Academic Center

Welcome to the Academic Support Center!
Fall 2022 Update 

The Academic Support Center is  available for drop-in help from 8:30 - 3:30, Monday - Friday. If you or your student has a free block and would like to get some help from the academic center please email Ms. Lima ([email protected]) or Eimile Bowden ([email protected]) and one of them will reach out.  
 

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Hello To all Parents/Caregivers and Students from the Academic Support Center!

We want to introduce you to the Academic Support 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 Support Center.

 

What is the Academic Support Center (ASC)?

The Academic Support Center is a regular-education support for struggling students. Ms. Aimee Lima is the Academic Support Coordinator, and there is  a teaching assistant, Eimile Bowden in the ASC as well. 

Students can drop into the ASC any time they need help on an assignment, need a quiet place to work, or need to borrow a textbook or other school supplies.  Students can also be scheduled into the ASC during their free blocks or study halls.  If a student joins our caseload, Eimile and I monitor the student's progress and are in regular communication with their teachers.  We also offer peer tutoring - students can drop in for help, but we recommend students sign up for a regular time once or twice a cycle with our peer tutors.

The Academic Support Center is available to all students on a drop-in basis, but only students who are not on IEPs join our caseload.  Students on IEPs are sometimes matched with a peer tutor in consultation with their LRT teacher and classroom teacher.

 

Where is the Academic Support Center?
The Academic Support Center is located in the Media Center at Wayland High School.

 

What are the Hours of the Academic Support Center?
Monday through Friday: 8:30-3:30

 

Who can utilize the Academic Support Center?
Any student who attends WHS can utilize the services of the Academic Support Center. Students on IEPs must coordinate with their liaison if there is a need for a tutor in addition to their LRT blocks.

 

Who can refer a student to the Academic Support Center?
A parent, a teacher, a school counselor, an administrator all can refer a student to the Academic Support Center, or students can refer themselves.

 

What help is available and who is available to help at the Academic Support Center?

The Academic Support Center is coordinated by one full time teacher/coordinator, (Ms. Lima), one Teaching Assistant (Ms. Bowden), volunteer tutors (students and community volunteers), National Honor Society and volunteer student tutors, and WHS academic teachers on duty.

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 Support 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 ASC 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 question.

 

Also, if a student wants to be seen only a few times, he/she can talk to the ASC coordinator to set up a few sessions. Students can drop in and request help at any time and the ASC 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). Moving forward, we are working with the National Honors Society to update our peer tutoring program. Historically students were assigned one student to work with for the year. Instead, we have implemented a drop in system where tutors will be assigned to the Academic Support Center one block per cycle. Students seeking tutoring will ‘drop in’ or when they need help.

 

What else does the Academic Support Center offer?
In addition to the Academic Support 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, and SAT & AP practice tests. 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 help.

 

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.

 

Please also remember that although the Academic Support 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 Support Center is always looking for volunteers to tutor from the community, so if you have time and the skill, please contact Aimee Lima at 508-358-4823.


The Academic Support Center will also play a small part in our ninth grade seminar sessions.  Ms. Lima will work with students to do an overview of some study skills.  Links to some of the resources are below.

 

Organization Resources
How to take 2 Column Notes
How to Approach a Test
How to Listen and Take Notes form a Lecture
Text Book Skills
Daily Activity List
Managing Study Time
 


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