Saturday, September 14, over 100 Dragons from grades 5-12 attended the district’s first Student University event. These Dragons had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions on the various topics included in the district’s Resiliency Project, as well as engage in a dialogue with district leadership over lunch.
The day opened with a Ted Talk style introduction to the various sessions that would be available for the students throughout the day. These sessions included bullying prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, self-defense and others. Experts from around the district and community came out to share their knowledge and experience with these students.
Leadership and Culture Coach, Eric McDade hosted a session on Bullying Prevention and Kindness. Students had the opportunity to share their thoughts on how the district can implement kindness initiatives at the campus level and also share stories of what they have experienced during their time in Carroll ISD.
Another option for the students was a session devoted to “Mindful Eating” hosted by Director of Child Nutrition, Susan Wilson. During this session, students learned about making healthy choices when it comes to their personal nutrition. They were also given the opportunity to ask questions about specific items that may currently be in their diet.
During the lunch hour, students had the chance to sit at tables with members of the CISD School Board, CISD Leadership and campus principals and staff and have conversations about topics that are important to the students.
For Carroll ISD Superintendent Dr. David Faltys, this was an opportunity to really hear the voices of the most important part of Carroll ISD, the students in the classroom.
“It’s important to hear their voice today because they are the kids in the buildings, and we need their feedback so we can better serve them,” Faltys said. “We want every one of our kids walking across the stage, or walking out of the building every day with a smile on their face.”
These important moments will continue on campuses throughout the year. Dr. Faltys and McDade will be visiting campuses year-round to continue to have these conversations with students in all grade levels.