For the first time at Tashkent International School, middle school students now have their own student council. In previous years, students in grades 6 through 8 fell under the secondary student council groups.
The change has been made to help build an identity for middle school students and give them a voice for their own concerns. As the name suggests, middle school students are truly caught in the middle – not young enough to be elementary yet not big enough for some of the secondary activities. They needed their own avenue to plan events and organize activities that appeal to a middle school audience while letting them use and develop their leadership skills.
Middle School STUCO consists of seven members who volunteer for STUCO through the After-School Activities program. The group does not have an executive board. They plan to organize events that will appeal to students their age, such as dances, game nights, a chess tournament, a snow night, and community service opportunities.
The Middle School STUCO oftens works with the Elementary and Secondary STUCOs to organize school-wide events.