March News from Accelerate Northfield

Welcome to Accelerate Northfield’s March 2015 newsletter!

** A Note from Accelerate Northfield
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Hello Tutors,

Happy Spring! After a busy finish to last month with conferences and the end of the third quarter, we hope you took some time to relax this last week and had a wonderful spring break.

Starting early next week, or shortly thereafter depending on the school, standardized testing will begin. Students will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test. This is a very busy and stressful time of year for teachers, so please keep these things in mind:

  • Be proactive. Teachers probably won’t be supervising you as closely, so if you have questions or need something from your teacher, you will need to bring it up. Don’t wait for them to notice. Follow up in a day or two if the teacher doesn’t get back to you right away.
  • Confirm your tutoring dates and times. Ask when your students will be taking standardized tests. If necessary, work with the teacher to either make alternate arrangements for that session or cancel the conflicting session.
  • Your students may be stressed or act out more as testing approaches, especially if they are worried about it. Be aware and be prepared for these situations.

I hope you enjoy the wonderful spring weather!
Best,
Amy & Michael

Amy Decker & Michael Garlitz
Program Coordinators
info@acceleratenorthfield.org

** Tutoring Tips
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* It’s officially spring, and students may be extra fidgety this time of year since it is finally nice outside. Plan a little extra time to talk or go through a ‘settling down’ routine at the beginning of your session.
* Remember to ask your students for feedback and input on your sessions. Do they feel like they are improving? Is there anything or any particular skill they want to work on?
* Get your students involved and engaged in your sessions by letting them set a few goals, especially goals for that day’s session. For example, reading 6 pages, or a whole chapter, or completing a worksheet during your session.

** What’s Happening Next?
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March 31. – Quarter 3 starts.
April & early May – It’s standardized testing season! Remember to double check your tutoring schedule so you don’t show up when your students are testing.

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Copyright © 2014 Accelerate Northfield, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Accelerate Northfield
Attn: Michael Garlitz
14000 Division St South,
Northfield, MN 55057

Questions? Comments? Email us at: info@acceleratenorthfield.org

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News from Accelerate Northfield

Welcome to Accelerate Northfield’s February, 2015 newsletter!

** A Note from Accelerate Northfield

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Hello Tutors,

Within the past few months, Accelerate Northfield has been featured by local media. In November, Accelerate co-coordinator Michael was interviewed by Jeff Johnson on the KYMN-AM morning show. Click here (http://kymnradio.net/2014/11/06/morning-show-jeff-johnson-michael-garlitz-11614/) to listen to that interview.

Then last week, Accelerate was featured in a news story in the Northfield News written by Molly Larsen. Click here (http://www.southernminn.com/northfield_news/article_73afa577-649e-50df-851b-f7f49135fbb8.html) to read the story.

We are very excited about this publicity because the more people who learn about Accelerate, the more help we will have to close the achievement gap.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Best,
Amy and Michael

Amy Decker
Tutor Coordinator & VISTA – Accelerate Northfield
amy@acceleratenorthfield.org
651-380-3783

Michael Garlitz
Co-coordinator – Accelerate Northfield
Michael@acceleratenorthfield.org

** Tutoring Tips
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* Remember to contact teachers when you plan to miss a tutoring session.

* If you are encountering behavior difficulties with a student, be sure to discuss it with a teacher.

* Remember to stay positive, focused and energetic during your sessions because students will pick up on your mood and will perform better for you when you are having a good day.

** What’s Happening Next?
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Monday, February 16 — No School, President’s Day and Teacher Work Day

March 23-30 — Spring Break

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Copyright © 2015 Accelerate Northfield, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Accelerate Northfield
Attn: Michael Garlitz
14000 Division St South,
Northfield, MN 55057

Questions? Comments? Email us at: info@acceleratenorthfield.org

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