VMS students nominated for Peer Mediation Program Sixth-grade students at Vermillion Middle School recently nominated and selected their class peer mediators. They are Jacque Smidt, Ben Pike, Jackie Thomas, Kyle Mollet, Sarah Anderson and Matt Preszler.
Returning seventh- and eighth-grade student mediators assisted in the mediation training held Dec. 2 and 3 in the Middle School Library. These students are: eighth-grade: Nicki Mollet, Jimmy Taylor, Tessa Tuetken, Mike Nelson, Carly Bernard, Matt Varns, Jenna Gilkyson and Morgan Hollingsworth; and seventh-grade: Heather Heine, Nathan Boots, Lindsey Isaacson, B.J. Campbell, Colette Joy, Zach Holoch, Kendra Gottsleben and Kayla Mollet.
Student training included learning and practicing problem solving, listening, communication, cooperation, and leadership skills, along with role plays and practice in the mediation process.
The philosophy of the Peer Mediation Program is that conflict is a natural part of life and students can be taught to help each other in finding peaceful solutions to some of the conflicts they face.
Mediation is not a trial; there is no judge or jury. Two student mediators work through a step by step conflict resolution process with the two students in conflict, helping them to find a fair and acceptable solution to their problem.
The Peer Mediation program gives students a model for positive ways to resolve conflicts, encourages students to take more responsibility for solving their own problems, develops student leadership, helps students help themselves and improves school climate. The skills learned through mediation often carry over to families and the community.