Menlo Volunteer Program (MVP)

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: 

  1. Car line & Lunch Duties
  2. Facilitate daily school day volunteer schedules at the school
    1. Work with Curriculum Director to ascertain what is needed in classrooms on a daily basis from volunteers.
  3. Intermittent School Wide Activities
    1. Book Fair
    2. Health Screening
    3. Picture Days
    4. Support for Winter/Spring Concert preparation
  4. Room Parents
    1. Liaison with teachers/parents
    2. Communicate needs for teacher support and classroom activities
  5. The list is endless and will continually grow and evolve based on the needs of MPA at any given time.

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:

  1. Welcome Committee
  2. Coordination and support for hospitality needs at all school events
    1. Community Fall Event
    2. Staff Holiday Appreciation
    3. Winter & Spring Concert Dinners, as needed
    4. 8th Grade graduation gifts
    5. Partnership with Cleveland Food Bank for food drive with Browns
    6. Field Day
    7. Teacher Appreciation week
  3. Family Friendly Events Outside of School
    1. Back To School Picnic
    2. Night with the Lake Erie Monsters
    3. Crushers Game
    4. Summer Meet Ups for Families
  4. The list is endless and will continually grow and evolve based on the needs of MPA at any given time.

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:

  1. STEM activities; Astronaut Day, PI Night, You Be the Chemist
  2. Science Fair/Invention Convention
  3. Spelling Bee
  4. Power of the Pen
  5. Geography Bee
  6. The list is endless and will continually grow and evolve based on the needs of MPA at any given time.

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:

  1. Weekly newsletter and school-wide communications
  2. Responsible for MPA Spirit wear design and approval for ALL events and groups
    1. Sports teams, Internal MPA events, External MPA events, etc
  3. Update current recruitment materials
    1. School profile & recruitment folders
    2. Giveaways
  4. Identify new material needs
  5. Website design/updates
  6. Write press releases
  7. Recruitment – in conjunction with the Community Engagement Volunteers
    1. Attend appropriate events and visit important education locations to increase awareness of MPA in Northeast Ohio
    2. Help host school tours/open houses
  8. The list is endless and will continually grow and evolve based on the needs of MPA at any given time.

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:

  1. Assist with the upcoming Capital Campaign
  2. Support annual whole school fundraisers
    1. Browns Booth at the Stadium
    2. Annual Friends & Family Appeal
    3. Winter Concert
    4. Walk-A-Thon
    5. Spring Concert
  3. Support grant writing initiatives
  4. The list is endless and will continually grow and evolve based on the needs of MPA at any given time.

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:

  1. Data support
  2. IT Maintenance
  3. Implementation of new systems
  4. The list is endless and will continually grow and evolve based on the needs of MPA at any given time.

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:

  1. In the business office, finance-minded volunteers are needed to help with accounting and bookkeeping activities;
  2. The MPA Board needs legal-minded volunteers to
    1. Take minutes of Board meetings
    2. Assist the MPA Board Secretary with governance and policy issues
  3. The list is endless and will continually grow and evolve based on the needs of MPA at any given time.

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:

  1. Identifying and performing maintenance and smaller facilities issues around the building and in classrooms
  2. The list is endless and will continually grow and evolve based on the needs of MPA at any given time.

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.

Academic Enrichment/STEM:       
Co-Leads: Latha Srinivasan & Seeking Co-Lead; Electives-Kristina Johns

Community Building:                         
Lead: Jessica Tonsing

Development/Fundraising:            
Lead: TBD; Winter Concert-Jennifer Sekorky

Facilities:                                                 
Lead: Seeking Lead

Information/Technology:                                                 
Lead: Nick Zambo

Legal/Finance:                                                
Lead: Seeking Lead

Marketing/Communications:                                                
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

Volunteer Support:                                                 
Lead: Melissa Vlasak

 

 

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