The D’Evelyn Founding Document states, “An understanding of history, geography, economics, and government is fundamental to becoming an effective citizen”. Inspired by the vision laid out in the Founding Document, the D’Evelyn History curriculum is well-designed vertically to ensure that all students have the opportunity to master key concepts of history (US and world), geography, government, and economics.
D’Evelyn seniors study American Government and Macroeconomics at the conclusion of their tenure, allowing them to apply their historical knowledge to their study of political and economic systems. The American Government and Economics senior year courses serve as an appropriate capstone experience for the seniors as they prepare for graduation and increasingly active civic participation.
This year, D’Evelyn seniors have the unique opportunity to participate in the Courts in the Community program that visits D’Evelyn on Thursday, October 19th. On this day, two Colorado Court of Appeals cases will be heard in the D’Evelyn auditorium. The cases should provide interesting learning and discussion opportunities for the students in their American Government classes.
The cases are:
· 16CA2205, Medina v. Civil Service Commission
· 16CA1198, Sos v. Roaring Fork Transportation
The first case involves an appeal of the wrongful termination case of a member of the Denver Sheriff’s Department, and the second case involves an eminent domain dispute. Both cases should provide rich opportunity for discussion, thought and reflection for our students and teachers.
I hope that this unique opportunity to observe and discuss these two court cases will provide D’Evelyn seniors an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the political and judicial systems in Colorado and the United States. This will not only fulfill important tenets of the D’Evelyn Founding Document, but will also support the students’ efforts in productive civic engagement going forward.
In the narrative regarding the D’Evelyn History curriculum, the Founding Document highlights the importance of knowledge of history and political systems. It states, “Particularly in a democratic republic, students must know about the origins of the ideas and thoughts that led to the establishment of our country. Without an informed, thoughtful electorate, the underlying philosophy written into the Constitution of the United States cannot be adequately preserved”.
I hope that the past three-day weekend was restful and relaxing for you and your family. It has been a busy eight weeks to start the school year, highlighted by great work from our students in academic, athletic, and extracurricular realms. I am appreciative of the daily efforts of D’Evelyn students, families, faculty, and staff submitted thus far, and look forward to many more great moments in the balance of the school year. Thank you for your continued support of D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School.