Presentation on theme: "Transition to High School: Upperclassmen Leading the Way Presented by: Dolores Fischer FMP Coordinator and FMP Student Mentors."— Presentation transcript:
Transition to High School: Upperclassmen Leading the Way Presented by: Dolores Fischer FMP Coordinator and FMP Student Mentors
Freshman Mentor Program Mentoring - “The Act of Giving”
F M P “Our Friendly Meeting Place” Mentoring “The Act of Giving” The FMP Student Mentor is giving each freshman: “A gift of knowledge” “A gift of friendship” “A gift of experience”
A TRIBUTE TO OUR FMP STUDENT MENTORS
WHAT IS FMP???? The freshman mentor program provides each freshman with a supportive environment that allows a smooth adjustment from junior high to high school, both academically and socially.
Advisory that meets 4 days a week On-going orientation to high school A comfortable environment to grow in high school Counselors monitor each freshman's academic progress Constant announcements of school activities Academic Resources through faculty advisor, FMP’s, and subject study groups. FMP provides each freshman with:
History of FMP Pilot Homeroom Freshman Advisory with two teachers. Expand Advisory to more teachers Continue Homeroom program to see the lasting affects of FMP February visit Highland Park High School’s APF program March Proposal for Freshman Mentor Program to Board of Ed using Highland Park model to include student mentors Pilot FMP Advisories with students Expand FMP to the whole freshman class Implement Freshman Orientation Day We decide to pilot 6 advisories with 3 student mentors in each, rather than two. Expand Program to include more FMP’s and advisories Introduced Board of Directors to help maintain control over the growing program – Expand all advisories to 3 FMP’s in each – Pilot 4 to 5 FMP’s within each advisory 2002-Present – Improve FMP to Freshman ratio, eventually growing to over 240 FMP’s strong.
FMP Faculty Leaders DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES FMP DIRECTOR Three FMP coordinators observe, evaluate, and monitor advisory activities
FMP Student Leaders FMP ADVISORY LEADERS FMP EXECUTIVE BOARD TWO PRESIDENTSVICE PRESIDENTS Board of Directors Leaders that organize FMP events 3 FMP Mentors
Advisory team * = Dean and social Worker meet their freshmen on Orientation day. COUNSELOR, DEAN*, SOCIAL WORKER* FACULTY ADVISOR STUDENT MENTORS (3-4)
Advisory Team Student Mentor Faculty AdvisorCounselor
Advisory Team The Faculty Advisor: Provides leadership coaching for Student Mentors Supervises advisory (satisfies contract for supervision) Helps organize/participate in activities Performs administrative duties Provides a resource for all students
Advisory Team The Guidance Counselor: Provides an opportunity to develop a rapport with their freshman Talks about necessary topics with students as a group Allows time to answer questions for students
A Week In Advisory Monday - Small Group Day Tuesday - Meet with your counselor Wednesday - Homework/Study Day Thursday - Activity Day
Special Events August - Freshman Orientation Freshman dance Guidebook Test Co-curricular Education September - ~“Becoming A Patriot”~ Superintendent speaks to freshman Introduction to technology October - Homecoming Discuss earning privileges at Stevenson November - Principal Visits Career Cruising December - “The Giving Month” January - Preparing For Finals Registering for classes - four year plan February - Pre-Driving program with police Odyssey March Co-curricular Fair April - World of Difference May- 8th grade dance 8th grade transition program Advisory Awards Day
FMP provides each freshman with: A comprehensive transition program during their 8th grade year which includes: Parents and future freshmen come to Stevenson for Registration - February Co-curricular fair - March Meeting with FMP student advisors at junior high schools - May Freshman Orientation day - August
Co-Curricular Fair In march, The Stevenson Student Activities invites parents and our future freshman to learn about Stevenson’s clubs(over 100) Intramurals, and Sports Teams.
Spring Eighth Grade Transition Program FMPs go to Jr. High Schools In small groups FMPs talk to their future freshmen about Stevenson High School’s: Academics Co- Curricular Opportunities Social Aspects Support Services Freshman Orientation day
FRESHMAN ORIENTATION DAY The day before the “official first day of school”. Two FMPs ride each school bus and greet freshmen at each bus stop (56 bus routes) FMPs escort students to the Sports Center to pick up their schedule and direct them to their advisory classroom.
FRESHMAN ORIENTATION SCHEDULE 7:30 A.M. - 8:00 A.M - Receive class schedule, locker card,and ID (if taken in summer school) in the sports center. Freshmen then report to their Advisory. 8:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M. - Advisory Activities, ID/Yearbook Pictures, Tours of the school in small groups with the FMP’s. Visit key places in school (i.e. lockers, gyms, lunchrooms, etc.). 10:15 A.M. - 11:15 A.M. - Welcome Assembly 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P. M. - Meet with Dean, Counselor and Social Worker 12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. - Lunch 1: 30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. - Mini School Schedule* * Schedule has 5 minute periods with 8 minute passing periods
Becoming a Freshman Mentor Step 1 - Application: Part 1 - Student Profile Part 2 - Resume Part 3 - Ice breaker activity* Activities we use to develop our Activity Resource Books Part 4 - Essay Questions* *- See Example in Resource Section
Becoming a Freshman Mentor Step 2 - Evaluation: Faculty Evaluation of Applicants - Are they… Positive role models Willing to lead others - Responsible to manage a group Do they have… Communication skills Respect for Diverse ideas and personalities Enthusiasm and Motivation FMP Directors - Academics Attendance Responsible Behavior
Becoming a Freshman Mentor Step 3 - Interviews: Out of about 450 applicants, only 50%-60% receive an interview with senior mentors and board of directors
2nd Year Mentors Reapply This includes a student profile, resume, activity, and answers to essay questions Faculty evaluations Faculty re-evaluate applicants Counselor, FMP Faculty Advisor, and FMP Director’s evaluations Evaluate FMP student mentor’s effectiveness as a leader,a positive role model, and a responsible student.
FMP Student Mentor Training June – Last day of school Orientation to FMP program by learning about our history, traditions, expectations, & our passion to help freshmen. Summer - FMP Student Mentor Advisory Pairings FMP’s meet to begin to develop advisory team dynamics Dateline FMP ~ when the FMP team meets on a social level August - 2 days Team building through games and activities Motivational Speaker - Mike Smith from Differences Makers works with FMPs to develop their mentoring skills Lunch & Learn Lunch meetings (once a month) throughout the entire school year
FMP and the Students Ultimate Goal… Become that “special upperclassman” Rewards Privilege of being a part of an internationally recognized mentoring program and esteemed co-curricular Opportunity to help others Develop friendships between you and your freshmen
FMP and the Students Benefits of FMP: Ease freshman’s transition into high school Mentors serve as an easily accessible resource and role models Provides a comfortable, friendly atmosphere Helps them to meet their peers Creates instant “upperclassman friends” Who benefits more? They both benefit tremendously
Benefits for All 1.Creates lasting friendships 2.Helps freshmen adjust to the social and learning environments of high school 3.Upperclassmen have the opportunity to build “trusting relationships” 4.Upperclassmen develop their leadership skills 5.Gives upperclassmen the opportunity to have a lasting impact on their freshman's lives FMP Student Mentors are the “STAR MAKERS OF STEVENSON”
F M P “Friendly Meeting Place” It takes an adult 7 days to 7 weeks to make an impact on a student’s life, but it takes another student their age or slightly older 7 seconds to 7 minutes to make a difference. ~Anonymous~
LEARN MORE ABOUT FMP FMP Website Contact the Director of the Freshman Mentor Program Dolores Fischer ext.1673 GO