Lehigh Senior High School has been selected as the 2012 Regional IV recipient of the Florida Department of Education's Parent Involvement Award.
Lehigh Senior High's nomination, "Back on Track," created a series of informational sessions offered at various times to accommodate parent schedules that informed families of an innovative alternative program for credit retrieval for ninth- and 10th-grade students.
With the support of teachers, staff, tutors and parents, the project's mission was to not only increase student achievement but also improve parent involvement.
Assistant Principal Michelle Freeman accepted the award on Lehigh Senior High's behalf at the Florida PTA's Annual Leadership Conference, held Saturday, July 14, at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor.
In addition, the "Back on Track" program, along with many other outstanding Florida school district practices, will appear in "Sparkplugs," the Florida DOE's annual publication of exemplary family involvement practices that recruit, train and recognize parents and families.
Together with the Florida PTA and State Farm Insurance, the Florida DOE annually recognizes exceptional school practices that increase family involvement in schools.
These practices include, but are not limited to programs that focus on: parenting, student learning, communicating, removing barriers, volunteering, training at school or at home, decision making and collaborating with the community.