The Brewer Island Student Council is an elected leadership group within our school that encourages all of the students to have a voice in building school spirit and demonstrating social responsibility. Our Student Council is based on our LifeSkills Program. A BIES Student Council Constitution was adopted on September 17, 2009 and guides the election of officers, class representatives and alternate representatives that speak on behalf of all our BIES students. Students who are interested in running for a Student Council Officers’ position must be a 4th or 5th grader (President is a 5th grader) who meet stringent qualifications to ensure that they will be able to be independent workers, responsible to carry out all of the responsibilities of their office and serve as role models for the school. The officers are elected by the 4th and 5th grade students.
The class representatives and alternate representatives are elected by the individual 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms. The teachers set their own qualifications for eligible candidates and the elections take place within their classrooms. Each TK, K, 1st and 2nd grade classroom is assigned an alternate representative who has been elected from the 4th and 5th grade classes to be their voice on Student Council.
This year there are 32 Student Council members. Ms. Jennifer Flaherty (5thgrade teacher), Ms. Baani Kalra (4th grade teacher) and Mrs. Leslie Thompson (1st grade teacher) are the Student Council Moderators. The Student Council Members have important roles in our student body and are always expected to be wonderful role models for all Brewer Island Students. The school is very proud of these students and the work that our Council provides for our school and the community.
Student Council officers meet during lunchtime at least once a month with the moderators and develop an agenda for the Student Council Meetings. A variety of discussions take place and ideas are shared before they are taken to the full Student Council Meetings that also take place during lunchtime once a month. The students are all taught basic parliamentary procedure based on Roberts Rules of Order and our meetings are run using these rules as a guide. When a final vote is taken on a particular subject the results are taken to the principal, Mr. Cosmos, for final approval and then discussed with the teachers before they are shared with the student body.
The Student Council has sponsored a variety of Spirit Days, promoted Wee Care Collections, provided opportunities for all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to participate in poster making sessions to publicize school activities and sponsored a variety of community projects. The Council also votes on an annual community outreach project to benefit less fortunate children and in the past 5 years has worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Project Night Night. The students develop a supportive network within the council by sharing ideas and working closely together. This community spirit helps to promote friendships and caring throughout our BIES community.
Download the complete list of the Student Council Officers, Class Representatives and Alternate Representatives for the 2015-16 school year.
Download a detailed description of the Student Council Election Process