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DHS kids work on communication

by Merrie Leininger

Looking forward to next year, students and staff of Douglas High School are attempting to adapt better communication so there is no reoccurrence of the February student walk-out.

That incident happened when about 200 students, upset over the cancellation of the Homecoming pep rally, dance and game, refused to go to class for about two hours. They said the school no longer supported athletics or school spirit.

Administrators said the events were cancelled because a broken heating vent caused the heat to be shut down in the gym.

Administrators and students say many of the hard feelings have been worked out with open minds and communication.

Principal Bev Jeans said working with the student council, who organizes most of the pep rallies and assemblies, has enabled many things to be worked out.

“I have been working with the student council. I think the assembly the following week was outstanding, the best one ever. We are already arranging the schedule for assemblies for next year,” she said.

She also said she has worked hard to ensure all students understand the staffs’ concerns and reasoning, even going into classrooms to talk to students when many students were pulled out of class in the days following the Littleton shooting.

She also gave credit to the school newspaper for taking on the issues of real meaning to students and discussing them frankly.

“I think students get disgruntled and it comes back to administrators because we’re the ones who always deal with behaviors. It doesn’t always put us in the most positive light,” Jeans said. “But we are required by the (Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association) to keep school spirit within certain bounds.”

n Student representatives. The new student council was elected in March and has already been meeting with the school’s new activities director, Allen Gosselin.

President, James Jackson, Vice President Kyle Baker, Secretary Kaitlyn Doyle, and student representatives Sarah Shear and Matt Parra, say they see positive communication between students and administrators in the next year; but administrators do still take for granted that all the students know the reasons behind their actions.

Parra and Baker, who are both involved in school athletics, say the athletes are never lacking in equipment or monetary support.

“We’ve always had anything we needed, but they don’t stand behind us,” Parra said.

“It’s like when the Carson City fans had things like the noise makers that we were told we couldn’t have. But they had them here in our gym. It’s your building, have some say in the matter,” Baker said.

Baker said most of the students never understood the reason behind the canceled homecoming events because Jeans only discussed it with the leadership class.

Jackson was willing to make some concessions.

“Some signs were a little out of hand. Next year we will have more positive signs. We have to set boundaries. We know what we can and can’t do,” he said. “We will try to have respect for each other.”

Jackson said the group will attempt to get more students involved in the leadership of the school by inviting the presidents from all clubs to the student council meetings, in the hope that more students will be informed.

The group also plans on putting out a newsletter every couple of weeks.

“It will let everyone know what’s going on and will also hopefully let us know what everyone wants. Everyone will get a lot more support,” Doyle said.

They said they hope doing their part will inspire the administration to put more effort into better communication with all the students.