San Mateo Adult School has two Student Councils – day and evening. The Day Student Council has a President, Vice President, and Secretary. The Evening Student Council has a Leadership Team. Officers are elected in the Fall for a one-year term. Each Main Poplar Campus ESL class chooses two Class Reps to represent their class for the year. The Student Councils meet once a month at the beginning of the month. Minutes are taken at the meetings. Class Reps report back to their classes about topics discussed and decisions made. Marina Kravtsova, English Learner Specialist and former Student Advocate, is the Staff Advisor for Student Council.
The Student Councils sell photo Student IDs. The money from the IDs and other fundraisers is kept in a bank. The Student Councils vote on how to spend the money. Past purchases include benches and tables for break time, holiday events, Adult Ed advocacy such as red t-shirts and bumper stickers.
The Student Councils promote Red for Adult Ed on Tuesdays and sell red Adult Education Matters t-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, and posters on Tuesdays. Red for Adult Ed promotes Adult Education and school spirit and unity.
They organize and participate in
- school events, such as Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, 4th of July and Halloween celebrations.
- special activities, such as Evening Pizza Nights and Evening Book Club.
- legacy gifts, such as benches and tables, Classroom Libraries
- community work, such as the Second Harvest Food Drive, One Warm Coat Drive, Downtown Clean-up
- advocacy, such as engagement with elected officials, community advisory council, the press
- workshops at conferences on the local, state, and national level
The Student Councils are democracy in action. They are a big reason San Mateo Adult School is such a strong school with a strong and engaged student community.
Learn more about ESL Student Councils here.