Get Involved

Families are Embraced

Evanston Academy has a long tradition of parent involvement. By staying engaged in your child's progress or event volunteering your time and talents, you are not only helping to support and strengthen our community, you are teaching our children the value of giving back while modeling personal growth and how one contributes to community and society. Learn more about how to get involved with CPS schools.

To get involved with Evanston Academy, contact: Kevin Williams, Resource Coordinator at (513) 363-2700.

Family Involvement

Families can begin encouraging the education of their children by showing that they truly value education and respect the staff at their student's school.

Some of the ways that parents, caregivers and grandparents can become involved are:

  • Helping your child with homework, especially reading together
  • Joining committees that help decide school issues (LSDMC, ILT, PIA)
  • Giving time to the school, classroom or library

Committees

Evanston Academy Parents In Action (PIA) Organization

Mission:
The Parents In Action mission is to promote open communication and understanding between parents and staff of Evanston Academy. Our dedication is to enhance and maximize the education of every child while aiding them in achieving their highest potential. Simply put, we are here for the students and families at Evanston Academy.

The Evanston Academy PIA has four areas of focus that embody our mission:

  • Enrichment: To sponsor a variety of enrichment programs for our students that will help them achieve academic excellence as established by the Cincinnati Public Schools.
  • Parent Involvement: To sponsor family-oriented activities and/or programs which support and enhance parental involvement in the schools. To attract new parents and/or guardians to the PIA organization, keeping the organization energized and open to new hires.
  • Communication: To inform parents and/or guardian of the issues, programs and activities of Evanston Academy and of the Cincinnati Public Schools in general. To keep the lines of communication open between our parents, teachers and community bringing us together to achieve our goal!
  • Fundraising: To raise funds for our school in the most productive and unobtrusive way possible in order to support all of our activities.

Parents play a crucial role at Evanston Academy. They participate by working cooperatively with teachers to sustain a cohesive learning community; provide enriching experiences, and promote the love of learning. Without the help of parents, Evanston Academy, as we know it, could not survive and thrive. Supporting ways parents and families can become involved are:

  • Maintaining open and ongoing communications with your child's teacher and our school
  • Joining the Parents In Action (PIA) Organization
  • Attending parent/teacher/student conferences
  • Assisting your child with homework
  • Attending school events such as plays, assemblies, adult educational classes, etc.,
  • Becoming a parent volunteer

Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC)

The LSDMC is the primary governing body for each school in the district. This committee gives insight and input into important decisions that greatly impact students' lives and shape their educational experiences.

The function of the LSDMCs includes:

  • Adopting bylaws, including the school's mission and vision
  • Setting measurable goals, based on a needs assessment
  • Developing a broad plan (One Plan) to implement these goals
  • Completing a mid-year and end-of-year progress report
  • Making recommendations and approving the school budget
  • Participating in the selection of the principal, when a vacancy exists
  • Approving locally initiated changes in the school's program or focus
  • Making recommendations to the principal regarding other school issues
  • Seeking grants to support the school's programs (optional)
  • Coordinating and overseeing the development of the school as a Community Learning Center

The committee is composed of parents, teachers, staff members, students and community members. The LSDMC meets 9 times each year.

Instructional Leadership Team  (ILT)

The ILT sets the instructional focus and makes the instructional decisions for the school. ILT responsibilities include:

  • Developing, reviewing and evaluating the instructional program
  • Monitoring and improving school operations and procedures that affect instruction
  • Planning and monitoring training of staff
  • Creating and maintaining a safe and orderly school environment

The team is composed of the principal, two parent representatives, two non-teaching staff members, and teachers. ILT meets twice a month and as needed.

Security Badges and Background Checks

To assure the safety of students and staff, Cincinnati Public Schools requires security badges for anyone entering CPS' buildings. One-time visitors receive a temporary security badge from the front office. Individuals who visit our buildings on a regular basis, such as volunteers, must obtain a security badge and wear it at all times in our buildings. Learn more about how to obtain a security badge.