Warning for 3/11 Congress

The students and staff of LiHigh School are hereby warned and notified to meet in Room #5 of the Poultney Small Business Center on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 1:45pm to transact the following business:

  1. To hear any announcements from members of Congress
  2. To hear the reports, if any, of the following committees:
    • Judicial committee
  3. To hear the reports, if any, of the Room Clerks
  4. To discuss and vote on the following proposals:
    • No one may store food in the school overnight, including in the Common Room refrigerator, without the approval of a staff member. All food discovered after the close of day shall be thrown in the garbage.  — Sponsor: Kyle Callahan
    • Starting in the 4th quarter of the 2014-2015 school year, the JC shall meet everyday at 1:45pm, excluding Wednesdays, when it shall meet following the adjournment of the School Congress meeting. Before the start of the 4th quarter, the JC shall meet every day at an available time to be determined by its members. — Sponsor: Judicial Committee
    • The JC shall receive allegations of violations of the LiHigh School Law Book (“complaints”) from School Congress members, and investigate those which it chooses, by vote, to take up. — Sponsor: Judicial Committee
    • In conducting its investigations, the JC may require witnesses to give testimony, and may report to the School Congress the circumstances of any refusal to testify, except that no person shall be required to give testimony that may be self incriminating; the JC may compel the presence or temporarily revoke “off-campus” privileges of any School Congress member that the JC considers to be involved in or witness to any complaint it is investigating. Persons willfully lying to the JC may be cited for contempt of School Congress and may be given any sentence the School Congress sees fit to impose. — Sponsor: Judicial Committee
    • The JC shall decide, by vote, and on the basis of its investigation, what (if any) charge of a violation should be brought and which School Congress members should be charged. — Sponsor: Judicial Committee
    • In the event that the defendant pleads not guilty, the JC shall report the plea to the President so that a trial may be set. The JC shall designate a Prosecutor to conduct the prosecution at the trial. The defendant may defend him or herself or select a School Congress member to act as a defense attorney. During the trial, the President of the School Congress shall act as presiding judge and the School Congress members shall act as jury, with a unanimous vote required to find the defendant guilty. — Sponsor: Judicial Committee
    • In the event that the defendant pleads guilty or has been found guilty by trial, the JC may give a warning to the defendant or impose a sentence of their choosing, subject to the following restrictions:
      • The JC shall not impose a sentence of suspension or expulsion;
      • The JC shall not prohibit a School Congress member from using a part of the school building or campus for more than five days;
      • The JC shall not revoke “off-campus” privileges from a School Congress member for more than five days;
      • The JC may recommend a sentence of any severity to the School Congress in the form of a motion — Sponsor: Judicial Committee
    • In the event that the JC decides not to bring charges based on its investigation, the JC shall notify the complainant as to the reasons why. — Sponsor: Judicial Committee
    • The JC shall keep records of every complaint, investigation, charge, and sentence and report on their proceedings at School Congress. — Sponsor: Judicial Committee
    • If the complaint is filed against a member of the JC, the member shall be recused from the proceedings and the JC staff member shall appoint a new School Congress member to serve for that particular complaint. — Sponsor: Judicial Committee
    • If the complaint involves illegal activity, the JC shall notify the Director of LiHigh School and include him or her in the investigation. — Sponsor: Judicial Committee
  5. To discuss the following proposals:
    • No one may knowingly annoy another School Congress member. “Knowingly” means that the person has either been warned that his/her activity is annoying or that, without prior warning, the person can reasonably have been expected to know that his/her activity is annoying. — Sponsor: Tootie Eirmann
    • No one may knowingly infringe on anyone’s right to be at the school free of verbal or physical harassment. — Sponsor: Kyle Callahan
    • No one may knowingly disrupt people’s activities in the school. “Knowingly” means that the person has either been warned that his/her activity is disruptive or that, without prior warning, the person can reasonably have been expected to know that his/her activity is disruptive. — Sponsor: Kyle Callahan
