FDHS Gators is Giving Back to Those Affected!

We are so thankful that we escaped much of the devastating damage from Hurricane Matthew, but our friends to the north did not. One of the many communities in North Carolina that have found themselves in a position of needing extra help is the community of Hatteras Island. Hatteras Island is a community of under 5,000 residents. The elementary and secondary schools that serve this community have suffered immeasurable loss from the recent storm. The secondary school had 5 feet of water standing in the building and the elementary school had a high population of family displacement. Early devastation totals are estimated at 46.2 million dollars in damages with 4,500 structures in need of repair or replacement.

This small community is relatively isolated by our standards. To replace bedding is much more than a quick trip to Walmart. The closest Walmart to Hatteras Island is an hour and a half away. Losing the use of your stove means more than just a quick drive to McDonalds or Wendy’s as both restaurants are also an hour and half away. As part of our Gator Kids Give Back Initiative, we would like to host a household and school supply drive. We will begin accepting donations immediately and will be hand-delivering the items on Saturday, November 5th to this devastated community.

As a special heart to heart outreach we would also like to invite the FDES children to write messages to the kids of Hatteras Island, maybe pictures, well wishes, and kind thoughts. As adults, if you would also like to send a special message of hope and restoration, we would love to deliver them for you. We will have a special box for all messages, letters, pictures and inspirations.

Please click here for items that we are requesting and will be delivering on November 5th.


2016-2017 D23 Meeting Dates

We look forward to seeing a representative from your school at the meetings this year!  We truly appreciate all you do for the students, parents, and teachers within our community!

2016-2017 D23 Meeting Dates


Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!


If you did not receive the above letter, please email me your name, school, position and email at [email protected] and we will make sure your information is updated or corrected.


Membership Registration Google Form

PTA database templateBased on the new system we have established for membership this coming year, we have attached the membership template that you will need to use to collect the information that is needed for the State this year.  PTA database template

I have also included a membership form that was created in GOOGLE Forms linked to our website.  The Google Form link is HERE.  Linking to the website will be quick and easy and you will not have to type in the address.  I know some of you have thought about creating your own but with this linked to our website, it will provide a smoother process for you and the parents (for example:  if link is lost you just go back to our website and continue).

Suggestions for days of registration:

1.  Use attached form and have parents write in the needed information (yellow information is needed – Please obtain cell number if at all possible.

2.  Use laptop or IPads at school to connect to the link.  Once the link is put on each school’s website, I will let you know.  Each time a parent selects submit – a message will appear that states “submit another response”.  You may then select and it is ready for the next parent.

3.  Possibly have PTA in a computer lab to help parents join and complete the information based on the setup established by your school principal.
SEND FINALIZED MEMBERSHIPS LISTS TO [email protected].  This will need to be sent every time there are new members. 


Electronic Sign-in Tri-Country Training

Click here to Sign-in!


D23 hosting the Tricounty State PTA Training

A lot of exciting new information coming out this year for the District 23 PTA!  We hope you will join us July 23rd at Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary School!  We hope to see your boards there.  If you are unable, please contact us so we can schedule a time to meet with you to discuss the upcoming changes.  Registration is online
AND here is our Tricounty training flyer.



District 23 PTA Presidents, Boards and Principals,

The District 23 PTA Spring Awards will be Thursday, April 14, at Summerville
High School at 6 p.m.  Every year local units have the opportunity to award outstanding individuals who they feel deserve recognition for their part in the PTA/PTSA at their schools.  Please visit our website to enter the names of your awardees or use the links included at the bottom of this post.  The deadline for
submitting is Tuesday, April 5. Our website also has a link for you to upload all
pictures to showcase your PTA happenings and volunteers!

Once again we will be celebrating:
*PTA Teacher of the Year
*PTA Student of the Year
*PTA Principal of the Year
*PTA Volunteer of the Year
*PTA Support Staff of the Year

The District 23 PTA Board is very much looking forward to an evening of
celebration with our local units! We encourage you to invite parents who serve in
your schools to be in attendance. We will be enjoying dinner, entertainment and
awards. It is sure to be a fantastic evening!

