Homework help available

Students who didn't take advantage of the homework help offered during the school day aren't stuck with nowhere to turn when they get home. Now, any student with a computer has 24/7 access to live homework help.

The Colorado Department of Education introduced an Internet-based program that offers free homework help to students in grades four to 12 and for college introductory courses. Logging onto www.askcolorado.org links students with professional educators who provide personal advice and other tools to help students with math problems, science projects, papers, English and social studies homework.

Students must download specialized software, which is provided free on the Web site.

But that's not the only option for Moffat County students. Area schools offer several homework help options to students.

At Craig Intermediate School, students can come in early to get help from teachers.

"There are a lot of teachers who give up their lunch times to work with kids who are struggling," Principal Don Davidson said.

The most important part of getting students the help they need, Davidson said, is getting help from parents.

"Making sure parents know they're a team member with us is important," he said. "Parents have to be a part of the process."

He also said the school has a paraprofessional available to work one on one with students who need help during the school day.

At Craig Middle School, homework help is worked into the curriculum in the form of PASS classes -- Prescribed Additional Study Sessions. PASS classes are 44-minute extension classes for students who need extra help. It's used as an intervention, but students who would like dedicated time to do homework with professional assistance can choose to take the PASS class, Principal Steve Wiersma said.

"More and more, the curriculum accommodates students," he said.

Students at the high school and middle school can access HotMath, a site that supports the district's math curriculum and offers homework help.

"It offers hints to help walk students through assigned problems," Wiersma said. "I think we offer a lot more homework assistance now than we have in the past."

The high school has a part-time tutor on staff who is available by appointment.

"She's got plenty of slots open," Principal Jane Krogman said.

Students can talk to a school counselor to book an appointment. There is also a peer tutoring program run by Carol Moore that links students for homework help.

The high school really targets freshmen to help them develop good study habits. Using grades and test scores from their eighth-grade year, high school officials determine whether to schedule that student for guided study.

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