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Accessibility Committee
Allison Sterrett, S1 FALL 2022-23
209 : Tue 9:40-10:20

SS - Student Government / 0.15

In this governing committee, students will work together to help make Nova class materials and spaces accessible for all learners. We might record audio versions of class texts, find and share the best fidgets, research and share information about useful technology supports, create organizers to help with inquiry projects, gather and share feedback about class accessibility or…..? Bring your ideas for making Nova a welcoming place for everyone to learn!

Action Faction and Wellness Steering Committee
Eyva Winet, S1 FALL 2022-23
121 : Thu 9:40-10:20

SS - Student Government / 0.15

Action Faction Mission Statement:
As an all-inclusive committee, we work to create a safe and respectful community for all genders and sexualities. We combat sexuality and gender identity oppression by creating positive actions in Nova and beyond. Positive actions include maintaining safe spaces for discussions, resources and events. We believe that any social justice movement must work towards inclusion of other social justice goals. We recognize that all oppressions are connected and in no way do we want our actions to propagate other forms of oppression.

Wellness Steering Committee:
We will be meeting regularly with the folks running the new Nova Wellness Center to help build, improve and expand their services for Nova students and the community. We have already helped architects design the temporary space but will continue to advise for the permanent space. We have helped hire staff for the space but will also give feedback and support their understanding of Nova and our amazingly diverse students. We agreed to help them get student art and interesting pieces to decorate the space so we need folks who are willing to make or curate art. We will also be working on grant writing to get more services and expand the possibilities of what the wellness center can offer.

Join us! We need your voice to drive this work. Country Doctor is very happy to collaborate and take guidance from students so we need you all to show up and make this center truly work for youth!

There are opportunities to work on culminating inquiry projects, health credit, CTE credit, peer education, grant writing, internships in the health field connected to this committee!

ASL and Deaf Culture Club
Michael Cooper, S1 FALL 2022-23
room 204 : Mon/Wed/Fri 10:00-10:40

UE - Student Activity (EXP 2021) / 0.25

Student-run ASL Club: Learning basic ASL and Deaf Culture through various means of learning: films, games, arts and activities. No experience with ASL is required to participate although no voice is permitted during the ASL Club.

Audiobook
Debbie Kuttner, S1 FALL 2022-23
Room 209 (Allison's and Lisa's Room)

LA - Critical Lit & Social Inquiry / 0.15

This committee listens to books by authors of color, often learning about the author, promoting the end of the month Intergenerational Racial Justice book club. For folks who like reading with their ears instead of their eyes (or both, cause we’ll have copies of the text). FYI, the intergenerational racial justice book club is not a requirement of this committee, but you can: it meets on the last Wednesday of the month on zoom, where current and former Nova community members gather to discuss books!
Facilitated by Lisa with help from Debbie
English language arts credit can be earned through setting up indep competency contract with Debbie.

Budget, Marketing, and Fundraising
Eyva Winet, S1 FALL 2022-23
121 : Tue 9:40-10:20

SS - Student Government / 0.15

We will be managing the Nova budget which includes funding sources: general sps budget, asb, alliance for education, grants and more! We will grow our understanding these sources and the rules around spending. We will work to be intentional and fiscally responsible in approving funding requests from the school community as we work to replenish these funds through marketing and fundraising.

We will be building relationships with community organizations and funders to help provide services and supports and opportunities for our students. We will be fundraising and making materials to use when reaching out to potential funders or partners. We will be surveying students, staff and families to collect information to tell Nova’s story authentically and to determine what students, staff and families think about what partnerships and projects we should be seeking support and funding. We will work with Nova Roots to create fundraisers for Nova and run our own fundraisers. You will learn job, organizing and fundraising skills. This will be a working committee not a talking a lot committee.

There is the possibility of working on math competencies through this committees projects. Talk to Eyva directly if you are interested in that extension of this committee work.

