Clubs & Organizations

ARISTA

The National Junior Honor Society is the country's first nationwide organization to recognize and honor outstanding middle school students. This is more than just an honor roll. Since its establishment in 1929, the NJHS has sought to:  "To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools" (National Honor Society Constitution). Students who are selected for ARISTA (our chapter name) must demonstrate excellence in these four areas – scholarship, service, leadership, character (plus citizenship for NJHS). Honorees will be invited to an induction ceremony which will be held in the spring.

Student Council

Student Council is a representative organization for students, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the school. This organization works in partnership with school administration, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students. The Student Council of PS/IS 499 is comprised of one student from each of the classes of grades 5-8. The goal of the organization is to give students a voice in matters that affect their lives. Students who are elected to serve on the Student Council will represent their classes in the following:
  • Interact with the principal, teachers, and council advisors on issues of concern to students.
  • Interact with school staff and Parent Teacher Association on fundraising activities.
  • Involvement in planning school spirit and classroom activities.
  • Promoting school policies, for example anti-bullying and school uniform policies
  • Make suggestions about improving school facilities and grounds
  • Develop extra-curricular activities
  • Interact with other schools in the community
  • Developing mentoring programs with younger students
  • Serve as official greeters/hosts for guest visitors.
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