School is a prekindergarten-8th grade school. It is the first
official Leader in Me School in Saginaw County and the only official Leader in
Me School in Saginaw, Michigan. The
school’s theme is leadership. We are incorporating leadership values through
the implementation of Dr. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
and The Leader in Me process. For more
information on the Leader in Me, please visit their website at www.theleaderinme.org. You may also visit our
school to hear from our staff and students as to how leadership is integrated
into our school and classroom settings.
The staff and students continue to benefit from academic resources
and technology, lessons taught in the classroom, as well as the collaboration
from our partnerships with businesses in the Zilwaukee community. We have a strong community support from Zilwaukee’s mayor, city manager, police chief, businesses, and residents of the community.
Other business partnerships include Junior Achievement, Saginaw Valley State
University, Saginaw Public Libraries, 4H, Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Program,
and MSU Extension which continue to support both in academic and enrichment
activities. We welcome and value all of our business and community
supporters and partners. Through continued partnerships, we will continue
to building capacity for student learning, personal
accountability, and leadership.
Our staff continues to work diligently with a Multi-Tiered System of
Supports (MTSS) for our students, which is a tiered system of instruction
that supports success for all students. One of our goals is to provide
evidence-based interventions for ALL students to help them succeed and to
increase student achievement.
Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) systems have become an
integral part of our daily practices. A school-wide behavior matrix,
with emphasis on doing the right thing when no one is looking, is utilized
which includes expectations for leadership by being respectful,
responsible, and safe in various locations of the building. Clip charts,
which serve as a simple discipline strategy for promoting positive behavior,
have been created and implemented in all classrooms.
In addition to our core curriculum, leadership emphasis, PBIS, and MTSS
programs, Zilwaukee School offers many other programs and learning
opportunities for students. These include a full day pre-kindergarten program,
a full day kindergarten program, Saginaw County-Wide Hearing Impaired program,
as well as various special needs programs. We offer Before and After the
Bell child care, Accelerated Reader Program, RIF, Read Aloud for kindergarten
and a home Read Aloud program which serves as an early intervention for
students in grades one and two, band for grades 6th-8th, community education
sports, and middle school sports programs. We also participate in the
Foster Grandparent Program through the Saginaw County Commission on Aging.
building is inviting and welcoming as the leadership theme is permeated into
our culture. We promote a family-oriented environment in which buddy systems
are in place with the upper level and lower level grades. We also provide
leadership roles and opportunities for each of our students, both in the classroom and throughout the school. All of our students, prekindergarten-8th grade have leadership notebooks, where students track and reflect on their academic, behavioral, and attendance data. We provide
community events for interested families to come and see what our school looks
and feels like. We invite prospective
families to come and visit us through the school year. We provide them with a tour of the building
and to meet/interact with staff members and students.