We have developed an advisory program to ensure each student receives the individual attention necessary to successfully navigate through the Middle School program and to promote the shared values of the Canterbury community.
A faculty advisor is assigned to each student. Advisors serve as a resource for students, parents and faculty; their primary goal is to facilitate the total development of each student in his or her intellectual, physical, social and spiritual growth.
Students and advisors meet daily for study time or to review and discuss topics of interest. The advisor may offer guidance and insights helpful to the student and is available to discuss the student’s academic progress, behavior, social experience and other topics as both parties wish.
Students report to their advisor room prepared for quiet study, reading or advisor discussion time. Advisory groups usually consist of about 10-12 students. One day each week, the advisory period is dedicated to CART – Cavaliers All Read Together. Each student and teacher will read a book of his or her choice during the CART period. Advisoy groups also plan competitions, carry ins and other fun bonding experiences.
Advisors contact the parents of their advisees at the beginning of each semester. Parents are encouraged to contact the student’s advisor with questions and special concerns, as well.
Example of an advisory activity:
Camp Tecumseh Trip for Grade 7 - a Team Building Experience
Seventh graders and their advisors attended the annual Camp Tecumseh trip in Brookston, Indiana. This year brought warm weather, many bugs, Gaga—a game enjoyed during free time—and fond memories.
The students were led by teachers and counselors in various team-building activities by advisory group during the three-day stay. During mealtime, every student was assigned a table and had the opportunity to eat family-style. A challenge for the students was to finish their meal with zero food waste, a mission they accomplished.
When asked about some of the highlights, students responded:
"I learned we all have different strengths; some of us are more athletic while others might be more intelligent. And when we worked together, the outcome was good.”
“My favorite Camp T memory was Gaga because it was crazy fun!”
“The campfire was my favorite because of the funny skits.”