About Us

Welcome to Zilwaukee School!

Zilwaukee School serves students in prekindergarten through 8th grade. We are located at 500 W. Johnson Street in Saginaw, Michigan 48604. Zilwaukee is proud to be recognized as a Stephen Covey Leader In Me School; the first official Leader in Me School in Saginaw County! As a Leader in Me School, our staff and students are discovering and practicing a set of leadership and life skills from Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The Leader in Me schools receive national recognition for their emphasis on developing leadership in young children.

With the support of parents and the community, we are committed to providing academic rigor and leadership opportunities in a safe and effective learning environment. All members of our school community are working collaboratively to grow future leaders together. Staff and students model leadership through living the seven habits, exceeding expectations, accepting responsibility for attitude, academics, and actions, and doing the right things when no one is looking. Incorporating The Leader in Me practices within our school’s environment and curriculum will help our students become even more ready to succeed in the 21st Century, with critical skills and characteristics such as: trustworthiness, a strong work ethic, motivation, problem-solving skills, goal setting, effective interpersonal skills, a sense of teamwork, academic achievement and valuing diversity in a global market. By developing the WHOLE child– socially, emotionally, academically and ethically, we will foster a school climate that promotes everyday greatness! Our students are being empowered to lead our school in an effort to achieve school-wide goals and successes.

At Zilwaukee School, we take pride in offering a family-oriented setting to our students and their families. There are 19 professional teaching staff members and 23 support personnel, including ancillary staff, academic interventionists, classroom aides, kitchen and cafeteria staff, custodians, foster grandparents,  truancy abatement clerk, and  secretary. Mrs. Tina L. Muñoz, is our Principal.  Ms. Khatrita Santos is serving as our Parent Liaison.

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 Glastender for Junior Achievement, Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw Public Libraries, Kochville Methodist Church,  4H, and Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Program,  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 and restorative practices 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,  as well as various special needs programs. We offer Before the Bell child care, Read Aloud for kindergarten and a home Read Aloud program which serves as an early intervention for students in grades one and two,  community education sports, and middle school sports programs, in conjunction with SASA and Thompson Middle School.

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 created classroom mission statements. Students set, track and reflect on their academic goals, as well as their 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.