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Middle Tree’s 2016 Newsletter

Greetings, all.

I hope that 2016 has left you all well and that you’ve all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season here to cap it off. I know that there has been a lot of talk about how 2016 was, on the whole, a difficult year for many people, but I’m happy to report that 2016 gave all of us at Middle Tree a year we can look back at and be very proud of.

Our Biggest News
Our biggest news is that we’re growing. Quickly. When 2016 started we had a little less than 20 students. However, our Summer Enrichment and Educational Development (SEED) program gave us a real jolt and we wound up starting in September with over 30 students enrolled by the fall. In a few short months our student body has doubled in size; and it’s done so because Middle Tree continues to offer the highest quality supplemental education program in the area for ⅓ – ⅕ the cost of for-profit competitors.

Why We’ve Been Successful
Of course, both the quality and the cost are things we’re very proud of. Middle Tree was founded because we wanted to make the best possible program we could offer also the most affordable. And while there’s always room for improvement, we’ve largely accomplished what we set out to do — which is to give people a safe environment to learn whatever they’d like or need to in whatever ways suit them best. We do this by not having a particular program, but by focusing on the individual student and letting him or her be an active participant in their own learning.

Middle Tree is Now a 501(C)(3) Charitable Organization
Our other big news was that we finally received our tax exempt status. Although Middle Tree has always been a non-profit, we had to wait to be cleared by the IRS to be fully tax exempt. (Uncle Sam doesn’t just let you not pay taxes.) So we’re now eligible to apply for grants, accept donations, have fundraisers, and enjoy all the benefits of becoming a charitable organization. Our hope is that we’ll soon begin to lay the groundwork for a fundraising program that lets people sponsor students to come to Middle Tree and have access to the same kinds of programs others are able to enjoy.

Our Mission
Again, that IS our mission: to make education both affordable and equally accessible for all people. But you can help us in that mission, if not through a donation then by spreading the word about our goals. Of course, if you’re already a member or you’ve been a member in the past you know how dedicated we are to making sure every student who walks through our doors walks out of them having gained something wholly worthwhile. But the only way our program is successful is through your participation within it. Middle Tree is an opportunity for you as both a student and a parent to have a say in how education is administered: it’s a way around the school system through person-to-person direct learning. Our concern is not only how students relate to a particular lesson or assignment, but how they approach education in its entirety. The beauty of our program is that not only are we offering an affordable alternative to high-priced tutors and other learning centers, but we’re also offering a solution to the pitfalls of an educational system that is overloaded, understaffed, and drastically underfunded.

Memberships & Scholarships in 2017
Middle Tree gives our members two things: time and money. It gives the latter not only by setting our base prices so low, but also by offering scholarships to those who qualify. Our scholarship program is another thing I’m extremely proud of: we set aside a certain amount of money every quarter (at a loss to our bottom line) and hand out tuition remission for all those who qualify. It’s just another way we’re trying to give everyone truly equal access to the kinds of programs we offer. With more funding from grants, fundraisers, and private donations, we hope to have even more money to fund our scholarships and give more people a chance at an education they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.

Something You Should Know About Middle Tree
However, what I’m most proud of and what I’m most thankful for as I look back on 2016 are the people who’ve helped to make Middle Tree what it is currently. From our kind, caring, and out-and-out brilliant staff, to our equally brilliant and overall wonderful students, all of you have served to make Middle Tree more than a good idea: you’ve made it something that works and benefits all involved. I made this admission in our last newsletter (which you can find here: http://www.middletree.org/blog/), but something I had been hesitant to say in the past is that all of our staff volunteer here at Middle Tree.
However, as I also mentioned earlier, since we’ve experienced such tremendous growth, I can proudly announce that all of our staff members are now compensated for their time here — which would be wonderful and exciting news in and of itself. But, just so you’re aware of the kind of people we have working here, I think it’s equally important that you know that while everyone is now financially compensated, all of them — to the last — still volunteer a vast amount of their time here. If nothing else, that to me says more about our program than anything else: not only do these people come to work for next to nothing during the hours that they do get paid for, but on top of that they then donate their time out of their passion for education, for our students, and for our program. Again, every single person here does this. And they do it because every single person here believes in Middle Tree as a real alternative to an educational system that could be better. And we feel we’re making an impact one student at a time.

