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1 Conestoga High School Peer Mediation Team Who are we? What do we do?

2 Peer Mediation’s Mission To promote a positive school climate through conflict resolution, school wide unity, peer support and peer education.

3 F.R.O.G.S. Friends Reaching Out & Guiding Students GOAL 1: Provide a safe & welcoming environmentGOAL 1: Provide a safe & welcoming environment When a student, parent or visitor arrives on our campus, they are greeted by a student specifically trained and selected to provide the best first-time experience at Conestoga.When a student, parent or visitor arrives on our campus, they are greeted by a student specifically trained and selected to provide the best first-time experience at Conestoga. Areas of training expertiseAreas of training expertise Communication Skills with focus on listening & identifying strong emotionsCommunication Skills with focus on listening & identifying strong emotions Mediation ProcessMediation Process Knowledge of school curriculum and professionals who administer itKnowledge of school curriculum and professionals who administer it Knowledge of school facilities and proceduresKnowledge of school facilities and procedures Knowledge of community (especially important for families new to area)Knowledge of community (especially important for families new to area) Mentoring SkillsMentoring Skills Recognizing at-risk behaviors in othersRecognizing at-risk behaviors in others Varied culture and language skills (the process of team selection specifically requires the selection of a diverse team population relative to gender, age, culture, experiences, religion, etc.)Varied culture and language skills (the process of team selection specifically requires the selection of a diverse team population relative to gender, age, culture, experiences, religion, etc.)

4 F.R.O.G.S. Friends Reaching Out & Guiding Students GOAL 2: School-Wide Unity and Social AwarenessGOAL 2: School-Wide Unity and Social Awareness Peaceful Conflict Resolution/Anti-Bullying/Acceptance/Inclusion/ IntegrityPeaceful Conflict Resolution/Anti-Bullying/Acceptance/Inclusion/ Integrity These are our primary areas of focus with regards to social awarenessThese are our primary areas of focus with regards to social awareness The events coordinated by the Peer Mediation Team each year include, but are not limited to the following:The events coordinated by the Peer Mediation Team each year include, but are not limited to the following: Freshman Class Picnic (August)Freshman Class Picnic (August) Freshman Orientation (Sept)Freshman Orientation (Sept) Fall Festival & Club Fair (Sept) - joint effort with StuCo, Clubs & Student Activities OfficeFall Festival & Club Fair (Sept) - joint effort with StuCo, Clubs & Student Activities Office School-Wide Tournaments: Dodgeball, Badminton, Pickleball, Floor Hockey are all run at varying times during the year with the last two tournament finals being played as a school-wide eventSchool-Wide Tournaments: Dodgeball, Badminton, Pickleball, Floor Hockey are all run at varying times during the year with the last two tournament finals being played as a school-wide event Halloween Bash (Oct)Halloween Bash (Oct) Cornucopia (Nov)Cornucopia (Nov) ‘Stoga Big Give (Dec) – joint effort with clubs holding donation/fund drives‘Stoga Big Give (Dec) – joint effort with clubs holding donation/fund drives Unity Week & Peace Day (Feb)Unity Week & Peace Day (Feb) Health Fair (May) – joint effort with Clubs & Wellness DepartmentHealth Fair (May) – joint effort with Clubs & Wellness Department

5 F.R.O.G.S. Friends Reaching Out & Guiding Students GOAL 3: Support the school program in its entiretyGOAL 3: Support the school program in its entirety Peer Mediation provides support to the school administrators, student services, academic departments, student clubs/organizations and any other clubs or community groups who contribute to the school program. Some examples are as follows:Peer Mediation provides support to the school administrators, student services, academic departments, student clubs/organizations and any other clubs or community groups who contribute to the school program. Some examples are as follows: Open HouseOpen House Parent-Teacher ConferencesParent-Teacher Conferences TE Alumni ReunionTE Alumni Reunion College Interview EveningCollege Interview Evening Main Line Night School ProgramMain Line Night School Program Career WeekCareer Week Main Line College FairMain Line College Fair Commencement Dinner/GraduationCommencement Dinner/Graduation

6 The Links Program Bridging the Gaps Between Us GOAL 1: To aid in the transition of all freshman and all new students to ConestogaGOAL 1: To aid in the transition of all freshman and all new students to Conestoga GOAL 2: To provide mentoring support and referrals through times of personal and/or interpersonal conflictGOAL 2: To provide mentoring support and referrals through times of personal and/or interpersonal conflict GOAL 3: To foster a sense of personal integrity and social responsibility in freshman students through the approved Freshmen Links Educational CurriculumGOAL 3: To foster a sense of personal integrity and social responsibility in freshman students through the approved Freshmen Links Educational Curriculum Implementing the curriculum: Bi-Weekly Homeroom Lessons, Links Workshops and one-on-one support meetings as deemed necessary by parents, administrators, counselors and other support personnel.Implementing the curriculum: Bi-Weekly Homeroom Lessons, Links Workshops and one-on-one support meetings as deemed necessary by parents, administrators, counselors and other support personnel.

