ASB CONSTITUTION

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Updated May 13, 2011

Mountlake Terrace High School

Associated Student Body Constitution

Preamble ·

We, the students of Mountlake Terrace High School, in order to promote a friendly and purposeful relationship between school and community, to foster democracy and good citizenship, and to initiate action to the general advantage of the student body, do adopt this Constitution.

Article I ·Name ·

Section 1. This organization shall be known as the Associated Student Body of Mountlake Terrace High School.

Section 2. The governing body of the Associated Student Body of Mountlake Terrace High School shall be known as the Student Council.

Article II ·Membership ·

Section 1. Associated Student Body. Any student enrolled in this school shall be a member of the Associated Student Body. For those who participate in ASB-funded activities, clubs, and organizations, the purchase of an ASB card is mandated.

Section 2. Student Council. The Student Council shall consist of five officers elected from the Associated Student Body and seven representatives elected from each grade and the Vice President of each class. Voting members of the Student Council are the ASB Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Coordinator, each class Vice President, and the seven representatives from each class. Each ASB recognized club or organization may, if they so desire, send a non-voting representative from that organization to Student Council functions. An alternate shall be selected to serve at Student Council meetings in the absence of the regular representative from each class. That alternate shall be the Secretary, Treasurer, or President of the class and be given voting rights as an alternate.

Article III ·Function ·

Section 1. Associated Student Body. The purpose of the Associated Student Body is to promote a friendly and purposeful relationship between school and community, to foster democracy and good citizenship, and to initiate action to the general advantage of the student body.

Section 2. Student Council. The Council shall be the governing organization of the Associated Student Body of Mountlake Terrace High School. Its decisions shall be an expression of student opinion on matters concerning the Associated Student Body, and the Student Council shall accordingly develop policies, standards, and rules pertaining to the school, its welfare, and its budget.

Article IV ·Officers ·

Section 1. Officer titles. The officers of the Associated Student Body of Mountlake Terrace High School shall consist of the ASB President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Public Relations Coordinator.

Section 2. Duties.

  1. The President shall:
  2. preside over all Student Council meetings and Associated Student Body meetings
  3. appoint Council committees
  4. perform other duties resting in the office of President and designated by the Student Council.
  1. The Vice President shall:
  2. assist the President
  3. substitute for the President in case of absence or ineligibility
  4. supervise class and all ASB elections and decide as to the validity of petitions for candidacy
  5. Other duties as assigned by the President.
  6. The Secretary shall:
  7. keep an accurate account of the proceedings of the Student Council meetings
  8. be in charge of all ASB documents
  9. serve as corresponding secretary
  10. prepare and distribute minutes of all Student Council meetings and their agendas
  11. keep meeting attendance records
  12. Other duties as assigned by the President.
  13. The Treasurer shall:
  14. keep an accurate account of the income and expenditures of the ASB by working closely with the adult ASB Bookkeeper.
  15. present a report to the Student Council at every meeting, having copies of said report available on request
  16. other duties assigned by the President.
  17. The Public Relations Coordinator shall
  18. be responsible for advertising all ASB related activities
  19. be responsible for writing press releases and distributing them to the local media
  20. be the liaison between the ASB and the school media
  21. other duties as assigned by the President
  22. The Historian shall:
  23. be responsible obtaining all minutes from ASB meetings
  24. be responsible for obtaining all class and Interhigh meeting minutes
  25. maintain an accurate history of all events through the entire school year

Section 3. Officer Elections and Term of Office

  1. All Associated Student Body officers shall hold office for a full school year following a training period. The training period will begin immediately after the ASB elections held in the month of February, and will end at the close of the second trimester the following year. Officers will remain in office until March 1st of the following year.
  2. All ASB officers shall be required to reserve first period which they will devote to the problems and functions of ASB during their first trimester of office. In their second and third trimester they must be enrolled in leadership first period as well.

Section 4. If it is disclosed after the election, that an ASB officer violated campaign restrictions, a special re-election will be called for that office.

