National PTA® has recognized Ralph Parr Elementary and Parr Elementary PTA as a National PTA School of Excellence for their achievement in building effective family-school partnerships.
Ralph Parr Elementary is one of 173 schools nationwide and one of only 16 schools in Texas to receive this award.
Research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger. Being recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence demonstrates Ralph Parr Elementary and Parr Elementary PTA’s leadership and commitment to supporting student success and continuous school improvement.
“The partnership between Ralph Parr Elementary and Parr Elementary PTA is a true example of what can be accomplished when schools and families work together,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “Parr Elementary and Parr Elementary PTA have put strong practices into place that involve families in the life of the school, and we are pleased to recognize them as a National PTA School of Excellence.”
National PTA launched its National PTA School of Excellence program to help strengthen family-school partnerships across the country and make measurable progress in the areas of education, health and safety and arts and cultural exploration. As a National PTA School of Excellence, families at Ralph Parr Elementary feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement.
Ralph Parr Elementary chose to strengthen its partnerships in the area of health and safety. This includes encouraging the prevention of all forms of bullying and encouraging healthy peer relationships, promoting healthy lifestyles at home and at school, and supporting students’ emotional and mental well-being.
The campus has achieved this by implementing a cell phone awareness campaign, which has involved a partnership with the League City Police Department. The school has also helped instill health and exercise in students’ every day practices by encouraging fitness every morning through its morning announcements and hosting various exercise challenges.
To be recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence, PTAs evaluate their current family engagement strategies and submit a goal for school improvement that families, teachers and administrators have set together. They improve upon their family engagement strategies throughout the year, while focusing on their goal. The National PTA School of Excellence designation is awarded to those schools that have demonstrated improvement in the family-school partnerships and significant progress toward their goal.
“This National PTA School of Excellence award is an outstanding achievement for our school and PTA,” Ralph Parr Elementary Principal Jane Kelling said. “The wellness and safety of our children is our focus and this award was achieved through a partnership with the League City Police Department and our CCISD Safe and Secure schools. I am proud of our strong partnership with our PTA and local community.”
To celebrate their achievements, National PTA presented Ralph Parr Elementary and Parr Elementary PTA with a National PTA School of Excellence banner. For more information about the National PTA School of Excellence program, visit PTA.org/Excellence.
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children.