Buttons and Posters - (Governing Committee)
Rea Biddle, S1 FALL 2022-23
Rea's Room - 122 : Tue 10:00-10:40

SS - Student Government / 0.15

Button Brigade will work in collaboration with Action Faction and the rest of the Nova community to create buttons, posters, and flyers for Nova events and to help disseminate important information to the community.

Circle Keepers - Wed
Annie Parker, S1 FALL 2022-23
Room 114 : Wed 10:00-10:40

UE - Leadership / 0.15

The new Circle Keepers Committee is focused on training in and practicing restorative justice at Nova. Students and staff will participate in practice and training to become circle keepers ourselves.

We [participating Nova staff] envision this committee over time to become a self-sustaining, problem-solving space, one that supports the culture of Nova being a community that resolves problems by working/communicating with and learning from each other.

What is restorative justice? And how does it help reduce and prevent harm at school? How does it increase student well-being? What are the skills and/or knowledge you, as students, want to learn and practice most towards being a circle keeper? and/or contributing to establishing this committee? and/or restorative justice practices in our lives?

from Maisha T. Winn’s book, Justice on Both Sides: Transforming Education Through Restorative Justice

“…to practice restorative justice, one must not only be committed to seeing the full humanity of others, but also being open to the possibility of not always being right, and instead, making things right.”

Committee to Philosophy - Thursday
The Dark Knight Batman, S1 FALL 2022-23
102 : Thu 9:40-10:20

None assigned

This is a committee to talk philosophy. Not debate. Talk philosophy.
It is also a committee to teach you how to begin to or advance your critical thinking.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Ethics Bowl if you wish, but it is not required.
This committee is different than the Philosophy class in that you don’t have to take one to do the other.

Committee to Philosophy - Tuesday
The Dark Knight Batman, S1 FALL 2022-23
102 : Tue/Thu 9:40-10:20

None assigned

This is a committee to talk philosophy. Not debate. Talk philosophy.
It is also a committee to teach you how to begin to or advance your critical thinking.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Ethics Bowl if you wish, but it is not required.
This committee is different than the Philosophy class in that you don’t have to take one to do the other.

Dungeons and Dragons
The Dark Knight Batman, S1 FALL 2022-23
Rm 102 : Thu 14:00-15:15

UE - Student Activity (EXP 2021) / 0.25

This committee is devoted to playing the incredible role playing game – Dungeons and Dragons. Each Friday we will come together and play. Create a character! Run a campaign! No experience necessary at all. We will teach you how to play. Must be willing to get along with others (or be willing to learn how to), show up unless you have an incredibly good excuse, and certainly have the capacity to have fun.
Also, if you don’t have dice or source books, don’t worry about it. We have some extra you can borrow for the day.

Clearly, we will be doing this online.

Guild
Michelle Vecchio, S1 FALL 2022-23
122 : Thu 9:40-10:20

None assigned

Guild is a governing committee that supports the democratic planning of school events including dances, movie nights, karaoke, and school spirit events!

Make it What You Want (MiWYW)
Debbie Kuttner, S1 FALL 2022-23
Room 220 Debbie's room : Fri 10:00-10:40

None assigned

The title says it all. Make this space what you want on Fridays. I can offer yarn and crochet hooks and knitting needles; craft supplies; art supplies; and even some kitchen gadgets and food if we want to make some cotton candy or gummy candies or fry up some healthy goodness in the air fryer. A great space to relax and enjoy your Friday morning and maybe get to know some new people or hang with old friends.

Mothership + Safety
Adam Croft, S1 FALL 2022-23

SS - Student Government / 0.13

Mothership and Safety work together to support the student government structure and keep our Nova community safe.

Mutual Aid (Tuesdays)
Adam Croft, S1 FALL 2022-23
room 202 and beyond : Tue 10:45-11:55

UE - Leadership / 0.15

Susan will co-facilitate this committee with Adam.

