SCS rolls out online homework helpline

Stanly County Schools has rolled out a new online program called Student Success Line that allows students to receive help with any math problems they might have.

The program, which began Jan. 6, is available to middle and high school students in 15 sessions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Two tutors, a middle school math teacher and a high school teacher, are available to answer questions from students.

Students simply need to  access the SCS website, scroll to the Resources tab and click on Student Success Line. They can then click on either Middle School Math or High School Math to reserve a session with a tutor. Students will also find three tutorial videos regarding the program.

Christi Edwards, lead secondary math instructional specialist who has helped market the new program to teachers and students, said the idea came from Superintendent Dr. Jeff James last school year. SCS spent last year trying to get the program ready to launch, she said.

“The idea came from the many interactions we have each year with our students,” James said. “The student and their parents are our customers and in my opinion, for too long we have designed instruction and process for them, not with them.”

He said many students, along with their parents, struggle with North Carolina standards in math.

“Our kids tell me they get frustrated,” he said. “The homework helpline coupled with curriculum nights, Title 1 nights and other events offers us as educators a chance to help eliminate some frustrations.”

Edwards said she doesn’t know if any neighboring school systems have similar programs, though she did say Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at one time utilized a similar program.

James said eventually the helpline could be used for other subjects.

Edwards said just a little bit of clarification on a question can give a student a boost to allow them to finish their homework.