National PTA Selects Southwood Elementary School as a School of Excellence

  • Southwood Elementary was one of two New Jersey schools recognized by the National PTA as a 2017-2019 School of Excellence. This designation honors accomplishments in building an inclusive and welcoming school community where all families contribute to the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

    “Research shows that when families and schools work together, students do better in school and schools improve,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “We are pleased to recognize these schools and PTAs as 2017-2019 Schools of Excellence for their commitment to strengthening their family-school partnerships and creating an environment where all families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success.”

    National PTA’s School of Excellence program helps PTAs become partners in identifying and implementing school improvement initiatives based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Schools that exhibit improvement at the end of the school year are honored as National PTA Schools of Excellence, a distinction that spans two years.

    “In Old Bridge, we pride ourselves on fostering the most inclusive school climate possible,” said Old Bridge Schools Superintendent David Cittadino. “We want every parent to recognize and celebrate their role as a vital element necessary to the success of schools and students.”

    Southwood Principal Karen Foley expressed her excitement when learning of the honor.

    “We are proud of the home-school partnership, which is the foundation of the Southwood community,” said Foley. “There is a mutual respect between parents and staff, as we work together to ensure the success of every child.”

    National PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools.

    PTA prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.