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Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALs)


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What does PALS Stand for?  PALs  officially ​stands for Peer Assistance and Leadership, but we have added the S for Service.  We are a group of students who have leadership ability and we are all about mentoring younger students, being role models to peers and service to our school and community and being Ambassadors for ISMS.

When does PALS meet?  PALS is an elective class (must apply and interview and have teacher recommendations) and we ​ meeting during first period every day.

Who can be a PAL?  Any rising 8th grader who has good school attendance, has good teacher recommendations, has never been suspended and who has the desire to mentor younger students, be role models for their peers, serve as an Ambassador for ISMS and who likes to serve can be a PAL.  Since PALS is an elective class, students can choose PALS as one of their electives.  In other words, students who are also in Band, Choir, Drama, Athletics, etc. since they are allowed to have more than one elective.  Keep in mind that just putting PALS down as one of your electives does not guarantee you a spot in the class.  Students must submit an application in early February of their seventh grade year and then go through the formal interview process in order to become a member of the PALS class.

What do PALS do in class?  ​PALS do a wide variety of things in class, but the highlight of the week is visiting Willis Lane Elementary School every Tuesday during first period, starting the second six weeks of the school year.  At Willis Lane, PALS are paired with a student in grades K-4.  PALS serve as a mentor and special friend to their younger student.  We put together various holiday crafts and games as well as character skits to reinforce the character trait of the month as Willis Lane.  PALS has a similar program for 5th and 6th graders on the ISMS campus where we mentor 5th and 6th graders.  PALS also rotate through a variety of committees in class such as the Courtyard Committee, the Recycle Committee, the Birthday Card Production and Delivery Committee, the Skit Writing and Production Committee, the Study Buddy Committee and the SPED Volunteer Committee...just to name a few.

If you have any other questions about PALS, please contact me at judy.harvey@kellerisd.net