Volunteering in the schools

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Volunteering in the Schools
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District

Thank you for your interest in volunteering in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. The teachers, students and staff greatly appreciate the time you are willing to share through your volunteer work here. You will add greatly to the educational experience of our students.

The following information was prepared to offer you an overview of the duties and responsibilities of volunteers in our schools. If you have any general questions, concerns or suggestions about volunteering, please contact the school principal, Monica Schommer at 829-9251 or by email at mschommer@mcpasd.k12.wi.us. Specific questions that arise should be directed to the teacher or staff member that you are assisting.

Again, thank you for your time and interest in the students of our district.

There are many ways YOU can help students and teachers at Park. You may be interested in some of the following ways:

  • Assist in the Library Media Center (LMC).
  • Chaperone field trips, dances, etc.
  • Help children by reviewing skills, concepts taught (reading with and to students, vocabulary flash card drill, review mathematic facts).
  • Assist teachers in preparation of bulletin boards and/or duplicating instructional materials for classroom use.
  • Teach a craft or hobby, talk about your occupation, share cultural and ethnic background and experiences.
  • Help with clerical needs in the school office.
  • Assemble distributions.
  • Assist in the computer lab.
  • Assist in the lunchroom and/or on the playground.
  • Complete projects at home for school use.

Volunteer Procedures

Volunteering in a school is an experience and a privilege for both the school and the volunteer. It is designed to promote and maintain a supportive relationship for the students, teachers and school staff.

Please help keep our program running smoothly by adhering to the following steps for volunteering at Park:

  • Contact your child's teacher to let him/her know of your interest
  • You will receive a link to the Volunteer Disclosure Form from our front office
  • You will fill out your form and let the front office know it's complete.
  • Your background check should be verified within two weeks. Please call the front office to confirm it is complete and you are officially ready to begin volunteering at Park



  • sign in at the office when you arrive at school
  • Wear your volunteer badge
  • Sign out at the office when you leave
  • Return your volunteer badge


As a Volunteer Please...

  • respect confidences of student and school personnel.
  • follow the guidelines established by the school such as dress code, hours of work, adult behavior, values and all regulations, rules and policies stated for school employees and volunteers.
  • use reasonable judgment in making decisions, then as soon as possible, consult with school staff for future guidance.
  • be considerate, respect competencies and work as a member of the team with the staff and students. Realize that you do not have instructional, evaluation, decision-making or teaching responsibilities for students, but are expected to enrich and extend learning opportunities for students and promote educational excellence for the school system.

The Effective Volunteer

  • is cooperative with the administration and teaching personnel.
  • is sincerely concerned about students.
  • is willing to be discreet, sincere, dedicated and punctual.
  • recognizes the individuality of each student.
  • respects the teacher or staff member's ultimate responsibility for the health, welfare and education of each student.
  • cooperates, coordinates and communicates continually with school administrators, faculty members and staff.
  • provides the teacher or staff member with the satisfaction of knowing that the student's needs are being met and that quality education is being promoted, extended and enriched.
  • receives the sincere gratitude of the total school community.

Guidelines for Working with Children

  • Encourage children to do their own thinking.
  • Give students plenty of time to answer.
  • Accept children as they are. You must not feel responsible for judging children's abilities, progress or behaviors.
  • Respect children's privacy. If a child or teacher reveals personal information, regard it as a confidence.
  • Help build students' self confidence and keep a positive attitude. Remember, effort and attentiveness can be as important as performance.

What a Volunteer Can Expect from Teachers and School Staff

The school staff will:

  • provide specific instructions to the volunteer.
  • provide space for the volunteer to do their work.
  • provide necessary materials and equipment.
  • communicate with the volunteer as needed.
  • provide advance notice when special events interfere with the volunteer time.

What a Teacher Can Expect from Volunteers

Confidentiality:   When volunteering, please remember that the behaviors and abilities of students, teachers and staff are never appropriate topics for discussions outside of school. Respect confidences of students and school personnel. Be alert to the need for confidentiality.

Dependability:   The staff you work with will depend upon you to be present at your scheduled time. Their tasks are planned with your help in mind. The students will expect you and look forward to you coming to their class. Therefore, if you will not be able to volunteer on a particular day, please notify the school office immediately and leave a message for the staff member. Also, please be prompt. Being punctual lets the students know they are important to you. If you must be late, notify the school office.


Thank you! You are very much appreciated!