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The Orange Community Council PTSA (OCCPTA) is pleased to offer a scholarship program for graduating seniors. This scholarship is to be used for continuing education at a four year College or University, a Community College or a Trade/Technical school.

This award recognizes the achievements of students for volunteer service in the school and/or community. The amount of each scholarship and the number of scholarships awarded will vary each year. The minimum award will be $500, but could be more.


You must be a graduating senior at an OUSD high school in the current year. You must be a member of your high school’s PTSA by March 6th, 2015.


Please complete application including essay, record of extra-curricular activities and reference. Your parent or guardian must sign the 2014-2015 OCCPTA HS Scholarship application.

If you are not a current member of your high school’s PTSA, you must join. Have your PTSA president or membership chairman verify your membership in the space provided on the application or attach a copy of your PTSA card.

The application and all attachments should be mailed to OCCPTA Senior Scholarships c/o OUSD, 1401 North Handy Street, Orange CA 92867 and postmarked no later than Friday, March 27, 2015. Please do not send your applications Return Receipt Requested, Certified Mail or requesting Signature Confirmation since there is no one to sign for the packages and this method delays receipt of your applications by the committee.


OCCPTA will contact all successful applicants by mail no later than May 1, 2015. The decision of the OCCPTA Scholarship Committee is final.


Payment of award(s) will be made directly to the successful applicant upon verification that the student has been accepted at an institution of higher education. In order to receive your scholarship during your high school’s senior awards ceremony, we must receive verification of acceptance by Friday, May 8, 2015. Otherwise, the award will be mailed to you at the address listed on your application. A scholarship award may be revoked if the student is subject to severe disciplinary action such as suspension or expulsion, or if the student fails to enroll in an institution of higher education.


If you have any questions about the OCCPTA Scholarship Program, or wish to confirm receipt of your application, please contact Chairman Sandra Davidson at 714-612-2187 email at  sandra_davidson@msn.com

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Please read below important information on upcoming events!

Fourth District PTA Administrator’s Dinner March 12, 2015 

The Fourth District PTA Administrator’s Dinner is open to all PTA presidents and their administrators.  It is an opportunity for us to recognize the Reflection winners from Fourth District PTA, as well as honor Fourth District’s Honorary Service Award recipients and celebrate PTA Founder’s Day.  RESERVATION DEADLINE:  FEBRUARY 26, 2015 

Administrator’s Dinner 2015 and Administrator’s Dinner 2015-Spanish

  • Fourth District Election Meeting:        5:30 pm

  • Registration and Reception:                  6:15 pm

  • Program and Dinner:                             6:45 pm


Orange Community Council PTA and Election – Meeting on Wednesday, March 4 2015 at 9:00am in IMC 1&3 Building J

Don’t forget to bring the following:

  • Membership remittance of $4.60 per each member

  • Copy of your mid-year audit report

  • Names of convention delegates


Fourth District Convention Scholarship

4th District has Leadership Scholarships to assist PTA Leaders in attending 2015 Convention in Sacramento, CA April 30th-May 3rd.

Please complete Convention scholarship app 2015 or Spanish – Convention scholarship app 2015 

For questions, contact Cheri Jones, VP Convention at 714-235-4635 or email as listed above. Para preguntas en español contacte a Diana Flores, Directora de Enlace al 714-783-6821 o por correo electrónico: dijessor@sbcglobal.net  Application must be in the Fourth District Office by March 14, 2015


Fourth District PTA’s Spring Training Workshops!
Dates: Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 20.
Times: Morning and Evening Sessions on both days.
Location: National University, 3390 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA
Details to follow soon!




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Hello PTA Leaders,

As we continue with our commitment to lead our PTAs in seeking the best candidates for the next 2015-2016  school year; below you’ll find some helpful thoughts and resources to help you achieve this. Remember to please read your unit bylaws thoroughly and follow them accordingly. Should you not have a copy of them, please do not hesitate to let us know.

The purpose of the nominating committee is to recognize and seek qualified nominees for the elected leadership of the PTA. The members of the committee, therefore, have a tremendous influence on the future of the PTA and should be selected carefully.

