2020 – 2021 American Fork High School

Student Council Application

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Dear Potential Student Council Member,

Thank you for your interest in Student Council at American Fork High School. We are excited to see what the year will bring and hope to make it a memorable year for everyone! We will be making a few small changes this year as the program evolves so its structure matches its purpose. The positions on council this year will include:

Student Body President (Senior)

Student Body Vice President (Junior)

Student Body Secretary (Junior or Senior)

Student Body Publicity (Junior or Senior)

Student Bondy Finance (Junior or Senior)

Student Body Spirit Officer (Senior)

Student Body Academics (Junior or Senior)

Cabinet (6 members from each class.)

          Note: Sophomores can only run for cabinet and will be appointed by advisors. SBO academics will also be an appointed position.

 

Student body officers will use their skills to help train the committees formed throughout the year from the cabinet. This arrangement will allow cabinet members to have a variety of experiences, making them more well-rounded leaders, and will allow SBO’s to practice capacity-building leadership techniques.

AFHS student council has a philosophy of distributed leadership. This philosophy is encapsulated in the following quotes (memorize them, write them down, live by them, maybe even quote them in your interview):

“The fundamental role of leader is moving away from a model where the leader shows, directs and tells and towards one where the leaders sees, provokes, asks and unleashes the capability of others.”- From The Multiplier Effect
        
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” -Jack Welch

“The real key to leadership is inspiring others to be leaders. The key to strong relationships is helping to bring out the best in people we love. The key to true happiness is finding joy in helping others become happier. And the key to achieving your highest potential starts by helping others achieve theirs.” -Shawn Anchor

 This philosophy is central to fulfilling the mission of student council: “to serve our students so they have their best high school experience”.  Expect to not just make AFHS a better place to be but to become better yourself. Weekly lessons on creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking will challenge you to improve your leadership abilities and like any class, you will receive grades in these areas.  

 Many will look to you as a cultural leader of the school. This means your behavior should always exhibit the best of AFHS. Whether you accept it or not, while on council you are held to a higher standard. Your journey through elections and serving on council will not be easy as many hours of dedication are required, but it will definitely be worth it and will be an experience you can take with you forever. We look forward to being on the journey with you.

Good luck,

Mrs. Beckstead, Mr. Davis, Mr. Marianno

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Important Dates        ……………………………………………….pg. 3 (initial)

Eligibility for Council…………………………………………..pg. 4 (initial)

Election Policies………………………………………………..pg. 5 (initial)

     Parent/Student Contract……………………………………….pg. 8 (signature)

     Personal Information Release…………………………………..pg. 9 (signature)

                                      Council Roles and Responsibilities……………………………...pg. 10

Important Dates

January 21

Student Council Applications Available

March 23-24

Sophomore Cabinet interviews at AFHS. Meet in room 105 at your chosen time. Dress to impress. All parts of the application are due when you interview.

January 21

Interview sign-ups available on Google Classroom. Please sign-up for any available group experience date AND individual interview date ASAP.

March 24

Sophomore cabinet results posted on Google Classroom

January 23

Lunch meeting in room 102/103.

If Elected/Appointed  

January 31

Group experience takes place 2:45-4:30. Meet in room 105 at AFHS.

 April 20

Training day #1. Important things are decided and learned on this day. Make arrangements to attend. Work is not an excuse for missing. Sweater fitting will likely occur this day.

February 3

Parent meeting in room 102/103 at AFHS. 7:00-7:30 PM.

May 4

Training day #2. Important things are decided and learned on this day. Make arrangements to attend. Work is not an excuse for missing.

February 6

Group experience takes place 2:45-4:30. Meet in room 105 at AFHS

May 16

Help with Senior Dinner Dance (You will sign up for this)

February 10-14

Individual interviews take place at AFHS. Meet in room 105 at your chosen time. Dress to impress and bring your portfolio.  

