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New initiative pairs Scecina students with staff advocates


A new initiative at Scecina aims to help our students excel spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially by giving them personal attention from a staff member. This new initiative, now in its beginning stage, is called the Staff Student Advocacy (SSA) program.

Faculty and staff often are advocates for students. However, our initiative will assign students to staff to help support teachers’ efforts in the classroom and parents at home.

In this beginning stage, Scecina’s Staff Student Advocates are responsible for providing guidance and advocacy to students most need of assistance based on grades, attendance, and behaviors. We want to help our struggling students live up to their potential by achieving spiritual and academic success, good attendance and behavioral habits. We also want to prepare each student for the next grade level and make sure they are college and career ready when they graduate from Scecina.

Eventually, Scecina will assign every student to an advocate. Each staff member who wants to participate will develop relationships with at least five students. We want every student to know and feel comfortable to discuss his or her needs with at least one member of our staff.

Some of the responsibilities of Staff Student Advocate are:

  • Gather data (grades, attendance, behavior, etc.) and track the progress of each student so he or she can better advocate for their assigned students.
  • Be available to students and provide him or her with a safe place.
  • Meet with the students once per week.
  • Talk to and listen to each student individually.
  • .Discuss with each student his or her progress.
  • When needed, communicate accurately and in a timely manner with a student’s teacher and parents.
  • Help students build relationships inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Keep accurate records of their meetings.

Again, our goal is to help students succeed. I will keep you informed about our progress with the SSA program.

Joseph Brettnacher, Ph.D.

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