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Student Council Constitutution

Student Council Constitution of Diane Gorzycki Middle School

 

Preamble

 

We, the students of Diane Gorzycki Middle School, in order to form a more perfect learning environment, believe

that:

 

  1. All students and staff, regardless of gender, religion, color or creed should have the opportunity to be involved in the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council.
  2. All participants in the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council should be responsible members of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Community.
  3. The Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council should be based on democratic principles.
  4. All staff and students should work to create a safe and orderly learning environment.
  5. All students shall have certain rights and freedoms as guaranteed to them as students of the school.

 

 

Article 1

Name of the Organization

 

The Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council shall hereafter be referred to as the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council.

 

 

Article 2

Affiliations

 

Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council shall pay dues and maintain affiliations with the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC).

 

Article 3

 

Composition of the Student Council

 

Section 1: The Representative Assembly is comprised of a maximum of fifty (50) seventh grade students and fifty (50) eighth grade students.

 

Section 2: The Executive Board is comprised of elected and appointed officers/chairpersons.

 

Section 3: The General Assembly is comprised of all representatives and the Executive Board.

 

 

 

 

 

Article 4

 

Powers of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council

 

Section 1: The power of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council is provided by the administration. Within this authority, the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council General Assembly and Executive Board shall have the power to pass legislation in matters concerning the best interests of the student body. All actions of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council are subject to the approval by the principal.

 

Section 2: The administration, with student input will appoint a faculty advisor(s) to the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council. The advisor‘s role is to direct and guide the actions of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council. He/she does not have voting rights. The Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council advisor(s) has the responsibility to:

  1. Provide guidance in all Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council sponsored activities
  2. Chaperone all Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council activities (and secure additional chaperones as needed)
  3. Excuse the absences of students who miss class because of Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council activities.

 

Section 3: General Assembly

The General Assembly shall have all legislative powers. All expenditures of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council over and above ten percent (10%) of the treasury must be authorized by the general assembly.

 

Section 4: The Executive Board

The Executive Board shall have all legislative powers save those superseded by the Constitution. The Executive Board has the responsibility to involve the general assembly in as many actions of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council as possible because it is the representatives, therefore the general assembly, which expresses the voice of the total student body.

 

 

Article 5

Qualifications and Terms of Office

 

Section 1: General Qualifications

  1. All representatives must maintain a 2.5 grade point average or better. In addition, any student serving as a Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council officer or committee chairperson must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
  2. Grades will be evaluated each 6-weeks. Representatives whose grades fall below the required GPA will be placed on academic probation and will be required to meet the GPA standard by the following progress report (3-week period).
  3. All officers and representatives shall exhibit exemplary behavior as described in the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Code of Conduct and academic ethics. If reservations about behavior or academic ethics are brought forth by faculty and staff, the administration shall make the final decision concerning the qualification of the candidate in question.
  4. All officers and representatives are expected to attend all general assemblies of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council. Additional meetings are required as specific to the positions listed below.

 

Section 2: Specific Qualifications

  1. Officers - In addition to general assemblies, the executive board is expected to attend all executive board meetings. Officers will also attend committee meetings as assigned.
    • President- the president shall be in 8th grade for the year of his/her service.
    • Vice President - the Vice President shall be in 7th grade for the year of his/her service.
    • Secretary/Treasurer- must be in the 7th or 8th grade for the year of his/her service.
    • Historian- must be in the 7th or 8th grade for the year of his/her service
    • Parliamentarian- must be in the 7th or 8th grade for the year of his/her service
    • There are no grade-level stipulations on appointed positions.
  2. Representatives - Representative must attend all general assemblies. Should he or she not be able to attend, it is the responsibility of the representative to notify and receive approval of the advisor within 48 hours.
  • Representatives are expected to participate in the planning and implementation of at least one Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council activity.
  • Representatives must report all actions of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council to his/her constituents and be responsible for reporting to the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council the concerns of his/her constituents.

 

Section 3: Term of Office

  1. All spring elected/appointed Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council officers/chairman shall serve a one year term beginning the last day of school in May, until the last day of school in May the following year.
  2. Representatives shall serve a one-year term beginning immediately after their election in the fall until the last day of school in May.

 

Article 6

Responsibilities and Duties

 

President:

  1. a) Shall execute and carry out the Constitution of Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council.
  2. b) Shall preside at all meetings of the General Assembly and the Executive Board.
  3. c) Shall represent the student body of Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council when called upon to do so by the Principal, advisor(s), or other GMS administration.
  4. d) Shall have the authority, with approval from the advisor(s), to call additional meetings of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council.
  5. e) Shall promote interest and participation within the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council.

 

Vice President:

  1. a) In case of president‘s absence or inability to carry out his responsibilities, the vice-president will assume the responsibilities of the president.
  2. b) Shall assist the president as directed.
  3. c) Shall meet as least once a month with committee chairpersons.
  4. d) Keep a record of Representative points earned throughout out the year and submit to the advisor(s) each semester.

 

Secretary/Treasurer:

  1. a) Take minutes of all official meetings of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council.
  2. b) Keep a written record of all proceedings of the council
  3. c) Shall be responsible for the record keeping concerning all Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council expenditures and income.
  4. d) Shall, at Representative Assembly Meetings, submit a report on the financial status of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council.
  5. e) Shall be responsible for preparing a budget for the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council General Assembly.
  6. f) Shall maintain all Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council Records.
  7. g) Shall be responsible for all secretarial and clerical duties of the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council.

 

Historian:

  1. Shall serve as the Chairperson of the Public Relations committee.
  2. Shall produce the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council Webpage with assistance and approval of the advisor(s).
  3. Shall write the Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council articles for appropriate newsletters
  4. Shall report on Council Activities to the Campus Communications Coordinator
  5. Shall develop or assist in the development of a club Scrapbook.

 

Parliamentarian:

  1. Shall assure that council meetings are following Roberts Rules of Order.
  2. Shall assist the president as directed.

 

Chairpersons:

  1. a) Shall be responsible for the agenda, proceedings, and work of the assigned committee.
  2. b) Shall prepare, with the help of his/her committee, a project plan for the assigned activity.
  3. c) Shall prepare a report on committee activities to the general assembly.

 

Representatives:

  1. a) Will share Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council news with their constituents.
  2. b) Shall bring issues to the general assembly that are of concern to his/her constituents.
  3. c) Will actively serve in the planning and implementation of at least one Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council activity.

 

Article 7

Elections and Appointments

 

Section 1: The advisor shall appoint Leadership students to serve as Diane Gorzycki Middle School Student Council executive board members though an application process including interviews. Appointments will take place in March/April the spring before the year of service.

 

Section 2: Specific Leadership application guidelines will be reviewed in February and submitted to administration for Approval. Candidates shall receive a copy of all guidelines.

 

Section 3: Election/appointments of the Executive Board shall take place in April/May the spring before the year of service.

 

Section 4: Specific election guidelines will be reviewed in February and submitted to administration for approval. Candidates shall receive a copy of all election guidelines upon acceptance into the Leadership class.

 

Section 5: The students in 6th and 7th grade will vote for their choice of candidates for the office of President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Historian and Parliamentarian.

 

Section 6: The candidate receiving the most votes cast (popular vote) will win the election.

Article 8  

Meetings

 

Section 1: All meetings, as deemed appropriate, shall be conducted using Robert‘s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

 

Section 2: The executive board shall meet a minimum of once a week.

 

Section 3: The general assembly shall meet a minimum of once a month.

 

Section 4: Committees shall meet as needed.