California law specifies every public school has an Associated Student Body that resembles the idea of a student council. Here at Hillview we call it the ASB. The ASB organizes spirit events, tracks Block H points, hosts contests of all sorts during the year and many other fun things.
- ASB communications are managed through a student-build and managed website: http://www.hillviewasb.com/
- See a current list of ASB-sponsored events
ASB is organized into two parts: The Student Council (Cabinet) and the Executive Board. The Executive Board consists of one treasurer (the person who deals with money and the budget), the secretary (the person who records ASB’s meetings), the two Media and Tech Commissioners (the people who deal with the website, photography around campus and any tech related needs), the two Activities Commissioners (the people who lead student events and activities), the Vice President (the person who helps with the clubs on campus and assists the president), and the President (the person who leads ASB). The Cabinet helps assist the Executive Board, and helps plan everything that ASB does. There are two advisors to ASB and they assist both the ASB and Executive Board in decision making.
In order to effectively plan dances, spirit games, or charity events, ASB breaks up into these committees. Committees can range in size, varying from 8-12 people per committee. Each committee has 1-2 chair people, who communicate between the committee and the rest of ASB. Once a committee has a budget, they can propose that budget in one of the weekly meetings (held on Tuesdays during 4th period), and the ASB votes on whether or not to approve this budget. That’s how the ASB is able to plan so many amazing events.
Students are selected in a process that lasts about a month. It consists of an ASB Constitution test, a video that the students are required to create, and campaign week (involving putting up posters and going onstage at lunch). See more details below about the elections process as well as on the ASB Google Classroom.
The ASB-managed Hillview Student Store is where families buy Hillview Physical Education uniforms at the beginning of the school year in addition to spirit wear. The purchase of an ASB Card supports student activities and entitles the card holder to discounted entry to dances, one yearbook at year’s end and other benefits. ASB cards are available through the end of October. The purchase of an ASB card is optional. For 2020-21 the purchase of an ASB card/yearbook is on hold. More information will be made available as we start the new year.
ASB meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, in fourth period. On most Tuesdays meetings are held in order to approve budgets and checks of committees. A lot of times ASB runs/works into lunch, because they set up spirit games, play music, and do other lunchtime activities.
At the start of the year, ASB goes to Disneyland together, for community and leadership building. In addition, they plan and set up dances, spirit weeks, and charity events. Really, anything that the ASB does all together is fun, because of how closely bonded they are.
The elections process is made up of 3 steps:
- Step 1: Application - available via Google Classroom, there are 4 parts: About Me, Written Responses, Creative Flyer Response and an Election Video (step 3)
- Step 2: Constitution Test: In the Google Classroom a student can study the ASB Constitution and Bylaws (it is also available on HilliewASB.com) and the test itself takes about 15-20 minutes. The test is multiple choice, True/False and short answer response.
- Step 3: Video: Students are asked to prepare a maximum 3-minute video and attach it to a Google Form provided via Google Classroom by the deadline. Only Executive Board candidates will have their videos air to the school - but all videos will be graded. Any software, device can be used and you must upload your video to MPCSD Google Drive to the ASB Google Classroom.
Those students applying for the executive board will also make posters to advertise to voters. At the end of campaign week, 6th/7th graders vote for the executive board.
Our Google Classroom (Code: g778aj4 for 2020-21 school year applicant pool) is used to provide timelines and materials for the upcoming elections. The process usually takes approximately 3 weeks. This process can be a source of unnecessary stress and the election committee uses levity at every turn to help/support candidates. We also suggest that parents and their students sit down and review the rules and expectations as well as the timeline. This is a great learning opportunity for your child and it is best to play only a ‘support’ role while letting them find their voice and creativity on their own in the process.
Candidates will be notified privately of the results typically in late March. The current timeline will give you the notification date (see Google Classroom). The results will not become public to the school until after a few days post notification. While there is no 'good way' to deliver bad news, we believe this will give each student time to reflect. We also invite all candidates to schedule time with Mr. Darmanin the week after to review the process as well as give and receive feedback. We will be encouraging everyone to stay hungry and involved in Hillview, taking advantage of other opportunities to lead such as WEB, HawkTalk, and Service Team.
Our process is not perfect, but we feel strongly that it is fair. We have used students of all backgrounds to help us remove the stigma of a “popularity contest”. Other schools in California have modeled their programs after ours and ASB advisors have presented their process at the CADA (California Association of Director of Activities) conference in the past to help other activities directors handle their own elections. At Hillview, our student-led ASB election committee embraces the challenge. Hillview believes that there are many types of leadership styles and character traits and that we attempt to capture this in the election process.