Davis ninth graders to new students: This is Where You Belong
Davis ninth graders to new students: This is Where You Belong
Posted on 08/25/2019
A WEB mentor showing students how to open a lockerDavis Junior High School’s ninth-graders welcomed their newest classmates with a simple message: you belong.

For the fourth straight year, Davis is offering a WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) program that creates ninth grade mentors to help new seventh graders feel welcome in their new junior high.

To get the new year off to a positive start,  nearly 160 seventh-grade students attended a WEB orientation day on Friday where they were led through various team-building activities by 60 WEB leaders.  

“I became a WEB leader because I was really shy in seventh grade, and I want to help the new students feel comfortable,” said ninth grader Clara Shkembi.

Ninth grade WEB leaders  attended two days of training prior to orientation and assisted seventh-graders in finding their way around the building, opening new lockers and getting to know one another. 

For seventh graders making the transition to junior high school, the orientation program helped prepare them for a successful transition.

“I feel more comfortable coming to Davis now because I know there are WEB leaders here to help me all year,” said seventh grader Angelina Jankowiak. 

The program is coordinated by teachers Kelly Dopkowski and Renee Pietraskiewicz. Students work through the year to create welcoming activities and help students on a daily basis become comfortable in their new school. 
“I became a WEB leader because I remember my WEB leaders from 7th grade, and I looked up to them,” said ninth grader Austin Thompson. 

Davis students on the bleachers at the orientation