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New mentorship program at RHS

February 13, 2015
Jared Blikre - RHS Principal , Pierce County Tribune

It is my hope that by now, many of you parents have heard about our new mentorship program. The RHS Mentorship Program was implemented this past fall. It was established by the RHS Response to Intervention (RTI) committee. The RTI committee focuses on early identification and support of students with learning and behavioral needs.

Every teacher at RHS is a mentor. Every student in grades 7-11 has a designated mentor. Students were placed with mentors by the RTI committee and several teacher volunteers according to needs, interests and previous relationships with staff. Mentors and mentees meet monthly for a period of 45 minutes.

The goal of the mentorship program is to build positive relationships with students and to provide necessary supports in the areas of academics, college and career readiness, social-emotional guidance, school transitions, character building and community service projects. The needs and interests of students do and will continue to drive this program. Sessions are structured to provide high levels of interaction between students and their mentors, as well as activities that allow for informal interaction opportunities.

All students need at least one adult advocate in school. Research shows that students are more likely to achieve when they are well-known by at least one adult. Students who take part in planned mentoring programs tend to have higher grade-point averages, higher self-esteem, better school attendance, improved social and family relationships and are more likely to attend college or post-secondary training programs. Additionally, these students are less likely to drop out of school and engage in other high-risk behaviors.

Quality schools and teachers are essential, but they alone are not enough. The best teachers, curriculum and programs won't succeed if students are not in school regularly and don't have a supportive adult figure or safe place to go. Secure attachments and stable environments are vital components to children's social and emotional development. We all want to feel cared for and valued by the significant people in our world. Students are no different. We've taken notice, and we're willing to do what it takes to ensure all students feel respected, valued and listened to. Please know your children are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges.

 
 

 

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