Jul 102018

 The School Smarts Parent Engagement Program is a model for creating meaningful and diverse parent involvement. It brings parents from all backgrounds together in support of their common interest: helping their children and schools succeed.


School Smarts is an award-winning, research-based program proven to:

  • Foster parent engagement in schools
  • Support parents as children’s first teachers
  • Develop future parent leaders
  • Encourage parents to advocate for a complete and quality education that includes the arts.

School Smarts is also a great way to expand and strengthen parent participation to meet school districts’ goals in their Local Control and Accountability Plans.

Student success relies on the involvement of parents, teachers and school administrators working together for a common goal. The School Smarts program increases parents’ knowledge of the importance of their role as their child’s first teacher, why involvement in their child’s education is essential, and encourages the continuum of learning at home. The School Smarts program strengthens the school community by educating a diverse group of parents on meaningful parent involvement and effective communications with school personnel.

The School Smarts program provides valuable information on new Common Core State Standards, assessments, local funding, college readiness and more. School Smarts is also a great tool for school districts implementing family engagement strategies as part of their Local Control Accountability Plan. Through leadership development, School Smarts helps develop parents who feel more informed, confident and comfortable to serve in their PTAs and on school or district committees.

School Smarts currently is offered in:


Contact schoolsmarts@capta.org to find out how parents, schools and districts can get involved! Read the School Smarts brochure or download the brochure in PDF format for more information.


Jul 022018

A lot goes on during PTA transition time. Here are a few resources to ease the process:

  • Preparing for Fall Finances – Budgeting, forms, financial procedures. Oh, my! Get the scoop on how to start your 2018-19 PTA year on firm financial footing. Check it out!
  • Complete the Last Audit – Don’t forget to get the audit completed from the last term. It can be started as soon as the last check is written in June or July 1st. It should be completed in July before any checks are written by the new officers
  • Activities of the Board-Elect – The smooth transition of outgoing and incoming board members and officers is vital and can determine your PTA’s leadership success for years to come. The transition process is the responsibility of both incoming and outgoing officers and board members. A good process of transition provides an opportunity for outgoing members to evaluate their work and efforts while giving suggestions to new board members on what they wish they had done differently. Get more information for new board members here
  • Procedure Books – Procedure Books are excellent tools to assist the incoming officers with information on how the work of their position went the previous year, contacts and other information which is vital to how to do their position this year. Find out more.

And remember, PTA leaders are a real resource to help you during transition time and any time! Contact Highlands Council or the Tenth District PTSA or the California State PTA headquarters with any questions you may have. We are here to help you!

Jun 202018

Reviewing the Term

Every PTA board should evaluate the term’s work and prepare recommendations for the next term. What worked? What didn’t? What do you recommend? Your insights and feedback are valuable to incoming officers!

Projects and Programs

  • Did the PTA achieve the goals set at the beginning of the term? If not, what needs to be done?
  • Did the officers and chairmen know what was expected of them?
  • Were efforts made to include more members in planning and working toward achieving those goals?


  • Did the PTA membership increase this term?
  • Was an effort made to include more new members?
  • Were the association meetings well attended?
  • Was the association included in the decision-making process of the organization?
  • Was the membership kept informed of PTA events and programs?

Training & Leadership Development

Were the officers and chairmen notified of all training opportunities and encouraged to attend?

  • Did officers and chairmen take advantage of training opportunities?
  • Was the association represented at council/district PTA meetings?
  • Did your PTA send representation to the annual convention? If so, now is the time to make sure they share the resources and information, and what they learned with your PTA.
May 132018



Highlands Council of PTA’s

Association Meeting

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Sotomayor Learning Academies
Parent Center, Room 101, Building 9-101
(Parking is in the back of the school)
2050 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, 90065
School Phone:  (323) 276 – 5400


Apr 232018

Screenagers” Documentary Screening 

April 24th @ 6pm

Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts PTA

2709 Media Center Drive, Los Angeles,  90065

To RSVP Please Click Here

Donations Accepted at the Door

*Free Childcare Provided*

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.



