PTO » Overview


Dear Parents/Guardians;

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would like to welcome you to Benchmark School. We are a volunteer organization made up of parents, teachers and administrators who are all dedicated to the successful education of our children. The PTO works hard to help make the school year both enjoyable and exciting for students, teachers, and parents!

In previous years, the PTO has provided funding for big projects like a new security system for the school, water bottle filling stations, as well as many other great contributions. This year, the PTO Board would like to continue to focus on Safety, Health, & Well-Being for our children.

We are also open to hearing from parents as to what you would like to see in our school as we plan for these efforts. We encourage you to join the PTO organization and get involved as well! Everything we do depends on our great volunteers! There are numerous short-term or long-term volunteer opportunities throughout the school year. The amount of time you donate is flexible and can be made to fit into your daily life. 

PTO meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning in September and ending in May (excluding December). Meetings are held in the Benchmark Library at 5:30 PM and last approximately one hour. We discuss upcoming events, possible new fundraisers and share ideas. This is a wonderful way to meet some great families and stay informed with school events.

We in the PTO believe that it is the ultimate importance that we do everything we can to enhance the learning environment of our children as they truly are our future. 

We look forward to having you join. Get involved and stay in the know!



Ed  Whitteaker (President)

Shaly Vassigh (Vice President)

Mandy Short (Secretary)

Elizabeth Hatfield (Treasurer)


According to National PTA, the most accurate predictor of academic achievement is not socioeconomic status, nor how prestigious the school is that a child attends. The best predictor of student success is the extent to which families encourage learning at home and involve themselves in their child’s education. This includes volunteering and being involved with school events.