Central's MPACT not slowing down

Stephanie Conerly/MPACT publicity

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, but MPACT, Central’s Parent Teacher Organization is not slowing down. In fact, they are just getting fired up.

MPACT met Tuesday, March 10 to discuss the success of Family Bingo Night and upcoming events.

Bridgett LeBlanc, a Central paraprofessional, along with many parent volunteers are to be commended for their labor that ensured an enjoyable evening for all.

Bingo Night was the first of many exciting events planned for this spring. Starting Monday, March 16, Central will be overseeing their annual Book Fair.

Students will be allowed to shop during school hours. Parents are invited to accompany their child Wednesday afternoon of that week for Family Night starting at 5 p.m. and lasting until 8 p.m.

Popcorn and pickles will be available to students for purchase on Thursday, March 19. Parent volunteers are needed to collect and tally the orders.

The task is simple and takes approximately one hour to complete. If a parent can volunteer, report to the front office at 8:30 a.m.

Central students have worked hard to maintain or increase their GPA. Certificates of recognition for Honor students, Perfect Attendance recipients, and Accelerated Readers will be generated Monday, March 30 and continue on Tuesday, the 31 if necessary. Assistance is needed with the personalization of these awards. Parents are asked to please join in.

The group will meet in the conference room (within the main office) at 8 a.m. Too early, does the time create a conflict in your schedule? Parent many hands are needed; therefore, give what you can.

Honor’s Assembly will be held Wednesday, April 8. Refreshments are served immediately following the program. Help is needed with preparations.

Parents if you will be on campus for the assembly, consider giving a few minutes of your time to sort cookies and pour punch.

Volunteers will meet in the cafeteria approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the assembly (both middle and primary).

For the past couple of years, MPACT has sponsored a coin drive to fund a catered luncheon for faculty and support staff during Teachers/staff Appreciation Week.

Coin counters are scarce; therefore, this year the group is introducing the Rodeo Roundup.

During the week of April 20-24, students will be able to purchase a ballot/ticket for $1.

On the ballot/ticket, the student will write the name of the teacher he/she would most like to see participate in this humorous event.

The top five elected teachers, middle and primary, will have to compete in various challenges involving farm animals. The date of the challenge will be announced at a later time. A student may purchase as many ballots/tickets as he or she likes and nominate any teacher as many times as he/she likes.

Field Day for middle school students is scheduled for Friday, April 24. Helping hands are needed to make this a fun filled day for all. If parents would like to assist, contact Melissa Goodwin at or leave a message for her through the front office.

Primary students will participate in Field Day on the 1st of May. These little ones require much more direction than the older students. Each primary teacher is responsible for recruiting four parent volunteers. Please consider assisting. It truly is a special day for our youth.

Parents attending March’s MPACT meeting had the privilege of being introduced to Central Primary’s newly appointed principal, Danette Ragusa. Ragusa expressed pleasure in being invited into our community. She stated the construction of the new site is ahead of schedule.

She encourages parental involvement; therefore, students and parents will be allowed to make a recommendation regarding the new school’s mascot in the coming week.

Green and maroon will remain the colors of pride allowing current logo attire to be worn until tattered or outgrown even after the transition.

Registration for Pre-K and kindergarten age children eligible for enrollment in the fall of 2009 are asked to attend registration Tuesday, April 21. Applications will be accepted between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon and again from 5:30-7 p.m.

MPACT’s Mustang Munchies cookbook, a collection of local favorites compiled by students and staff will be available for purchase during registration and thereafter. The cost of the 100 plus page cookbook, complete with main dishes, sides, desserts, etc. is $5. Purchase your copy today.

MPACT will meet again on Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m. in the school’s primary library. Hot dogs and snacks will be served. Babysitting is provided. A $50 Wal-Mart gift card will be given away. Topics on the agenda will be the final plans for Field Day and Teacher/Support Staff Appreciation.

Another update on the construction site will be given as well as some transition concerns.