On Saturday, November 15, close to 75 students, family members, staff, alumni, community members and administrators participated in Nottingham’s second Leadership Conference. The key activity of the day was for participants to identify projects to help improve the school, with the stipulation that the projects be important, able to be completed in a week-six month period, and be meaningful to the participants.
Projects Group 1 – Develop a Career and College Fair. Group 1 has already begun working with Vice-Principal Lyn Detore on the next step. Contact: counselor Kim Allen at kallen [at] scsd [dot] us
Group 2 – Create a handbook planner and organizer for the incoming Freshman and transfer students, to include tips, resources, rules and behavioral expectations as well as a school map and calendar. Contact: teacher Tom Azzolino at tazzolino [at] scsd [dot] us
Group 3 – Create a campaign to promote civility in the hallways. Group 3 hopes to work with TV production teacher Bryan English to develop attention-getting Public Service Announcements that will be aired on monitors during school hours. The second step is to develop regular, numerous and worthwhile awards and rewards for positive behavior. Group 3 plans to have the PSA’s out within a month and the awards within a month or two. Contact: teacher Don Little at dlittle [at] scsd [dot] us
Group 4 – Organize an advocacy group to combat sexual harassment at Nottingham. Group 4 will meet Dec. 3 to plan strategies, including recruiting members; planning activities to educate students; creating posters to remind students of responsible and irresponsible behaviors; developing a handbook on sexual harassment and how to report it; developing a video presentation and small group activities. Contact: administrative intern Julia Hallquist at jhallquist [at] scsd [dot] us
Group 5 — Gather data to shape the needed changes in Nottingham’s school culture. Group 5 will create a student/staff survey and distribute and tabulate responses in the next two to three months. Contact: administrator Jolene Todd at jtodd [at] scsd [dot] us
Group 6 — Develop a leadership mentoring program in which older students are trained by local professionals to mentor freshmen and sophomores. Training will involve organizations including Syracuse University, Nottingham’s chapter of the National Honor Society, Building Men, Peaceful Schools, CBC, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Sources of Strength and others. Contact: teacher Rebecca Wilk at rwilk [at] scsd [dot] us
Several members of alumni group The Nottingham Connection attended, and the group offered to help fund any project expenses that fit within their guidelines and approval. The Conference was funded by FACES of Nottingham, the Nottingham Connection and Principal David Maynard. Community member Paul Harvey facilitated the Conference, with assistance from community member Stephanie Bartling, past parent Carolyn Senft, alum Phil Stone and staff members Tom Azzolino, Tom Little and Sean Martin. Staff members Kim Allen, Tom Azzolino, Don Little, Rebecca Wilk, and administrators Jolene Todd and Julia Hallquist took leadership roles in the groups.
Anyone wishing to ask a question, send information or join an effort should use the group contact email listed above or contact Paul Harvey at luludoodah [at] aol [dot] com