General Meeting Minutes

The 1st PTO Meeting of the year will be held September 18 at 6:00pm in the Marek Cafeteria. Amazing presenters include:


Presenter: Tyesha Scott
Topic: Skyward
Description: Provide tips and tricks of Skyward

Presenter: Anita Phipps
Topic: Online Resources
Description: Provide information regarding available online resources per grade level

Presenter: Joanna Wang
Topic: GT
Description: Provide information on the GT structure

PTO will raffle a door prize for those in attendance, and those who attend will also get to bring home a treat for your Marek student(s). You don’t want to miss it!

Please come join us learn more about PTO events and fundraising/spending.

We would love for you to join PTO and/or volunteer.  But we hope everyone can join to align on goals for the year.


Mary Marek PTO
General Membership Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Meeting brought to order at 6:08pm

6:00-6:10- Welcome, Introduce Board members, and PTO Business: Board members introduced, including teacher representatives- Mrs. Yesland and Mrs. Rodriguez.

6:10-7:30- Introduction of presenters

  • Presenter: Tyesha Scott Topic: Skyward
    • Skyward username and password mailed to parents. If you don’t have that information, email Ms. Scott at
    • Students linked to your address will be on your Skyward account
    • You can change language, password; Your username can’t be changed, only password
    • Attendance tab: can submit attendance notes via Skyward
    • Discipline Records available through Skyward (Mrs. Roberts updates); You can see a record of what occurred.
    • Attachments: uploads previous year’s report card only
    • Health Information- Nurse Arias can upload what vaccinations are missing
    • My Account- updated only at beginning of year; if it needs to be updated in the middle of the year, send email to Ms. Scott
    • Skyward is active and live 24/7

Skyward Family Access Instruction:

How to enter Attendance note through Skyward: Although Marek will accept this, not all campuses will. Please check with the campus registrar first.

  • Presenter: Anita Phipps Topic: Online Resources
    o Click “Online District Resources” via Marek Website under Students tab; also found under Marek Library tab
    o Holds can be done online via Overdrive or SORA app
    o Britannica Encyclopedia available online through Marek Website as well
    o PebbleGo K-2nd used for research UN= Marek PW=school; website also reads to your student
    o Nat Geo has full length magazines, videos, and books available
    o TumbleBook Library- contains full books and will read to kids
    o E-books available to students Schools Marek Library
    Overdrive has most Bluebonnet books. OverDrive app=SORA when downloaded once checked out, can be pulled up without Wi-Fi until checkout time of 2 weeks expires
    o Biblionasium (for K-2nd) taking the place of Book Adventure; logs what you’re reading; Destiny-Texas-MarekLog-in (lowercase first and last initial)
    K-2nd use as reading log; can keep track of what they are reading
    Kids write 1-2 sentences (depending on their grade level) Character, setting, problem
    o Due to user agreement, username and passwords to these sites cannot be posted online, please stop by the Marek library or contact Mrs. Phipps at


  • Presenter: Joanna Wang Topic: GT
    o Screening and Identification- all Kinder kids screened with District screening tool; observational assignments with products looking for higher level thinking; Top 25% will have further testing; parents notified by letter; Testing completed by February
    o Self-directed learning, Thinking, Research,
    o Product Showcase April 16
    o GT Pullout program (short amount of time)- Latin curriculum, critical thinking
    o Advanced Placement Classes- 5th grade only, will be tested in 4th grade
    o 1st-5th Grade: referrals taken year round; on website or front office; referrals due by March 1st; peers, teachers, counselors
    o Quantitative- abilities test given; verbal, non-verbal, quantitative; Data collected from multiple sources to qualify for IQ test
    o Student Assessment Committee-specialist, administrator, counselor, teacher; parents notified by letter
    o Every AISD campus has a Specialist; dual language program at Passmore
    o Professional development GT cluster teacher requirements- 30 hours GT awareness 6 hour annual GT update
    o Texas Performance Standards Projects TPSP- TEKS-based student projects meant to be completed at school
    o Bright Child/Gifted Child- will be found on Ms. Wang’s website

If you are interested in referring your 1st-5th grade child for the GT Program, please print the referral form, and submit them no later than March 1, 2019 for spring testing, in order to have your child screened for the program

. You can find the referral form on Ms. Wang’s website:

Here is a link to Ms. Wang’s presentation:


Door prize $25 gift card winner- Mark Barbetcho, Raffle winner of VIP car rider for October- Courtney Wolfe

Left to Right- Andrene Allen (Co-President), Tamara Johnson (Vice President), Mark Barbetcho (door prize winner), Regina Lacy (Treasurer), Monica Roberts (Co-President), Courtney Wolfe (October VIP Car Rider winner), Arlene Ham (Secretary)

November 13th next General Meeting; November 16 Fun Run; look out for volunteer opportunities via Sign Up Genius

Meeting adjourned at 7:18pm