The B.I.O.N.I.C. Team program consists of five teams but taylor your program to fit the needs of your school. We allow students to be on one or two teams.
New Student Team
- Two to three days after arriving to school, new students receive a “Survival Kit” to encourage them during the transition time in adjusting to a new high school.
- Once a month we host a New Student Lunch. This is an opportunity for new students to meet other new students and B.I.O.N.I.C. Team members.
Extended Illness Team
It can be very stressful when students have to miss school for an extended period of time because of illness or other health conditions. For students who miss more than five consecutive days of school, the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team:
- Calls the student at home to check on how they’re doing,
- Sends a packet to help with making up homework, and if appropriate.
- May visit the student at home.
Being in the hospital can be a lonely or frightening experience. The B.I.O.N.I.C. Team reaches out to those students who face circumstances requiring hospitalization. The B.I.O.N.I.C. Team:
- Contacts the student’s family to see if it is appropriate to visit the student at the hospital.
- Stops by to see the student in the hospital and brings a gift to let the student know that others at school are thinking of him/her.
Facing the death of a family member can be one of the most devastating times in a person’s life. In the first couple weeks after such a loss, there is often a lot of support from family and friends. The B.I.O.N.I.C. Team knows that the following weeks after a death can be a tough time as the reality of the loss sets in. Approximately two weeks after the loss, the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team stops by the student’s home to drop off a pie and card to let the student and his or her family know that the school cares and is thinking about them. The Loss Team also delivers pies at school to staff members after a family death.
School Tragedy Team
School tragedies (such as a school shooting, tragic auto accidents, student deaths, etc.) can devastate a school. During the 2001-02 school year Green Mountain faced the deaths of four students. Neighboring schools reached out in very tangible ways through gifts, food, posters, etc. The support during a difficult time was very encouraging, and knowing how much of a difference that made for the comunity, they wanted to reach out to other schools that experience tragedies too. Through a 24-30 foot poster of student and staff signatures, posters are sent to support to other schools during their tragedies.
When possible, the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team reaches out in response to other needs also. The GMHS BIONIC Team reached out to the victims of the Japan Tsunami, law enforcement and fire responders on the anniversary of 9-11, the Safeway where Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in Tuscon, AZ, the community of Aurora, Colorado after the theater shooting in 2012, and the children of Sandy Hook Elementary after their recent school shooting, plus local outreaches to the homeless, elderly and hospitalized veterans. Now B.I.O.N.I.C. Teams worldwide are making a difference in the lives of others facing challenging times!
The B.I.O.N.I.C. Team has also reached out to others through fundraisers/donation drives – garage sales for Hurricane Katrina victims, “Hats for Haiti” for Haiti earthquake victims, “Relay for Restoration” for Hurricane Ike victims, sock drive for the homeless, Disney DVD drive for Children’s Hospital, donation drive for local families who lost their homes in a fire, and other effort