AVA students are the world’s future leaders. AVA students also have the potential to have a strong, positive influence for good right here, right now. AVA’s student government exists to train and empower young leaders as problem-solvers.
Each class elects a President and Vice President following a democratic process, facilitated by the homeroom teacher. Representatives serve for half a school year at a time, to allow twice as many students the opportunity to participate in this formative leadership experience. Then, on a monthly basis, grade level representatives from each floor will meet with the Principal and Deans as a Student Senate. The Second Floor Senate includes 1st – 4th grade. The Third Floor Senate includes 5th – 8th grade. Each cohort of senators has the opportunity to grow according to the map below.
Leadership Skills Map:
|SKILLS||Meeting #1||Meeting #2||Meeting #3||Meeting #4|
|Strategic Planning||Leaders uphold the shared vision, mission, and values.||Leaders confront challenges and make smart plans.||Leaders take action to overcome those challenges.||Leaders find ways to involve others to be part of the solution.|
|Working with Others||Leaders use the first 30 seconds to make a great first impression.||Leaders use safe, positive,
|Leaders build others up with their words (both spoken and written).||Leaders have a positive, solution-oriented attitude and step in to opportunities to help.|
|Public Speaking||Strong speakers speak at a speed and volume appropriate to the audience.||Strong speakers establish eye contact that draws in the audience.||A strong speaker’s body language supports his/her words.||Strong speakers prepare thoroughly and enjoy the moment.|
Student Senate Leadership Challenges:
Each month, student senators are encouraged to try to complete the challenges below.
Task Date Completed
|Make sure no one is sitting alone at lunch.|
|Hold the door for someone.|
|Tell a parent thank you for something specific.|
|Practice the professional handshake with an adult at AVA.|
|Ask your teacher how you can help.|
|Write an encouraging note to someone who needs it.|
|Clean up an area in the school.|
|Do something kind or thoughtful for someone else, but try to avoid being noticed.|