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Massachusetts Student Government Day 2023 Registration

Registration

This year's Student Government Day will be held in person at the Massachusetts State House on Friday, March 31, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

One student per school can attend and participate, though please select and register an alternate in case the elected student is not able to attend that day. One faculty advisor or other approved adult per school can attend with the elected student. Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis and will remain open until Friday, February 17, 2023

Important details regarding this year's event can be found on this website: Student Government Day

Planning for Student Government Day: Massachusetts Student Government Day (SGD), sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), is a statutory program that encourages students from Massachusetts high schools to learn about the structure of state government, to become engaged citizens, and to develop an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that we share in a democracy.


During Student Government Day, students will replicate activities of the General Court (Massachusetts state legislature) by debating and voting on legislation. The elected student will be assigned a role as senator or representative justice prior to the event. All students will hear from legislative leaders and have the opportunity to give testimony on two current bills. Depending on their assigned roles, students will then continue debating legislation or observe state government from the perspective of a Supreme Court justice.

Faculty advisors (to be identified in this form) will be sent each student's role and are responsible for keeping students informed, including the two bills up for debate, and the Student Government Day Handbook. Each school's elected student will also have the opportunity to participate in a speech competition to determine the student governor for Student Government Day.

Student Elections:
 One student per school can attend the event. We encourage schools to elect one student and one alternate in case the elected student is unable to attend that day. While the method of electing student designees and student alternates for SGD may vary from school to school, we suggest following some standard procedures: 
  1. Elections should be school-wide, with candidates limited to juniors and seniors.
  2. Elections should be open to all juniors and seniors, regardless of academic performance or placement in advanced government classes.
  3. To allow more students the opportunity to participate, no student who has been the school's elected student designee or student alternate should run for re-election.
  4. Elections should be conducted in the spirit of M.G.L. Chapter 6, Section 12M, which states, "Such elections shall be conducted under the supervision of the principals…and insofar as possible, shall be conducted as are elections of members of the General Court."

IMPORTANT -  In order to submit the registration form for Student Government Day, the school must assure that the selected student(s) are over the age of 14 and that they have read and signed the consent forms for Student Government Day Activities. The school further assures that it will keep the original signed consent form on file and that, upon request, it will provide the consent form to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The consent forms are available on the Student Government Day website.
 
ELECTED Student for Massachusetts Student Government Day. Please enter student home address information below. *This question is required.
INSTRUCTIONS: The following information is required and must be accurate in order to register for Student Government Day. Please enter in the field below your current elected STATE senator (not UNITED STATES senator) in the Massachusetts General Court (Massachusetts state legislature). This information, based on the student's own home address (not his or her school address or any other address), can be obtained at the following website:

https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

INSTRUCTIONS: The following information is required and must be accurate in order to register for Student Government Day. Please enter in the field below your current elected STATE rerpesentative (not UNITED STATES representative) in the Massachusetts General Court (Massachusetts state legislature). This information, based on the student's own home address (not his or her school address or any other address), can be obtained at the following website:

https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

Student ALTERNATE for Massachusetts Student Government Day *This question is required.
INSTRUCTIONS: The following information is required and must be accurate in order to register for Student Government Day. Please enter in the field below your current elected STATE senator (not UNITED STATES senator) in the Massachusetts General Court (Massachusetts state legislature). This information, based on the student's own home address (not his or her school address or any other address), can be obtained at the following website:

https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

INSTRUCTIONS: The following information is required and must be accurate in order to register for Student Government Day. Please enter in the field below your current elected STATE rerpesentative (not UNITED STATES representative) in the Massachusetts General Court (Massachusetts state legislature). This information, based on the student's own home address (not his or her school address or any other address), can be obtained at the following website:

https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

School that the ELECTED student and student ALTERNATE for Student Government Day attend. *This question is required.
Please check your spelling, since your email address will be our primary means of communication.
Email
Will any person in your group require a reasonable accommodation to participate in Student Government Day? If so, we will contact you. *This question is required.
1. We understand that some students need to leave before the conclusion of the program. For planning purposes, please indicate if you would need to leave before 12:30 p.m. *This question is required.
IMPORTANT
By submitting this form, the school assures that the student(s) whose names are listed on the form are over the age of 14 and that they have read and signed the Consent Form for Student Government Day Activities. The school further assures that it will keep the original signed consent form on file and that, upon request, it will provide the consent form to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.