And the winner is…

And the winner is…

We are thrilled to announce the winner of our PTA Directory Cover Contest was 6th grader Haley Morrill.  Congratulations, Haley!  Check out all the entries below.  Thanks for our amazing 5th and 6th grade artists for all submissions.  Great work!

Click on any image in the gallery below to scroll through all the entries.



Texas PTA Achievement Award

Texas PTA Achievement Award

Texas PTA Achievement Award

The Hays PTA has been recognized by the Texas PTA for the Early Bird Achievement Award.  This award goes out to school’s that report 100% of last year’s membership by the due date.  Congratulations to our wonderful parents, teachers and students for joining us in our mission to support our school.  And congratulations to our Vice President of membership Kali Bailey for dedication to our board this year.  See the letter from Texas PTA president below.

Your PTA is one of 577 that earned Texas PTA’s Early Bird Achievement Membership Award. By recruiting 100% of last year’s total membership, you are well on your way to having one voice for every child on your campus.  What’s amazing about this accomplishment is that it’s just the second month of the school year.
As a state, Texas PTA again had amazing membership growth in the month of September. Together, our PTAs have submitted rosters and dues for over 285,000 members.  And as a result of such a great start, we are poised to achieve our goal of 600,000 members by the end of this year.  What you have achieved thus far is impressive and demonstrates all of your hard work, efforts, and enthusiasm, and I thank you for that.  Because of our astounding success, we all need to make a commitment to capitalize on the momentum.  When families and members of the community join their Local PTA, they are simultaneously committing to engagement in the schools, empowering themselves as parents and caring adults, and pledging to be an advocate for the children and youth who call Texas home.  The 85th Texas Legislative Session begins January 2017.  Every member counts when we work to make every child’s potential a reality at the capitol. School funding will once again be in jeopardy and our job is to send a powerful message to our elected officials.
The Fall Membership Increase Award and many more awards are well within your reach. The next award deadline is October 31st. A PTA must submit membership rosters and dues for MORE than 100% of the previous year. I am confident that you won’t stop until you have one member to represent every child on your campus. Visit to learn about every award opportunity and their corresponding deadlines.
Your Early Bird award emblem is a badge of honor we encourage you to showcase! Share it in your PTA emails, on your social media channels, and your PTA’s website. Notify your school district of the distinguished honor and keep in contact with them throughout the year.
Wishing you continued success,
Lisa Holbrook
Texas PTA President
Reflections Program Kicks-Off

Reflections Program Kicks-Off


The Reflections Program Kick‐Off has begun at Celia Hays Elementary for the 2016‐2017 school year!  This will be  the 10th year our school has participated in Reflections and I feel this will be the best one yet!

What is Reflections?  The Reflections program is sponsored nationally by PTA and encourages creativity expressed through  the arts.  Each year students across the country submit entries that relate to the theme of the  reflections program.  These works can be completed at home or school; and prizes are awarded at  school, council, state and national levels.  Works are judged by their creativity, originality and  interpretation of theme.

The theme for this year is “What Is Your Story?” 

Entry requirements follow:

1) For a student to qualify for entry, one member of the household must be a member of Texas PTA. If  you are not a member, you can join at
2) Your project MUST be yours alone. Parents, friends and teachers CANNOT help you.
3) Your entry must be accompanied with an official Reflections entry form. Forms can be found in the   e‐Trekker, at (latest news tab), and the art classroom. Entry form must be secured to  the back of your work in a plastic page protector.
4) The deadline for entry is Wednesday, November 9th. Please turn your entries into the art teacher or  school office.
5) You can submit work in any of the following categories:

Please contact Laura Wodniak with any questions at For more information about  the Reflections program, visit  We look forward to seeing your work!