Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Clubs, Activities & Student Leadership at Randolph Union Middle and High School
Here is an overview of some of the traditional and non-traditional ways that student's enjoy free time, interact with other students, and develop leadership skills at RU.
Student Congress - New for School Year 2018-19
Purpose: The RU Student Congress provides students, through their student representatives, direct access to school change and policy discussions at the level of the principal and faculty leadership team. Each grade level class, 7 – 12, has two representatives on the Congress.
Selection: Students are nominated by peers, faculty, staff – or by self-nomination in the first weeks of school. Voting for representatives happens through advisory. The two students with the most votes, and at least 30% of the vote, are selected. (If there are many candidates and no two secure more than 30% of the vote, there is a runoff election between the top four candidates.)
Commitment: Weekly meetings with the school principal during Friday AM Call Back. (As needed: attendance at faculty leadership team meetings and/or faculty meetings.)
Results: The Student Congress will have a direct influence on the implementation of priorities in the RU Strategic Plan, such as Proficiency-Based Graduation System.
Advisor: School Principal.
National Honor Society
The RUHS chapter of the National Honor Society recognizes students for both academic and extra-curricular effort. Selection to NHS is a privilege, not a right. Students do not apply for membership in the National Honor Society; instead they provide information to be used by the local selection committee to support their candidacy for membership.
Membership is granted only to those students selected by the Faculty Council. This is not an election, nor is membership automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specific level of academic performance.
The Selection Process is as follows:
- The chapter advisor reviews student academic records to determine those students who are scholastically eligible for membership (i.e. those students with a 3.50 or higher cumulative G.P.A.).
- Students who are eligible scholastically will be informed that for further consideration for selection they must complete the Student Activity Information Form, outlining their accomplishments in the areas of Service and Leadership.
- Faculty and staff are invited to evaluate the candidates in the areas of character, service, and leadership. Those evaluations are then passed on to the chapter advisor.
- The Faculty Council then reviews the Student Activity Information Form along with the faculty and staff evaluations and any other verifiable information about each candidate. The leadership, service, and character of every candidate is reviewed carefully.
- The final selections are made by five faculty members appointed by the High School principal as members of the Faculty Council. Candidates receiving a majority vote by the Faculty Council will be inducted into the chapter.
Selected candidates and their parent(s) will be informed in writing of their acceptance and the date and time of the induction ceremony. Students who are not selected will be informed in writing by the chapter advisor and invited to discuss the areas of growth they should work on during the following year.
For more information about the National Honor Society, contact Advisor Kelly Tucker.
Campus Life Committee
Purpose: The CLC sponsors campus life events to help cultivate positive school spirit.
Selection: Each high school class has two representatives to the Campus Life Committee (CLC). These Class Chairpersons are selected through an interview process that is similar to hiring processes people experience in the world of work. The selection committee includes various stakeholders. Nominations are taken in early Sept, and appointments are announced later that month.
Commitment: Class Chairpersons meet every two weeks with the CLC advisor.
Results: In SY 17-18 the CLC initiated a student newspaper, organized activities to build school spirit at sporting events, brought in a motivational speaker, decorated bathrooms and hallways with motivational quotes, started special school spirit days, like Friday Flannel Day. The CLC also organized spirit week, and activities where students could see teachers in a different light, such as caroling as students departed for winter recess.
Advisor: Kara Merrill
Purpose: The Captains’ Council helps to better prepare our current Varsity RU athletic team leaders. Leadership is something that is both innate and must also be fostered through experience. The Captains’ Council meets bi-weekly to discuss various aspects of leadership, to organize and lead service experiences for the benefit of the Athletics community, and to recommend non-captain student-athletes to attend the Student Leadership Conference (November each year).
Selection: Membership to the Captains’ Council is comprised of named-captains across all RU sponsored Varsity sports teams. The definition of an RU captain: A captain must lead by example and also display leadership characteristics such as humility, compassion, and fair and consistent treatment of themselves and others in the body and spirit of their team.
Commitment: CC meets bi-weekly on Mondays throughout the school year.
Results: In SY 17-18 CC helped the faculty leadership team to develop guidelines for Co-Curricular Eligibility in the new era of proficiency-based grading and reporting.
