The sixty member Student Council is the 1995 and 1996 recipient of the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils' Excellence Award, given to the "Most Outstanding Student Council in the Commonwealth" and Honor Council Recipient in 1998 and 2000. Four grade representatives are elected from each grade to serve on the Student Council. The sixteen grade representatives are joined on the council by the two School Council members, five Student Advisory Committee members, two Regional Student Advisory Council members, sixteen class officers and various appointed members not to exceed the sixty member maximum. The Student Council meets every Monday after school, once a month with the principal during the school day and one Thursday night of each month. Mandatory training is provided in June and February.
Class Meetings: In support of our Statement of Purpose and Strategic Direction Plan, including but not limited to our Mission Statement, Expectations for Student Performance, Values of Integrity, Future Conditions and Student Performance Outcomes in the Civic Aspect of Living and Strategic Direction Chart, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School conducts class meetings at least two times a year. The meetings should be run with the following in mind:
1. Class meetings are run for the benefit of the class. Students are to attend the meeting reflecting their official listed year of graduation regardless of their scheduled classes.
2. Class meetings are conducted by the officers of the class with the help and support of the class advisors. Class delegates and other class members may be involved at the discretion of the class.
3. Class meetings are to model town meetings.
a. A simple form of Robert’s Rules of Order is to be followed.
b. A formal call to order is to occur. A gavel is to be used.
c. Any class member who wishes to speak is to stand and identify him/herself before he/she speaks.
d. The moderator repeats the speaker’s question if everyone didn’t hear it.
e. Any votes taken are to be by hand and counted by pre-appointed student tellers.
f. Class officers are to talk from the podium and use the public address system.
g. The meeting is to follow the pre-approved agenda.
h. The secretary of the class is to take the minutes, type them and post them on the class bulletin board.
4. Agendas are to model school committee agendas.
a. Presidents are responsible for typing and submitting agendas.
b. Agendas are to be submitted to the class advisors one week before the scheduled meeting. Class advisors are to review and approve the agenda before class meetings.
c. Agendas are to include Call to Order, Review of Expectations for Student Behavior and Participation, Secretary’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Old Business, New Business and Adjournment. The secretary and treasurer are responsible for each respective report.
d. Open forum may occur only with pre-approval of the principal. If that option is approved and used, the moderator is responsible for regulating meaningful discussionand/or ending the forum if necessary.
5) On the day of the class meetings time should be set aside in advisor/advisee period to review:
a. The class meeting schedule.
b.Proper meeting behavior.
c.Who is eligible to attend which meeting.
d.The purpose of class meetings.
6) The first class to hold a meeting is responsible for set-up as follows: a. Curtains closed.
b. Lower the screen and partially open the curtains if an overhead projector is to be used.
c. Orchestra pit cleared out or “tidied” up.
d. Podium centered in the orchestra pit. e. Orchestra pit lights turned on. f. Public address system set up on the podium.
g. Set up chairs in the orchestra pit for each speaker.
h. Students will sit front to back in all three sections. Advisors and administrators may help the students to speed the process.
7) The last class to hold a meeting is responsible for the clean-up as follows:
a. Return the podium to its original location.
b. Return the public address system to the A-V Department.
c. Check the auditorium and pick up any trash.
d. Turn off all of the lights.
e. Close all of the doors and be sure the auditorium is locked.