In this section you will learn about aspects of the ScenicView culture which are vital to your success in the program. Perhaps the two most important areas discussed here are your MAP team and collaborations.
Each student at SVA has a MAP (My Autonomy Plan) Team made up of the student and any staff member who works directly with the student. The purpose of the MAP Team is to provide the student with the support they need to reach their goals. The MAP Team meets at least once each term in Collaboration.
A student has a scheduled Collaboration meeting at least once each term. Additional Collaborations may be scheduled based on the needs of the student. The student invites members of their MAP team to attend and participate in Collaboration. The student’s goals, SkillSets, interventions, and progress are discussed during Collaboration, along with any other items that need to be addressed by the MAP Team.
Collaborations are scheduled at the beginning of each term. Students can find out when their Collaboration is scheduled by:
When the student is ready, we recommend that they lead their collaboration. The following is a checklist you can use to take charge of your collaboration:
A Master Schedule of Classes for the coming term is passed out to students in Community Meeting during the last week of the term. After they are passed out in Community Meeting, they are also available to students in the sign up binder at the Community Building front desk.
Students work with their Case Manager and other MAP Team members to create a schedule that supports the student in developing skills and reaching their goals. During the first two weeks of the term and student can add or drop classes and make other adjustments to their schedule with the approval of their Case Manager.
New Student Registration: New students finalize their class and work schedule as part of New Student Orientation. After a student has been registered for work and classes, the student can get a copy of their schedule from their Case Manager.
Current Student Registration: Before the beginning of each term, Registration is held to finalize student schedules for the coming term. After a student has been registered for work and classes, the student can get a copy of their schedule from their Case Manager or ask for a copy at the Community Building front desk.
All current students and staff attend Registration. If a student is unable to attend Registration, they work with their Case Manager to create a schedule.
Student Leadership presides at weekly Leadership and Community Meetings. Student Leadership works with a staff advisor in the Leadership Meeting to prepare for Community Meeting. During Community Meeting, Student Leadership works with the students to address concerns, discuss student suggestions, and brainstorm ideas to improve the SVA Community. Student Leadership is available after Community Meeting to meet with students and discuss questions and/or concerns that may not have been addressed during the meeting.
Student Leadership Election Procedures
Student Body Elections are held during the last Community Meeting at the end of the Spring and Fall Terms each year. Student Leadership positions last for two of SVA’s Academic Terms (about 6 months). Students can run for a maximum of two offices at one election. Elected officers can run for office for two consecutive terms.
Students vote by submitting a paper ballot. The student who gets the most votes for an office is elected to the office. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the outgoing Presidency and the Student Leadership staff advisor.
In order for a student to run for office they must:
A student may be removed from office for violating SVA Policy, including the Participation Policy.
Student Body Officer Responsibilities