What to Look for in 2017
In 2017 we hope to see Middle Tree take another giant step forward. We’re going to be more interactive on the web — from our soon-to-be-refurbished home page (www.middletree.org), to our new mobile site, new videos and internet lesson plans, to our freshly-themed social media pages (follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/middletree.org Twitter:@middle_tree, Instagram: middle_tree), to making other programs like Moodle, Education.com, and Quizlet available to all of our students. We’ll also be doing monthly workshops, hosting talks and seminars, and carving whatever other inroads we can towards being a center for social growth through education and the arts.

All and all, Middle Tree is starting to blossom. We hope that 2017 will be a giant step forward in that happening, and we hope that you’ll be here with us to help us in that growth. Because we really do believe we’re making an impact on how education is accessed and administered — albeit a small one at the moment. With your help, 2017 will be a year that this small impact will become a little larger and a little more impactful, but still a lot of help to those in need.

Here’s wishing all of you and yours a safe and happy new year.

Cheers,

Joseph G. Atman, S.T.D.

Executive Director
Middle Tree
250 W. 1st St., #256
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 494-2216
www.middletree.org

End of Summer / Start of Fall 2016 Newsletter

Greetings to all,

What an unbelievable summer we had! And this fall we’re excited to get back to our innovative approach to supplemental education while continuing our mission to make the absolute best education program around also the most affordable. We’re continuing to do this by giving students unlimited access to our center when they become members. Our hope is that by affording students the time they need here at Middle Tree they’ll feel less pressure from school, parents, and extracurriculars. Middle Tree’s first day of the fall semester is Tuesday, September 6th.

Here are some of the highlights of what happened over the summer and what we’re anticipating during the fall:

SEED (Summer Enrichment & Educational Development)

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Our lower division students (K-8) did all sorts of things, from studying architecture and building silo cup towers, to making homemade ice cream, to simply making new friends.

They did some writing workshops with our local best-selling author, Andrea Cremer (more of her to come this fall), and even solved the caper of who murdered yours truly in our very own murder mystery. (Mr. Frank did it because he wanted to take over Middle Tree.)

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We also did quite a bit of reading and writing, and that whole torturous hour of math we did every day should begin to pay some dividends here within the next few weeks. Our high schoolers brushed up on all manners of subjects,but most of them got ready to take the ACT or SAT tests this fall. They did not get to make ice cream, or even frozen ice for that matter. Maybe next summer.
All totaled, our SEED program saw 50 students come through our doors this summer. I was extremely impressed with the program our teachers put together; not only were their lessons informative and complementary to what students will be doing at school this year, but they were energetic, fun, and as engaging for our kindergarteners as they were for our middle schoolers.

I think our students all got a lot out of it, and we certainly got some great feedback from our parents about how much was learned and how much people actually enjoyed the learning process — both of which are what we’re trying to accomplish here.

As I think most of us have discovered as adults, learning is actually fun if it comes to the learner at the proper angle. All said and done, our first year of SEED has set us up for a tremendously successful fall, not to mention an even better program next summer.

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FALL 2016
Middle Tree’s approach to tutoring and test preparation is really beginning to resonate with people. (Who’d have thought that offering a high-caliber program that’s ⅓ – ⅕ the cost of individual tutors and other tutoring centers would catch on?) Our first day of Middle Tree’s fall session commences September 6th. Middle Tree will be open 7 days a week this year, with hours Monday – Thursday from 2:30 – 8:30 (with an early 1:30 start on Wednesday), and Friday – Sunday by appointment. We’ve got more students, more tutors, more programs, more hours of operation, and more ambition to continue to evolve into a force that begins to change the way education is done here in the Inland Empire. And I truly believe that, in a relatively short time, our mission will be expanding to areas well beyond the immediate vicinity; after all, everyone needs the kinds of offerings we’ve put together here. With your continued support, we’ll be reaching out to those folks even sooner than anticipated.

Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT)
As mentioned, we’re excited to be expanding our ACT/SAT & SSAT test preparation services to both Saturdays AND Sundays, with classes from 10-12, and ACT/SAT tutoring from 1-4. We feel that a combination of both classes and tutoring will give students the best chance to succeed on this critical aspect of the college application process. Depending on what colleges folks are applying to, the last chance for seniors to take the exams will be either in October or November, so preparation should start immediately. Most high school juniors will want to take the exam by spring, so preparation for those tests should start somewhere around the holidays, if not sooner. Of course, the more practice one gets the better prepared one will be!

College Counseling & Financial Aid
It’s time for seniors to apply for college. It’s a daunting process, and one that has changed dramatically in just a few short years. I absolutely encourage all college-bound students to sit down with our counselors for an initial session, and I implore you to sit down with our financial aid officer to talk about ways in which you might be able to save on college costs. These initial sessions are free to all whether you are a Middle Tree member or not. For most students, college is the end game. Therefore, it simply makes sense to get a little guidance here at this most critical stage. After all, meeting with a counselor might be the difference between getting into the school of your student’s choice. I know that when I was a senior in high school, sitting down with my college guidance counselor for just one session gave me the information I needed to make an informed decision about where I eventually wound up going to school. And the choice I eventually made was not one I would have been able to do on my own, but only because my counselor had information that I simply did not. Again, the initial counseling and financial aid sessions are free; it goes along with our mission to grant people access to opportunities that most people simply cannot afford.

Lastly, we got a new logo! You like it? We like it. Also, be on the lookout for our new, updated web page that will have all kinds of new features and ways that should make it easier for both parents and students to interact with all of us here at Middle Tree and vice versa.

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It’s an exciting time here at Middle Tree. We’re glad you’re a part of that; thank you for being so. We’ll be looking forward to a great fall together.

With Enthusiasm,

Joseph G. Atman, S.T.D.

Middle Tree
Executive Director
250 W. 1st St., #256
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 494-2216
www.middletree.org

