Sandy Spring Friends School



Middle School Advisories

Middle School advisors have numerous roles in the lives of their advisees. They are responsible for serving as student advocates, supporting their advisees in school endeavors and helping them to achieve an appropriate balance between academic and extracurricular activities. Some of their official duties include clerking and guiding weekly advisor group meetings, supervising tutorial and silent reading periods, and writing an end-of-year letter to parents that summarizes each student's academic, extracurricular, and social year.

Unofficially, but just as important, is the expectation that the faculty member will make the effort to get to know the student beyond the structured classroom setting. At the start of the year, each advisor will administer an "Advisee Inventory," which will assist the advisor in learning about his or her advisee’s likes and dislikes and some of their personal interests and habits. The advisee inventories, which include student statements about nightly study habits and phone and TV time, can be very helpful during parent-teacher conferences.

Advisory period is from 7:55 – 8:07 a.m. every morning and during Community Time after lunch on Mondays. Advisors are provided with a set of lessons and resources for these times on a wide range of topics from Quakerism study and discussion, academic planning and organization, leadership and teambuilding, and social-emotional themes such as managing stress and healthy relationships.