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"Nothing we do for children is ever wasted."  -Garrison Keillor

You can see many other PTO pictures by clicking here and then choosing the PTO album.

Welcome to the Upton PTO website!

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Leader, Tracey Stirmel

Leader, Myla Mills

We encourage you to become involved in this great organization.  Volunteers are always welcome.  By participating in the PTO, you have an opportunity to learn about Upton schools and contribute to your child's experience.  By volunteering, you demonstrate to your child the importance you place on education.  Contributing in just a small way, can make a big difference!

Mission Statement

The Upton PTO is a nonprofit parent/teacher organization whose membership includes all parents, guardians and staff of Upton Schools.  The group is organized for the purpose of supporting and enhancing the educational experiences of Upton students.  It provides a means for parents, school, teachers and community to work cooperatively, and financial support for programs funded outside the annual school budget.  It is our belief that the team effort of a parent teacher organization offers the best possible learning environment for our children.  We hope to bring the community and students together with many fun and exciting activities, and make people proud to be from Upton, "the best town on earth!"


Upton PTO Celebrates Teachers during “National Teacher Appreciation Week” 5-11-17
The Upton PTO held a week-long celebration last week in recognition of Upton teachers and their great contributions
to education and the community.  The students and parents had an opportunity to show their appreciation for the hard
work their teachers do and the long hours many of them put in.  The PTO organized a “Hollywood” theme for the week,
and gave teachers some red carpet treatment.  Parents brought in meals each day for the lounge, and posters were hung
on the wall of the famous teachers, as well as, special notes written from the students.  Wednesday, was dress-up day,
and the PTO gave away prizes and gift cards to the winning teachers.  Middle school English teacher, Michael Patterson,
won the best-dressed award for this year’s contest.  It was a great, well-deserved week for Upton teachers, and the PTO
would like to thank it’s volunteers for many hours of work putting this event together, and once again thank the teachers
for another great school year!

PTO “Muffins for Moms” 5-10-17
Volunteer dads for this year’s PTO “Muffins for Moms” event last Wednesday were: Justin Mills, Loren Barritt, Cody Barrit, Dennis Stirmel, and Nick Johnson. The event was attended with almost 300 students and their special quests being served. The moms enjoyed a morning of breakfast, refreshments, and some special time with their kids, and the students enjoyed having their moms visit the school.


PTO “Breakfast for Brains” 3-7-17
PTO volunteer, Gina Barritt and daughter, Whitney, help serve breakfast to the 3rd through 8th grade
students at Upton Elementary during the students’ first week of PAWS Testing March 8th.  Joes Food Center helped donate the food for the event.  Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS), is the official statewide assessment used to measure individual student achiment against the Wyoming content and Performance Standards for 3rd-8th grade. Students will be testing through the end of March.


PTO Fall “Box Tops Contest” 12-8-16
Tory Mobely and her Kindergarten students were the winners of the PTO fall Box Tops contest collecting 1,600 10 cent Box Tops!  Ms. Mobely received a $100 gift card for her classroom.  First grade was a close second place collecting 1,500 Box Tops.  Students in all grades did a great job saving this fall with over 7,000 Box Tops/$700 saved all together as a school.  This fall’s earnings bought Bobcat t-shirts for K-8th grade students and staff.  The PTO would like to thank the parents, teachers and community for helping with this project, and please continue to save.


PTO “Adopt a Scarecrow” Fundraiser 11-1-16
After a very windy day & chasing these guys around the parking lot, the scarecrows have made their way inside Upton Elementary where they will decorate the school until Thanksgiving break. Thank you, volunteers, for all the help setting up and staking the scarecrows, and thank you to the community and businesses for adopting them and helping the PTO with this fundraiser.  We appreciate it!


PTO 4th Annual “Trunk or Treat” Event 10-31-16
The Upton PTO held their 4th annual “Trunk or Treat,” last Monday night at Upton Elementary.  The event brought dozens of decorated cars and decorated kids together for a unique trick-or-treating night. Local businesses and community volunteers braved the wind to decorate trunks and pass out candy to costumed kids of all ages.  The weather settled down and it turned out to be a beautiful, sunny evening for the event.  The PTO would like to thank volunteers for participating and all the creative trunks,and their donated candy for the event.  See you next year!


