Past PTA Meetings

Click on meeting dates and links below for descriptions, notes and/or handouts from the PTA Meeting on that date. You must be logged in to view them. 


May 25, 2016: The final meeting of the academic year included a year-end recap and budget review, votes on PTA by-laws changes, PTA Elections for the 2016-2017 PTA Board, and a presentation by Counseling Chair Colleen Hennessy and her team on the Class of 2016's college results with analysis of admissions trends.  The HCHS College Admissions is found here and the admissions presentation is found here.

March 30, 2016:  The social-emotional side of gifted learners is sometimes overlooked, because of the focus on academic achievement. Yet without attention to their social and emotional lives, gifted learners don't reach their potential. Dr. Elissa F. Brown, Director of the Hunter College Gifted Center and Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter's School of Education, will speak about the links between Hunter students' emotional development and their academic achievement.  The PowerPoint presentation from the meeting can be downloaded here.

Jan. 20, 2016:  Rachel Henes of Freedom Institute's "Hallways" program will address the PTA abour our role in supporting our adolescents in developing sound sexual decision-making skills and strategies.  Minutes from the meeting can be found here and the PowerPoint presentation from the Freedom Institute can be found here.

Nov. 18, 2015:  How do young people navigate social media? What do students experience online -- good or bad?  How can parents be helpful?  A panel of HCHS students and administrators will talk with the PTA about how students use the internet.  Notes from the meeting are found here.

Sept. 30, 2015: Each department chair shared information about their curriculum and also spoke about new and exciting programs they are offering and answered the question, 'how are you integrating this year's theme of curiosity into the curriculum?'  Notes from the meeting are found here.


May 20, 2015: Along with PTA Elections, the Counseling Department reported on the college admission for the class of 2015.  Pre-meeting notes for grades 7-9 with Principal Fisher and Joffe are here and notes from the senior parents panel on the college process is here.

March 11, 2015: Kimberly Chu, a school consultant and psychotherapist, and Principal Tony Fisher discussed “Risks and Rewards: Why Students Should Venture 'Outside the Box.'"

Jan. 14, 2015:  Representatives of the Freedom Institute, a nonprofit with expertise on drug and alchohol abuse prevention, discussed trends in drug and alchohol use by 12-17 year-olds and Dr. Fisher discussed Hunter's most recent survey statistics on the issue. 

Nov. 19, 2014: General meeting on Impostor Syndrome. Sustainability committee pre-meeting's notes on how to make the school "greener" are here.

Sept. 17, 2014: General meeting where department heads each spoke; Additional pre-meeting presentations by the Hunter Life Committee on the committee's work; the Sports Committee and Athletic directors, who discussed athletics; and the Wellness Committee, which focused on the needs of 7th graders, and gave an introduction to its work.


May 21, 2014: Counseling Department Report on College Admissions; PTA Board Elections.

March 26, 2014: Panel - How students cope with pressure in a challenging academic environment.  (Queens)

January 15, 2014: Panel - Psychologist Alison Ferst; Pediatrician Dr. Doris Pastore; and Assistant Principal Lisa Siegmann discuss Adolescent Sexuality.

November 13, 2013: Academic Integrity—A Hunter Priority and Lesson for Life.

September 18, 2013:  Presentations by Hunter department chairs and remarks from principal Dr. Tony Fisher and Director Dean Ketchum.


May 22, 2013:  Annual Meeting/Elections and Report on Senior College Admissions. Plus: 6 pm pre-meeting: Grade 12 parents offer advice to Grade 10 and 11 parents about the college process

March 20, 2013: "Affirmative Action and Asian American Students: Myths and Realities"  (Queens)

January 23, 2013: Grade/Class Reps Annual Meeting with Principal Fisher; "The College Transition for Parents;"  "Building Bridges in the Age of Technology"

November 28, 2012: Social Studies and Art/Music Department Overview; "Perspectives on Cheating" 

September 19, 2012:  Science and English Department Overviews 


May 30, 2012: "College Choices (and More)" with Counseling Chair Colleen Hennessy. Pre-Meeting:  Senior Parent Panel on the College Process

March 21, 2012: "Electronic Media and the 'Always On' Adolescent"   (Queens)

January 25, 2012"Health-Partnering with your Adolescent:  A Field Guide to the Unmet Health Care Needs of Adolescents and How to Support Them" 

November 30, 2011:  "Deep Secrets and Adolescent Relationships." Plus:  "Life After Hunter."

October 26, 2011: "Stress & the Adolescent Brain: A Perfect Storm?" Plus: "Life After Hunter."  Pre-Meeting: "College Funding Strategies"

September 21, 2011: Moderated panel of Academic Chairs. Pre-Meetings: Sports Overview and Grade 12 Parent Meeting.


January 19, 2011: Student Opportunities (from HCHS departments and guest speaker Elizabeth Wissner-Gross)
October 20, 2010: Overview of Academic Departments by the Chairs


April 9, 2008: English, Communications and Theater Department Overview

February 27, 2008: "Teen Stress"