A Review of ACCELERATE in 2021-22

The following post is a review of news from ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD during the 2021-22 school year.

Be an Academic Tutor in Northfield

ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD is currently gearing up for the 2022-23 school year. Those wanting to serve as ACADEMIC SUPPORT TUTORS can begin submitting required criminal background checks after July 1, 2022.

There are two types of academic support tutors placed in NORTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS through ACCELERATE:
1. Northfield community/college volunteers, and
2. Eligible work-study students through Carleton and St. Olaf colleges
* Both provide academic assistance (generally, in math and reading) to Northfield elementary schools at Northfield Middle School.

Check back this summer for more information about tutoring during the 2022-23 school year.

What Is ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD?

Learn more about ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD from this slideshow.

2021-22 Accelerate Year in Review

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The chart above shows ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD‘S recruitment statistics for the 2021-22 school year. The numbers are broken down by type of tutor (community volunteers vs. college work-study students) and by school. CLICK HERE for a larger version of the graphic.
This is the five-year comparison of ACCELERATE’s recruitment efforts. Note that there was no recruitment during the 2020-21 school year because of COVID restrictions. CLICK HERE for a larger version of the graphic.
This graph shows results of a tutor survey conducted by ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD in May 2022. Responses were collected through Google Forms. Roughly 8 percent of tutors returned the survey. CLICK HERE to see a larger version of the results.

ACCELERATE Updates 2021-22

Below are a list of regular updates sent to ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD volunteer tutors:
* JUNE 6, 2022
* MAY 20, 2022
APRIL 28, 2022
APRIL 19. 2022
* APRIL 11, 2022
* APRIL 7, 2022
* MARCH 28, 2022
* MARCH 23, 2022
* MARCH 14, 2022
* MARCH 7, 2022
FEB. 28, 2022
FEB. 22, 2022
* FEB. 14, 2022
* FEB. 7, 2022
* FEB. 1, 2022

* JAN. 10, 2022
* DEC. 13, 2021
* DEC. 6, 2021
* NOV. 28, 2021
* NOV. 23, 2021
* NOV. 11, 2021
* NOV. 3, 2021
* OCT. 27, 2021
* OCT. 20, 2021
* OCT. 11, 2021
* AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2021

CLICK HERE to be added to the list for emailed updates.

Training Slideshow

ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD‘s training slides is available in two formats:

FAQ: Northfield High School and Portage Online School

There is one high school in NORTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLSNorthfield High School. In addition, the district has one K-12 online school: Portage Online.

All schools in the Northfield school district are secured during school hours, meaning there is only one way in and out of the school buildings, and that is the main entrance. Entrance doors  are located near the school name letters, which are easily seen from the street.

Northfield High School
Address: 1400 Division Street South, Northfield
Office Telephone Number: 507.663.0630
Principal: Joel Leer
Entry: Through the far-right door at the front entrance, adjacent to the main parking lot that’s in front of the gymnasium. Enter from Division Street. Do not use the entrance accessible from Jefferson Parkway.
Parking: Available in the main parking lot. The lot typical is near capacity. There are several visitor spaces in the lot.
WEBSITE: https://northfieldschools.org/schools/northfield-high-school/ 

Portage Online School
Address: 201 Orchard Street South, Northfield
Office Telephone Number: 507.645.1201
Director: Daryl Kehler
Entry: N/A
Parking: N/A
WEBSITE: https://northfieldschools.org/schools/portage-online/

FAQ: Northfield Middle School

Northfield Middle School
Address: 2200 Division Street South, Northfield
Office Telephone Number: 507.663.0650
Principal: Greg Gelineau
Entry: Through the far-right front door at the front entrance, adjacent to the main parking lot.
Parking: Available in the small parking lot in front of the main entrance. The lot typical is near capacity, although there are several visitor spots. Otherwise, use the larger lot just off Highway 246
WEBSITE: https://northfieldschools.org/schools/northfield-middle-school/

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FAQ: Northfield Elementary Schools

There are three elementary schools in NORTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLSBridgewaterGreenvale Park and Spring Creek (formerly known as Sibley).

