Link Leader Summer Training - Tuesday 8/29 & Wednesday 8/30 - This is REQUIRED for all leaders!!
Freshman Orientation - Starting Tuesday, 9/5
Open House - Thursday, 9/28, 6pm
IceBreaker Dance - TBD
What is Link Crew?
Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Boomerang Project’s proven high school transition program trains mentors from your junior and senior classes to be Link Crew Leaders. As positive role models, Link Crew Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success.
More and more studies show that if students have a positive experience their first year in high school, their chance for success increases dramatically. Link Crew provides the structure for freshmen to receive support and guidance from juniors and seniors who have been through the challenges that high school poses, and understand that the transition to a larger school can sometimes be overwhelming.
Link Crew is a year long transition program with four components that contribute to its success:
High School Orientation - During Orientationweek Link Leaders and freshmen start building a mentor/mentee relationship. Freshmen also receive information about how to be successful in high school.
Academic Follow Ups - Link Leaders support freshman academic success and character development through structured classroom visits throughout the school year.
Social Follow Ups - Link Leaders and freshmen connect outside the classroom at school-sponsored social events to increase student engagement, and promote positive school climate.
Leader Initiated Contacts - Link Leaders connect with their freshmen on a more individual basis to help them adjust to high school.
Link Crew's goal is to provide schools with a structure in which students make real connections with each other thus increasing school safety and reducing incidence of bullying with anti-bullying education. Through this program, freshmen learn that people at school care about them and their success and leaders experience increased self esteem as well as overall character development. Link Crew is the high school transition program that will increase attendance, decrease discipline referrals and improve academic performance at your school.
For more information, visit our parent organization's website, The Boomerang Project.
"What Is Link Crew?" Boomerang Project School Transition Programs. Link Crew, n.d. Web. 22 June 2017.
A helpful list from your Link Leaders
There will be homework.
Every Trimester you get new classes.
There is something called AC - use it to get your work done.
There are five classes in each day.
High school IS different from middle school.
There are finals at the end of each trimester, meaning three times a year.
There are security guards who will check your badge throughout the school.
Stay focused and on task.
Stay out of trouble.
Maintain your grades.
Pay attention to what each teacher expects as far as work for their class.
Dresscode IS enforced.
Things get easier if you study for them.
Final exams are based more on what you know than what you didn't know.
Keep your phone away. It WILL get taken from you.
Be nice to your teachers.
Get away from toxic people.
Gym class is every day, and you need to buy a gym shirt, and it's actually fun.
You have bellwork that is graded for every class.
There are only 5 minutes for passing time between classes.
Don't want until the last minute.
Make sure you do your homework.
Stay focused or you WILL miss things.
Keep a positive attitude.
Carry LOTS of pencils.
Always have your ID on and around your neck.
Don't slack off.
You have lunch in a different building.
You may not have many classes with your best friends.
You need to actually talk, you can't get by just being silent.
Time management is important.
HFA is quite diverse, but it's fun and exciting to meet people not like you.
Don't wear ripped jeans. It's not worth it.
Not everyone will be your friend, and that is ok.
Not every is a good test taker.
Don't lose your planner, you need it.
Take good notes. It really does help.
Ask for help when you need it. Don't wait.
Listen to when events take place and when sign ups are.
Other students are nice and will help you if you ask for it.
Show effort. Teachers will notice.
Have self confidence.
Spend your time wisely both in and out of school.
Get sleep and actually eat.
Go to tutoring and know what teachers stay on what days.
Just breathe. It'll be ok.
Non-core classes are important.
Classes CAN be fun.
The teachers aren't that bad.
Speak up when you don't know something.
Study before you come to school.
Finals are no joke.
Some classes have quizzes every Friday.
Freshmen year you don't really get to pick electives. Each year you'll have more freedom in your schedule.
Even if you went to middle school together, you may not remain friends in high school.
Get plenty of sleep.
You don't know as much as you think you know every time.