Fostering student leadership is not only mission-centric at Shady Hill but a moral imperative of 21st-century education.
The middle school recently selected its Student Board. The first step was to elect eighth-grade leaders. The contenders delivered compelling speeches to the full middle school. Displaying great commitment and courage, they shared their passion for the school community and highlighted their strengths, ideas, and vision. In their speeches, the eighth-graders responded to the following prompts:
Why would you like to be on Student Board? What might you gain? Add?
What qualities do you possess that make you a good organizer and leader?
What do you hope your team will accomplish?
The eighth-grade elections were followed by classroom elections in Grades V–VII. The Board divides its work among four committees: Communications, Service, Business, and Student Life.
Fostering student leadership is not only mission-centric at Shady Hill but a moral imperative of 21st-century education. Through the Student Board, students have an opportunity to think deeply about what it means to be a leader, leverage their skills to solve problems, and make decisions for the good of all. The Board promotes student-driven action and adds a student voice to many campus discussions. It also helps create a school culture centered around empathy, respect, and meaningful contribution.
Patrick Farmer, Grade VI Gradehead
Laniesha Gray, Middle School Director of Student Life