Welcome back to the NMASC Advisor Idea Exchange blog! This blog will provide monthly conversations along with additional topics proposed by NMASC member school advisors. It is similar to the National Student Project Database that NASC offers, but with additional topics that are Student Council-based. Last year, Mario and Justin decided to create this blog to enhance time for advisors to discuss and share ideas. Continuing this year, advisors please share ideas that have worked for your school and council. Feel free to discuss and share ideas freely in the blogs’ comment section! We hope that this blog will be helpful to you and your councils. Again, a thank you shout out to our webmaster David Brame for his assistance!
Ashleigh Randazzo, 2017 1 st VP
Justin Landis, Executive Advisor to the 1st VP
Welcome back! It’s the end of a very needed winter break and the beginning of the last semester of the school year, and the last for our graduating seniors!
Here are a few things to get your students ready and motivated:
•new year, clean slate
•create new class or personal goals
•make a personal or class vision board for the second semester
Winter Assembly Ideas:
Shark attack: The goal is to have 1 player sitting on a scooter collecting balls with a laundry basket. They can only move by pulling yourself with your arms or being pulled by your partner.
Magic Carpet: 1 person sits on a rug while the second person pulls them around an obstacle.
Blog Response Question:
If you can give one piece of advice for preparation for State Conference, what would it be?
January 20th- Deadline to submit student delegates’ names
February 1st- NMAA eligibility list sent by you directly to NMAA
By Ashleigh Randazzo
Fun ways to engage conversations between students and teachers. Also an exciting way to get to know each other.
The Blanket Game, Two Truths and a Lie, Shoe Pile, Signs, and Group Juggle.
Explanation of Icebreakers:
The Blanket Game a funny icebreaker to get to know other people in the room. A large blanket is held up between two groups, and one player from each team stands behind the blanket. The goal of the game is to be the first to identify the other person behind the blanket.
Two Truths and a Lie is a classic get-to- know you icebreaker. Players tell two truths and one lie to their partner. The object of the game is to determine which statement is the false one.
Shoe Pile– Ask everyone to take off one of their shoes (only one). Have everyone throw their shoe into a big pile in the center. Continue by one player at a time picking a shoe and saying three things they like about the shoe. Finally have the player guess who the shoe belongs to.
Signs– Each person chooses an action word to go with their name (e.g., “Swimming Sam”), then show the action to the group who repeat it. This is continued by going in a circles repeating your sign first, and then someone else’s sign. This stimulates a way to introduce oneself and learn people’s names.
Group Juggle– Throwing balls to others in a circle and learning names. This can be extended to “warp speed” by seeing how fast the group can throw balls through a set order to each group member.
We look forward to hearing your Back to School activities!
Tis the season of giving! With Thanksgiving in the past and Christmas sneaking up around the corner it is time to start to think of what your Student Council can do to give back to the community.
Student leadership shouldn’t be just within the walls of your school, but also extended out to our communities. Host events such as toy drives, food drives, make food baskets, and other events that benefit the less fortunate in your communities. Every student council has done a school beautification project so why not do the same in your community? Clean up and improve a community center, or another area that benefits the community. Another idea that your council can execute is to host a benefit dinner. Host a spaghetti diner and give the profits to a homeless shelter or a charity of your choice. There are many more ideas and ways to give back.
Share some of the ideas your council has come up with.
– Mario Martinez, NMASC 2016 1st Vice President
In the fall many student councils plan welcome back for students (and staff) as well as put on a full week of activities for Homecoming (high schools). These two events are some of the biggest of the year. They set the tone for the rest of the school year and set the bar for your student council. Continue reading First Day/Week Activities