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Named a 2018-2020 National PTA School of Excellence

The Huth Road Elementary PTA was named a 2018-2020 National PTA School of Excellence for strengthening its communication with families and implementing an action plan for school improvement based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

Huth was one of 19 within New York State to earn the two-year designation.

National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. Schools work to meet standards such as welcoming all families into the school community, communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking up for every child, sharing power, and collaborating with community.

Among the successes Huth submitted for the award:

  • Increase of 315% in communication as responses for feedback via the National School of Excellence survey jumped dramatically. Requests for feedback was met with responses from teachers, parents, and other members of the community at large.
  • Multi-language signage throughout the building on welcome signs, requests to have photo ID ready, and information regarding dismissal procedures were translated into nine languages (other than English) spoken by families at Huth including Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Tagalog, Punjabi, Urdu, Arabic, Polish, and Greek.
  • Student-created videos for parent-teacher conferences were done in a second-grade classroom to help generate a conversation during the conference.
  • A special event with a psychologist guest speaker who presented to parents, school administration/faculty/staff, and community members.

As part of the PTA Excellence Award, Huth Road made a pledge to participate in the "Start with Hello" campaign in September. The "Start with Hello" campaign is a national effort that teaches students the skills they need to reach out to others who might feel socially isolated and create a culture of empathy, inclusion and connectedness within their school. To kick off the campaign at Huth, for one week in September, the new Student Ambassadors wrote and read advice about kindness on morning announcements. Huth Road Elementary Principal Dr. Ami Alderman expanded on the message with a daily challenge for the building.