Where Everyone Belongs (WEB)
Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) is a transition program that welcomes 6th graders to middle school with the goal to make new students feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. WEB’s goal is to provide a structure in which students make real connections with each other. Through this program students learn that people at school care about them and their success.
The transition into middle school can be a major event in the life of a young person. Creating a safe and positive learning environment for all students is a major priority. More and more studies show students who have a positive experience in middle school have greater chances for continued success in high school.
WEB is built on the belief that students want to succeed, and can help other students succeed. The WEB program trains selected members of the 8th grade class to be WEB Leaders. WEB Leaders serve as positive role models, motivators, leaders and teachers who guide 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful in middle school.
WEB begins with a fun and energetic orientation day to get 6th graders excited and proud to be attending middle school. It allows students to begin developing relationships with other students, as well as learn strategies which will contribute to middle school success. WEB continues after orientation, providing a variety of both Academic and Social Follow-Up Activities throughout the year. The Academic Follow-Ups are lessons presented by trained WEB Leaders during visits to 6th grade classes. These lessons are designed to give 6th graders the skills needed to be successful during their middle school years and beyond. Social Follow Ups provide social settings for the WEB Leaders and their groups to reconnect and further build relationships outside the classroom.