May 22

Help with The Rock (You will sign up for this)

March 2

Applications due. Turn in paper application with signatures and official transcript to Mr. Marianno in Room 105. Google classroom pieces are due at midnight: General information form, teacher recommendations and ballot information form)

TBA

We will likely be partnering with a new organization in lieu of our usual Dixie Leadership Camp. The leadership training will take place locally over the summer, and we will alert you of the dates as soon as we know.

March 16

All posters are due to Mr. Marianno in room 105 for all positions by 7:45 am.

July 11

Steel Days. SBO’s required. Other council may help out if available.

March 17-20

Elections for all positions (except Sophomore cabinet & SBO Academic). Students will be notified of results after school on the 20th. Turn in campaign budgets on Google Classroom by 2:30 PM on the 20th.  

August 12-13

Training Days #3-#4. Important things are decided and learned on this day. Make arrangements to attend. Work is not an excuse for missing. You’ll also help with Sophomore Orientation and make final preparations for Welcome Week.

By initialing this page, I confirm that I have read and agree to be in attendance on the dates listed. Any conflicts must be discussed with advisors far in advance with a plan for accounting for what will be missed.

 

Student initials: ____________        Parent initials: ___________

Eligibility for Council  

  1. During the 2020-2021 school year, you must be a student currently enrolled full time at American Fork High School or be able to attend ALL assigned activities, even if it means missing classes at MATC, UVU, other schools or work.  You must be planning on attending American Fork for the entire school year.  You MUST be here when we need you!
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on your transcript and a current grade point average of 3.0 this quarter to be eligible for and to remain on council.
  3. Students who have been suspended or had school disciplinary action taken against them must meet with both advisors and an administrator to determine eligibility.
  4. Uphold the Student/Parent contract found in this packet.
  5. Do not solicit any teacher, counselor, staff member or administrator to change any academic grade for election eligibility.
  6. Adhere to all Alpine School District and AFHS policies.
  7. Adhere to all American Fork High School campaign policies.
  8. Student council will cost $390 with a new sweater and $250 if you already have a sweater. We have reviewed our expenditures this year and have done what we could to keep these costs low. These fees pay for our summer leadership meetings, shirts, retreats, training etc.
  9. Attach an official transcript to this paper application to allow us to verify eligibility. This cannot be a Skyward printout and must show all grades through term 2 of this school year.

By initialing this page, I confirm that I have read the criteria above and am eligible for council.

Student initials: ____________        Parent initials: ___________

Election Policies

General Policies

Any candidate found in violation of any of these rules will be immediately disqualified.

Interviews

A group experience and personal interview will be conducted as part of the application process. Sign up for interviews on Google Classroom. See the important dates page for interview times and location. During the group experience, you will be scored on your ability to demonstrate collaboration, creativity, problem-solving, listening, and prioritizing information. No need to dress up. You will be doing some of the work actual council does for this one.

        Individual interviews will be scored on your leadership philosophy and qualifications for the position you are applying for. Dress to impress. You will bring a portfolio to the interview to demonstrate your qualifications and leadership philosophy. See the portfolio requirements below.

Portfolios 

President and Vice President Portfolio

These positions involve conveying a vision, delegating responsibilities and following up with those you lead. Both positions involve setting the example and tone for what it means to be a leader on student council. Please provide a portfolio establishing your vision for council and the school next year. Give us an idea of your leadership philosophy and how you plan on working with others. Also demonstrate how your prior experience has prepared you for this position.

Secretary Portfolio

This position involves keeping council organized and accountable. Please provide in your portfolio your organization techniques both physical and digital. Provide a vision for how you plan on helping council stay organized and accountable for their assignments. Demonstrate any experience you might have with workflow solutions like Trello and Band. Demonstrate how your prior experience has prepared you for this position.

Publicity Portfolio

Three things this person must be capable of are: Artistic skills, an eye for design, and marketing knowledge. Please provide a portfolio of your work demonstrating your skills in illustrator/photoshop and your design of a poster for Preference this year. The theme is “Classic” like 50’s diner, classic cars, etc.. Remember to include in your portfolio various styles in your artwork to show your range (Hint: Your election poster should be top-notch too).

