New Year, New Plans: Student Government Unveils New Agenda

Lauren Adler '19

The school year is just beginning, but Student Government is already hard at work coming up with ways to improve student life. Many of their ideas focus on eliminating issues and complaints from the 2016-2017 school year, such as the ID scanning system used before collection.

According to a plan written by class of 2019 representatives Ellie Ihegihu, Sterling Kee, Rama Somborac and Zoha Siddiqui, Student Government will discuss this issue with the administration, especially the penalty for forgetting an ID. They hope to eventually eliminate this penalty, so that no student who attends collection will receive points.

Student Government is also potentially considering a vetting system for collection speakers in order to ensure that each collection is engaging and appealing to the entire student body.

Student Government also wants to establish a work program where seniors can answer anonymous letters from freshmen and give them advice.

With the end of the Ninth Grade Studies TA program, many feel that there is a lack of communication and understanding between upper and lowerclassmen, and Student Government believes this program would make it easier and less frightening for freshman to get advice from older students about how to successfully navigate high school.

According to the year-long plan, the program would be enacted by “establish[ing] a diverse group of senior boys and girls that are responsible for responding to anonymous letters written by ninth ninth  graders. This way, ninth ninth graders will be able to ask advice to an upperclassman/woman in a safe, private space.”

Senior clerk Ella Meyer said she hopes to implement a school-wide mock Olympics, an idea that Student Government has considered several times in recent years. Teams would compete in different events, and students would compete to win gold, silver, or bronze medals.

Student Government will also continue to develop ideas from last year’s meetings. Meyer said she still wants to organize a spring pep rally before Prom. She is also working on developing more power-ups and special rewards to be distributed during the annual Quaker Games, as well as merchandise for both the winner and runner-up, and a ceremony at the end of the games.

Student Government will also continue to focus on student’s well-being by creating a new schedule for no-homework weekends, a popular implementation from last year.

Also under consideration is the possibility of adding charging stations around the school. Representatives may try to work with students who have taken Engineering in the past to install them. Also, for students who rush to school without time for breakfast at home, there may be a new cereal bar open each morning in the cafeteria.

Student Government would also like to try to make better use of their funds and follow up on last year’s Shark Tank program, which allowed club heads to request funding. They will also be in communication with the heads of the Student Association for School Spirit (SASS) to make sure that activities such as dances are appropriately organized and funded, and they may collaborate with the Random Acts of Fun and Kindness club to provide more donuts, water balloons and dance parties.

Student Government’s main goal for the year will be addressing the student body’s dissatisfaction in previous years.

Siddiqui said that she is “eager to make change happen and to be more engaged in student affairs” as a representative, and hopes to amplify the voices of her peers through more interaction between Student Government and the student body.

Student Government will be emphasizing their communication efforts with a regularly updated Haiku page, an anonymous Google form for students to submit feedback and ideas, and more polls and grade-wide emails in order to inform students of what happens in Student Government meetings.

“I am genuinely excited for this school year [and] this year on student government,” said Somborac. “It’s going to be great!”

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