Academic Supports

For many students, the transition from middle to high school can be quite an adjustment.  Students may encounter increased academic pressure with more homework, assessments, and a challenging curriculum.  Students will need to focus on important organizational skills to help them manage their daily academic lives.  Here are some areas to focus on to help facilitate a smooth transition to high school:

  • Time management – Encourage your student to record their assignments from each class/subject into his or her planner using one method, so he/she can easily see when assignments are due and when tests will occur.  This will also help students to break down large assignments into smaller, more manageable tasks.  In the beginning of the year, students should take note of ways that they look for additional information about classwork for each class

 

  • Effective homework routines – Encourage your student to set aside time free from social media or television distraction for doing schoolwork.  When students get larger assignments, encourage them to estimate the time it will take to complete them and plan for times in their schedules that they will devote to the tasks.  Many students find that “chunking” a big assignment into smaller goals alleviates anxiety.

 

  • Class materials organization – It is important to recognize that all courses at Maine South involve a combination of printed materials and technological tools.  Encourage your student to gather and organize all of these materials in one place so that they can effectively prepare for assessment.  For online materials, this may mean creating a bookmark for a Google Classroom or a class website.  For printed materials, it may mean keeping a folder or binder/ notebook for a course.  Teachers will generally suggest the best ideas for keeping track of course materials in the first few days of school, on the syllabus.  When they plan on studying, students should be prepared to use both their chromebooks and folders/ binders for courses.  Encourage them to keep course materials until the end of the semester for reviewing for cumulative final exams.

 

  • Seeking help from counselors – If students need help with any of the above or are generally feeling overwhelmed, counselors are available for appointments.  Counselors focus on the emotional, social, educational and career development needs of students.  Students should make sure to check Maine South email regularly and find a way to remind themselves about appointments with their counselors.

 

  • Seeking help from teachers – Teachers are available for academic assistance on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.  Encourage your student to formulate specific questions and bring materials with them when they seek out support.  It will help them to get more out of the time spent getting help. Teachers in World Language, Math, and Science may help students get paired with student tutors to meet with during the day during free periods.

 

  • Academic Support Centers
Testing Center

Age: All Grade Levels

Room: B116

Max Capacity: 20

Periods open: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Students can make up work that they missed due to absences or complete retakes in the testing center.  They should first indicate to the teacher that they plan on taking the test, so that the teacher can ensure the assessment is in the center.  When in this space, students are expected to remain seated and store ALL electronic devices including but not limited to cellular phones, chromebooks, calculators, smart watches, etc. in testing center lockers.

Math Resource Center

Age: All Grade Levels

Room: C-118

Max Capacity: 25-30

Hours: 7:30 – 3:20 (closed during period 1)

Students may use the Math Resource Center to get academic support for any math class.  Students may be referred by a teacher or students can drop in for support.  The space is staffed by student tutors and certified staff members.

Literacy Center

Age: All Grade Levels

Room: C-122

Max Capacity: 15-20

Hours: 7:30 – 3:20 daily, including Thursday

Students may use the Literacy Center to get academic support for any reading or writing coursework for English or Social Science.  Students may be referred here by a teacher or students can drop in for support.  The space is staffed by certified staff from English and Social Science as well as student tutors.

Science Resource Center

Age: All Grade Levels

Room: C-120

Max Capacity: 25-30

Hours: 7:45 – 3:20

Students may use the Science Resource Center to get academic support for any science class.  Students may be referred here by a teacher or students can drop in for support. The space is staffed by student tutors and certified staff members.

CTE Fab Lab

Age: All Grade Levels

Room: V123

Hours: 2nd period, daily

The Fab Lab is a place to explore or get support in CTE classes.  Students have access to 3D printers, laser cutters, virtual reality machines and a multitude of software programs.

World Languages Peer Tutoring

Age: beginning World Language Students

Room: determined by tutor/ student

Hours: flexible

Teachers pair advanced student volunteers with the beginning level students who need some additional assistance.