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Superintendent Student Advisory Council Meets

Posted: 11/2/2022 Categories: Featured Links, District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

 

“I won’t know what they need and how I can best support them when I am sitting in an office,” passionate new superintendent Dr. Tracey Deagle said.

In addition to Deagle getting out to as many school functions and sporting events as possible to build relationships with the school community, she also recently kicked off the first Superintendent Student Advisory Council with the goal of giving students a voice in their own education.

“A lot of superintendents do this, but often it’s only teens who are involved,” she said. “I wanted to be sure to engage our younger students as well in this process.”

Deagle is leading three different SSAC groups to be sure all student voices are heard. The high school council includes three students from each grade level, while the middle school council has two students from each grade from each building and the elementary council is made up of fifth graders from each of our buildings. The students were selected by school principals to ensure there was good representation of the entire school population.

Deagle is seeking to better understand what students like most and what excites them about the opportunities available. Also, she wants to know if they feel safe, challenged enough, heard, etc. The first meeting took place in September with the high school students, and the conversation flowed easily.

“The first thing they wanted to talk about was how much they loved Gahanna,” she said. “They could have talked about any number of opportunities or challenges, but they focused on the positives and I was encouraged by that.”

High school senior and council member Djamilatou Diakite says he is most looking forward to the impact he can have on the district, even years after he graduates.

“I am excited to see the difference we can make and see the bonds and respect between students, the school and district staff grow,” Diakite said. “Seeing students work hand-in-hand with the people who run our schools will make them better places for all of us.”

Diakite appreciates the district seeking to hear directly from the students on the decisions that impact them. He is particularly passionate about discussing the issue of mental health, and wants to work closely with the high school and district leaders to find ways to better support students who are struggling.

“It was really nice to be able to share my opinions and input on how our school and district as whole has influenced my life as a student; and hear the opinions of my peers and be able to discuss them as well,” Diakite added. “I also really enjoyed being able to hear things from the perspective of the district staff. Hearing what their opinions were and why things run the way they do behind the scenes was really eye opening for me.”

Dr. Deagle also met middle schoolers in October to share plans for the new high school since they will be the first group to attend the new school, and will meet with elementary students in November. Her long-term goal for the council is not simply to inform the direction of the district, but also to identify what most inspires students today in our society and help them get involved.

“If they can help identify something in our society that could use our attention, they can have the opportunity to be part of the solution,” Deagle said. “I want to show them the power they can have in our community.”


  • LHS SSAC Member
  • LHS SSAC Member
  • LLHS SSAC Member
  • Middle School SSAC
  • Middle School SSAC
  • Middle School SSAC

Superintendent Student Advisory Council Meets

Posted: 11/2/2022 Categories: Featured Links, District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

 

“I won’t know what they need and how I can best support them when I am sitting in an office,” passionate new superintendent Dr. Tracey Deagle said.

In addition to Deagle getting out to as many school functions and sporting events as possible to build relationships with the school community, she also recently kicked off the first Superintendent Student Advisory Council with the goal of giving students a voice in their own education.

“A lot of superintendents do this, but often it’s only teens who are involved,” she said. “I wanted to be sure to engage our younger students as well in this process.”

Deagle is leading three different SSAC groups to be sure all student voices are heard. The high school council includes three students from each grade level, while the middle school council has two students from each grade from each building and the elementary council is made up of fifth graders from each of our buildings. The students were selected by school principals to ensure there was good representation of the entire school population.

Deagle is seeking to better understand what students like most and what excites them about the opportunities available. Also, she wants to know if they feel safe, challenged enough, heard, etc. The first meeting took place in September with the high school students, and the conversation flowed easily.

“The first thing they wanted to talk about was how much they loved Gahanna,” she said. “They could have talked about any number of opportunities or challenges, but they focused on the positives and I was encouraged by that.”

High school senior and council member Djamilatou Diakite says he is most looking forward to the impact he can have on the district, even years after he graduates.

“I am excited to see the difference we can make and see the bonds and respect between students, the school and district staff grow,” Diakite said. “Seeing students work hand-in-hand with the people who run our schools will make them better places for all of us.”

Diakite appreciates the district seeking to hear directly from the students on the decisions that impact them. He is particularly passionate about discussing the issue of mental health, and wants to work closely with the high school and district leaders to find ways to better support students who are struggling.

“It was really nice to be able to share my opinions and input on how our school and district as whole has influenced my life as a student; and hear the opinions of my peers and be able to discuss them as well,” Diakite added. “I also really enjoyed being able to hear things from the perspective of the district staff. Hearing what their opinions were and why things run the way they do behind the scenes was really eye opening for me.”

Dr. Deagle also met middle schoolers in October to share plans for the new high school since they will be the first group to attend the new school, and will meet with elementary students in November. Her long-term goal for the council is not simply to inform the direction of the district, but also to identify what most inspires students today in our society and help them get involved.

“If they can help identify something in our society that could use our attention, they can have the opportunity to be part of the solution,” Deagle said. “I want to show them the power they can have in our community.”


  • LHS SSAC Member
  • LHS SSAC Member
  • LLHS SSAC Member
  • Middle School SSAC
  • Middle School SSAC
  • Middle School SSAC