Student Government

 

What Student Government can do for you:

  • Give you an opportunity to share your voice in our community
  • Provide you opportunities to apply critical thinking skills
  • Help you to share your skills and strengths to make the high school experience better for all students
  • Give you the chance to make decisions and build traditions
  • Help you meet new people and create new friendships
  • Beef up your college resume

Elected Officials - Roles & Responsibilities

The following job descriptions are intended as a guide only. Officers and duties vary with the class, its projects and the individuals involved. The roles will be able to be filled by members of each grade level - each class will have a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer that will work in collaboration under the Student Government Chair to achieve shared outcomes that still reflect the voice of their particular graduating class.

President

The president acts as the chief executive officer of the class and takes the lead in determining class objectives. The president works with all class officers to ensure that they collaborate effectively on behalf of their classmates and also maintains contact with DSST: Byers on behalf of the class. Responsibilities include:

  • Acts as chief executive officer of the class
  • Takes the lead in determining class objectives
  • Attends weekly Student Government Meetings with staff chair
  • Supports facilitation of monthly Student Government meetings
  • Works with all class officers to ensure that they collaborate effectively on behalf of their classmates
  • Sets the tone for the class and its relationship with DSST: Byers
  • Maintains contact with DSST: Byers on behalf of the class
  • Becomes familiar with Google Drive and Outlook platform of services (website, email, etc.) to facilitate classmate communications
  • In consultation with high school staff, helps identify possible student leaders, committee chairs, and other volunteer positions
  • Represents Student Government at Morning Meetings
  • Fills officer vacancies arising between elections, either personally or by appointment, with support of Student Government Chair

Vice President

The vice president works with the class president and other officers in planning, organizing, and implementing class programs. In the absence of the president, the vice president exercises the powers and duties of the president. Responsibilities include:

  • Works with the class president and other officers in planning, organizing, and implementing class programs, initiatives, and events
  • Attends weekly & monthly Student Government meetings
  • Leads on event management and visual culture with support from Student Government Chair
  • Becomes familiar with Google Drive and Outlook platform of services (website, email, etc.) to facilitate classmate communications
  • Solicits feedback from students and staff in a variety of mediums and forms to guide decision making from Student Government
  • Exercises the powers and duties of the president in the absence of the president

Secretary

Secretaries keep excellent records of the ongoings of student government and actively request and communicate news about updates and events of DSST: Byers. Responsibilities include:

  • Edits and publishes class notes six times a year in Technology Review
  • Maintains the Student Byers Helix for the student body
  • Attends weekly & monthly Student Government meetings
  • Solely responsible for delivering complete column for the Falcon Informer
  • Works with the School Operations Assistant, publishes/sends Meeting Notes digitally using a school platform (Outlook, website, other TBD)
  • Becomes familiar with Google Drive and Outlook platform of services (website, email, etc.) to facilitate classmate communications
  • Solicits news from classmates in a variety of ways to share with the community
  • Manages requests for assistance of other class officers and classmates, volunteers
  • Commits to being a member of the student government and accepts responsibilities for class initiatives

Treasurer

The treasurer accurately maintains all financial records of the class and works with branches of student government and high school staff to budget for student activities associated with student government and the student government budget. Responsibilities include:

  • Accurately maintains all financial records of the class
  • Works in partnership with the Registrar to ensure responsibly handling and processing of monies collected by Student Government
  • Attends weekly & monthly Student Government meetings
  • Works in partnership with the committees and staff to budget for student government initiatives like dances, service days, StuGov sponsored breakfasts, etc.
  • Reports monthly to class officers and high school staff on status of class accounts
  • Commits to being a member of the student government and accepts responsibilities for class initiatives

Advisory Representatives

Advisory Representatives help plan, organize, and implement class programs. Advisory Reps often assume needed positions in the class associated with a particular project. Responsibilities include:

  • Attends monthly school-wide student government meetings
  • Is a spokesperson for student government initiatives
  • Works with the class president and other officers in planning, organizing, and implementing class programs and events
  • Assumes needed positions in the class associated with a particular project, such as a homecoming, service days, or DSST network events
  • Facilitates classmate communications in advisory on behalf of student government initiatives
  • Fulfills the duties of vacant class officer positions at the recommendation of the president and student government chair

ADDITIONAL ROLES IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT:

This year, we will instate the policy of having student-membership committees that fall under the umbrella of Student Government oversight.  More information regarding these committees and how to express interest will be shared after elections.  All committees will have: student membership, an adult chairperson, and a student chairperson.


Election Applications

To ensure that all students are aware of the obligations and responsibilities of student leadership as a member of student government, we ask all member-elects to complete the process of an election application to solidify their commitment.

Download the Prep Academy Election Application HERE!
 

Campaigning Regulations

To ensure high caliber, ethical and equitable elections, students must follow the regulations for DSST: Byers High School Elections found here.  With any questions, please reach out to Ms. Couture at molly.couture@scienceandtech.org, the Student Government Chair.