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New Polar PTA
The Polar Family Organization officially became a PTA this school year. The PTA welcomes all parents/guardians and family members, school staff and teachers.They operate under the belief that it takes administration, faculty, staff, families and students all working together to make North High be the best school it can be. As an organization they provide a vehicle for parents to actively participate in their child's education experience and be informed about events, decisions, policies, opportunities and more.
 
PTA meetings are open to all and held every first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM in the media center of North High (Any exceptions to this will be announced on their Facebook page and through the weekly school newsletter).
 

To contact the Polar PTA, message them on Facebook: @northhighpolarparents  or send them an email: northpolarparents@gmail.com

 
Get to know the executive board of the PTA: 
 

President - Kelly Jackson:

My name is Kelly Jackson. I am the president of the Polar PTA. I am a wife and mother of 3 children, all of whom are proud Polars! The oldest two, Kenan and Elisha, Jr. are alumnus and one, Ramiyah is a current student. I am close to completing my associates degree in Computer Graphics and Visualization. Despite being busy, I have been consistently involved in students' education experience at North. In addition to being the PTA president, I volunteer as team manager for the Polar football team, I am a constant presence at school events and work to build healthy relationships with the principal, teachers and staff. 
 
My goal as president is to work together to find effective methods to encourage parent involvement in their scholars' education, life goals and aspirations. I want this organization to help provide resources and training for parents in building meaningful relationships with teachers, attending parent teacher conferences, learning to navigate parent portal, and volunteering. We also want to give parents a safe place to express their concerns and accomplishments, all while building trust.

Vice President - April Foster:

I am a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a cousin, a loyal friend, and now am PTA vice president.  But my best role to date is being a mother. My name is April Foster.
 
I work for a small non- profit called Project Success. I work mainly in the middle schools and I enjoy it very much. Prior to working at Project Success I worked at Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC) as an after school Coordinator.
 
I am a graduate of one of the most well- known HBCU’s Grambling State University, located in Louisiana. I graduated with many friends and with a degree in English, with a focus on creative writing.One of my proudest moments was 3 years ago, when I obtained my Master’s degree in Youth Leadership and Development from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities campus. During this program I was able to focus more of my studies on African- American youth needs, learning styles and how to serve students with behavior diagnoses.
 
My tope 3 values are GOD, family and community. If I seek GOD first before I make a move, I know he will ensure that my family is taken care of. Community because it is important for me to know who I am in the community and to realize the unique but rich culture each one of can bring to the circle. Community to me is a big community, but then there are many smaller communities under that large community.
 
Outside of work you can find me walking at one of the local parks, baking in my kitchen or reading a good book.

Secretary - Lashonda Washington:

I am the new North High Polar Parent PTA Secretary. I am certified in the area of Community Health Work, Cosmetology & Food Service Manager, and a Notary Public. I have been a Foster Parent and worked with women, men and children. I have worked with High risk pregnancy initiatives to mental health work I thrive in many different areas that is what makes me so diverse. I work and live in the North Minneapolis community I have sat on the board of the Hawthorn Neighborhood Association as the Secretary, plus sat on some of their committees. I am a parent of a graduate of Patrick Henry High, a North High Graduate, plus current scholar enrolled with North High as a junior this year. My future is to help groom my children and grandchildren plus create a productive partnership with the parents and children in my community. Being a connection and a support system for the families of North Minneapolis is a goal. I plan to always work toward greatness for the community of North Minneapolis.

Treasurer - Leah Harp:

Leah Harp, Ph.D., is a new Polar Parent and a Chicago transplant.  She has enjoyed supporting numerous PTA organizations and looks forward to getting to know the Polar community.  She is a retired social worker with a background in inpatient psychiatric and outpatient adult mental health treatment.  Her interests include neuro diversity, cleaning out basements, and working out.  She is an operator for the Minnesota Streetcar Museum.  
 
 
PTA President, Kelly Jackson
PTA President, Kelly Jackson
PTA Secretary, Lashonda Washington
PTA Secretary, Lashonda Washington
PTA Treasurer, Leah Harp
PTA Treasurer, Leah Harp