro to Functions (9th grade Math
course) will have to take the NJ standardized Algebra Assessment Test in May 2011
Clean-Up Day- student organized, given PTA will contribute financially for beautification
efforts and will provide a team of volunteers if needed. There will be another
Beautification day in the Spring; 22 students participated
Meeting adjouned at 8:10pm