Research conrms that strong and supporve community is a foundaonal component of eecve learning and social
emoonal development. In other words, great schools build an environment where students feel safe, challenged, andsupported. Consequently, over the past several years, we have made the social
emoonal component of our programa priority. We've expanded our guidance program, iniated the Student Ambassador program, and emphasized indi-vidualized student support at all levels of teaching and learning. This year, we have taken several new strides towardssupporng our students as they navigate the challenging and complex years of adolescence.First, we've reframed and renamed the former Homebase program with the aim to build a robust Advisory program.Twice a week, students will meet with a small group of students (typically 9
12) and a teacher
advisor. This provides anopportunity for students to connect with an adult advocate and strengthen relaonship, organizaonal, and communi-caon skills. Second, we have revamped the House system by creang eight new houses. This will create new oppor-tunies for vercal interacon between grade levels and provide a fun and acve context to build school spirit. Thesechanges add to our already dynamic student acvies, service learning, and pastoral care programs. Finally, the admin-istraon team has created my new posion, the Student Advisory Coordinator. I’ll be organizing Advisory themes andprofessional development for teachers, as well as coordinang service learning, student council and various other as-pects of student life in the Middle School.
We rmly believe that the condions under which teaching and learning take place are as important as the contentbeing delivered. When students feel connected to a strong and supporve community, all aspects of learning and per-sonal growth are enriched. We're excited about these changes as we strive to create the very best school communityfor our students. Should you have quesons or feedback about these changes, don’t hesitate to contact meat
MS Student Advisory Coordinator