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Monday, May 2, 2016

Making a 'Connection'

Friday, February 20, 2009

Middle school and elementary students invited to high school for 'get to know you' event; anti-bullying program being planned

The high school students at Alta High School are participating in a program that is strengthening the "connection" between them and the school.

Students have been divided into groups of eight-10 and assigned to a high school teacher; the program, called Connections, provides 15 minutes each day to discuss such topics as relationship skills and provide reading time. Connections students also take part in community service projects. The students are working on an anti-bullying program that will be shared with the elementary and middle school students.

The younger students were all invited to the high school on Monday to get to know the older students and take part in activities they planned. Limbo, Twister, Simon Says and cards were among the games played together. It is hoped that a "connection" is also formed between all of Alta's students and that the younger students look to the older students as role models.

Programs similar to Connections are popping up in many high schools. It allows the high school students to keep in touch with at least one adult in the school, someone to feel comfortable with and connect to in a different manner than as a classroom teacher.

High school counselor Belinda Shea said the students are looking for community service projects to do in the spring and she would like input from members of the community as to what types of projects they would like to see completed.

Anyone wanting to share ideas may call her or Principal Tom Ryherd at the high school, 200-1331 and they will be happy to explore the suggestions.

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