PYO Academic Letter

Greetings PYO Students and Families,

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to inform you of a few changes that will be made to the Academic Support component of our program. Each year we try to make the necessary improvements or adjustments to ensure that your child receives the best services. Please see below:

  • We will continue to place students under three academic pathways which are academic skill development, self-management and college readiness. At Camp Connect, students and parents were given an academic assessment of needs to find out what their needs were academically. There are two copies enclosed just in case your child did not fill out one.
  • We will continue to have opportunities such as early release day workshops, test prep, college tours and so on. Students participation in these activities are recorded for future incentives and scholarships.  Participation also impacts workforce development for students who have internships.
  • Tutoring will be slightly different this year. Tutoring is designed for remediation (re-teaching of a particular skill/concept) as well as acceleration (helping students continue to improve or build on a particular skill/concept).  Students will choose two core subjects that are a challenge and be matched with a tutor who is equipped to assist the students.  Students will also be encouraged to get assistance with special projects and assignments as well.
  • The 8th-9th graders will be asked to come on Tuesdays. The 8th graders will come from 3:00-4:30 p.m. and the 9th graders will come from 4:30-6:00 p.m.  The 10th-12th graders will be asked to come on Thursdays.  Their time slot will be from 4:30-6:00 p.m.  Transportation will be provided from your child’s school.  You will need to arrange transportation for the students after tutoring is over.  We are still working on the location for tutoring (it will either be at Duke University or Lyon Park) and will let you know asap.
  • As for the 10th-12th graders, they will be asked to apply for a slot for tutoring per semester this school year. We believe this will help with student accountability.  By them applying, it will show they are invested in their academic success.  Enclosed is an application to request tutoring for the first semester of the school year. (There is also an electronic copy that will be emailed through Survey Monkey.)
  • College Test Prep for the PSAT/PLAN/SAT/ACT will be held on Wednesdays/ Thursdays.
  • Academic Review Meetings will be for all students this year and will include parents. The meetings will be held at the end of every quarter between 4:00-6:00 p.m. for about 15 minutes.  Meetings will be either face to face or via phone.
  • We are asking all students to provide their report cards. It is important that they bring in a copy so that it can be placed in their file.  Access to the students’ grades are only to help them problem solve as well as keep track of progress, it is not to criticize or ridicule students about their grades.
  • At Camp Connect, the students discussed the School-Based Mentor Model that we will be re-implementing this school year. Enclosed is a copy of the letter that students will have to give to a person at their school they identify as their mentor.  The deadline to inform me of who their mentor will be as well as distributing their letters will be Friday, September 30th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me anytime via my cell phone (919) 672-4126 or via my email at [email protected]

Estephanie R. and her math tutor Mohammad C. go over her final tutoring lesson for the semester.

Estephanie R. and her math tutor Mohammad C. go over her final tutoring lesson for the semester.

Looking forward to this school year,

Dosali Reed-Bandele
Academic Director
(919) 536-4230 (office)
(919) 672-4126 (cell)
[email protected]

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