This year four Frisco ISD campuses have been named National PTA Schools of Excellence due to the hard work of their PTA leadership, school staff and families.
National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.
The PTAs at Ashley, Curtsinger and Norris elementary schools and the PTSA at Lone Star High School have been honored for their efforts to develop programs and initiatives that bring families and campus leaders together as partners. Each PTA followed guidelines set by the National PTA to meet this goal.
The effort to be designated a School of Excellence is no small feat. PTAs must enroll in the process and then survey staff and families about the school before developing and implementing an action plan to improve the family-school partnership. At the end of the school year, families are surveyed again and results are submitted to the National PTA School of Excellence program. Designees are announced in August.
"We are thrilled for these campuses to receive this designation,” said Melinda Samberson, president of the Frisco ISD Council of PTAs. “It is a year-long team effort on the part of the PTA and the school staff and truly speaks to a wonderful family-school partnership. These campuses focused on family engagement in specific areas to improve the experience of the families and children because as we do this, the families are engaged and research shows that the students are more successful. The Council is so very proud of these PTAs. Helping our students thrive is our ultimate goal as PTA leaders.”
Last year, Cobb Middle School was named a School of Excellence and was the first FISD PTA to be awarded the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family–School Partnership Award. Many more FISD PTAs are expected to attempt to achieve the title of School of Excellence for their campus.