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WEB Helps New Helena Students

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HELENA - Your first day of middle or high school can be a bit intimidating, but the "Where Everyone Belongs" program, or W.E.B., helps new students navigate through their new school with confidence.

"It's all about strategies that they can use for success as they transition into middle schools," W.E.B. coordinator Krista Boutilier said.

Getting a jump start on learning how to get into your locker, and how to get to your classes on time helps new students have a smooth first day.

"Because we know if we can take care of those basic requirements that kid tend to have a lot of fear about then we know they'll be successful when they hit the classroom," Boutilier said.

For sixth graders, the W.E.B. program offers a stress free day to learn those basic requirements. Boutilier said getting familiar with a new school without the first day jitters allows students to feel more comfortable.

"Middle school is a huge transition for kids. They're moving from small elementary schools into a school of 11-hundred students so just having them here this day it's all about them and that's all that we care about."

Eighth grade science teacher Beth Murphy said W.E.B. day has a big influence in helping students learn and be successful in the classroom.

"I think C.R. Anderson is one big family, and one of the best ways for kids to learn is if they feel comfortable, when that comfort level is present learning can take place," Murphy said.

Small groups of sixth graders are assigned to an eighth grade web leader who walks them through a day of relationship building activities and tours. But the connections made in this program don't stop after the first day of school.

"so our WEB leaders will end up going into classrooms probably once a month to teach lessons on asking questions, peer groups, making relationships, being able to talk to people, and just things that they can use to be successful in middle school."

A program that may start with a few nerves, but ends with lasting relationships.

Now for a quick break down of what grades start school when.

Kindergartners will start the day after labor day....1st through 5th grade start Wednesday, along with 6th and 9th graders.

While 7th, 8th and high school students will start school on Thursday.

Again, drivers are encouraged to be aware of students making their way to school.
 
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