PTO “Back to School Drawing” 9-13-16
Winners were drawn at our PTO booth during the Elementary “Back to School Night” open house this Tuesday. Congratulations, Jenn Strong, Rose Rehling, and Trisha Timberman, who won back to school supplies. Thank you for attending this year’s Upton Elementary open house and stopping by our booth!


PTO Box Tops “Gumball Machine” Project 5-23-16
The spring Box Tops contest is finished, and the students were able to put 120 gum balls in the machine which totaled 3000 Box Tops!  Pretty good for a one week contest! Thank you, parents, for helping your students save! over the summer, because the fall Box Tops contest will start when school starts this fall!


PTO “Western Night” 3-11-16
Thanks to the community for coming out for our 4th annual family night event. We served over 250 bowls of free chili, and raised over $2,000 in the live auction for Upton classrooms and the PTO. Awesome, fun night!


PTO “Breakfast for Brains during PAW Testing 3-9-16
The PTO hosted their “Breakfast for Brains” party during the beginning of PAWS testing for the middle school and elementary students, to help keep up their energy during a long week of testing.  Thank you, Joes Food Center, for your help with this event.


Middle School “Valentine Dance” 2-12-16
Middle school had a super fun night at the Valentine Dance.  Thank you, PTO volunteers, for helping decorate and making the goodies, and Bert Stephens for the awesome music and lights for the kids!


PTO “Donuts for Dads” 2-4-16
Thank you, dads, for taking time out of your busy schedules this morning to spend time with the students at the elementary. We had a great turnout, serving 216 students and their special guests. The kids are always thrilled to have their dads at school!



PTO Box Tops “Popcorn Popper” Project 12-17-15
BOX TOPS UPDATE!! A new commercial size popcorn machine was purchased for the students and teachers
of Upton Elementary with some of the earnings from our last Box Tops for Education contest!! It is very exciting news,and the first popcorn party we will have with it will be tomorrow during the Christmas movie in the auditorium!Thank you so much to everyone who has clipped and saved Box Tops for our contests. The students are going to have a great time with this new addition to the school!


PTO “How Tall Are You” Raffle Fundraiser 12-12-15
The PTO and elementary students held raffle drawings during the Upton Invite basketball tournament to raise money for a mechanical bull at their next family fun night in March.  The students measured how tall spectators were, and gave out their height in raffle tickets!


PTO “Giving Tree” Project 12-10-15
The Teacher Giving Tree is traveling around town now!  It will be at Joes Food center through the weekend.  Come take a look and unhook one of the ornaments for our local classrooms!  Joes has lots of the wishes right in their storeThank you so much for everyone’s kindness with this project for the school.


PTO Box Tops “Cookies with the Community” 11-22-15
Friday celebration for the end of our fall Box Tops for Education contest! $800 was earned!
8,000 little tiny 10 cent Box Tops!! That's amazing. Good job, everyone!


PTO “Falling for Box Tops” Parties 11-22-15
Carameled apple parties and bobbing for apples in the trees, were part of our Box Tops celebration
this fall for the elementary and middle school classrooms that saved 1,000 Box Tops!

PTO “Box Tops Fall Festival” 11-20-15
The PTO finished their fall Box Tops collection contest with a fall festival for the elementary and middle school students.  Businesses in the community set up trick-or-treat stations for the kids with information about their businesses and treats, and the high school student clubs also set up booths for the students to visit.  Kasi White’s first grade classroom won the competition this year with the most Box Tops collected.


