Agenda 9.30.15; Minutes 9.23.15

Post date: Sep 30, 2015 12:35:04 AM

Agenda 9.30.15

    1. Approval of Minutes
    2. Reports
    3. J Comm Motion
    4. Transfer Late Start Motion
    5. Underclassmen Awards Ceremony Discussion
    6. Notes and New Business

Council Minutes 9.23.15

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

~George Bernard Shaw

    1. Approval of Minutes
    2. Reports
      • Moderator: New student representatives are Nanako Shirai and Milo Wilcox. New sophomore representatives are Perrin Milliken and Isabel Loftus.
      • Treasurer: Club funding has started going out to clubs.
      • Secretary: Please contact me (Lilly) in advance if you are going to be absent. Sophomore and Staff alternates can vote. Missing attendance for Curric committee from this week. Missing attendance from Executive committee for 9.7.15 and 9.14.15.
      • DSB: Met last night. 2 gifts of $12,000 and $5,000 from the Byrne Foundation to RMS Quizbowl and HHS Footlighters. Discussion on legal ramifications on combining K-6 Norwich program with K-6 Hanover program.
      • PR: Council Forum at Activity Fair last Friday. Lots of comments about homework load.
      • Admin: Discussed J Comm motion with Ms. Stevenson
      • OEC: J Comm elections next week. Will be looking at bylaws and handbook in two weeks
      • Curric: Discussed homework and started schoology group for it. Discussed Late Start Motion
      • Student Life: Athletics over Break Motion; going to captain’s meeting this Sunday
      • Student Activities: Winter Carnival dates. Quidditch sign-ups soon.
      • Condom: Working on having meeting with nurses about what brand to use
    3. Late Start Motion
      • Continued discussion: “I move that Hanover High School adopt a 9am start time”
      • Supervised nap rooms to help with sleep issues instead of changing schedules
      • Traffic: Could help with Norwich/Bridge traffic
      • Possibility of starting school on Wednesday at 9 and ending at 3 instead of 8-2
      • Possibility of a block schedule
      • Some surveys show that students are not adapting to changes like this at other schools
      • “I move to refer this motion to Student Life”
        • Student Life’s workload at the beginning of year is lighter
        • Debate closes
        • Motion Passes
    4. Notes and New Business
      • Weekend Homework Discussion
        • Weekend homework can take up to half of Saturday and all of Sunday
        • Teachers often “exploit” the no project over a long weekend rule by assigning large projects the week before and having it due when students return
        • Weekends should be a time to get a break from school
        • Students (esp. upperclassmen) often have many other commitments on weekends that they need to do (SAT prep, college visits, etc.)
        • Teachers are supposed to assign one night’s worth of homework over a weekend
    1. Meeting Adjourns