Created Summer 2009 by Elizabeth Albertson, Lissa Brouwers, Sal Canata, Christa Chiarello, David Driscoll, Sarah Kiritsis, Julie Spencer-Robinson, Claire Ann Williams
THE JFK FORUM:
PROMOTING AND CREATING POSITIVE SCHOOL CULTURE
“Every student should be well known by at least one adult. Students should be able to rely on that adult to help learn from their experiences, comprehend physical changes and changing relations with family and peers, act on their behalf to marshal every school and community resource needed for the student to succeed, and to help fashion a promising vision of the future.”
-Turning Points 2000
The Northampton School district’s mission includes developing socially responsible citizens in a global society. JFK Middle School’s mission includes the creation of an environment of mutual trust and respect that promotes self-esteem, dignity, cooperation and the ability to resolve conflicts non-violently. To that end the JFK Forum has been created as an Advisory Program to address issues and concerns that can affect middle school children during their journey into adolescence.
CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ADVISORY PROGRAM
In alignment with the missions of the Northampton Public School District and JFK Middle School we must develop and implement student outreach initiatives to maintain a safe and healthy school environment. These initiatives and projects should be based on the premise that students, teachers, administrators, and the community will work together to increase student engagement and achieve high academic and social standards.
The mission of the JFK FORUM is that every student have a relationship with an adult who knows the individual well and can advocate for them. The JFK FORUM also provides students with a social group of peers who know each other well and can provide academic and social support.
School Wide Goals
Nuts and Bolts
This guide will serve as a blueprint for the establishing of a successful program; one in which the mission of the JFK Forum and its goals can be met.
Characteristics of an Advisor
What an advisor should try not to do
So, what’s it all about?
It’s about building relationships that promote a positive school climate and improve student learning.