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Congratulations to Phantom Lake Elementary and Phantom Lake PTA for being recognized, by National PTA, as a National PTA School of Excellence, for their achievement in building effective family-school partnerships.  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 Phantom Lake Elementary and Phantom Lake PTA’s leadership and commitment to supporting student success and continuous school improvement.

“The partnership between Phantom Lake Elementary and Phantom Lake PTA is a true example of what can be accomplished when schools and families work together,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “Phantom Lake Elementary and Phantom Lake 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.”

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 partnership and significant progress toward their goal.

“At Phantom Lake we believe in engaging every family in meaningful opportunities to create a learning community where students will thrive,” said Erin King, principal.

To engage families, the school has a program called Family Third Thursday, when all families are invited to join their student in the classroom once per month to experience the curriculum and see first- hand how their child’s class functions. Additionally, the Phantom Lake PTA has a strong tradition of welcoming all families, and works closely with school administrators to build a respectful and inclusive community.

For more information about the National PTA School of Excellence program, visit PTA.org/Excellence.