FWCS schools take home PTA honors - May 18, 2009

Record Number: 5149
Displayed from: May 18, 2009 , until: Jun 18, 2009

Several Fort Wayne Community Schools PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) and PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association) groups received honors during the Indiana PTA Convention for their efforts in promoting schools and parent involvement. Forest Park Elementary School's PTA was named the Indiana PTA Outstanding Unit of the Year. Forest Park's PTA organized a Million Penny Campaign to buy resources books for classrooms at the school. The school's PTA was also named a 2009 Indiana PTA Honor Unit, as were Price Elementary School PTA and Northrop High School PTSA. The Indiana PTA 2009 Outstanding Journalism Awards went to Franke Park Elementary School Newsletter at Franke Park and Lakeside Links at Lakeside Middle School. Northrop High School, which was previously named an Outstanding PTA Unit two years in a row, became a member of the 500 Club for having at least 500 PTSA members for two years or more. Statewide, 17 schools were recognized with the Gold Oak Leaf Award, given to those schools that increase membership by 50 percent or more. FWCS schools recognized include Elmhurst High School PTSA, Harrison Hill Elementary PTA, Kekionga Middle School PTSA, Scott Academy PTA, Northcrest Elementary PTA and Shawnee Middle School PTSA. Shawnee also received the Membership Achievement Award for being among the schools with the highest percent increase in membership over last year's number. Shawnee PTSA membership increased 234 percent this year.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.