Junior High Principal Bill Hoover has been pleased with the program as well.
"We feel really good about the support provided to our students," he
said."This is a very tough age; They're going through puberty and trying to find out who they are."
While there is a guidance counselor, there are 430 students in the junior high that one person tries to serve, Hoover
said.By pairing students with a mentor, it makes assistance more available for students and provides them someone they can get to know and trust.
"I think it was pretty well-received by our students.I think they appreciate having a staff member they could talk to in a non-traditional setting," Hoover
Another key in the programs is when discipline is meted out, that the student assesses the incident.
Students have to fill out a form explaining why they made the decision they did and how they will approach it differently in the future.
"At our level, sometimes you have to deal with discipline punitively, but we're always trying to deal with it as a learning experience as well ...I think both of these (programs) together have created a positive environment at school," Hoover