  1. Congratulations to the Newly Elected Board Members
  3. Honoring our PTA Volunteers
  4. Join in a Vigil for Florida PTA
  5. PTA Member Perks
  6. California State PTA Stands with Families Affected by Wildfires
  7. Highlands Council Association Meeting
  8. PTA Taxes
  9. Highlands Council of PTA’s Meeting, September 18, 2017
  10. National Arts in Education Week, September 10 – 16, 2017
  11. Want to Be a Remarkably Likeable Leader?
  12. Reviewing the Term
  13. Highlands Council Meeting on May 15, 2017
  14. Highlands Council Association Meeting
  15. Highlands Council Meeting: Election of the Nominating Committee
  16. Tenth District Reflections 2016-2017 Workshops
  17. Celebrating a Life
  18. You Will Be Missed!
  19. Resources for Transition
  20. Highlands Council Meeting: May 16, 2016
  21. Congratulations to the Newly Elected Officers!
  22. Tenth District PTSA Leaders: Join us April 9 for a special leadership training!
  23. Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors
  24. Highlands Council Meeting: Monday, January 18, 2016
  25. Giving Thanks!
  26. California State PTA Stories – Reda Rountree: The Heart of PTA
  27. Regional Training for PTA Leaders
  28. Bylaws Review Workshop
  29. Tenth District Association Meeting: Membership Kick Off
  30. 2015-2016 Officers
  31. Incoming Board: Start the New Term Off Right!
  32. Los Angeles Tenth District Founders Day Celebration 2015
  33. Mary Lou Anderson Arts Enhancement Grant
  34. Campaign Mailer in LAUSD Board Race Is Not Connected to California State PTA
  35. Student Leadership is Needed!
  36. We’re Thankful for Our PTA Family!
  37. Remit Your Membership Dues to Remain in Good Standing
  38. Insurance Premiums Are Now Due!
  39. Got Tax Forms?
  40. PTA Membership Toolbox
  41. PTA Resources for Parents
  42. California State PTA Grants, Awards and Scholarships
  43. Email Etiquette
  44. Keeping Track and Recording Volunteer Hours
  45. Our Deepest Sympathy
  46. Celebrating 117 Years
  47. Nominating Committee
  48. Scholarship, Grant and Award Programs to Help You and Your PTA
  49. Movie Copyrights and Licensing
  51. Announcing California State PTA’s New Online Officer/Board Member Contact Program
  52. Highlands Council Meeting and Installation of Officers
  53. Transition Basics for Every Officer
  55. Congratulations to the Newly Elected Officers for 2013-2014
  56. California State PTA Convention 2013
  57. PTA Engages on Key Issues at State Capitol
  58. Highlands Council Association Meeting, February 15, 2013
  59. Highlands Council Association Meeting and Founder’s Day Celebration, January 18, 2013
  60. You’re Invited: Eagle Rock HS PTSA Presents Lecture on Bullying
  61. Letter from LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy
  63. Thank You, PTA Volunteers!
  64. Highlands Council Association Meeting
  65. Tenth District Charitable Trust Workshop
  66. Highlands Council Association Meeting
  67. “Fall” Into Savings and Enjoy These Extra Perks and Benefits of PTA Membership
  70. Association Meeting and Federal and State Finance Requirement Workshop
  71. Roster of Officers and Chairmen 2012-2013
  72. PTA NEWS
  73. Los Angeles Tenth District Officers’ Training and Vendor Fair
  74. Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA Awards Luncheon
  75. Congratulations to the California Distinguished Schools 2012 Honorees!
  76. Teachers Matter!
  77. Highlands Council of PTA’s Membership Meeting
  78. Important: All PTA’s Must File Federal and State Tax Returns
  79. Los Angeles Tenth District Association Meeting and Holiday Luncheon
  80. PTA leaders, we need your input! Líderes de PTA, inecesitamos su ayuda!
  81. District Association Meeting, June 27, 2015
  82. 10th District Annual Awards Luncheon, May 20, 2015
  83. Tenth District Reflections Workshop, September 18, 2014
  84. New Officer Training, September 4, 2014
  85. How Does Your District Plan to Spend Its State Funding and Serve All Students?
  86. How to Calm Start-of-School Jitters
  87. Officer Training: Saturday, July 19, 2014
  88. Tenth District Association Meeting and Founders Day Celebration
  89. PTA Audit
  90. Tenth District Holiday Luncheon and Association Meeting
  91. Thank You to Our PTA Volunteers!
  92. The Highlands Newsletter October 2013
  93. New Officer Training, September 21, 2013
  94. Back To School Responsibilities for PTA’s
  95. Highlands Council Meeting – Please Note: Meeting Changed to August 23, 2013
  96. California State PTA Scholarships and Grants
  97. The Highlands Newsletter August 2013
  98. PTA Budget
  99. Summer Activites for Incoming Officers and Board Members
  100. Officer Training and Vendor Fair, 10th District PTSA, June 29, 2013
  101. The Highlands Newsletter May 2013
  102. Convention is Almost Here…Don’t Miss the Excitement!
  103. Highlands Council Meeting and Election of Officers, April 19, 2013
  104. Highlands Council Meeting and Election of Officers
  105. Membership Cards – How to Use
  106. Free Museum Day, September 29, 2012
  107. Officers Training, Saturday, September 8, 2012
  108. 10th District Association Training and Membership Kick-Off
  110. Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA Meeting and Founders’ Day Celebration 2012
  111. Tenth District PTSA Music Scholarship Application Due March 16, 2012
  112. Reflections Exhibit and Reception, February 26, 2012
  113. Tenth District PTSA Treasurer’s Training, January 14, 2012
  114. Leadership Essentials 2011-2012
  115. Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  116. Highlands Council of PTA’s Health and Wellness Fair and Clinic – Thank You To Our Supporters!
  117. Reflections Arts Contest Workshop, Tuesday, October 18, 2011
  118. Tenth District Bylaws Workshop, Wednesday, October 12, 2011
  119. Talking to Your Child About 9/11
  120. Tenth District PTSA Association Meeting, Saturday, September 10, 2011
  121. Community Health and Wellness Fair and Clinic, Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School, Sept. 10, 2011
  122. Tenth District PTSA Officers’ Training
  124. State Budget: Now You See It, Now You Don’t
  125. National PTA Grant: Healthy Lifestyles Due Date Extended to September 8, 2011
  126. May Revision of Governor’s Budget: PTA to Remain Vigilant
  127. PTA Welcomes Solano Avenue Elementary
  128. Governor Jerry Brown Joins Thousands at Kick Off for the California PTA Convention
  129. Congratulations to the Newly Elected Officers of Highlands Council of PTA’s
  130. You’re Invited: Convention 2011 Orientation Meeting at Los Angeles 10th District PTSA
  131. Time is Running Out. Have You Called Yet?
  132. Talking to Children About the Disaster in Japan
  133. How PTAs Can Respond to Requests for Relief Assistance
  134. Fall 2011 Public School Choice Applicant Team Recommendations
  135. Mt. Washington Elementary PTA Membership Up 150%
  136. Convention 2011
  137. LAUSD Postpones Implementation of Early Start Calendar Year
  138. CA PTA President Responds to Governor’s Sobering Budget Proposal