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Learning Center Success Stories

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Mission and History:

After five years of planning and a swift 10 weeks of construction during the summer, the DLS Learning Center opened its doors in August 2017. The space is not a "one-size-fits-all" room for learning. Instead, the state-of-the-art facility recognizes that every student has unique learning needs; the space is designed to offer options for student success.

 

The De La Salle Learning Center seeks to provide all students with a welcoming, comfortable, and safe environment to better promote intellectual exploration, to provide access to a variety of resources, and to have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers to offer support.

The Learning Center is comprised of three conference rooms, office spaces, a quiet room, and twenty carousel stations. It is an area where students can focus on their studies and to develop the skills needed to succeed in and out of the classroom.

 

 

Philosophy and Purpose:

The Learning Center at De La Salle High School is dedicated to providing the support necessary for students to become lifelong learners while achieving academic success at De La Salle. This support includes helping students assess, identify, and advocate for their individual needs, while developing practical skills to carry with them as they enter college and participate in the global community following graduation.


Policies and Procedures

We encourage students and parents to become familiar with the following rules and guidelines for the Learning Center. If you have any questions about them, please contact Mr. Jon Norfolk.

Programs

Study Skills

Study Skills classes meet during 6th period to work on goal-setting, organization, relationship-building, and self-advocacy skills.


Supervised Homework Study

The LC is available for students who require a quiet, supervised setting to successfully complete school assignments. Spaces in the LC are available before and after school as well as during lunch.


Testing

In order to streamline testing for teachers and counselors, the LC serves as a Testing Center throughout the day for any makeup OR testing accommodations that need to be administered outside of the classroom as specified.

Tutoring Resources (General)

DLS AP BC Calculus Service Learning Tutoring

AP BC Calculus students provide academic support to students who need help in math.


NHS Peer Tutoring

The Learning Center contracts with students who have been accepted into the National Honors Society to provide academic support to students requesting academic tutoring. National Honors Society students are sophomores, juniors, and seniors with over a 3.5 cumulative GPA who have demonstrated academic success along with strong leadership skills and have applied and been accepted into the National Honors Society.


Adult Tutoring

Professional, adult tutors provide expertise and skill-development during individual and group sessions. Adult tutors are professional educators who are trained to work with students of all skill-levels and learning styles.

Tutoring Appointments

effective Fall 2017

Students may schedule a 1:1, Adult, or Group tutoring appointment using the Learning Center’s online scheduling software, Appointy.

There are two ways to schedule a tutoring appointment.


1. Invitation from the Learning Center

Students can be referred by parent, counselor, or teacher for tutoring.

Step 1: The Learning Center Coordinator sends an email from Appointy.

Step 2: Student follows instructions to create a user profile.

Step 3: Student selects date, time, and tutor.

Step 4: Email is sent directly to student, tutor, and Learning Center Coordinator.


2. Schedule an appointment via the Appointy widget found here.

Step 1: Create a User Profile

DO NOT use the option to login with Facebook.


Cancellation or Schedule Changes

  • Student and or Learning Center Coordinator can cancel appointments through the Appointy Database.
  • Cancellations or changes of appointments must be communicated in writing to the LC Coordinator and Tutor no fewer than 24 hours before the scheduled appointment.

Use and Conduct

The following Use & Conduct Policies are intended to ensure a pleasant and productive environment for study and collaboration for all users.

These Use & Conduct Policies are applicable to all Learning Center (LC) users and are enforceable by all staff.


General Behavior: Users are expected to respect other users and LC staff.

  1. Disruptive activity or any behavior interfering with other students is not permitted.
  2. Interfering with LC staff performance of duties, including through verbal abuse, intimidation, or any type of harassment is not permitted.

Facility Use: The Learning Center is intended for the DLS student body. Users are expected to respect the space.

Users may not:

  1. Enter or remain in the Learning Center without an adult. Students must leave the building at closing, during emergencies/evacuations, and whenever so requested by staff or public safety personnel. During designated times, access to and use of LC facilities may be restricted to DLS faculty, staff, and students.
  2. Obstruct access to study facilities, workstations, or library materials.
  3. Vandalize, deface, damage, or destroy furniture or equipment.
  4. Film or photograph users or employees without their knowledge and consent.

Collection Use: Users are expected to respect LC items

Users must:

  1. Refrain from deliberately misplacing LC materials to prevent or limit access by others.
  2. Never leave the LC with labeled materials.

Enforcement & Reporting

Use of the Learning Center is a privilege, not a right. Violations of these policies will be reported and consequences enforced. Anyone violating these policies may be asked to leave the LC. Such persons may be subject to warning and future suspension.

If an individual or group is not adhering to LC policies, individual users may point it out. Concerns, problems, or policy violations may also be reported to any LC staff member.

