WEB Basic Info
Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) Program
WEB advisors: Leah VanDassor, Greg Boesel, Patrick Auran, Andrew Bacskai, Julie Elliott, Amanda Sell and Elisabeth Mulvaney
WEB is a program that trains 8th graders to be student leaders and mentors to the new sixth graders. These 8th graders are paired as facilitators for groups of 8-10 sixth graders to help them transition to our middle school through a variety of school-based activities. The activities are intended to help students get to know one another, as well as to help new students adjust successfully to the middle school setting.
On September 3rd, Highland Park Middle School held its seventh annual WEB orientation for new students. The purpose of the morning is to help make our students feel more prepared and excited for the first day of school, as well as to connect new students to 8th grade mentors who will meet with them throughout the year. Students participated in a variety of large and small group activities designed to help them get to know one another. The morning was active, fun and energizing and a great way to welcome the new year.
We will continue with WEB activities throughout this school year. WEB groups and leaders will be reunited this year during homeroom in order to maintain the connection built during orientation. In addition, WEB leaders will be teaching a series of “school success” lessons to the sixth. Lastly, the WEB team will plan some building-wide social activities for all sixth graders to participate in.
We are very excited about the WEB program at Highland Park Middle School this year. Please contact any of the WEB advisors if you have any questions about the program.