Get Involved / Partnerships
Research demonstrates that parent involvement is essential for student success. Although you may not become involved in all committees and support organizations in the school, we encourage the following activities for your parental support:
- Join the school parent/teacher association (PTA) and participate in meetings and activities.
- Have lunch at school with your child regularly.
- Volunteer in your child's classroom.
- Establish a daily study time at home (even when there's no homework).
- Participate in the Continuous School Improvement (CSI) efforts at your child's school.
- Keep informed of school events and activities by reading school newsletters and your child's classroom newsletter.
- Communicate frequently with your child's teacher.
- Prepare for and participate in parent-teacher conferences.
- Ensure your child has a well-balanced breakfast and comes to school with completed homework, lunch money and school supplies.
Visitors and Volunteers
For the protection of students and staff, all visitors must report to the school’s front office immediately upon arriving at the school. A visitor is any person (to include parents, sponsors, and legal guardians) not enrolled or assigned to the school requesting entry to the building.
Visitors must provide authorized identification to gain access to the DoDEA school. The visitor will be issued a visitor badge that must be displayed above the waist while on DoDEA school property. The school administrator has the final determination on visitors authorized to be at the school. While on DoDEA school property, visitors may go only to the approved area indicated as their destination when signing in at the school’s front office. Any change to the designated location must be approved by the school’s front office before the visitor can access a different location within the school. When leaving the school, visitors must sign out and return the visitor's badge to the school’s front office.
Parents are welcome to visit the school and classrooms to observe the school’s programs for brief periods of time that do not interfere with instruction. Approval by the school administrator is required for this type of visitation.
Visiting the School
Parents and other responsible adults are always welcome at school. If you know in advance that you will be visiting your child's classroom, we encourage you to notify your child's teacher ahead of time so they are prepared for your visit. We do not allow students to bring friends or other non-registered students to school due to liability and space restrictions. In addition, parents may not bring younger siblings, other children, or babies with them when they visit or volunteer in a classroom. This can be a serious distraction from the learning environment for all students.
DoDEA policy mandates use of visitor badges and positive identification of all visitors and contractors. In compliance with this policy, upon arrival, ALL visitors are required to come to the school office, sign in, show identification, and receive a visitor's badge. All visitors MUST sign out and return the visitor's badge upon leaving the building.
Be a Volunteer!
Volunteers are always needed and are a part of the total school program. They assist in the classrooms, office, special subject and resource rooms, and educational support areas. If a parent is volunteering in a classroom, we ask that you please make alternative arrangements for siblings. They are not allowed in the room during the instructional day. We encourage active participation by parents in their child's education and while, younger children are precious, they may be distracting to students in the classroom. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your support. Check with you child's teacher for specific opportunities and to complete any necessary forms in addition to the ones below.
DoDEA Policy requires that prospective and current school volunteers shall be subject to a standardized application process that includes completion of an application form and standardized background checks. Volunteer applications are available in the school office or linked below. Please allow 5 business days for processing of all volunteer request forms. There are many volunteer opportunities for parents eager to get involved with their students education or for other interested community members.
Thank You for Volunteering!
Before you do, please fill out the required forms and turn them in to your local volunteer office.
School Advisory Committees
DoDEA school administrators, in partnership with sponsors/family members, students, and military leaders, promote communication through the establishment of advisory committees to address issues (school initiatives, procedures and policies) locally. This is a system-wide way for parents to get involved in their child’s local school. Consult your child’s school to learn more about school advisory committees.
DoDEA School Advisory Committees
Being a DoDEA school advisory committee member is a serious responsibility but one that offers significant rewards - including the opportunity to actively participate in the process of educating our children.
However, unlike the school advisory committees in the Local Education Authority (LEA), DoDEA school advisory committees act purely in an advisory capacity, providing input to the Superintendent and administrators in the areas of: school policies affecting students and parents, administrative procedures affecting students, and instructional and educational resources within the school. The DoDEA school district superintendent makes final decisions on matters affecting the school district.
Find out more about DoDEA Pacific Region school advisory committees.
Contact Your SAC
SAC meetings are open to the public. Parents are welcome and encouraged to contact their local school to learn more.
What does the SAC address?
If you have topics you would like to be seen or addressed in the SAC Meetings, please send agenda topics to respective SAC email address.
Contact Our SAC
SAC Board Members
- Chairperson: Lucinda Ward
- Co-Chair: Alec Carter
- Secretary: Denise Pemberton
- Teacher-rep: Erin Moore
- Parent-rep: Teresa Brodsky
SAC Meeting Dates:
Location: room 300, building 906 (ZMHS library)
Parent Teacher Organization
The PTO is a group of parents and teachers working together for a better school environment by providing both financial and volunteer support for our school programs. The PTO supports a variety of teams, clubs, classes and activities at ZMHS. The PTO board consists of the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. There is also a need for committee positions such as volunteer coordinator, social media support, publicity and others. It you have a desire to benefit your community by volunteering with the ZMHS PTO, please contact the PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ZMHS PTO Objectives
The ZMHS PTO is a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-sectarian organization. It cooperates with the school to support the improvement of education in ways that will not interfere with the education of students or the mission of the school and does not seek to control school policies. Specific objectives include:
- Providing a medium for exchange of information among parents, teachers, and other interested groups.
- Encouraging and developing programs and activities, which serve to enhance the quality of student education.
- Identifying and promoting opportunities for students to secure the highest advantage in their academic, physical, and social growth.
- Encouraging and maintaining a working dialogue between members, the local educational school system, the local government, and the community at-large on matters affecting the general welfare and education of students.
Membership is open to all parents and legal guardians of students attending the school as well as school staff. Contact the school for membership information.
*THIS IS A NON-FEDERAL ENTITY. IT IS NOT PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR ANY OF ITS COMPONENTS AND IT HAS NO GOVERNMENTAL STATUS*
Contact Our PTA/PTO
PTO Meeting Minutes
The PTO has a closed Facebook page for members. To view the page just click the graphic below.
The Treasure Trove
The ZMHS PTO operates a volunteer-run thrift store. The store is located on the SHA (Sagamihara Housing Area) base, building 311-A (across the street from Arnn Elementary school bus loading area and next to the new Girl Scout hut). All proceeds go directly back into supporting ZMHS programs and events
For more information visit the Trojan Trove Facebook Page