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Friars in the House: Students Select Elective Courses in Mentor Groups

For the very first time, Bishop Lynch High School students selected their elective courses for the next school year during mentor group time earlier this week. In many mentor groups, students were arranged based on their upperclassmen/underclassmen academic advisor pairings. For instance, Siena House met with their Siena Sparks, Aquinas House paired up with their Ox Buddies and De Porres House consulted with their De Porres Partners.
 
Thanks to this new process, students were able to ask questions and seek advice from fellow students. This collaborative approach was well received by students, mentors and deans alike!
 
BL Senior Rylie Stark is a member of Montfort House and she thought having course selections during mentor time was a smart move.
 
“Having the course selection discussion in a smaller environment was a great idea because I felt more comfortable giving my opinion to younger students,” said Rylie.
 
Erika DeLaRosa is a sophomore and a member of the Aquinas House. She also liked selecting courses in mentor groups.
 
“It was very helpful. I liked getting advice from older students so I’m not stressed about my classes next year,” said Erika.
 
Students were encouraged to meet with their counselors if they had questions. Course selections will be finalized at the end of February.

Implementing a house system at Bishop Lynch High School was a big, bold move to improve pastoral care, mentorship and student leadership opportunities. Now that the BL House System is underway, it’s time to check in on the progress and hear from deans, mentors, student leaders, and students.
 
This weekly series provides a glimpse into all the ways – big and small – that students, and even staffulty, are being positively affected by the new BL House System. It will also address plans for growth and refinement during year one.
 
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Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963