WEB Basic Info

  • Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) Program
    WEB advisors: Greg Boesel, Beth Swanberg, Andrew Bacskai, Julie Elliott, Amanda Sell and Elisabeth Mulvaney

    WEB is a middle school transition program that trains 8th graders to be student leaders and mentors to the incoming 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 Thursday, September 3rd, 2020, Highland Park Middle School will hold its twelfth annual WEB orientation for new sixth graders.  This year's ONLINE orientation will look different than the ones before, but the welcoming spirit and energy remains the same.  We cannot wait to meet our new students and celebrate the strengths and interests that each of our 6th graders will bring to the Highland community!  Students should plan to join us online, using Google Meets on their iPads.  WEB leaders will be emailing 6th graders the Google Meets code the week of orientation.  Any sixth grade family who has questions about this should connect with the 6th grade counselor, Ms. Katzmarek, at nou.katzmarek@spps.org.

    We will continue with WEB activities throughout this school year, typically through the the grade foundations classes.   WEB leaders will be focusing on school connectedness and school success lessons with the sixth graders, in order to help build a positive school community where each student is a valued participant.  The WEB team will also be planning some online social activities and service opportunities for the 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.


    WEB Orientation Slideshow