Welcome to Kansas PTA
Welcome to the Kansas PTA website, we're glad you're here.
It's our goal to provide PTA leaders, parents and teachers with useful and relevant information, resources and tools to be successful, for the good of our Kansas children. You'll notice our website is changing—we're busy making updates to bring you a better experience!
Fall Leadership Training
Please join Kansas PTA on September 26, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at Shawnee Mission West High school for a day of training. Click the image below to view information about the workshops. PTA members as well as non-PTA members are invited to join us! Please RSVP with the registration form by September 15.
Click on the image above to download and print out the registration for or click the link below for an electronic registration form to email to Kansas PTA.
The Citizenship program is in full swing!
We can't wait to see what our Kansas youth write on the 2015 theme "I can be a hero in my community by...".
You can get all of the information you need to promote and run a successful program at your school in our Arts in Education packet. Click here for all the details.
Kansas 2015 School Nutrition Poll
Kansas parents and voters believe that healthy food in schools helps children learn and do their best.
- 96 percent of parents and voters say it’s important for schools to serve nutritious food for this reason.
The vast majority of Kansans support the national nutrition standards for meals and snacks served in schools. This is true across the state and regardless of personal political views.
- 3 in 4 parents and voters favor the current nutrition standards for school meals.
- (Voter support, by party: Republican, 65%; Independent, 78%; Democrat, 91%)
- 9 in 10 strongly favor the requirement that schools must include at least a half-cup of fruits or vegetables with every meal.
- 2 in 3 parents and voters support the national nutrition standards for food and drinks sold to students in vending machines, at snack bars, and on a la carte cafeteria menus.
- (Voter support, by party: Republican, 59%; Independent, 72%; Democrat, 75%)
Kansas parents see opportunities for schools to build on the healthy improvements already made in student cafeterias and vending machines.
- Most parents (76%) say that meals would be better if schools provided a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grain options.
- Nearly all parents (98%) believe it’s important that children have enough time to eat during the lunch period, but half of parents say students currently get too little time.
- 94 percent of parents think it’s important for schools to provide nutrition education as part of the curriculum, with almost 6 in 10 parents saying it is “very important.”
“As long time supporters of the current nutrition standards, Kansas PTA is pleased to see so many parents understand and support the importance of these standards. We encourage families to go have lunch with their children to see for themselves and to contact their schools with any question about what is being served. We also encourage parents to mirror these positive eating habits in the home as this will help teach their children that healthy eating is an important way of life.”
Talking With Your Teen About Marijuana
Information courtesy of Michelle Voth MPA, Executive Director for Kansas Family Partnership
February is National Marijuana Awareness Month, and as parents, it’s critical that we keep up with growing research about the harms of marijuana use. Stories about the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes are all over the media, and regardless of your views on these issues, research has shown us that marijuana use is harmful for youth. With less than 50 percent of Kansas youth reporting that their parents have talked to them about alcohol and other drugs in the last year, here’s a challenge for you in 2015 – educate yourself and have a conversation with your teen!
Here’s what the research tells us about the impact of marijuana use on youth:
Marijuana is stronger – Today’s marijuana is 5-7 times more potent than it was in the 70’s.
Marijuana affects IQ – Regular heavy use by teens can lead to an IQ drop of up to 8 points.
Marijuana impacts education – Regular heavy use by teens is linked to lower grades and exam scores, reduced likelihood of graduating from high school and reduced likelihood of enrolling in or graduating from college.
Marijuana harms mental health – Regular heavy use by teens increases their risk of using of other drugs, increases their risk for depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts, and increases their risk of developing psychotic symptoms and disorders such as schizophrenia in adulthood.
Marijuana changes your life – Regular heavy use by teens is linked to lower satisfaction with life and increased likelihood of earning a lower income or being unemployed.
On average, Kansas youth begin using marijuana at age 14. According to the 2014 Kansas Communities That Care Survey, more than one in six 12th graders reported using marijuana at least once in the last 30 days. Marijuana is used by Kansas youth more frequently than cigarettes and is the primary drug used by youth who enter drug treatment facilities in Kansas.
As the perception of marijuana’s harmfulness decreases, teen use increases. For resources and information to help you talk with your teen about marijuana and other drugs, contact Kansas Family Partnership at 1.800.206.7231 or visit www.kansasfamily.com.
Schwann's Cares Fundraiser
Help support the programs of Kansas PTA by participating in our Schwann's Cares Fundraiser!
Schwann’s offers quality food products for your family that are delivered to your door. Visit the Schwann’s website at the link below and have fun looking through all the delicious items available. Plus you will be supporting the work of Kansas PTA for children, families and education.
Please help support Kansas PTA by ordering these great products! We appreciate your support!
Visit the Kansas PTA Schwann’s site at: https://www.schwans-cares.com/c/14195
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards
Kansas PTA will spend the next year training our members on advocacy and educating parents and communities across the state about the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards. These standards, if properly implemented, will increase achievement for Kansas’s children. Kansas PTA along with National PTA fully supports the implementation of the standards.
What does Kansas PTA provide?
"Kansas PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and does not endorse any candidate seeking elected office."
Individuals, including employers, officers, and directors of nonprofits may engage in political campaign activities as private citizens, on their own time, and using their own facilities and resources. Furthermore, individuals may endorse candidates and send out election information, as long as they do not use their official PTA title or position, do not mention PTA in their information or use a PTA website to do so. If there is a possibility that the aforementioned activities may be associated with the PTA, disclaimers or other statements may be necessary.
As a 501(c)3 association, we adhere to the guidelines set forth for our association. Individuals have every right to support and campaign for candidates of their choice. Voting records of candidates are a matter of public record and can be easily accessed by visiting the State of Kansas website.
As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child while providing the best tools for parents to help their children be successful students.
PTA was created to meet a profound challenge: to better the lives of children. And today, it continues to flourish because PTA has never lost sight of its goal: to change the lives of children across our great nation for the better.
PTA does not act alone. Working in cooperation with many national education, health, safety, and child advocacy groups and federal agencies, the national PTA organization collaborates on projects that benefit children and that bring valuable resources to its members.
Kansas PTA was founded in 1914 and has been working since that date for a quality education and the health, safety and well being of each and every child in Kansas. We encourage dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and community members to join us in our work for all children. Our current issues are to support the Common Core Standards Initiative, programs including - Million Hours of Power, Three for Me, MORE, Healthy Lifestyles, Family Engagement in Education and incorporating the PTA National Standards into Kansas education. We invite you to become a member of Kansas PTA and to become a part of our advocacy efforts for each and every child!