Middle/Upper School Parent Association
Welcome to the Middle and Upper School Parent Association!
The Middle and Upper School Parent Association (M/USPA) is a fun and rewarding way to continue to be involved in your children's experience as they move through the Middle and Upper Schools. The M/USPA offers a wide range of opportunities for every schedule and interest, and we encourage all parents to share their ideas, concerns and insights about how to make our organization better.
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The M/USPA is governed by an Executive Committee, comprised of officers and committee chairpersons, and meets on a monthly basis. In addition, there are parent representatives for each grade level that plan community-building events and provide volunteer support for various programs. No experience is necessary to join the Executive Committee or become a parent rep, just a desire to help benefit the SPA community. You may nominate yourself or any parent you think would be a great addition to the committee. The nominating and election process is described in our bylaws, below.
All Middle and Upper School parents are automatically members of the M/USPA and are encouraged to explore the participation opportunties that fit their family's often schedule. Whether it's an hour a week or an hour a year, all parents are welcome to join us in whatever way works for them. Participation opportunities include:
- Homecoming Carnival: Food Service, set up, and game management.
- Parent Social Host: Host your child’s grade level social event at your home. Funded by the M/USPA.
- MS Parent Social: Set up/Clean up.
- MS Social: Greet/Chaperone.
- Faculty & Staff Appreciation: Set up and assist with collecting food from parents at AM drop off. Afternoon clean up.
- Book Festival: Help with book purchases.
- Holiday Party: Set up and service.
- ValleyFair: Chaperone trip.
- Pizza Party: Assist with pizza and beverage pick up and service. Set up and clean up.
- Widji Return: Set up beverages and treats and serve to returning students.
- Exam Breakfast: Set up and serve breakfast to upper school students during exam week(only one morning required).
The M/USPA is comprised of an Executive Committee, which meets once a month, and various committees which work on special events and programming and meet as needed. For more information, contact M/USPA President Ellen Konstan or Faculty Liaison Lucy Polk.
2017-18 Executive Committee
President: Ellen Konstan
President Elect: Catherine Guinan
Past President: Christine Sand
Upper School VP: Mary Indritz
Middle School VP: Kathleen Caoyonan
Secretary: Kathleen Goldstein
Treasurer: Liz Welsh
Communications Chair: Krisi Matenaer
Speaker Series Chair: Ave Green
Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chairs: Waverley Booth and Jo Chung
Athletic Liaisons: Steve Egly and Cathy Paper
Faculty Liason: Lucy Polk
Grade-level Parent Representatives
12th Grade Reps: Kathy Millerhaller and Laurel Stephenson
11th Grade Reps: Nicole Tietel and Tracey Tipler
10th Grade Reps: Beth Desnick and Angie Larson
9th Grade Reps: Sasha Aslanian and Jeff Conrod
8th Grade Reps: Nigel Endorf, Laura Johnson, Jason Ross, and Katie Sih
7th Grade Rep: Ipek Stephenson
6th Grade Reps: Mary Carter and Stephanie Galarneault
The M/USPA Executive Committee follows a set of bylaws that govern its operations and programs. These bylaws are voted on every two years by the entire Middle and Upper School parent body. View the bylaws here.