Senator Summit

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Senator Summit is Capital School District’s elementary peer mentoring program. The program is designed to be used in all seven of our elementary schools. The program creates leadership skills for our fourth grade seniors, at the same time providing our kindergarten, first, and second graders with a peer asset and advocate within the building. The relationship and bond that is created between both students is mutually beneficial.
Since our fourth graders are our most tenured elementary students, they have great knowledge and understanding of the school’s staff, routines, rules, and expectations. Senator Summit matches them with a kindergarten, first or second grader (Little Senator) within the school. Once a week, each fourth grade mentor (Senior Senator) meets with their Little Senator for approximately twenty minutes to complete a social, emotional, or behavioral lesson. The Senator Summit is broken up into two sessions. The first session runs from October through December and the second session runs from February through April. Each session runs for 12 weeks. The purpose of two sessions is to service as many of our Little Senators as possible, as well as support the needs of our transit student population. Senior Senators who are mentors in the first session can be mentors in the second session as well as Little Senators. In session II, Little Senators are matched with a different Senior Senator, giving them another fourth grader to connect with and to have as an asset within the school. Third graders are also welcome to join the program in Session II.
Each Senior Senator is required to attend a 45 minute training (one related art period). Each Friday, during lunch, all Senior Senators meet with the program coordinator to debrief on the weekly session and to review the follow week’s lesson. All interested fourth graders must fill-out a Senator Summit application and receive consent from their parents or guardians. Little Senators are enrolled into the program through teacher referral and must also have parent consent.

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