About Tutoring at School #35
Tutoring a child in elementary school is a rewarding experience. The tutor is helping to foster a positive learning experience
at a crucial time in a child’s education experience. The more help a child receives during the foundation of their education the better the chance of
success later in life.
Since its beginning in 2002, the program
has grown from 15 tutors to over 40. More than one quarter
of the 415 students at School 35 receive tutoring (in the 2013-2014
school year 130 of the 415 students received tutoring - 31%).
The tutoring program is part of the extensive outreach program
funded by Third Presbyterian Church. All tutors are volunteers
and come from many walks of life. We also partner with the
Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester (www.jewishrochester.org)
for literacy tutors. We have doctors, lawyers, accountants, retired
teachers, small business owners, retired school superintendents,
financial advisors, home makers, and musicians with the RPO.
The list goes on and on.
Tutors work with students at school
during the school day. They work one-on-one with the student,
out of the class, using teacher directed materials. Students
get the individual attention that they may need to better understand
their subject matter, but they also forge longstanding bonds
with the tutors. Several tutors have worked with their students
from kindergarten through sixth grade.
One student said it best in a "Thank You" card:
"I know that I don’t have a tutor, but I just want to say Thank You. You did not have to come here and help my friends, but you did, and this goes to all
of the tutors. Because ya’all did that I have a lot of respect for all of you. Thank You."
Math Matters: Improving math skills for girls
Math Matters is a supplemental math
program for girls in grades 2, 3, and 4. It is designed to
prevent the drop in test scores by girls as they progress through
the elementary grades. The program was started in 2009 and
takes place during the school day. The program is funded by
the Farash Foundation.
What is the stated goal of the program?
The program is designed to help
girls in grades 3, 4, and 5 get to grade level in their
How often do they meet?
Math Matters meets twice a week in groups of two students and one tutor.
When do they meet?
Like traditional tutoring Math
Matters meets during school hours (9:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.)
Monday through Friday.
How long are the sessions?
Like traditional tutoring, no
longer than 30 minutes.
What materials are used?
Grade specific math workbooks.
How many girls?
Nine girls in each grade are in the program - twenty seven in all.
What kind of growth are the girls making?
Many of the girls this year are making great strides and their Math test scores are improving. Several 3rd graders are
testing at grade level where as at the beginning of the year they were half a year behind.
Tutoring at School #35 - How to Help
Can you give an hour of your time once a week to help a child learn? One hour a week can help two students on the path to success.
If you are interested in giving it a try and are not sure about the long term, we have several tutors who are “snow birds” so their students need substitute
tutors. Substitute tutors fill in for six to eight weeks (beginning of February through end of March). If you find the tutoring experience rewarding, you may
decidet to continue tutoring.
Are you Spanish-English bilingual? WE NEED YOUR HELP. One third of the student body is bilingual. Each year School
#35 gets new Spanish speaking students at all grade levels (k-6) who are academically behind their peers. They only speak Spanish. We need your help to help them.
What does it take to be a tutor? Patience, kindness, understanding, determination, and commitment. While the thirty minutes you spend
tutoring may not seem like a lot of time to you, it is a part of a student’s week that many look forward to. So IF you decide to tutor please honor
your commitment to the children whose lives you are touching.
Tutoring at School #35 - Schedule
Tutoring begins during the week following Columbus Day and continues through the week before Memorial Day.
Tutoring at School #35 - Contact Information
If you are interested in supporting the church's efforts to support the children in the School #35 neighborhood, contact:
Ike Neilson - Tutor Coordinator
RCSD School #35
194 Field Street
Rochester, NY 14620
Rev. Lynette Sparks: Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church
(585)271-6513 ext 106
School #35 Tutoring Wish List
There are always many things that can help support the tutoring efforts at School #35. The list below is only a beginning.
Spanish Speaking tutors - many of our student are native spanish speakers and
although we are teaching them English reading / writing skills, it is often a comfort to students if their tutors can speak spanish to help explain
some of the subtleties.
Books - there are never enough books! Having books available to share with
students, or even more powerfully, to send home with students, can be a powerful motivator and/or reward for students.
Tutoring at School #35- FAQ
Where is School 35?
194 Field Street.
What grades are at School 35?
School 35 is a K-6 elementary school.
1/3 of the student body is bilingual.
When do you tutor?
Tutoring takes place at School 35
from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. M-F.
How long are tutoring sessions?
With grades K, 1, and 2 fifteen minutes
is the maximum children at that age can concentrate. Grades
3,4,5, and 6 work for thirty minutes. Thirty minutes is the
maximum the kids can concentrate.
Where do you tutor?
In School 35. There are tables throughout the school as well as the library.
How long do you tutor?
Tutoring runs from Columbus Day through Memorial Day (though some tutors continue through June.)
Do you work with the same students every time?
Yes. When you dedicate your time to the program you are matched with as students to fill the time given. For example if
you give 90 minutes to the tutoring program once a week, you would be matched with three students. 90 minutes/30 minutes a student = 3 students.
Do I have to come up with materials to use?
No, the teachers furnish the materials that you will use.
Do I need special training?
While the Jewish Federation of Rochester offers a great literacy training program, it is not necessary. What is required
is patience and a kind heart.