Last Wednesday marked the beginning of the new advisory period at Kayhi. The advisory class was created for the purpose of preparing and helping students set and achieve goals throughout high school and after. Kayhi senior Carlos Orta initially believed the class was going to be pointless. After the class, Orta’s perception changed. He sees the potential of the class.
“I thought it was going to be a waste of time, but once we got into it, it wasn’t that bad,” Orta said. “It will be helpful in planning our future, especially since the careers class was removed. This seems like a replacement for that type of class and should be useful for seniors.”
Advisory classes are split by grade, and each grade has a specific lesson plan. For the seniors, the lessons are going to be focused on teaching them skills to succeed after high schoolーeven if they don’t choose to go to college. While for freshman, sophomores, and juniors, the immediate goal is to teach them skills to succeed in high school. Kayhi senior Nolan Meyer believes the seniors who plan to attend college, have the most to benefit from advisory.
“The studious student who actually wants to go to college and further their education will reap the most rewards,” Meyer said. “They will realize the timeline they have and get going on scholarships, applications, and that type of stuff.”
While Orta and Meyer see the value of the class, Orta also sees a couple of factors that might limit the success of advisory: lack of student engagement and the short class duration.
“I think advisory is a good idea, but I think the students will come in with a negative mindset,” Orta said. “That combined with the short duration of the class might make it hard for it to succeed.”
Principal Bob Marshall had those concerns at first, but laid them to rest after the first class. He chose to make the class 30 minutes because the lesson plans don’t need more time than that. Marshall enjoys dropping in on classes and seeing what they are up to, and what he saw during the advisory hour pleased him. He saw students actively engaged in their lessons.
“The first advisory class went really well,” Marshall said. “I visited the classes and was pleasantly surprised with the level of engagement from the students, especially the upperclassmen.”
Marshall is confident in the advisory class. He has seen the success of the program at his previous school district in Washington, and hopes to see those same results at Kayhi.