Shepardson encourages peer relationships in a positive way. By having older students set good examples for the younger students, positive role models are established and bullying is discouraged.
In our Peer Mediation Program, 4th and 5th grade students may apply and are selected based on their good communication and problem-solving skills, as well as showing responsibility and working well with younger students. Peer Mediators are trained to help supervise and mediate conflicts during the younger grades’ recesses. Mediators are trained in skills such as conflict resolution, using I-messages, active listening, assertiveness, and peace-building. These wonderful student leaders help keep our playgrounds safe and fun for all students. The program is run by our counselor, Angela Mitchell, who may be reached at 488-4571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.