Advisory Information for the 2016-2017 School Year
LHS Advisory - RISE Time
As a part of building a positive and welcoming environment for our students and staff, we will be implementing an Advisory system that provides a backdrop for several vital aspects of the academic experience for our students. Our Advisory program will emphasize the concept of RISE time. R – Respect I – Integrity S – Selflessness E – Enthusiasm
At the beginning of the year we will have advisory on the first two days and then on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Students will be given information about our behavioral expectations in terms of how Warrior Spirit is reflected in our behaviors in the classroom, the common areas and in interactions with the public. Posters will indicate the expectations in each area, and students will have opportunity to discuss and encourage positive behaviors in all aspects of their lives.
Advisory time will also include surveys, academic forecasting and other administrative items that we do not wish to do during the regular content-area courses. One other primary component of Advisory includes preparation and planning for graduation. Teachers will rotate through the grades with the same group of students through their senior year. They will work with counselors and administrators to provide maximum support for each student. The curriculum will be provided by a committee to the teachers so that there is a unified message across the school.
Attendance will be taken and absences will be treated the same as for regular classes.
High school students often feel disconnected and have few personalized relationships with the adults who educate them. Student advisories offer a way to overcome the anonymity many students feel. Advisory programs are based on the belief that students need the opportunity to develop trusting relationships with adult educators, and that doing so benefits students in a variety of waysRISE Time is a student advisory program wherein each student in the school is assigned a teacher or staff member who assists the student in achieving his or her academic and personal goals. Advisory works on relationship building activities that offer social and emotional support for students during adolescence. The social networks that are so important at this age can be disrupted by the transfer to high school. Advisory gives students an adult who knows them well and who can offer advocacy and support in difficult social and academic situations. This is especially true for students who have few close adult relationships outside school or are at risk of dropping out. Advisory promotes self-esteem. It provides peer recognition in an accepting environment, offsetting peer pressure and negative responses from peers in other areas. The advisor increases the overall level of accountability in the school: each teacher is directly responsible for certain students, and each student is directly responsible to a particular teacher.
Advisory is 35 minutes in length and falls between 2nd and 3rd periods on the designated Wednesdays.
LHS advisory is assigned by grade. The advisor will stay with the same group from Freshman year to Senior year. This allows the advisory teachers to form teams who know the graduation requirements and are able to support the students. Most classes are between 18 and 22 students in size.
FOCUS OF ADVISORY:
- Establishing meaningful relationships between students and advisors.
- Advocacy. The advisory gives students a chance to discuss academic or behavior problems they may be having, and the advisor advocates on the student’s behalf when appropriate.
- Provide students with a forum in which to discuss issues they face in their day-to-day lives, such as current events, particular issues in the school, or more controversial subjects.
- Building community. This approach guarantees that regardless of how their friendships shift, each student has a peer group and a place to discuss social issues.
- Reinforce academic skills or curriculum areas in a more relaxed environment.
- Offer specialized curricula, such as service learning or conflict resolution, not covered by the core academic courses.
- Supplement college advisement by teaching interview skills and working on applications and personal statements.
- Surveys, testing and other non-curricular needs.
ADVISOR’S ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Run advisory classes and teach the content that faculty and staff have agreed on.
- Meet individually with students and serve as their advocates.
- Take an active role in keeping up with each student’s status at school by gathering information about academic standing, attendance and behavior from teachers and parents
- Serve as a point of contact with the school for parents of their advisees and need to communicate with parents regularly about their child’s academic performance.
- Intervene in situations where a student’s pattern of behavior is interfering with academic performance.
- Document all meetings and communications regarding each student they advise.
8/30, 8/31, 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/16, 12/7, 1/4, 1/18
(Note: February is forecasting month for next year's classes)
2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/15, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, 5/31