Grauer Mentoring Program: Friendships For High School and Middle School Students
At the beginning of the school year, 11th and 12th Grade students can volunteer to be mentors to a middle school student. Alicia Tembi and Shelley Boniwell are the advisors for the mentoring program, and they match up the high school students with middle school students who want to be mentored. This program provides opportunities for peer role modeling from the older students and friendship for the younger students. The mentors are required to meet twice a month for 30 minutes with their middle school student mentee, although many of them meet more often. Students typically meet at lunch or afterschool to discuss topics of interest, talk about life as a middle schooler or high schooler, play sports or board games, and enjoy each other's company. Dr. Stuart Grauer remarked, "This program is a great pride of our school—it's really a perfect representation of what's best about our organization."
This year, there are 15 mentor/mentee pairs, and they met with Shelley and Alicia for lunch on Tuesday, November 30. All of the students in the group introduced themselves and talked about what they hope to achieve through their mentoring partnerships.
Although the current issues in our country and in our world seem overwhelming, Dr. Grauer puts everything into perspective by reminding us what is really important.
In this week's column, Dr. Grauer reflects on the joy of sharing the bounty from the Grauer Garden with school families.
It's an annual tradition for Grauer students to relieve some stress by petting cute and cuddly animals in a Petting Zoo on campus during Finals week. Grauer students had lots of fun petting a variety of animals including baby goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, and an alpaca.
Conner’s Cause for Children is a small non-profit organization founded in memory of Conner Champ. For the past 16 years, The Grauer School has partnered with Conner’s Cause for the holidays. We would like to thank our Grauer community for sponsoring all 100 children on our Conner's Cause list again this year!
How are you feeling this holiday season? We're aiming for peace and joy to the world this year, which is our real curriculum at The Grauer School.
Grauer’s High School Surf team competed in their third meet of the season on December 11 at Mission Beach. Thanks to all of the students and families that participated or were in attendance cheering on the Grauer Surf Team!