Trinity Episcopal School

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Student Leadership

Student Council

In the Middle School, the student-elected student council is charged with creating activities that promote school spirit. As such, the student council plans and presents some type of activity each month of the school year, including three to four pep rallies, three Middle School dances for sixth through eighth grade, two socials for fifth grade, Spirit Week with daily dress themes, and two spirit nights at athletic events during the fall and winter seasons. The events that the student council sponsors are well attended, with 99% attendance at dances. Spirit Week participation is also very high, with the vast majority of students and faculty dressing in costumes each day of Spirit Week.

The student council consists of one advisory representative from each fifth through eighth-grade advisory – with one representative also acting as class captain in fifth through seventh grade – and secretary, vice president, and president officer positions. School-wide officer elections are held in the spring before the school year in which the officers are to become active, and advisory and class captain elections are held in September after the start of their school year of service. 

Connections Days & No Name-Calling Week

Each October, seven to eight Trinity eighth-graders are selected to attend the No Place for Hate Youth Summit as part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League to take "personal responsibility for standing up against all forms of prejudice and discrimination and commit to creating a world that is No Place for Hate." While teaching this idea looks different for different age groups, it is never too early to start helping kids learn to accept and respect others, to speak out against inequality and injustice, and to support the people in their community.

The students and two faculty sponsors who attend the Youth Summit then form Trinity's No Place for Hate Coalition and are charged with implementing three initiatives that earn Trinity the designation as a No Place for Hate school. They plan three Connections Days per year during which Middle School grade levels are paired with Lower School classes to promote school spirit and cross-grade relationships. In January, they host No Name-Calling Week as part of a month- long celebration of justice, community, service, and equality. The No Place for Hate Coalition eighth-graders present lessons in chapel to teach the importance of no name-calling as well as specific ways to handle conflict and make amends. Later in the year, they host Community Week during which students recognize diversity in each other and compliment their classmates' contributions to the school community. Community Week culminates with all students signing the Resolution of Respect. The No Place for Hate Coalition eighth-graders and Middle School faculty present lessons in chapel to help students at every grade level make meaning of the Resolution of Respect.


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