Thursday, May 18, 2017

Week 31: SBAC Testing and Looking for Next Year's WEB Leaders (week of 5/19/2017)

This week there's not a ton to report on. You son or daughter took the SBAC test in both their English and math classes. If they didn't get to finish, no worries. Make-ups will take place during the school day next week. I got two assignments graded during testing so check PowerSchool for some updates.

The focus of this week's blog is the WEB ("Where Everybody Belongs") program, an orientation and transition program I co-coordinate with Miss Ahearn, our Leadership teacher. WEB Leaders help run the orientation program before school starts by leading the incoming class through small group team building and get-to-know-you activities. Throughout the year, they reconnect with their group on a personal basis at school and at after-school WEB activities. These activities are all designed to make the middle school years less scary and more fun while building meaningful relationships with upperclassmen and peers. Your son or daughter is invited and encouraged to apply if they see themselves as any type of leader. Applications went out yesterday based on teacher recommendations.

Whether your son or daughter received the invitation or not, they are welcome to apply. We first take teacher recommendations for student leaders because the staff knows what the program entails and what type of leader we're looking for. What we're truly looking for is a nice cross-section of Laguna. We want leaders from every background, every club, every elective, and every level of leadership ability so that the connection between our 8th-grade leaders and incoming 7th-grade class is strong. Please encourage your son or daughter to apply and become a part of Laguna's legacy for years to come. Applications are available in Student Services, room E8 (Miss Ahearn's room), and room G6 (my room). They are due to Student Services by Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

 Please review the following dates, as some are mandatory for students who wish to be WEB Leaders:

• *Spring Play Day: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm;
• *WEB Leader training: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
 and Friday, August 11, 2017, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm;
• *7th Grade Orientation: Monday, August 14th, 2017, 7:00 am – 12:30 pm
7th Grade Registration Day (Optional): Tuesday, August 15, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
First day of school: Monday, August 21st; wear your WEB leader shirt
 and help seventh graders with directions and questions;
First WEB Leader meeting: Wednesday, August 30, at lunch in H-1;
Attend the “Back to School Dance”: Friday, September 15th; call your team
 and invite them to attend the dance with you!
Be available for Follow Up activities, such as WEB Homebase Takeovers, throughout the year.
*These events are MANDATORY to be a WEB leader!







If your son or daughter is interested in becoming a WEB Leader, please encourage them to apply. If they're interested but can't make the mandatory dates, they can still participate in the WEB program as an A-team member. A-team members help run the WEB program but aren't assigned to a group of 7th-graders. Our A-team is welcome at any and all WEB activities and helps with set-up and take-down of the activity, running the activity, and helping with the small WEB groups as needed. Being part of the WEB program is a great way to give back to your school in a meaningful way!

Question for the dinner table/drive home:
1. What qualities do you have that make you a leader?
2. How has the WEB program helped you this year?
3. What is your favorite thing about Laguna Middle School?

Warmest wishes,
Kevin Laffin

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