Students Training to Become Peer Mediators in GFMS and TFHS

posted Dec 1, 2011, 9:26 AM by Jared Libby

GMRSD is fortunate to have an excellent School Peer Mediation Program, which trains and supervises student mediators to listen and support students, teachers, parents or school administrators as they find a way to settle their differences before they escalate. The program is coordinated by Hipolito Baez, an employee of The Mediation and Training Collaborative in Greenfield.

The mediators remain unbiased and withhold judgment throughout each session, facilitating discussion as participants decide for themselves how to settle their differences. Mediation is a confidential process. Among the benefits of mediation are: helping participants to understand each other better, improving relationships, teaching participants a peaceful, responsible method for problem resolution, helping participants respect diversity and, overall, improving the school climate.

Peer Mediation helps resolve issues such as: 
  • Rumors 
  • Prejudice 
  • Harassment 
  • Teasing 
  • Gangs 
  • Friendship 
  • Boy/Girlfriend 
  • Name-Calling 
  • Stealing 
  • Threats

For this year’s training, although there were many excellent candidates, there were only 20 slots.
There were also many high school candidates who would have been great peer mediators but simply could not make a full commitment to the four days of training. All trainees are instructed to follow up and arrange make-up work with teachers.

The following students have been selected for mediation training, as of press time. Congratulations all!

6th Graders:
1. Tanner Ames
2. Sam Adams
3. Kylie Fleming
4. Lydia Fox
5. Kylee Mason
6. Madison St. Marie
7. Shanexxy Torres
8. Rachel Tucker
9. Skylar Thompson

7th Graders:
1. Alyson Rose Kilanski
2. Kortney Therber
3. Joshuan Torres

8th Graders:
1. Matt Brunette
2. Krystal Cloutier
3. Kienan Scanlon

9th Graders:
1. Jazmyn S. Brewington
2. Halle Harvey

10th Graders:
1. Alley Flores
2. Ian Lang
3. Summer Murray

For more information, contact Hipolito Baez, Peer Mediation Coordinator, Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School 863-7231