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National School of Excellence


National PTA School of Excellence Award

Congratulations to last year’s LCHS PTA, led by Jane Smart 2012-2014 as President, for obtaining the National PTA School of Excellence Award. Cleveland Middle School and La Cueva were both honored with the award, which recognizes achievement in building effective family-school partnerships.  The 2014-2016 award, given to 170 schools nationally, aims to make measurable progress in the areas of education, health and safety, and arts and cultural exploration.  


To be considered for the award, PTAs evaluate their family engagement strategies and submit a goal for school improvement in coordination with the families, teachers, and administrators.  The PTA Schools of excellence designation is awarded to those family-school partnerships that demonstrate significant progress toward their set goal. 


In order to create stronger family and school partnerships, Cleveland introduced family-friendly signs in multiple languages and began an ESL group for Spanish-speaking parents, taking them to PTA meetings to help them engage and feel more comfortable. 


La Cueva’s PTA hosts multiple events throughout the year to engage the community, often including families of La Cueva’s feeder schools. During their open house, they teach family members who may be unfamiliar with the school’s website or computers how to stay in touch.


La Cueva’s PTA also sponsors “Project We Care,” a publication of parents who pledge that they will be present if their teen hosts a party and that drugs and alcohol will not be involved. Their PTA members dedicate more than 500 volunteer hours each month.


“Our PTA is our outreach program in our community,” said La Cueva Principal Dana Richardson. “They are extremely supportive and their primary goal is doing what’s best for students through their involvement.”


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