Sunday, January 11, 2009

Education News

Our neighbhors at Ruskin Elementary and East End Community Services are seeking voluteers and tutors....

East End Community Services partners with Ruskin Pre-K-8th Elementary School in East Dayton with the goal of helping all students achieve academic success. In April students in grades 3-8 will take the Ohio Achievement Tests to determine degrees of proficiency in Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Writing as defined by the Ohio Department of Education. East End is supporting Ruskin’s teachers in preparing children for the test by making ourselves available for one-on-one tutoring. We are recruiting others to join us in tutoring children – particularly in the areas of Reading and Math.

If you can spare an hour a week, after 2:00 until 5:00 we can match you with a child at Ruskin. The child’s academic needs have been assessed, and a tutoring plan has been tailored to meet the needs of the student. You will attend an orientation program that includes information about how to effectively tutor a child, and you will be equipped with a tutoring kit that includes flashcards, worksheets, and other academically relevant materials. Prior to being matched you will need to go through a background check that takes just a few minutes of your time.

Please contact Stephanie Smith at East End Community Services for more information and to receive an application form. Thanks for considering this opportunity to change a child’s life.

Stephanie Smith, Volunteer Coordinator
East End Community Services
937 259-1898
624 Xenia Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45410

Also, the new STEM regional school is now taking applications! We got this note from one of our neighbors in South Park:

Do you have a child who is very interested or gifted in the fields of Science, Engineering and Math? The New Dayton Regional STEM School (DRSS) is taking applications through March 2nd for the new class of 9th graders that will start in August.

This is a public school and is hosted by Wright State University and the Air Force Research Lab, with additional support from the University of Dayton, Clark State University, and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). It will serve Greene, Montgomery and Clark Counties.

Here is the school's website - as well as a few great articles about this school and the other six that Ohio has created this year. These articles explain how these schools are key to helping Ohio migrate from an industrial age to an information age economy.


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