2024-2025 high school students - Are you interested in being part of a Student Advisory Council to the School Board?

2024-2025 high school students - Are you interested in being part of a Student Advisory Council to the School Board?

Calling all Snohomish School District high school students! Are you interested in serving as a representative on the Student Advisory Council for the School Board? We have Student Advisory Council representative positions (students in grades 10 through 12) open for the 2024-2025 school year and invite you to submit your application by Monday, May 20, 2024. Students selected to the Student Advisory Council will receive community service hours for their involvement.

Background
We want to work to ensure that student voice is heard at all levels, including the Board of Directors in our district. As a public school district, our organization exists to educate and serve all students in our community and therefore, students’ needs, interests, ideas and opinions are important in our schools.

This Student Advisory Council will regularly meet to discuss School Board topics and important topics at each of the schools. This position is for a multi-school year commitment. Student Representatives are expected to attend meetings which include: School Board, Advisory Council, and campus meetings to connect with fellow students.

What’s in it for you?

  • Be a voice for all students in the Snohomish School District
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Gain firsthand experience with governance systems
  • Hone your meeting and public speaking skills
  • Gain an excellent addition to your resume and/or college applications
  • Earn a letter of recommendation/appreciation
  • Collect volunteer hours

Application Process

  • All interested students will complete an online application.
  • A district administrative team will screen applications and select representatives to interview for the Student Advisory Council for the 2024-2025 school year.
  • The first Student Advisory Council meeting of the 2024-2025 school year will be in September 2024.
  • The student advisory members’ term for the 2024-2025 school year will begin in September.

Criteria for serving as a Student Advisory Council representative

  • Student advisory representatives must be enrolled in the Snohomish School District and remain so throughout the length of their term.
  • Student advisory representatives should be able to effectively communicate and represent the interests of all Snohomish School District students, which includes those who may differ from their own.
  • Student advisory representatives must commit to participating in meetings to hear and share student voice to include: one School Board meeting per month, meetings with Student Advisory Council, meetings with principal and student groups on campus (some exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances).
  • School Board meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. At the first School Board meeting each month (second Wednesday) representatives will meet with the Board of Directors at the 5:30 p.m. study session.

Student Advisory Council expectations

  • Be punctual.
  • Under the guidance of Wil Johnson, district liaison to the group, they will learn and understand the governance process.
  • Be prepared for meetings by reviewing meeting agenda items and information prior to meetings.
  • Contribute to discussions by providing student insight and perspectives.
  • Regularly report back to the student body regarding the work of the district and School Board.
  • Help with the recruitment of a new Student Advisory Council representatives at the end of the school year.

Students may submit an application now! Visit www.sno.wednet.edu/studentadvisory/application. Completed and signed applications must be received no later than Monday, May 20, 2024, at 4 p.m.

Questions?
Questions - Please reach out to Wil Johnson, Director of Equity & Inclusion, at william.johnson@sno.wednet.edu or 360-563-7260 or Kim Radek, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, at at kim.radek@sno.wednet.edu or 360-563-7280.