District hosts first SSAC meeting

District hosts first SSAC meeting photo

Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman, along with other district officials, welcomed members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council for the first meeting of the year on Oct. 4.

Board of Education President Karen Brohm and Vice President Andrea Shinsato stopped by to speak with Rehman and Assistant Superintendent Dina Reilly and to introduce themselves to the nine students that represented the Cornwell Avenue Primary Center, the George Washington Intermediate Center, the middle school and the high school.

The purpose of the council meetings is to have students provide feedback and present viable solutions on district initiatives and programs. The main objective of the first meeting was to discuss learning and the role of the student. Discussion points included class participation, family events, school pride and conversations with building principals and assistant principals. A theme of leadership was also discussed and the council members brainstormed ways that they can create successful outcomes.

“This is probably one of the most empowering opportunities I have ever witnessed,” said George Washington third-grade teacher Barbara Silkes. “The students were beaming when they reported back. They felt so valued!”

The group closed the meeting with each individual having a responsibility of following up on certain action points that can be discussed in the future.