Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to be more involved in the Middle School community and volunteer with WMS PTO? It is a great way to get to know the school, teachers and the administrators.  Please contact us at WaylandMiddleSchoolPTO@gmail.com to volunteer or for any questions!

Board Positions

President
Manage the PTO activities listed below, providing support as needed. This includes finding/assigning committee members, balancing financial resources, managing communications for the PTO including the Monday Morning Minute, WMS PTO website, and integration of social media. Interface with administrators, staff and parents to ensure PTO is a useful resource for all. Serve on Townwide PTO Board.

Vice President
Support President as needed. The VP is responsible for all the same duties as the president and the role is split out based on a discussion between the VP and President each year. Ideally, assume full responsibilities of the president role in subsequent year.

Past President
Provide guidance and continuity as needed across all PTO activities.

Treasurer
Administer annual Budget and funds for a PTO activity such as managing checks and cash, submitting refunds to the town-wide PTO, and administering supply grant process with the teachers.

Secretary
Take meeting notes at the PTO meetings and distribute the minutes prior to the subsequent PTO meeting for a vote.

Fundraising
Plan and manage the only PTO fundraiser, Gift Your Child. Emphasis is on a beginning of school year (before school mailing), Back to School Night through early November. Drive fundraising efforts with creative marketing to increase participation and contributions. Aside from minimal funds required to fund a few PTO activities, these monies are used to fulfill teacher grant requests.

Parent Enrichment
Organize parent facing discussions, focused on both student well-being/parenting and school curriculum. Interface with teachers and administrators to identify hard-hitting topics and speakers. Communicate with speakers to focus presentation. This role, in particular, is a wonderful way to get to know the school, teachers and administrators!  Coffees are held monthly. Setup coffee and food day of event.

Staff Appreciation
Lead efforts in the planning and implementation of the annual staff appreciation events, approximately 10 per school year. Collaborate with committee members to develop calendar of events for the year, allocate events to each committee member, set budgets for each event. Identify and share best practices for communications, implementation, documentation. Manage overall staff appreciation budget. Communicate with committee members to ensure events are on schedule and on budget.

* Committee positions may be added to support any of the roles above

Committee Positions

6th Grade Parent Rep
Work with the house leaders to organize three events, a potluck dinner for the staff for 6th Grade Back to School Night, 6th Grade Math Night and the Walden Pond bike trip.

  • Back to School Night occurs in early Fall.  Organize a potluck dinner for the staff and help to cover the PTO table at the 7th/8th Grade Back to School night
  • 6th Grade Math Night occurs in early November.  Organize a potluck dinner for 6th grade teachers and ice cream sundae bar for students
  • Walden Pond bike trip occurs in the Spring. Organize volunteers and snacks

This is a great way to be involved and connect with other parents, teachers and staff without having to attend meetings. Plus, the events are amazing!

7th Grade Parent Rep
Work with other parent reps to organize Back to School Night and Cape Cod Night

  • Back to School Night occurs in early Fall.  Organize a potluck dinner for the staff and help to cover the PTO table at the 6th Grade Back to School night
  • Cape Cod Night occurs in May.  Organize a potluck dinner for teachers and thank you gifts for those teachers who chaperoned the trip

This is a great way to be involved and connect with other parents, teachers and staff without having to attend meetings. Plus, the events are amazing!

8th Grade Parent Rep
Work with other parent reps to organize Back to School Night, DC Night, DC Breakfast and Graduation Breakfast

  • Back to School Night occurs in early Fall.  Organize a potluck dinner for the staff and help to cover the PTO table at the 6th Grade Back to School night
  • DC breakfast is organized through Food Services for students and teachers
  • DC night is usually in April.  Organize a potluck dinner for teachers and thank you gifts for those teachers who chaperoned the trip.
  • Graduation Breakfast is the last day of school for students and teachers

This is a great way to be involved and connect with other parents, teachers and staff without having to attend meetings. Plus, the events are amazing!

Cultural Enrichment
Work across the schools to bring cultural enrichment performances to our schools

Holiday Gift Drive
Coordinate with administration, WMS community service clubs and local organization, Wayside Youth and Family Services, to publicize online gift drive late November to early December benefitting middle school age children in state custody living in an institutional setting for the holidays.

Landscaping
Plant and maintain the front landscape bed and planters at front door of WMS.

New Family Welcome Coordinator
Manage communication with new families joining WMS to introduce the PTO organization and events. Manage information sheet and be a resource as needed.  Host at least one New Family Welcome Breakfast.

Staff Appreciation
We love our teachers and staff, and this is a very fun role to show community support and appreciation to all WMS staff members. Coordinate a lunch for teachers before school starts and develop and implement other events throughout the school year. Our goal is to plan one event per month, ~10/year), splitting the responsibility across the committee members.

School Pictures
Manage school picture day (usually in September). Work with external photographer and WMS Office to schedule and publicize dates for picture and retake days, recruit and manage volunteers on picture and retake days, and ensure proceeds check is delivered to PTO Treasurer. May include participating in vendor evaluation during contract negotiations (every 3 years).

School Supplies
The PTO offers a pre-packaged school supplies box delivered to your home as a convenience to parents. Interface with WMS Office and 3rd party vendor to setup school supplies for each grade level. Work is focused in late April – June and can be done almost entirely from the comfort of your own home, over email.

Webmaster
Share ideas and recommendations to create an efficient and informative website.  Manage and update website with relevant content.