by Gillian Moore '20
From Instagrams and fun videos to presentations and emails, most parts of student government at NCS are passionately informing the community about initiatives, asking for student input, and encouraging student participation. By this point in high school, I feel very well-informed about each and every Board. But one has a notable absence from this scene of constant and transparent communication: Honor Board. Indeed, it would be quite against its principles to join in. But why?
The Honor Board is essentially what it sounds like: it hears cases of student violation of the NCS Honor Code (which, just for a refresher, establishes that lying, cheating, and stealing will not be tolerated). Included in this is plagiarism, sharing information about assessments, and any other sort of academic dishonesty. Of the greatest importance to the Honor Board is confidentiality; all members respect a student’s right to remain anonymous, and all details of the case are to be kept within the Board. The Board itself is made up of both students and teachers. Two sophomores are elected by their peers each year to serve on the Board for their junior and senior years. One teacher is also elected by other faculty to a two-year position, making a total of four students and two teachers hearing each case, plus Ms. Clark, the Dean of Students and head of the Honor Board.
Whereas success for other Boards is defined by a great number of initiatives, a successful year for the Honor Board is a year devoid of cases – the fewer, the better. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean inaction. Other Honor Board affairs might include assemblies for each division, or other educational activities about honor. Such gatherings hope to spark conversations about honor and what it means to embody it, represent it, and value it. And so, while the Honor Board hopes to keep cases to a minimum, we also would like to encourage school-wide dialogue and thought about what it means to be a student of integrity.
by Harry Grigorian '19
Dear St. Albans Students,
The first part of the year is behind us. We have handled ourselves well, we have studied hard in the classroom, we have pushed ourselves on the field. I am thrilled with the start of the ‘18-‘19 school year and am excited about what is to come. Here are some plans for the year:
1. The Mixer
This is always the most controversial topic at STA. We have been working with Dr. Labaree and the administration to come to a fair solution, and we have made significant headway. Obviously, much of the ultimate decision from the administration comes from how we handle ourselves in the meantime. If everyone behaves and holds each other accountable, we will be in a much better position to hold this dance.
2. The Doors Being Locked
Remember it. Now you don’t have to stop me in the hallway to give me your detailed proposal for changing the school. I’d love to talk to you in the hallway about anything, but if you have anything that you really want us to think hard about, please write it up and send it; that’ll make life a lot easier for me, as I won’t have to remember everything you guys tell me.
The main goal for this year is responsiveness. I want to listen to everything everyone has to say, and work to implement all the good ideas we can come up with collectively. I think we have set ourselves up for a phenomenal year, and I’m looking forward to what’s to come.
Harry Grigorian ‘19
by Peyton Gordon '19
Hi! My name is Peyton, and I am the NCS Student Government President. I hope to provide a brief and informative peek into the ins and outs of Student Government!
To begin, the Student Government “school-wide” positions are President, Vice President (Sara Roberts), Secretary (Katie Ambrose), Treasurer (Rachel Yoon), and Liaison (Anika Mitra). There are also “elects” for the Treasurer and Liaison positions, so that these students can learn about their future role and provide any necessary aid (Madeleine Drefke and Kiki Shahida, respectively). Students in these roles oversee school-wide initiatives.
Then we have the board presidents: Arts (Bo Moukdarath), Athletics (Chloe Conaghan), Green (Taliyah Emory-Muhammad), Equity (Zoé Contreras-Villalta), and Service (Avery Kean). Students in these roles oversee school-wide initiatives related to their respective domain like Powderpuff (athletics) or Diversity Forum (equity).
Next: grade positions! Each grade in the Upper School has a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and 1-2 reps for each board. Students in these positions oversee their own grade.
Now that the “who is who” is clear, let’s move on to the “what” and “when”. Student Government school-wide representatives, board presidents, grade presidents and vice presidents attend F-day meetings. During these meetings we discuss upcoming events as a group and give each other updates on what we have accomplished in the last week. Grade reps may tell the group of a fun activity their grade is doing, which can inspire other reps to plan similar events. This meeting time is a kind of think-tank, I guess! However, since this is truly not very much time, we have a VERY active group chat. A lot of our work, individual and group, is accomplished through collaborating remotely. In this digital age, I find myself often texting reps to-do lists!
That’s about it for how StuGov works!! The last thing I want to mention is the importance of voicing YOUR ideas and opinions. There is nothing we want more than to make you guys happy and NCS even better. Text us, call us, yell at us in the halls, whatever you need to do to hit us up!