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Transition to High School: Upperclassmen Leading the Way Presented by: Dolores Fischer FMP Coordinator and FMP Student Mentors. Freshman Mentor Program. Mentoring - “The Act of Giving”. F M P “Our Friendly Meeting Place”. Mentoring “The Act of Giving” The FMP Student Mentor

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Transition to High School:

Upperclassmen Leading the Way

Presented by:

Dolores Fischer

FMP Coordinator

and

FMP Student Mentors


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Freshman Mentor Program

Mentoring - “The Act of Giving”


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F M P“Our Friendly Meeting Place”

Mentoring

“The Act of Giving”

The FMP Student Mentor

is giving each freshman:

“A gift of knowledge”

“A gift of friendship”

“A gift of experience”


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A TRIBUTE TO OURFMP STUDENT MENTORS


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WHAT IS FMP????

  • The freshman mentor program provides each freshman with a supportive environment that allows a smooth adjustment from junior high to high school, both academically and socially.


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Advisory that meets 4 days a week

On-going orientation to high school

A comfortable environment to grow in high school

Counselors monitor each freshman's academic progress

Constant announcements of school activities

Academic Resources through faculty advisor, FMP’s, and subject study groups.

FMP provides each freshman with:


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1990-91 - Pilot Homeroom Freshman Advisory with two teachers.

1991-92 - Expand Advisory to more teachers

1992-94 - Continue Homeroom program to see the lasting affects of FMP

February -1994 visit Highland Park High School’s APF program

March -1994 - Proposal for Freshman Mentor Program to Board of Ed using Highland Park model to include student mentors

1994-95 - Pilot FMP Advisories with students

1995-96 - Expand FMP to the whole freshman class

1996-97 - Implement Freshman Orientation Day

1997-98 - We decide to pilot 6 advisories with 3 student mentors in each, rather than two.

1998-99 - Expand Program to include more FMP’s and advisories

1999 - 2000 - Introduced Board of Directors to help maintain control over the growing program

2000 -2001 – Expand all advisories to 3 FMP’s in each

2001-2002 – Pilot 4 to 5 FMP’s within each advisory

2002-Present – Improve FMP to Freshman ratio, eventually growing to over 240 FMP’s strong.

History of FMP


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FMP Faculty Leaders

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES

FMP DIRECTOR

Three FMP coordinators observe, evaluate, and monitor advisory activities


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FMP Student Leaders

FMP EXECUTIVE BOARD

TWO PRESIDENTS

VICE PRESIDENTS

Board of Directors Leaders that organize FMP events

FMP ADVISORY LEADERS

3 FMP Mentors


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Advisory team

* = Dean and social Worker meet their freshmen on Orientation day.

FACULTY ADVISOR

STUDENT MENTORS (3-4)

COUNSELOR, DEAN*, SOCIAL WORKER*


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Advisory Team

Student Mentor

Faculty Advisor

Counselor


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Advisory Team

  • The Faculty Advisor:

    • Provides leadership coaching for

      Student Mentors

    • Supervises advisory

      (satisfies contract for supervision)

    • Helps organize/participate in activities

    • Performs administrative duties

    • Provides a resource for all students


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Advisory Team

  • The Guidance Counselor:

    • Provides an opportunity to develop a rapport with their freshman

    • Talks about necessary topics with students as a group

    • Allows time to answer questions for students


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A Week In Advisory

  • Monday - Small Group Day

  • Tuesday -

    Meet with your counselor

  • Wednesday -

    Homework/Study Day

  • Thursday - Activity Day


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August -

Freshman Orientation

Freshman dance

Guidebook Test

Co-curricular Education

September -

~“Becoming A Patriot”~ Superintendent speaks to freshman

Introduction to technology

October -

Homecoming

Discuss earning privileges at Stevenson

November -

Principal Visits

Career Cruising

December -

“The Giving Month”

January -

Preparing For Finals

Registering for classes - four year plan

February -

Pre-Driving program with police

Odyssey

March

Co-curricular Fair

April -

World of Difference

May-

8th grade dance

8th grade transition program

Advisory Awards Day

Special Events


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FMP provides each freshman with:

  • A comprehensive transition program during their 8th grade year which includes:

    • Parents and future freshmen come to Stevenson for Registration - February

    • Co-curricular fair - March

    • Meeting with FMP student advisors at junior high schools - May

    • Freshman Orientation day - August


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Co-Curricular Fair

In march, The Stevenson Student Activities invites parents and our future freshman to learn about Stevenson’s clubs(over 100) Intramurals, and Sports Teams.


