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After the LCPS district’s decision to begin fully online learning in July, Student Advisory Council members, Stephen Ewing and Adelaide Olberding, came up with an online service to connect struggling elementary students with high school tutors. Student Tutors are volunteers from Oñate, Centennial, Las Cruces High, Mayfield and Arrowhead Park Early College High School. Currently, LCPS has 94 students signed up as volunteers to tutor students K-5. Of those 94 qualified student tutors, at least 12 of the tutors are bilingual in English and Spanish.
Beginning on Monday, September 14 tutoring will be offered in Math and English with bilingual offerings for each. Canvas learning support will also be offered to any students or parents who need it. Elementary students will self-enroll in a Canvas course containing the Zoom links for the daily tutoring sessions. Students can join the Canvas course from the below sign-up form or join link.
“I think it is really important to provide equal access tutoring for students of all ability levels to meet their psychological and academic needs,” Ewing said. “A lot of students and families need help adjusting to online learning right now.”
An LCPS employee will host and supervise each tutoring session. From there, the LCPS lead host sorts the students and tutors into their respective “breakout room” based on their grade and the subject they need the most support in. Students will then have the opportunity to ask the tutor questions regarding school assignments/online learning. Parents are also encouraged to attend.
Students can sign up for unlimited 30-minute block sessions to efficiently accommodate each student’s learning needs in a small group. Tutors will be utilizing many of the Zoom meeting features such as: the sharing of their screen to facilitate the child's learning, chat, and breakout rooms in combination with online learning resources.
“We are really grateful to have so many high schoolers excited to give back to our Las Cruces community,” Olberding stated. “I think we all want to leave a positive impact in others' lives especially during the current crisis our school district faces. This project gives students the chance to foster relationships with younger kids in the district, whom they might not have the chance to communicate with otherwise, and I think they all recognize how valuable that is.”
Tutoring will be offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 5pm-7pm and Wednesday from 11am-1pm. Parents may enroll their child for virtual tutoring by clicking the link below, and completing the following form:
Click here to also enroll in the Canvas course: https://lcps.instructure.com/enroll/3YPYKA
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