Section 5. Filling of Vacancies. In case the office of ASB President becomes vacant, the Vice President of the ASB shall take over the duties of President. In case of any other vacancy before the start of school, the person who received the second highest number of votes in the original election shall take over the position of that office. If the vacancy occurs during the new school year, the ASB Officers will ask for applicants and recommend two candidates to the student council. The student council will vote on the two candidates presented.

Article V ·Meetings ·

Section 1. Student Council meetings shall take place on days when meetings have been deemed necessary by the President and the ASB Advisor. There shall be at least one meeting per month.

Article VI ·Committees ·

Section 1. Special Committees

  1. Budget Committee. A committee consisting of ASB officers and ASB officers-elect will meet with the ASB Advisor at a given time to plan the following year's ASB Budget. The voting members will be: ASB President, ASB President-elect, ASB Vice President, ASB Vice President-elect, ASB Secretary, ASB Secretary-elect, ASB Treasurer, ASB Treasurer-elect, ASB Public Relations Coordinator and ASB Public Coordinator-elect. The Activities Coordinator will act as advisor and will be a non-voting member. The Student Council will vote to approve the proposed budget.
  2. The ASB President has the power to appoint special committees when he/she feels they are necessary. The chairperson will be a Student Council representative. Membership will be drawn from the Associated Student Body. An ASB Officer will be a member of all ASB committees.
  3. During the school year a special Executive Council will be formed to here monetary requests from sports, clubs, administration, etc. that were not submitted the previous year. This committee will meet on a need to basis the first and third Thursday of each month. This committee will consist of the five ASB officer's, two class officers from each class, two members of Cheer and Interhigh.

Article VII ·Club Charters ·

Section 1. Any club desiring a charter must submit its application to the Student Council for approval. All clubs must act in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Associated Student Body. Clubs must submit charters to be officially recognized and to obtain ASB funds.

Article VIII ·Advisor ·

Section 1. A person appointed by the Principal shall be the Advisor for the Associated Student Body, and the Student Council. The Advisor does not have the power to vote.

Article IX ·Quorum ·

Section 1. A quorum shall consist of a majority (50% + 1)of the voting members of the Student Council.

Article X ·Parliamentary Authority ·

Section 1. In all matters not specifically expressed in this Constitution, the parliamentary authority shall be Robert's Rules of Order, Revised.

Section 2. The President shall appoint a non-voting Parliamentarian from the student body who is knowledgeable in parliamentary procedure.

Article XI ·Amendments ·

Section 1. Constitutional Amendment

  1. An amendment to the Constitution or By-Laws may be proposed either by a member of the Student Council or by petition signed by at least ten percent of the Associated Student Body.
  2. The proposed amendment shall be read, discussed, and voted upon by the Student Council. To become a part of the Constitution or By-Laws, an amendment must be passed by a three-quarters minimum vote of the Student Council.

Article XII ·Powers ·

Section 1. All powers of the Student Council are delegated to it by the school administration.

Article XIII ·Distribution ·

Section 1. The ASB Secretary should have at least 40 copies of the ASB Constitution and By-Laws on hand for distribution and reference.

IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE OPERATION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS, WE HEREBY ADOPT THE FOLLOWING BY-LAWS.

ARTICLE I ·Qualifications and Conditions of Office ·

Section 1. ASB Officers must have an ASB card.

Section 2. ASB President. The ASB President must be a senior or junior while in office. He or she must have previously held office in the position of class officer, representative, or ASB Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Coordinator or Interhigh Representative. He or she must have a cumulative (total trimester grades from ninth grade on) grade point average of 3.0 and no N.C. in the school year of the election to qualify for election. The grade point for each grading period of his or her term shall not fall below 2.6. If it does, he or she will automatically be placed on a probationary period for 15 school days to restore his or her grades to a 2.6. If at the end of the probationary period the 2.6 is not achieved, he or she shall be removed form office. He or she may only receive one NC while in office or he or she shall be removed from office. A student running or holding an office may not be a Running Start student or plan on enrolling in Running Start while in office.

Section 3. ASB Vice President: The qualifications for the ASB Vice President shall be the same as for the ASB President except for the requirement regarding previously held offices and grade level.