7 The S.T.A.R. Program S tudents T eaching A bout R espect Background Background Pilot Program implemented at Beaumont Elementary in Pilot Program implemented at Beaumont Elementary in Has since expanded to include all district elementary and middle schools.Has since expanded to include all district elementary and middle schools. Philosophy Philosophy Younger students will model the behaviors and attitudes of their older peers.Younger students will model the behaviors and attitudes of their older peers. This program takes advantage of this relationship as mediators model appropriate social behaviors, perceptions and attitudes for their younger peers to provide a positive and productive learning environment for future generations of TESD students.This program takes advantage of this relationship as mediators model appropriate social behaviors, perceptions and attitudes for their younger peers to provide a positive and productive learning environment for future generations of TESD students.

8 The S.T.A.R. Program S tudents T eaching A bout R espect Elementary School Program Goals Elementary School Program Goals To teach content and awareness of topics such as Bullying, Respect, Integrity, Gossiping, Cheating, Inclusion through fun and interactive lessons in a classroom setting.To teach content and awareness of topics such as Bullying, Respect, Integrity, Gossiping, Cheating, Inclusion through fun and interactive lessons in a classroom setting. To promptly model positive interpersonal skills learned in the classroom lessons for the youngest members of the TESD Community in an open social setting such as recess.To promptly model positive interpersonal skills learned in the classroom lessons for the youngest members of the TESD Community in an open social setting such as recess.

9 The S.T.A.R. Program S tudents T eaching A bout R espect Middle School Program Goals Middle School Program Goals Through a multimedia presentation, students are asked to think critically and creatively to develop insight into the curricular topics of Integrity, Social Responsibility, Cyberbullying, Academic Integrity and Creeping Normalcy.Through a multimedia presentation, students are asked to think critically and creatively to develop insight into the curricular topics of Integrity, Social Responsibility, Cyberbullying, Academic Integrity and Creeping Normalcy. In a classroom workshop setting after the presentation, students are asked to demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the topics presented through innovative and interactive classroom activities.In a classroom workshop setting after the presentation, students are asked to demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the topics presented through innovative and interactive classroom activities. To affect change in the social behaviors of middle level students through the mediators’ appropriate modeling of curriculum-focused behaviors.To affect change in the social behaviors of middle level students through the mediators’ appropriate modeling of curriculum-focused behaviors.

10 Peer Mediation Making a difference, One conflict at a time PhilosophyPhilosophy We don’t always create the conflicts that enter our lives, but we can always choose our response to those conflicts.We don’t always create the conflicts that enter our lives, but we can always choose our response to those conflicts. Everyone has dignityEveryone has dignity Everyone deserves respectEveryone deserves respect Mediators show respect by listeningMediators show respect by listening Conflict is a normal part of livingConflict is a normal part of living Conflict is an opportunity to do something goodConflict is an opportunity to do something good Mediation is a respectful way of resolving conflictMediation is a respectful way of resolving conflict

11 Peer Mediation Making a difference, One conflict at a time Why mediation by Peers?Why mediation by Peers? Many students do not feel comfortable sharing peer- related activities/topics with adults they do not knowMany students do not feel comfortable sharing peer- related activities/topics with adults they do not know Peers tend to provide advice and share perceptions with each other on a regular basis. Having peers who are trained to provide sound advice and a new point of view enables students to make better choices in the safe environment that mediation providesPeers tend to provide advice and share perceptions with each other on a regular basis. Having peers who are trained to provide sound advice and a new point of view enables students to make better choices in the safe environment that mediation provides

12 Peer Mediation Making a difference, One conflict at a time PurposePurpose To understand that conflict is normalTo understand that conflict is normal To learn skills and ways to resolve conflict by modeling the behaviors demonstrated by the mediators in the mediation settingTo learn skills and ways to resolve conflict by modeling the behaviors demonstrated by the mediators in the mediation setting To understand that there are two sides to every story, therefore listening is just as important as expressing your story and the feelings associated with that storyTo understand that there are two sides to every story, therefore listening is just as important as expressing your story and the feelings associated with that story Through mediation comes communication… through communication comes understanding… through understanding comes resolution.Through mediation comes communication… through communication comes understanding… through understanding comes resolution.

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