Jackson's PTA Welcomes you to 2019-2020

Congratulations on your selection to attend Jackson Technology Center for school year 2019-2020!

We would like to invite all adults that are involved with students at Jackson to join our PTA.  Here is more information about what we do:

We hold several dances for the students at Jackson: Back to School, Halloween, Valentine’s, and a spring dance.  Jackson dances are usually scheduled on a Friday afternoon/evening.  Only current Jackson students may attend. There is also an Eighth Grade Formal Dance that the PTA sponsors for the graduating eighth graders in May to celebrate their time at Jackson.

In addition to these activities, the PTA supports the Reflections and Environmental Art contests. The PTA also sponsors the Multicultural Dinner and Parent University. Three years ago, we started a Watch DOGS Program (Dads of Great Students). This is for fathers and father figures (uncles, older brothers, grandfathers, etc.) and is an excellent way to get the men involved in the school. Our annual Jackson Viking Pride Fun Run is a huge event for JTC families, friends and neighbors. Dates and times will be coming soon. You will be hearing more about these events at Viking Camp (for incoming 6th graders and new students).  The Fun Run, concessions sold at dances and athletic events, Box Tops for Education, T-shirts, and Friday Snack Shack proceeds provide our PTA with the funds for all we do.  If you are not able to volunteer on a regular basis, we are asking you to at least sign up for Just One Thing.  If everyone signs up for just one thing, it will make a HUGE impact!

Each year the PTA awards Hope Grants to a few Jackson Teachers.  The teachers use the grants to buy extras such as books, software, and learning games.  We also buy a gift for the school, depending on funds available.  The last three years, the PTA did a surprise makeover of the teacher’s lounge over Spring Break, bought a new industrial ice machine for the lounge, and purchased microwaves and Keurig’s.  We were honored this past year with the Early Bird Achievement Award, Membership Increase Award, and the Texas Star Award. We were also the 2014 winner for Outstanding PTA of the Year for GISD at the Middle School Level. 

Jackson Technology Center PTA Board meetings are held in the school library usually one night a month (September – May) at 6:30 PM.  We also hold three general meetings before other events.

We welcome ANY and ALL help!  If you would like to join us on the board or serve on any of the committees (fundraising and programs), please let us know!

Additionally, please visit the school’s web site: http://www.garlandisdschools.net.  The PTA can be found under resources.  That is where you will find the most up-to-date calendar and other useful information.  You can download a PTA membership form there.  Please LIKE our PTA Facebook page and you will receive updates about events.  Search Jackson Technology Center for Math & Science PTA to find our page.

If you would like to contact me by e-mail, my address is: pncabell@gmail.com. You can also leave a letter in the office at Jackson.  Our PTA has a mail slot there. 

We are looking forward to meeting you at Viking Camp and/or Meet the Teacher Night!

Viking Jackson Technology Mascot

Sincerely,

Patrick Abell

Jackson PTA President