Looking Back: Accelerate Northfield’s Archive

Accelerate Northfield has had plenty of good news to report to volunteer tutors since its inception in 2011. What follows is an archive of posts appearing on Accelerate Northfield’s website.

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A New Year
Hello. You may have heard that Northfield has started a new school year. Well, we at Accelerate Northfield would like to tell you that we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of it. In 2011-2012 more than 140 tutors spent over 24,000 hours working with children at Bridgewater, Greenvale Park, and Sibley elementary schools. Now, in only our second year, we are well on our way to surpassing those numbers. (Sept. 28, 2012)

Accelerate Northfield at the Riverwalk Market Fair
Hello All. Thanks to everyone that came by our booth this Saturday at the Riverwalk Market Fair. It was great to talk to the people of Northfield about our program, and it didn’t hurt that the art activity we had brought in some very enthusiastic artists-in-training. I also need to thank the Riverwalk Market Fair for granting us the space and equipment to promote Accelerate Northfield. (Oct. 2, 2012)

All New iPad Sign In System
Hello All. I’m happy to report that we have, in collaboration with the school district, placed a new volunteer sign in system in each of the three elementary schools. Replacing the traditional binders, we have placed an iPad for use by all volunteers, including the tutors of Accelerate Northfield. These iPads will allow the district to gain a clearer understanding of the number of volunteers working in the schools, and a clearer picture of the impact those volunteer are having. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the change. (March 7, 2013)

April ’13 Newsletter
Hello Tutors. First, I hope you are all enjoying an excellent Volunteer Appreciation week. I’ve heard from many teachers about just how much they value the work you do.
I’d also like to thank everyone who was able to either fill out the online survey that was sent out in March, or that I was able to talk to over the phone. We want to make your experience in the schools as satisfying and effective as possible, and in doing that, your input is invaluable. (April 17, 2013)

April News from Accelerate Northfield
Hello Tutors, We at Accelerate Northfield want you to like us … literally. Today, Accelerate Northfield begins a social media campaign designed to increase our visibility in the community and, in turn, grow the number of volunteers making impacts in local schools. The desired result of getting more community members in our schools is closing the achievement goal. (April 20, 2015)

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Becoming a Tutor Is As Easy As 1, 2, 3, 4
Becoming a tutor in Northfield elementary schools is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (and 4, in this case). If you have questions about this process or need assistance, contact Accelerate Northfield at mgarlitz@northfieldschools.org. (Aug. 30, 2017)

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Come Meet our New VISTA at Riverwalk this Saturday!!
I wanted to take a minute in this newsletter to introduce myself.  My name is Amy Decker, and I will be taking over for Joe at Accelerate Northfield this year.  I am from Red Wing, MN and graduated from Stanford University this June.  I moved to Northfield in early August to start my position at Accelerate Northfield.  I’m very excited to work with such a wonderful program!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me over this next year with any questions, concerns or to just say hello.  I’d love to hear from you.  Now on to business! (Aug. 20, 2013)

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December News!
I hope you all are having a fun and fulfilling start to your holiday season.  As we approach the holidays and the college tutors go on break, it’s a great time for us here at Accelerate to take a minute to check in with you, the tutors, and see how you are doing. (Dec. 9, 2013)

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Fall News from Accelerate Northfield
I hope you all are having a wonderful fall and have had a great first month or so of tutoring! Accelerate Northfield is off to a great start, too. In fact, it’s the best first two months of the school year we’ve had! Our volunteer tutors have already contributed over 600 volunteer hours, and have filled almost 59 percent of teacher requests for help (Oct. 28, 2014)

February ’13 Newsletter
I’d like to start by welcoming you to Accelerate Northfield’s first monthly newsletter. In each newsletter we will include important updates, information on upcoming events at the elementary schools, and good news testimonials from tutors like yourself. (Feb. 28, 2013)

February Newsletter
We have a jam-packed newsletter for you this month, so I’ll jump right in.  Recent data collected by the schools shows that our tutors have had a significant impact on students’ academic growth. (Feb. 16, 2014)

First Training Session
For anyone who’s interested, Carleton is hosting the first training session of the year this Thursday at 7:00, on campus at Leighton 330 (next to Sayles Hill). This training will focus primarily on first year tutors. It’s is open to everyone, and you are all more than welcome to attend. (Oct. 9, 2012)

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Get Excited for Tutoring with Accelerate Northfield!
I hope you all had wonderful summers! Now that the school year has started again, it is time to get excited for another year of tutoring! Last year was a great year, but we have even more ambitious goals this year, and we need the help of tutors like you to meet them. Last year, we filled, on average, 55% of teacher requests for help. Let’s work on beating that number this year! (Sept. 12, 2014)

Get Ready for the 2013-2014 School Year!
I hope you all have had fun and relaxing summers!  It’s already the last week of August and the new school year is right around the corner–which means it’s time to sign up to tutor!  Signing up now will ensure that you have your background check completed in plenty of time so you are ready to go the very first day of school.  We had 170 tutors and thousands of volunteer hours in 2012-’13, and I hope we can continue that awesomeness this upcoming year! (Aug. 28, 2013)

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Happy September!
I hope everyone is doing well. The first few weeks of school are fun and exciting, yet stressful and tiring. So, make sure to take care of yourself NOWbecause it’s a long way to December break. (Oct. 10, 2017)

Help Students Become Superheroes (Video)

How are we doing?
I hope you each had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Now that it’s December and the end of the year is approaching fast, we thought it would be a good time to check in with you, the tutors, and make sure everything is going well. To that end, we have a brief survey that we hope you will take to let us know how you have been doing, and how we here at Accelerate are doing so far this year. (Dec. 2, 2013)

