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At South Middle School Mentoring is who we are!. Lancaster, South Carolina Joyce Crimminger , Principal Brent Chavous , Assistant Principal Liz James, Instructional Facilitator. Beginnings. Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW) initiative --2005 Implementation of Advisor/Advisee—2007

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At south middle school mentoring is who we are

At South Middle School Mentoring is who we are!

Lancaster, South Carolina

Joyce Crimminger, Principal

Brent Chavous, Assistant Principal

Liz James, Instructional Facilitator


Beginnings
Beginnings

  • Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW) initiative --2005

  • Implementation of Advisor/Advisee—2007

    • Once a semester through character education


Mustang mentors
Mustang Mentors

  • 2011-2012

    • Full Scale implementation with once a month sessions

    • Each staff member has a small group (12-15 students)

    • Topics generated by students and teachers

    • Teachers loop with their students

    • Groups are grade specific



Clubs
Clubs

  • Begun in Spring of 2011

  • Monthly meetings

  • Clubs are not grade specific

  • Entire school moves at one time to clubs

  • Students have choice of a club

  • Run by two teachers

  • Trying to make clubs match student interests



Men of distinction
Men of Distinction

  • Begun as an After School organization for At-Risk young men

  • Originally boys were hand-picked to join, now anyone can joinwith a parent’s permission

  • Monthly meetings

  • Facilitated by Mr. Partee and Mr. Chavous

  • Learn life skills such as how to change a tire, check oil in a car, tie a tie, and how to cook breakfast.

  • Had first lock in this spring.

  • Practice positive behavior and discipline


Lock in activities
Lock In Activities

King of Mountain

Flag Football

Kick Ball

Ice Challenge

Movie Mania

Basketball Free Throws


Girls on track
Girls on Track

  • Middle School program for Girls on the Run

  • Girls must apply and pay an enrollment fee

  • Meets twice weekly

  • Sponsored by various teachers, interns, and guidance

  • Character building lessons

  • Students slowly build up to a 5K

  • Two sessions per year

  • Buddy runners

  • Kids who hate PE participate in GOT and LOVE IT!



Guidance
Guidance

  • Classroom sessions

  • Small groups

  • Individual sessions

  • Lunchtime meetings in cafeteria and in office

  • Clubs


Peer tutoring
Peer Tutoring

  • Meets each day across from the cafeteria– easy access for students—from 7:40-8:05

  • Teachers recommend students to be tutors

  • Any student can come in for help

  • Tutors teach students study skills such as using flash cards to study vocabulary.


Teacher mentors
Teacher mentors

  • Middle School concept of teams allows team teachers to work together to better reach students

  • ESOL students check in with ESOL teacher each morning about homework or other needs they may have


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