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Advisory Group focuses on making positive connections

Advisory Group


Character education is alive and well at the Middle School.

For the third year in a row, Patroon 7-1 has again initiated its Advisory Group Program. Advisory consists of small groups of students that will meet monthly throughout the year with an adult staff member to foster supportive and caring relationships among the students and their advisor.

Advisory groupThe first meeting was held on Thursday, Oct. 27, during lunch. The students had a pizza lunch which they enjoyed within the small group environment along with one of the adult advisors.


The relaxed small group atmosphere provided the students an opportunity to interact with other students and to form new friendships.Advisory groups

Activities following the lunch consisted of team building activities which focused on cooperation, communication, and problem solving skills. Future activities will focus on tolerance, conflict resolution skills, and bullying.

Advisory GroupThe following staff members were facilitators of the advisory groups: Linda Gellman (7th grade science), Nina Sher (7th grade world language), Jeffrey Mongue (7th grade math), Steven Gigliello (7th grade ELA), Matt Reis (7th grade social studies), Erin Robichaud (7th grade special education), Trish Henning (7th grade Family and Consumer Science), Laura Forman (7th grade art), Andrew Baker (House Leader), Carla Young (guidance counselor - Patroon 7-1), and Kim Panero (social worker).

The Advisory Program's goals coincides with the BCMS Character Education Mission which states:

“Bethlehem Central Middle School is a place where we teach and model positive values in all aspects of our learning environment.
Students, staff, and parents strive to create an atmosphere of belonging and responsibility where our differences are celebrated. We respect and care for ourselves, each other, and our community."