Get Involved

Families are Embraced

Mt. Washington School 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 Mt. Washington, contact: Resource Coordinator Ilene Hayes.

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, PTO)
  • Giving time to the school, classroom or library


Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) 

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a volunteer group of parents, teachers and interested community members. The PTO raises funds through membership and several fundraising events held during the year to provide financial support to enhance student education. The PTO is also involved with many special events at our school and in the community.     

The Mt. Washington PTO supports the school by sponsoring home and school activities, as well as fundraisers, in alignment with the One Plan. The PTO Council for 2016/2017 consists of:

  • Tara Branch — President
  • Kathy Shockey — Vice President
  • Ashley Hammond — Secretary
  • Crystal Rhodes — Treasurer and members

New members are always welcome! Meetings are held in the Mt. Washington’s Community Room on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. For more information or to join email the PTO or check out Mt. Washington School PTO on Facebook.

The Foundation — Mt. Washington School

The mission of the Mt. Washington School Foundation is to enhance the quality of education for our students with an emphasis in Academics, Enrichment, and Technology by forming community partnerships and distributing financial grants for selected programs and projects.  

The Foundation is a 501C3 organization that supports the long-term goals of the school and meets at least quarterly to discuss how to best meet the additional financial needs of Mt. Washington School.

  • President — John Croxton
  • Vice President — Ronnie Bass
  • Secretary — Emily McNicholas
  • Treasurer — Marshall Stuart
  • Debra Klein — Principal, Mt. Washington School
  • Ilene Hayes — Resource Coordinator, Mt. Washington School
  • Mary Hackett — Parent, Mt. Washington School

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.

Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Community room. Meetings are open forum, and interested teachers, staff members, and individuals in the community may attend. For questions or additional information, please contact (513) 363-3800.

The function of the LSDMCs includes:

  • Adopting bylaws, including the school's mission and vision
  • Setting measureable 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.

The ILT team meets twice a month on Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30. The principal and ILT chairperson will jointly prepare an agenda for all ILT meetings. The ILT secretary will prepare the minutes of each meeting and distribute to the principal and then they will be forwarded to the Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) and staff.

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.