“SMS is intended to reach beyond the freshmen class by building cultural competencies and a solid sense of community necessary for ensuring a safe and productive school environment.”
At Poudre High School (Fort Collins), students teach other students important lessons in diversity, equity and social-emotional skills that not only create a more inclusive climate but impact academic achievement as well. Both schools are seeing positive change on school climate indicators and in student behavior, as well as reduced “F” rates for 9th grade students, lower drop-out rates and higher graduation rates.
These lessons are researched, practiced, taught, de-briefed and continually improved as the bulk of a credit-bearing class within the regular curriculum. Please download the PDF above for the 13 week Students Mentoring Students Curriculum.
View the video below to learn more about Students Mentoring Students at Poudre High School.
For the individual weekly documents, click on the links below.
Students Mentoring Students (SMS) Highlights!
- SMS – Freshman Transition Program is a yearlong peer-facilitated program that strives to introduce incoming freshmen to Poudre High School.
- With this program, freshmen will be more likely to work productively in groups.
- Various activities within the program include:
- Mystery Maze Walk
- Beach Ball Question & Answer
- Peace Rags
- 101 Ways to Reduce Stress
- Diversity Dots
- Fun ways to get to know your students through fun (and not cheesy!) name games!