Advising program assists students through high school career

Social Studies teacher Kris Wrobel sits in on a department meeting.

Throughout their high school careers, students meet new people, encounter new challenges and face more responsibilities. The advising program has been around for several years, aiming to help students through these challenges.

“I think the advising program can be looked at as a way for us to find connections for kids to the school, and so it initially started as a way for us to take students and create little families,” said Business Education teacher Megan Finch. “Every teacher is assigned a certain number of kids to kind of nurture, look after and be an advocate for, make sure they’re on task with grades and classes and in feeling involved in part of the school life. So the advising program is really a way to create success for students at the high school level.”

One advantage of the advising program is it allows mingling between the upperclassmen and underclassmen, even if it’s for only a focus period.

“I think it’s a good program,” said senior Savannah Markee. “It helps kids bond with and…have a chance to meet with kids in different grades and get advice on scheduling and classes from upperclassmen. You have a chance to talk to a faculty member about grades and other things.”

Markee believes allowing the students to pick their advisors would greatly improve the program. This method would ultimately make the bonding process more natural.

“You could pick a teacher in your own career field, and or just a teacher you have really bonded well with, and that you trust,” said Markee. “It’s easier to talk to them if you trust them.”

One negative to the program is inconsistency. Finch thinks a more structured program would be more worthwhile.

“I just think there needs to be…a common understanding between the students and the staff,” said Finch. “I think we need to have consistency from the staff on how to run the advising program.”

Though some dislike the program in general and dread going to the meetings, Markee thinks it is a worthwhile program.

“Yeah, I think it’s a really helpful program and…a lot of students benefit from it,” said Markee. “They might not like it but it essentially helps us.”