As North’s activities evolve and change to meet popular demand, the school starts new initiatives hoping to increase student involvement. This year the school’s three pre-pilot clubs enter their pilot year, the next step on their journey to become a club.
“We have three pilots this year. A pilot club is not an official club. The the two differences between a pilot and an official club is the adult is volunteering and they can not fund raise. The pilot clubs are the social studies honor society, the national technical honors society and a triathlon team,” said activities director Molly Tomlinson.
However the pilot programs are not the only initiatives being taken to increase school involvement. The school is proposing a new point system that rewards students for getting involved in school activities.
“We are going to entice students to participate more, whether that’s going to more club meetings whether that’s going to more sports events, going to more fundraiser,” Tomlinson said. “Essentially what we want it to be is an rewards system with points. If you go to a football game, a play, you get a certain number of points and possibly get an reward for that, like a free cookie from the cafeteria or a t-shirt or a cool sticker.”
The beginning of the school year is when activities begin to implement new changes that have arisen to counter issues identified from previous school years. One of the areas Tomlinson is targeting is Student Council.
“Student Council has been my goal starting at the beginning of the last year. We are reorganizing Student Council a little bit. We are going from ten sponsors to six; there were too many leaders. We are all going to be working together through the entire year. We want one Student Council that doesn’t stop after Homecoming. I want Student Council to represent the entire student body,” Tomlinson said.
The school hopes that these changes will increase student involvement in the community. Tomlinson stresses the benefits of getting involved.
“It is proven that the more connected a student feels, the better their GPA and experience is,” Tomlinson said.