Spring Transitions & Orientation

get a jump start and begin accomplishing 6th grade outcomes early!

Imagine working with your incoming students before their 6th grade summer begins. Plan to do more than a tour! Made up of a series of visits and events, this process will ease anxiety, squelch myths, and build a confident expectation in your incoming class. 

Mentees-to-be learn from your experienced role models! Teach them how to combat personal fears, establish academic habits for a successful first year, and make choices now that will  impact their pathway to graduation. 

 

Spring Transitions:  Visits to Feeder Schools

 From mentee, to mentor, to summer intern. Ignite coaches host a kick-off training to prepare new transitions mentors for their new leadership role with their incoming peers. 

From mentee, to mentor, to summer intern. Ignite coaches host a kick-off training to prepare new transitions mentors for their new leadership role with their incoming peers. 

Step 1: Get prepared

The first step is to select an equity-based team of mentors and run a kick off training on the importance of spring transitions. 

Timing is everything! Allow your mentors to impact your 6th graders before their magical summer begins.

Step 2: Get organized 

Prepare for 3 separate visits for 3 different lessons

Lesson 1: "Looking Ahead"

- Lesson 2: "Looking at the Learner"

- Lesson 3: "Looking Towards Success"

Mentors can work with counselors to help with registration


 Mentors facilitate lessons for incoming 6th graders piloting discussions about their first year in middle school.

Mentors facilitate lessons for incoming 6th graders piloting discussions about their first year in middle school.

day of transition is when they come to visit you! 

This time is designed to get your incoming students excited about attending your school and meeting their yearlong role models.

A half day event led by your team of transitions mentors, your incoming students will experience an assembly, breakouts on clubs and activities, academic goal setting, meet and greet 6th grade teachers, and a school tour. 

Let your team of student mentors be the voice that leads the day and sets the tone for the expectations of your school. 


 A exchange student opens up for the first time after participating in a large group activity that aims to break down comfort zones! 

A exchange student opens up for the first time after participating in a large group activity that aims to break down comfort zones! 

orientation by student design

As day 2 of mentor summer training, your team will get prepared on how to run your fall orientation. Training also includes accessing our online dual-learning system to help them feel confident facilitating their assigned breakout.

This day is purposefully designed to build relationships between your mentors, teachers, and 6th graders. Topics include academic success, goal setting, focus on social influences, commitment, and making healthy choices for the first month of school. 

Establishing positive relationships helps them connect with their year long role models. Mentors can work with counselors to help with registration, schedules, and help with school photos!


I don’t think I really understood people and how to look at others for who they were as a person until I was a mentor
— Mentor 2016
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