NURTURING STUDENTS BEYOND ACADEMICS
The Association for Middle Level Education promotes advisory programs to “increase concern, trust, and better communication among the entire school community.” Research shows they strengthen connectedness, improve self-esteem, and even academic performance. Our Advisory program addresses the unique social and emotional needs of our Middle School students and insures smooth transitions for teachers, parents, and students into and within Ramaz.
Advisory’s goals include developing peer relationships and teaching conflict resolution, and effective communication. Advisors also lead students in participating in community and chesed projects — and help them with practical matters, such as organizational skills and adjusting to the departmentalized schedule of Middle School.
During the summer, advisors telephone or email their advisees, welcoming them. A full advisory program orients students to their first day of school and helps them organize their materials. Fifth grade students and parents receive additional assistance adjusting to the newness of the Middle School. A series of emails to all parents acquaints them with the orientation schedules and advisory programs; the specific needs of each student, appropriate to his or her grade level, are addressed by the orientation programming. New students are assigned a buddy in the same advisory group and their parents receive information about the program. The Director of Advisory and Guidance work closely with all advisors, teachers and administration to ensure a smooth transition for all students, and in particular, meet during the school year with each new transfer students.
The advisory curriculum is tailored to each grade. Typical subjects may include cliques and bullying, communication skills (“Winning without Whining”), Kevod Habriyot (treating others with respect), Internet safety, and issues generated by school events or current affairs.