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HWC Adds New Colleague - Windi Hazzard


We are pleased to welcome a talented colleague to our Homework Central team.

Windi Hazzard began this week as our new Site Coordinator at San Mateo Park Elementary School. Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Windi graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA degree from the Department of Linguistics.  During her undergraduate studies, Windi discovered her passion for language acquisition and teaching.  In her final year at the University of Oregon, Windi earned a certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching.  While in Eugene, Windi taught English as a Second Language at a community center before moving to Costa Rica.

Over the course of four years of living in a small rural community in Central America, Windi taught English as a Foreign Language to students ranging from kindergarten to high school.  In addition to in-class teaching, she assisted in administrative duties.  While in Costa Rica, Windi also worked with a non-profit organization that provided English classes to the community.

Currently, Windi is completing her MA at the University of San Francisco in International and Multicultural Education.

"Digital Divide" Video

Did you notice our new video? (see our Home Page) "Conquering the Digital Divide" was shown for the first time at No Homework Tonight on April 8, 2016. Here is the text of the voice over: Several years ago the Homework Central Board of Directors and our staff began talking about the digital divide that separates our low income Latino students from so many other students. What we found…and this information has been corroborated by the San Mateo Foster City School District…is that children from low income families who do not have a computer at home are often way behind in computer skills.  Computer proficiency and digital literacy are now required skills for success in school and, later, careers. How could Homework Central shorten the digital divide that separates our students form the rest of the student population?  Determined to find a way, we reached out to Oracle Corporation to help us purchase 38 Chromebook computers to be used at all of our sites. We chose Chromebooks because the school district uses the same technology and we can mirror some of what the students use at school. We also hired a Technology Coordinator who has set up an excellent program that is supervised by Site Coordinators and Paid Aids. The Chromebooks are stored so that they are fully charged and ready to use. Also, the Chromebooks have added some flexibility to each day. Our students can work towards academic achievement from the interactive apps on the Chromebooks or from the website enrichment programs. The students learn, typing, practice math and reading and gain skills in critical thinking and communication through the apps and games. The students log in and their time and activities are recorded in a digital point system. The students can redeem their points for little prizes. Technology is a critical component to our program and we are not stopping here. We intend to have roughly 100 computers and to expand the times these will be available to our students.

San Mateo Elks Lodge Gives Grant to Homework Central

Thank you San Mateo Elks Lodge for your generous donation to Homework Central. Your donation will be earmarked to pay a one year salary for Jasmine, one of our student aides. Jasmine graduated from San Mateo High School in May 2015. She now attends College of San Mateo and is in her second year of working as a student aide at Homework Central. Jasmine helps students complete their homework assignments; works on skills improvement in mathematics, reading and writing; and mentors students to learn problem solving strategies. As a bilingual speaker, Jasmine is able to communicate with parents in Spanish. She enjoys helping children and is considering a career as a teacher, social worker or maybe a pediatrician. For Jasmine, “coming to Homework Central is the highlight of each day.” We are very proud of Jasmine. Together, we are encouraging students to be life-long learners.


Founded in New York on February 16, 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a patriotic, nonpolitical, and nonsectarian organization of over 2,100 Elks Lodges throughout the U.S. The San Mateo Lodge No. 1112 was chartered in 1908 and currently has over 1,400 members. The San Mateo Lodge participates in many charitable causes which includes providing support to children and young adults, often in the area of education.

Elks of San Mateo Lodge No. 1112 enjoy many festivities throughout the year including Wednesday night dinners, monthly bingo nights, family pancake breakfasts, holiday dinner dances, ladies luncheons, Christmas parties for kids, and a very special New Year’s Eve Ball.

2015-2016 Tutoring Year Information

Hello Everyone,

The 2015-16 school year has begun and Homework Central is preparing for the new and different year. The SMFC School District now has one calendar. The schools start earlier and have a two week break in the Fall and the Spring break is now two weeks rather than one.

Please, see the attached PDF or check our website for all of the currently known dates. 2015-2016 schedule.pdf

So, now is the time for our new volunteers to commit and returning volunteers to let me know your intentions for 2015-2016. Our Site Coordinators are eager to know how many volunteers will be joining them. So, after you read though everything please let me know which site and day(s) work for you. If you need any help or have questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

We start off the year with our Tutor Welcome and Orientation on Monday, August 31 at 7:00pm (Paid Interns to arrive at 5:00pm) at the Unitarian Universalist Church (300 East Santa Inez San Mateo). Your attendance is will be greatly appreciated. Returning tutors can help new tutors by sharing experiences and tips. Many of our Advisory Board members will be present and I will introduce them and all of our Staff to you.

Our four sites open for tutoring on Tuesday, September 8. The times are the same as last year: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm Wednesday from 1:00 to 3:00 (student volunteers can arrive as close to the start time as possible, but not later than 3:30)

I am looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Sincerely, Holly Miner, Volunteer Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2015-2016 schedule.pdf

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