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:
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.
For safety reasons, all visitors and volunteers must report to the school’s front office immediately upon entering the school.
A visitor/volunteer is someone who is not a school employee or enrolled student and enters the school during operating hours. The school administration has the final determination on visitors/volunteers authorized to be at the school. When visiting, visitors/volunteers may go only to the approved area indicated as their destination when signing in at the front office. All visitors will receive an appropriate visitor’s badge, which is to be displayed conspicuously at all times while on school grounds. Any change to the designated location must be approved by the school’s front office before the visitor/volunteer can access a different location within the school. Upon finishing their visit, visitors/volunteers must check out at the front office, return the visitor’s badge, and exit the school. 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 school personnel is required for this type of visitation.
Learn more about volunteering at your school's Get Involved page.
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.
Learn more about SAC's at your school's Get Involved page.
1342.15: Educational Advisory Committees and Councils
1358.01: School Boards, Advisory Committees, and Dependents Education Council
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.
SAC meetings are open to the public. Parents are welcome and encouraged to contact their local school to learn more.
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.
Location: room 300, building 906 (ZMHS library)
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.
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:
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*
The PTO has a closed Facebook page for members. To view the page just click the graphic below.
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