Finance Portfolio

This position requires tracking the many expenses of student council and balancing a budget. Please provide a portfolio demonstrating your organization and ability to balance a budget. What is your overall budgeting philosophy? Demonstrate how your prior experience has prepared you for this position.

Spirit Portfolio

This person must be capable of getting the student body to follow them. They must also be dynamic as they lead assemblies and cheers. Include in your portfolio a draft of a spirit assembly (50 mins), your past experiences involving school spirit, and your plan to get more students attending events beyond major sports. Please demonstrate how you have been prepared for this position.

Academics Portfolio

This student must be passionate about academics. They also must be capable of working with teachers and administrators. Please provide a portfolio demonstrating your academic achievement. Also, convey a vision for how you plan on improving academic achievement at AFHS.

Cabinet Portfolio 

Students on cabinet must be capable of contributing their strengths to a variety of tasks and positions. They must also be hard-working and capable of following through with assignments. Please demonstrate through your portfolio what strengths you will bring to student council and your ability to work hard. Let us see how you have been prepared for this position.  

Note: A more detailed list of the roles and responsibilities for positions on council can be found on page 10.

Election Posters

Google Classroom Election Assignments

Use this list to ensure you have completed all application requirements on Google Classroom.

  1. Group Experience and Personal Interview Sign-ups
  2. General Information Form- This form includes important contact information and which position you are applying for. If you would like to run for an SBO position and Cabinet, you will indicate your intention on this form.
  3. Ballot Information Form- Through this form you will provide the information that will appear on the ballot on 5-Star. This includes a picture, typed goals (500 characters or less), and a 30 second promotional video (start preparing early).
  4. Reminder to get teacher recommendations- Your teachers (AFHS) will receive a link to fill out. Ask at least three to recommend you.
  5. Budget sheet- On the last day of elections, turn in your budget sheet. You create this. We want to see how much you spent and what you spent it on.

Election Results 

SBO and Cabinet Elections will be determined by the following:

Sophomore Cabinet will be determined by the following:

Student Council Ambassadors

                Next year we will be experimenting with a new opportunity. If you are not elected to student council or if you feel that student council will be too much of a time commitment or if you are nervous to campaign, but you still want a chance to develop leadership skills and serve the school, you can join Student Council Ambassadors. Student Council Ambassadors will be a club that meets monthly, and anytime we have a major event, to help student council fulfill its mission. Student Council Ambassadors will help perform any tasks needed to pull off successful events. They will also be a valuable organization that gives helpful feedback to make events better. You will get in free to any events you contribute to and may even earn some nice swag. This will be something you can put on your resume and will give you valuable experience if you plan on running for student council in the future!

By initialing this page, I confirm that I have read, understand, and agree to abide by all election policies.

Student initials: ____________        Parent initials: __________

Parent/Student Contract

  1. As an officer of American Fork High School you represent all of the AFHS students and faculty.  You are a role model, and as such you must support the school, your fellow officers, your advisors and the school administration at all times.  This means that you are to treat all of your fellow students, AFHS staff, and community with courtesy and respect.
  2. Student Council members are under the supervision of a faculty advisor.  All members will be part of a mandatory student leadership class that takes place during A1.
  3. All members of student council will be expected to uphold the PROUD qualities.
  4. Students will be graded on assignments that are given from their committee and on their ability to apply the leadership skills taught in class.  If an assignment is not fulfilled, it will affect the student’s grade.  There will be no extra credit given at the end of a term to save a grade. Grading will be based on our leadership standards and students will play a role in assigning their own grade through advisor-student conferences and reflection.  
  5. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 each term while in office with no F’s or NC’s.  Students not meeting this minimum standard will be placed on probation.  If the student does not meet the standard of their probation, they may be immediately removed from office.
  6. Student Council members are expected to live by the Student Council Honor Code which is: As an elected officer, I am entrusted by my peers, administration and faculty to represent and serve the student body of American Fork High School with dignity.  As long as I hold this office, my actions shall be those that reflect the pride, respect and dedication that I feel for my school, my community, and for myself.  I hereby acknowledge the existence of this Honor Code and will support an environment here at AFHS, which values integrity, honesty and ethical conduct.”  Failure to live by the honor code may result in removal from office.
  7. At all times members represent the AFHS student body and will act in compliance with all rules, policies and standards of AFHS and Alpine School District. Your social media presence should reflect your position as a member of Student Council and a representative of AFHS. If you post(ed) inappropriate or offensive material, you will be subjected to probation or removal from Student Council.  
  8. Student Council members are required to donate many hours before, during and after school to the improvement of American Fork High School.  Many hours during the summer will be dedicated to planning activities and preparing for the upcoming year.  Council members are also expected to support activities at school, such as sporting events and productions by attending at least one event a week.
  9. Student Council members charged with any criminal act (including complicity) will be removed from office without option of appeal.
  10. Student Council will use collaborative tools like Trello and Band to organize our work. By signing below you grant permission for your student to use these tools.

