The Cheshire High School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a non-profit, volunteer organization, whose objective is to enhance the high school experience for the students of Cheshire High School (CHS). Through the PTO, parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators work together to enrich the educational and social environment of CHS.

MISSION:  The CHS PTO serves to inform parents of PTO and school activities and provides a venue for their participation.  Working with the CHS staff, the CHS PTO provides students with enrichment programs as well as social and community service opportunities.

GOALS: Our goals include:Raise parent awareness of school and PTO activities and opportunities.

  • Support the school in its mission to provide a quality education to the students of CHS.
  •  Encourage open communication between parents and staff.
  • Raise and administer funds to enhance the learning experiences and opportunities of students.
  • Provide volunteer opportunities for parents through the PTO.
  •  Provide community service opportunities for students through the PTO Student Chapter and
  • Implement any other goals that the CHS PTO may deem consistent with our mission statement.
MEETINGS: Monthly meetings are usually held the on the second Wednesday of the month in the CHS library at 7:00 pm. A listing of PTO meeting dates is provided on this website.

MEMBERSHIP:  Membership in the CHS PTO is open to all CHS parents, guardians and staff, and any community member who would like to support the CHS PTO. The cost of membership is $20.00 per year. Everyone is encouraged to join. If you would like to join us, please fill out the PTO Membership Form which is located under Documents.

Financially, your membership support is needed for school enrichment activities, school projects, school gifts, PTO scholarships, staff appreciation, Senior awards convocation, etc. Your membership dues, plus our fundraising activities, provide the funding for all of our activities here at Cheshire High School. In recent years, we have provided funds for freshman orientation, a sound system for the CHS auditorium, funds for cultural enrichment activities, and mini-grants for CHS staff and student organizations.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  There are numerous opportunities for parents and staff to volunteer through the PTO.  In addition to serving on the PTO Board as an Officer or Committee Chair, there are also opportunities for parents and staff to:

  • Bake for Open House, Staff Appreciation events, Social events, Bake Sales and other events held at CHS;
  • Help prior to or the night of the All Night Graduation Party (last day of school);
  •  Assist at our Fundraising events;
  •  Serve on the PTO Scholarship Committee (Freshmen, Sophomore or Junior parents only) to help select qualified Seniors for our Scholarship awards;
  • Help with the PTSO (PTO Student Chapter) at their monthly meetings and/or service projects;
  • And other general volunteer opportunities.

COMMUNICATION: We encourage you to attend our monthly CHS PTO meetings. It’s a wonderful way to learn what is going on at CHS and with the PTO, and share in the PTO decision making process. Our PTO meetings are usually held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at 7pm, in the CHS library. A schedule of PTO meetings is listed on this website. Minutes from the meetings are available from the PTO Secretary. 

We urge you to check the PTO section of the Cheshire High School website. Our PTO web pages contain meeting dates, meeting minutes, a list of board members, board responsibilities, our by-laws, upcoming events and important dates. Check out the PTO section for the latest news from the CHS PTO. 

The CHS PTO produces three Newsletters each year. These Newsletters are an effective communications tool used by the PTO Board to inform the CHS community of various PTO activities and functions. These newsletters will be posted to the PTO website and e-mailed to our membership. 

PTO members will also receive e-mail notification with important PTO information and notices about upcoming PTO activities or events. 

Important PTO Notices will also be posted on the PowerSchool announcements. 

DONATIONS: The Cheshire High School PTO is considered an educational nonprofit [section 501(c)(3)] organization by the IRS. Parents may desire to make a tax-deductible donation to our PTO. CHS families whose employers sponsor “donation matching fund” programs may also designate the CHS PTO to receive these fund donations. 100% of these donations go directly to the CHS PTO and are greatly appreciated. Donations can be mailed to CHS PTO Treasurer, 525 South Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410. Please write PTO Donation on the memo line of the check.

SCHOLARSHIPS:The CHS PTO offers several PTO scholarships awarded annually to graduating seniors. Information about our scholarship offerings is available by clicking on the appropriate sidebar link. Anyone who would like to donate to our scholarships may do so through the CHS PTO. Scholarship donations are tax-deductible. Donations can be mailed to CHS PTO Treasurer, 525 South Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410. Please write PTO Scholarship on the memo line of the check.

COMMITTEES: Board Members 14-15, PTSO Student Chapter, Fundraising

MORE INFORMATION:

For more information about the CHS PTO, or to contact any PTO officer or committee chair, please e-mail Pam Skydel at pdskydel@gmail.com

PTO Documents