Friday, November 26, 1999
Advisor/advisee program expands to seventh grade
The Carlisle Public School hopes to expand its advisor/advisee program to the seventh grade to help with students' transition from the elementary school to the high school.
Principal Andy Goyer explained that through fifth grade, school children participate in the Open Circle program. Then, in the sixth grade, children are introduced to the advisor/advisee program. In small groups, they write their own Bill of Rights and teachers serve as child advocates facilitating parent and teacher communication. The eighth grade has the "breakfast club" which meets on a bi-weekly basis.
This year, the seventh-grade curriculum will include a similar format. The primary objective of these programs is to strengthen school culture, address the concept of civility and improve the students' understanding of themselves and one another.
Using the language of the Open Circle, each middle school student will be part of a small group with one teacher, in ratios of 10 to 1. This means that the students will have one adult in school with whom they communicate on a weekly basis and who can serve as an advocate in communication with parents.
Specifically, it is hoped that every student will be known well by at least one adult in the school. This will minimize the chances of individuals "falling through the cracks" and give students the sense of belonging to a special group within the school.
Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson said it is an opportunity to address school and adolescent issues and to help the children achieve a positive school experience. CSC member Suzanne Whitney Smith commented that Carlisle is fortunate to have staff willing to devote so much extra time to the children.
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