GALLERY: Freshman and sophomores meet for advisory

The advisory program is reformed for the school year, and a new concept called turbo advisory was introduced this Wednesday. For two hours at the end of a Wednesday with shortened periods, advisory groups met for the fourth time this school year.

Students first met in their individual advisory groups and played games, such as two truths and a lie and catch charades. They also had an opportunity to make posters with a team name representing their group values. After they completed these activities, freshman and sophomores moved to the gym for the second hour of turbo advisory.

The first activity in the new location was a relay race in which each person walked from one side of the gym and back again, balancing a tennis ball on the end of an expo marker. When they got back to the original spot, students handed off the items to the next person in line and took a seat to wait for their entire team to finish.

Next, students played scattergories, competing against all the other advisory groups. Advisors tallied the scores in the center of the gym while students worked on the next round. There was a specific time allotted for each round with a different letter and list each time.

The third activity was a straw challenge, and advisory groups received eighty straws, a pair of scissors, and a rubber band to build the tallest freestanding tower possible. Many different designs were tested out between the various groups.

The purpose of advisory is to give students a safe environment to discuss topics amongst themselves with the guidance of a teacher. For turbo advisories, the goal is to work on team building and challenge students within each advisory group.