Are are K-5 schools.All schools in the Northfield school district are secured during school hours, meaning there is only one way in and out of the school buildings, and that is the main entrance. Entrance doors of all three elementary schools are located near the school name letters, which are easily seen from the street.Below are addresses, maps and websites for all three elementary schools. Volunteers are advised to check the location of their sites before the first day of tutoring.

Bridgewater Elementary School
Address: 401 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield
Office Telephone Number: 507.664.3300
Principal: Nancy Antoine
Entry: Through front entrance, adjacent to the main parking lot.
Parking: Available in the main parking lot. The lot typical is near capacity. There is a small auxiliary lot that’s just south of the main lot.
WEBSITE: https://northfieldschools.org/schools/bridgewater-elementary/

Greenvale Elementary School
Address: 500 Lincoln Parkway, Northfield
Office Telephone Number:  507.645.3500
Principal: Sam Richardson
Entry: Through front entrance, adjacent to the main parking lot. (Please note: This is a new school. The former Greenville Park school is located next door and is now the site of the district’s early childhood education program.)
Parking: Typically, there are a few parking spots near the back of the main parking lot. Otherwise, park in the lot west of the school or along Lincoln Parkway.
WEBSITE: https://northfieldschools.org/schools/greenvale-park-elementary/

Spring Creek Elementary School Address: 1400 Maple Street, Northfield
Office Telephone Number: 507.645.3470
Principal: Scott Sannes
Entry: Through front entrance, adjacent to a a small parking lot in front of the school off Ames Street.
Parking: There is a large parking lot behind the school off Maple Street where staff parks. A sidewalk connects the lot to the front entrance. Otherwise, there is on-street parking in front of the school along Ames Street.
WEBSITE: https://northfieldschools.org/schools/spring-creek-elementary/

ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD FAQ

WHO WE ARE: ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD is a collaboration among parents, community members and organizations dedicated to improving the academic performance of local students. In other words, we help transform students into LEARNING SUPERHEROES! In the years since first assisting students, ACCELERATE‘s reach has grown. Its volunteer tutors work with students primarily in NORTHFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT‘s three elementary schools. 

WHAT WE DO: ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD’s job is to recruit community members to become volunteer tutors. No experience is necessary, except for a passion to help transform Northfield elementary students into LEARNING SUPERHEROES! Our tutors meet with students on an individual basis or in small groups. While most of our volunteers are students at St. Olaf and Carleton colleges, we are grateful to have a large representation of Northfield adults among our ranks. Tutors are asked to help out at least one hour a week.

WHY WE DO IT: The mission of ACCELERATE and its volunteers to work toward the success for ALL students, regardless of color, ethnicity, economic status, belief system or gender. We were established to assist Northfield schools in reducing Northfield’s achievement gap. The achievement gap is the differences in academic performance between groups of students. (CLICK HERE to read more about the achievement gap in Minnesota.)

HOW WERE WE FOUNDED: ACCELERATE — brainchild of longtime Northfield education advocates Fritz Bogott and Rachel Matney — was founded during the 2011-2012 school year. Relying on the partners like the Reads and Counts program at Carleton and St. Olaf colleges and from community tutors, ACCELERATE and its volunteers contributed more than 24,000 volunteer hours that first year. The program started with a three-prong educational philosophy: intensive one-one reading, reading support and enrichment challenge for high-achieving students. The following year, ACCELERATE began focusing on tutoring students at risk of falling into the achievement gap. Its efforts got a boost from a three-year VISTA grant, which provided funding for a staff member to help administer the program. In subsequent years, ACCELERATE tutors have annually contributed thousands of hours of volunteer tutoring. The program has also become a function of Northfield Public Schools. Partnering with Accelerate Northfield are the NORTHFIELD HEALTHY COMMUNITIES INITIATIVECARLETON COLLEGEST. OLAF COLLEGE and NORTHFIELD PROMISE.