Student Council (STUCO)
Student representatives and a teacher facilitator meet once a week to discuss issues related to the elementary school body and organize events for their peers. These change every year, but often include such favorites as Spirit Week, talent shows, special fundraising, tournaments, and game nights. Central to the ISO mission and philosophy is the understanding that young people become self-directed and critical consumers of information when given multiple opportunties to exercise their independent and collective voices. By cultivating character and community involvement, ISO becomes a stronger learning community.
Middle School Student Council
This year, the Middle School Student Council has centered on developing leadership and collaborative skills in its members. Students have planned two major middle school events. Color Wars was the 1st semester event and was a great success, with lots of running and screaming. In the third quarter, the student council successfully planned three events in one: a BBQ, a bonfire, and a pool party. The logistics for the second event were quite complicated, but the student council pulled it off with flying colors. After each event, the council reflected on their collective successes and areas for growth. The goal is to use these reflections to improve our planning for future events. In the upcoming months, expect to see some fundraising / charity work for a local orphanage and one final all-middle-school event.
High School Student Council
High School Student Council (HSSC) restructured and re-prioritized this year. The new structure is more typical of a board in that members are elected at large and then officers are nominated and voted for by the other members of the HSSC only. The new priorities of the HSSC are community service, campus improvement and creating leadership opportunities by assisting in the organization and running of large ISO community events. In addition to the usual offices of president, secretary and treasurer, new offices were created to be responsible for community service, athletics, events and student life. Those new officers run committees composed of both HSSC and non-HSSC members and have already been responsible for helping to organize and run some major events as well as creating outside service opportunities for our students.
The ISO Talking Turtles Debate Club uses the World Schools Debating Championships format and travels to one tournament outside of Africa each year. A general knowledge (or the desire to acquire one) of historic and current events and preparation is crucial for success in this club.