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Academic Assistance

There are many resources for students to get help with their classes. We encourage all students to work with their teachers when they are struggling. Students can also reach out to their counselor and/or dean of academic support to discuss strategies for improving grades. We encourage everyone to read the Academic Support Corner of our newsletter each week. On it we share a lot of valuable information for student success. Additionally, students can access information on the Media Center’s Study Skills page. 

Support at Holy Family

Holy Family has designed a number of support systems for students who struggle with the increased expectations and responsibilities of high school. In addition to the ideas listed below, counselors are available to discuss the needs of each student with his/her parents and work out appropriate accommodations. It is important to understand, however, that improvement will occur only if parents and school personnel work together. To that end, Holy Family will provide the following services:
  • Counselor availability for students and parents
  • Teacher availability after school
  • Time during half of designated lunch period (BTC) to seek help
  • Student Assistance Days

Four times a year, Student Assistance Days (SAD) will be scheduled. On these required days of school, students make appointments with specific teachers to make up work, receive group or individualized help, and/or work on long-term assignments. Counselors and the learning specialist are also available to students on each Student Assistance Day. Students required to attend a student assistance day are also required to be in uniform. Teachers will contact parents if a student fails to attend an assigned appointment.

  • The expertise of learning specialists (learningspecialist@hfchs.org
  • Grade and homework website (myschool.hfchs.org)
  • Weekly Friday emails listing important and individualized information
  • mail and voice mail access to teachers
  • Two formal parent and teacher conferences each year
  • Parent and teacher meetings on request
  • Special education services provided through Eastern Carver County School District for those that qualify
  • Summer programs

Homework Rescue

Homework Rescue is a FREE online one-to-one live tutoring service through your Twin Cities metro public libraries. It’s available everyday 1 – 11 p.m. in English and Spanish, All major subject areas are covered: Math, Science, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Reading Assistance. You can connect to Homework Rescue from any computer. You just need your library to logon. Link to your library to get started:

Private Tutors

All of these tutors have been recommended by HF families. Do you love your tutor and want to share him/her with other HF families? Contact the Dean of Academic Support to add him/her to this list.

  • Achieve Academics 763-559-8378
  • Roselyn Baier 952-212-4394
  • Breakaway Test Prep 612-578-9995 (ACT, SAT/PSAT)
  • Dr. Robert Cassola 952-474-6174 (Math, Physical Science, ACT)
  • College Nannies and Tutors 952-285-7667
  • Kellie Cripe – kellie.cripe@bloomthink.com (ACT and PSAT)
  • Livius, formerly known as Achieve Academics 763-559-8378
  • Nancy Graham 952-831-3421 ngraham831@aol.com (Reading, Math, ACT, SAT)  
  • Niki Galownia 612-581-7637 (Math)
  • Gabriela Grosshans 952-334-5868 (Math, ACT)
  • Marti Melody 612-961-0468 
  • Michelle Spies 612-816-7231 (English, ACT)
  • World Languages and Academic Services 763-227-3165
  • Yellow Parachute 612-361-7266

ADHD Coaches

All of these have been recommended by HF families. Do have someone you want to share with other HF families? Contact the Dean of Academic Support to add him/her to this list.

  • Deborah Borkon (612) 360-7480
  • Cindy Lea (612) 965-3052
  • Ken Traen (612) 414-2533
  • Holly West Jones (952) 220-1138

Academic Testing

Academic tests can determine why a student is struggling in school. Learning disabilities, attention disorders, and mental health concerns can be determined through an evaluation. We recommend talking to your child’s counselor, learning specialist or Dean before setting up an assessment.

All of these have been recommended by HF families and reviewed by the Academic Support Team. Contact the Dean of Academic Support if you have a recommendation.

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