Dear PS 77 and PS 198 Teachers and Families, February 13, 2017
We held our fourth Student Council meeting of the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. We were excited to have Ms. Perez, Assistant Principal of PS 77, and Ms. Shkreli, Assistant Principal of PS 198, as our guest speakers. Both guests spoke to the students about their leadership roles in the school. They also shared their journey as educators; both started off in the field as teachers before eventually getting their administrative degrees. Their experiences show how becoming a leader requires commitment and a strong work ethic. Our speakers expressed how proud they are of our student leaders.
For the lower grade meeting, we started off our session with the “Four Corners Emotions Game.” Representatives responded to questions by standing in the corner of the room with the emotion they felt was the answer. There were four different emotions, one depicted in each corner: happy, angry, sad, and worried. We then reflected on how it is possible for two or more people to feel different emotions about a similar situation.
Next, in small groups, students were asked to work collaboratively to create the tallest tower they could using spaghetti and marshmallows. This was a great activity to highlight the importance of problem solving and working together as a team.
For the upper grade meeting, we began with an ice breaker where students were asked to rate how they are feeling on a scale of 1to 5, where 1 is the worst and 5 is the best. Students stood next to their number along a life -sized mood meter. After, we discussed the various emotions words we can associate with each number, and talked about how we can improve our mood or keep our mood in a good place throughout the day.
Next, students broke up into groups to discuss and work on various areas of planning for the Valentine’s Day Bake Sale on February 14. Students worked on advertising, scheduling, and brainstorming the necessary materials for the bake sale.
Both meetings ended with the famous “Student Council Handshake” followed by distributing a copy of the meeting agenda to take back to the classroom with them.
Until next time,
Josh Goldstein Allie Harvazinski
Guidance Counselor, PS 77 Guidance Counselor, PS 198