SAC students deliver presentations to BVSD leadership

Randy Barber

Preparing leaders is paramount in the Boulder Valley School District. One program that helps students develop leadership skills is the BVSD Student Advisory Committee which generates deep discussion and problem solving among the students’ biggest issues. 
This group of student leaders met frequently during the 2017-18 school year, and their passion for their topics was remarkable. Some of their ideas, presented to the Board of Education along with school leadership, are now being considered for implementation. 

Board members were extraordinarily impressed,” said  Marc Schaffer,  Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership. Schaffer facilitates the group meetings and conversations. “They had very high praise and a high level of appreciation.”

"Don’t let it go,” said  Kyle Mathews, High School Principal at Peak to Peak Charter School, after watching student presentations in April. “Go back to your schools and help establish these things in your schools. Positive peer pressure will go a long way. Take those risks and you will have a following.”

Mr. Matthews was addressing a group of high school students who had just presented on college preparation, teacher-student relationships, diversity and mental health. The middle-level presentations focused on different types of learners, bullying, self-directed learning, rules with backpacks and effective consequences.

“It was a really talented group this year,” Schaffer said. “Students certainly were very interested and engaged in sharing their candid opinions about opportunities in our district. They approached it from a problem-solving standpoint and offer solutions. Our kids really authentically felt like they were heard.”

One group spoke about diversity, pointing out the difference between acceptance and tolerance -- they recommended that the District do more to promote acceptance for different types of students. 

“I tolerate vegetables,” their presentation read. “We need to nurture normalization and appreciation for diversity in our schools. Including curriculum that bring up discussions about controversial topics and diversity turning negative reactions into positive moments.”

The group who brought up mental health pointed out the severe increase in children with depression, with only 34 percent of those students receiving sufficient treatment nationwide.

“Mental health is just as important as physical health,” the presentation stated. “If someone is having trouble with their kidneys you wouldn’t want them to just show up at school and act like everything is normal. In schools, mental health should be everyone’s job.”

 

Here are links to all of the presentations:

 

High school presentations

Middle school presentations

 

High School SAC

 

 

Arapahoe Campus

Jaycie Baca

12

 

Jason Schuebel

12

Boulder High School

Bergen Batey

12

 

Grace Chow

11

 

William Ramirez Lopez

10

Boulder Universal

Emily Ibarra

12

 

Alexandra Good

11

 

Deven Bynum

10

Broomfield High School

Adam Long

12

 

Kennedy Styer

12

 

Bryce Spencer

11

 

Riley Judd

11

Centaurus High School

Haden Pelletier

12

 

Adriana Iturbe

11

 

Maliek Swain

11

 

Henry Ziegert

9

Fairview High School

Tarun Amasa

10

 

Michelle Lee

10

 

Michael Crowley

12

 

Sierra Zeller

9

Monarch High School

Megan Banks

11

 

Kendall Magness

12

 

Connor Moore

11

 

Cooper Hanley

9

Nederland High School

Dylan Cantrell

12

 

Ellie Brewer

10

 

Marguerite Bradley

10

New Vista High School

Catherine Cousins

11

 

Asher Grusin

11

 

April Samaniego

11

Peak to Peak Charter

Chloe Doubrava

10

 

Isabelle Hettmansperger

11

 

Preston Brantmeyer

12

9th Grade At-Large Members

Henry Ziegert

CHS

 

Sierra Zeller

FHS

 

Cooper Hanley

MHS

 

 

 

Middle level SAC

 

 

Angevine Middle School

Alex Pineda

8

 

Chloe Young

8

Aspen Creek K-8

Arionna Folmar

8

 

Nate Jaramillo

8

Broomfield Heights Middle School

Ani Zielinski

8

 

Jack Kegerreis

7

Casey Middle School

Kimberly Tremillo-Perez

8

 

Kreitler Payes

8

Centennial Middle School

Lilly Huettel

8

 

Eduardo Castillo

8

Eldorado K-8

Ethan Hendricks

8

 

Millie D'Souza

8

Horizon K-8 Charter

Clara Hassan

8

 

Hayden Miller

8

Louisville Middle School

Kasey Gratz

8

 

Andrea Sanchez

8

Monarch K-8

Sahithi Govardhanam

8

 

Zachary Ferrera

8

Manhattan Middle

Lucca Houston

8

 

Leonardo 'Yair' Fernandez

8

Meadowlark

Lindsay Li-Garrison

8

 

Liam Sweeney

7

Nederland Middle

Paul Masters

8

 

Annabel Ivey

7

Peak to Peak

Bryce Li

8

 

Jaroldeen Oveson

8

 

Ellie Hein

7

 

Max Kaufman - Choice

6

Southern Hills Middle

Kailey Page

8

 

Toby Shannon

8

Summit MS

Lia Kubitschek

8

 

St. John Tsuno-Wayne

8

 

 

 

 


 

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