Who We Are
2023-2024 GOPTO Board
The GO PTO Board is comprised of parents and caregivers of Gibbs and Ottoson students, just like you. If you have the interest, please consider becoming a GO PTO Board member. Currently open roles are listed below. See the role descriptions
If you are curious about or interested in any of the OPEN roles, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
President- Janine Duffy
*Co- or Vice-President - OPEN
Gibbs Principal - Mme. Pierre-Maxwell, J.D.
Ottoson Principal - Brian Meringer
*Co-Treasurers - Aravind Basavapathruni & OPEN
Recording Secretary - Stephanie Murphy
Communications & Newsletter - Valerie Geary
Fundraising Coordinators - Shelly Billingsly Fichera & Jessica Douglass
Special Events Coordinator(s) - Laura Tikonoff & Jessica Nordgren
*Diversity and Inclusion Officer - OPEN
Website Manager - Cici Wendel
Tech Manager - Garret Alyea
Members-at-Large - Andrea Haas, David Lewis and <Your name here!> These are members of the governing board who do not hold a named officer position, but attend most meetings, have voting and assist with special projects as needed. It's another great way to be involved, help with the work, and help make decisions.
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:
Meet with the principal to discuss issues of concern at Gibbs and Ottoson Schools. If you can't make it to a PTO meeting, contact us at email@example.com 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.