Student Government and Leadership Desert Junior-Senior High School asb

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Student Government and Leadership

Desert Junior-Senior High School ASB
Mr. Jason Spitzer


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Mission Statement: We, the Associated Student Body of Desert Junior-Senior High School, strive to create and preserve a unified student body, infused with school pride and spirit, which represents all students by promoting a culture of involvement and community.
Course Overview: Student government and leadership is a project-based course aimed at increasing students’ leadership skills and capabilities. Through planning and executing numerous events for the school, students will discover how to best effect change in their communities. Students will read about and discuss leadership and its different styles. Additionally, students will write and speak -- critically, reflectively, and persuasively -- about real world issues that arise from working with others in the planning and executing of events.
Course Objectives:
Leadership I: Introduction to student leadership and government
Students enrolled in Leadership I will:

  • Understand the role and function of student government

  • Participate in student government

  • Log 40 hours of service at the school or in the community (10 per quarter)

  • Fulfill the promise of the Associated Student Body mission statement.

  • Plan, organize, advertise, prepare, execute, and evaluate school activities for all Desert students.

  • Learn and perfect the skills of leadership, teamwork, organization, and project planning.

  • Provide support for and to coordinate the efforts of the clubs and organizations constituted at Desert Junior-Senior High School.

  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with administrators, faculty, parents, and the community at large, as well as other schools, on behalf of the students of Desert Junior-Senior High School.

  • Unify the school, working together to better the community.

Leadership II: Taking on a leadership role
In addition to the objectives of Leadership I, students enrolled in Leadership II will:

  • Apply and accept a leadership role as an elected or appointed officer, fulfilling all duties required of this position to the best of the student’s ability, utilizing the skills and experience from Leadership I.

Leadership III: Leaders leading leaders
In addition to the objectives of Leadership II, students enrolled in Leadership III will:

  • Assume the mentorship of a student or students enrolled in Leadership I and/or II, meeting regularly, providing guidance, as well as providing oral and written feedback.

Leadership IV: Leading with a purpose

  • In addition to the objectives of Leadership III, students enrolled in Leadership IV will work on an Applied Project. The Applied Project is a leadership position or internship in an outside organization at the school or in the community under the guidance of a leadership mentor (i.e. teacher, administrator, director, executive, etc.)

Requirements: Students in student government are held to a higher academic standard. Those elected as officers are expected to maintain a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) with no grade below a “C-” in any class. All others enrolled in the course must maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) with no grade below a “C-”. All students must maintain at least a “B-” in Student Government and Leadership or be dropped from the course and/or elected position.
Grading: Students will be assessed based on participation in fulfilling the course objectives, as well as written assignments and oral presentations. Grades are weighted on the following scale:
-Participation (includes attendance): 40%

-Service: 20%

-Writing Assignments: 20%

-Oral Presentations: 10%

-Portfolio: 10%
Participation (includes attendance): Students enrolled in the course are expected to participate in all aspects of the course, including and not limited to:

  • Fulfilling the duties of his or her elected or appointed position.

  • All planned ASB functions at the school and in the community.

  • Class discussions, seminars, projects, and activities, on-campus or off-campus.

Service Hours: Students are expected to give back through a number of service projects on campus and in the community. There will be an abundant opportunity for students to earn service hours through ASB organized events on campus; students may also elect to plan, organize, and participate in their own service projects if cleared by the adviser. Students must earn at least 10 hours a quarter (roughly one hour a week).
Writing Assignments: Students will write critically, reflectively, and persuasively in a variety of contexts, from real world correspondence with administration, faculty advisors, clubs, community members and leaders, to research based papers on effective and ineffective leadership. In addition, elected or appointed officers must write reports covering past, current, and/or future events and/or projects.
Public Speaking: Students will learn the intricacies of effective speechwriting and delivery and public speaking, cornerstones of leadership.
Portfolio: Students will maintain a portfolio which shall be composed of: a current resume, a list of accomplishments, and service completed throughout the year.
Meeting Schedule: The Associate Student Body is responsible for discussing, approving, and/or denying the business and activities of other constituted clubs and organizations on campus. These meetings will be held at the beginning of the period each Tuesday and Thursday. The second Thursday of the month will be an Executive Council meeting; the last Thursday of the month will be a Student Council meeting.
Course Planner:
Unit One: Leadership Unit Two: Planning

Unit Three: Communication Unit Four: Teamwork Unit Five: Writing like a Leader Unit Six: Creativity and Problem Solving
Unit One: Leadership: Students will define leadership and create goals for themselves for the year. Students will consider different leadership styles and research effective leaders throughout the world, evaluating strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. Students will present their findings to the class.
Unit Two: Planning: Students will discuss the best ways to plan and organize events as well as anticipate issues in the future. Students will write a detailed planning document for an event they are organizing and include: budget, materials, promotion, etc.
Unit Three: Communication: Students will learn the skills of public speaking, including voice projection, articulation, eye contact, body language, and confidence. Students will present a topic related to their committees based on a future event they are planning.
Unit Four: Feedback: Students will learn how to give constructive feedback as well as evaluate their own ideas for strength and weakness. Students will provide feedback to other committee’s projects and/or events.
Unit Five: Writing like a Leader: Students will write a critical essay for an event they are planning. This essay will focus on a detailed reflection on the process of organizing the event, a critical analysis of the success of the event, and a persuasive section arguing whether the event should be done again or if any modifications are necessary.
Unit Six: Creativity/Problem Solving: Students will engage in a school, district, or community-based project where they identify a problem they want to fix, organize a way to fix it, and then go about executing that solution.
Unit Seven: Reflection: Students will think critically about their progress in the class and the events throughout the course. Students will write a lengthy reflection where they evaluate their personal, committee, and organizational progress throughout the year, including events, projects, and the overall results of their work.
Expectations and Policies:

  • Students are expected to volunteer 10 hours a quarter (about 1 hour a week) outside of the class to plan, organize, and execute school activities or community service projects.

  • Students are required to be present and on time for class every day.

  • Students must actively participate and be engaged in the class and the school.

  • MUST attend a non-ASB sponsored event outside of the normal school day each quarter, such as a sporting event, play, or concert.

  • Must maintain a strong GPA and a positive attitude towards administration, staff, teachers, and fellow students.

  • MUST help set-up ASB-sponsored events unless excused by the adviser and an alternate assignment is agreed upon.

  • MUST help clean-up ASB-sponsored events unless excused by the adviser and an alternate assignment is agreed upon.

  • Students are expected to demonstrate SCORPION PRIDE and be promoters of ASB and Desert Junior-Senior High School.

ASB Positions and Committees:

  • Student Body President

  • Student Body Vice President

  • Student Body Secretary

  • Student Body Treasurer

  • Academic Commissioner and Committee

  • Activities Commissioner and Committee

  • Athletic Commissioner and Committee

  • Beautification Commissioner and Committee

  • Business and Sales and Committee

  • Historian and Publications Committee

  • Publicity Commissioner and Committee

  • Spirit Commissioner and Committee

ASB Executive Council:

  • Student Body President

  • Student Body Vice President

  • Student Body Secretary

  • Student Body Treasurer

  • Senior President or Officer

  • Junior President or Officer

  • Sophomore President or Officer

  • Freshman President or Officer

ASB Student Council:

  • Student Body President

  • Student Body Vice President

  • Student Body Secretary

  • Student Body Treasurer

  • Senior President and Officers

  • Junior President and Officers

  • Sophomore President and Officers

  • Freshman President and Officers

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