October 14, 2021
Dear BHS Parents,
We are pleased to share the emerging success of a new program at Bangor High School, the Advisory Period! The decision by Bangor High School to embrace this program is based on our desire to promote short and long term social-emotional well-being for all students. It goes without saying that the last 18 months have been a turbulent time for all of us and our immediate priority is to ensure that students are cared for, and that they are able to form healthy academic and social relationships. Faculty mentors will be the frontline support in this process, first and foremost, making sure that our students adjust back to a “closer-to-normal” school year.
In Advisory meetings, which will occur daily for 20 minutes, every student meets in groups of 12-14 with their faculty advisor. While there will be monthly, weekly and daily themes and objectives, Advisory is not an academic class. It is set up so that advisors have enough structure to guide free discussions, but also enough flexibility to allow the adult in the room to recognize and respond to the needs of the students as they present themselves.
Faculty advisors received some professional development when they returned from the summer and will continue to be supported by in-house staff, including school counselors, administrators and educators, as well as from outside sources that have a history with social-emotional learning. Advisory “lessons” will be organized by themes that address universally accepted standards of self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness and relationship skills.
Advisory periods are common in many schools throughout the nation, so the concept is not revolutionary. In fact, the practice is well-researched and has been thoroughly vetted for several decades in public education. However, as advisory is new to Bangor High School, you may have questions regarding the program. If so, please feel free to contact us as we are happy to share some more details with you. In the meantime, we are confident that your children will benefit from the Advisory experience.
Thank you for all that you do as parents and we look forward to working with you and your children this year.
Adam Leach, Ed.D.
Director of School Counseling