Advisor: Steve Croucher
Grade-Level Community Meetings New for School Year 2018-19
Purpose: Community building happens best when people gather together in person. Like many Vermont towns that still have town meetings, classes at RU are small enough to gather in one place to have discussions, share information, appreciations, announcements. Each week, each grade level will spend one advisory period in a grade-level community meeting. (Longer meetings can be scheduled during X block, as needed, to host town meeting-style public discussions of important topics.)
Facilitation: The faculty cohort leader for that advisory grade level will facilitate meetings at the start of the year and then, once norms and routines are established, pass the facilitation responsibility on to students. (One possibility is that Campus Life Committee Class Chairpersons will take on the facilitation role in high school grades, for instance.)
Norms: One voice at a time; Disagree with the idea, not the person.
- Appreciations & Apologies
- Update from Campus Life Committee Class Chairpersons
- Update from Student Congress Representatives
- Update from YATST members
- Other announcements
Purpose: Project Based Learning (PBL) electives are high school electives dedicated to collaborative solutions to contemporary challenges. Students are given extensive responsibilities for leading the work, interacting with adults in the community, facilitating meetings, project management, and developing “executive functioning” skills like time-management. The self-confidence, competence and leadership skills developed in a PBL class have strong correlations to what is looked for in the world of work and in traditional leadership positions. (PBLs are good preparation for Senior Project, too!)
Selection: Open to all high school students; 8th graders by permission.
Commitment: Normal class meeting schedule.
Results: PBLs have produced many important products and sparked school and community change, from youth journalism, to climate change awareness, to restorative justice reforms - and more.
Advisor: RU Director of Project Based Learning (Lisa Floyd) helps guide the work.
YATST (Youth and AdultsTransforming Schools Together at Randolph Union)
Purpose: Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together is a leadership development and school change group that takes on one or two important change projects each year. The group is supported by Up For Learning (www.upforlearning.org) and members engage in leadership development retreats each year.
Selection: Membership is open to all students, at all high school grade levels. Students declare interest in the month of September, attend an informational meeting, and then decide if they are going to commit to the work for the year.
Commitment: YATST meets during high school lunch every other week.
Results: In SY 16-17, YATST students facilitated a session at a Faculty Meeting to prepare teachers to support a school-wide survey focused on 4 Rs: Rigor, Relationships, Responsibility, Relevance. This survey was part of an action research project that, by the end of the year, yielded data for students and faculty to discuss in terms of how to improve the school. Two of the areas of strength the YATST students identified in the data were: 75% of both students and teachers believe that teachers at RUHS have high expectations of students; 81% of students and 100% of teachers agree that students are encouraged to say what they think; and other findings. Some of the areas of concern were that students and teachers had very different perceptions of whether “Teachers understand how students learn best and work to make curriculum engaging based on this information.”
During SY 17-18 the students dug deeper into the data and focused their work on ensuring student voice was part of discussions of the proficiency-based graduation transition and other matters related to teaching and learning at RU.
Advisor: Beverly Taft
The Yearbook staff is responsible for the design, creation, editing, and printing of the annual RUHS yearbook. To learn more about or to participate in putting together the Student Yearbook, contact advisor Kelly Tucker.
The Encore Theater Company (ETC) at Randolph Union High School performs two (and sometimes three) full length plays every year. Open to all students, the company performs comedies, dramas, musicals, and more to the delight and appreciation of community members from throughout Central Vermont.
Students who are new to drama but interested in leaning more are welcome and encouraged to join the troupe and get their feet wet by participating on a lighting, sound, or tech crew, or just volunteering backstage to get a better understanding of how plays come together and what's involved in bringing the written word to life. Any academically eligible student is welcome to join the program, and more than 40 students choose to do so each year.
ETC members take an annual trip to New York City to attend a professional performance, and an end-of-the-year Induction and Recognition night caps the ETC season.
Volunteers are needed throughout the season and the company welcomes any and all who wish to help create costumes, build and paint scenery, sell tickets, and provide refreshments for rehearsals and intermission sales.
For more information about the ETC Theatre Company, contact Advisor Brian Rainville at 802-728-3397, ext. 202