The Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School student council is mobilizing to make this the best year ever for students. Leaders have been elected and the group is busy working with two energetic faculty advisors.
Campbell Arthur has been chosen as this year’s student council president with Cassidy Harris picked as vice president and Logan Tine tapped as the organization’s secretary.
Teachers Patrice Monks and Janet Blitz are advising the students and helping them formulate plans for community service projects and school improvement initiatives.
“Anyone interested in joining the student council was required to complete an application, get signatures from previous teachers and return their applications for approval,” Ms. Monks explained. “Once approved, officer candidates prepared campaign posters and recorded video campaign speeches.”
The candidates for the officer positions made posters and recorded speeches for the entire school to view before voting on Election Day. “The posters were creative and persuasive,” Ms. Blitz said. “They were displayed throughout the school. The students speeches were incredibly well done. We were so proud of the bravery it took to put themselves out there.”
Students also selected individual class representatives. The student council meets bi-monthly to plan spirit days, organize outreach projects and building initiatives. “We also develop activities for the school-wide house system,” Ms. Blitz said.
Principal Donna Mora couldn’t be more supportive of the student council’s efforts to create positive change at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School. “It’s so exciting to see the energy and school spirit that these student leaders possess,” she said. “They truly want to make a difference.”
Students are learning all about leadership and how to exercise it, building consensus, encouraging others to get involved and determining the needs of the school and community.
“Our goal is to bring the concept of government to the intermediate level and allow our students an opportunity to shine in leadership positions,” Ms. Monks said.
Students have a voice through their student council representatives and leaders. It’s a valuable learning experience for everyone.
“It is a privilege to work alongside these bright, young creative kids,” Ms. Blitz said. “Together we work collaboratively to make Jack Abrams STEM the best it can be.”