Mountain Range High School is located in Broomfield in the Adams 12 school district and is focused on creating a strong, positive community that allows students to reach their maximum potential. This is achieved by centering the school’s culture around building relationships and creating a family mentality among the students and staff. Students at Mountain Range take pride in themselves and their work, are respectful and inclusive of all, and are involved in their community. This has created an overall learning climate that I would describe as engaged and collaborative. Students take ownership of their learning and there is a feeling that everyone works together, rather than individually, to succeed.
As part of the culture at Mountain Range, student involvement is highly encouraged outside of the classroom. More than 30 clubs are offered to engage students in personal interests and help them form relationships with their peers. These clubs also play a strong role in fostering appropriate student behavior. They often meet during lunch, which encourages students to stay on campus, and many of the clubs focus on life skills like working with others and honoring commitments. In addition to these clubs and programs, students are also encouraged to participate in Mountain Range’s extensive athletic program. Every major sport is offered and students learn life lessons about teamwork, success, and failure.
According to statistics, Mountain Range is slightly less diverse than the average Colorado school. The student body population is comprised of 62% Caucasian, 28% Hispanic, 5% Asian and only 5% other. Of the student population, only about 30% participate in free or reduced lunch, which is a little lower than the state average of 42% (greatschools.org).
The classroom layout is setup to provide ample opportunities for student collaboration and teamwork. Students sit around tables in groups of four and there is a center isle with throwing wheels for the students to utilize in rotations. There is a back storage room for students to store work still in progress and ample cabinet and counter top space on both sides of the classroom. The room also has two large sinks on each side of the room to ease clean-up. In addition to the storage room, there are three other rooms that open off the main space. These are the kiln room, glaze room, and clay storage room.
School Wide Policies for Management, Safe Schools, and Students with Special Needs
In the classroom, Mountain Range uses a positive behavioral support program know as "MRHS" to build community and reinforce positive behavior. This acronym stands for Mature, Respectful, Honest, and Safe, the traits expected of the students and community. The student handbook outlines what each of these traits should look like in different areas of the school and students may be recognized and rewarded when they exercise or demonstrate them.
Mountain Range also has full counseling and student support teams to address the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students.
Subjective Still Life - Drawing and Painting
Students learned how line and value are used as the foundation for two dimensional drawing and painting. Students discovered and experimented with basic line making styles and techniques as well as created value through multiple mark making methods. Initial practice was completed from images while the final assessment was a subjective still life drawing that expresses the students’ personalities and interests.
Social Commentary - Advanced Ceramics
This lesson introduced students to the idea of social commentary and how artists can use their work to discuss important social issues. Students explored several methods for building as well as continued to develop advanced surface design techniques to help communicate their ideas.