Welcome to our Bayside High School PTSA!

Our goal is to make our students’ potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all students.  Our membership numbers represent the strength of our advocacy voice.  We encourage parents, students, teachers, staff, relatives, friends and our community to become members of our Bayside HS PTSA.


PTSA Executive Board

Elected Officers

President                                        Melinda Steele
VP-Membership                              Open
VP-All Night Grad                        Kabhir Marks 
Secretary                                    Deborah Jennison
Treasurer Patricia Thurman


All parents/guardians, grandparents and community members may join the PTSA and/or donate to the Marlin Fund by visiting our website at  Purchasing a membership helps support important programs/resources for our school.  Marlin Fund donations are used to support Bayside families that are in need through our Food Pantry, Angel "Marlin" Tree, bereavement assistance, and other essential PTSA related business.


Marlin Fund Donations

Donations are greatly appreciated and enable the PTSA to provide programs, resources, and support to our students, faculty and families.  You do not need to be a member or our PTSA to make a donation.  We welcome donations by mail or hand-delivered to the main office at school.

Complete  BHSPTSA Marlin Fund form and send to school to support PTSA school-wide initiatives.  

PTSA Meetings

All General Meetings are open to all parents, teachers, students, guardians, caregivers and community members.  Please join us. 


  • Contact Mrs. Kownack, Volunteer Coordinator for volunteer information.  
  • Consider joining our volunteer team.  Please review and complete the BHS PTSA Volunteer Form.  Forms may be returned to the main office or email to VIE Volunteers
  • Each school year, all current and prospective Virginia Beach City Public School volunteers must abide by VBCPS Guidelines for School Volunteers.
  • Volunteers are asked to check in at the front desk inside the main entrance.  Volunteers must present a valid government-issued ID that will be scanned in order to create a volunteer badge. As an added security feature, the scanning process includes a cross reference to the national and state sex offender registry. All volunteers are required to wear their badge while on school property and turn it in at the front desk as they are leaving the building.
  • Volunteers are strongly encouraged to log their hours through the VBCPS Get Connected database. If they prefer, volunteers may log their hours in the Volunteer Book located at the near end of the security desk. VBCPS uses this information to quantify the value of volunteer service and apply for division-wide federal grants that benefit our schools and students.
  • Contact our Volunteer in Education Coordinator to get connected with our volunteer opportunities. 

PTA Programs We Support


  • PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the annually determined theme. 
  • The artistic expression categories are dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

BHS PTSA Programs and Activities

PTSA Scholarships & Grants:

  • The PTSA awards two one-time $500.00 scholarships each year to graduating BHS seniors who have been accepted as full-time students to an accredited university, college or vocational training school the fall after their graduation.  Seniors must join the BHS PTSA by December 1st of their senior year in order to be eligible for the scholarship.  The Scholarship Notice provides information about the process.
  • We award annual grants to faculty/staff members that apply on behalf of a student enrichment program, activity or event. 
  • The PTSA also seeks to acquire grants to support school programs.
  • 2019 Scholarship Application is here!

Food Pantry:

  • Our PTSA packs “Bayside Bags” to assist students who are in need of food over the weekend. 
  • We also pack snack bags for students who need a little extra nutrition during the school day.
  • We could use your assistance!  Please read the Food Pantry letter to find out what type of support is requested.

Special Events: 

Our PTSA teams up with BHS staff, faculty, alumni and clubs to provide information tables, concessions, and volunteers in support of school sponsored events.

Hospitality and Staff Appreciation: 

  • Our PTSA sponsors various breakfasts/luncheons/dessert events throughout the year to honor our faculty and staff
  • We present small mementos to demonstrate our support and appreciation for our faculty and staff. 
  • The PTSA provides a luncheon for freshmen during their summer orientation


Virginia Beach Council of PTAs 
Virginia PTA 
National PTA