By signing below, I agree to the policies above. I hereby certify that all of the information contained in this application is correct and true. I authorize American Fork High School to verify my grade point average and other information deemed necessary that may affect my performance as a member of the American Fork High School Student Council. I further understand that any misrepresentation on my part will result in my disqualification for this position.  

Student Signature ________________________________________________        Date ______________

Parent Signature _________________________________________________        Date ______________

ALPINE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Student Personal Information Release – School and District Publications

Dear Parent/Guardian,

From time to time, your child’s name and/or photo might be considered for publication/display in a school/district created web page or publication. Please take to review the Information Release Form and select all appropriate options. If your preference changes during the year, you are responsible for contacting the school and completing a new form. If you have any other questions, please contact the school before signing.

Please initial in the line(s) below to indicate you agree to give permission.

WEB RELEASE: For publication on school/district created web pages

_____ The school and district have permission to display my child’s photo.

_____ The school and district have permission to display my child’s photo with first and last name attached.

I understand that this information will be available to anyone on the Internet.

Please note that this does not replace the District’s Acceptable Use Policy or imply permission to

use internet services.

PUBLICATION RELEASE: For school, district, and other publications (i.e. local newspapers)

_____ The school, district, and other publications have permission to display my child’s photo.

_____ The school, district, and other publications have permission to display my child’s photo with first and last name attached.

By signing below, I verify that I understand the above release and that I have indicated my preferences. By leaving a box empty, I am indicating that I do not wish for permission to be granted. If my preferences change during the school year, I will contact the school.

______________________________________                 ___________________

Parent/Legal Guardian Signature                         Date

______________________________________                 ___________________

Child’s Name (please print)                                 Child’s Grade

Schools should keep the completed form on file at the school

AFHS Student Body Officer Roles & Responsibilities

SBO President (Senior Only)

SBO Vice President (Junior Only)

  • Plans class reunions 
  • Directs and leads student council class
  • Attends monthly ICC meetings
  • Leads at SBO meetings
  • Liaison between school and community (SCC)
  • Liaison between students, faculty/staff, admin
  • Trains committee presidents on leading effectively.
  • Proposes calendar of events for the school year
  • Nurtures and protects AFHS culture (PROUD)
  • Sets the example of event attendance by attending school events weekly.
  • Ensures accountability for assignments/attendance/collective commitments/norms within STUCO
  • Reaches out/gets to know more of the student body
  • Other duties as determined by the officer

  • Supports SBO President in their role by accepting/anticipating responsibilities delegated from the president
  • Coordinate Student Council Ambassadors
  • Ensures committees are running smoothly and provides feedback to the president on current challenges in STUCO.
  • Attends monthly House of Rep Meetings and addresses any concerns related to culture.
  • Trains committee vice presidents on leading effectively
  • Proposes calendar of events for the school year
  • Nurtures and protects AFHS culture (PROUD)
  • Sets the example of event attendance by attending school events weekly.
  • Ensures accountability for assignments/attendance/collective commitments/norms within STUCO
  • Reaches out/gets to know more of the student body
  • Other duties as determined by the officer

