Student Council Constitution

Student Council Constitution

Kay Granger Elementary

2015-2016

Article One

The name of this organization shall be the Kay Granger Elementary School Student Council, hereinafter called the Council.

Article Two

The purpose of the Council shall be to:

  • Strive for good citizenship.
  • Strive for academic excellence.
  • Respect all individuals in the school and community.
  • Involve all students in sharing ideas to make our school the best it can be.
  • Help all students work together in our school.
  • Give all students practice in democracy in action.
  • Help other citizens and groups in our community.

    Article Three

    Section 1: All students in Grade 4 going into Grade 5 shall have the opportunity to be nominated, to vote, and to offer ideas for Council action.

    Section 2: The members of the Student Council shall be the officers elected by the student body and representatives chosen by a teacher and administrator committee.

    Section 3: The officers shall be elected from current students in Grade 4 going into Grade 5. The officers shall be defined as the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, Historian, and the Treasurer.

    Section 4: Each homeroom in Grades 4 and 5 for the 2015-2016 school year will have chosen representatives.

    Section 5: The principal of Kay Granger Elementary School, Ms. Etheredge, shall be the final authority over all actions of the Student Council.

    Article Four

    Section 1. Any student who wishes to be a member of the Council, either an officer or a homeroom representative shall:

  • Maintain grades of A’s and B’s on the report card at the end of each six weeks.
  • Maintain a grade of E in citizenship on the report card at the end of each six weeks.
  • Have all homework completed on time.
  • Have all classwork completed on time.
  • Strive to be well organized.
  • Have the ability to work well with others.
  • Maintain high attendance at school.
  • Be punctual to school, to class, and to Council meetings.

    Section 2: A meeting will be held with all students in Grades 4 and 5 during a specified school day each year. During the meeting, students will be informed of the standards for membership on the Council as an officer or a homeroom representative.

    Article Five

    Section 1: The officers shall be the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer

    Section 2: (Process)

  • The Student Leader Evaluation Form will be used as the criteria to become an officer on the Kay Granger Elementary Student Council.
  • Any student in the current grade 4 who wishes to be considered for office on the Council for the next school year should request an application and complete all of the criteria on the application.
  • The forms will be due back to the Council sponsor no later than the due date specified on the application.

    Section 3: (Term of office) The term of office will be the school year for which the officer was elected.

    Section 4: In the event that the elected officer is unable to fulfill his or her role to which he or she was elected, the student who was first runner-up for the position will fulfill the obligation of that office. If there was no runner-up, the Council will elect one of the homeroom representatives from grade 5 to fill the vacant position.

    Section 5: An officer may be placed on probation for a period of six weeks when:

  • At the end of the six weeks, the officer’s grades are not all A’s and B’s on the report card.
  • At the end of the six weeks, a student’s citizenship grade is less than an E on the report card.
  • Attendance at meetings is judged to be poor.
  • Tardies to meetings and school become excessive.
  • Failure to perform requested/required duties.

    The decision to place an officer on probation will be made by the sponsor and the principal.

    At the end of the six weeks if the officer has met the qualifications to hold an office on the Council, he or she will be reinstated to that position.

    Section 6: Removal from office:

  • If an officer needs to be placed on probation for the second time, the officer may be removed from office by a majority vote of the Student Council with final approval by the advisors and the principal.

  • An officer that is referred to the office for disciplinary reasons or placed in ISS may be removed from office by decision of the principal and Council advisors.

    Article Six (Homeroom Representatives)

    Section 1: There will be 4th and 5th Grade Student Council Representatives chosen.

    Section 2: (Process)

  • The Student Leader Evaluation Form will be used as the criteria to become a homeroom representative on the Kay Granger Elementary Student Council.
  • Any student in Grades 4 or 5 who wishes to be considered for a homeroom representative on the Council, may obtain an application packet including two copies of the Student Leader Evaluation Form from the Student Council sponsor.
  • One copy of the Student Leader Evaluation Form will be given to the student’s homeroom teacher from the previous year and one copy will be given to a current teacher. In the event the student was not a student on the campus the previous year, the student will give a copy of the Student Leader Evaluation Form to a current teacher and provide a letter of recommendation from a previous teacher. In the event that the student’s homeroom teacher from the previous year is no longer on the campus, the student may give the form to any previous teacher.
  • The forms will be due back to the Council sponsor by the date specified on the application.
  • The Council sponsor and the principal will review the Student Leader Evaluation Forms. All students who qualify to seek to be a homeroom representative on the Council will attend a meeting to discuss the election process.

