W.E.B. Orientation - Where Everybody Belongs
We are very excited that your child will be attending Creekside Middle school and we look forward to working with your student this upcoming school year. As you may know, our school participates in the nationwide WEB Program, an organization whose sole purpose is to help sixth graders feel more comfortable as well as help them achieve success in their first year of middle school.
The WEB sixth grade orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support sixth graders by assigning them an 8th grade WEB Leader as a mentor during this first year. This WEB Leader is a responsible older student who was hand selected from a large pool of applicants and has met the qualifications of being a good role model and a positive leader on our campus.
Through these trying and challenging times due to COVID-19, we will be making some changes for the upcoming school year. Normally, incoming sixth grades would meet in the Creekside gym and be treated to an exciting start of the year assembly the week before school starts. We would then break out into small classroom groups where sixth graders would interact with their Web Leaders and do fun activities, along with a tour of the school. This year will be different. The Sixth Grade Orientation will most likely be virtual, due to social distancing. We are not sure how that will look, but we will definitely get back to you and let you know as we get more direction from state and federal agencies. We plan on keeping the sixth grade Web Orientation on the same day, Friday, August 7th.
These are tough times, and we appreciate your patience and support! We will do everything we can to make sure that your child has a wonderful middle school experience here at Creekside Middle School and the Web Program will be a big part of that!
Carina Fuentes & Jenny Gosselin, The WEB Coordinators
Orientation is a great introduction to the W.E.B. program and Creekside. Each student will be placed in a group of about ten 6th graders paired with two 8th grade leaders, and this will be his or her "W.E.B. group" for different types of activities all year.
Orientation is a student only event, so please arrange for students to be dropped off at Creekside at 8am and picked up at 12pm. There will be signs to help those unfamiliar with the campus.
Orientation gives incoming 6th graders a chance to meet many new friends before the school year starts and feel comfortable on the Creekside campus.
If your son or daughter is unable to attend Orientation, they will still be part of a W.E.B. group, and join in on the lunch-time and after-school activities that begin week one and continue throughout the school year. However, they will miss a fun and exciting introduction to Creekside, so all 6th graders are encouraged to attend on August 8th.
W.E.B. - WHERE EVERYBODY BELONGS
W.E.B. (Where Everybody Belongs) is a middle school orientation and transition program intended to welcome 6th graders and make them feel comfortable throughout their first year of middle school. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, the program trains and uses mentors from the 8th grade to be W.E.B. leaders. These leaders help guide incoming 6th graders during their transition to middle school and help facilitate their ongoing success.
At Creekside, the program kicks off with a half day orientation before school starts. The students participate in a series of activities and campus tours to help alleviate their fears about middle school and meeting other students.
One of the keys to success of the program is the W.E.B. group. Each group consists of between 10-12 incoming 6th graders and two 8th grade W.E.B. leaders. The group remains intact for the entire school year. This way, incoming students arrive the first day of school with a group of already-made friends.
W.E.B. activities continue throughout the year. Social events might include movie night, school bingo, or a scavenger hunt. In addition, W.E.B. leaders might go into the classroom and teach lessons on working with others, using positive comments, good sportsmanship and avoiding stress. Eighth grade W.E.B. leaders are also people younger students can depend on for a helping hand.