Student Assistance Program
On Friday, October 23rd, Jere Baxter Middle Prep held its first Restorative Practices Conference. It was a huge success thanks to the hard work of Mrs. Renee Malbrough.
Exciting things are also happening at Dupont Hadley Middle Prep where the STARS counselor, Ms. Sarah Cody, has been trained as a level two facilitator for Why Try. This program helps students develop resiliency, increase self image and academic achievement while decreasing negative behaviors, failure and suspensions.
On October 29th, 2015, students from all over Middle Tennessee attended the Youth Global Leadership Summit, hosted on the beautiful campus of Belmont University. Students had the opportunity to explore the concepts of Service Learning. This year the students collected and bagged items to go toward the following charities: Ronald McDonald House, Sole Hope, Haiti and Room in the Inn. The students also participated in breakout sessions throughout the day where they discovered their “WHY.”
On November 23rd, the Sumner County Health Department sponsored a program, TAATU (Teens Against Alcohol and Tobacco Use), a day long event to educate sixth grade students from six area middle schools about the dangers of alcohol/drugs and tobacco. STARS Peer Leaders from Beech, Gallatin, Hendersonville and Station Camp High Schools presented over 100 sessions that day. While there were other presenters, the impact that our STARS students made is what seemed to stick with sixth graders the most. Dean, 6th grader from Ellis Middle School, said he was surprised to learn all the different chemicals contained in cigarettes and to hear about the long term effects of smoking. Our STARS Peer Leaders will be presenting this same program in May for the middle schools in northern Sumner County.