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by Keith - Thursday, 20 February 2014, 07:55 AM
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PSD currently has a PaCE program to benefit students who work while at school, however the program does not help students find work opportunities. In particular, jobs which lead to careers rather than fast food or retail. We propose a program to help connect students with beneficial work experience. The students are connected through the different departments in the school such as an engineering class can lead to a technical work opportunity. The businesses would be able to contact the school or departments about potential positions that could be performed by students. The teacher can then talk with advanced students about the opportunity in which they can apply in which the business chooses which of the students will fill the position. Opportunities provided by the program would be short term allowing students to obtain experience in a field of work that they’re interested in; building bridges connecting students with future chances of employment or helping students realize they would prefer another field of work.
This will aid students in learning about a field of work they’re interested, giving them firsthand experience in the career better preparing them for their future. Many high school students don’t know what opportunities are available as well as what to study after graduation. Giving students access to the many work opportunities in the area allows them to better decide what career would best suit them.
A solution for creating the program has to begin in the most local level. This would be done by speaking with the director of the PaCE program about expanding the program. The next solution would be to talk with the business teachers to begin creating a network of local businesses interested in work opportunities involving high school students. The network could be established by utilizing the required job shadow project in the Career and Financial Planning class in which students would contact local businesses inquiring if the business would be willing to extend further occupation options.

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by John - Thursday, 20 February 2014, 07:55 AM
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PSD currently has a PaCE program to benefit students who work while at school, however the program does not help students find work opportunities. In particular, jobs which lead to careers rather than fast food or retail. We propose a program to help connect students with beneficial work experience. The students are connected through the different departments in the school such as an engineering class can lead to a technical work opportunity. The businesses would be able to contact the school or departments about potential positions that could be performed by students. The teacher can then talk with advanced students about the opportunity in which they can apply in which the business chooses which of the students will fill the position. Opportunities provided by the program would be short term allowing students to obtain experience in a field of work that they’re interested in; building bridges connecting students with future chances of employment or helping students realize they would prefer another field of work.
This will aid students in learning about a field of work they’re interested, giving them firsthand experience in the career better preparing them for their future. Many high school students don’t know what opportunities are available as well as what to study after graduation. Giving students access to the many work opportunities in the area allows them to better decide what career would best suit them.
A solution for creating the program has to begin in the most local level. This would be done by speaking with the director of the PaCE program about expanding the program. The next solution would be to talk with the business teachers to begin creating a network of local businesses interested in work opportunities involving high school students. The network could be established by utilizing the required job shadow project in the Career and Financial Planning class in which students would contact local businesses inquiring if the business would be willing to extend further occupation options.

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by Benjamin - Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 09:17 AM
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I believe that in our generation and the younger generations, kids aren’t being active enough. The advancement of technology has taken kids away from sports and gotten them to stay inside and be lazy. Another reason kids aren’t being active enough is they feel alienated from high school sports or sports in general, because they haven’t ever played before. Everyone should care about the lack of exercise students are getting because it will affect our country in the future. The young generations are the future leaders of this country and we should want them be able to live long and have a positive effect on the country. One way, I believe, we could fix this problem is start an intramural sports program for high schools, and maybe advance it to get to the younger generations. This would allow students to get exercise in a fun and accepting way. High school sports are scary to try out for if you have never played the sport before. The thought of failing and being cut from the team keeps kids away from trying out and having that enjoyment of playing sports when they are still young. Another reason why intramural sports would be a good idea is because it would be more under the control of the students and players of the program. A lot of students don’t like the thought of being bashed by coaches on what they are doing wrong. They want to enjoy the time out there playing sports. The main reason to get an intramural sport program going is to get students more active in a way that isn’t being graded or judged by others. Physical education classes are used to get students to be more active but they are being graded for that. High school sports are good exercise but they can end up making kids feel judged. Intramural sports would make it so the kids can just enjoy sports but get exercise at the same time without the aspect of being judged.

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by Alexis - Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 09:12 AM
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The main thing that is so infuriating about high schools is that people are exceedingly naive about issues that involve rape culture. Our society right now tells people to "prevent rape" more than we educated individuals not to rape others. Yes, in the health classes in high school they touch on the topic of rape and sexual assault but we need to expand on it and add to it. I want either to get small presentation about these issues to be given to classes across Fort Collins or I want to expand our sex education classes to include more about healthy relationships, straight and LGBT and consent in any form. It's a known fact that teenagers get into romantic relationships without thinking. A fair amount of teenagers that get into relationships are uneducated on healthy relationships in general. High school is a good place for teenagers to learn about relationships because it’s a safer environment. These teenagers then have poisonous ideas about relationships when they go out into the world via college or getting jobs and they don't understand what’s normal and what is not okay in any type of healthy relationships. Students are only required to take health once throughout high school. Most students take it freshman year when you’re wide eyed and immature. I think that there should be a requirement for juniors/seniors to take a healthy relationships class. There are so many incidents of rape in college and I think it’s due to the lack of education about consent and healthy relationships in high schools. What is consent and how important it is. Most people don't understand the definition of rape and sexual assault. I want to work on this because rape and sexual assault is becoming an epidemic in our society. Most victims don't think what has happened to them as being rape. If we could affect high school students then it's the most direct way to impact the college scene. Educate the youth you educate the future.

