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Freshmen Advisory/SSP Program Overview

 
Essential Question:
• How can I contribute to my advisory team’s success?

Enduring Understandings:
Students will understand that…
  • teams and groups find success when members have a shared vision, responsibility, and a vested interest in the wellness of the group
  • having a support system consisting of peers, mentors, and advisors helps when trying to navigate through challenging times
  • empathy and active listening are essential skills in developing strong interpersonal bonds
  • people with differing perspectives and interests enrich problem solving because issues are addressed from varying perspectives
  • personal growth and development stems from self-reflection and moving beyond personal comfort zones
  • as citizens we have a responsibility to help our community within and beyond the school
 
Content Standards:
Students will know and be able to…
  • work collaboratively designing, organizing, developing, and presenting long-term projects
  • utilize a variety of resources and people to challenge and shape their attitudes, perceptions, and learning
  • express their thoughts and feelings through formal and informal written and oral communication
  • show empathy for the different genders, races, religions, ethnic groups, and socioeconomic classes
  • contribute to the health and well-being of their local community and world
  • think introspectively about progress, problems, and change
  • use active listening and questioning skills to better understand and support others
2018-2019 Freshmen Lessons/Activities

 September 2018 lessons :

"Dear Future Self" - Freshmen wrote a letter to themselves from the perspective of reflecting back on their fours years of high school on graduation day. The letters will be stored and given back to students on the day of graduation four years from now.

Goal Setting - At the start of each school year, students in all four grades are asked to write two S.M.A.R.T. goals (one academic in nature and one other goal). They meet one-on-one with their advisor at this point. They will then assess the progress made toward achieving these goals during a mid-year conference and again at a year-end conference with their advisor. 

Meet Counselors - School counselors will be visiting freshmen SSP groups to introduce themselves and answering student questions about the high school.


October 2018 lessons :

"Getting to Know You"/"It's A Jungle Out There" - Freshmen participated in these two group games designed to allow students to learn more about their peers in SSP. 

PSATs - Students will take the PSATs during the school day.