PTO “Bobcat Box Tops Shirts” 10-2-15
The Upton PTO recently presented the elementary and middle school grades K-8th, Bobcat Box Tops shirts to wear for homecoming.  192 shirts were purchased, all with 10 cent Box Tops money from last year’s contest!  The PTO’s fall collection contest has now started, and will run until November 23rd.  Please save and send Box Tops to school with your students.  Every little bit helps! (photo-Tory Mobley’s Kindergarten class)



“Dinner/Auction Benefit”  October 20, 2014
The Upton P.T.O., Upton students, and community will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner/ Auction Benefit for the Kaster family, who lost their home to fire on September 23rd.  Dinner will start at 6:00pm, Monday October 20th in the Upton Elementary gymnasium, and will be $5.00 a plate.  Silent and live auction items will be available for purchase, and all proceeds will go to the family to help get them back on their feet.  Some of the items for auction include a $100 gift card from Black Hills Power Sports, photography photo sessions, Mary Kay, Creative Memory gift baskets, autographed prints, wooden signs, Zumba membership, Bobcat shirts, and much, much more.  Please call 468-9203 for more information or for any new items people wish to donate for the auction.  Thank you.


PTO “Trunk or Treat” 10-31-14
The Upton P.T.O. hosted our annual Halloween event, Trunk or Treat, last Friday evening at Upton Elementary. Strong wind gusts pushed the event indoors to the gymnasium, but didn’t stop the fun.  Over 150 trick or treaters visited the school,  and 20 trunks were on display giving out candy and treats to the crowd.  Thank you, volunteers, for braving the weather and helping make this event a success!

The Rehling Family poses with their themed trunk,“Ghosts and Pumpkins.”

The McCoy Family theme trunk, “I Spy.”

The Coberly family theme trunk,“Don’t Go in the Water.”

FBLA students’ theme trunk,“Halloween Bowling.”


“PTO Kickoff Raffle” Sept. 8- Oct. 10, 2014

The PTO, in partnership with Black Hills Power, will be doing a kickoff raffle at this fall’s high school football games.  The raffle is for the new, super cool tailgate “pellet” grill.    Ticket sales will be Monday, September 8th; Friday, September 19; and Friday, October 10th at the football field.  Need not be present to win.  Prices are one ticket for $5.00, and three tickets for $10.00.  Winner will be drawn October 10th at halftime of the homecoming Patriots game!



“Muffins for Moms” 5-7-14
The Upton PTO sponsored “Muffins for Moms” at Upton Elementary on May 7, 2014.  PTO volunteer dads helped serve the muffins and host the event.   256 students, moms, and special guests enjoying the morning.


“Bumper Ball” Box Tops Finale 5-14-14
Upton Elementary students and the community collected 6,951 Box Tops in the spring contest that finished up in May.  The PTO helped them celebrate with a giant “bumper ball” tournament and assembly.  Students took turns battling inside the giant orbs and put on quite a show for the crowd!  During the 2013-2014 school year, Upton Elementary has collected $1,376 in Box Tops!  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents, so this is an impressive amount of work from the students!  A new contest will start in the fall, so be looking for Box Tops over the summer and help collect them for the students!


"PTO Renaissance Fair"  4-11-14
The PTO's "Renaissance Fair" family night was once again a great success.  The medieval obstacle course and the giant bounce castle, with the help of Rhonda Knapp, was a highlight of the night.  Mikayla Wilson's 7th grade students gave some amazing chautauqua performances; and the community band, Upton jugglers, and stage performers put on a great medieval recital.  Local Upton resident, Dave McElhiney, made a surprise appearance with his bag pipe show and thrilled the audience.  Chess champions, Joe Olson and Emmanuel Chafee, once again did a great job challenging the students in chess.  Remy's Diner and the Western Cafe helped cater the medieval meal, and many of the classroom teachers and students worked on fun exhibits and booths that were on display during the fair.  Next year's family night will have a "western" theme, so get your cowboy boots ready!



"Donuts for Dads" 2014
The Upton PTO sponsored "Donuts for Dads" at Upton Elementary on January 29, 2014.  Students spent the morning with their dads eating donuts and enjoying an assembly in the auditorium.  The students and teachers put together a special DVD showing the dads all the ways they are important in students' lives.  The event was very well attended with 122 dads and guests enjoying the morning! 


The Upton PTO hosted a "Custodian and Maintenance Appreciation Week" September 9th through the 13th, to acknowledge the important role custodians play in keeping the schools running smoothly.
(Becky Cummings, Arlene Jenkins, Julie Shepperson, Wendy Strong, Lynn Jespersen, Mike Hagerman, and Not pictured: Kris Renner)