The Middle School Advocacy program, called Raider Pride, has been in existence since 2010. It was created by concerned staff, students, and parents in order to build relationships within our school, reduce bullying and other negative peer interactions, and enhance the learning environment for all students. Raider Pride has undergone several enhancements and refinements over the past 7 years in order to make it more meaningful and effective for each grade level of our students. Our current model includes a strong student-centered approach with 8th grade and other trained student leaders participating as peer group leaders. This approach is designed to give students more voice and control in their own culture and environment. The attached documents provide additional information regarding Advocacy programs, social-emotional learning, and the Raider Pride program.
In conjunction with changes in our approach to Student Advocacy, TVMS is also deepening its commitment to the use of the Restorative Practices continuum in dealing with student behavior and relationships in our building. Restorative Practices has been used successfully in the juvenile justice system world-wide and is currently being introduced and used in many schools in our country and around the world. Restorative Practices involves a range of practices that use affective statements, informal, and formal conferences to hold students accountable to others in their community when they have broken rules and caused harm to others. This continuum of interaction gives victims a voice and requires offenders to repair the harm done to others in their community. Administrators, counselors, and teachers in the middle school have begun training in the use of Restorative Practices and will be striving to incorporate these simple and effective techniques in their daily practice over the next year. The attached documents will provide those interested with additional information and resources regarding Restorative Practices.