FHSD and Castlio Elementary Receive NNPS Partnership Awards

Posted on 09/06/2017
FHSD and Castlio Elementary Receive NNPS Partnership Awards

The Francis Howell School District has earned a 2017 Partnership District Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University. FHSD was recognized for making excellent progress in developing community partnerships, and for guiding schools to develop goal-linked programs of family and community engagement. This is the fourth NNPS Partnership Award for FHSD and indicates that the District is establishing a sustainable structure to enable schools to continually improve their partnership programs.

“In Francis Howell, we value the voice of our stakeholders,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris. “High-quality community engagement is vitally important at both the school and district level. These programs strengthen the relationship between school and home, and help to improve the quality education that we are able to provide for all of our students.”

Castlio Elementary School’s program of school, family, and community partnerships earned a 2017 Partnership School Award from NNPS. This is the second NNPS Partnership Award for Castlio, and an excellent indication of the school’s commitment to developing a strong program of family and community engagement.

“We are very excited about our two NNPS awards for our Seuss and STEM, as well as our Fine Arts Night,” said Castlio Principal Dr. Bridgett Niedringhaus. “Both events focused on engaging our families in fun learning activities provided by our school community, as well as partnerships developed with surrounding community businesses. Or in the words of one of our students, ‘My mom even had fun!’”

NNPS believes that FHSD is emerging as a national leader on partnership program development. Community engagement activities from the District, Castlio Elementary, Independence Elementary, and Francis Howell Middle School are included in the new book of Promising Partnership Practices 2017. NNPS Director Joyce Epstein said, “Francis Howell is applying research-based approaches to help schools become welcoming places that engage parents and the community in ways that improve student attendance, behavior, achievement, health, graduation rates, postsecondary plans, and other outcomes.”

FHSD will continue working to strengthen its leadership and programs of school, family, and community partnerships to help more students succeed at high levels, and improve the overall experience for not just students, but the community as a whole. More information can be found on the NNPS website.

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