Section 4. ASB Secretary: The qualifications for ASB Secretary shall be same as for ASB President, except for the requirement regarding grade level and previously held offices.

Section 5. ASB Treasurer: The qualifications for ASB Treasurer shall be same as for ASB President, except for the requirement regarding grade level and previously held offices.

Section 6. ASB Public Relations Coordinator. The qualifications for ASB Public Relations Coordinator shall be same as for ASB President, except for the requirement regarding grade level and previously held offices.

Section 7. Any ASB officer will be notified of possible removal from office if he or she has become a disciplinary problem or fails to attend two Student Council meetings per trimester. The third and all of the following meetings will be probationary meetings. Removal shall be initiated by any member of Student Council and must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Student Council. All those officers whose names come up before the Council for removal have the right to speak in their defense.

Section 8. All ASB officers must take the leadership class three consecutive trimesters begininning with the spring trimester.

ARTICLE II ·Nominations and Elections ·

Section 1. Date: The elections of all ASB officers shall be held by May 15.

Section 2. Petition: If a student of Mountlake Terrace High School can meet the requirements stipulated in Article I of these By-Laws, he or she then must obtain the signatures of at least ten percent of the entire Associated Student Body on a petition to place his name on the ballot.

Section 3. Limitations.

  1. A student can sign only one petition for a given office. The petition must be filed with the ASB election official at least one month before the election to have his/her name appear on the ballot. The official date will be determined by the Election Committee.
  2. A student may not hold both an ASB office and another major office (e.g. Class Officer, Rally Squad member) at the same time. Neither may he or she hold two major offices, nor two ASB offices at the same time or be a Running Start student.

Section 4. Election: ASB Officers shall be elected by a secret ballot and must receive a majority (50% +1) of the votes cast. A run-off election will be held if no candidate receives a majority. The two top vote getters will appear in the run-off.

Section 5. Supervision: All elections and voter registration shall be supervised by an elections committee appointed by the President from the Student Council. The Vice President serves as chairman of elections.

Section 6. Appointment: In the event that there are no candidates for a given office, the ASB President shall select a temporary committee to select candidates for the office.

ARTICLE III ·Campaign Regulations ·

Section 1. Regulations:

  1. No student shall promote any written or printed campaign propaganda without the expressed approval of the Activities Advisor and it must bear the name of the originator or editor.
  2. Campaign posters are to be put up no sooner than three days prior to the election. Only twenty posters may be used for any one candidate. They are to be placed in areas specified by the elections committee. The candidates must clean up after themselves within three school days after the election.

Section 2. Enforcement:

  1. Candidates failing to comply with these provisions shall be disqualified from the election in question, subject to a decision by the elections committee.
  2. If a student has been elected and it is later proved that he or she violated these provisions, he or she is subject to removal from office.

ARTICLE IV ·Student Council Representatives ·

Section 1. Election: Student Council representatives shall be elected at the same time as class officer for each class are elected. Candidates must submit a petition signed by a minimum of ten percent of the members of their class to the elections official five days prior to the election. Candidates for Student Council representative must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and no more than 2 NC's, and this must be maintained throughout the term of office. Officers and Reps may not be Running Start students.

Section 2. Removal. If any member of class representation becomes a disciplinary problem or is absent from two or more class meetings during the trimester, he or she may be given a probationary period of one meeting. If he or she does not appear then, the class officers of the class he or she represents will vote by two-thirds to replace that representative. If Student Council representatives are absent from two Student Council meetings per trimester, whether they had an alternate take their place or not, they will be notified of possible removal from Student Council. Removal may be initiated by any member of Student Council and must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Student Council. All people whose names come up before the Council may speak in their own defense.

ARTICLE V ·Rally Squad ·

Section 1. Members. The members of the Rally Squad will usually consist of Cheerleaders. The membership may vary and is up to the discretion of the Rally Squad Advisor.

