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Laramie Middle School

Student Experience Survey

Purpose Statement:  
Develop skills and relationships which build and support academic, career, and peer communities for success.

S4S is a twice weekly 25 minute advisor-advisee time designed to promote and support positive relationships, communication, community building, and career and personal goals.  Each student has been assigned a teacher/advisor for the coming school year.  The teacher to student ratio is 1 to 18.  Students will be graded a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading system.  Absences count towards a student’s total absences.

S4S Goals:

  1. Adult advocate for every student
  2. Community building that promotes a culture of respect and belonging.
  3. Academic advising and coaching
  4. Preparing students for post-secondary education and career

S4S has been developed to support our goal of being developmentally responsive to the needs of middle school students.

The research overwhelmingly supports the need for unique programming for young    adolescents.  Young people undergo more rapid and profound changes between 10 and 15 years of age than at any other time in their lives (NMSA) in This We Believe (2003).

The addition of S4S to our middle school programs supports our effort to meet the learning needs of every child.

What research tells us…

Advisory programs, often referred to as advisor-advisee, are predicated on the belief that every young adolescent should have at least one adult at school to act as the student’s advocate.

Academic success and personal growth increase markedly when a young adolescent’s affective needs are met. Each student must have one adult to support that student’s academic and personal development.

-This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents (2010)

Advisory programs are designed to deal directly with the affective needs of young adolescents. Activities may range from non-formal interactions to use of systematically developed units whose focus is drawn from the common problems, needs, interests, or concerns of young adolescents, such as “getting along with peers,” “living in the school,” or “developing self-concept.” In the best of these programs, young adolescents have an opportunity to get to know one adult really well, to find a point of security in the institution, and to learn about what it means to be a healthy human being. -Association of Middle Level Education

 When well implemented and sustained advisory programs potentially allow educators and students to develop strong relationships that support student learning. –Jackson & Davis, 2000

Critical Components:

To provide students with the structure and support for success in middle school, we believe S4S must include the following characteristics:

* High expectations for participation and  engagement
* Explicit instruction in study techniques and organizational skills
* Goal setting and reflection
* Positive relationships and personalization
* Commitment to community
* Character development
* High school & post-secondary planning
* Celebration 

School Contact Information:

Kevin O’Dea                      307-721-4430

Amanda Barham               307-721-4430
Asst. Principal/Activities Director

Kim Burkhart                     307-721-4430
Asst. Principal/Activities Director

Ken Hilton                           307-721-4430

Eric Holt                              307-721-4430

Amy Sommerfeld              307-721-4430

Attendance Line                   307-721-4453


Monthly Themes~
August/September:  Responsibility
October: Respect
November:  Self-Control
December: Generosity
January:  Kindness
February: Confidence
March: Perseverance
April: Honesty
May: Taking the Next Steps

Why is S4S Important?


What if…

  1. Every student in our school knew that someone – a staff member – really cares about him/her?
  2. All students have educational, career and personal goals which they were working toward and could see their courses as useful in reaching these goals?
  3. All parents personally knew someone at school whom they could call – who really knows their child – and how well they are doing?
  4. All school staff have the opportunity to develop close connections and mentoring relationships with a small group of students throughout their middle school years?

Research shows a positive culture within a school can connect students to learning.  Such things as a safe and respectful environment, supportive and personalized learning experiences, and personal relationships, allow students to develop a connection with the school and attain educational success.

They can also help reduce at-risk behaviors and drop-outs. An effective advisory program can provide these elements and allow students to succeed.

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