Who We Are
Current PTO Officers for 2021-2022
The GO PTO Board are parents and caregivers of Gibbs and Ottoson students, just like you. We meet regularly with the school’s principals to discuss areas of concern at the schools. If you have the interest, please consider becoming involved as an officer of GO PTO. (*) starred positions are open for 2021-2022, see the Special Announcements section in PTO News for job descriptions. (Names in italics indicate term ending June 2021)
Co-Presidents* - Steve Berczuk & Janine Duffy
Gibbs Principal - Mme. Pierre-Maxwell, J.D.
Ottoson Principal - Brian Meringer
Co-Treasurers - Julie Vakoc, Sara Wilkinson
Recording Secretary - Stephanie Murphy
Communications - Ashley Lorenz
Fundraising Coordinators - Cassie and Travis MacDonald
Special Events Coordinator* - Jodi Auerbach
Diversity and Inclusion Officer - Rajeev Soneja, Sarah Evans
Website Updates - Steve Berczuk, Ashley Lorenz
Tech Coordinator* - Shawn Szturma
Members-at-Large - <Your name here!> These are members of the governing board who do not hold a named officer position, but attend most meetings and assist with special projects as needed. It's another great way to be involved, help with the work, and help make decisions. If interested, attend our next meeting or email email@example.com
Contact GO PTO
Handwritten communication can be sent to:
GO PTOc/o Ottoson Middle School63 Acton StreetArlington, MA 02476
GO PTO Objectives and Activities
The objectives of the GO PTO are to:
Promote the welfare of students by providing both financial and volunteer support for the schools and their activities.
Encourage a partnership between home and the schools where parents and teachers cooperate meaningfully in the development of the students.
Develop cooperation and support between educators and the general public to secure the highest advantages in physical, cognitive, social and emotional education for every student.
What does GO PTO do? Here are some of our past activities (pre-COVID):
Meet with the principal to discuss issues of concern at Gibbs and Ottoson Schools. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to present your comments, concerns, and questions.
Host parent breakfasts with the Principals and guest speakers to discuss topics relating to your child’s school experience.
Fund each teacher for classroom related materials, +/-$200 each. This funding is possible because of your annual donations.
Organize and fund a mini-grant program to meet larger classroom and student needs identified by faculty and staff.
Support funding of enrichment activities such as student participation at the Science Fair competition in Lowell, the Art Department's 'Inside Out' project, and a National History Day trip to DC.
Organize and fund Teacher Appreciation events in the fall and spring.
All parents and caregivers are members of the PTO and welcome to attend our monthly meetings. Click here for the GO PTO meeting schedule, and how to get involved.
Read our Newsletters for specifics on this year's PTO efforts.