Thanks to the generous support of The Highland Foundation, Highland Middle School has adopted a nationwide program called “WEB: Where Everyone Belongs.”
Officially launched this school year, the purpose of the new orientation and transition program is to welcome 6th graders and help them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, the program trains mentors from the 8th grade class to be WEB Leaders. As positive role models, WEB Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school and help facilitate 6th grade success.
On September 7, 6th graders attended Orientation Day alongside nearly 60 trained 8th grade WEB Leaders. Students had the opportunity to interact with one another in a more relaxed setting, talk, laugh, ask questions and learn the layout of their new environment with the assistance of WEB Leaders.
More and more studies show that if students have a positive experience their first year in middle school, their chances for success increase dramatically. WEB provides the structure for 6th graders to receive support and guidance from 8th graders who have been through the challenges that middle school poses and understand that the transition to a larger school can sometimes be overwhelming.
WEB also acts as an anti-bullying program as student leaders are trained to look for bullying behavior and help stop it. WEB gives older students permission to be aware of and report any negative behavior they see, creating a safer school for everybody.
The goal of WEB is to help students make real connections with each other, thus increasing school safety and reducing incidents of bullying. Through this program, students learn that people at school care about them and their success.