Computer and Cell Phone Use Policy

  • Users may not maliciously access, alter, damage, or destroy any computer system, network, program, or data.
  • The LC has an obligation to maintain a welcoming, comfortable, safe, and harassment-free environment for LC users and LC staff. Usage of LC computers must support such an environment.
  • Cell phones are prohibited at all carousels. Please turn in cell phones to Mr. Bristol or Mr. Norfolk if you would like to use a labeled carrel.

Food and Drink

The Learning Center Food and Drink Policy seeks to balance the comfort and convenience of LC users with the need to protect and preserve the LC and De La Salle resources.

LC Staff reserves the right to ask anyone to relocate, remove, or dispose of food and drink in case of complaints or if found to be in violation of this policy.

Failing to cooperate with LC Staff or DLS employees regarding food and drink and/or failing to comply with posted policies constitutes a violation of the Learning Center Use & Conduct Policy.

Food and drink are permitted in most spaces of LC building within the following guidelines. Areas with more restrictive policies are noted below.


All Learning Center users are expected to:

Be considerate of others using the LC.

  • Do not consume smelly, messy, or noisy food in spaces where it will interfere with others' use of the LC.
  • Clean up any trash, crumbs, and small spills when finished.

Be respectful of LC textbooks, school equipment, and furnishings.

  • Take care with food and drink around books and other LC materials, computers, equipment, carpets, and furniture.
  • Make sure hands and surfaces are clean when handling LC materials.

Be responsible with food and drink in the Learning Center.

  • Use covered, spill-proof containers when possible.
  • Properly dispose of trash and leftovers.

Report larger spills, accidents, or damage immediately to LC staff.


Areas where more restrictive policies are in place:

  • Testing and Desktop Carousels: No food or drink.
  • Conference Rooms: Covered drinks only.
  • Room 408 Instructional Classroom: Covered drinks only.
  • Near copy machine or printers: No food or drink.

Additional guidelines:

  • Follow any posted policies in the area you are using.
  • Delivery to Learning Center (e.g., pizza delivery), excessive quantities of food or drink, large group meals, are for LC kitchen only.

Conference Room Policies and Procedures (for Students)

All requests, scheduling, and arrangements are handled by the Learning Center Coordinator.

All reservations are subject to cancellation based on priority needs.


Availability

Conference rooms are available for peer review groups but not for ongoing classes, workshops or seminars. All conference rooms are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Access to the Conference Rooms

All conference rooms are locked at all times. Please see an LC Staff member for a key. Covered drinks only are allowed in the conference rooms.

Conference Room Policies and Procedures (for Faculty and Staff)

All requests, scheduling, and arrangements are handled by the Learning Center Coordinator.

All reservations are subject to cancellation based on priority needs.


Availability

Faculty and Staff: Conference Rooms are available for faculty and staff meetings.

Learning Center Department: All conference rooms are available to LC staff for LC-related meetings and events. 7th period and test takers are given priority use of all conference rooms.


Reservations

Faculty and Staff: Reservations by DLS groups are accepted at least 24 hours but no more than 30 days in advance of the requested meeting, and must be received via email to the LC Coordinator. You can also check “LC Conference Rooms” shared calendar on Outlook. When making a reservation, please indicate the time of the meeting from start to end. Your reservation is not complete until you receive written confirmation from the LC Coordinator.

Learning Center Department: The conference rooms are in high demand, especially during 7th period. Therefore, it is suggested that 7th period be booked as far in advance as possible. Holds can be placed for tentative meetings but are subject to review. Reservations should be made at least 24 hours prior to use. Please allow a minimum of 10 minutes between the start and end of each meeting for setup and cleanup. Use of the conference rooms always requires a confirmed calendar reservation.


Access to the Conference Rooms

All conference rooms are locked at all times. Please see an LC Staff member for a key. Covered drinks only are allowed in the conference rooms.


Staff Background

All staff members bring many years of experience helping students achieve academic, athletic, and life goals.

Jon Norfolk, Learning Center Coordinator, has a Master of Arts in Education: Organizational and Leadership.

Sean Bristol ‘97, Learning Needs and Spartan Success Coordinator, has a credential in Special Education and more than 15 years experience in public and private schools.

Greg MacArthur ‘03, Bishop John S. Cummins Scholarship Program Coordinator and Student Support Coordinator, has a Master of Arts in Catholic School Leadership.

 

Hours (unless otherwise noted):
Mon-Thur: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Staff

Jon Norfolk

Titles: Student Learning Center Coordinator, National Honor Society (Co-Moderator)
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (925) 288-8111

Sean Bristol

Titles: Spartan Success & Special Needs Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 925-288-8104

Gregory MacArthur

Titles: Bishop John S. Cummins Scholarship Program Coordinator, Student Support Coordinator, Assistant Basketball Coach - Frosh Green
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (925) 288-8150