At the Middle School each student has an advisor, who is also his or her homeroom teacher. The advisor is the main adult who oversees the student's program and progress. The advisor sees the student at least three times during the day: at morning check-in, break time and in the afternoon conference period.
Advisors also work regularly with their advisee groups of approximately 10 students on issues that are of concern to them, such as Internet safety and relationships. These groups form a close bond throughout the year and are an important part of the Middle School experience.
In addition to the nurturing environment that the Advisory Program creates, a licensed clinical psychologist is on staff to provide support for student and student-related family needs. The role of the school psychologist/counselor is to offer consultative services to students, faculty and parents. The counselor maintains an open-door policy whereby students can drop in to discuss academic and/or personal issues within the boundaries of confidentiality.
Meet School Counselor Dr. Claudia Henry
The Middle School schedule is constructed with a conference period each day in which students are in their homerooms with their advisors. Most of these periods are used as either a study hall or a time to conference with another teacher. This daily time allows for students to check in with their teachers as well as to learn skills to be proactive learners.
During the athletics/activity period, there is also a tutorial program available for students who need extra one-on-one time with teachers. This time provides an opportunity for a teacher to request that a student miss athletics in order to catch up or work through a challenging concept.
The learning specialist at the Middle School provides a variety of services to students, faculty and parents. Meetings are held with individual students and groups to work on general study skills, specific academic areas, organizational skills and the determination of learning styles. Diagnostic tests can be administered to pinpoint areas of strength and weakness and further define and provide suggestions for specific student’s learning needs. Communication with parents includes discussion of student skills and methods to utilize at home. The learning specialist facilitates the implementation of recommendations and follow-up suggested by outside professionals. Also, consultation with faculty helps create strategic plans to develop the best learning strategies for individual students.
Meet Learning Specialist Amy Katz