Student Leadership

SkyView Academy believes all students can be leaders. Sometimes, leadership is mistaken for the loudest or most confident voice in the room. However, research and experience reveals that productive and effective leadership also requires organizational skills, the ability to listen, the capacity to reflect, commitment, etc. We offer students different avenues to discover their best selves through the following programs:

LINK
Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Boomerang Project’s proven high school transition program trains mentors from your junior and senior classes to be Link Crew Leaders. As positive role models, Link Crew Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success. Link is a credit bearing program, earning .25 credits per semester. Interested students can apply at the end of sophomore year. Contact Mrs. Whitney at kwhitney@svak12.org with questions.

Middle School Mentoring
Students are trained in relevant, targeted tutoring skills, stressing the importance of learning and implementing the code of ethics, and fosters a professional attitude in tutoring services,and is applicable across disciplines. Students will learn tutoring ‘best practices’ including: understanding tutoring procedures, steps for successful tutoring sessions, questioning techniques, listening skills, tutorial responsibilities and ethics, using praise effectively, verbal and nonverbal communication skills, critical thinking skills and learning preferences. Students are nationally certified and earn .25 credits per semester. Interested students should contact Mrs. West at nwest@svak12.org.

National Honor Society (NHS)
NHS is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Students who earn and maintain a GPA of 3.8 or higher are eligible. Requirements include 10 additional hours of community service above SVA requirements (50 total per year) and regularly scheduled meetings. Contact Mrs. Rebert at arebert@svak12.org with questions.

Peer Tutoring
Students are trained in relevant, targeted tutoring skills, stressing the importance of learning and implementing the code of ethics, and fosters a professional attitude in tutoring services,and is applicable across disciplines. Students will learn tutoring ‘best practices’ including: understanding tutoring procedures, steps for successful tutoring sessions, questioning techniques, listening skills, tutorial responsibilities and ethics, using praise effectively, verbal and nonverbal communication skills, critical thinking skills and learning preferences. Students will utilize these skills through individual and group tutoring in their chosen discipline; Math and Science, English and History or World Language and earn .25 credit per semester. Interested students should contact Mrs. Howard at thoward@svak12.org for Math and Science, Ms. Brooks at abrooks@svak12.org for English or History, or Mrs. Lleras for World Language at tlleras@svak12.org.

Spirit Squad
Beginning in the spring of junior year, students can self-select to participate in Spirit Squad. This student group organizes special events to unite students in their senior year. Events are coordinated and facilitated entirely by students with adult support. Past events include back-to-school pool party, lock-ins, and senior class prank. Students develop leadership skills by planning, doing and reflecting. These students play a unique role in how students experience senior year. Interested students should contact Mrs. August at laugust@svak12.org.

Student Council
Elected students convene weekly to discuss common concerns, organize events, make decisions and solve school related problems. Students typically focus on social related events that help unite the school in a positive way. Examples of events include school dances, assemblies, pep rallies, homecoming and spirit days. Participating students have the opportunity to affect how the average student feels about high school and earn community service hours. Interested students should contact Mr. Swanson at mswanson@svak12.org.