Middle Park students attend school board conference
Sky-Hi News Intern
With the small size of our school district, it is a difficult task for students to receive any opportunity to become involved with the inner workings of the district. To be honest, most students don’t care about what happens as long as there are not added tests and there is optimal time off for Thanksgiving.
For the 350 or so students at Middle Park High School, there is a heavy reliance on the student government to remain somewhat informed on the information that swirls around the district, and for a select few, they are relied on to voice the student and staff opinions to not only the school district, but the state of Colorado.
Seniors Will Colley, Chris Ciccarelli, Meme Matteson, and Lauren Parri, along with junior Chance Martin, freshman Madison DeCicco, and teachers (student council sponsors) Erin-Rose Schneider and Rebecca Boehner, were recently granted the opportunity to attend the Colorado Association of School Boards conference in Colorado Springs Dec. 5 and 6. They were in attendance along with five of East Grand’s school board members and Superintendent Jody Mimmack.
Over the course of these two days, the students participated in lectures as well as discussions that they hope to use to make a plan of action to address problems facing the local high school community.
Will Colley was also one of six students placed on a special panel of students from around the state. Colley and the others addressed the issue of post secondary options with the entire conference and commented on their own high school’s ability to prepare students for life after graduation.
“I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to have the opportunity to interact and learn from our school board along with other students from all over Colorado,” said Colley.
These Middle Park students were eager to address recent CMAS testing with the East Grand board. As far as testing goes, the main goal is to generate a general response from the Senior class and student body to better develop curricula and graduation requirements. Other topics discussed dealt with the number of valedictorians allowed in a senior class, the recent addition of Chromebooks to the district, and class size requirements.
“It has been a unique opportunity for us to voice our personal opinions, as students, to the school board. I believe it is beneficial for us to experience this so we can handle problems at the high school easier,” said Lauren Parri.
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