The Student Activities program at I.S. 125 is based on the belief that everyone has an important role to play in societal improvement. The four components of our program are Student Government, Community Service, Enrichment and Character Education/Peer Relations. The interaction of these four components provide all students with opportunities, resources, and encouragement to aspire to the highest levels of academic and social emotional development.
·We believe that each student is unique. The Student Activities Program we designed takes into account different abilities, interests and learning styles. ·We believe learning is meaningful and enjoyable when students are involved in the process. The Student Activities Program provides many opportunities for experiential learning. ·We believe learning is effective when students enjoy what they are doing therefore projects and activities should be created with student choice in mind. Students will have creative input and coordinators, teachers and administrators will act as facilitators as much as possible. ·We believe we can make the world a better place for all children by facilitating the development of social emotional literacy in our student body.
Student Activities Coordinators Our Student Activities Coordinators are Ms. Morgan, Ms. Bartz and Mr. Questal. The role of the Student Activities Coordinators is to work with students and staff and more specifically the Student Government, the Parent Coordinator and Administration to develop and implement programs that enrich the lives of students of IS 125. The Student Activities Coordinators facilitate the student generated morning radio show WBLISS and also assist in development and implementation of student government activities, community service projects, school dances, various fund raisers, enrichment trips (bowling, movie night, game night), the Multicultural Feast and Talent Show, the prom, color guard, graduation and 8th grade trips.
Mission The mission of the Student Government at I.S. 125 is help students develop leadership skills, participate in community service, build school spirit and make our time in middle school a memorable and rewarding experience. Members of the Student Government will work closely with other students, parents, and administrators to create a culture of cooperation and good will. Through activities such as fundraising, community service, and participation in school events, Student Government members will work as a cohesive force to drive home the concept of school spirit and civic responsibility. It is our belief that student government members will eventually become productive members in our democratic society.
Goals ·To create a school governing body that encourages collaboration and appropriate decision making skills. ·To provide students with the ability to participate in school wide initiatives. ·To develop skills in good citizenship such as: understanding how a democracy works; teaching respect for authority; gaining practices in self-discipline; training for leadership; and accepting responsibility. ·To provide a forum for student expression. ·To develop and maintain school spirit. ·To assist in solving school problems.
Community Service Mission The mission of our service program is to build character and develop capable and caring leaders through the vehicle of community service. Our Builders Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside, provides the opportunity for student members to participate in meaningful service activities. Our Ambassador Program is a group of students who are representatives of our school at events such as back to school night, parent/teacher conferences, awards nights, and the school carnival. They hand out programs, escort parents and visitors, and assist teachers and administrators.
Goals ·Provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community. ·Develop leadership skills. ·Foster the development of strong moral character and ethical behavior. ·To encourage loyalty to school, community and country.
Mission The mission of our enrichment program is to expose students to a wide variety of disciplines, topics, occupations, hobbies, persons, places and events that would not ordinarily be covered in the regular curriculum. Through the student run radio program, WBLISS, the History Fair, the Talent Show, the United Arts Program, guest speakers, trips, demonstrations, performances, and participation in community events, students will develop creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Goals ·To improve the academic performance of all students in all areas of the regular curriculum and blend standard curriculum activities with meaningful enrichment learning. ·Provide opportunities for applying interests, knowledge, creative ideas, and task commitment to a particular area of study. ·Develop learning skills in the areas of planning, organization, resource utilization, time management, decision making, and self-evaluation. ·Acquire advanced knowledge and understanding within particular disciplines, artistic areas of expression, and interdisciplinary studies. ·Develop task commitment, self-confidence, and feelings of creative accomplishment.
Character Education/Peer Relations Mission To promote a positive school climate and school culture that provides students with a supportive environment in which to grow both academically and socially. Teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, deans and all other support staff will take a proactive role in nurturing students’ pro-social behavior by providing them with a range of positive behavioral supports as well as meaningful opportunities for social and emotional learning. Effective social emotional learning helps students develop skills for life effectiveness, including: recognizing and managing emotions; developing caring and concern for others; establishing positive relationships; making responsible decisions; and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.
Goals ·Create a learning community that honors ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity and promotes mutual respect. ·Reduce incidents of bullying. ·Provide students with meaningful opportunities to share ideas and concerns. ·Recognize students’ achievements in a range of academic and co-curricular areas. ·Provide students with experiences, strategies, skills, and support they need to thrive. ·Each student will be known well by at least one adult in the building that will help support their social emotional learning and academic development.