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Advisory

WHAT IS ADVISORY?

Advisory is a program intended to provide consistent, caring, and continuous adult guidance at school through the organization of a supportive and stable peer group that meets regularly under the guidance of a teacher serving as advisor (Forte & Shurr, 1993).

HOW IS ADVISORY ORGANIZED?

All students participate in advisory.

 Every faculty & staff member serves as an advisor.

 Advisories are grouped by grade level.

 Advisories contain approximately 15 – 17 students.

Students are randomly assigned to advisories.



WHAT DO STUDENTS DO IN ADVISORY?

Advisors are provided with an outlined curriculum and suggestions each month with an accompanying theme. 

Advisors are provided with material and outlines to help with the curriculum. F

For example, September was "good Manners, Preparedness, Self-Awareness, and self-Improvement Month!"

There are expectations to participate in all outlined curriculum with mature, respectful, and responsible attitude.

The goal is to create long-lasting and meaningful relationships with peers and advisors.


WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

If even one person in a school knows him/her well enough to care, a student’s chances of success go up dramatically (Cushman, 1990)

If teachers are perceived by students as caring and interested in them, they are more likely to be inspired and to enjoy going to school; they feel encouraged and try harder (Myrick, 1998)

As a school, we strive each and every day to make a positive school climate for our students to learn and thrive in.

When students are able to make a connection outside of the regular classroom time and with other topics tat can be happening both in school and in society, we are teaching students to feel safe and comfortable with the adults in our building on a different level. This adds to the maturity of our students and to the social awareness that our students will learn to have.


 

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

As a faculty, we agree that students in our advisory program should:

Experience a one-to-one relationship with the advisor which is characterized by warmth, concern, openness, and understanding.

Experience the advisory as a “home place” or a “family” with our school.

Learn to understand and appreciate people who are different from themselves.

Work together on a common project to benefit the advisory group, the school, the community, etc.

Support and be supported by other advisory group members in discussing/facing common problems and concerns of growing up.

Based on these five statements, the purpose of our advisory program is:

  • to experience small and supportive groups
  • improve our school and community
  • build positive working relationships with peers and advisors
  • work together
  • appreciate each other for who we are.

WHAT IF A STUDENT DOES NOT GO?

Advisory is as important as all other classes.  If students choose not to attend advisory, students will be referred to Mrs. Moylan for disciplinary action.


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