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Leadership summit led by middle school students

CASTLE ROCK — On Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 18 talented and amazing students representing our nine middle schools (2 from each building) participated in an all-day leadership summit at the Cantril Building. These students met with Middle School Director Marc Schaffer to share perspective, insight, and feedback concerning their experiences at the middle school level. Participating students not only celebrated the many excellent programs and experiences they have within their respective schools, but also offered a number of opportunities for improvement and enhancement.

The student representatives were selected by building administration and staff from each middle school.  Criteria included demonstrated excellence in leadership, problem-solving skills, and ability to work with others.

The group will reconvene in spring to take on a community action project where they will "give back" to their respective schools (and DCSD) in some way. Many of the suggestions that were offered as ways to enhance the middle school experience for students will be further explored at this time.

Participants not only represented their respective schools well, but also showed us as educators and District leaders that our students are capable of tremendous insight and have the ability to advocate for their academic and social-emotional needs at the middle level.

October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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