Woodgrove Purveys Social Program

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By Adam Hudler, Andrea Patterson, and Carl Huber.
Woodgrove’s new advisory program, FACEtime, was introduced to students at the 2014-15 opening assembly.
According to Principal Shipp, FACEtime is aimed at improving the overall climate at Woodgrove. It’s a social session involving a mix between three to five students per grade, and a staff member to lead the group. The sessions will challenge students to interact with each other and attempt to create new relationships and build trust. Lesson topics may range from bullying and the role of a bystander to reacting to different scenarios in school and in life.
“FACEtime should level the playing field,” said Mrs. Fiore, Head of Guidance. “Everyone will have equal support and friendships.”
FACEtime has been incorporated in other high schools for the past two and a half years. Mr. Shipp and the Equity Team of teachers at Woodgrove drafted the program about a year ago when Loudoun Valley High School implemented the advisory policy into their schedule.
“FACEtime will give students a voice,” said Mr. Shipp. “Students will have the chance to talk about things, then process ideas.”
One of the reasons Woodgrove is establishing FACEtime is to support supervised discussions about topics mentioned in assemblies. Students will have the opportunity for immediate feedback and guidance from teachers and other students learning in the same environment.
“FACEtime will give students a place to express themselves and make friends with people they usually wouldn’t meet,” said freshman MacKenzie Flynn.
With time running out for seniors, new friendships may be more difficult to build, but FACEtime will make an impact.
“I think both seniors and underclassmen should be involved, but the current upperclassmen will be less affected,” said senior Ken Dunne.
FACEtime is scheduled to start in November and groups are expected to meet three times a month for twenty-five minutes per session. Other details have not been announced, but will be brought up once the program kicks off.
“I think it’s a good idea”, said Jenna Anderson. “It gives students the chance to share our thoughts with staff in the school system.”