By Morgan DiRocco | Bomber Media
Kenston High School changed how staff members nominate and select students for student of the month this school year.
Gender is no longer a consideration when the staff selects students for student of the month, an award that allows individual students to be recognized for their hard work and accomplishments.
In past years, staff were able to nominate a male and female from each grade level for a total of eight students. The new format now allows staff to nominate two students only, but after the list of nominees is selected, each teacher can vote for up to eight students total, regardless of their gender.
“We are constantly reviewing our policies and procedures—always looking for things to tweak or improve for the betterment of students. We are also sensitive to the needs of students, especially students who are experimenting with gender identification,” said principal Mr. Tom Gabram.
With the school year underway, the staff and administration are hoping to improve the school climate, but some students are still curious as to why this change has been made.
“We have a committee of teachers and other staff members who bring up certain issues or topics that may need to be addressed or revised for building climate. This was one topic that was brought to our attention that we made changes to,” said Mr. Gabram.
The hope is that this small change to the student of the month program will allow the chosen students to still feel a sense of accomplishment, while also allowing the student body to feel more inclusive.