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Important Update about April Tutoring Scheduling
April is an important month in the schools because it is when 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders take the MCAs (state standardized tests). If you work with 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students, it’s extremely important that you check in with your teacher regarding your tutoring schedule this month! (April 14, 2014)

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January Newsletter
Welcome to 2014! I hope you each had a wonderful holiday and are as excited to be back as I am. 🙂 We had an awesome finish to 2013, with over 20,000 volunteer hours!! We are currently filling 56% of teacher requests. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have put in already this school year. I hope we can continue this effort in 2014! (Jan. 18, 2014)

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Literacy Boxes
I’d like to take a moment to remind you to consider using the Literacy Boxes available at the classrooms you will be with. These boxes contain activities for your use when with the children, and are designed to give you additional tools and ideas while tutoring. (Oct. 1, 2012)

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March ’13 Newsletter
 In last month’s newsletter I wrote about the new iPad sign-in systems in the elementary schools. I’m happy to report that since our iPads started tracking Accelerate Northfield tutoring sessions in early January, tutors from the community and the college have participated in more than 5,615 tutoring opportunities with students across all three elementary schools! (March 18, 2013)

March News from Accelerate Northfield
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. (March 31, 2015)

March Updates from Accelerate Northfield
I hope you have enjoyed the glimpses of spring weather we have been getting. Here’s to hoping spring arrives sooner rather than later!! 🙂 (March 31, 2014)

May ’13 Newsletter
 We are now here at the end of the school year. This is when we get to see the arrival of warmer weather, and the beginning of Summer Vacation. It has been a fantastic school year for Accelerate Northfield, as over 170 tutors from the community signed up for an opportunity to work with Northfield’s elementary students, over 1,000 of whom have received tutoring from an Accelerate Northfield tutor. (May 24, 2013)

May 2015 Newsletter
Thank you for another wonderful year of service to students in Northfield schools. You all were part of the effort to shrink Northfield’s achievement gap, as well as to bolster academic performance among many of our students. (May 28, 2015)

Meet Our New Co-Coordinator!
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend! As we get ready for the long winter break, I would like to introduce you all, virtually at least, to Accelerate Northfield’s newest staff member: Michael Garlitz. (Dec. 3, 2014)

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News from Accelerate Northfield
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. (Feb. 11, 2015)

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We continue to collect “likes” for the Accelerate Northfield Facebook page. So far, nearly 50 Facebook users and Accelerate supporters have liked us on the social media platform. (June 1, 2015)

Northfield News!
Look in this Saturday’s (10/27) Northfield News for an article on Accelerate Northfield. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Northfield Students Need Your Help!
Over the last four years, Northfield’s low-income elementary students have trailed behind their peers in math proficiency by an average of 22%.  Low income students also trail their peers in reading proficiency by an average of 25%. (Sept. 25, 2012)

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October News!
Now that school’s been in session for a month, I thought I would share some of the numbers we’ve generated so far so that you can see just how much of an impact we are having.  We are currently filling 56% (207 out of 372 requests) of all tutor requests, which is fantastic!  Last year we averaged around 50%, so we are already ahead!! (Oct. 16, 2013)

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SEPTEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER
Welcome to the 2015-16 school year in the Northfield Public Schools. And, welcome to another year of volunteering through Accelerate Northfield. (Sept. 21, 2015)

September News
I hope you all a great final few days of summer and are enjoying this cooler weather! Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen that many of you have already signed up for tutoring opportunities and that’s fantastic! I’m really excited that we are off to such a great start this year. (Sept. 16, 2013)

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Thank You!
As the end of the school year rapidly approaches (only 1 more week!), I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you again for all your hard work over this past year to help close the achievement gap in our elementary schools! This year, volunteers have contributed 18,000 volunteer hours and worked with over 1,500 students. (May 30, 2014)

The Latest News from Accelerate Northfield
We are very excited about sharing our Mid-Year report with you. As you can see below, volunteers have contributed thousands of hours and made thousands of contacts with Northfield students. We thank you for your hard work and dedication to closing the achievement gap in Northfield! (Jan. 14, 2015)

Training Location for this Evening!!
We have a location for our Response to Intervention (RtI) Training this evening.  If you are interested in RtI and didn’t attend the training at St. Olaf last week, I recommend you attend this evening.  It’s a fabulous introduction to RtI with a few practice opportunities so you’re all set for your first tutoring session. (Sept. 23, 2013)

Tutor in Northfield Schools
Accelerate Northfield encourages college students and other adults in our community to start the year off right by tutoring in our elementary schools. (Aug. 1, 2018)

Tutoring Learning Superheroes
Accelerate Northfield knows any youngster can be a learning superhero. That’s because its scores of volunteer tutors have helped students in Northfield public schools take flight toward lofty academic goals since 2011. (Aug. 28, 2018)

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We Were in the Northfield News!
So, I will admit that I am a little late in posting this, but there was a great story about Accelerate Northfield in the local paper about a month ago.  Tania Will, one of the school district’s Response to Intervention Coaches, and Fritz Bogott, one of the program’s founders, talk about Accelerate Northfield and why we play such an important role in our local schools. (Oct. 10, 2013)

Weather Warning for Monday Tutoring
As many of you are probably aware, there is a Winter Storm Warning in effect from very early Monday morning until Tuesday afternoon. Lots of snow/sleet is expected, and I wanted to take a minute to remind you all to please be careful as you travel to and from tutoring on Monday and Tuesday. (Nov. 10, 2014)

Welcome To The 2017-18 School Year!
The 2017-18 school year begins in the Northfield Public Schools on Tuesday, Sept. 5. That means it’s time to sign up to become a volunteer tutor in Northfield elementary schools. (Aug. 29, 2017)

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