Cougar Mountain Middle School PTSA Awards 

Congratulations to the 2024 CMMS PTSA Golden Acorn Award recipients,

Eric Leberg and Harriet Arkley!

Harriet and Eric are our two wonderful volunteers from the Timber Ridge community next to CMMS.


     Harriet started the knitting club with only four students, today there are 35 students. Anna Kenniston is the wonderful teacher sponsor who runs the club together with Harriet.

     Eric has been playing instruments since he himself was a student in Band and he dedicates his time to volunteer during Mr. Rogers' band class and at concerts.


We are grateful for the wonderful partnership we have with the Timberlake Ridge community and thankful for Harriet and Eric's dedication and time. Our students and staff are very fortunate to have them as part of our CMMS community.


Cougar Mountain Middle School PTSA Golden Acorn & Outstanding Advocate
2023-2024 Award Nominations

The Cougar Mountain Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association (CMMS PTSA) honors outstanding volunteer service annually by awarding the National PTA Golden Acorn Award and the Outstanding Advocate Award. Please help us recognize the extraordinary volunteerism that occurs in our PTSA, school, and community by submitting a nomination for those deserving individuals.

Deadline for submissions is midnight, Monday, March 18th, 2024.


Do you know a volunteer who goes “above and beyond” for our kids for our school? 

The Cougar Mountain Middle School PTSA presents the following awards:

Golden Acorn Award to honor outstanding volunteer service for children. The winners of this award are PTA/PTSA members who volunteer in ways that meet the mission of PTSA: promoting the health, welfare, safety and education of ALL children and youth in our schools and community.
Outstanding Advocate* Award to honor an individual for continued and dedicated service to ALL children and a demonstrated commitment to helping create strong policies relating to the health, welfare, safety, and education of children and youth.

*Advocacy should be viewed as active support in the causes for all children and youth. Advocacy includes, but is not limited to, active volunteerism in legislative issues on a local, state or national level, whether stemming from public education or non-profit organizations; working with the district or school administration on student issues; speaking up for children and youth who can’t  speak up for themselves; and trying to change things for the benefit of children at a local, state or national level.

Awards Presentations – Recipients receive the Golden Acorn or Outstanding Advocate Award Pin and a certificate from the Washington State PTA. Our PTSA also makes a donation in each recipient’s name to the WSPTA Scholarship Foundation, providing scholarships to selected high school students entering post-secondary education. Awards will be presented at the CMMS PTSA Meeting on April 19, 2024 and recipients will be honored at the district awards ceremony on May 17, 2024, at 6:30PM.

Nominations – Please help us identify volunteers from our community to receive a Golden Acorn or Outstanding Advocate Award this year. Through recommendations, the PTSA Awards Committee will make the final selections.

Nominees are scored using a weighted evaluation system that considers volunteer service during the 2023-2024 calendar year. To be eligible for the Golden Acorn Award, a nominee may not be a previous recipient of the Cougar Mountain Middle School PTSA Golden Acorn Award.

This rule does not apply to the Outstanding Advocate Award. Nominees MUST be an active Cougar Mountain Middle School PTSA member and participant. 

If you have any questions, please contact Cougar Mountain Middle School PTSA President, Christina Smedegaard here.

Cougar Mountain Middle School PTSA Recognition 

Past Golden Acorn Award Recipients:

2022 - Mary McGuire-Brown, Shamitha Sridharan
2023 - Monica Condino
2024 - Eric Leberg, Harriet Arkley