Superintendent's Student Council Meets at Langston

Superintendent's Student Council Meets at Langston
Posted on 10/09/2019
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 The first meeting of the newly created Superintendent’s Student Council was hosted at Langston Elementary Leadership Academy yesterday with 5th and 6th grade students. The 18 Council members were chosen through nomination by teachers for leadership and speaking skills, good behavior, good grades, and ability to collaborate well with others.


HSSD Superintendent Dr. Nehus organizes four unique Councils that meet throughout the school year to share and discuss district initiatives. Superintendent’s Council meetings are structured to allow for two-way communication, and open forums for information and sharing of feedback. Specifically from the Superintendent’s Student Council - Dr. Nehus and HSSD administrators hope to gain unique student perspective about positive growth taking place throughout the district, and hope to hear challenges, needs, and complaints.


Chartwells treated the group to a special buffet lunch of chicken strips, potatoes and gravy, fresh salad and strawberries, and chocolate cookies. Dr. Nehus facilitated conversation in an informal style, and allowed students to go around the room and answer specific questions, as well as offer their own comments about anything they wanted to discuss.


Common themes from students regarding what they like most about Langston Elementary Leadership Academy include focusing on the 7 Leadership Habits as part of the new Leadership Magnet theme, the newly expanded playground space, added electives this school year (including Beta Club), the new Library, new whiteboards in all classrooms, and general improvements to technology in all classrooms. Common suggestions for needs and wants include bigger playground equipment (which arrives in November), sports offerings for younger students, longer recess, the option to bring pets to school, the option to start school later in the morning, and more.


Dr. Nehus and administrators will meet with a Superintendent’s Student Council at each school once per quarter throughout the school year. Student groups will be chosen from each school, as they were at Langston, to have a one hour meeting and discussion with Dr. Nehus and administrators. Future meeting dates and locations are as follows:  Dec. 3 - HSJA; Feb. 11 - HSWCHS; Apr. 9 - Park/Gardner & Oaklawn Annex at Park. 


The HSSD has maintained a Superintendent’s Parent Council and Councils for Certified and Classified Staff Members for many years now, but added the Student Council effort for the first time in the 2019-2020 school year.  Learn more about all HSSD Superintendent’s Councils, here. 


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