Middle school is a time of transition. Transitioning between schools, transitioning between social circles, transitioning physically and socially from children into teenagers. Understanding this, Gray-New Gloucester Middle School will be implementing an advisory program during the 2019-2020 to help build a sense of community that fosters positive relationships between students and adults. Students will meet with their advisor each morning to start the day and then again at the end of the day before dismissal. These meetings will provide the opportunity for each child to have an advocate other than their team teachers.
The goals of the advisory program are for:
- Students to have time and opportunity to develop constructive friendships with other students.
- Students to uncover and explore their personal interests in regard to learning and to life outside of school.
- Advisors to give each student a voice as an active participant among a community of learners.
- Advisors to ensure that every student is known well by at least one adult in the school.
- Advisors to help develop and support each student’s expectations for success in school.
The advisory program will feature different topics monthly including school climate & culture, organization, community building, kindness, cyber and personal safety, academic/career awareness, and more.
In the end, what makes advisory programs so powerful are the relationships that they help foster between students and faculty. These relationships allow for free and open communication, letting students know they can ask for help, and giving advisors insight into the struggles that students are facing. These relationships are what truly support academic success and excellence.
Updated July 31, 2019