Serving on a nominating committee is an honor and a privilege. This committee is the PTAs most influential internal body, and because it deals with sensitive issues, deliberations of this committee are kept confidential.

Nominating committee members should have a broad acquaintance with the membership and an understanding of the organization’s functions and its purposes. The committee should include both experienced leadership as well as newer members.

Nominating Committee Resources:

Nominating Committee Checklist

Nominating Committee Report

Script for Conducting Elections

Dos and Donts for Nominating Committee




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Orange Community Council of PTAs (OCCPTA) is at the school district level. It was chartered on October 27th, 1926. We encompass all of the schools within Orange Unified School District. We currently serve 27 unit (school site) PTA/PTSA.

Mission Statement of the California State PTA
The mission of the California State PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children and families. -Adopted August 2013

We have the pleasure and the responsibility of leading our units. We act as a conduit for information flowing from the unit and council levels to the state level and vice-versa. We work in partnership with Orange Unified School District, and provide parental input on a variety of issues. The officers and chairman of OCCPTA work closely with our units to ensure that they have the training, mentoring, information, and guidance they need to be successful leaders and advocates.

In turn, the units provide these same services to their units. This web site is only one of the tools we provide for the edification of our members. In addition, we coordinate attendance at the annual California State PTA convention each spring. This year, we will begin hosting our first ever “Meet and Greet” on Wednesday, August 27 at 8:30 am-11:00 am at the offices of Orange Unified School District. You will learn practical and essential tips and tricks to help you have a successful 2014-2015 PTA year! Your entire executive board is welcomed!

The OCCPTA board is made up of members from a variety of units. They are exceptional leaders who have devoted many years of service to this organization. Take advantage of their collective knowledge by utilizing the tools that they provide both online and off.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our web site. We hope you find it a valuable resource. So, who is OCCPTA? We are the middle link in the chain of child advocacy that includes Units, Councils, Districts, States, and National PTA. In short, we are you welcome!


El Concilio Comunitario de Orange PTAs (OCCPTA) es a nivel del distrito escolar. Fue fundado el 27 de octubre de 1926. Servimos a todas las escuelas dentro del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Orange. Actualmente servimos a 27 unidades (planteles escolares) de PTA/PTSA.

Declaración de la misión de la PTA de California:
La misión de la PTA de California es de impactar positivamente la vida de todos los niños y las familias.  –Aprobado agosto de 2013

Tenemos el placer y la responsabilidad de guiar a nuestras unidades. Servimos como conducto de información entre las unidades y el Cuarto Distrito y vice-versa. Trabajamos conjuntamente con el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Orange y aportamos opiniones como padres de familia en una variedad de asuntos. Los funcionarios y directores de comités de OCCPTA trabajan estrechamente con nuestras unidades para asegurar que tengan la capacitación, orientación, información y guías necesarias para que nuestros miembros sean líderes y defensores exitosos.

A su vez, estas unidades provén este servicio dentro de sus escuelas. Este sitio de internet es uno de los recursos que proveemos para la educación de nuestros miembros. Asimismo, cada primavera coordinamos la asistencia de nuestros miembros a la convención de PTA de California.

Esta cordialmente invitado a asistir al “Primer Encuentro de OCCPTA”. Se llevara a cabo el miércoles 27 de agosto a las 8:30 am – 11:00 am, en las oficinas del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Orange. Aprenderá trucos y consejos prácticos para que tenga un año PTA escolar 2014-2015 exitoso. ¡Asegúrese de traer a todos los miembros de su mesa ejecutiva!

La mesa ejecutiva de OCCPTA está conformada por miembros de distintas escuelas. Son líderes excepcionales que han dedicado muchos años de servicio a esta organización. Aproveche el conocimiento colectivo al utilizar las herramientas que proveen tanto en línea como en persona.

Gracias por tomarse el tiempo de visitar nuestra página web. Deseo que lo encuentre como un recurso valioso.

Así que, ¿quién es OCCPTA? Somos el eslabón central en la cadena de defensa de todos los niños que incluye unidades, concilios, distritos, estatal y PTA Nacional.

