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Back in school: Camp Hillview welcomes incoming sixth-graders

 
Incoming sixth-grade students at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park check out the campus, led by eighth grader Zack Thomases, as part of the school's annual Camp Hillview, a 20-year tradition for new sixth graders. (Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac)

This is one of a series of Back to School stories by local students. This story is by Will Rice, an eighth-grader at Hillview School in Menlo Park.

The WEB program (stands for Where Everybody Belongs) is a great way to welcome sixth-graders to Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park.

The WEB student leaders, all eighth-graders, had up to nine hours of training about how to introduce the new students and to ensure that they weren't nervous coming to a new school.

During Camp Hillview, 300 sixth-graders were split into groups of 10 to 12, each led by two or three WEB student leaders.

The leaders took their students to a classroom for various activities, including the name game, and bouncing around a balloon, keeping it in the air for as long as possible.

The students then had lunch, participated in a question-and-answer session, took a guided tour of the school, and met Principal Willy Haug.

In my experience as a WEB leader, the students had fun, learned a lot about Hillview, and seemed much less nervous than they were at the start of the day. They seemed excited to start their new school year.

Related story: Getting to know Hillview's director of student activities.

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a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 30, 2017 at 6:57 pm

WEB was great!


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