Student to student
February 16, 2010
Treasure Mountain International Middle School is notorious among students; it’s the school that many consider a burden to attend. It fills the slot between Ecker Hill International Middle School and Park City High School, and given the great reputations these schools have, it’s no wonder Treasure is the least favorite. Park City High School was remodeled just last year and Ecker Hill experienced large improvements a few years earlier. Now Treasure Mountain is the only school that hasn’t been remodeled recently and not only does its appearance reflect such, but so does its school spirit.
Having attended Park City schools since kindergarten, I can personally attest that Ecker Hill and the high school have lively, communal atmospheres. At Ecker Hill, students congregated in sections. Each grade was split into three: Blue, Silver, or White. Each color had many activities, went on numerous field trips, and even had a section of the school as its center.
At Park City High School, students can pursue every passion with the many electives offered. Student Council members hang posters around school to cheer on sports teams before an upcoming match. The Miner Morning Show keeps students updated daily regarding events and reminders. Treasure Mountain not only lacks a morning announcements, but few clubs are organized and sports teams only exist through the high school, so there is no further initiative to cheer on student athletes at Treasure.
Treasure Mountain is, nevertheless, a good school. Park City is famous for its public school district, the best in Utah. Although Parkites consider Treasure Mountain the least attractive school in the city, it is favorable to most public schools. Teachers at Treasure are generally as well-liked as those at the high school. Although the learning environment is strong, the junior high school still lacks spirit.
High school officially starts at ninth grade; that’s when grades start to count toward college. However, it doesn’t feel like ninth grade is a part of the high school because Park City freshmen continue to attend classes at Treasure with eighth graders. They aren’t treated as high school students; they face a stricter dress code, a ban on cell phones, and they are excluded from Homecoming. Park City High School offers a seemingly never-ending list of clubs, whereas Treasure only has two or three clubs. Arguably, the only thing ninth graders are included in are sports and even then, not fully. Teams wear planned outfits to school to show sportsmanship. Freshmen do the same, yet at a different school, showing allegiance to only the select few other freshmen on the team.
One of the only measures taken so far to include freshmen was to expand the monthly late starts, the eagerly anticipated Wednesdays when school starts two hours late to Treasure. Further solutions include organizing a more competitive and more involved Student Council. Creating more clubs can help to unify students. A morning announcements show such as the one at the high school could help organize events, cheer on sports teams, and congratulate students for individual accomplishments. Simple measures can make a large difference to boost school spirit.
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At Park City High, the student body has a lot of influence over school activities. Whereas Treasure is static, Park City High is dynamic. Each student has a million opportunities to get involved in the school, from working in the school store to partaking in one of many clubs. The high school makes every effort to show each individual’s hard work with articles in the online school newspaper, The Prospector, and a reference on the Miner Morning Show. Freshmen aren’t able to become as involved at Treasure, resulting in deficient school spirit. The best that can be said is as sophomores, they learn to appreciate and take advantage of the many opportunities at the high school.