We’re rooting for Mtn. Range thrower Thank you for the profile on my fellow Mountain Range High School Student Amber Gustason. She is a very talented athlete, like many of us on the throws team, …
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Mountain Range students speak out
As part of their 2018 CU Succeed International Relations class at Mountain Range High School in Thornton, lecturer Simon Maghakyan directed his students, high school juniors and members of the DECA program, to draft letters to the editor about local news topics.
Colorado Community Media is pleased to print those letters. The first half ran in the May 31 edition and the rest are running here.
We welcome everyone’s opinion. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, address and telephone number before 5 p.m. Friday.
We’re rooting for Mtn. Range thrower
Thank you for the profile on my fellow Mountain Range High School Student Amber Gustason. She is a very talented athlete, like many of us on the throws team, but the article could have also informed the readers of how kindhearted Amber is. You can never catch Amber at a practice with a bad attitude or mindset. When it comes to Amber, you can always expect a big smile to show up on her face, and never have to worry about her academic success or eligibility, because she is always on top of it. She will be competing at state this weekend, and we’re all rooting for her!
Jacob Konarski, Mountain Range Junior
Limit students stress from gun fears
I have participated in the school walk out a few months ago, upon hearing this, I was appalled. You are well aware of the current gun debate. The U.S. rate in gun deaths has increased for the second straight year, the FBI states that there were 15,070 deaths by firearms (not including suicides and accidental shootings) in the United States. In Colorado, this is no different. The debate is raging on and as an active member of the community, I would like to put in my two cents. Our schools should not be worried enough about guns to go into a lockout. Students are paranoid and the state needs to do something to try to ease the stress of students.
Kendra Schankweiler, Mountain Range Junior
Year-end worries deserve attention
As a student in the Thornton community, I’ve realized my anxiety and stress levels have increased in the month of May. Coincidentally, many authors have composed articles regarding students’ stress levels rising at the end of the year due to the stigma of being worried for finals, and state tests including SAT, ACT, etc. As your paper reported, metro area schools like Littleton High School, have conducted an experiment testing the amount of suicide interventions occurred during May, compared to any other month. The experiment resulted in a 200 case increase of suicide intervention during the month of May. However, Littleton has reached out to students struggling through their Sources of Strength program and was able to decrease the amount of suicide interventions by 100 in a year. I believe it’s necessary for all schools to implement such a program for the sake of student’s mental health, and academic success.
Yahya Batikha, Mountain Range Junior
Year-end stress effects teachers, too
As a student, I thank you for the insightful article on student stress at the end of the school year. I would like to point out that students are not the only ones who experience high levels of stress at the end of the year. At my school, teachers experience high levels of stress at the end of the year. Many of my teachers have expressed complaints about having to finalize grades for hundreds of students, saying goodbye to seniors and having to manage the rest of students until the end of the year. I think that we should look into the effects of stress on teachers as well. Thank you again for the helpful article
Nakita Overberg, Mountain Range Junior
Adults can help stressed students
Mental health is a topic that is of great discussion in high school as I experience at school many times a day. It’s constructive that others acknowledge the mental struggles that are strained by the school, in the article by David Gilbert on student stress spiking in May. At the high school level, finals at the end of the year are during May, a time when many students feel ready to end the year, but aren’t willing to finish off their actual studies. This is because as the school year goes on, the assignments pile on, making it mentally draining to complete simple tasks. Parents and other adult figures like teachers or counselors would definitely help students overcome these feelings of stress and anxiousness that arise during the finals season. Connecting and realizing that many students experience similar situations helps kids deal with the end of the year stress.
Devanshi Shrestha, Mountain Range Junior
Preschool program essential
Since I was born in December, my parents had to make do for nine months before enrolling me in classes. Families who are unable to take care of their children while they’re working and/or lack the funds to maintain care for them in daycare need district-provided education. Families, especially in need, include children who are born after the cut-off date to enroll their children in kindergarten. The time between my eligibility and enrollment, my parents were responsible for my education while being forced to delay it until I was able to join a full-day program. Lower-income families in the community often cannot wait until the next year. District and federal funding for pre-educational programs are essential for the Northglenn community.
Christy Kuipers, Mountain Range Junior
Teachers are priceless, so pay them
As a student, I have experienced first hand the quality work teachers put forth in the workplace. Every year my life has been impacted by a teacher. In third grade, my teacher would spend time after school to help me overcome my fear of testing. In middle school, my teacher would make a list of books for me because I was above grade level. My AP language and composition teacher sets meetings to discuss my writing. The teacher’s pay is salary yet they do not get paid overtime. A teacher’s work is priceless so why are they not paid like it is? A starting level teacher in Luxembourg is paid $79,000; whereas, according to the Denver Business Journal the average starting salary for teachers in Colorado is $32,126.
Allison Brich, Mountain Range Junior
Full day kindergarten more efficient, economical
As a high schooler and nanny in Westminster, I am connected to the local education system and the problem plaguing many families involving kindergarten times. Many families are only being offered half days of kindergarten which is a problem because for the other half they are required to find something to do with their children. It has been shown by studies that kids who attend full-day kindergarten are more prepared to go to the first grade. A small advantage is more than no advantage at all. The schools currently have been funding only half-day kindergarten but many are behind the support of changing funding to allow for children to attend full-day kindergarten in attempt to save their parent’s money and to prepare them for first grade. According to recent studies, full-day kindergarten guarantees that more learning is done per dollar. Full-day kindergarten is more efficient and better worth America’s dollar.
Joey Griesinger, Mountain Range Junior
Teacher pay statistics misleading
As a current student with family members as teachers, I have experienced the opinions of teaching salaries. As stated, the average salary for the public school teacher during the 2016-2017 school year was “$58,950.” Where does this number come from? According to the National Education Association, the average starting salary for teachers in Colorado is “$32,980.” Across the nation, this number is the general complaint made for the salary of teachers. However, US News and World Report’s Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Teacher states that students with a Master’s degree earn a salary of “$20,000+” more than those with a Bachelor’s degree. In addition, there are various raises when teachers hold a teaching position for 15+ years, engagement in school sports, and higher level teaching positions. This suggests those who believe teachers are underpaid, are often looking straight to the base levels of teaching salaries.
Zach Weiss, Mountain Range Junior
Support students to ease stress
As a high school student, I personally can feel the stresses that are brought upon around May. As the year wraps around, it’s important to stay on top of your grades before they are finalized, since your GPA determines the success of your future. I find myself endlessly stressing to prepare myself for finals to make sure I have strong grades. Alongside constant studying, my motivation begins to deteriorate because of the anticipation of summer. It’s difficult to pursue good grades, but don’t have the motivation to try when the end of school is inching away. Students tend to be on their own towards the end of the year, so if schools and the community should find ways to bring support and flexibility towards students during this month, stress levels can decrease since they’re not in a burden in work.
Tia Deangelo, Mountain Range Junior
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