Join the best PTSA!

It is time for The School for Creative Studies PTSA elections for the 2022-2023 school year!

If you are interested in joining the best PTSA this side of Durham, please nominate yourself using the link above. The nomination window for our elected positions (President, Vice President(s), Secretary, Treasurer) ends May 18th during our virtual PTSA meeting. 

Once our newest board is in place, they will elect the chairs and members of the standing committees, PTSA teacher liaison(s) and the at-large members. If you are interested in a committee position (chair or member), being our teacher liaison or an at-large member, please nominate yourself using the link. If you have any questions or concerns, please email  A brief description of each position/committee is below.


– Oversees and coordinates the work of an executive board to run a PTA effectively
– Presides at PTA board and association meetings
– Serves as the official contact, communicator and representative of a PTA
– Designated as an authorized signer for PTA checks, contracts and authorizations for payment
– Serves as ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating and audit committees
– Works with other PTA leaders to connect families, school and community to support student success

Vice President

The vice president(s) shall perform duties requested by the president and the board of directors. In the event of a vacancy in the office of president, the vice president, or the vice presidents acting together if there is more than one, shall assume the duties of the president until a new president is elected.


– Takes minutes at board and association meetings or arranges for someone to do so, in the case of the Secretary’s absence.
– Co-signs formal papers with president: authorizations for payment, resolutions and formal letters
– Handles PTA correspondence as directed by the president
– Maintains and preserves PTA records and important documents to pass on at the end of the term


– Maintains permanent records to track unit funds and financial transactions
– Chairs budget committee and prepares annual budget for adoption by the association
– Pays all PTA bills as authorized by board or association
– Prepares reports for every board and association meeting and an annual financial report
– Ensures taxes and reports required by PTA bylaws, insurance or federal and state governments are completed and submitted by the due dates

COMMITTEES (elected by the board of directors)

Teacher Liaison

The SCS teacher elected to this position creates a link between the teachers and the Board of Directors. It is the responsibility of the teacher liaison to share information with the teachers about meetings, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Teachers are able to share suggestions, opinions and concerns with the liaison that are reported back to the board. 

Audit Committee

– Audits the books and financial records of a PTA to determine their accuracy
– Presents written reports on audits to the board and the association for adoption
– Forwards copies of adopted audits to council/district PTA as indicated in unit bylaws

Advocacy Committee

The advocacy committee shall develop and organize meetings, activities, and programs to further the goals and purposes of PTA. This committee is tasked with improving communications and relationships between school staff and families; educating families and caregivers on important issues related to the health and educational success of their children; and helping to make each child’s potential a reality.

Nominating Committee

Throughout the year, the nominating committee is tasked with identifying talented, motivated, and responsible individuals to serve as officers of this local PTA.

Resource Development Committee

– Helps to plan and organize fundraising activities
– Focuses on raising the amount of funds needed to meet the unit’s budget
– Presents reports on proposed fundraising activities at board and association meetings for approval

Communications Committee

The communications committee shall help to promote PTSA events by creating and sharing information using methods such as social media, the PTSA website, newsletters (digital or print), emails, flyers, banners, word of mouth, etc. 

Membership Committee

The membership committee is responsible for creating and implementing a membership plan, promoting membership throughout the year, providing membership reports at PTSA board and association meetings and collecting dues.

Reflections Committee

The National PTA Reflections program is a celebration of the importance of arts education that spans nationwide and in American schools overseas. The Reflections program offers recognition in the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. The theme for the 2022-2023 school year is “Show Your Voice!” This committee helps to promote, gather entries and celebrate students at SCS who participate in this program. If you would like to learn more, please utilize the following link.

Volunteer Committee

The volunteer committee coordinates and identifies ways and options available for parents/guardians and community members to assist as volunteers with PTSA and school programs, activities and events. 

Food Pantry Committee (The SCS CHEST)

This focus of this committee is the food pantry inside of SCS. Creatively named, The SCS CHEST (Community Healthy Eating Support Team). Throughout the year, this committee comes together to give donated food to our school community and our surrounding community. They help to keep the food organized, safe and available to anyone who is able to use this resource.

At-Large Membership

An At-Large member is a board member who doesn’t hold an officer or committee chair position. At-Large members serve on the board and help in various capacities as needed.

SCS Teacher/staff shout outs!!

SCS students, teachers, and families, it’s time to show your appreciation for our SCS teachers and staff! The PTSA is collecting messages of gratitude about your teachers and staff that will be shared during Teacher Appreciation Week. Please consider submitting a short, positive message, video or photo.

Video clips should be no longer than 30 seconds in length. Please submit video clips and/or photos in the form below or to the SCS PTSA Communications Chair via email ( or text (919-357-2929).

All submissions are due by Wednesday, April 20th. Multiple submissions ARE allowed if there’s more than one person you’d like to recognize.

Click form below to access. THANK YOU!

Teacher shout out submission form

“I Will Change the World By…”

2021-2022 School for Creative Studies Reflections Arts Contest  

Calling all Artists!

The National PTA Reflections contest wants you to create and explain how YOU will change the world!

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personally meaningful. This year’s theme is “I Will Change the World By…”.

Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, and Special Artist

Just turn in your artwork and entry form, which includes your artist statement, by 11:59pm on December 10, 2021. Awards will be given out. 

All submissions must be submitted electronically to:

We know that not all students are on the same schedule and we encourage students to turn their work in early.  

All entries must be done by individual students and cannot be replications.  

Each entry must contain a title and all entries must include an artist statement.

The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least 10 words and not exceed 100 words. The artist statement is worth 40 out of 100 points and is just as important as the artwork.

Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the current year’s theme may be submitted.

Each entry must be the original work of one student only. An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student’s work and help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed.

Mobile food pantry at SCS

The School for Creative Studies, in partnership with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Parkwood Elementary School, will be hosting a mobile food pantry for the community on Monday, Nov. 29th from 5-7 pm.

One meal box will be provided per car at this drive through event, located at the School for Creative Studies at 5001 Red Mill Road, Durham, NC 27704.

If you are interested in volunteering to help make this event successful, please sign up here. We need helpers to assemble the meal boxes, distribute the meal boxes and clean up after the food giveaway ends.

Join the SCS Food Pantry Committee

The SCS PTSA needs your help! If interested in supporting this work, the newly established SCS Food Pantry Committee’s November meeting will take place virtually on Nov 15, 2021 at 6:30 PM. The meeting link will be shared on the Canvas observer page and to anyone that sends an email to expressing interest in the committee.

Our first food pantry workday was held last Friday and with volunteer help we were able to build shelves and fill them with food.

Eat BBQ and support SCS!

On Monday, November 15, 2021 at City Barbeque Durham, The School for Creative Studies will get 20% of the proceeds from every order we bring in! 

Ordering in person? Show this message to the cashier at checkout (either a printout or just on your phone). 

Ordering online or in the app? Use code FundA at checkout at for pickup on Monday, November 15, 2021. Once you enter the code, you must click the red + button to apply the fundraiser code to your order (see example below). 

Ordering over the phone? Ask to apply code FundA when you provide your payment information. 

Remember: all orders must be picked up on Monday, November 15, 2021 from City Barbeque Durham for it to count toward our fundraiser.

Thanks for your support!