As Sonoma Valley High School’s administration continues its efforts to increase communication with students, a new Student Advisory Committee has been created in order for students to let their voices be heard to school administrators.
Forty students from all four grade levels – with different backgrounds and interests – were selected by teacher, counselor and administrator recommendations to attend quarterly meetings to discuss topics and issues presented to the committee alongside several SVHS administrators including first year principal Justin Mori.
Freshman Caroline Studdert offered her expectations for the committee by saying, “I hope every student can get their point across, and advocate for not only their own opinions or what they believe should change at our school, but their friends’ and classmates’ opinions as well.” The committee allows students to express their opinions to administration directly in a positive environment, something that has been missing on campus in the past.
Senior Ali Perkins explained how the student-to-administrator dynamic has been functioning in its early stages. “We have gone over common concerns students in the forum have,” said Perkins. “And we also brainstormed possible solutions that will work for both students and admin realistically.” Junior Luke Sendaydiego echoed such comments saying, “I’m really glad the new admin has decided to create this committee because I feel that it’s important for students to feel like we have the opportunity to create change.”
The committee plans to have two more meetings this school year and will look to build upon the new program in the future.
Student Forum: Students discussing ideas and issues with the student leadership at SVHS.
Student Advisory Committee: Students selected to attend quarterly meetings with the SVHS administration.