By Ashley Han,
HUB Staff Writer–
Students from Davis High visit room L-23 during lunch on May 3, to learn more about Link Crew. Link Crew is a new transition program to welcome incoming tenth graders.
Link Crew coordinator and social science teacher Bill Williams hopes this program will help incoming DHS students feel welcomed and involved with the school. As a new teacher at DHS and a parent of a sophomore, Williams strongly believes in the need for this program.
“It was very clear to me a transition program was needed […] I really felt like it was a question of tenth graders being lost, maybe not lost physically but not knowing how to integrate into the culture [at DHS],” Williams said.
Although this program is new to DHS, according to Williams, Link Crew has been around for about 20 years in thousands of schools throughout the United States and Canada.
Williams and English teacher Spencer Elliot decided to introduce Link Crew to DHS.
“Usually the anxieties, at the junior high, incoming sophomores, are super high. They want [Links Crew], they’ve asked for this,” Williams said.
Juniors and seniors who are interested in becoming a mentor and helping out new DHS students next year should apply to be Link leader by May 17. Members of this program will be trained on Aug. 22 and 23 and be assigned to help out 10 randomly selected sophomores.
Sophomore Kelsey McMorrow expects this program to have a positive effect on the sophomores next year. She decided to join Link Crew because of her experience at the junior high.
“I did WEB at the junior high and I really enjoyed it then […] I want to do it again now and it just looks like a great opportunity to help people come to DHS and enjoy it more,” McMorrow said.
Williams’ and Elliot’s goal for this year is to have more year long activities and create a stronger connection between the upper classmen and sophomores.