Gold Trail School

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Perez, Jose
Teacher (Jr High)

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Boomerang Project, located in Santa Cruz, California, is an educational consulting company that focuses on creating positive school climate and enhancing student success through orientation, transition and leadership programs. The programs, Link Crew and WEB have been successfully transforming schools for 17 years.

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What is WEB?

WEB is a seventh grade transition program.  

  • Preparation - This begins with WEB Leader visits and information getting out to the sixth graders and their parents in the spring.
  • Orientation - WEB orientation is phenomenal! Students are welcomed and amazed. The ori­entation is a combination of opening and closing assemblies and a small group session of 8 students led by a WEB Leader.
  • Yearlong support - The same WEB Leader who led the new students on orientation day will provide social and academic support throughout the school year. WEB Leaders are also trained to teach life skills lessons in the seventh grade classrooms at various times dur­ing the year.

WEB is a yearlong program

Gold Trail eighth graders will be trained in team building activities, coopera­tive skill development, and discussion skills. Each of these WEB Leaders will then receive a list of 10 seventh graders to telephone and personally invite to the ori­entation, to work with at orientation, and to stay in touch with throughout the school year. They become leaders, motivators, role models, and teachers.

WEB is a school community building program.

Gold Trail’s climate will change because of W.E.B., which is based on a simple con­cept: Connecting seventh graders with successful eighth graders, while creating a sense of comfort for the incoming students. WEB concepts also address the attitudes of the eighth graders toward the seventh graders, and respect for the seventh grad­ers becomes the norm.

 

WEB Goals

  • to empower eighth graders as role models for seventh graders.
  • to increase academic success through support of peers.
  • to develop leadership skills in students on campus.
  • to allow successful older students to pass on positive traditions to younger students.
  • to expose students to a variety of individuals at school in positive situations.
  • to teach students that by working together they can be successful and enjoy one another.
  • to help create a supportive and positive atmosphere on campus.

How does WEB support seventh graders?

 

  1. WEB Teams - All seventh graders are divided into groups of 8-10. Each group is assigned a WEB Leader who will serve them as a mentor and a friend for the year.
  2. WEB Orientation - Orientation for seventh grade groups is run in separate classrooms by the WEB Leaders. The focus of activities is: a) getting to know other students, and b) learning strategies for being successful in junior high.
  3. WEB Leader Support - WEB Leaders check-in with their seventh graders periodically throughout the year, particularly during the first few weeks of school.
  4. WEB Alerts - A WEB alert is a special form filled out by a teacher who sees a student needing help or encouragement. The form is routed to the WEB Leader who takes appropriate action, then re-routed back to the original teacher.
  5. Academic Follow Ups - An academic follow up is a lesson taught in all seventh grade classes by WEB Leaders. Lesson topics include study skills, cooperation, and teamwork.
  6. Social Follow Ups - WEB Leaders sponsor social events on campus to help stay connected with the seventh graders.

HOW DOES WEB TEACH LEADERSHIP?

  1. WEB Leader training - All WEB Leaders attend an extensive 12-hour training period prior to orientation. Topics include group management, leading activities and discussions, and dealing with problem situations that might arise.
  2. WEB Teams - Each WEB Leader is assigned a team of 8 seventh graders to mentor through their first year of junior high. During the school year, the WEB Leader is responsible to check in with those seventh graders, to support them in academics and social situations. WEB Leaders may also get messages via WEB alerts from teachers of their seventh graders, and they are expected to handle the information and the situations responsibly.
  3. WEB Orientation - Each WEB Leader then gets to practice the skills learned at WEB training by leading his/her seventh grade group through a small group session on orientation day.
  4. Academic Follow Ups - An academic follow up is a lesson taught by WEB Leaders in seventh grade classes. WEB Leaders attend a two-hour training that continues the Leaders' practice and understanding of leadership and group dynamics. Follow up topics include study skills, cooperation, and teamwork.
  5. WEB Commissioner - The WEB Commissioner is the "student leader" of the WEB program. He/she works directly with the coordinator to help with the details and maintenance of the program.