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Dear Fellow 2015-16 UNCSA High School Families,

On behalf of the UNCSA Parent Support Organization (PSO), greetings to new and returning high school parents. Your accomplished young artist joins a wonderful community of students, faculty, administrators, and families all committed to cultivating the unique artistic and academic strengths of your student.

What we do

The PSO provides opportunities for parents to stay engaged in and contribute to the high school program. The PSO was started in 2009 by a handful of committed parents, and it continues today to invest in both resources and relationships that support the mission of the high school. Through your generous donations, we are able to mitigate the effects of chronic budget cuts as well as create tools and occasions for parents to stay connected with one another.

What we've done

Some of the accomplishments of the PSO include:

  • Conversion of a computer lab to a fully furnished classroom
  • Establishment of the $25,000 Jill Lane Endowed Scholarship Fund (awards $1,000 annual scholarship)
  • Annual funding of the Prized Pickle Scholarship - $1,000
  • New parent hospitality event during orientation weekend
  • Facilitated conversion of lecture hall to fully furnished classroom
  • Established a graduation gift tradition for each senior
  • Purchased eight classroom response systems for teachers
  • Purchased science and social studies equipment
  • Provided maintenance and refurbishment of science equipment and laptops
  • Funded half the cost of security cameras on the high school hallway
  • Purchased and continued maintenance of printers for student use
  • Organized the UNCSA High School PSO Facebook page

How to be informed

Our new UNCSA High School PSO Facebook page replaces the Yahoo Group Family Support Network. We plan to use this forum to keep parents informed about events on campus and provide updates on PSO activities. We hope parents will post on this forum to organize carpools, request help, or ask questions that other parents can answer.

How to be involved (even if you live out of town)

Here are some ways you can get involved as a parent or family member:

Join the PSO. You can join by signing up and donating your membership to the PSO.

  1. Join the PSO will take you to UNCSA donation page.
  2. Specify a tax-deductible amount you wish to donate and if it will be a one-time gift or an amount you wish to spread over a monthly periods.
  3. Choose Designation as “Other” and specify High School PSO for your donation.

Attend our PSO meetings. We have a PSO meeting during Parents Weekend in October. It is a short informational meeting about our budget and the needs of the high school. We hope to include as many parents as possible who are in town for the weekend.

Volunteer. We recognize that it is difficult for parents to volunteer that live far away. We have an annual slate of officers if you would like to get involved as well as positions for Hospitality, Parent Directory and Social Media. We send out requests to all parents for volunteers to staff our Nutcracker Boutique at the Stevens Center during the Nutcracker Ballet, as well as requests for desserts and other items for teacher luncheons during exam week.

Participate online in the UNCSA High School PSO Facebook page. It is a great way to stay connected to your student and events at the high school.

Shop. Harris Teeter grocery stores offers a Together in Education program that donates money when you link your VIC rewards card to UNCSA School Code 4682

Best wishes for a successful school year! I enjoyed meeting many parents during orientation weekend, and I look forward to meeting more during the school year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mary Leyendecker
UNCSA PSO Chair, 2015-2016

Organizational Documents

High School PSO By-Laws

PSO Budget 2015-2016

Upcoming Events

PSO will be running the Nutcracker Boutique again in December 2015. You will be receiving information about how you can participate in this fun fundraising event.