News from the Academic Center
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Hello To all Parents/Guardians and Students
from the Academic Center!
We want to
introduce you to the Academic Center at the High School. Although many
of you may know about it already, we want to update and remind you of a
few things about the Academic Center.
What is the Academic Center?
The Academic Center is a place where students can drop
in for occasional academic assistance, set up a regular tutorial
schedule in any subject, get help with an English paper, borrow a book,
colored pencils (and any other materials), do research, use a lap top
computer, work on a project, study with a group, study individually,
and/or learn study skills. Tutoring in the Academic Center is
completely free and voluntary. Students cannot be required to go to
the Academic Center because the number of students that access the
services there is already great. The Academic Center staff can
encourage students to utilize its services once a referral is made,
however students are responsible for getting themselves there at their
designated times or to drop in as needed.
Where is the Academic Center?
The Academic Center is located in the Media Center at Wayland High School.
What are the Hours of the Academic Center?
Mondays and Wednesdays: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Fridays 7:30 AM - 2:15 PM
Who can utilize the Academic Center?
Any student who attends WHS can utilize the services of the Academic Center.
Who can refer a student to the Academic Center?
A parent, a teacher, a school counselor, an administrator can
refer a student to the Academic Center, or students can refer
What help is available and who is available to help at the Academic Center?
The Academic Center is
coordinated by one full time teacher, (Ms. Wolfson), one full time
Teaching Assistant, volunteer tutors (students and community
volunteers), National Honor Society Tutors, and one English Teacher
each block who covers the Writing Center, which is located within the
Whether the student is in a College
Preparatory course, an AP course, in Special Education, in an
Introductory level course or an Honors course, the Academic Center is
here to assist all students. So please schedule some time to see
us! Most students are tutored in a subject twice per eight day cycle,
but the amount of time varies by student and/or subject, as well as
what tutors are available at the time. The AC is open for tutoring,
studying and group work. Tutors will be available on a regular basis,
or students can just drop in for occasional help or just to ask a
Also, if a student wants to be seen only a few times, he/she
can talk to the AC director to set up a few sessions. Students can drop
in and request help at any time and the AC staff will do their best to
assist them. However, please remember that not every subject is
covered by a tutor every block of the day. For example a Latin,
Chemistry or Calculus tutor may not be available every block, every
day. So it is most efficient that students set up specific times to get
tutoring help if they are struggling in a particular subject.
We would also like to mention that if a student is scheduled
to meet with a tutor, please do your best to remember to show up for
the designated time(s). If tutoring times are missed repeatedly,
students will be dropped from the schedule. We ask you to remember and
respect that most of our tutors are students also, and they have their
own academic responsibilities. We also understand that sometimes
conflicts will arise (field trips, labs, make-up tests, etc.); we would
ask that you keep us apprised of any changes in schedules. At the
same time, if you feel there is a communication problem or concern with
a tutor, please talk with the AC staff immediately so the issues can
be addressed, rather than just not showing up for the scheduled
What else does the Academic Center offer?
In addition to the Academic Center tutoring services, students
can access the following supplies there: textbooks, graph paper, lined
paper, construction paper, poster paper, pencils, pens, colored
pencils, magic markers, glue, glue sticks, tape, scissors, staplers,
hole punchers, pencil sharpeners, folders, index cards, rulers,
compasses, protractors, T-83 calculators, headsets, wireless laptop
computers, dictionaries (English and foreign languages), reference
books, SAT & AP practice tests, and "The Writing Center". In other
words, there are no excuses not to study, do your homework, write a
paper or finish a project. Don't be afraid to call! The AC is there to
In addition to direct services to students, the Academic Center
from time to time sponsors Special night programs. Details will be
posted on the Academic Center web page, in the parent e-news and WHSPO
news, and announced and/or posted around school.
The Academic Center will also play a small part in our ninth
grade seminar sessions. Counselors will work with students to do an
overview of some study skills. Links to some of the hand outs are
Please also remember that
although the Academic Center is a wonderful place for a student to
receive support, a student’s academic teacher is available for help and
they are truly the first line of defense!
And last but not least…
The Academic Center is always looking for
volunteers to tutor from the community, so if you have time and the
skill, please contact Barb Wolfson at 508-358-4823 .
Academic Center Coordinator