Longfellow Elementary School has earned the National PTA School of Excellence Award for the third time since 2014.
“Congratulations on earning this prestigious recognition, which symbolizes your incredible work as national leaders in developing strong family-school partnerships,” the National PTA stated in its recent award announcement.
To be recognized, PTAs evaluate their family engagement strategies and submit a goal that families, teachers and administrators have set together. Longfellow’s PTA took this challenge to heart.
"Longfellow PTA has a longstanding reputation of being a foundational group that is a key component to Longfellow's success. We work hand in hand with the administration team, teachers and parents to make sure we are in tune with the school's and community's needs,” Longfellow PTA President Mary Yung said. “Longfellow is a stand-out school, not only because of its socioeconomic and racial diversity, but because it’s a school where there is a tremendous amount of support at every level, from all stakeholders who keep the main goal of enriching students' educational experience and overall well-being at the forefront."
In 2018-19 Longfellow’s PTA focused on supporting families with planning for transition to middle school. The PTA organized a Middle School Transition Informational Night. The well-attended event featured a diverse panel of middle school parents who spoke with fourth and fifth grade parents, sharing their experiences and tips. Other programs, events and services supported by Longfellow’s PTA have included:
• Reading at Home – All students receive a free book three to four times a year to promote reading outside of school and in the home.
• Uniform Exchange – Gently used school uniforms are shared to increase sustainability and reduce waste.
• 100-Mile Club – Students and parents can run or walk a total of 100 miles during a single school year. The running program increases students' readiness to learn and improves overall health.
• Family Science Night – Families participate in hands-on activities focused on science, technology, math and engineering.
The National PTA will celebrate winning schools throughout the year via social media, digital publications, training events and advocacy efforts.