Oct. 11 at 6:30-8:00pm in the Theater  

How do you define success for your child?  Madeline Levine, PhD, co-founder of Challenge Success, brings together cutting-edge research and thirty years of clinical experience to defy “the myth that good grades, high test scores and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame.”  Students across the country are facing problems with stress, exhaustion, depression, anxiety, poor coping skills, an unhealthy reliance on others for support and direction, and a weak sense of self.  Major government studies report that one in five American children and teens show symptoms of a mental disorder and one in ten suffers from “mental illness severe enough to result in significant functional impairment.”  What is the number one stressor cited by teens?  School.  Interestingly, a lot of this pressure seems to be coming from parents, as a reflection of what we perceive to be important for our children’s success. In fact, when students feel able to meet parent expectations, they are significantly less likely to be stressed about their schoolwork and suffer from physical symptoms of stress.

Challenge Success invites parents to consider a different definition of success.  One that recognizes every child is a work in progress.  In addition to traditional measures of success, it broadens the concept to include things that we as parents instinctively know are vital to our child’s well-being.  Levine encourages us to take the long view and support our children’s success, not just in school, but in life!

Walton’s mission is to promote the “development of the whole student, addressing academic, social, emotional, and career needs while fostering attitudes of good citizenship, cultural awareness, lifelong learning, and compassion.”  Parents are an integral part of this development.  We all want to raise independent, productive and well-adjusted adults. 

You can take the first step in exploring your family’s version of “authentic success”.  Mark your calendar and free your schedule to attend the Oct. 11th Challenge Success presentation, “The Well-Balanced Student”.  You’ll learn how you can establish a healthier home environment, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase your teenager’s resilience, creativity, and well-being.  Not sure if you need to come?  If you have ever thought, “My child is under so much stress but I don’t know what I can do to help!”, then you must take advantage of this unique opportunity to make a difference in your child’s life.  Walton HS and the PTSA are bringing this incredible program to the community on Oct. 11 at 6:30-8:00pm in the Theater.  A student-centric program will be presented on Friday morning, Oct. 12, to our student body. 

Want more info?  Check out Madeline Levine’s latest book, Teach Your Children Well, and her earlier book, The Price of Privilege.  Challenge Success was founded in 2007 as an expansion of the highly successful SOS (Stressed-Out Students) Project at Stanford University.  In addition to research and advocacy, Challenge Success teaches courses and delivers workshops nationally and internationally on parenting techniques, child development, school reform, and strategies to increase well-being, engagement with learning, and integrity.



 

 


Walton’s PTSA organizes over 40 events during the school year to serve the Walton community, including our staff members, students, parents and neighbors.  We logged over 8500 hours of volunteer time last year helping Walton faculty and staff. We provide our entire community with timely communications via email, newsletters, and social media.  Additionally, our PTSA provides our students with their student agendas and our school with its WHS website. 

 

Please see the chart below for a complete list of programs, events, and services, along with this year’s Committee Chair(s).  If you would like to get involved, please visit the Volunteer page on this website to sign up. To contact these individual chair(s), please click HERE for a directory.

 

Communication Services

          

Website: We sponsor the WHS website and manage the PTSA website to keep parents informed and involved.

 

Eblasts are sent out on Sunday evenings with pertinent and

timely information for parents, students and faculty.

 

Newsletters: Paper newsletters are mailed home in the fall, spring and summer with articles about our school and its students. Connections is our e-newsletter that is sent out every 2 weeks with timely stories to highlight our students, clubs, teams, and organizations.

 

Social Media: Information about school events and opportunities is shared via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

Walton Sign in front of the school is updated with important, upcoming dates.

 

Student Directory is published in the fall and lists all students who have signed up to be included. It can be purchased online on the WHS PTSA website.

 

Student Agendas are provided for each student with PTSA funds.

 

Walton Calendar contains important school dates and other information and is available for purchase online on the WHS PTSA website.

 

Programs/Events

 

Orientation is held the week before fall semester begins and allows parents and students to pick up schedules, make necessary purchases and pick up PTSA orders.

