Eastern Panhandle School Receives National Honor

June 09, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Eagle School Intermediate has received a national award in recognition of outstanding parental involvement at the Berkeley County school.


The National PTA organization has certified Eagle School as a Parent Involvement School of Excellence, the only school in West Virginia to receive the honor.


“Schools that attain parent involvement certification show a strong dedication to student achievement and a welcoming attitude toward families,” said Warleen Gary, PTA’s chief executive officer. “Certification is a mark of excellence.”


The school formed a diverse team of parents, teachers and community members, who then created a parent involvement plan with a common goal of helping the school’s 470 students succeed. The school serves residents of two homeless shelters, three housing complexes and has a large English as a second language population.


“The West Virginia Board of Education and I are extremely proud of Eagle School Intermediate and ecstatic that parents, teachers and the community have been recognized for the enormous strides they have made to improve student learning,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “This award can be credited to the leadership provided by Berkeley County Schools and Eagle School Intermediate.”  


Research has found that parental involvement, not income or social status, is the most accurate predictor of student achievement in school. The more extensive parents are involved in their children’s education, the higher the achievement, the better the behavior and the more successful the students are as adults.


Earning national recognition is not new to Eagle School Intermediate. Earlier this year, the school was one of six across the country to receive the Panasonic National School Change Award. 


A school is a candidate for the Panasonic National School Change Award if it has experienced significant change for the better in areas such as student achievement scores, innovative teaching practices, and overall improved teaching and learning attitudes.   


For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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