P.S.98Q Student Council
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Student Council Purpose
The Student Council is a student run government consisting of elected officers from Grade 5 and representatives from each class in Grades 2-5. The council meets to discuss and plan ways to improve the school community. The Student Council is advised by two teachers who arrange meetings regularly and help students learn how to function as a real governing body.
Examples of items for discussion include, but are not limited to:
Planning of special days and/or events for the school
Promotion of school spirit
Consideration of fundraising events for students
Other issues and ideas as raised by school administration and staff that could involve student body
Addressed in previous memo
Upon selection of candidates and their running slate, the “parties” do the following:
Determine the “focus” issues of each parties’ campaign
Select a party name in line with the focus issues
Work with party through Campaign Manager to solicit ideas for campaigning, ie: posters, flyers, videos, campaign trinkets, class visits/town halls
Select “worker teams” from party to arrange and/or create campaign functions and items (no candy, gum, T-shirts or expensive items allowed)
No more than $50 to be spent on items for distribution by any team
Campaign throughout the school;
Put up posters (2-3 only), distribute flyers etc.
Visit classrooms to introduce themselves and the running team and to propose their parties’ ideas
Provide video commercials if available for each classroom to view
Culminate in a “debate” style presentation for 2nd to 5th grades prior to election
Speeches given by President and Vice-President candidates only (no more than 1 minute in length)
Allow for questions by panel members (optional)
Election will be held same day as debate presentation, supervised by school staff.
Ballots will be counted by school staff and student representatives.
Duties of Officers
President: Plan and conduct meetings, appoint committee chairs and members, maintain order, solicit input of representatives, work closely with advisers, execute ideas
Vice-President: Assistant to the President, run meetings in President’s absence, head committees as assigned, help execute ideas
Secretary: Take attendance at, and minutes of, meetings; report meeting activity to all on the council
Treasurer: Keep track of student council funds, consult with advisers on funding and finances for the council
Election Day Ceremony
Post-election - an Inaugural Ball will be held on a designated date