Student Council anyone???

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  1. chinamom

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    I'm an asst. director and teacher at a small indie k-8 private school. We're trying to basically rebuild our middle school program, and are wanting to start some new programs. I thought that a student council would be a good idea. Bearing in mind that this will be started from scratch, could anyone share their experiences if you've sponsored a student council before? Did you have representatives from all grade levels? What kind of activities did you do? What officers did you have? How were they elected? Did students have to maintain a certain GPA?

    Any and all info greatly appreciated!

    Chinamom
     
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  3. yarnwoman

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    Happy to see this question asked. I am at a small K-12 school. We have an upper school (9-12) student council/ASB. I will be the teacher leading the new middle school student council/ASB. I am new at the school but understand they did have one several years ago. I have support from the upper school teacher but would love to hear what other middle grade groups are doing.
     
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    I am at a 1 - 4 school and will probably be asked to take over the Student Council due to the retirement of the teacher who previously ran it. This is the way it worked. Only the 4th grade was involved with the SC. It met 45 minutes prior to the start of school. Parents had to drop off members. It was open to any 4th grader. Officers were voted on by the whole school. There were two candidates for each of the four officers. They had to make a speech in front of the students and then students voted. Some of the activities were... food drive, monthly fun day (silly hats, funny socks, wear your favorite team shirt, etc) The big project was "The Three B's Night. That was when the kids played bingo, sold baked goods and themed baskets were raffled off. Baskets were made by the classes, some parents, the office, cafe. (usually raised about $3,000) At the end of the year there was an ice cream social at night (6:00 - 7:30) People paid $4.00 for a bowl and then they were able to make sundaes. The SC also were monitors in the hall at dismissal. If I take over I want to make some changes. I'd like to have two representatives from each classroom rather than officers. (I know parents will be in an uproar over this)I would like them to plan 2 to 3 meals for the cafe. I really haven't decided if this advisorship is what I really want to do.There is a really nice stipend that goes with it (about $1200) I've searched somewhat on the internet to see what others have done but haven't found too much. I, too, would like to hear from others as to how their programs are run.
     
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    I'm in a 4-6 building and we have 7 of each grade. Each class votes on a representative and all 21 kids make up our Student council. We wait a week before voting at the beginning fo the year. The STUCO is in charge of organizing and helping w/ the 9/11 assembly, spirit week for homecoming and court warming, they have their own floats in the parades, the put together the vala grams to sell for Valentine's Day, and xmas grams and Xmas. I know they have something to do w/ organizing and helping w/ the 6th grade sock hop, and school talent show. I can't remember what else. They are always the group to "represent" or speak when we have assemblies or visitors for special occasions.
     
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    I'm the Student Council sponsor at my school of K-5. Only the
    4th and 5th grade participates. Our offices are: Pres, VP, Sec, Historian, and Reporter. Students must have not been in ISS the prior school year, kept all As and Bs, and kept a 92 or above in conduct to run for office. They make posters and give a speech. 4th and 5th graders vote after the speeches.

    Some things that we did last year:
    --held 2 dances to raise money for our new playground
    --tutored students in grades 1 and 2 during PE once a week
    --escorted grandparents who came for grandparents lunch to the cafeteria
    --helped the librarian with various tasks for Red Ribbon Week
    --I'm sure there are more things that I can't think of right this second...

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Oh yeah, we also had one representative from each homeroom. (There are 6 4th grades and 6 5th grades so I have 17 kids in Student Council. There are 12 reps and 5 officers.)
     
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    Thanks for the info!!! I'm still mulling over who to include/how many officers. When I say we're a small school (but growing!) I do mean small-- we have a total of 45 students in grades 3-8. I'm thinking of allowing students from 3-5 to elect one rep per class, and open it to any eligible 6-8 students (eligible according to grades, conduct, etc.) Only the 6-8 could be officers, and I may limit it to 3 officers for this year. All students 3-8 would vote for officers, and they'd need to campaign and give speeches, etc. Naturally our goal is to have an increasing enrollment each year, so perhaps all of this would change and evolve over time.

    I think the kids would really love to organize school events, spirit days, fundraising drives, etc., so I'm hoping to get them excited!

    Chinamom
     
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    This is what we are trying this year.

    Students must register to run by a certain date. On election day the students vote for classroom reps and teachers fill out a leadership score form. The points from that form counts as the same number of votes. This way teachers get a say in who would make a good representative and hopefully the election won't be such a popularity contest. If Suzy Q loses it may not be that no one likes her or likes her less, it may be the teachers didn't rate her leadership skills as highly as another candidate.
     
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    I am also at a small K-12 school where I teach middle school (7th and 8th). I began the Middle School StuCo last year and have modeled it after our High School StuCo.

    Students in middle school must choose StuCo as their elective for the semester to join. They fill out weekly progress reports and must be passing all core classes to stay in the class but have the opportunity to go to a study hall if their grades that week are not passing.

    Some of the activities we do include: starting and running the recycling program school-wide, spirit week, two dances- one each semester, lock-ins (to promote student retention school-wide), assisting in elementary classrooms once a week, pep rallies, and participating in Mix It Up Day. I also have a curriculum that I teach to build leadership skills and promote character building.

    The officers are elected by secret ballot each semester by the students in the Council (our elections are not school wide). Officers are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and new this year- Spirit Coordinator.
     

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