WEB Program

What is WEB?

Hello Crocker Families.  It is with great excitement that I share with you today our WEB program and its evolution.

In 2013 The  WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) program was brought to Crocker.  Bonnie Slater, Chris Collins, and Kelly Starnes attended the 3 day training.  Below is the evolution of this program.

2013-2014:  At the 7th grade retreat Mrs. Slater discussed the WEB program and gave out the application for applying, which included a paragraph about why the student wanted to be a WEB leader.  We received 32 applications.  We accepted around 25 of them.  The acceptance was based off of their paragraph only.  This program was a transition program for 6th graders only.  WEB day (for 6th graders only) was held a week before school started and 6th graders left this 6 hour activity with their schedules for the school year.

2014-2015: At the 7th grade retreat Mrs. Slater discussed the WEB program and gave out the application for applying, which included a paragraph about why the student wanted to be a WEB leader. Once the students applied teachers were given the list of student names to make recommendations about whom would be a good leader.  Approximately 55 students applied and we (Mr. Collins and Mrs. Slater) selected 32.   This program was a transition program for 6th graders only.  WEB day (for 6th graders only) was held a week before school started and 6th graders left this 6 hour activity with their schedules for the school year.

2015-2016: At the 7th grade retreat Mrs. Slater discussed the WEB program and gave out the application for applying, which included a paragraph about why the student wanted to be a WEB leader. Once the students applied teachers were given the list of student names to make recommendations about whom would be a good leader. Approximately 65 students applied and we accepted everyone.   This program was a transition program for 6th graders only.  WEB day (for 6th graders only) was held a week before school started and 6th graders left this 6 hour activity with their schedules for the school year.  This year as a pilot we took 12 WEB leaders as assistant Cabin Leaders for Outdoor Education.  Our 8th graders did such an amazing job and received great reviews from the 6th graders that we agreed to only take 8th WEB leaders for our Outdoor Education leaders for 2017-2018.

2016-2017: At the 7th grade retreat Mrs. Slater discussed the WEB program and gave out the application for applying, which included a paragraph about why the student wanted to be a WEB leader, an interview with a current WEB leader and an interview with a staff employee.  We ended up accepting everyone.  This year we held WEB day for 6th graders in June on a minimum day since we found issues with holding WEB day during the summer.  We then made the first day of school a non-academic day and included all grades and staff in WEB groups.  We held assemblies and/or lunch activities monthly for the WEB groups.  The WEB team (Mrs. Slater, Mr. Collins, Mr. McGee and Ms. Mendelson) selected the top 22 WEB leaders to go to Outdoor Education as Cabin Leaders.

2017-2018: At the 7th grade retreat Mrs. Slater discussed the WEB program and gave out the application for applying, which included a paragraph about why the student wanted to be a WEB leader, an interview with a current WEB leader and an interview with a staff employee.  We ended up accepting everyone.  This year we held WEB day for 6th graders in June on a minimum day since we found issues with holding WEB day during the summer.  We then made the first day of school a non-academic day and included all grades and staff in WEB groups.  We held assemblies and/or lunch activities monthly for the WEB groups.  The WEB team (Mrs. Slater, Mr. Collins, Mr. McGee and Ms. Mendelson) selected the top 22 WEB leaders to go to Outdoor Education as Cabin Leaders.  What we found at the end of this school year was that our across the grade level WEB groups were not as effective as we would like to see.  The current WEB leaders agreed that it would be best to go back to a 6th grade only WEB groups.

2018-2019: At the 7th grade retreat Mrs. Slater discussed the WEB program and gave out the application for applying, which included a paragraph about why the student wanted to be a WEB leader, an interview with a current WEB leader and an interview with a staff employee.  This was given as a hard copy, emailed, and Eblasted to parents.  On this application and in every meeting with the students it was made clear that we would only take 32 to 36 leaders.  90 students applied and they were all phenomenal.  The following criteria was looked when selecting the leaders: teacher reviews from 6th and 7th grade, trimester grades, discipline, scores on interviews, and their paragraph.  The WEB committee (Dr. Adams, Mrs. Slater, Mr. McGee, and Ms. Mendelson) met to determine the 36 leaders.  This is the first year that we had equal boy and girl leaders.  After selecting these 36 we decided that the other 54 leaders were great too and we began to make other branches of WEB.  We felt that having all 90 with the same job title is problematic so we divided the groups into smaller, more manageable groups.  Here are the 4 branches of WEB:

6Th grade WEB leaders 

These leaders will run the 6th Grade WEB day on June 7th from 9-1:30pm.  Their job will be to check in with their students regularly and run lessons and activities for the 6th graders throughout the year.  They will be in charge of the following: academic follow up with 6th graders (specific data driven lessons from the WEB program), social follow ups which will be once a trimester that are for all 6th graders together, and leader initiated contacts which are informal check ins with their specific WEB group.  The WEB program specifically states that WEB leaders should be a mixture of all the diverse groups on campus and should not be an off-shoot of student council.  The rationale for this is so that each 6th grader will be able to identify with one or more of the leaders.

 

PAR Leaders

These students are required to run activities in the Performing Arts Room every Monday for the 2018-2019 school year.  Their job will be to create fun and engaging activities that all students want to participate in.  For example: they have talked about putting together bikes for young children and then donating these bikes to shelters.  The will be creating activities for every Monday next year.  They will promote these activities on the Crocker Buzz and HTV.  They will also come up with themes for one Thursday a month from 2:30-3:30 in the PAR.  This will include speakers, presentations and fun events.

 

Retreat Leaders

These students will meet with Mrs. Slater to plan and implement the 6th (one a month) and 7th (2 to 3 a year) and 8th (2 to 3 for the year) grade retreats.  They will survey students about retreat ideas. They will lead ALL retreats and create and find all the information for the activities.

 

Crocker Advisors

These students will meet once a month with Principal, Vice Principal, Counselor and Leadership teacher to discuss current issues at Crocker. They will come to and talk at parent meetings. They will be a part of committees that meet to discuss empathy, etc.  They will welcome new students to Crocker, help Students in the Learning Center at least once a month or be a North buddy and assist students that are injured or have been out ill for a long period of time.

 

This year we will hold WEB day for 6th graders in June on a minimum day since we found issues with holding WEB day during the summer.  All students in one of the above positions will have an opportunity to go to Outdoor Education as Cabin Leaders.  During the first week of school the applications will go out to all 90 students.  We will take students from each branch of WEB and will take approximately 22 leaders.  Every branch of WEB will have their own color t-shirt but same logo.  This was decided by the different WEB groups. 

 

We are really excited about this evolution of the program and look forward to a fun and engaging 2018-2019 school year.

 What does WEB stand for?

WEB, which stands for “Where Everybody Belongs” is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes 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 our 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.

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 for Crocker by providing it with a cadre of student leaders who 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.

WEB is a yearlong transition program with four components that contribute to its success:

  • Middle School Orientation 
  • Academic Follow Ups
  • Social Follow Ups 
  • Leader Initiated Contacts

Middle School Transition Program Increases Student Achievement
The goal of WEB, Boomerang Project's middle school orientation and transition program, is to provide schools with a structure in which students make real connections with each other thus increasing school safety and reducing incidence of bullying. Through this program, students learn that people at school care about them and their success. WEB is the middle school transition program that will increase student achievement, enhance character development efforts and create an anti-bullying environment at your school.




Mrs. Slater

School Counselor

650-548-4247

bslater@hcsd.k12.ca.us