CommUNITY Conversation on Competitive Culture

Mason Hosts CommUNITY Conversation on Competitive Culture
Posted on 04/01/2019

Mason Hosts CommUNITY Conversation on Competitive CultureA consistent theme emerged in CommUNITY Conversations throughout the year, and during this spring's ReIMAGINE Learning sessions. Students, staff, and families are worried about an unhealthy culture of competition that contributes to students' anxiety and depression. The district has committed to a series of small moves to improve students' mental wellness including instituting a later school start time for next year, revising the current 7-bell schedule at MHS, and recommending that no student should take more than 3 AP courses per year as part of a holistic health and mental well-being plan. Additionally, the district intends to reinvest savings from instituting one start time for Mason Elementary School (grades 3-4) and Mason Intermediate School (grades 5-6) into new mental wellness support personnel at each school.


On April 2, about 300 community members joined in person and on Facebook Live for a special edition CommUNITY Conversation about tackling competitive culture. Watch the conversation on Facebook.

Mason High School Principal Bobby Dodd and Associate Principal Shanna Bumiller shared proposals to eliminate valedictorian/salutatorian recognition for the Class of 2020, and to eliminate the school's add-on weighted credit and switch to a 5.0 weighted credit scale.

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