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Student Council Constitution

 Chandler Elementary Student Council Constitution

 

 

Article One (Name)

 

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

 

Article Two (Purpose)

 

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 (Membership)

 

Section 1:  All students in Grade 3 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 homeroom representatives elected by their homerooms.

 

Section 3:  Each homeroom in Grade 3 shall elect two homeroom representatives.

 

Section 4:  The officers shall be elected from the homeroom representatives at the first official meeting.  The officers shall be defined as the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.

 

Section 5:  The principal of Chandler Elementary School shall be the final authority over all actions of the Student Council.

 

Article Four (Qualifications)

 

Section 1:  Any student who wishes to be a member of the Council shall:

 

  1. Maintain grades of A’s and B’s on the report card at the end of each six weeks.
  2. Maintain a grade of “MS” 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 grade 3 during the second week of school each year. During the meeting, students will be informed of the standards for membership on the Council as a homeroom representative.

 

Article Five (Homeroom Representatives)

 

Section 1:  Each homeroom in grade 3 shall have two elected Council representatives and an alternate. The alternate will be the first runner-up for the position of representative. The alternate will attend the Council meetings in the absence of the representative.

 

Section 2:  (Process) 

  • The Student Leader Evaluation Form will be used as the criteria to become a representative on the Chandler Elementary Student Council.
  • Any student in grade 3 who wishes to be considered for a representative on the Council, should request one copy of the Student Leader Evaluation Form from the homeroom teacher.
  • The Student Leader Evaluation Form will be given to the student’s homeroom teacher from the previous year.  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 the current homeroom 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 teacher from the previous year.
  • The form will be due back to the Council sponsor no later than a date during third week of school.
  • 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, the student who was first runner-up from his/her homeroom will fulfill the obligation.

 

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

  • At the end of the six weeks, the representative’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 “MS” 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 such as:
    • reporting back to the homeroom after each Council meeting.
    • neglecting to collect ideas and opinions from homeroom members.
    • 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.

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

 

While the representative is on probation, his or her office will be filled by the first runner-up from his/her homeroom. At the end of the six weeks if the representative has met the qualifications to be a representative 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 the Council by the sponsor and/or the principal.

 

Article Six (Officers)

 

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

 

Section 2:  (Process) 

  • The officers shall be elected from the homeroom representatives at the first official meeting.
  • Once homeroom representatives are elected, students will be notified in writing of the positions they are able to run for.
  • Students who are interested in running for officer will be given 2-3 minutes to express their desire to be an officer on the Council and to explain their qualifications at the first official meeting.
  • Each representative shall have one vote.  In the case of a tie, there will be a run-off election conducted at the same meeting.

 

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 3 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 “MS” 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 such as:
    • reporting back to the homeroom after each Council meeting.
    • neglecting to collect ideas and opinions from homeroom members.
    • 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.

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 that position. 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 sponsor and the principal.

 

Article Seven (The Election Process)

 

Section 1:  Election of Student Council homeroom representatives shall take place during the fourth week of school. The class members in each 3rdgrade homeroom will vote for each homeroom representative.

 

Section 2:  Homeroom representatives will not be allowed to campaign for election nor will they be permitted to distribute any articles such as candy, gum, or other monetary items.  Those students who are interested in running for a representative position will be allowed to stand up in class and inform their classmates about their decision to run.  This will take place at the beginning of the day on Student Council election day in each third grade homeroom.  Each candidate will be given 2-3 minutes to express their desire to be a homeroom representative and to explain their qualifications. 

 

Section 3:  Voting will be conducted during the fourth week of school. Voting will be done by secret ballot in each homeroom class. 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 at least once monthly. The Student Council membership will decide each year the appropriate meeting dates and times. For example: first Friday of the month at 7:30 AM. An agenda shall be prepared and handed out to each member of the Council at least one day before each meeting. Student Council members may initiate agenda items. All items for the agenda must be submitted to the sponsor or principal two days before each meeting. Additional agenda items may be added at the beginning of each Council meeting by a majority vote of Council members. If a quorum (half of Council members plus one) is not present for a meeting, no Council action may be voted upon.

 

Section 2:  Each Homeroom Representative shall conduct class meetings at least one day before and at least two days after each Student Council meeting. The purpose of the meeting prior to Council meetings will be to solicit ideas to take to the Council. The purpose of the meeting after the Council meeting will be to share information covered in the previous Council meeting.

 

Section 3: All club records including minutes and financial records are to be stored on the Chandler Elementary campus with the club sponsor.

 

 

Article Nine (Voting Procedures and Rules)

 

Section 1:  Each representative shall have one vote. The sponsor votes only in case of a tie.

 

Section 2:  All motions require a second