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Link Crews prepare to welcome freshmen to high school campuses
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East Union Link Crew leaders discuss their strategy on getting through the Spider’s Web. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen to their new environment.

The upperclassmen in this program – otherwise known as Link Crew leaders – will not only spend that first day with the newcomers but will be available to them throughout the year.

The program is built on the belief that students can help students succeed.

Manteca High is welcoming the Class of 2025 this morning at Guss Schmiedt Field. Link Crew leaders will engage the group of ninth graders in a variety of ice-breaking activities before breaking up in smaller groups in order for both parties to get better become acquainted.

The newcomers to the school will also get a tour of the campus and gear up for the first day of school.

Students in the Manteca Unified School District return to the classroom on Thursday, Aug. 5, with COVID-19 safety protocols per Center of Disease Control guidelines and enforced by MUSD and the San Joaquin County Health Department.

On Thursday, Lathrop High and Weston Ranch High will conduct their ninth-grade orientations.

Link Crew at LHS will kick off at 8 a.m. in the main gym.

At WRHS, the Link Crew event – otherwise known as Cougar Convention Day – will begin at football stadium and conclude in the gym, according to Principal Troy Fast.

Two more freshmen orientations will take place the following week.

Sierra High and East Union High will both welcome their young newcomers on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Sierra will conduct Link Crew activities from 9:30 a.m. to noon followed by orientation from 1:30 to 3:30

p.m., Principal Steve Clark said.

East Union Principal Raul Mora indicated that freshmen orientation – scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. inside the Dalben Center – will take place in different locations throughout campus.