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High School Adds Support for All Students

Academic Support Center Pairs of desks and chairs facing each other dot a room along an upstairs hallway at Somers High School. A teacher and students occupy each pod in quiet conversation. This is the Academic Support Center (ASC), restructured this year to meet the needs of high school students who may have experienced learning losses during the pandemic or need some extra help.

“We have made adjustments this year by having more teachers staff the Center throughout the day,” says ASC coordinator Lindsay Cannone. “This opens up more availability for students to work with teachers in a variety of subjects. We've also expanded our supports in the building to include freshmen courses for Algebra and reading reinforcement.”

The Writing Center has also been added to the support organization and expanded to provide help of any kind related to English classes. One student who visits the ASC regularly says he uses the Center for more than just academic support.

"It provides a variety of teachers there to help in all subjects,” says the high school senior. “In addition, it is a great place for you to go get help in organizing your materials and keeping up to date on assignments.”

The district’s Learning Office spent much of the summer working with building leaders to restructure academic support in all four school buildings in Somers to address academic, organizational, or social emotional hardship. One targeted group was rising freshman.

"When the high school created schedules for this school year, we proactively assigned ninth graders who demonstrated a need for additional support to a class period in the Center,” says Kevin Guidotti, the district’s director of learning. “Our building- and district-level teams continue to monitor students and assign them to a regular period in the Center as we assess current abilities.”

The ASC is staffed by teachers in math, science, social studies, English, world language, special education, and a teaching assistant. The door is always open, and any student at the high school can drop in for extra help during free periods or lunch.

“I highly suggest taking a chance to check it out right before you have to hand in a big assignment,” says the senior.