Trojan Link Crew

Trojan Link Crew

Freshman Support

Link Leaders are available to help you with your classwork! Sessions are listed below.

All sessions meet from 2:30-3:00pm

Monday: CCG and health

Tuesday: Math

Thursday: Biology

Friday: English

Join our Google Classroom to access the meeting link and to get more updates!

Google Classroom Code: yjqgy6c

Our FIRST EVER Virtual

Freshmen Orientation

We want you to come! We need you to come! It won’t be the same without you!

Link Crew Leaders of Castro Valley High School

Invite the class of 2024

To Link Crew 9th Grade Orientation

Friday, August 7, 2020

Last Names- A-G: 9am-11am Last Names- M-R: 1-3pm

Last Names- H-L: 11-1 Last Names- S-Z: 3-5pm

Link Crew is a program comprised of trained 11th and 12th graders

who will be there to support you throughout the year!

Incoming Freshmen, enrolled at CVHS, will receive an email, in their school account from their Link Crew Leader a couple days before our virtual orientation that will provide more details on how to access the orientation and what to bring. This orientation is for the student only. Link Crew Advisors will be present during all sessions. Be sure to check your school email!

Students will need to have online access, preferably with a laptop or desktop (not a phone). If students can access a device with a camera, that would be great! If the student needs a device, please reach out to CVHS ASAP.

We are excited for the class of 2024 to be joining us at

Castro Valley High School!

If you have any questions, you can email Mrs. Ryken

or Mrs. Andersen

What is Link Crew?

* taken from the Boomerang Project website (

Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Link Crew trains members of the junior and senior classes to be Link Leaders. As positive role models, Link Leaders are motivators, leaders and teachers who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success.

More and more studies show that if students have a positive experience their first year in high school, their chance for success increases dramatically. The Link Crew high school transition program provides the structure for freshmen to receive support and guidance from juniors and seniors who have been through the challenges that high school poses, and understand that the transition to a larger school can sometimes be overwhelming. It is an opportunity for students to make real connections to each other. Through this program, students learn that people at school care about them and their success. Link Crew is the high school transition program that will increase attendance, decrease discipline referrals and

improve academic performance at your school.

Link Crew Timeline at CVHS


Link Crew begins in August with a powerful orientation day that makes

freshmen excited and proud to be attending their new high school and allows them to begin developing relationships and strategies that will contribute to their high school success. The Freshman Orientation is four hours and includes large and small group activities as well as a campus tour.

Just prior to the Orientation, Link Leaders complete a 10 hour training in how to run the small group of activities of Orientation, how to be an effect mentor and role model, and strategies to successfully connect with all kids.


After orientation, Link Crew continues providing a variety of both Academic and Social Follow Up Activities throughout the year. CVHS Link Leaders coordinate 5 different activities during the fall semester, one per month. These include two ReLink Lunch activities, one after-school social event, one Academic Follow-up Activity (lessons presented by trained Link Leaders during visits to freshman classes), and Freshman Finals Study Event.

Beyond this, Link Leaders continue to communicate and support the freshmen via phone and various social media, notes of encouragement sent during the school day, and interactions on campus in the hallways, during lunch, in clubs and so forth.