Middle School Advisory

Middle School Advisory

The primary goal of our Advisory program is to help students through these years of dramatic physical, cognitive, social, and emotional change. Fundamentally, the student is the curriculum. 

In the Mason Middle School (grades 5-8), each student has a faculty advisor who is available for academic and personal advice. The role of the advisor is to be an advocate, coach, mentor, and communication point-person for their advisees.

Advisory groups meet daily with the goal of supporting each student’s social and academic well-being. During these advising periods, students experience community building, age appropriate Core Values programs and much more. Other examples of Advisory activities include:

  • Technology tips and training activities 
  • Social Media and digital citizenship activities
  • Grade-level kickball competitions
  • Opportunities for tutoring with teachers
  • Grade-level town hall meetings

Advisors often initiate grade-level team discussions when there is a concern about an advisee. They also consolidate and convey relevant information to parents both as needed and during Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences twice a year.

Outlined below are some of the roles, responsibilities and activities encompassed by the Middle School Advisory Program. There will be some variation in the emphasis of the program by grade level, by advisory, and from week to week based on the needs of the students and the School at particular times. Over the course of the entire year, however, the program seeks to fulfill these goals as needed.

Individual Social

  • Internal counselor referrals as needed
  • Conference w/parents about student issues
  • Progress Reports as needed/requested
  • Conference w/students about student issues
  • Periodic goal-setting
  • Discuss grade-level issues
  • Monitoring academic performance and citizenship

Group Social

  • Service learning
  • Projects core values instruction/modeling
  • Group team building activities
  • Grade-level trip activities
  • Community assemblies
  • Advisory/grade-level parties
  • Life skills activities

Individual Academic

  • Progress Reports as needed/requested
  • Study hall/tutorial
  • Collaboration (internal and with outside professionals)
  • Conferences with students, parents, counselors, teachers, and/or administrators about academic issues
  • Assist with planning related make-up work
  • Conduct parent conferences
  • Facilitate peer tutoring
  • Goal setting
  • Monitoring academic performance and citizenship
  • Transmit student file info to team
  • Assist with course selection as needed

Group Academic

  • Study skills activities
  • Interdisciplinary activities
  • Discuss core values as they relate to academics
  • Facilitate group work
  • Field trip facilitation

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