All Kinds of News for May 09, 2018
On June 16, Valley View School will hold its 47th Annual Commencement Ceremony. Graduating students will be heading home for the summer and then dispersing to a variety of boarding, day, and public schools. Many challenges face these boys as they embark on their new stage of life. As a means of helping graduates prepare for these challenges, Valley View facilitates a transition group to provide support, information, and anticipatory guidance.
Drs. Thomas Nowak and Jared Tonks co-lead the six-week transition group. The group's original focus was to help students effectively re-enter the world of digital and social media. Dr. Nowak states, "Many of our students arrive on campus with compulsive use of technology. We 'detox' them from these devices and relentlessly engage them in positive, therapeutic activities. The transition group was initially designed to prevent a recurrence of this compulsive use when students leave our school."
As development of the transition group evolved, other important issues were added to its mission. Additional topics being addressed are substance abuse, dating and relationship issues, academic stresses, and family dynamics. Dr. Tonks states that the response from soon-to-be-graduates has been positive. As he points out, "Students are anxious and want to be successful after they leave. We are working to address their concerns and give them the support they need." He further added that the worlds of the graduates will expand considerably upon leaving Valley View, and the transition group works to assure that students will be prepared for the next chapter.
About Valley View School
Valley View School, founded in 1970, is a private therapeutic boarding school serving boys in grades 6-12. Our non-profit 501(c)(3) school is located in the central Massachusetts town of North Brookfield. The Valley View Program consists of a comprehensive blend of Therapy, Academics, Athletics, Arts and Activities challenging our students emotionally, intellectually and physically. The boys learn self-control and anger management, social skills in order to create and cultivate relationships with peers and adults, while developing compassion, empathy and respect for others and to realize their true potential.