Student Life

Student Government

Students can hear the world “responsibility” anywhere. At Springs, they learn what it means and put it into practice.
Our school is our town. At Indian Springs, student self-governance is at the heart of Indian Springs School and its traditions. This means that students and faculty work together, using the school’s Constitution, to manage and address day-to-day individual and collective responsibilities. Our Student Government then serves as a shared voice in determining how we operate and evolve.

Shared governance means shared responsibility for every student. Elected town officials may manage the larger issues, but each student makes choices every single day, from choosing classes and managing schedules to creating opportunities for identified needs.

Working well with others is a distinct characteristic of an Indian Springs student, and shared government helps contribute to this goal. Elections for Student Government are held twice a year—mid-year and year’s end—to ensure the vibrancy and representative character of Student Government. Candidates for office give speeches at a Town Meeting, and an election follows.

The Student Government is comprised of our Mayor, six Commissioner positions, the Judiciary, and one or two representatives from each class. They meet weekly to tackle issues, embracing our motto of Learning through Living.

Our Student Government Structure

List of 9 items.

  • Mayor

    John Slaughter ’20

    The duty of the Mayor is to provide leadership for the Council and the community as a whole in building a greater understanding of the aims and purposes of the community and in bringing about the realization of these aims and purposes through the various Council offices. The Mayor is responsible for seeing that each Council office fulfills its respective duties and platforms and for coordinating the work of the Council. He or she is further directed to maintain a permanent typewritten record of the minutes of all Town Meetings and Council meetings and to file that record in the school archives at the end of his or her term. (These records should be sent to the Head of School’s assistant each week.) The Mayor is responsible for reviewing, with students, the Student Standards, in a Town Meeting at the beginning of each semester.
  • Commissioners of Education

    Labdhi Mehta '20 & Steven Tang '21

    The duties of the Commission of Education are concerned with the continuing evaluation and improvement of teaching and learning and of the conditions that influence the academic experience. Specific examples can include but are not limited to, managing the Writing Center, working with the writing center faculty advisors, maintaining the student tutor system, and participating in Academics Committee meetings.
  • Commissioners of Citizenship

    Paul Weir '21 & Eleanor Lee '21

    The duties of the Commission of Citizenship are concerned with the continuing evaluation of the quality of citizenship as exhibited on a day-to-day basis, in and out of the classroom, and in the larger community beyond the boundary lines of Indian Springs School. The focus of this commission is upon responsible behavior in group living and upon exposing opportunities for participation in needed citizenship and service activities. Specific responsibilities of the commission can include but are not limited to, fall orientation, organizing D-Day, overseeing student clubs, promoting service opportunities, and supervision of Student Government elections.
  • Commissioners of Protection

    Catherine Goodrich '20 & Jack Walley '20
     
    The duties of the Commission of Protection are concerned with the enforcement of the standards of the school community. Members of the commission are, in a special sense, guardians of the rights, values, principles, and ideals set out in this Constitution. The method of enforcement is persuasion. However, where persuasion does not prove successful, the commission may take more stringent measures.  Some specific responsibilities of the commission are to take attendance at all mandatory meetings and to write records for those who are absent without an excuse and promote and maintain the recycling program on campus.
  • Commissioners of Recreation

    Simon Ma '22 & Hudson Wang '22

    The duties of the Commission of Recreation are concerned with the continuing evaluation and improvement of wholesome recreational activities in the school community. Specific examples can include but are not limited to, organizing school dances, planning Winter Formal, and leading activities that promote school spirit. These can also include a semi-formal fall dance and the student concerts held each semester.
  • Commissioners of Boarding

    Ivan Zhu '22 & Krystal Li '22

    The duties of the Commission of Boarding are concerned with the continuing evaluation and improvement of dormitory life. The Commissioners are responsible for facilitating and carrying out duties of dormitory administration, such as maintenance and rule enforcement. The Commissioners are to be elected from and by the boarding student community. Services include, but are not limited to, organizing Community Dining each week and running the dorm store. The Commissioners can assist the Residential Life staff in many ways, such as setting up the chore chart, turning in maintenance requests, planning weekend activities, organizing community service projects, assisting with check-in.
  • Commissioners of Services

    Evan Dubar '20 & Aidan Meador-Woodruff '20

    The duties of the Commission of Services are concerned with the continuing evaluation and improvement of the range of needed services in the school community.  The commission is responsible for the operation of the Student Store. The Commissioners accept the guidelines written for how to run the store.
  • Class Representatives

    8th Grade: Brayden Butler & Willa Rose Akins
    9th Grade: Chloe Williams & Carlton Wallwork
    10th Grade: Madi Baay & Virginia Slaughter
    11th Grade: Drew Fetterolf & Victoria Kindall
    12th Grade: Laura Sovacool & Dede Driscoll

    The duties of the Class Representatives are concerned with the continuing evaluation of opinions and desires of their respective classes and with organizing and voicing these concerns to the Council. Each class will elect one or two representatives from its class and for its class. Duties include taking attendance at mandatory meetings, managing their class budget, suggesting class projects and community service projects for their class, planning class events, etc. Class representatives also maintain a working relationship with faculty class sponsors.
  • Judiciary

    8th grade: Jin Cho
    9th grade: Gibson Goodrich & Rosa Sabel
    10th grade: Simon Ma & Virginia Slaughter
    11th grade: Bob Fu, Hooper Market, & Paul Weir
    12th grade: J.D. Haws, John Slaughter, & Ryan Aldaher

    With self-government comes responsibility for self-discipline. The Judiciary is a group of students elected for the purpose of hearing and ruling on infractions of rules and standards within the Indian Springs community. Violations of Major School Rules are handled by the administration.
Springs’ Constitution Amended To Include Environmental Protection

Indian Springs School students and faculty voted in March 2018 to revise the school’s Constitution to mandate that elected student Commissioners of Protection take on the additional role of promoting environmental protection, most notably by leading campus recycling efforts. Read more here.