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December 14, 2016
Report: High School GPA Linked to College Graduation Rate
According to a new report from GradNation, a student’s performance in high school affects his or her later chances of success exponentially. Researchers from education consultancy Civic Enterprises and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education found that while 76% of high schoolers with an A-average go on to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher within 10 years, that number drops to 50% for B-average students—and further plummets for C and D-average students. (Quartz, Dec. 8)
Want to know if your child is on track? Visit PTA.org/ParentGuides for resources on High School English and High School Math.
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PTA Our Children Magazine
iStock-612736898-870x580(4).jpgThe holiday season is officially upon us, and with it comes an age-old concern for parents of young children: When to have the Santa Talk. It’s inevitably going to happen. But when is it appropriate to tell your kids the truth about Santa?
We talked to the experts to get the final verdict. Read more.
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iStock-612736898-870x580(4).jpgBetween all of the office parties, classroom parties and neighborhood parties, there are lots of plastic spoons floating around this holiday season! Unfortunately, most of them end up in the trash.
Instead, gather them up, give them a good wash and prepare to build an upcycled holiday tree with your kids. Read more.
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iStock-612736898-870x580(4).jpgThe holidays are almost always hectic, with last-minute preparations and trips to the store. So why not turn making dinner into a tradition that allows for quality family time?
This Cheesy Zucchini Black Bean Skillet is a perfect recipe to kick off your healthy new habit. Read more.
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Mark Your Calendars
National PTA Legislative Conference (LegCon)
Celebrate 120 Years of Changing Children’s Lives at the  2017 National PTA Legislative Conference (LegCon)! PTA has an amazing legacy of advocacy. This year’s LegCon attendees will celebrate incredible milestones and honor policy makers and PTA members whose efforts to make every child’s potential a reality. Register now!
5 Simple Tips for Engaging Your Family in Reading
CampaignCoverShareable.jpgNational PTA recently participated in Mediaplanet’s Literacy in America campaign, where we united with industry leaders to encourage family literacy programs and reading, not just for children, but for families as a whole.
The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY on Dec.16, 2016 and is published online. To view the campaign, visit EducationandCareerNews.com.
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The lucky winner will be announced on Feb. 14, 2017, so apply today!

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