Cori Gubler
District 23 PTA President

Make sure you enter your Spring Award Recipients

RSVP for Spring Awards

PTA Happenings (Images)


Dorchester School District Two schedules public meetings on the 2016-2017 budget

Employees, parents, and community members are invited to attend a series of public meetings and school board workshops on the proposed Dorchester School District Two 2016-2017 district operating budget. Public comment and input is a very important part of the process in developing the budget for the next school year.

Check our calendar for the upcoming dates.



Roundtable/Reflections Turn-in RSVP

Make sure to RSVP as soon as possible for the upcoming District 23 PTA Roundtable & Reflections Turn-In at the below link.

It is very important to have an accurate count….please help us help our partner PTAs by providing reliable information.

R.S.V.P. HERE!!!!

December Roundtable Update Letter



PTA Date Change 10.13.15

The District Roundtable has been changed to 10.13.15 due to inclement weather.  It will still be located at Knightsville Elementary School.  We hope that everyone has taken all the proper precautions needed to remain safe and vigilant in this difficult time!




10.6.15 Roundtable Reminder

October Roundtable Reminder – RSVP on our calendar!  Can’t wait to see you there!  



FB Beta Butts & Wings BBQ Festival

BBQ-Elementary/Middle School Competition

Thank you so much for your participation and support! If you would like to set up a vendor table for your PTA/PTSA or a school club, please contact [email protected] for more information. In the meantime, start getting those sales. Discounted presale tickets ($10/$5 per day) will be available through Sept. 30.  October 1 the price goes up to the regular ticket prices ($15/$10 per day) for unlimited samples.

Info site: https://sites.google.com/site/fdhsbeta/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/398073170362810/

Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fdhs-butts-wings-bbq-festival-tickets-15677329314?aff=es2


Message from District 23 PTA President – Convocation 2015

My name is Cori Gubler and it is a pleasure to be here today to speak with you about PTSA.  I am currently serving in my second year as the District 23 PTA President.  It has been an absolute joy for me to serve in this position, especially within the schools of DD2! This past year I have come to know our schools and please know I mean it when I say I want to give each of you a most sincere thank you – a thank you to our teachers, administrators and staff of Dorchester District Two – for your support of PTA!

Last year, I introduced myself and told you that I am a mother of five children. Let me remind you it is no doubt my family dinner table represents many of the personalities of the students in your classroom! I have children in my family that are typical, and children that are gifted. I have one that may be gifted but is so stubborn we may never know the truth, BUT – he’s delightful nonetheless! I have one with an autism diagnosis and one has anxiety. I have a son that lives and breathes to play soccer for the Green Wave! I have children who love performing in steel band, marching band and chorus. I have children that excel academically and others that, well, excel socially.   As I shared last year, although each of my children are different, I still want each of them to be successful and THAT IS THE MISSION OF PTA! To be a powerful voice for ALL children, a relevant resource for families and communities and a strong advocate for the education and well-being of EVERY CHILD. We are a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers that support various programs that benefit students.

I want to take a moment and state the names of the amazing board members I get the opportunity to serve with:

  • 1st VP is DeVane Trigiani from Fort Dorchester High School
  • 2nd VP is Teresa Garcia who is involved at Flowertown Elementary and Rollings Middle School of the Arts
  • 3rd VP is Loretta Mitchum from DuBose Middle School
  • Secretary is Christina Hernandez from Rollings Middle School
  • Treasurer is Anna Tuten whose children graduated from Fort Dorchester High School

Also, within our district, we have Ms. Tanya Robinson, who serves on our School Board and as our SC State PTA President!

I encourage you to get to know these talented ladies as they are well-versed in the mission of PTA.

