Student Council by Brenden Lynn and Justin Brock
Have you ever thought about being a big part of your school? Did you know that there’s a place for you right here at Sulphur Springs Middle School (SSMS) in Sulphur Springs, Texas? Well, then Student Council is the job for you.
Student Council is a group of student leaders who work with an adult supervisor to collaborate with others to impact their school community, which impacts their city or town, which impacts our state, which impacts our country, which changes the world.
Mrs. Frazier is over the 8th grade and Mrs. Glenn is in charge of the 7th grade, and in order to become a Student Council representative, there are three things you have to do.
First, you have to be the best student you can be starting now! Your teachers will give a grade (0-3) 3 being the best and 0 being the worst. TEACHER’S votes count TWICE so it’s 50% of your votes!
Second, your application will be graded. They are looking for a nicely written application with all questions answered. Lastly, the students vote! All of the votes that were recorded, and the student’s grades, will be averaged in and the students with the highest averages would make Student Council.
Student Council is important because it gets students to participate with the affairs of the school. It helps students share their concerns with teachers or school principals. We always are looking for students who follow the WILDCAT way.
Student Council participates in Empty Stocking, Special Olympics, canned food drives, and Relay for Life at various times of the year. “My favorite event that we did last year was Special Olympics- Cause I love to see the smiles and when the kids win you see them light up.” says Mrs. Frazier. They also are trying to adopt a highway at the moment. Mrs. Frazier said “It’s our volunteers who keep this Texas-born program going strong, and your help is needed now more than ever.” Participation is simple:
You adopt a highway that stretches about two-miles for a minimum of two years, interstate highways are not eligible for adoption. You agree to pick up litter four times per year. Adopt-a-Highway signs will be posted with your group’s name at your location of your adoption.
Student Council meets every Tuesday and Thursday in the cafeteria. “This year Student Council is running the concession stand during all home volleyball and basketball games as a fundraiser for students to represent the voices of their fellow classmates!! Voices for SSMS!!” says Mrs. Frazier. Also, at the end of each year Student Council goes on a trip. Last year they went to Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas to tour the Texas Rangers baseball stadium. “Several of our students had a love for the game so we decided to treat them to a tour.” says Mrs. Frazier.
There are approximately 10% of 7th and 8th grade students (about 60 in total) that are in Student Council. Mrs. Williams didn’t want 6th graders in Student Council because she wants them to acclimate to the middle school before they look on the responsibility involved in being a part of Student Council. “Our 7th and 8th grade Student Council has over 60 members which is plenty of representation here at SSMS.” says Mrs. Williams.