Q. Doesn’t the PTO do less at the high school level -- they don’t really need my dues, right?
Wrong! The PTO may be more stealth, but we are still at work every month as an information conduit, a source of funding and support for teachers and their projects, and the force behind the annual after-grad celebration, for starters.
During the 2021-22 school year, the PTO …
Provided mini-grants to teachers and staff, supporting a range of needs for supplies for their classrooms, donated $4,000 to the Teacher Lounge/Morale Project, purchased 4 new outdoor picnic tables for students, Dispensed encouragement, lunches, and monthly treats to our hard-working faculty staff and so much more.
We also awarded $4,500 in Scholarships. Three, $1,000 scholarships to graduating Seniors, as well as three underclass scholarships to one Junior, one Sophomore and one Freshman student who submitted essays on a Battlefield HS staff member who made or is making an impact on their life.
Q. The most common question we get asked is "do I have to attend the monthly PTO meetings?
No, you are not required to attend the monthly one hour PTO meetings; however, it is a great way for you to connect with the Bobcat community and meet new people. You can be a member in name only or you can become an active member. The level of involvement is up to you!
Q. As a PTO Member, do I have to sell anything?
No. We do not require our members to fund-raise to be a member but we are always looking for good volunteers.
Q. My child is a senior, what's the point of joining the PTO this year?
Every year the PTO awards three $1,000 scholarships to Battlefield Seniors. In order for your student to be eligible for this scholarship their parent or guardian must be a member of the PTO.
Q. Will there be a supply list?
Yes. You might be used to seeing a supply list that middle schools put out during the summer but in high school it’s best to wait to buy supplies until your student receives a list of supplies from each of their teachers.
Q. What should my student bring with them the first week of school?
A backpack, notebook and pen.
Q. What’s the deal with lockers?
Students can get them, but many choose not to. Because of the size of the school and crowded hallways, many kids carry a backpack with them all day. Some even choose to have two backpacks – to keep books and notebooks separated for purple and black days.
Q. How big is Battlefield? Do kids get lost?
While school maps aren’t posted online as a security precaution, students will get plenty of direction and some tardy grace the first couple of weeks as they learn their way around campus. New students will get to walk the halls on Thursday Aug. 18th, 2022 during orientation, and a Bobcat planner will be a handy place to make helpful notes on the when’s and where’s of their schedules.
Q. What does parent participation really look like in high school?
Join them for lunch – JUST KIDDING. While this is definitely the time to encourage your student to take on more personal responsibility, there are many ways to support them and the school. Whether you have a couple hours a month to offer or more, the PTO and Booster Club need parents for jobs of all sizes. Many clubs, teams, and activities need parents for behind-the-scenes roles. Maybe your professional role translates into a way to support Battlefield as well. Watch the websites, but don’t be shy to reach out to a department or faculty member to offer an idea or support.
Q-Facebook and Instagram and Twitter, oh my! What’s really the best way to get high school information?
Yes, there ARE many sites. It’s truly best to follow your student’s class page, as well as the school and PTO, to experience their various communication cadences. Most of us need to hear something a few times anyway! Don’t forget the clubs and sports teams your student is interested in as well. Here’s a list!
🖤 The Battlefield Bobcat - make sure you register your email at the bottom of the page to receive weekly updates
🖤 Battlefield High School - run by BHS administration
🖤 Battlefield HS Families - run by volunteer Bobcat parents
🖤 Freshman Class of 2026 - run by volunteer Bobcat parents
🖤 Sophomore Class of 2025 - run by volunteer Bobcat parents
🖤 Junior Class of 2024 - run by volunteer Bobcat parents
🖤 Senior Class of 2023 - run by volunteer Bobcat parents