Mystic Middle School PTO, Inc. (Parent-Teacher Organization)

Welcome to the Mystic Middle School PTO, Inc. website, and to the 2016 - 2017 school year! 

PTO Officers

President: Karen O'Keefe  •  karenokeefe@randallrealtors.com  •  860-287-6970

Vice President: Liza McBain  •  otliza@msn.com  •  860-961-6077 

Secretary: Diane Marchigiano  •  diane1972@att.net  •  860-599-4422

Treasurer: Emily Kuhn  •  emster_k@yahoo.com  •  401-559-7046



For information on upcoming events and fundraisers,
please click on the button on the top of the page!






The Mystic Middle School PTO, Inc. follows the Robert's Rules of Order for meetings.


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PTO Meetings for 2016-17
3rd Monday of the month (unless a conflict shifts date), from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
All parents and guardians are automatically members of the PTO. Please come to the meetings for information and input.

September 19, 2016
October 17, 2016
November 21, 2016
December 19, 2016
January 23, 2017
February 27, 2017
March 20, 2017
April 24, 2017
May 22, 2017
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MMS PTO 2015-16 Fundraising Goal
This year our fundraising efforts will be going toward educating both parents and students about internet and social media safety and bullying. 
We would like to hear from any parents who have ideas for presentations or speakers on these topics. 
Please email be at Karenokeefe@randallrealtors.com or call me at 860-287-6970 if you would like to be involved in this year-long effort.

MMS PTO Sponsors Anti-Bullying Program
This year, the MMS administration has begun a school wide initiative to create kindness in both the school and the community: #MMSCreatesKindness. They have asked that this be the PTO’s focus this year as well. To support this cause, the PTO contributed funds to bring in a youth motivational speaker in October, who spoke to the entire student body. He covered topics such as bullying, cyberbulling, responsibility, perseverance, self-discipline, teamwork, and respect. 

MMS PTO Support of 7th Grade STEM
At the first MMS PTO meeting, attendees voted to approve a $700 donation to the 7th grade team to help purchase 2 new LEGO robotic kits. Every 7th grader will have a chance to build and program these robots in ICE Block during the school day. This also helps support the administration’s goal of increasing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) enrichment at MMS.

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Your PTO Dollars at Work during the 2014-15 School Year!

More Technology Purchased for MMS this Past Summer!
At the June, 2015 PTO meeting, those in attendance voted to approve $2,998 for the purchase of 2 Epson Brightlink projectors and mounts for 2 classrooms. With the money we have raised and spent on technology at the school over the last few years, our technology initiative has been completed. Teachers now have access to projectors and requested technology in every classroom. Interactive learning using technology will result in more engaged students, especially for those who are visual learners. This is an enormous accomplishment, and we thank you for supporting the PTO and making these improvements possible. 

More PTO Purchases in May!
The PTO purchased 2 Apple TV systems and 2 HDMI cables for $180 for the Chorus and Band rooms for Mr Hilbie and Ms Gilbert to use with their new flat screen TV’s for their students. Music instruction and performances on the internet will now be available for teachers to show students to assist learning.

Classroom Fund May Update

The Seventh Grade Teaching Team has pooled their PTO Classroom Funds of $125 per classroom to purchase student project supplies for their classrooms, such as game boards, blank journals, and notebooks.


New Technology Purchased for MMS!

The MMS PTO worked in conjunction with Mr. Keith to buy technology items for MMS. Using money raised from the SUGAR Rush concert, those present at the February PTO meeting voted to appropriate money to cover the priority items listed, which totaled $6,632. This money will provide 4 short throw interactive projectors and 4 document cameras for MMS, items that were requested by teachers to assist with learning in their classrooms! 

In addition, The MMS PTO will be assisting in the purchase of two Apple TV systems for chorus and band rooms, which will be used along with their new flat screen TV’s which were obtained with a music grant. This will allow for music performances and educational tools from the internet to be displayed on these screens for students. 

AND, those present at the April PTO meeting voted to provide additional funding for other listed technology items that were requested by staff! 


Clinics for Jazz Band and Select Chorus
The PTO provided funding for clinics for both Jazz Band and Select Chorus this month. 
Tom Kessler from Beacon Academy in Manchester worked with the Jazz Band on March 17th for the full 90 minute practice session. 
Jamie Spillaine, who is the Choral Director at UConn, worked with Select Chorus for 2 hours on March 25th.  


More PTO Purchases for MMS!
The PTO has also helped purchase $300 worth of Newberry Award Winning books for the library, provided funding for additional lab materials for 8th grade science, and purchased biography books for Mrs McGugan’s and Ms Kulpik’s classes to assist in class projects.


Please click on the Events & Fundraisers button above for information on upcoming events!