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About the PTO

Next PTO Meeting

Thursday, 11/9/2017 5:30-7:00PM in the Little Theater

Mission and Goals 

The Francisco PTO replaces the PTA (what's the difference?) that previously supported parent activities at the school. In September 2010, parents of the students at Francisco Middle School elected to change to a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) format. The benefits are:

  • Opens membership to all parents, teachers, administrators and community members;
  • Eliminates membership dues;
  • Simplifies the overly complicated administrative forms and procedures of the PTA; and, 
  • Focuses on the students' educational needs, activities, and goals.

The goals of Francisco PTO are to (1) assist in school activities, (2) fundraise for activities, equipment, and learning materials not funded by the school district, and (3) facilitate communication between parents, teachers and students at Francisco Middle School.

To achieve these goals, the Francisco PTO kicks off its fundraising campaign every fall with a General Fund request of cash donations. We also encourage passive fundraising through various channels that bring money into the school without spending an extra penny! The idea is simple - shop at participating stores, search the web, or register your store club and credit cards and Francisco Middle School gets a small percentage of your regular everyday purchases and searches. Please take the time to review the information on the Ways to Contribute page and participate where you can.

PTA versus PTO

Excerpt by Tim Sullivan, founder and publisher of PTO Today

Briefly, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a formal membership organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. Local groups must pay dues to the state and national organizations and abide by state and national group rules. In return, they get member benefits, and they get a voice in the operations of the larger organization. Most state PTAs advocate at their respective state capitals, as well.

PTO, on the other hand, is a more generic term. It generally represents the thousands of groups that support schools independent of the PTA. The acronym PTO is the most popular name, but other common names include PCC, PTG, and HSA. They are mostly single-school groups that operate under their own 501(c)3 non-profit status and bylaws.

Board Members

Teresa Dal Santo
PTO President 

Jenni Vazquez
PTO Vice President 

Ali Collins
PTO Secretary 

Charles Ho
PTO Treasurer

Patrick West
FMS Principal

Joanne Huanhau
Family Liaison