Taconic Region PTA

Crossing Bridges for Children

Taconic Region

The Taconic Region PTA is one of fifteen divisions of the New York PTA. We are located in the center of the Hudson Valley region, encompassing Dutchess, Ulster, southern Columbia and western Putnam counties.

We serve 3 councils and 77 units, and have a membership of well over 13,500, which includes parents, teachers, students, school board members, administrators, and community members.

We are here to help your PTA unit or council. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Our 2017-2018 Taconic Region PTA Board

Region Director: Karen Quimby

Duties and Responsibilities

The Region Director is the chief executive officer of the region and supervises the business and affairs of the region. The RD presides over all meetings of the region board and executive committee, assigns duties and areas of responsibility to the Associate Directors and coordinates the work of the officers as well as the chairmen of the standing and special committees.

In addition, the Director represents the region on the New York State PTA Governance Team, supervises the organization of new units and councils and assists in advancing the work of the region’s units and councils.

Email Karen (RegionDirector@taconicpta.org)

Treasurer: Leslie Lugo

Duties and Responsibilities

The region treasurer maintains custody of all of the region’s funds and keeps permanent records of such. He or she is the chairperson of the annual budget committee which develops the proposed budget for the year and presents the budget for adoption. In accordance with the adopted budget, the treasurer validates all bills and vouchers submitted by region board members and disburses region funds as authorized by the board. He or she also prepares a financial statement for each board meeting or whenever requested by the board.

The treasurer is also responsible for ensuring that the annual audit committee (or professional auditor) receives all financial records at least two weeks before the annual meeting. At the annual meeting, he or she presents the annual report of the previous fiscal year. Finally, the treasurer files all forms as required by the IRS and the NYS Department of Taxation.

Email Leslie (treasurer@taconicpta.org)

Awards and Recognitions

NYS PTA Awards and Recognitions

New York State PTA offers many ways to recognize outstanding people and programs.

Advocacy, Family Engagement, Leadership and Service Awards

Program Awards

  • Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) Award – This award highlights the PARP program, shares outstanding PARP ideas with other PTAs, schools, libraries, communities and other parent groups, and shows the importance of reading and other literacy activities within the family and the community.
  • Reflections Theme Search Award – Children and youth can submit a national theme to serve as the inspiration for Reflections artists and their original works. Students submitting the winning theme receive $100 and recognition at the National PTA Convention.

Student Awards

Teacher Awards

Unit/Council Awards

  • Founders Day Award – This award helps support leadership development and training.
  • Membership Awards – These awards are a great way to show parents in your school how active and successful your PTA is!

National PTA Awards and Grants

Awards and Recognitions

Taconic Region PTA Awards

The following awards are available during the current school year:

  • Taconic PTA Leadership Award

  • Leadership is a process of influence – the ability to direct the problem-solving process of others. To lead is to direct, encourage, inspire and coordinate. A good leader develops personal skills and encourages and trains new leaders who will follow.

    To download the Explanation page:Leadership Explanation
    To download the Application:Leadership Application

  • Taconic PTA Unsung Hero Award

  • This humanitarian award recognizes a student in grades six through eight who seeks to promote the welfare of others by showing kindness, integrity, tolerance, forgiveness, charity and volunteerism in his/her school, home, community and/or place of worship. The youth is an asset to the community and is self-motivated to help others without thought of recognition. He/She makes a difference in a quiet and untraditional manner. ***This award is not presented for academic achievement

    To download the Explanation page:Unsung Hero Explanation
    To download the Application:Unsung Hero Application

  • Taconic PTA Outstanding Unit Program Award

  • This award is given to promote and encourage the efforts of our PTA units. Good programs don’t just happen. They take time, effort, and a great deal of organization. They work when they meet the needs of students, staff and the community. Program planning with a purpose provides for good quality PTAs.

    To download the Explanation page:Outstanding Unit Explanation
    To download the Application:Outstanding Unit Application

  • Taconic PTA Teacher of the Year Award

  • The purpose of this award is to honor a teacher who displays a commitment to the welfare of children and youth, strives to obtain a better relationship between the home and school, and is committed to the purposes of the PTA. Taconic Region PTA encourages all units and councils to recognize outstanding teachers in their schools by recommending them for this award.

    To download the Explanation page:Teacher of the Year Explanation
    To download the Application:Teacher of the Year Application

Bylaws Chair: Erin Hawks

Duties and Responsibilities

The region bylaws chair serves as your unit’s primary contact for any questions concerning your bylaws. He or she will assist you in getting your bylaws approved or amended.

Email Erin (bylaws@taconicpta.org)

Send your bylaws cover pages to:

Erin Hawks
Taconic Region PTA Bylaws
25 Partners Trace
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

The National PTA Reflections Program welcomes students of all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Students reflect on a theme, create original works of art and earn positive recognition for their achievements. Any PTA/PTSA held in good standing may take part in Reflections.

Questions: contact reflections@nyspta.org.


All art entries must be PHYSICALLY submitted to your Region even if you UPLOAD a digital copy on the Student Entry Portal.  Drop off deadlines for regions are listed below.  Contact your Region Director for more information.

Within Reach – 2017-2018 Reflections

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2017-2018 theme: Within Reach

Students may choose one or all of the available arts categories:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

Reflections 2017-18 Registration

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2017-2018 theme: Within Reach.

Register Your PTA

Before you submit your PTA unit registration, print the completed registration page as your confirmation. You can use “print screen” to save the page and print from there.

Student Submissions

Fill out your Local PTA Participation Form (PDF). You need to include this form when you turn in your Reflections entries to your region.

2017-18 PTA Reflections Theme “Within Reach”

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Every school year the PTA Reflections Program theme changes and with that change comes the newest set of rules and guidelines. Be sure to check with your Region Reflections Chair (RRC) to learn their deadline and location for advancing entries, as well as any additional requirements, such as extra copies of forms or packaging materials, that they may require.

Use this information as a guide to start your PTA Reflections program!

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