 

Walton 101 sessions are held three times during the spring semester for incoming freshman parents to help them learn about Walton and to answer any concerns and questions.

 

Newcomer’s Committee welcomes families transferring to our school.

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Membership organizes our PTSA membership drive to support all of the programs and events at our school and at the local, statewide and national levels.

 

Freshman Picnic is a fun event held during school hours in September to welcome the freshman class to Walton.

 

Senior Breakfast is an exciting morning for the seniors which includes a breakfast, class picture, and a Walton tradition: Price Is Right.

 

Senior Picnic is a celebration held for the senior class during school in April; the PTSA helps to organize and staff this event which includes games, raffles and a catered lunch.

 

Senior Evening of Inspiration is held in May; the PTSA works with students to design and organize this very special event for our seniors and their families.

 

Raiders’ Choice Programs are enrichment programs provided to students during certain WEB days in the fall and spring.

 

Probe College Fair is sponsored by Walton at North Point Mall in September.  Click HERE for more information.

 

Reflections Arts Award Program: PTSA collects and organizes the judging of our entries to the national program.

 

Raider Pride Awards are given in the fall and spring by faculty to students in order to recognize integrity, honesty and kindness. PTSA helps to organize the ceremony and reception and sponsors two Raider Pride scholarships for seniors.

 

Hearing and Vision Screening of Walton students is performed by this PTSA Committee each fall.

 

Health and Wellness Kits, including Kleenex, hand sanitizer, etc. are distributed to classrooms in August and January.

 

Red Ribbon Week, Great American Smoke Out and Prom Promise programs are held in the fall and spring to educate students and encourage them to be drug free.

 

Self Defense Workshops are organized by this committee in the fall and spring and offered to students, faculty, families and the community.

 

Consequences of Crime committee takes a group of students to an eye opening visit a local prison.

 

Community Outreach organizes and encourages students to volunteer through the Community Outreach committee.

 

East Cobber Parade volunteers coordinate the floats and cars for the East Cobber Parade in September.

 

Clean Sweep is held in the fall and spring to give our school a good cleaning; community service hours are awarded to participating students.

 

Prom Ticket Distribution assistance is given during the three lunch periods during prom week.

 

Bars and Letters are awarded to students in the fall and spring; this committee helps with this ceremony.

 

Book Fair is organized in May to sell required summer reading books to our students.

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Volunteer Center Student Recognition Reception is organized in the spring semester to recognize students for community service hours.

 

Legislative committee monitors legislation affecting children, educates our community, and lobbies according to PTA legislative priorities.

 

Teacher Lunches and Breakfasts are held for our faculty and staff to show our gratitude at the holiday luncheon and to assist them during Back to School and PSAT testing.

 

Teacher Appreciation Week is held during the spring to show our faculty and staff how thankful the Walton community is for their dedication and service.

 

Bus Driver Appreciation Week is organized to honor our school’s bus drivers.

 

Officer and Custodian Appreciation Week is planned in the fall to thank our Cobb County Police Officer and Custodians.

 

Faculty Lunch & Learn Programs are hosted throughout the year for small groups of faculty for continuing education needs.

 

Sister School Outreach committee assists with Teacher Appreciation Week at Brumby Elementary, our sister elementary school.

 

Volunteer Services

 

Front Office volunteers assist students, parents and visitors who visit the front office.

 

Media Center volunteers assist with book check outs and restocking.

 

Copy Crew volunteers assist with copying papers for teachers and administrators.

 

WEB Media Center volunteers assist with signing students in and out of the media center on WEB days.

 

WEB Attendance volunteers assist with signing students out of WEB after they have completed their time requirement.

 

Guidance Office volunteers assist during student advisement in the fall and spring.

 

PPO Volunteers assist students and parents in the PPO office to help resolve matters of attendance.

 

Textbook Distribution volunteers help at the beginning and end of each semester with the distribution and collection of the school textbooks.

 

Last Minute projects volunteers help when there is a special request from the school.

 

Volunteer Coordinator manages volunteer sign ups.