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Shield Program


The Shield is a comprehensive transition program that provides each freshman with a support group that consists of student mentors, a faculty advisor, and a school counselor. Student Mentors are “trusted guides” to freshmen. They help nurture the personal, social, and academic growth of each freshman student by providing an ongoing orientation process that enables freshmen to become familiar with school policies, procedures, programs and traditions at Fenwick.

The Shield Program provides each freshman with a supportive environment that helps ease their adjustment from junior high to high school. The personal, social, and academic growth of each freshmen student is nurtured through an ongoing orientation that includes information about school policies, procedures and programs, academic and social counseling and relationship building through upperclassmen mentors.

Incremental Goals/Outcomes 

  • SHIELD will provide freshmen with strong and stable mentor relationships that will positively influence their experience and development. Studies indicate that peer influence can have a positive effect on students’ school engagement when students are surrounded by positive peer role models whom they respect.
  • SHIELD will also provide freshmen with the motivation and opportunity for greater engagement in the school community, which leads to a greater chance of success academically and socially.
  • The high school upperclassmen student leaders will be given real responsibilities that will allow them to realize their potential in creating change in their school community. The establishment of this program will promote collaboration among the SHIELD team, administrators, school staff, upperclassmen and freshmen to create a more inclusive environment.


Student Mentors

Overview of Your Role

  1. Mentors will be paired into groups at a ratio of, at most, one mentor to three or four mentees. Efforts will be made to match based on the interest survey and schedule availability.
  2. In addition to your assigned small groups there will be two different mentor roles: 
    • Big Brother/Big Sister: These mentors will be asked to enter assigned freshmen only classes to discuss and present topics pertinent to Fenwick culture or to moderate activities that will ease freshmen transition.
    • Community Builder: Planning and Implementing activities for orientation, monthly meetings, and quarterly events.]

Interested In Becoming a Mentor or have question about the program?  Contact Ms. Mary Visteen or Ms. Erin Powers


Mary Visteen


Ms. Mary Visteen

Shield Coordinator

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Erin Power


Ms. Erin Power

Shield Coordinator

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