The MPA MVP Volunteer Program is the overarching volunteer structure for the school where parents, family members, and interested community members work hand-in-hand with the school leadership to support MPAs gifted learners in any, and every, way possible.
MPA relies on the volunteerism of its community to thrive. Families are encouraged to provide 5 hours of volunteerism per family, per month and participate in any variety of the activities across the MVP committees below as determined by time, talent, and need.
Menlo Park Academy has a variety of standing volunteer committees that help the school, staff, and teachers meet the daily needs of our gifted learners. Volunteers lead these committees, each typically having 2 to 3 committee chairs and numerous volunteer participants based on needs and interests. Parents, family members, and the community work hand-in-hand with the school leadership to help provide excellent student learning experiences (school day and extracurricular). Many committees will have opportunities for parents, family members, and the community, to work both within the school environment and from home, depending on the availability of the volunteer and the needs of the specific committee or program.
Volunteer Program Support - The Volunteer Program Support committee helps coordinate, track, and communicate overall volunteer needs for the school. This committee helps manage the volunteer web work and make personal connections with our volunteer base.
School Day Support - The School Day Support Committee helps coordinate, track, and communicate volunteer needs for the school during the school day and related to school day activities. Please find examples of the great works of the School Day Support below:
Community Engagement Committee - The Community Engagement Committee team provides community engagement activities throughout the year and helps the community with hospitality needs during the school year and across school functions. Please find examples of the great works of the Community Engagement Committee below:
Academic Enrichment - The Academic Enrichment committee along with assigned educators facilitates numerous programs and extracurricular opportunities for the students with a special focus on supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming. Please find examples of the great works of the Academic Enrichment Committee below:
Marketing/Communications - The Marketing/Communications team has wide ranging opportunities for parent participation. From hands-on design work to representing the school at activity fairs, parents play an important role in our marketing and engagement in the community. Please find examples of the great works of the Marketing/Communications Committee below:
Development/Fundraising - The Development/Fundraising Committee provides support for the development/fundraising needs of MPA, as defined by the Board of Directors. Please find examples of the great works of the Development/Fundraising Committee below:
Information & Technology - The school continues to increase its technology footprint. The IT team is instrumental in helping the school plan, implement, and care for the growing tech demands. Please find examples of the great works of the Information & Technology Committee below:
Finance/Legal - The Finance/Legal Committee provides daily support to the Business office and ongoing support to the MPA Board. Please find examples of the great works of the Finance/Legal Committee below:
Facilities - The Facilities Committee provides regular support to the Business Office, within the School Building. Please find examples of the great works of the Facilities Committee below:
2015-2016 MVP Committee Team Leads & Contacts
Please feel free to find MVP Committee Team Leads in their committee groups in ParentSquare or send private message (PM) in ParentSquare if you want to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Our current volunteer Volunteer Coordinator is Melissa Vlasak. Staff Support for the MVP Program includes Jessica Smith, Judith Matsko, and Jenn Ingraham.
Co-Leads: Latha Srinivasan & Seeking Co-Lead; Electives-Kristina Johns
Lead: Jessica Tonsing
Lead: TBD; Winter Concert-Jennifer Sekorky
Lead: Seeking Lead
Lead: Nick Zambo
Lead: Seeking Lead
Lead: TBD; Newsletter-Gretchen Woods; Yearbook-Kelly Fortune-Somerville; Website-Karen Peacock
School Day Support:
Co-Leads: Rikki Gard & Kristina Johns; Room Parents-Susan Zambo
Lead: Melissa Vlasak