St. Mary Catholic Middle School

STAR/Mentor Groups

STAR (Student Teacher Advisory and Recreation) is a teacher/student-based counseling program. Its purpose is to provide students with a teacher/advocate who promotes group identity, friendship, a sense of belonging, and pride in self and school.  The goal is to develop an understanding and value of self, others, and life experiences.

S.T.A.R. groups are made up of 12 to 18 students.  They meet formally for 20 minutes three times a week, as well as at the end of every day. A typical weekly routine includes: school news, individual conferences, planning and practicing for prayer services, discussions, and activities on a monthly theme. Themes include careers, conflict resolution, friendships, getting along with others, kindness and respect, as well as other character education or guidance themes.