Citizen and Leadership
Colorado Rocky Mountain School is a healthy, thriving community, balancing the needs and desires of individuals with what is good for the whole. Community requires presence, commitment, and active participation, and the reward is a sense of meaningful connection to a very special place.
CRMS students are encouraged to take on leadership roles in the community to express their growth and maturity. In these positions students are expected to model the values of the school, encourage positive risk-taking, and uphold all school rules. Opportunities for leadership at CRMS are not limited to upperclassmen, nor is leadership always defined by a specific position. Below are some examples of leadership opportunities for students at CRMS.
Holden Citizenship is the highest level of recognition that a student may have at CRMS and is bestowed on students who have demonstrated the greatest effort academically, athletically, and socially. Holden Citizens are students who have distinguished themselves in the Recognition System, a system that recognizes each student individually for his or her sustained effort, growth, and maturity.
Because of this recognition, which occurs on a quarterly basis, Holden Citizens earn privileges that speak to the trust that they have earned, such as permission to study out of the dorm at night and eligibility to lead a Household Job or Work Crew. In short, Holden Citizens model the three values of the CRMS community—respect, responsibility, and excellence—and are examples to all who interact with them.
Agenda is the name of the elected student government, and its mission is to improve the life of every student on campus. Agenda is run by three co-presidents, is made up of representatives from every class, and meets weekly to discuss student affairs. Agenda welcomes the opinions of all CRMS students and its meetings are open to all who wish to attend.
Most recently, Agenda has been responsible for erecting the student clubs that are on campus, for working on student leadership opportunities, and for analyzing the data from the quarterly student culture surveys in order to improve life on campus. In addition, Agenda helps coordinate activities which bring the entire school community together (i.e. school dances, spirit week, and all-school games). Because of the overall small school size and the close working relationship between students and faculty, Agenda is the place to make a difference in the school and to leave behind a legacy for future students.
Students at each grade level may apply in writing to serve as student tour guides and ambassadors for the Admission Office. A-Team members must be interviewed by admission staff before they are selected to represent the school in this capacity. Members receive training and a handbook to prepare for the important job of touring visiting students and their families.
The discipline committee is composed of only students: one junior, one senior, the Agenda Co-Presidents, a wilderness assistant and a dorm head. This committee, chaired by the Dean of Students, meets as needed with students whose behavior has been in conflict with the school’s expectations. The student appearing before the committee is accompanied by a faculty advocate, typically the student's advisor. The committee reviews the facts of the case, determines the student’s culpability, and makes a recommendation to the Dean of Students for an appropriate consequence..
The Diversity Committee is a group that intentionally addresses issues of diversity—including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, physical abilities, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political views, and learning styles—as they relate to the CRMS community and as the school plans for its future. The committee is made up of interested students, faculty, and staff and is chaired by a faculty member. Students may attend conferences throughout the year and also be charged with further educating the community about honoring, supporting, and embodying diversity.
Dorm Heads and Residential Life Committee
Each year students are selected by residential faculty to act as student leaders in each dormitory. Dorm heads assist the dorm faculty in setting the tone of the dorm and oversee dorm activities and dorm jobs. Dorm heads conduct nightly check-ins during evening study time in their dorm and are responsible for enhancing dormitory life for all boarding students. The Residential Life Committee is composed of the faculty dorm team leaders in each dorm and is chaired by the Director of Residential Life. Meeting weekly, the committee discusses issues related to aspects of dorm life at CRMS and is responsible for selecting student dorm heads. The Residential Life Committee is also an active forum in which topics specific to individual dorms can be reviewed, with suggestions offered by the full group.
The Policy Panel is a small group of students and faculty who review the policies and expectations in the CRMS Student-Parent Handbook and make recommendations to the Dean of Students. The Policy Panel changes each year and is comprised of three elected faculty members, three student-elected juniors, and the Dean of Students. The students must be Holden Citizens for two quarters of that school year in order to be eligible for the panel.
Students interested in helping lead Wilderness apply in the spring and are chosen after Spring Trip for the following year’s Wilderness Orientation. Wilderness assistants must demonstrate backcountry and leadership skills, embody the CRMS values and display stellar citizenship, and have the ability to work well with others and a reputation for exercising sound judgment. Wilderness assistants work closely with faculty Wilderness leaders during orientation and other outdoor trips. While they are being mentored in outdoor leadership skills, they serve as role models and student ambassadors to their peers.