Discussion about course options at all levels, safe walking routes, and improved communication on college and career planning topped the list of topics, the hopes and dreams for current and future Cedar Park High School students, during Tuesday night’s Community Conversation on Student Experience.

The CPHS community and feeder schools can join this conversation about transformation in Leander ISD using Thoughtexchange, an online sharing platform that allows you to share your opinions and rate the ideas of other CPHS community members. Click here to participate by submitting as many thoughts as you’d like and reviewing other comments by March 3 at 11:59 p.m. Campuses include:

  • Cedar Park High School;
  • Cedar Park Middle School;
  • Cypress Elementary School;
  • Deer Creek Elementary School;
  • Faubion Elementary School;
  • Giddens Elementary School;
  • Henry Middle School;
  • Mason Elementary School;
  • Naumann Elementary School;
  • Reed Elementary School; and
  • Westside Elementary School.

The meeting in the CPHS cafeteria included students, parents, teachers and staff in the CPHS community and feeder schools.

“Get more counselors that specialize in different areas, (such as) mental/emotional support vs. college planning/scheduling,” one participant wrote in the Thoughtexchange. “Because asking counselors to cover a wide gamut of issues, combined with the number of kids, it is unrealistic to expect for proper guidance. Break it up.”

The CPHS Community Conversation on Student Experience aligns with similar initiatives in the district’s other five high school communities. The district hosted meetings at Vista Ridge, Leander and Vandegrift high schools earlier in the month. We will be at Rouse High School on Feb. 24 and Glenn High School on March 2.

To help us remain accessible, inclusive and transparent, we are asking the CPHS community to help us share the Thoughtexchange link with your friends, neighbors, family and peers at www.leanderisd.org/cphsconvo/. After the conversation closes on March 3, the district will share the results online and in an email on March 11. We will have a districtwide report at the end of March and at our State of the District on June 10.

“Listening to our parents and students about their hopes and dreams for our schools, especially when it comes to holistic, whole-child education, is very inspiring,” said Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D. “Everyone has a voice and we need as many people as possible to enter this conversation.”