We often describe Advisories at The Gregory School as a student’s family on campus. These small, multi-grade (Middle School or Upper School) groups provide each student with ready-made peer support and a dedicated teacher to help guide them through their time in the Middle or Upper School. As students graduate or are promoted to Upper School, new students fill the spaces and students who were once mentored as new ninth and sixth graders become mentors to the new and younger students. Advisories may play games together, chat or discuss specific topics, do community service projects, have advisory lunches, and more.
On May 13, Mrs. Nicolle Newton’s Middle School advisory had a reunion, hosting their first ever advisory alumni breakfast. Mrs. Newton calls it “a smashing success.” Seven students from Upper School who had been in Mrs. Newton’s Advisory joined her current group. “We had yummy food and the Upper School girls shared their wisdom, advice, and tips and tricks for managing high school,” Mrs. Newton said. “They also shared fond memories about Middle School and Advisory.”
The Middle School students asked questions about Upper School academics and how to best navigate their social lives. The Upper School students also offered several excellent suggestions for additional ways to bridge Middle and Upper School. “Everyone was so happy to be there and they want me to make this a regular event; I will be doing it again next year,” Mrs. Newton said. “I feel so honored to be able to be a part of all of these girls' lives and that they all wanted to come and spend some time with each other!”