These are short summaries of PTO committees.

1st VP’s Group: Fundraising and Development

Business Development/GATE Committee (First Vice President Chairs)

This committee makes recommendations on teachers’ wish lists, and chooses a broad and long -term educational needs project, identified with faculty and staff and approved by the Executive Board, as the focus of a letter to parents and outside fund-raising.

Friends and Families Campaign Committee (Liaison: First Vice President)

This committee organizes an annual donation campaign open to families, friends, faculty and alumni of CVHS, arranging for receipt of donations via check at events or delivered to the PTO mailbox at the school, and via online payment.

Facilities Support Committee (Liaison: First Vice President)

This committee organizes school landscaping workdays, suggests general exterior campus improvements, and works with the faculty and administration to implement suggestions and identify other needed physical resources for classrooms and campus grounds.

Food Sales Committee (Liaison: First Vice President)

This committee coordinates ongoing fundraising sales activities, including food sales on campus and incentive programs with area merchants, and presents a fundraising plan as part of the annual PTO budget.

Social Events Sales Committee (Liaison: First Vice President)

This committee organizes social events open to families, friends, faculty, and alumni of CVHS, primarily for building community, but also potentially serving a fundraising function, e.g. parties, parent/teacher mixer, zip code gatherings, and auction.

Spirit Sales Committee (Liaison: First Vice President)

This committee selects and orders school spirit items, e.g. T-shirts, sweatshirts, bumper stickers and other novelties, and general school supplies, e.g. pens and pencils, to be sold at PTO and school events and in the School Store.

2nd VP’s Group: Membership and Communications

Communications Committee (Second Vice President Chairs)

This committee informs the membership of upcoming events, school information and PTO meetings through various means including Email, news (Newsletter), and the PTO website (Webmaster).

Membership Committee (Liaison: Second Vice President)

This committee prepares new member information packets, collects registration forms, keeps a record of registered members, is a source of member information, administers a member database, and produces an annual printed directory including solicited ads.

Publicity Committee (Liaison: Second Vice President)

This committee helps the school’s staff keep HISD, the Houston Chronicle and various neighborhood publications aware of student and faculty achievements and activities.

3rd VP’s Group: Volunteers and Special Events

College Information Programs Committee (Liaison: Third Vice President)

This committee works with the college counselors and school administration to organize, publicize and host events that provide information to students about practice interviews, mentor programs, and college financial aid, testing, applications, and visits.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Committee (Liaison: Third Vice President)

This committee plans, recruits volunteers for and coordinates faculty/staff appreciation events during the school year: e.g. one in the fall, one in winter, and in the spring.

Scholarship Committee (Liaison: Third Vice President)

This committee solicits scholarship applications from graduating senior(s) who have attended CVHS for at least two years and parented/cared for by a PTO member, conducts interviews, and selects recipient(s).

Spring Celebration Banquet Committee (Liaison: Third Vice President)

This committee sets the location and date of an end of year awards open to all students and their families, produces and mails invitations, sells tickets, plans the program in conjunction with the faculty, and arranges for the food and decorations.

Magnet Recruiting Committee (Liaison: Third Vice President)

This committee works with the school administration to provide refreshments, tour guides and other assistance during Magnet Awareness Week in the fall which may include helping to coordinate a Magnet Open House held at the end of that week on campus.

Summer Events Committee (Liaison: Third Vice President)

This committee works with administration and students to assist as requested with on-campus summer events to which students are invited and with Fish Camp, the off-campus orientation held for incoming freshmen students in August.

Welcome Events Committee (Liaison: Third Vice President)

This committee works with the administration to provide volunteers for spring events, such as during the acceptance/decision period in April, to which accepted students are invited to meet current students, families, and faculty and obtain information.