W.E.B. Orientation - Where Everybody Belongs
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.