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HWC News

"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

HWC Announces Formation of New Advisory Board

Homework Central is pleased to announce the formation of our new Advisory Board.  This board is charged with providing counsel, guidance, and making recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the strategic direction of Homework Central, its long range plans, and matters concerning fiscal policy.


Joining the Advisory Board as founding members are:


Cynthia Simms, Ph.D.   Dr. Simms is Superintendent of the San Mateo Foster City School District.  She brings over 26 years of combined experience as a superintendent.  Previously, Dr. Simms served as superintendent for the Walnut Valley Unified School District in California, Placerville Union School District in California, Mercer Island School District in Washington, and Steamboat Springs School District in Colorado.  In her words, “Our job as educators is to ensure that all students achieve at a proficient or advanced level academically as well as socially, emotionally, and physically---learning through programs of instruction that best match their interests and learning styles."  Dr. Simms received her Ph.D. in School Administration from the University of Denver.


Rose Castillo Guilbault.  Ms. Guilbault is among the most influential Latina women in California.  She is a former communications and public affairs executive who has been recognized for her significant contributions as a leader in business, media, and the community.  Most recently, Ms. Guilbault was a key member of the executive team and Chief Communication Strategist to the CEO and Board of Directors of AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah Insurance Exchange.  An expert in building relationships, inspiring collaboration and driving results, Ms. Guilbault currently serves as a director on multiple corporate and non-profit boards.  She is a published author, an accomplished public speaker and is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Emmy Award in Broadcast Journalism.  Ms. Guilbault holds MBA and MA Degrees from Pepperdine and the University of San Francisco, respectively.


Mary Woodward.  Ms. Woodward and her husband have been long time supporters of Homework Central.  Ms. Woodward has tutored students of Homework Central for 14 years, has tutored at three of our four homework sites, and recently assisted in helping us launch our newest site at Park Elementary School.  She has provided counsel to the operating board on initiatives including the introduction of technology, the development of our library, operations, and fund-raising.  The Woodward family has been a generous financial supporter of Homework Central for many years.  For 20 years, Ms. Woodward’s vocation was public relations, while her avocation throughout her life has been education, especially as regards to teaching methods and materials.  Ms. Woodward holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College in Minnesota.


Reverend Benjamin Meyers.  Reverend Meyers is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister.  He currently serves as the settled Minister at Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (“UUSM”).  His church is one of the three founding congregations that founded Homework Central 18 years ago.  Reverend Meyers is an impassioned minister who firmly believes in the inherent worth and dignity of all people.  He is a strong advocate of UUSM’s Social Justice Ministry which serves those in need in local and global communities.  Over the course of his life, Reverend Meyers has modeled his beliefs by putting his talents to work in community based and for-profit organizations plus serving on boards that have dealt with food procurement for those in need, affordable housing, and land preservation.  He brings additional expertise to Homework Central in organizational development, growth modeling, and business operations.  Reverend Meyers received his M. Div from Starr King School for the Ministry and MBA from San Francisco State University.


Charles Du Mond, Ph.D.  Dr. Du Mond and his wife have been Homework Central champions for many years.  They have served as volunteer tutors and have supported our program through their generous financial endowments.  Ms. Du Mond was also a member of our Board of Directors for several years.  Dr. Du Mond has served in leadership roles in several Silicon Valley biotech companies.  His technical expertise is in the fields of biometrics, statistics and biostatistics.  In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr. Du Mond is a social activist who supports a number of organizations at the board level.  He brings great expertise in non-profit organizational development, strategic planning, operations, education, and philanthropy.  Dr. Du Mond received his Ph.D in Statistics from the University of Iowa.


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