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New Tutoring Center Provides Continuity for Students

A new onsite Tutoring Center will provide essential instruction in core areas for students who are unable to be in school for an approved reason. These services were previously offered through the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

Heading up the Tutoring Center is Jessica Sabbour, a 23-year veteran learning specialist. She has been appointed Tutoring Center Coordinator/Teacher on Special Assignment. The Tutoring Center, located in the District Office, will provide centralized tutoring services and offer numerous benefits.

“Onsite tutoring heightens continuity of learning by eliminating the lag time between a tutoring request and the commencement of tutoring,” said Sabbour. “It also allows students to remain on campus, when possible, and feel connected to other school staff, such as counselors, teachers and administrators, which is invaluable in helping for a smoother transition back to the student’s school,” she said.

In addition to reducing gaps between requests and fulfillment of services, centralizing tutoring services onsite allows tutors to access academic assignments through Microsoft Teams or OneDrive and have a direct line with students’ classroom teachers, as well as Standards Leaders for curriculum materials. Additionally, counseling staff and other support personnel will be better able to assist students at the Tutoring Center with social/emotional needs. “We are excited for the benefits this Tutoring Center will provide for our students and happy to have Ms. Sabbour bring her expertise as a long-time learning specialist to her role as Tutoring Center Coordinator,” said Superintendent Pero.