Parent Education Seminar : October 17th, 7:00-8:30pm
To continue supporting your involvement with your child, we are scheduling seminars every other month. Mark your calendars for an interactive seminar with Matthew Duggan, PhD whose talk comes from his book Breaking the Adolescent Code. Dr. Duggan will present information for about 40 minutes and then open the time up to small group discussion or question and answer. Join other IVA parents for this informative evening about the growth and development of middle schoolers. This event is free and open to all IVA parents!
Intellectual Virtues Academy has thoughtfully elected 9 officers for our founding year student council. At lunch on Tuesday, 56 eager 6th graders screamed, drum-rolled onto the lunch tables and chanted â€œSpeech! Speech!â€ to their peers as we announced our council members. I met with the council today at lunch and they are eager to draft by-laws, set up a schedule of meetings and work out a process to form committees to get more students involved in decision-making at the school. We had 23 students run for office in an unorthodox, student-designed method. On Monday, all of the candidates met together in groups to discuss their speeches and plan on how they would work together no matter who was elected. On Tuesday morning the students sat in the Rec Center and took notes as four staff members read speech after speech. After 45 minutes of speeches! students spread out and silently voted. Students created the election process during a brainstorming meeting in order to ensure that our council was voted for their ideas instead of their popularity. The teachers and I were impressed by the attentiveness students demonstrated during the speeches and their thoughtful reflections on the process afterwards as well.
Congratulations to our 9 council members:
President: Jude McCarthy
Vice President: Megan Dines
Secretary: Jillian Dempsey
Activity Director: Alexandra Gold
Student Newspaper Editor: Delainey Whelan
Club Director: Dawson Hill
Athletic Commissioner: Grace Bellah
Treasurer: Ashley Asturia
Historian/Yearbook Editor: Elise Watt
An even greater acknowledgement needs to be made to our students, Jude said it best in his speech, â€œI would like to acknowledge everyone else who is running for student council, they are showing intellectual courage by taking the risk." This process was a hallmark of intellectual courage and open-mindedness as students reexamined the process of running for office.