March 2, 2012 by Brad Currie
Recently Readington Middle School implemented a school wide advisory program that focuses on the Six Pillars of Character. Every Tuesday afternoon for approximately thirty minutes, advisors (teachers) meet with their advisees (students) to engage in activities that promote a positive school culture. Topics covered in the activities include a wide variety, such as respect, responsibility, goal setting, bullying prevention, digital citizenship, trustworthiness, caring, current events and empathy. Each advisory group is comprised of an average of twelve students and one or two staff members; the small size of each group promotes relationship building. Every location in the school is utilized including classrooms, the media center, cafeteria, gymnasiums, offices and conference rooms. Students are grouped by grade level and are guided by rules pertaining to confidentiality, respectful communication and appropriate behavior.
A committee of twenty five teachers, who have volunteered their time, meet periodically to strengthen and revise the program to meet the needs of our student body. In the near future, students and parents will also become part of the committee to share their valuable insight. An extension of this program that has evolved recently is the Break the Silence Club. Led by Mrs. Hegstrom, our sixth grade counselor, and Amanda Libero, a junior at Hunterdon Central High School, this unique club allows students to contribute their thoughts on maintaining a healthy school culture through creative initiatives.
Our middle school teachers have always done an outstanding job of promoting a positive school climate while delivering a top notch education. The integration of this new advisory program solidifies our commitment to a fun and safe learning environment that promotes the success of all students. The motto that our school lives by is, “Take care of yourself, take of each other, take care of our school.” The Readington Advisory Program is one more way our students and staff take care of each other and make our great school even greater.
By: Brad Currie, Vice Principal