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Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

One of the cornerstones of the Cluster School philosophy is parental involvement and activism.

The Cluster was created by neighborhood families who were seeking excellence in public education, and the growth and success of the Cluster School has been directly related to the time and talent donated by parents as volunteers and as members of the PTA.


All of our parents are asked to make a commitment to their child’s education by volunteering for 20 hours each school year in the classroom, gardens, libraries, or other parts of the buildings; chaperoning field trips; fundraising; or participating in other important activities.

Visit the following pages to learn more about the PTA:

The CHCS PTA is commited to ensuring conformity with non-discrimination laws and makes a Notice of Non-Discrimination available.


2013-14 Funding Earmarked for:

PTA funds (more than $100,000 this school year) support critical activities at each campus. This school year, the PTA is supporting the following programs or initiatives.



  • Part-time music teacher
  • Story of Food program
  • Leveled readers for students of all abilities
  • Professional development programs for teachers



  • First In Learning Aides to support reading instruction and a calm, organized lunch and recess
  • Professional development supporting differentiated and project-based learning
  • Leveled readers to support literacy advancement


Stuart Hobson

  • Expanding academic offerings by funding instruction in key subjects after school
  • Supporting the theater and visual arts programs
  • Improving library resources and access
  • Enhancing school climate through the spirit store and cheerleading program


PTA Past Grants Awarded

In 2012-2013, PTA is funding the following:

  • Music instruction for Peabody students will add another dimension to the strong arts integration program for our youngest learners. Experts agree that music plays an important role in early childhood development, so our PTA is funding a part-time instructor to teach a weekly music special for every child at Peabody.
  • First in Learning Aides at Watkins will improve the lunch and recess experience for all students by supervising lunch in classrooms for first graders, allowing all other grades to have their own, calmer lunch period in the cafeteria. In addition, First in Learning Aides’ focus on helping first-graders transition academically and socially will help raise standards across our school.
  • Support for arts, project-based learning, or other priorities at Stuart-Hobson with funds set aside for parents and staff to allocate in support of the modernization and expansion of our middle school.


In 2011-2012, CHCS PTA awarded $28,000 in grant funds to support 11 projects across 3 campuses, including the following projects:




Election 2012…. A Kid’s View


30 students in 5th grade

Furniture for Science Lab


400 students in 1st through 4th grade

Enhancing Differentiated Learning:  Piloting Targeted Core Standards for Second Grade Math Students


125 students in 2nd grade, with goal of expanding to other grades in future years

Science Lab Equipment


400 students in 6th through 8th grade

Reading is Out of This World: Reading Incentive Program

all campuses

1200 students throughout Cluster

Living Classrooms: enhancing outdoor learning spaces


All 800 students at Peabody & Watkins campuses

Promoting Good Attendance


Starting with about 150

Understanding Math online math curriculum


All Watkins students and grades

School-wide art exhibit and music concert


450 students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade

Moving Stories


116 students in 2nd grade

Stuart-Hobson Band


60 students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades