Friday, September 01, 2017

Pasco Schools Convenes Student Congress

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (September 1, 2017) – Pasco County high schools have appointed two students each to a new Student Leadership Congress to give students a voice in implementing change in schools countywide.  Their next meeting is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes.

The overarching goal of the Congress is to promote innovative idea sharing and to challenge student leaders to create actionable steps to implement positive change in their schools in collaboration with their principals. Some schools have already implemented change based on ideas the students shared at their first meeting this summer during the annual Together We Stand Youth and Community Summit.

River Ridge High School implemented a significant change. Based on the ideas shared by other schools and the dialogue at the Congress, the principal returned to her school with her student leaders and immediately began revamping student government. They put more emphasis on service projects and required service hours, increased the number of representatives, and had students commit to service hours in order to run for office.

Other ideas schools replicated centered around student engagement and recognition:

  • Allowing seniors to paint their parking spaces for enhanced connectedness to the school
  • Placing yard signs in the front yards of students to recognize them for high achievement on FSA and Advanced Placement exams
  • Using a bull horn and confetti to recognize teachers and students

The agenda topics for the September 13 meeting include:

  • Unity Day overview/success at Zephyrhills High School
  • Drug/alcohol/safety discussion surrounding homecoming activities
  • Innovative ways to support Red Ribbon Week
  • Feedback on the Safety Pledge implementation and ways to reinforce the message throughout the year
  • Strategies to improve school attendance, student promotion, and graduation

Rasmussen College is located at 18600 Fernview Street, Land O' Lakes.