What is Advisory?
Advisory is a program in which all students meet every Thursday, between fourth and sixth hour, in a particular classroom, to “assist students in a successful transition to high school by developing a sense of belonging to the school community and promoting social and academic growth.”
Upperclassmen at BVN teach the freshmen not only how to survive, but also thrive in high school. They do this by presenting videos, games, slideshows, songs, stories, and their own little tips and tricks that they’ve mastered over the years as a Mustang.
Simply put, Advisory exists to make the transition between middle school and high school as easy as possible.
What do you do in Advisory?
Every Thursday, once students finish fourth hour, they go to their Advisory Classroom – which should be listed on each student’s schedule.
Once class starts, the advisor and mentors will talk about various things that are going on, or will be going on, at BVN. For example, on Aug. 20, students will watch the first North Report, a series of videos compiled by the the broadcast class, followed by a small game. On Sept. 3, each student will be introduced to the various learning styles of each student – visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
Throughout the course of the year, the advisors and mentors will enlighten the students on various events and activities that happen at North, such as homecoming, spirit days, standardized testing, grades, GPA, finals, and assemblies.
Who are these “Mentors”?
The Mustang Mentors are a group of upperclassmen who volunteered to help, or rather “mentor,” the new freshmen at BVN.
They were selected through a process that evaluated their goals, ambitions, performance, attitude, enthusiasm and friendliness, both inside and outside of the classroom.
And most importantly, they can be trusted – for they have been in freshman shoes years ago.
How is Advisory useful for me?
First of all, the friends that students make in advisory tend to be some of their closest friends in high school – this is because they’re stuck with the same advisory for all four years.
Second of all, many people argue that advisory is extremely useful for students who are unfamiliar with a particular topic and need help understanding it. When in doubt, ask the mentors.
Third of all, students get 41 minutes during school to play games, watch videos, talk with friends and take a break. Some would say that advisory is like recess in high school.
How can I skip Advisory?
Don’t. Just…don’t. It’s not worth it. The lessons you learn in advisory as a freshman can come in handy later on in your high school career.
What can I do to make the best out of Advisory?
Participate. When the mentors start off a game, take part in it. Don’t try to act too cool for school. Join in! It will be worthwhile.
In the end, it is often said that the feeling of accomplishment after participating in an activity is always greater than the feeling of sitting in one’s seat and regretting not getting in on the action.
How do I become a Mentor?
Nearing the end of sophomore year, there will be flyers posted up with instructions on applying to become a mentor.
If not, contact Mrs. Dalton or Ms. Snethen, and they will gladly help.