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Action Faction
Eyva Winet, 1st Semester 2019-20
Moon 120 and Trans Resource Center : Thu 13:50-14:30

SS - Student Government / 0.13

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.
Competencies

plan and execute social justice projects that support organizations efforts to end gender and sexuality injustice
learn about power and privilege
explore the interdependence of multiple oppressions
create and execute our own projects that will work toward gender and sexuality injustices
find levity and joy in this hard work
spread sass and camp to the world

Art Therapy with Rachael
Eyva Winet, 1st Semester 2019-20
120 : Fri 13:50-14:30

UE - Personal Growth / 0.25

learn the skills to set boundaries while supporting peers and other loved-ones
practice them in life
share learning
build a community of students with stronger emotional intelligence

Budget Committee THUR Rm221
Lance Brown, 1st Semester 2019-20
Lance's Room 221 : Thu 13:50-14:30

SS - Student Government / 0.15

This committee is responsible for the fiscal decisions of Nova. The Friends of Nova (formerly the PTSA) raises funds for student and teacher use. It’s the role of this committee to oversee the equitable distribution of these funds. Furthermore, Nova is the only school in the District that has the privilege of designating where and how our school budget is spent. This is the forum within which those conversations and decisions are made.

The learning goals of this committee are:
1. to learn how to read and interpret a fiscal spread sheet;
2. to participate in group decision making;
3. to engage in conversations about equity and opportunity within our community;
4. to provide a space where all students and school groups feel heard and valued and where their proposals are taken seriously;
5. to explore ways to communicate our decisions and dilemmas within the Nova community;
6. to observe and participate in a formal committee structure, including a mild form of Robert’s Rules of Order;
7. and to have the experience of facilitating the running of the committee.

Button Brigade - THURS (Governing Committee)
Becky Laird, 1st Semester 2019-20
The Lab - 120 : Tue 13:50-14:30

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.

Curriculum
The Dark Knight Batman, 1st Semester 2019-20
Rm 102 : Thu 13:50-14:30

SS - Student Government / 0.25

This governing committee gives students the chance to create, critique, and put into practice at Nova curriculum. Students will get the chance to work with teachers to develop both whole classes, a lesson or lessons, or a unit or units. We are hoping to work hard to create curriculum in all disciplines that de-center white narratives, explore other critical narratives that have been sorely lacking in the education of American students since the inception of this country, and are anti-racist in nature.
Want to have a voice regarding what and how you are learning? Want to maybe even work to teach something in a class, or team teach with a teacher? This is the place you can do that.
This committee is also a great place to start (at any grade level) or fully develop (as a senior) your Senior Inquiry Social Justice Project.

Debate Committe Wed Rm221
Lance Brown, 1st Semester 2019-20
Lance's Room 221 : Wed 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.25

OUR MISSION:
Debate Committee connects, supports, and inspires a diverse community
committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate

Dungeons and Dragons
The Dark Knight Batman, 1st Semester 2019-20
Rm 102 and 121 : Wed 13:50-14:30

UE - Student Activity / 0.25

This committee is devoted to playing the incredible role playing game – Dungeons and Dragons. Each Wednesday 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.

Femme
Julia Reade, 1st Semester 2019-20

None assigned

The rainbow of gender expression is beautiful, and expressing femme is great! But living in the patriarchy is hard. This is a safer space for existing as femme in the world. For sharing stories, actively listening and supporting each other. There no issue too big or too small: body autonomy, liquid eyeliner, intersectional feminism, Drake—it’s all on the table, with infinite encouragement. And snacks.

Guild
Lydia Wynn, 1st Semester 2019-20
207 - Winnie's Room

SS - Student Government / 0.25

The purpose of guild is to promote events that strengthen the community involvement of Nova.
Students in guild will:
*Plan various events
*Support fundraisers
*Organize prom

  • Engage in the needs/desires of other Nova students.
    *Represent all student activities and interests.

Hiring and Review
Adam Croft, 1st Semester 2019-20
room 202 : Thu 13:50-14:30

SS - Student Government / 0.15

Terrance will be co-facilitating this committee!

This committee will collect feedback about teachers and coordinators at Nova and share that feedback with teachers and coordinators. We will also participating in hiring new positions and collecting information from the school about FTE needs when hiring needs to take place.

Korean Language & Culture Committee
Melissa Park, 1st Semester 2019-20
Melissa's Room / Moon 101 : Fri 13:50-14:30

UE - Student Activity / 0.15

By student request, this is a new activity committee this semester (ta-da!). Open to anyone interested in learning more about Korean language and/or culture. Expect to participate in activities centered in mini history and culture lessons, food, and games.

Sure, you may have heard of BTS or BB cream or even Bibimbap and Bulgogi, but what are you curious to learn about Korean culture, history, or language? We’ll talk about this as a committee and create a plan for what we want to do.

Here’s a brainstorm of possible questions to explore (but we certainly don’t have to go into any of these if there’s no interest in them.)
What’s up with Korean dramas—why are they so popular around the world?
Why so much eating and crying (at the same time) in Korean tv?
Why did “mukbangs” (먹방) become (and continue to be) so popular?
Why is tteokbokki (떡복기) so delicious—and can we make some during committee time?
What kinds of (offline) group games do Koreans play? (Let’s try some out!)
What’s it like to be LGBTQ in Korea?
What’s it like to be a feminist in Korea?
What are specifically Korean cultural feelings/concepts, like “Han” (한) and “Jeong” (정) about?
Why is there so much cuteness in pop culture (known as “aegyo” 애교)—that is not only embodied by young female-identified people?
Anyone interested in learning to read/write/speak/understand the Korean language? (The written alphabet is easier to learn than you might think—can be learned in less than a day.)
Are you curious about Korean children’s stories? Folk stories?
Korean etiquette? Everyday phrases/common greetings?
Hilarious Korean slang?
Manhwa/web comics?
Proverbs?
The music and/or film/tv industries in Korea?
Can we watch some cool Korean movies?
Why is there so much English in mainstream Korean culture?
What cool literature and/or other arts come out of Korea?
Why is Korea still split in two? Will it ever be unified?
What is the education system in (South) Korea like?
What are the Koreas’ relationships with their neighboring countries?
Why does the bad juju between Japan and Korea never seem to die?
What the heck is up with Kim Jong-Un & DJT?
How worried should the US be about North Korea’s weapons? What do South Koreans think of them?
Why is the former South Korean president (the one before the current person in office) sitting in jail for the next 25 years?

