Monday, October 1, 2012

FREE SAT & ACT Practice Testing at the Library!

Sign up at the front desk for a FREE SAT Practice Test. The next date available is July 16th at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Library Community Room:
You MUST be in 11th or 12th Grade and have a valid School ID Card

Results will be available Thursday, July 21st at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

What to Bring on Test Day Checklist:

What you MUST bring on test day:

* Your High School Identification Card (You will not be allowed to take the test without it)
* At least two sharpened No.2 pencils and an eraser - (pens are not allowed and mechcanical pencils must be No. 2 lead)
* An acceptable calculator (Graphing, scientific, and four-function calculators are all permitted, thought four-function calculators are not recommended.) Laptops, portable/handheld computers, cell phone calculators, and pocket organizers are NOT permitted.

What you SHOULD bring on the test day:

* A watch that does not make noise
* Extra betteries for your calculator
* Drinks and snacks (for your break)
* A bag or backpack to carry all this stuff

What you SHOULD NOT bring on test day:

* Cell phone, pager, iPod, MP3 Player, BlackBerry, or any other digital or electronic equipment
* Scratch Paper
* Notes, books, or dictionaries
* Compass, protractor, or ruler
* Highlighter or colored pencils
* Portable listening or recording device
* Camera or other photographic equipment
* Watch with an audible alarm

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Grace...Thank you...You Shine!

Neighbor Spotlight: You Jin ‘Casey’ Jeon
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
A couple dozen elementary and middle school students gather at 4S Ranch Library from 4-5 p.m. each Friday for tutoring, a free program led by You Jin “Casey” Jeon.

You Jin 'Casey' Jeon, a Rancho Bernardo resident, has started a free tutoring program at the 4S Ranch Library. The Rancho Bernardo 16-year-old began the program in October 2009, shortly after founding the Education in Action club during her freshman year at Del Norte High School.

Now a sophomore, Jeon continues as the club’s president, with duties that include overseeing the one-on-one tutoring sessions, she said. “We’re trying to help the community and this program helps to educate and to improve the community,” Jeon said, adding private tutoring can be very expensive, something not all can afford.

Because there are more youngsters needing tutoring than high school tutors, Jeon said partnerships are for three-month intervals that correspond with Del Norte’s trimester schedule. This also allows tutors to participate as their after-school activities permit.

The current season has 26 partnerships she said, adding since they pretty much take over all available spaces throughout the library the only way the program could expand would be to add a second day, which has been considered. There is a waiting list of tutees, but not yet enough tutors.

She said children work with the same tutor each week so a bond can form.
“On the first day, the tutor meets with the parents to set goals for the season,” she said. “The tutors help in the child’s areas of weakness and find worksheets for the kids who also bring their homework.

“It’s like a mentoring program, where there is not only academic support but the tutees are encouraged through school and have someone to talk to,” she said. Ways to get shy children to open up is one topic tutors discuss during their weekly lunchtime meetings on campus. The 36 club members also work on other projects, she said. These include a mentoring program they have with Del Sur Elementary students for an hour each Tuesday; a partnership with school in Costa Rica, where Del Norte students raise funds so they can send needed materials; and a partnership forming between Del Norte and a school in Haiti.

“As you can see, we not only help our immediate community, but also support our global community,” Jeon said. “We have big plans for the future.”

The aspiring educator said the most rewarding part of the tutoring program for her is “the grateful smiles on parents’ faces when we tell them what we accomplished during our tutoring session that day. It lets us know that we really are making a positive impact on the world step-by-step.”

In addition to Education in Action, Jeon said she is involved with Del Norte’s Link Crew, which connects freshmen to older students; Math Club and Peer Leaders Uniting Students.

She has also completed 78 hours of volunteer service (not including tutoring) at 4S Ranch Library and each Saturday she volunteers for two hours with her 15-year-old sister, Cho Hoo “Kate” Jeon, at Villa Rancho Bernardo Care Center. There, the sisters try to “brighten the day” of seniors by leading activities such as bingo, she said.

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