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Parents (Feb 2017)

Parents,

One of the most critical skills that we work on here at the Youth Tutoring Program is reading literacy because having good reading skills is important to being successful in today’s world.

In a study done in the United Kingdom, students read to someone for 30 minutes a day. The results? Students ended up performing remarkably well, with many improving their reading levels by two grades in less than 5 months!

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While we do a lot to ensure student success while they are attending tutoring sessions, students will benefit even more if they do more reading at home. Please consider having your student read to you or an older sibling so that they get even more practice!

Important Resources For High School Seniors

Attention Seniors:

Since many of you have already started in the admissions process for colleges, the next step is to begin the financial aid process. There are many resources out there in order to make college way more affordable for you and your family.

Your first action should be to fill out the Federal Application For Student Aid (FAFSA). This form determines your financial need and in return, tells your college what kind of financial aid you should get if you qualify. Types of aid include loans, grants, and sometimes scholarships depending on your school. Please fill this application out ASAP: FAFSA

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After applying for financial aid, you should turn your focus to applying for scholarships. While applying for scholarships can be very tedious, the rewards are very worthwhile. Sometimes scholarship money goes unused because no one applies! Scholarships are pretty much free money that you never have to pay back. In order to find scholarships you should check out the following websites: The Wash Board, College Board, and Seattle Schools Scholarship.

 

February 2017: What’s going on around the New Holly Center?

Hello All!

Last week, our students wrapped up reading fluency assessments. These assessments are designed to gauge what grade level students are capable of reading fluently. It often stunts growth when a student reads above the level that they should be reading at. These assessments are also crucial in determining progress when it comes to achieving their goals that they set for the school year. A whopping 80 percent of our students said that they saw an improvement in their scores!

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To go along with their reading assessments, we also had students examine their progress on their mid-year goals. Setting goals is a great way to motivate and guide students to work hard towards a particular goal or achievement. Not only is it a good motivator, but it is also a very important life skill to have!

The month of February has gotten off to a great start here at the New Holly Center because of the hard work by our students and tutors. Keep up the good work!