“Passing It On” at the Third Annual Student Leadership Summit
Posted on 02/15/2019
Students in a group session at the Student Leadership SummitWoodbridge High School’s Student Activities Leadership Council (SALC) recently hosted students from nine PWCS high schools at the third annual Student Leadership Summit. The students filled the school with contagious enthusiasm as they reconnected with old friends and made new ones. Andy Jacks, the keynote speaker and nationally distinguished principal of Ashland Elementary School, delivered a speech about the leadership opportunity that is available to us all and the importance of self-efficacy. He prompted the audience to use the summit as a next step in their leadership journey. He gave personal anecdotes, real life examples (like Dr. Walts making “tough” snow day decisions), and various pop culture references to engage and empower students. He encouraged the students to remember their “why,” their teams, and the talents they bring to the table.

Following the keynote speech, the students attended two breakout sessions. This year, there was a mixture of student leaders and adults presenting sessions for attendees. Some of the topics presented were: “The Fitness Gram Pacer Test: How to Run Your Mouth” by Battlefield High School students, “Action, Not Position” by Patriot High School Senior Isaac Mardo, “Lead with Magic” by Lynmara Colon, director of the Office of English Language Learner Programs and Services, “Social Media in Leadership” by Katie Fielding, instructional technology coach at Woodbridge High School, and “Front Line Mentality” by Jonathan Alsheimer, teacher at Fred Lynn Middle School. The sessions were well-received and provided students with a variety of ideas to take back to their schools.

Lunch provided attendees with more opportunities to interact with their fellow student leaders. Attendees had the option to have a discussion with Sasan Faraj, student School Board representative, or to meet with other students to discuss college planning.

The afternoon was filled with “Idea Speed Dating” — eight different sessions facilitated by Woodbridge High School SALC students on a variety of topics such as celebrating diversity, spreading schoolwide appreciation, creating an innovative homecoming, and serving the community. These sessions gave the 200 plus students an opportunity to really hear what their peers are doing at their schools. After "Idea Speed Dating," everyone gathered in the auditorium to discuss school takeaways, and heard a closing speech from Ken Basset, director of the Student Learning Office to close the summit.

Students working together and sharing leadership ideas is Positively PWCS.