Regents Review 2.0 - NY's Most Popular Regents Test Preparation
The 2012 Regents Review 2.0 programs are currently airing on NYS Public TV
stations (contact your local station for a schedule of dates and times). The
one-hour review shows in this Regents test preparation series also stream on
the web at
, where you'll also find exam dates and tips,
links to TV stations, and more. The Regents exams covered are English,
Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Earth Science, Living
Environment, Chemistry, Physics, Global History & Geography, and US History
Webinar on PVC Plastic: Unhealthy for Kids and Schools
Healthy schools are critical to children's health. But PVC, or vinyl, is a
toxic plastic that is common in school supplies and building materials. This
plastic is often filled with phthalates – chemicals that have been banned in
toys because they are harmful to children's health.
Learn more via a free webinar “What You Can Do To Reduce PVC Exposure”
on May 23, 4:30 – 5:45 PM.
Click here to register.
Safe Teen Driving
PTA partners with the New York Teen Safe Driving Coalition to educate and
empower teens and parents to stay safe behind the wheel. The need for such
knowledge is clear:
• Traffic crashes are the #1 killer of teens in New York and in the United
• Teens have the highest crash rate of any age group in New York.
• Over the past five years, crashes involving teen drivers have claimed over
1,000 lives in New York, and since 2000, more than 85,000 lives in the US.
May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month. No New York community has been
untouched by the tragedy of teen driving accidents, but there are many good
online resources you can use to combat the problem within your local high
school and community:
Health Updates from National PTA
2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
directs the USDA to set nutritional
standards on “competitive foods” sold during school hours, including
products from vending machine and school stores, à la carte breakfast or
lunch items, and certain fundraisers. The USDA is expected to release its
proposed rule before June 7, 2012 and will allow 90 days for public comment
on the proposal. National PTA will submit comments, but state PTAs and
individual members are also encouraged to do so. For model comments to
customize and adapt, contact Mollie at
. Updated talking points will be made available when
USDA releases its proposed rule.
Eat Your Fruits and Veggies!
National PTA provided comments to the USDA on its Food and Nutritional
Service’s Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program (FFVP) proposed rule; the next
step is for the USDA to review public comments and release an interim final
rule. The FFVP is an important tool in US efforts to combat childhood
obesity by helping schoolchildren learn healthful eating habits. The main
goal of this very successful pilot program is to provide fresh fruits and
vegetables as snacks during the school day. Eligibility is limited to
elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch and/or
Breakfast program, with at least 50% of students receiving free or reduced
price lunch. Once a school joins the program, any student of any economic
status is able to participate.
President Fletcher Testifies Before Congress
Maria Fletcher testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives
Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education hearing,
"Exploring State Success in Expanding Parent and Student Options".
Check the NYS PTA homepage for more