South Orangetown Central School District

South Orangetown Middle School students take an active role in shaping school culture and programming through Student Council — an open forum for discussions centered on the conception, planning and implementation of school-wide initiatives, events and assemblies.

“Everyone who comes to these meetings has so many creative and interesting ideas,” added Student Council president Nina V., an eighth-grader. “I didn’t know how much of a difference we all could make in our school community, but we have the ability to bring about real change.”

Student-driven school spirit events have been a recent discussion topic. Council members have delved into research in preparation for presenting concepts–such as a festive door decorating competition and a school-wide carnival–to Principal Chad Corey, Ed.D. for consideration and approval.

The Council also selects the theme for the annual SOMS agenda cover and takes the lead in creating, developing and helping to deliver presentations on relevant, timely topics at the school’s new grade-wide, monthly assemblies.

“Student Council is truly student-led, I’m simply here to assist in any way I can whether it be by figuring out the logistics of their ideas or answering any questions they may have,” explained Student Council advisor and School Prevention Counselor Bobbie-Angela Wong. “This serves as a space for all different kinds of student-leaders to come together and collaborate. Any idea, issue, concern or suggestion that’s brought to the table is explored. Each student has a voice and we want each and every one of them to use it.”

Student council students vote on topics during meeting