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Grant Middle School

1800 West Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62704

GMS- Attention Parents of incoming 6th Grade Students

July 25, 2008


We are very excited that your child will be attending Grant Middle School and we look forward to meeting your child on Orientation Day, August 19th. As you may know, our school is participating in the nationwide WEB Program, an organization whose sole purpose is to help 6th graders feel more comfortable as well as help them achieve success in their first year of middle school.

The WEB sixth grade orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support 6th graders by assigning them an 8th grade WEB leader as a mentor during this first year. This WEB leader is a responsible older student who was hand selected from a large pool of applicants and has met the qualifications of being a good role model and a positive leader on campus. Listed below is some information to let you know what you and your child can expect in advance of their first day of school:

1. Your child can expect to receive an invitation to Sixth Grade Orientation Day in the mail. If he or she has not received the invitation by August 15, please call the main office (525-3170) and request one;

2. A day or two before orientation your child will also receive a phone call from her or his WEB leader personally inviting your child to orientation day and giving the details of where to be and what time;

3. Your child is encouraged to bring nothing. Backpacks, purses, or other like items should remain at home as the day is quite active;

4. Because the day is active, please make sure that your child wears comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. Your child does not need to wear his/her Grant uniform on this day.

The WEB orientation (from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm) is a student only function so we encourage you to let your child attend on her or his own. You are, however invited to attend the district orientation which begins at 9:00 am and ends at 10:00 am. Morning buses will pick up students (if they normally ride the school bus) one hour after the regularly scheduled time and they will also take students home after the completion of the WEB activities. Transfer students and "walkers" will need to provide their own transportation.

We look forward to meeting your child on Orientation Day!

WEB Coordinators
Tina Jannazzo, Bob Hayes, and Lisa Connolley