Superintendent Rick Nielsen, Assistant Superintendent Ben Ford, and Secondary Director Dr. RaShel Shepherd look forward to meeting with high school student leaders every couple of months to address students’ concerns and listen to their successes.
Superintendent Rick Nielsen continues to interact and focus on students. He spends time in all schools and has reached out to high school student leaders this month.
Representatives from each high school took the opportunity to not only meet with the Superintendent, but also Assistant Superintendent Ben Ford, and Secondary Director RaShel Shepherd. They discussed topics such as:
- How the students spent their holiday break,
- Students described their school culture,
- Students shared feelings on their physical education classes and grading,
- Students’ school summer activities and expectations,
- Students’ plans for post high school, and
- Students’ preparation for college and careers.
“I am so impressed with these high school student leaders. They communicated and demonstrated pride in their schools and gratitude for their teachers and extra-curricular experiences. They shared great ideas on how their schools focus on creating inclusive school cultures. They have a desire to build upon the good things happening in the schools and district. These students are very bright, positive, and insightful young adults,” said Dr. RaShel Shepherd, Secondary Director.
Superintendent Nielsen stated, “It continues to be personally gratifying to visit with students from every high school. We listen to their ideas, concerns, and successes. I will continue this gathering because it is important to focus on what is best for students.”
Student leaders that participated in the Youth Board discussion include the following students: Hailey Orozco and Kurt Salazar, Landmark High; Jocelyn Brown and Joseph Nelson, Maple Mountain High; Breanne Jardine and Renik Carman, Payson High; Sydnie Smith and Ian Jensen, Spanish Fork High; Lexie Christiansen and Sam Esplin, Salem Hills High; and Izzy Clements and Zach Ruffner, Springville High.
The meeting was kept to one hour so the students could get back to their respective schools and activities.
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