2018 President’s Letter
McPherson Education Foundation consists of parents, staff and administration working together to push the boundaries of what is possible in our school today while preparing students for the unknowns of tomorrow. For the last 20 years, our primary mission has been to raise funds and apply them to critical areas of math, science, and technology at McPherson Magnet School.
Some of our recent impacts to the school include
*Elementary Science Programs, including Science Kits
*1:1 iPads for the Elementary Classrooms (K-4)
*Advanced STEM Training for Teachers
*3D Printers and Lab Tables
*Classroom Technology Refresh (Projectors, TVs, Digital Imagers)
*Afterschool Programs (including the new Femineers!)
As we reflect back on the last 20 years, it’s time to refresh and think about the next 20 years. We have already found local sponsors that believe in our mission to help out with the prizes for STAR Mission. We are looking to contact larger local business and corporate sponsors that can help accelerate our mission and take some of the burden off the parents. Additionally, we are going to spend time and effort applying for grants.
We are building out a 5-year plan to ensure our classroom technology refreshes are sustainable and support the teachers’ needs. We want to be smart with our money, as you have entrusted us with doing so. Our bylaws haven’t changed in 18 years; it’s time to make sure our focus and vision align with today’s needs and prepare us for the future.
We all showed up on a random day in January to ensure our kids got in the lottery. We all waited with baited breathe for the results to see if our first child got in. We wanted that “Magnet” school for our kids no matter what, and due to luck, we got it. But the Magnet doesn’t work unless we all give it a little energy. OUSD does not provide additional funding just because we are a Magnet school. When you see STAR Mission, participate and donate what you can. Although we added small prizes for encouragement, the real gift is the unique school we’ve all been welcomed in to. The magic happens because of the McPherson Education Foundation.
If any of these activities speaks to you, join us. If you have your own thoughts or ideas about how we can better the Magnet focus, join us. If you are still unsure and want to scope us out, join us.
We meet the First Tuesday of every month, at 7pm in the Library. Everyone is welcome.
McPherson Education Foundation