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by Kunten - Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 09:11 AM
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In current generation, kids aren't getting enough exercise and feel alienated from school sports. They believe that they’re not good enough to participate and neglect trying out for school sport teams. There has been discussion on kids not getting enough exercise resulting in poor health condition. Outside of the school required physical education class, kids rarely exercise. After a quarter of physical education class, they distance themselves from exercise and living a healthy life. Kids who believe they’re not good enough to play sport also distance themselves from exercise and feel neglected. Although the school board has changed food to healthier choices, it’s not enough to keep a student fit and healthy. Exercise is a must for a healthy life style. If we were to achieve the goal of kids living a healthy and fit life, having intramural sports can play an important role. Its way students can get exercise outside of school and participate in fun events. With the rise in child obesity, the combination of healthy food from school and exercise with intramural league can lower the child obesity rate. Students of every type can participate in intramural league and have a great time. Students who believe they’re not good enough for school sport can participate and have a great time. Kids not looking for competitive sport can enjoy a relaxing and fun competition. Intramural sport is great idea for kids to enjoy playing sport without pressure of winning and just enjoy it. Intramural league will also help kids develop friendship and understand the true meaning of teamwork. It’ll offer services to beginners who are looking to improve and enjoy playing sports. Kids of every level won’t be neglected and feel that they’re part of a family. Intramural league will welcome kids who’re looking to have fun and enjoy playing sports.

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by Rebecca - Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 09:10 AM
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In today’s society, there are many laws concerning discrimination; however, people with disabilities are being treated much different than those without. It may not be enough discrimination to break any laws, but there are still actions that prove that people with disabilities are treated differently.
This issue should be of great public concern. The bullying that kids with disabilities go through can easily affect their psychological state and possibly make them a threat to many other kids. The constant years of being treated poorly will affect the child’s ego and the child will be considered an outcast. This will cause a significant division between kids without disabilities and those with disabilities.
By creating an interest group on this issue, I would want to raise awareness of disabilities and work towards putting a stop to the discrimination. I would start on a smaller level of government and work my way to the National status. My main proposal would be to reinforce the laws and policies concerning discrimination. I would first start by making a group of people in my own school that all stood against discrimination. We would make presentations for the entire student body. These presentations would show that people with disabilities are still people and deserve to be treated fairly with kindness. After introducing the groups and their presentations to my school, I would then start on introducing the idea of the awareness groups to other schools in my local school district. After getting about ten schools to stand together, I would take my idea to a state level, and eventually a national level. I would want to make speeches to grand audiences and help promote equality for all people; whether they have disabilities or not.

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by Libby - Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 09:08 AM
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I have decided to form a CAP project concerning the blocking software used on the school computers; in hopes to raise awareness to the school districts about the negative effects it has student education. The school computers should be considered a great resource and a convenient way to learn and expand knowledge. Well, here in this school district this resource has been downgraded and made inconvenient by the blocking software used on them. Now it is extremely important to have this policy in place in order to lessen distractions and hopefully eliminate inappropriate sources. I in no way want to have this policy removed by starting this CAP project; I merely wish to show that the lessening of blocked websites would be an extremely smart decision.
Some people might think that I am being dramatic but the blocking of websites on our computers become so over done that students no longer view the school computers as a useful resource. Students know that they will likely be halted in the middle of research by a seemingly randomly blocked site. Students are starting to realize that they are better off using their own computers at home. Now then, what does that mean for the kids who do not have a computer at home? It means they are left with education halting disadvantages because of blocked websites. This is a growing problem and should be taken as such.
In order to accomplish the goal expressed within my CAP project of raising the districts awareness of the negative effects caused, in hopes of lessening the blocked websites, I plan to first raise the awareness of the staff and student body here at Rocky Mountain. Next, I plan to email district officials, in hopes of a response, concerning the detrimental effects of the over active blocking software. Once again I do not want to get rid of this policy in anyway; I just simply want the software to be refined.

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by Aurora - Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 09:06 AM
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I believe that we have too many filters on school computers which negatively affect students. I want to take action to remove unnecessary filters to make students’ lives easier. Although some filters do keep students from viewing inappropriate websites, images, or videos, we need to better define what is actually “harmful to minors.” This is starting to become a problem because many informational websites are deemed as “harmful,” when in reality they could be helpful for research. Students and teachers are becoming frustrated with this and many have to go through loops holes just to view a simple YouTube video, which becomes a time consuming process. Also, young adults need to learn how to use the Internet effectively and responsibly, which is difficult to do when numerous websites are unnecessarily blocked. It doesn’t efficiently allow students to use school resources. Many students work on research and projects outside of school because it is easier when they don’t have to hunt around for unblocked websites. This is also unfair to students who don’t have home computers and puts them at a disadvantage because they don’t have the resources to do research on unblocked computers. This is a problem that is affecting students and teachers negatively and needs to be relooked at.
To solve this problem, I will start an interest group that looks to solve this. We will propose to school boards our rebuttals as to why numerous filters are becoming needless on school computers. We will e-mail the school district to raise the awareness of this issue and question what criteria they have to decide if a website is blocked or not.
The use of filters is a good idea for many websites, however it is becoming so strict that it’s hard for students to do research and effectively use school resources. The definition of what is harmful to minors needs to be reconsidered and several filters need to be removed.

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by Raul - Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 04:27 PM
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Any member of the community should care about his surrounding and what is affecting him and his family. The community includes BGHS as part of it and any member of the community might have a son/daughter attending this high school which means this can be affecting him/her. The involvement of a member of the community in the senior project can give him the opportunity to change his community for good and help out erase one big Issue in our high school.

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by Angel - Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 03:15 PM
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I think it is important to encourage the youth in the policy making process. First of all I think that if our youth are given the opportunity of leadership roles and to gain skills, it will give them an experience that will lead them to a more effective decision-making process in the future. I believe that if we were to allow our youth of some control over decisions affecting their lives, it will build some awareness in young people to take ownership for their lives and their communities.

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