Oak Hill Elementary School Named National PTA School of Excellence

Oak Hill Elementary School has earned the National PTA School of Excellence Award, an honor given to just 11 Texas PTA’s and only 170 schools across the country. 

The award recognizes the school for its achievement in building a strong partnership between families and the school to improve student success. 

The recognition is an acknowledgment of Oak Hill’s deep dedication to working together through innovation, creativity and inclusiveness to boost school spirit and drive fundraising. Those fundraising efforts have financed computers, playground equipment and scholarships. 

“When families and schools work together, student achievement increases and the school experience improves,” said Oak Hill Principal Lori Komassa.

Key Oak Hill PTA accomplishments include:

  • Hosting an international festival, supporting a new ballet folklorico program and having interpreters at meetings to ensure all families can participate in school and PTA activities. 
  • Recruiting a bilingual parent volunteer to operate the school's reading program that provides one-on-one tutoring to struggling readers in both English and Spanish. 
  • Hosting community events including a spring carnival, ice cream social, fun run and other activities that foster a sense of community. 

“This recognition is a testament to the students, teachers, school leadership and our close-knit community of families that have been working together for years to make sure our school has what it needs and that we have a robust family-school partnership,” said PTA President Arati Singh. “When the school identifies a need, whether it’s for volunteers or funding, we work together to make sure it gets filled.” 

The Oak Hill PTA also supports academic programs by raising money to fund a life sciences program and chicken coop, computers and tablets, reading software, author visits, field trips, hands-on math manipulatives and learning gardens. 

National PTA launched the award program in 2013 to help strengthen family-school partnerships across the country and make measurable progress in the areas of education, health and safety, and arts and cultural exploration. 

For a complete list of award recipients, please visit 2015-2017 National PTA Schools of Excellence.