Student Government Association
About the Student Government Association
Northwood’s Student Government Association (SGA) is designed to ensure positive interaction among students, faculty, and administration, maintain a sense of school spirit, promote the well–being of the school and community, and adequately represent the voice of the students. Not only do students participating in the SGA coordinate and participate in Homecoming activities, SMOB elections, community service projects, and Gladiator spirit events, they also hone their leadership skills by participating in district and state level leadership seminars.
The SGA is composed of elected executive members representing each grade, a student body president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and members at large.
SGA meetings are held on Tuesdays (except the first Tuesday of the month) during lunch in room A112 and after school Monday and Thursday in the SGA office. All students are members of the SGA and can view information from meetings by joining the Google Classroom using code 571ykd.
School staff will support your right to participate in student government. The principal will ensure that the student government gives student a voice in school business. Each spring the executive committee of the student government will make suggestions about the faculty advisor to the principal, who will then appoint one to the student government. School staff will help the student government get needed supplies and use of rooms. School staff also will excuse absences for students who miss classes because of student government activities when those activities are approved.
Powers of Student Government
The powers of the student government will be written by students in a constitution, with advice from the school administration. All constitutions must include an article recognizing the final decision-making authority of the principal. The principal will accept the constitution unless it violates law or Board of Education policy of MCPS regulations, or would, in the judgment of the principal, substantially interfere with the effective operation of the school. If the principal changes the constitution, his/her reasons will be stated in writing. The students will be given a chance to change the constitution after the principal makes changes. The principal cannot change the constitution after it has been approved by both the student government and the principal.
The student government may give the school administrator recommendations about issues of student interest. The administration will give the student government a written or oral reply within five days. If the recommendation is not put into effect, the reply will include specific reasons why it was rejected. The principal will meet regularly with the student government faculty advisor and the executive committee to talk about things that concern the students. Each school decides which student government members will be on the executive committee
Starting A Club
Types of school clubs:
Social: A social club is simply a group of students who create a club in order to interact and pursue common social interest. When they have a meeting, they need at least half of their members to attend.
Service: A service club is a club with a specific service that they provide the school or community. When they have a meeting they need at least one third of their members to attend.
In order for a club to appear in the yearbook it must be an SGA recognized club.
Club Structure: All clubs must have a teacher advisor, a meeting room, and a purpose. Depending on the kind of club it will require a certain number of members and must meet for a certain amount of time per month. If a club adviser wishes a stipend, then it is the advisors responsibility to contact administration to determine the requirements. It is also the advisors responsibility to work with the Financial Office to create an account if necessary.
Service: You must have at least 15 members and meet for at least two hours a month.
Social: You must meet for a total of at least one and a half hours a month. You must also have at least 10 members; if you don’t have at least 10 members then you can petition the SGA for special approval.
Service: If you wish to start a new service club you will be required to fill out a club registration sheet. It will also need a minimum of 15 members, meet at least 2 hours a month, and has the option of requesting funding from the SGA. If you are in need of funds to help start your club, you must make a formal request.
Social: If you wish to start a new service club you will be required to fill a club registration form. It will also require a minimum of 10 members, and will have to meet a total of one and a half hours a month. If you don’t have at least ten members then you can petition the SGA for special approval.