    • To alleviate anger and annoyance in a healthy manner, any School Congress member may challenge any other School Congress member to a duel to be governed in the following manner: — Sponsor: Thano Smith
      • The School Congress member who offers the challenge (“offended”) must be written up using a “Duel Challenge” form and submitted to the Judicial Committee prior to 2:30pm on the day the duel is to be performed (if the submission is filed after 2:30pm, the duel shall take place on the following school day). — Sponsor: Thano Smith
      • The Duel Challenge Form shall contain the following information: Name of the Offended; Name of the Offender; Date of the Offense; Cause for the Offense; Witnesses to the Offense (if applicable); Type of Duel to Be Performed: Nerf Guns or Noodle Swords. — Sponsor: Thano Smith
      • At 2:30pm, the JC will check the submission box for any challenges, and if a challenge is present, the JC shall determine its legitimacy. If the challenge is illegitimate, the JC shall notify the offended that his/her request for a duel has been denied; if the challenge is deemed legitimate, the JC  shall notify the School Congress member who has been challenged (“offender”) to ask if the offender consents to the duel.— Sponsor: Thano Smith
      • If the offender does not give consent, he/she must write a formal apology to the offended party. The Judicial Committee shall determine whether the apology is acceptable; if so, the matter is dropped; if not, the offender shall rewrite the apology as many times as necessary for the JC to find it acceptable. If the offender refuses to write an apology, the JC shall conduct an investigation into the matter and rule accordingly. — Sponsor: Thano Smith
      • If the offender does consent:
        • A Judge shall be appointed from the members of the Judicial Committee, with the appointment being made on an alternating basis between the middle school representative, the high school representative, and the staff member. The judge’s rulings shall be absolute and impartial. — Sponsor: Thano Smith
        • The duel shall take place at 2:45 on the designated dueling grounds and continue until the Judge declares a winner or the school day ends at 3pm, whichever comes first.— Sponsor: Thano Smith
        • The dueling grounds shall be on the front lawn of the main building; however, if the Judge decides the weather or the grounds are too dangerous, he/she may move the duel to the Common Room of the Poultney Small Business Center, making all precautions he/she feels are necessary to assure the Common Room remains undamaged from the events of the duel, up to and including adjusting the rules of the duel.— Sponsor: Thano Smith
        • For a duel consisting of Nerf Guns, the individuals shall stand 10 paces apart, with their backs toward each other. When the Judge gives a signal, the duelists shall turn and begin to fire. The first person to hit his/her opponent in the chest is determined the winner. If the Judge cannot determine who has hit the other in the chest first, the process will be replayed until a winner can be determined.— Sponsor: Thano Smith
        • For duel consisting of Noodle Swords, the individuals shall stand 10 paces apart. When the Judge gives a signal, the duelists will charge each other and attack. The winner shall be the individual who hits the other in the chest three different times, as determined by the Judge. Throughout the duel, if any of the duelists’ limbs are struck by the opponent, the victim shall continue the fight without the use of that limb. — Sponsor: Thano Smith
        • The loser of the duel must write a formal apology to the winner. The Judicial Committee shall determine whether the apology is acceptable; if so, the matter is concluded; if not, the loser shall rewrite the apology as many times as necessary for the JC to find it acceptable. If the loser refuses to write an apology, the JC shall hold the loser in contempt of Congress and penalize him/her as the JC sees fit.— Sponsor: Thano Smith
  6. To transact any other business to come before said meeting.
  7. To adjourn said meeting.

Dated this 6th day of March, 2015.

Kyle Callahan
Secretary, Student Congress

Author: Kyle Callahan

Hi, I'm Kyle. I'm an advisor at LiHigh School. I've been involved in progressive education since I was in high school. I was an original member (and student representative) of the Progressive Program at Green Mountain College, and for my Master's degree, I attended Goddard College, which started the trend toward progressive education in the 1960s. Along with teaching at LiHigh School, I teach courses in creative writing and communications at Green Mountain College. I live with my wife and daughter in Poultney.

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