Our Goals and Purposes

The Role of the St. Stephen’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

The objectives of the St. Stephen’s PTO are to:

  • Establish and maintain a working relationship among parents, school, and community.
  • Support school improvement teams and promote the finest education possible for the students at St. Stephen’s.
  • Expand technology and supplement equipment and supplies.
  • Increase student safety and security.
  • Develop programs and projects that will support or enrich the curriculum.
  • Enhance the quality of education by raising funds for school supplies or programs that fall outside the school budget.
The PTO DOES The PTO does NOT
·    Support the educational programs and extracurricular activities of the school ·    Run the school
·    Encourage parents’ involvement in their individual children’s lives, education, class, and school ·    Force parents to participate in PTO and/or school activities
·    Provide feedback and suggestions for school programs ·    Set policy regarding school programs
·    Coordinate programs and projects that will support or enrich the curriculum ·    Define the school’s curriculum
·    Encourage/fund the increased exposure of students to technology ·    Dictate the technology platforms and/or software used by the school
·    Provide feedback/assist with increased awareness of school safety and security issues ·    Define or interfere with  the school’s security program and policies
·    Organize fundraising efforts to support some additional programs, equipment, and services not covered in the school budget ·    Control the school’s budget
·    Support the educational goals of the school and assist with attaining those goals through parent and community volunteerism ·    Set the educational goals, testing requirements, or compliance factors
·    Recruit volunteers and coordinate volunteer efforts to staff PTO functions and assist with school programs ·    Have jurisdiction or authority over school staff, teachers, and other employees
·    Stay aware of legislation and political issues that may impact education and schools ·    Endorse a particular political candidate or commercial concern
·    A LOT ! ! ! ·    DO EVERYTHING ! ! !