Get Involved

Families are Embraced

Fairview-Clifton German Language 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.

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

Committees

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 group functions in an advisory role to the principal, to determine program, policy and budget issues for the school. Meetings are held the 4th Monday of each month.

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. 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 respresentatives, two non-teaching staff members, and teachers. ILT meets twice a month and as needed.

Volunteer Opportunities

GEBAS — Fairview-Clifton Parent Organization

A volunteer group made up of parents, teachers and interested community members. The group raises funds through several events held during the year to provide financial support to enhance the students’ education.

GEBAS provides funding to help support the  purchase of computer equipment, field trips, financial support to teachers for the purchase of supplies, publishing of the school newsletter, assisting with the upkeep of buildings and grounds, supporting school clubs, and assemblies.

Meetings are held in the library on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

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.