Section 2, All members of the MTHS Cheer squad are hereby and henceforth full and voting members of the MTHS ASB. First year cheerleaders will enroll in the MTHS leadership class and follow all rules and regulations associated with class officers and Interhigh members. Including the purchase of an ASB card before tryouts. Where as Cheerleaders must also maintain a 2.5 or high to tryout for cheer.

ARTICLE VI ·Class Groups ·

Section 1. Officers: The class officers shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.Each of the four classes, Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior, will have the above said officers as well as seven reps.

Section 2. Duties: It shall be the duty of the classes to organize class functions and to raise money for that class's activities. The duties of the specific class officers shall be:

  1. It shall be the duty of the President to preside over all meetings, to appoint committees, and to perform other duties resting in the office of the President.
  2. It shall be the duty of the Vice President to assist the President, substitute for the President in case of absence or ineligibility. The Vice President also attends all student council meetings as a voting member and acts as liaison between student council and his/her class.
  3. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep an accurate account of the meetings, be in charge of all class documents, serve as corresponding secretary, and to prepare and distribute minutes of all meetings and their agendas.
  4. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to keep an accurate account of the income and expenditures of the class, and to present a report at meetings.

Section 3. Qualifications. Class Presidents must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and all other officers must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and no more than 2 NC's. All officers must be members of the classes they serve and have an ASB card and be enrolled in the leadership class first or second trimester during their first year of office.

Section 4. Elections. Class elections for Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores shall be held in the spring following the ASB elections and shall be supervised by the ASB Vice President. Freshmen officers will be elected as soon as possible in September. Candidates for class office will nominate themselves through a petition signed be ten percent of the class. A student may sign only one petition for a given office. Problems with this requirement will be resolved by the Elections Committee.

ARTICLE VII ·Awards ·

Section 1. Boys' Athletic Awards. All boys' athletic awards shall be silver on scarlet, which are the official colors of Mountlake Terrace Senior High School. The letter shall be a six inch chenille block "T." A student cannot have more service stripes than the maximum number he has in any one sport.

  1. Football. Football awards are given on the following basis:
  2. Must have played in one half of the quarters in Varsity games, or;
  3. Must have completed four full seasons of football at MTHS, or;
  4. Coach's discretion.
  5. Baseball. A pitcher must pitch either a winning varsity game or the equivalent of three full games. The catcher, infielders, and outfielders must play in one third of all total innings. A letter may also be awarded on the recommendation of the coach.
  6. Wrestling. Lettering requirements are as follows:

Varsity:

  1. Turn out and participate with the team for the entire season.
  2. Earn a total of 35 points.
  3. Place in Conference Tournament.
  4. Coach's discretion based on participation, effort, attitude, and sportsmanship.

Junior Varsity:

  1. Turn out for the entire season (through regionals).
  2. Must win a J.V. Tournament or wrestle in three Varsity matches.
  3. Earn a total of 70 points.
  4. Points earned in J.V. matches and Varsity matches only (third team matches count one-half).
  5. Ten points for Honor Roll (semester).
  6. Ten points for missing five or less turnouts.
  7. Earn a spot on the Varsity squad as second varsity wrestler for Conference Tournament.
  8. Seniors who have turned out for two years.
  9. Coach's discretion based on participation, effort, attitude, and sportsmanship.
  10. Basketball. To win a basketball letter, a player must play in at least one-third of all the total quarters of that season. This is usually equivalent to 16 quarters. A letter may also be awarded on the recommendation of the coach.
  11. Track.
  12. One point for entrance into a Varsity meet.
  13. Varsity place points will be awarded as follows:

Dual Meet Tri-Meet Over Three Schools

1st Place 5 5 10

2nd Place 3 3 8

3rd Place 1 2 6

4th Place 1 4

5th Place 2

6th Place 1

  1. Relay points are not divided.
  2. Perfect attendance at turnouts equals five points.
  3. Perfect attendance with excused absences equals three points.
  4. Academic points for third quarter:

1 point = 2.0 - 2.1 6 points = 3.0 - 3.1

2 points = 2.2 - 2.3 7 points = 3.2 - 3.3

3 points = 2.4 - 2.5 8 points = 3.4 - 3.5

4 points = 2.6 - 2.7 9 points = 3.6 - 3.7

5 points = 2.8 - 2.9 10 points = 3.8 - 4.0

7 Points will be posted weekly in locker rooms.

  1. One letter point will be awarded for each meet (to be determined between athlete and coach).
  2. Ten letter points will be deducted for each unexcused absence.
  3. Bonus letter points for attending Saturday practices.
  4. Coach's discretion. A Varsity letter will not be awarded for insubordination.
  5. Must attend banquet to receive Varsity letter.
  6. Tennis. To win a tennis letter, a player must win at least two varsity matches. A letter may also be awarded on the recommendation of the coach.
  7. Swimming. A total of 50 points accrued in competition in the season. These points may be earned in the following manner.
  8. One point for entrance into a Varsity event.
  9. Points received in Varsity, Dual or Triangular, District, N.W. District, State Competition in a four or six lane pool.
  10. Up to ten points may be awarded to a swimmer for (maximum ten points) dedication, inspiration, determination, leadership, mental toughness, non-lettering senior who has completed four years, season best time at Edmonds District Meet (final day), season best time as N.W. District (final day), season best time as State Meet (both days).
  11. Perfect attendance: ten points.
  12. Perfect attendance with an excused absence: five points.
  13. An excused absence may be granted by the head coach. Consecutive days for sickness may be considered excused absences. The coach must be notified as early as possible.
  14. All swimmers are expected to help set up and take down pool equipment at home meets. A total of ten points will be subtracted from a swimmer's letter points for not helping at a home meet.
  15. A swimmer's season is considered concluded after she/he has attended the season's final awards banquet. Varsity and Junior Varsity award winners are expected to attend all awards programs.
  16. A Varsity letter may by awarded by the coach's discretion (without the required 50 letter points). Letter points for scholastic ability will be awarded in the following manner. It is our sincere belief that each athlete is not only an athlete but a student-athlete.

Letter Points Grade Point Avge. Letter Points Grade Point Avge.

1 2.0 - 2.1 6 3.0 - 3.1

2 2.2 - 2.3 7 3.2 - 3.3

3 2.4 - 2.5 8 3.4 - 3.5

4 2.6 - 2.7 9 3.6 - 3.7

5 2.8 - 2.9 10 3.8 - 4.0

  1. Cross Country.

Varsity:

  1. Coach's recommendation.
  2. Involvement with team to the end of the season.
  3. Earn 17 or more points.
  4. Participate in 75 percent of all turnouts.
  5. Ninety percent of all turnouts equals four points.
  6. Run in meet (Varsity or JV) equals one point.
  7. Top seven times in regular meet equals one point; within 30 seconds equals one-half point.
  8. Top seven times in Edmonds District, Western Conference, and N.W. Districts Championships equals two points; within 30 seconds equals one point.
  9. Coach's bonus for leadership, attitude, and team support equals one to three points.

Junior Varsity: Coach's recommendation, involvement with team to end of the season.

  1. Chess.
  2. Four matches in WESCO Varsity competition.
  3. Four points at either of the state individual tournaments.
  4. Top six boards always letter.
  5. Choir. A choir letter shall be awarded for four semesters in Dynamics or Chamber Choir. One year of Chorus is the equivalent of one semester toward a letter. The student is required to attend all performances and activities unless excused by the director, maintain a 3.3 grade point average in music classes, and work hard with a positive attitude for the betterment of the choral department.
  6. Band. A band letter shall be awarded for four semesters in any of the bands. The student is required to attend all performances and activities unless excused by the director, maintain a 3.3 grade point average in music classes, and work hard with a positive attitude for the betterment of the instrumental music department.
  7. Orchestra. An orchestra letter shall be awarded for four semesters in Symphonic or String Orchestra. The student is required to attend all performances and activities unless excused by the director, maintain a 3.3 grade point average in music classes, and work hard with a positive attitude for the betterment of the instrumental music department.

Amended, May, 1994

Amended, March, 1995

Amended, March 1996

Amended, May, 2000

Amended, May, 2010

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