I am so appreciative of Mr. Pye and the fact that he the fully supports PTA. I absolutely love listening to his stories of when he was a school administrator and had such a positive association with his PTA Presidents. They accomplished SO much and involved so many. He encourages parents to be in our schools and understands the importance of how when administrators, teachers, parents, and students ALL work together it equals SUCCESS for CHILDREN!   We know he supports these things because he walks the walk by including PTSA in his superintendent goals. I want to thank each of YOU for welcoming parents into your schools!

***Did you know that PTA is the organization that brought us kindergarten? PTA is also the organization that brought our children a hot lunch program, universal immunizations against preventable diseases, a juvenile justice system, and PTA brought us child labor laws to protect children from exploitation. PTA was founded in 1897, 118 years ago!   PTA has a great history and a great future, especially here in Dorchester District 2! District 23 PTA is building relationships! We are training local units, increasing communication and as part of the District PTA board I can honestly tell you we are genuinely happily serving YOU! We have no agenda other than to help YOU and to help children succeed.

District 23 PTA this past year produced not one but TWO South Carolina PTA Principals of the Year! Ms. Vernisa Bodison from Windsor Hill Elementary School was awarded SC PTA Elementary Principal of the Year and Mr. Ted Brinkley from DuBose Middle School was awarded the SC State PTA Middle/High School Principal of the Year award. This means that these two individuals were recognized over their peers throughout the entire state of SC for their efforts in supporting the mission of PTA. District 23 produced 21 students that won at the state level in the various Reflections arts program categories and we had TWO National Award of Excellence recipients that were from our district. One was from Ashley Ridge High School, Tiffany Holt won in the photo category and from Summerville High School, Ann Bailey, won in film! I have been in our schools and have children in our schools and I KNOW that each of YOUR schools have PTSAs that are doing amazing things!

THIS IS a time of RENEWAL for PTA! I encourage you to carry the card that counts. I urge you to, like me, carry the PTA card.

Thank you!

Cori Gubler


Welcome to District 23 PTA’s New Website

PTA is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.


Electronic Membership Submittal

You asked and we listened!  The 2015-2016 school year will have monthly electronic membership submittal.  The same guidelines will be followed as the paper form:  submit monthly.   

Monthly Membership Submittal Form


  • 10 day count can be obtained from your SYSOP/Records Secretary
  • Reminder emails will be sent to Membership Chair, PTA President, and Principal if not received by the due date.




Welcome to 2015-2016 Year!


 I cannot tell you how many mixed emotions are going through my head at this moment:

I am THRILLED to be leading the most hospitable state in our nation;
I am HUMBLED that the membership has faith in me; and
I am GRATEFUL for the opportunities within our reach to become even greater!

For who?

For every child that every local PTA/PTSA can touch!

I believe we will see great strides within our local units because one thing is for certain…in this uncertain world we live in each day, there is a genuine comfort in just hearing “We have a PTA in our school”. It may be a small comfort – but it is a consistent one.

It is within our ability to enlarge that comfort zone through STRONGER programs over this next year! More meaningful present day concerning programs…programs that will make parents write the date down on their calendars so they don’t miss them… kind of programs, AND fun programs for our middle and high school parents AND their students.

As Walt Disney once said, ” The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing”!

Your State Board is here to help you get started wherever you are located in South Carolina and at whatever stage your PTA may be in. We will be traveling around the state during the summer conducting regional trainings. Check the website for one nearest you and PLEASE attend. You will leave knowing so much more and feeling surrounded by those who want you to succeed!

Until next time,

Very sincerely,

Tanya Robinson
SCPTA President
“The achievement of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual”
Vince Lombardi 


WE NEED your Local Unit Officer Reports NOW!


Please use our online officer submission system to send us your PTA leaders names and contact information.

Submit here   2015-2016 Local Unit Officer Report

What if you don’t have all of the information for your PTA leaders yet? Not to worry! You can input as much or as little information as you currently have. Then, when you acquire the needed information, go back into our system, and add the new information later.

This information is needed so you receive the appropriate information (emails, etc.).  If we do not receive your information we will forward to your principal so he/she can forward information on to you!  Thanks for helping to make this year successful!