Polson Middle School
Positive Youth Development Programs at Polson Middle School
Positive youth development is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities in a manner that enhances youths' strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.
Girls Leadership Group
Girls' Leadership Group meets once a week after school from November through May. This program aims to promote positive self-esteem, body image and good decision making skills while having fun and meeting new people in a safe and supportive environment. For more information email or call Melissa Balletto 203-245-5657.
Peer Helpers is for 7th and 8th students who are considered trustworthy and helpful to their peers. These students are trained in communication and problem solving skills. The training consists of a weekend retreat and five additional weekly sessions. Upon completion of the weekend, Alumni Peer Helpers serve others through the following: peer supported tutorial services, easing the transition for new students, discussion groups with faculty to improve student/teacher communication and respect, assisting the guidance counselors in orientation programs for students coming to Polson School. They also work on community service activities to improve school culture.
These trained peer helpers learn to respond effectively when their fellow students experience a wide range of difficulties, and they receive valuable coaching in connecting vulnerable peers to appropriate resources. If you are interested in this program please contact Peg Butler
A leadership program for 6th grade students who want to make a positive change at Polson Middle School through awareness campaigns and serving as role models for their peers. Students are nominated for this program by their team teachers.
Epic is a joint effort between MYFS and Polson Middle School to foster targeted students’ social skills. After the sixth graders are fully trained in the Allies program they then have the opportunity to practice their new skills through cooperative play and role modeling.
This program aims to promote positive self-esteem, body image and good decision-making skills while having fun and meeting new people in a safe and supportive environment. This group meets once a week after school. If you are interested in this program please contact Peg Butler
Let’s Create Together – 6th Grade
Let’s Create Together is a connection group for 6th graders. This group is open to all 6th grade students, and is designed to help create connections and reflect on shared experiences while having fun in a low-stress environment. Each week will focus on a different topic, along with a related hands-on activity or craft. The group will meet weekly for 4 to 6 weeks; all materials will be provided by MYFS.
Boys Council Lunch Groups (6th, 7th & 8th grades)
Boys Council provides boys with skills that will help them in school, sports, and home life. These skills contribute to their development into respected young males within their school and community. Topics covered include healthy competition, active listening, boys and their emotions, technology, and media portrayal of males, and more. Lessons adapted from One Circle Foundation’s, Boy’s Council Program.
High School students go to an 8th grade health class to review high school scenarios and answer 8th graders questions about high school. These visits happen once per trimester to each 8th grade health class.
Who's Got The Power
Who's Got The Power is an anti-bullying program offered to 6th graders in health class at Brown Middle School. For 4 days, students will interact with classmates and discuss ways to promote inclusion and kindness at Brown. These interactive sessions help students understand the importance of being an "Ally" to a peer and help them become more aware of the resources and adults who can help them in the school.