SBO Secretary (Senior or Junior)

SBO Publicity (Senior or Junior)

  • Contacts officers with meeting and event reminders
  • Manages Remind texts to alert council of events/important info
  • Tracks assignments and attendance for class/events  
  • Mentors committee secretaries to create agendas, keep records, and follow up on assignments for committee meetings
  • Helps prepare schedule/agenda/announcements for class
  • Manages student council email
  • Inventories and organizes council supplies
  • Ensures accurate records are kept on Google Drive for each event
  • Attends monthly House of Reps meetings
  • Proposes calendar of events for the school year
  • Nurtures and protects AFHS culture (PROUD)
  • Sets the example of event attendance by attending school events weekly.
  • Ensures accountability for assignments/attendance/collective commitments/norms within STUCO
  • Reaches out/gets to know more of the student body
  • Photograph events and create visual record.
  • Other duties as determined by the officer
  • Coordinates design of posters, flyers and other publicity.
  • Knows how to work with design programs such as illustrator, InDesign, publisher, photoshop.
  • Liaison between Cave Creative and student council
  • Coordinates when and how publicity is distributed.
  • Trains and supports publicity committee members in effective methods of publicizing events.
  • Oversees designs of council gear
  • Proposes calendar of events for the school year
  • Nurtures and protects AFHS culture (PROUD)
  • Sets the example of event attendance by attending school events weekly.
  • Ensures accountability for assignments/attendance/collective commitments/norms within STUCO
  • Reaches out/gets to know more of the student body
  • Other duties as determined by the officer

SBO Finance (Senior or Junior)

SBO Spirit (Senior only)

  • Proposes budget and allocations for the year
  • Manages spending for different projects/activities
  • Trains and supports finance committee members in effective methods of keeping a budget.  
  • Proposes calendar of events for the school year
  • Nurtures and protects AFHS culture (PROUD)
  • Sets the example of event attendance by attending school events weekly.
  • Ensures accountability for assignments/attendance/collective commitments/norms within STUCO
  • Reaches out/gets to know more of the student body
  • Other duties as determined by the officer
  • Promotes school spirit and involvement in sports, activities, clubs, and fine arts.
  • A liaison between student council, athletic director, and cheerleaders
  • Coordinates student section at sporting events
  • Ensures cheers and behavior are unified and appropriate  
  • Coordinates and advertises the Spirit Bus
  • Proposes calendar of events for the school year
  • Nurtures and protects AFHS culture (PROUD)
  • Sets the example of event attendance by attending school events weekly.
  • Ensures accountability for assignments/attendance/collective commitments/norms within STUCO
  • Reaches out/gets to know more of the student body
  • Other duties as determined by the officer

SBO Academics 

Cabinet Member

  • Proposes an academic plan for the school to help support students.
  • Promotes and helps manage the tutoring labs of the school.
  •  Trains and supports tutors for help labs  
  • Acts as student representative for Keys to Success m
  • Liaison between school and community (SCC) for academic matters
  • Attends monthly house of rep meetings and addresses academic concerns
  • Works with the recognition committee of the school to recognize students academically.
  • Nurtures and protects AFHS culture (PROUD)
  • Sets the example of event attendance by attending school events weekly.
  • Ensures accountability for assignments/attendance/collective commitments/norms within STUCO
  • Reaches out/gets to know more of the student body
  • Other duties as determined by the officer
  • Leads event/activity committees as designated by SBO’s and advisors.
  • Serves in the roles of committee president, committee vice president, secretary, publicity, finance, or committee member.
  • Applies class lessons to the leading of their committees
  • Uses creativity and collaboration to design and plan school events/activities  
  • Develops success criteria for each planned event
  • Attends all STUCO sponsored events to ensure their success (even if its one they did not help plan).
  • Accepts assignments from SBO’s as needed  
  • Nurtures and protects AFHS culture (PROUD)
  • Reaches out/gets to know more of the student body
  • Regularly attends school events to show support for AF’s many programs