Student Council Constitution

Student Council Constitution

Kay Granger Elementary

2018-2019

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:

  1. Strive for good citizenship.

  2. Strive for academic excellence.

  3. Respect all individuals in the school and community.

  4. Involve all students in sharing ideas to make our school the best it can be.

  5. Help all students work together in our school.

  6. Give all students practice in democracy in action.

  7. Help other citizens and groups in our community.

Article Three

Section 1:  All students in Grades 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 chair people of the 6 committees that comprise the council.  They will be elected by the 3rd and 4th grade student body.

Section 4:  All students in Grades 4 and 5 for the 2018-2019 school year will be eligilble to apply to become a student council representative.  Final members will be selected by a committee.

Section 5:  The principal of Kay Granger Elementary School, Mrs. McAdams, 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:

  1. Maintain grades of A’s and B’s on the report card at the end of each six weeks.

  2. Maintain an average grade of S in citizenship on the report card at the end of each six weeks.

  3. Have all homework completed on time.

  4. Have all classwork completed on time.

  5. Strive to be well organized.

  6. Have the ability to work well with others.

  7. Maintain high attendance at school.

  8. 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 the school day each year. During the meeting, students will be informed of the standards for membership on the Council as an officer or as a representative.

Article Five

Section 1:  The officers shall be the chair people of the 6 council committees:  Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Caring, Citizenship, and Fairness.  They will select the committee they prefer to lead and are approved to chair that committee by the Student Council sponsor and school principal.


Section 2:  (Process)

  • The Student Leader Evaluation Form and election results 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 A on the report card.

  • Attendance at meetings is judged to be poor.

  • Tardiness 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.

While the officer is on probation, his or her office will be filled by the first runner-up for an officer position or a representative from that officer’s committee in 5th grade selected by the Student Council sponsor. 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 counselor and the principal.

Article Six (Student Council 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 representative on the Kay Granger Elementary Student Council.

  • Any student in grades 4 and 5 who wishes to be considered for a representative position on the Council, may obtain an application packet including two copies of the Student Leader Evaluation Form from the Student Council sponsor.

  • Two copies of the Student Leader Evaluation Form will be given to the student’s teachers from the previous year or one will be given to the previous school year teacher 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 two current teachers. 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 teacher from the previous year.

  • 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.

Section 3:  (Term of office) The term of office will be the school year for which the 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, no replacement will be made.

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 average citizenship grade is less than an E or they have been referred to the office for disciplinary reasons.

  • Attendance at meetings is judged to be poor.

  • Tardiness to meetings and school becomes excessive.

  • Failure to perform requested/required duties such as but not limited to:

    • Difficulty in working with others.

    • Failure to follow the directions of a sponsor or their committee chairperson.

    • Not 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 or has a severe disciplinary infraction resulting in suspension (in school or out of school), the representative may be removed from office by decision between the sponsor and the principal.

                                                                                                         

Article Seven (The election process)

Section 1:  Election of Student Council officers shall take place. All students in 3rd and 4th grade will be permitted to vote in May of 2018 for the Council officers for the following school year. The student council representatives will be chosen at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

Section 2:  Campaigning guidelines for Student Council officers:

  • Campaigning will be permitted up to five days before the election to be conducted in May of 2018.

  • Campaigning includes posters and self-promotion through a positive attitude and caring and is student-generated.

  • 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 posters (22” X 28”). They will be hung in an approved location on the library or foyer windows, and down the main hall. Please do not use staplers to hang your posters.  Decorations for the two posters together shall not exceed $10 in cost. Receipts may be requested.

  • 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 required to deliver a speech to the 3rd and 4th grade classes.

Section 3:  Homeroom representatives will be chosen at the beginning of the next school year. Anyone approved to run for office who does not get voted in as an officer, will be an automatic consideration for council representative. You may choose to apply for representative using the previously completed application or complete a new one. If they should choose to apply, a new application form should be filled out at the beginning of the school year, though no additional teacher evaluations will be required.

Section 4:  Voting will be done by secret ballot in each 3rd and 4th grade 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 Student Council 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.