Come on down! We’ll figure it out together, and it will be 꿀잼 (fun) and 대박 (awesome)!!

Mothership - Thursday only
Michelle Vecchio, 1st Semester 2019-20
105 : Tue/Thu 13:50-14:30

SS - Student Government / 0.25

Students will participate in Mothership, the Nova student governing body.

Students will engage in civic participation and discussion.

Students will represent their coors.

Mothership - Tuesday and Thursday
Michelle Vecchio, 1st Semester 2019-20
105 : Tue/Thu 13:50-14:30

SS - Student Government / 0.25

Students will participate in Mothership, the Nova student governing body.

Students will engage in civic participation and discussion.

Students will represent their coors.

Peace of Mind
Akil Srinivasan, 1st Semester 2019-20
Dance Room - B01 : Fri 13:50-14:30

UE - Student Activity / 0.15

We will practice weekly formal mindfulness meditation. No experience necessary! Many studies show that daily meditation can help us deal with a host of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression and help with stress reduction as well!

Planet Nova, Friday edition
Adam Croft, 1st Semester 2019-20
Room 202 and beyond : Fri 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.15

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.

Planet Nova, Tuesday edition
Adam Croft, 1st Semester 2019-20
Room 202 and beyond : Tue 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.15

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
Melissa Park, 1st Semester 2019-20
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Melissa's room, Moon 101 : Tue/Wed 13:50-14:30

SS - Student Government / 0.15

This governing committee, the People of Color Committee (POCC), is a meeting place for students and staff who identify as people of color.

On Tuesdays we are especially focused on citizenship teaching and learning (e.g. POCC is one of several governing committees which give input to 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).

We organize coat & warm clothing drives in the winter, field trips, pot-lucks, host movie nights, collaborate with local organizations, and program teaching events for the school. Additionally, students rotate facilitation duties of weekly committee meetings & short- and long-term projects.

On Wednesdays we meet to build community and hold space for POC students and staff to reconnect with each other, develop and grow our leadership skills, and discuss issues of race and equity in a safe and open environment. At times, we also use Weds to continue the work begun at our Tuesday meetings.

Students who attend and participate on both Tues (governing day) & Wed (activity day) will of course have more opportunities to meet more competencies (to earn more credit) than those who attend once a week. Students may also opt to work on projects outside of committee time to meet governing committee competencies/earn more credit. See Melissa for details.

Poster Brigade - TUES (Governing Committee)
Becky Laird, 1st Semester 2019-20
Becky's Room - 201 : Tue 13:50-14:30

SS - Student Government / 0.15

Poster Brigade works in collaboration with the rest of the Nova community to create posters and flyers for Nova events and to help disseminate important information to the community. Poster Brigade is held as a quiet space.

Recruitment Committee
Debbie Kuttner, 1st Semester 2019-20
Rm 220 : Tue/Thu 13:50-14:30

UE - Leadership / 0.25

Recruitment Committee oversees the functioning of all recruitment-related activities here at Nova. In particular, this committee can make decisions that effect how Nova is going about bringing new students into our community as well as how we are perceived by those potential new recruits.

We need students in order to be a school! And we need people to know about Nova and want to come here in order to get those students! Basically, Recruitment is essential to the survival of Nova and all that we are doing here.

Decisions are made through consensus-building whenever possible.

Safety
Eyva Winet, 1st Semester 2019-20
122 Brian's Room : Tue 13:50-14:30

SS - Student Government / 0.13

By popular demand and necessity for keeping our behinds covered, a new committee has been created to address issues of physical and emotional safety at Nova! It was given the following powers by United Nova: writing the district safety plan, improving our disaster preparedness, being in charge of drills, reviewing and evaluating emergencies and improving our process of addressing emergencies, managing shared public spaces at Nova, including outdoor spaces, helping resolve issues that make students, staff and/or the community feel unsafe, supporting restorative processes when Nova Norms are broken and physical or emotional safety is compromised.

Senior Committee
Mark Perry, 1st Semester 2019-20
Room 121

None assigned

Seniors will work collaboratively to:

1) support each other’s progress toward graduation.
2) create and facilitate the June 2020 graduation ceremony
3) develop and implement ideas on how to best mentor and support new Nova students
4) create a senior project as part of “giving back” to Nova

Sound Committee
Matthew Maley, 1st Semester 2019-20
Band Room

SS - Student Government / 0.13

Video Game Social Committee
Julia Reade, 1st Semester 2019-20
Room 208 : Fri 13:50-14:30

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.

Walk the Walk 2019-20
Jennifer Spigner, 1st Semester 2019-20
Room 111 : Thu 13:50-14:30

SS - Student Government / 0.15

The Walk The Walk Committee is committed to providing a centralized list of service learning opportunities for students with a social justice focus to volunteering in the community. This committee will keep a list of service learning opportunities for students and staff to access. The committee is in the initial stages so we are asking staff to please forward any opportunities to the three of us members listed below so we can start compiling the service learning list.