    Section 3: (Term of office) The term of office will be the school year for which the homeroom representative was elected.

    Section 4: In the event that the elected representative is unable to fulfill his or her role to which he or she was elected, the student who was the runner-up in the election will fulfill the obligation of that office.

    Section 5: A representative may be placed on probation for a period of six weeks when:

  • At the end of the six weeks, a student’s grades are not all A’s and B’s.
  • At the end of the six weeks, a student’s citizenship grade is less than an E.
  • Attendance at meetings is judged to be poor.
  • Tardies to meetings and school becomes excessive.
  • Failure to perform requested/required duties such as:
  • reporting back to the homeroom after each Council meeting.
  • having a prepared homeroom report ready for each Council meeting.
  • having Council supplies at the meeting.
  • failure to complete work on a project more than two times.

    At the end of the six weeks if the representative has met the qualifications to hold an office on the Council, he or she will be reinstated to that position.

    Section 6: Removal from office:

  • If a representative needs to be placed on probation for the second time, the representative may be removed from office by decision between the sponsor and the principal.

  • A representative that is referred to the office for disciplinary reasons or placed in ISS may be removed from office by decision of the principal and Council advisors.

    Article Seven (The election process)

    Section 1: Election of Student Council officers and homeroom representatives shall take place. All students in 4th grade will be permitted to vote in May of 2015 for the Council officers for the following school year.The student council representatives will be chosen at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.

    Section 2: The principal and the counselor will have the right to limit the number of candidates for each position. For example: Three students will be permitted to run for each office on the Council. In the event that there are more than three students who wish to run for the office, the three students with the best scores on the Student Leader Evaluation Form will be chosen. The sponsors and the principal will have the final approval of the candidates.

    Section 3: Campaigning guidelines for Student Council officers:

  • Campaigning will be permitted up to five days before the election to be conducted in May of 2015.
  • Campaigning includes posters and self-promotion through a positive attitude and caring.
  • Campaigning may include welcoming students into class, greeting in the hallway and standing near your poster.
  • Each candidate will be permitted to make a maximum of two full size posters. They will be hung in an approved location in the 4th grade hallway, and down the main hall. Please do not use staplers to hang your posters.
  • Candidates are not permitted to pass out any fliers or items to get votes. Your overall character and citizenship should be the driving force of your campaign.
  • Campaigning should not be discussed during the school day if possible.
  • Any campaigning that leads to social conflicts including singling people out, excluding friends, inappropriate or negative remarks will be addressed by the principal and may lead to your name being removed from the roster of candidates.
  • All elected officer positions will be asked to deliver a speech. The speech will be recorded for the 4th graders to view before voting.

    Section 4: Homeroom representatives will be chosen at the beginning of the next school year. Anyone approved to run for office that does not get voted in as an officer, will be an automatic consideration for homeroom representative. You may choose to apply for homeroom representative using the previously completed application or complete a new one. It will be up to those students and may choose either at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.

    Section 5: Voting will be done by secret ballot in each classroom on the campus. Results will be announced as soon as the voting is complete and the ballots are tallied.

    Article Eight (Meetings)

    Section 1: Student Council meetings shall take place once or twice monthly at a designated time directly after dismissal. An agenda shall be prepared by student council officers and handed out to each member of the Council at the meeting. Student Council members may initiate agenda items for the following meeting. Additional agenda items may be added at the beginning of each Council meeting by a majority vote of Council members. Students will be asked to share the agenda items with parents to update them on any upcoming events or activities.

    Section 2: Each group of Homeroom Representatives shall conduct a 5-10 minute class meeting after each Student Council meeting. The purpose will be to share the information discussed in the student council meeting. The Student Council Representatives are responsible for arranging this with their teacher.