Also in attendance: Dr. Helen Larson, Assistant Superintendent; Mrs. Kelly Byrne, Supervisor of Mathematics; Dr. Troy Czukoski, Middle School Principal; Mr. Richard Kaskey, High School Principal; Mrs. Margaret Pearsall, Supervisor of Reading; and Kristine McArthur, administrative assistant to Dr. Larson, and other guests as indicated in the minutes.
noted that there are several new initiatives at the middle school this year.
noted that there is a need to correct disruptive behavior at the middle school.
here are many early adolescent nonsense types of acting out, that should not be punitive.Middle School students are risk-takers, impulsive and it is necessary to look at alternative approaches.Having positive adults mentor these students will have a positive effect.
mentoring initiative would use silent mentoring.Adults in the school would adopt students, without the students knowing they are being mentored.
hey will talk to them and offer support.
funds for this program are being provided by a grant.
In addition, staff will be trained in Restorative Practices, a behavioral management program.
program provides strategies to respond to difficult students.