¡En resumen, somos ustedes bienvenidos a esta su casa!

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A Holiday Wish!


At this time special time of year, we give thanks for all our PTA volunteers, teachers and school administrators for your unwavering commitment to positively impact the lives of all our students.  As such, we would like to share with you the artists whom will be representing Orange Unified School District and Orange Community Council PTA at the Fourth District PTA level competition.  

The following students were honored with the Award of Excellence, and will advance to the next level of district competition. Fourth District PTA Reflections Gallery and Reception will take place on Saturday, February 14, 2015 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Orange County Department of Education located at 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

• Preschool through second grade: Katherine Gutierrez, dance; Tristan Hernandez, film; Andrew Slay, literature; Benen Camp, music; and Elijah Vasquez, photography, all from Linda Vista; and Daniel Javed, visual arts, Crescent Elementary.

• Third through fifth grade: Ella Parker, dance; Cooper Adams, film; Kelsea Lemmel, music; Aidan Polanco, photography; and Aisley Delgadillo, visual arts, all from Linda Vista; and Anh-Thu Doan, literature, La Veta.

• Sixth through eighth grade: Jasmin Cervantes, dance, La Veta; Carina Flores, film; Hannah Bleiweiss, literature; and Andrew McCormick, photography, all from Santiago Charter Middle School; and Elizabeth Johnson, visual arts, El Rancho Charter Middle School.

• Grades nine through 12: Kaitlyn Sung, dance; Angeline Phan, film; Yujin Min, literature; Christina Foley, music; Aryana Bates, photography; and Alyssa Hanson, visual arts, all from Canyon High School.

• In the Special Artist Division, a new division for students who meet the ADA guidelines, Emma Bustrum from Linda Vista Elementary was awarded the Award of Excellence for Photography, and Dylan Vella, also from Linda Vista, received the Award of Excellence for Visual Arts.

Award of Merit:
• Preschool through second grade: Audrey Romo, literature, Panorama Elementary; Elisha Echeverria, photography, Chapman Hills; and Jaiden Biscoe, visual arts, La Veta.

• Third through fifth grade: Avery Archung, dance, and Gracie Silberman, film, Anaheim Hills; Elizabeth Duncan, literature, Linda Vista; and Kellen Lai, photography, and Cameron Lamberson, visual arts, La Veta.

• Sixth through eighth grade: Nolan Dunn, film; Emma Wagner, literature, and Dagny Parayao, visual arts, La Veta; and Christopher Busby, photography, Linda Vista.
Honorable Mentions 
• Preschool through second grade: Keira Low, literature, and Katherine Jacquot, photography, Crescent; Trudy Schmidt, visual arts, Canyon Rim.

• Third through fifth grade: Kendall Armstrong, film, La Veta; Katherine Mumpower, literature, Anaheim Hills; Hana Keil, photography, Panorama; and Stephanie Bradley, visual arts, Crescent.

• Sixth through eighth grade: Raihan Dadabhoy, literature, Crescent; Owen Mull, photography, La Veta; and Hannah Bleiweiss, visual arts, Santiago


A special thank you to Santiago Charter Middle School for hosting Council Reflections Awards Ceremony and Gallery led by Michelle Deziel. 

Best Wishes for the Holidays and New Year 2015! 

From all of us, at Orange Community Council of PTA

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Save the Date!

Hello PTA Peeps! 

In order to help you have an informed perspective, we are inviting all of you to attend Orange Unified School District Board of Education Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 9th at 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. The forum will be held in Building H, Board Rooms 1, 2, 3 at the district offices of Orange Unified School District which is located on 1401 North Handy Street, Orange, CA 92867.

Before voting on November 4, take the opportunity to listen and question the candidates. Their decisions affect our local public instruction, our schools, and our children.

Moderated by: League of Women Voters of Orange County

Sponsored by: Orange Community Council of PTAs

For more information: Contact Allan Galera, 1st VP of Legislation, at thegaleras@sbcglobal.net / 714- 628-0620

Candidate Forum Flyer

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