Hampton Bays Middle School

Monday Memo #34

A Sense of Connectedness...

Dear Faculty,

This month's Faculty Meeting breakout groups/team meetings has created a sense of commitment to the work involved in building a sense of connectedness for our students.

Over the course of this school year, members of our HBMS team have done extensive learning in pockets on the value of Middle School Advisory Programs. Of great significance is that while Advisory presents an important place and space to fine-tune connecting with adolescents, this can (and should) happen any time and any place during the school experience.

Why does Advisory matter? Why do students need to feel a sense of connectedness?

This article sheds some light on those answers. Because while we all know and appreciate the value of personal connections, there's so much more to it. And there's so much good that can and will come of an adult advocate who is willing to "be the reason" for one or more students over the course of a day, a week, a month, and a year of school. Here's an article on the topic that further supports the work of what results when we make the commitment to connect with a student.

"Building School Connectedness to Foster Resiliency in Children": http://www.educationdive.com/news/building-school-connectedness-to-foster-resiliency-in-children/418448/#.VynAa8z439s.twitter

For anyone who has yet to contribute to the conversation on Back-to-School Kick-Off ideas, here's the link to the Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FyWQoD-PIP4NEf11W4jGw4w_JJL9h3lomxjR4IUv7hw/viewform . Speak to me or to one of your team members for clarification, if you missed our Faculty Meeting. Your consideration in contributing to the Google form is appreciated.

Thanks for your dedication to our students and to our middle school program.



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