Let’s tend to our school’s relation to the Earth and each other, including through maintaining and strengthening our systems for composting, energy conservation, environmental justice, ecological awareness, and anything else we can do for our living community.

Mythology
Debbie Kuttner, S1 FALL 2022-23
Room 220 Debbie's & Lisa's Room : Wed 10:00-10:40

UE - Leadership / 0.15

Let’s share questions and ideas with one other! This committee will be co-created based on all our interests. We might chat, or draw representations of ourselves in myth, tell favorite myths, watch videos, and more. We might discuss the following:

What excites each of us about mythology? How do we see or not see ourselves represented in mythologies? What’s up with hierarchies of truth (why some cultures’ sacred stories are called “myth” and some aren’t)? What motifs/archetypes/recurring symbols do we notice, and how might they relate our inner lives? What’s the interaction between myths and power dynamics, and how does myth relates to history? Also: comparative mythology! (why some stories re-appear across different cultural traditions).

Facilitated by Lisa in Debbie’s room 220

N2N Mentorship
Debbie Kuttner, S1 FALL 2022-23
114 : Thu 10:00-10:40

SS - Student Government / 0.25

This committee is open to people who are interested in:

A) Being mentored by older or more experienced Nova students. It is a way to build your comfort with the way Nova works and how to find success as a student here.

or

B) Being a peer mentor to support new students adjust to Nova. It is a way for you to provide your expertise and knowledge of the school to help guide fellow students.

Nova Minecraft Gov. Committee
Lance Brown, S1 FALL 2022-23
Rm 221 : Thu 9:40-10:20

SS - Student Government / 0.25

25 STUDENT MAXIMUM

Students will participate in Nova Minecraft Project.
The students will recreate the Nova building in Minecraft.
When complete all students will be welcome to visit the Nova Minecraft Building.
This would give us some sense of community again.

Paper Making Committee
Adam Croft, S1 FALL 2022-23
room B-03 : Wed 9:40-10:20

UE - Leadership / 0.15

Help our school recycle paper within our building by learning to make paper from the pulpy remains of used paper. We’ll also make journals and other items with this Nova-made paper.

Planet Nova
Adam Croft, S1 FALL 2022-23
room 202 and beyond : Fri 2:05-2:45

UE - Leadership / 0.15

Susan will co-facilitate this committee with Adam.

Let’s tend to our school’s relation to the Earth and each other, including through maintaining and strengthening our systems for composting, energy conservation, environmental justice, ecological awareness, and anything else we can do for our living community.

POC Committee - Thurs
Melissa Park, S1 FALL 2022-23
Melissa's room, 101 : Thu 9:40-10:20

SS - Student Government / 0.15

Note: We are now meeting on Thursdays ONLY. This governing committee, the People of Color Committee (POCC), is a meeting place for students and staff who identify as people of color to reconnect, affirm, and unapologetically be ourselves. We are especially focused on citizenship teaching and learning, building community in our shared spaces, developing and growing our leadership skills, and acting and reflecting on issues of race and equity in a safe and open environment.

Past projects have included creating and facilitating various workshops/teach-ins at school, e.g., Racial Justice Day, warm clothing drives in the winter, field trips, pot-lucks, movie screenings, and collaborating with local organizations. Students will share facilitation duties of weekly committee meetings & short- and long-term projects.

POCC is one of several governing committees which give input to Recruitment Committee and our administrators for Nova’s Mission/Vision C-SIP School Improvement Plan (an official document generated annually by Nova’s administrators that sets goals, enrichment, instructions programs, students’ achievement, and assessment of the school, and is published on our school’s SPS website.

Quiet Art Space
Allison Sterrett, S1 FALL 2022-23
Art Room (219) : Fri 10:00-10:40

ART - Exploring the Arts (EXP 2021) / 0.15

Quiet Art Space is a weekly gathering space to connect with peers while working on individual art pieces. We will work together to offer weekly optional art prompts and supportive feedback.

