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Points of Pride at Zilwaukee School:

Zilwaukee 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.

Our 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.