KISD: KHES Named A National Pta School Of Excellence
Keller-Harvel Elementary School was recently recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence for the 2018-2020 school years.
KHES joins an elite group of schools recognized by the National PTA. The School of Excellence program supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools that work to improve the educational experience and school environment for every child. This program also provides guidance to assist schools in engaging families in the school decision-making, and helps schools build inclusive policies related to education, health, safety or the arts.
As a National PTA School of Excellence, Keller-Harvel families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement.
KHES Principal Leslie Tewell said that over the last year the campus PTA President Kelly Strzinek worked closely with all PTA members and committees to receive this well-deserved recognition for the campus.
“We are honored and so proud of this recognition,” Tewell said. “The PTA has provided an excellent support system for the students and staff and plays a critical role in the success of the school.”
Strzinek said she had a goal in mind to dispel the myth about PTA being “just a group of mom friends throwing parties.” The PTA Board at KHES is a diverse group of parents who are committed to enhancing the education for all students at Keller-Harvel.
The process included a baseline survey of KHES parents and staff in the fall, and an assessment of results and plan to implement improvement strategies, followed by a final survey at end of year to measure results.
“We are thrilled to be selected as a National PTA School of Excellence. Participating in this program helped us identify areas we needed to improve upon and confirm the areas in which we were doing well,” Strzinek said. “We are fortunate to be able to do this because of an incredibly strong partnership with our Principal, Ms. Tewell, all of the staff, and the KHES families. We were able to work together this past year to support each others goals, which ultimately support the students at Keller-Harvel – all while still having fun!”