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Spring Eighth Grade Transition Program

  • FMPs go to Jr. High Schools

  • In small groups FMPs talk to their future freshmen about Stevenson High School’s:

    • Academics

    • Co- Curricular Opportunities

    • Social Aspects

    • Support Services

    • Freshman Orientation day


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FRESHMAN ORIENTATION DAY

  • The day before the

    “official first day of school”.

  • Two FMPs ride each school bus and greet freshmen at each bus stop(56 bus routes)

  • FMPs escort students to the Sports Center to pick up their schedule and direct them to their advisory classroom.


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FRESHMAN ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

  • 7:30 A.M. - 8:00 A.M - Receive class schedule, locker card,and ID (if taken in summer school) in the sports center. Freshmen then report to their Advisory.

  • 8:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M. - Advisory Activities, ID/Yearbook Pictures, Tours of the school in small groups with the FMP’s. Visit key places in school (i.e. lockers, gyms, lunchrooms, etc.).

  • 10:15 A.M. - 11:15 A.M. - Welcome Assembly

  • 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P. M. - Meet with Dean, Counselor and Social Worker

  • 12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. - Lunch

  • 1: 30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. - Mini School Schedule*

    *Schedule has 5 minute periods with 8 minute passing periods


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Becoming a Freshman Mentor

  • Step 1 - Application:

    • Part 1 - Student Profile

    • Part 2 - Resume

    • Part 3 - Ice breaker activity*

      Activities we use to develop our Activity Resource Books

    • Part 4 - Essay Questions*

      *- See Example in Resource Section


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Step 2 - Evaluation:

Faculty Evaluation of Applicants -

Are they…

Positive role models

Willing to lead others - Responsible to manage a group

Do they have…

Communication skills

Respect for Diverse ideas and personalities

Enthusiasm and Motivation

FMP Directors -

Academics

Attendance

Responsible Behavior

Becoming a Freshman Mentor


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Becoming a Freshman Mentor

  • Step 3 - Interviews:

    • Out of about 450 applicants, only 50%-60% receive an interview with senior mentors and board of directors


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2nd Year Mentors

  • Reapply

    • This includes a student profile, resume, activity, and answers to essay questions

  • Faculty evaluations

    • Faculty re-evaluate applicants

  • Counselor, FMP Faculty Advisor, and FMP Director’s evaluations

    • Evaluate FMP student mentor’s effectiveness as a leader,a positive role model, and a responsible student.


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FMP Student Mentor Training

  • June – Last day of school

    • Orientation to FMP program by learning about our history, traditions, expectations, & our passion to help freshmen.

  • Summer - FMP Student Mentor

    • Advisory Pairings

      • FMP’s meet to begin to develop advisory team dynamics

        • Dateline FMP ~ when the FMP team meets on a social level

  • August - 2 days

    • Team building through games and activities

    • Motivational Speaker - Mike Smith from Differences Makers

      works with FMPs to develop their mentoring skills

  • Lunch & Learn

    • Lunch meetings (once a month) throughout the entire school year


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FMP and the Students

  • Ultimate Goal…

    • Become that “special upperclassman”

  • Rewards

    • Privilege of being a part of an internationally recognized mentoring program and esteemed co-curricular

    • Opportunity to help others

    • Develop friendships between you and your freshmen


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FMP and the Students

  • Benefits of FMP:

    • Ease freshman’s transition into high school

    • Mentors serve as an easily accessible resource and role models

    • Provides a comfortable, friendly atmosphere

    • Helps them to meet their peers

    • Creates instant “upperclassman friends”

    • Who benefits more?

      • They both benefit tremendously


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Benefits for All

  • Creates lasting friendships

  • Helps freshmen adjust to the social and learning environments of high school

  • Upperclassmen have the opportunity to build “trusting relationships”

  • Upperclassmen develop their leadership skills

  • Gives upperclassmen the opportunity to have a lasting impact on their freshman's lives

    FMP Student Mentors

    are the

    “STAR MAKERS OF STEVENSON”


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F M P

It takes an adult 7 days to 7 weeks to make an impact on a student’s life, but it takes another student their age or slightly older 7 seconds to 7 minutes to make a difference.

~Anonymous~

“Friendly Meeting Place”


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LEARN MORE ABOUT FMP

FMP Website

http://www6.district125.k12.il.us/FMP/default.shtml

Contact the

Director of the Freshman Mentor Program Dolores Fischer

847-634-4000 ext.1673

[email protected]

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