Radical Reading Group
Adam Croft, S1 FALL 2022-23
room 202 : Fri 10:00-10:40

UE - Leadership / 0.15

We’ll read and discuss various works of radical political economy, with the goal of developing a reading guide and other resources for those interested in pursuing radical thought and praxis.

Recruitment fall 2022 Tuesdays only
Debbie Kuttner, S1 FALL 2022-23
Rm 114 Annie's & Lydia's room : Tue 9:40-10:20

SS - Student Government / 0.15

Recruitment is the public face of Nova. We plan orientations, open house for 8th graders. This year’s focus is “how do we represent Nova?” to the district, enrollment office, highschool and 8th grade counselors, as well as the option fair, and any other space Nova needs to be represented. As with all committees, recruitment puts an emphasis on not only striving always to be an anti-racist committee, but also how do we maintain and co-create Nova’s social justice identity internally and externally.

Recycled Crafts
Rea Biddle, S1 FALL 2022-23
122 : Fri 10:00-10:40

None assigned

come make beautiful things with materials that would otherwise be thrown out

Senior Committee - Tue
Melissa Park, S1 FALL 2022-23
Melissa's Room, 101 : Tue 9:40-10:20

SS - Student Government / 0.15

Catherine and Melissa will co-facilitate this governing committee!

We’ll plan and execute senior-oriented activities, supports, and events, especially our graduation ceremony (!!!), but also study sessions and anything else to help make everyone’s final year of high school successful and meaningful.

Get clear on what you need to complete for graduation this year, and get/create supports for you to get there!

Sound Committee
Jared Harkness, S1 FALL 2022-23
Band Room

UE - Student Activity (EXP 2021) / 0.15

The sound committee runs the music makers’ space called The Band Room, supports all school events that need sound and music and improves access for all students interested in learning and making music. Band is responsible for cleaning, organizing, fixing and improving instruments and equipment in the music maker’s space and is working to grow music opportunities at Nova.

Video Game Social Committee
Julia Reade, S1 FALL 2022-23
Room 201 : Fri 10:00-10:40

UE - Personal Growth / 0.25

This INVITE ONLY committee is a structured, student-lead committee designed to offer students an opportunity to further develop their social skills. The group will gather around a common interest—gaming—and engage in discussions about this topic.

Walking Club
Catherine Cougan, S1 FALL 2022-23
room 207

None assigned

Want to get to know the neighborhood history, flora, and fauna? Interested in getting some fresh air in the middle of your day? Join us in walking club where we wander!

Writing Circle - Fri
Melissa Park, S1 FALL 2022-23
Melissa's Room, 101 : Fri 10:00-10:40

LA - Creative Writing / 0.15; UE - Student Activity (EXP 2021) / 0.15

Writing Circle Committee is a writing community for anyone who likes (and/or wants to try) writing and grow/experiment with your writing practice. Each week we’ll do some writing and (voluntary) sharing. Committee members will co-create writing prompts, activities, and/or possible group projects, e.g. open mics, art shares, publishing a poetry journal, poetry slams and/or more. More details posted here asap.

Yearbook
Susan Barth, S1 FALL 2022-23
Rm 3- Susan : Tue 9:40-10:20

CTE - Publishing Yearbook 1 / 0.25

Yearbook will meet both Tuesday’s and Thursday’s in Susan’s Room B03. We will photograph events and create our yearbook. We are looking for motivated, organized, creative types (you do not need to have all of those traits together). We want photographers, designers, and tech savvy folks to help us. We will capture the amazingness of our community. We also want the yearbook to be affordable for all who want it. So, we will be figuring out new and creative ways to fund raise. No experience necessary, just a strong willingness to contribute. You will learn all aspects of yearbook production regardless of your specialty. This class will be facilitated by Brent, Susan B.

The basic credit is .25 per semester, depending on the amount of work you put in.

Zine & Fundraising
Catherine Cougan, S1 FALL 2022-23
207

None assigned

We will make zines! And raise funds for Nova!