Conflict Crisis

Peer Support, the largest club on campus, presents itself as a student-led safe space in which all members are welcome to share issues that compromise their personal well-being. However, the club’s policies often run counter to its frequently advertised goal of establishing a supportive and inclusive atmosphere for all members. Ultimately, Peer Support does a […]

McGraw ’01 returns to teach psychology

Tina McGraw ’01 will return to her alma mater as both the head of Peer Support She will be transferring to a school setting for the first time after working in drug and alcohol treatment at residential and outpatient centers for the past 12 years.  She worked as the Director of Operations, Administrative Coordinator and […]

Supp? Peer Support chooses coordinators for 2018-2019 school year

Eve Baxter ’19, Allie Sassa ’19, Will Pease ’19 and Bryce Porter ’19 will serve as the Peer Support Coordinators for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Of the 20 students who applied, the four were chosen to lead the largest club on the Upper School campus.  In addition to choosing coordinators, current leaders will select […]

Peer Support chooses coordinators, trainees

Upper school psychologist and Peer Support Program Head Luba Bek announced coordinators and trainees for the 2017-2018 school year April 24 and May 19, respectively. Axel Rivera de Leon ’18, Charlotte Weinman ’18, Jake Neuman ’18 and Isabel Wiatt ’18 will be next year’s coordinators. Sophomores applying for a trainee position filled out an application […]

School hosts Special Olympics event for preschoolers

School hosts Special Olympics event for preschoolers

Students high-fived and cheered on preschoolers as they participated in events ranging from walking across a balance beam to running around cones during the Special Olympics Young Athletes Festival Dec. 2. “It was so rewarding to be a part of the Special Olympics because I got to see the pure joy on the children’s faces,” […]

Professional trains group peer leaders

Professional trains group peer leaders

Peer Support trainees and leaders participated in a training event at the Upper School on Nov. 19. The four hour event featured Mark Rosner, the director of the Council in Schools program at the Ojai Foundation, who spoke to trainees and leaders in Chalmers Lounge. Attendees learned about ways to better structure their groups and […]

Peer Support leaders, trainees attend retreat

All 54 of the Peer Support leaders and trainees went on the annual retreat at Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu from Sept. 9 to 11. “The coordinators of the program, four seniors, had a lot of say in how it was run and worked more independently,” advisor and counselor Luba Bek said. Bek, upper school […]

Peer support to go on annual bonding trip

Peer Support leaders and trainees will go on their annual retreat from Sept. 10 to Sept. 12. Counselor and psychology teacher Luba Bek and upper school psychologist Kavita Ajmere will chaperone the trip to Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu. Roughly 25 senior leaders and 26 junior trainees will go to bond before the club starts

Leaders announce new Peer Support trainees

School counselor and humanities teacher Luba Bek announced the Peer Support trainees for the 2016-2017 school year in an email on Friday. The 26 sophomores were chosen from an application pool of 68 students. The group is comprised of 12 girls and 14 boys. Peer Support is a system of student-led groups on campus committed […]

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