WEB Crew to make debut at LAMS

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Los Alamos Middle School will be introducing a new program for incoming seventh graders this year.
WEB Crew, Where Everyone Belongs, is a year-long program run by the Prevention Office with the help of Los Alamos County.
The WEB philosophy is built upon “Students Helping Students Succeed.”
“I am very excited for the WEB Crew Program to begin at the middle school,” said LAMS principal Rex Kilburn. “I hope that with the introduction of this program that aspects of student culture will change at LAMS.”
Prior to the start of the year, the WEB leaders were trained on building relationships and drafted their words of wisdom on how to be successful in middle school as seen through their eyes.
New seventh graders are invited to attend a special orientation on Sept. 12, from 8 a.m.-noon, at LAMS.
The students will participate in team building activities, learn skills to be successful and tour the facility, all before the hustle and bustle of the traditional first day.
“One of the most exciting feelings as each new school year begins is to see and meet the new students to the school,” said Kilburn. “Being able to do this a few days ahead of time will be fantastic for me and will help the seventh graders get acclimated sooner.”
According to Kilburn, LAMS already has great staff, parental and community support and opportunities to get involved in activities beyond the classroom.
As students build on the “be safe, be responsible, be respectful” foundation it helps to add that a prevailing attitude ensures success for all.
“The fact that Los Alamos County is going to fund this kick-off year for the middle school relieves the financial stress,” said Kilburn. “The agreement to do this also underscores the support the county has for the middle school and belief in trying new program that the administration believes will positively impact the students and staff.”
LAMS additionally received a grant from Keep New Mexico Beautiful (KNMB) to enhance the exterior of the building adding to the new essence in creating a Healthy Atmosphere Where All Kids Succeed (HAWKS).
The KNMB grant will help to re-establish the memorial garden, created for former school nurse, Bonnie Lissoway.
“I am very excited that we are a recipient of the KNMB grant,” said Kilburn. “Although the middle school is in the process of completing new landscape work as part of the new school build, the grant will allow even more plants to be added to the design for even more beauty.”
The first garden was created in memory of Lissoway by friend and former teacher, Suzanne Melton.
Melton worked hard to ensure the success of the garden and prior to the demolition of the prior building, asked staff to tend the plants in their gardens until the school was ready to receive them once again.
That time has arrived Kilburn is happy that the WEB Crew leaders were able to assist with a project that will welcome new students and their families.
“These student leaders volunteered time to do some critical prep work to one of the primary planting beds to be ready for planting,” said Kilburn. “This may seem like a small task, but it was really of great value. I look forward to seeing these eighth grade student leaders in action this year.”