Middle Tree’s End of the Year Newsletter

Greetings, All!
We have concluded our first full year here at Middle Tree and we couldn’t be more excited about it!  Not only that, but we’re also very much looking forward to our Summer Enrichment and Educational Development program (or SEED).
It’s been quite a year, but most of all it’s really been a year of firsts for us.  We’ve had some great ideas, implemented some wonderful programs, made some mistakes, and just generally gotten our feet under us over the past twelve months.  But we have grown up quite a bit in a very short time; and if you’re reading this letter you’ve probably been one of the people who have helped us to do so.  So, for that we are extremely grateful.
As most of you know, Middle Tree is a non-profit learning center.  We are a mission enacted and run by educators to help get students of all ages whatever education they desire.  However, what you might not know is that every single person on our staff volunteered this year.  It bears repeating: not one person received any compensation for any work they did here this year.  In all honesty, that was something I had not been forthcoming about until recently.  I suppose I thought it seemed unprofessional, or maybe that it looked like we were running a second-rate program.  However, now I see that not only should I have been forthcoming about it, but that it is precisely because of our volunteers that we have already exceeded the ambitions I had for Middle Tree when it first opened nearly a year ago.  The people who work here have given us all something: not only have they given their time, but they’ve given us the inertia to take that first, difficult step towards accomplishing our goal of bringing education to people of all financial backgrounds.  And for that we owe them all a debt of immense gratitude.
I did a lot of interviews this past year.  A lot.  And I can say with a great deal of confidence that the people who came through this doorway every week to work with our students are not only some of the brightest in their fields, but they are also some of the kindest, most dedicated human beings I have ever encountered.  These are folks who often came here after working all day at another job, or came from long classroom hours either in school or teaching it, and every day they relentlessly worked with our students, and they did so with joy.  Most all of these people could have gotten other paying jobs; and I can tell you that, given their caliber, there would have been many employers who would have been more than happy to have had them.  But they chose to come here.  They chose to give their time because they wanted to help – because helping is a part of who they are.  And they made Middle Tree truly great because of it.
Middle Tree is a mission – it’s not a business.  And I say all this because I want you to understand not only what the people closest to Middle Tree have done for our students, but that these people also understand the importance of what we’re trying to do on a larger scale.  There are still only a few people who do truly understand our mission; and we need your help in spreading the word about that mission to help get people the education they need regardless of their financial capacities.
I have found myself using the analogy of the Wright brothers an awful lot this year.  Their difficulty was not necessarily flying the aircraft – it was getting it up off the ground.  Well, it gives me great pleasure to announce that – although Middle Tree is not quite soaring just yet – we are very much off the ground.  And we are so because of the wonderful back-office workings of our administration, our gifted and caring staff, our absolutely fantastic students of every walk of life, and all the parents, advocates, and supporters who have realized the importance of the Middle Tree mission and have backed us as a community organization.  We still have a long way to go: on just about every level, education is not living up to its potential.  We have no delusions about how much work there is to be done, but at least we’re headed in the right direction: up.
Joseph G. Atman, S.T.D.
Executive Director
Middle Tree
250 W. 1st Street, #256
Claremont, CA  91711

The Glory of Summer

by Trisch Deehring

Are you fried?

I’m fried.

The school year is JUST about over.  There are eleven days left.  ELEVEN DAYS LEFT!  My son has checked out a little already… I can’t say that I blame him.  I have a little as well.  By my count (please forgive the possible imprecision of these statistics… did I mention I’m fried?) there have been 587 common core math assignments (I know, I know… it’s impossible since there are only 365 days in there but it’s common core so I’m pretty sure I’m right), and so there have been about 280 meltdowns over how my ten year old could have learned something this morning and forgotten it by the time he sat down for the homework.  There have been 120 discussions over what constitutes a healthy lunch, 52 about personal hygiene (sons always seem to smell a little like wet puppy… do daughters?), 28 negotiations over bedtime, 18 chapter books read, 9 current event projects, a living museum, around 50 permission slips filled out, a science project, 65 spelling tests, and the list goes on and on… right?  There’s a part of me that wants to drop the mic here and walk out. Boom.

But we’re not done.

Just as we’re winding down the school year I need to figure out summer.  Yes, I want him to have fun… and he totally will.  I want my baby to do less sitting and more running.  Less stressing and more laughing.  I want the world to work at his pace, not the other way around.  But so help me God, if he forgets what he learns this year and makes this coming September more arduous than it needs to be then I just might sell him to a pack of gypsies.

Here are the facts:

  • All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).

  • Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).

  • More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).

  • Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break (Von Hippel et al, 2007).

  • Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al, 2004).

My goal will be to maximize the summer fun in the sun and at the same time minimize the pain of re-engaging those academic muscles in the fall.  My solution will be Middle Tree’s SEED program.  At SEED there will be the opportunity to use everything he’s learned during the school year, and grow in a way that is natural for him and honors his interests.  He’ll get to work every muscle in his little body, but especially the one between his ears!  And when September comes, as it will all too quickly, he will slide into the 6th grade more confident and more prepared than in years past. And that will be the glory of summer.

Come visit our annual Open House to see the beautiful site, meet the staff and preview summer plans!

For more information, visit middletree.org or call 909-293-9560.

 

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A “Poverty Preference” within college admissions criteria?

Recent article here about how colleges have largely failed to increase enrollment for low-income students over the last decade, despite promises and efforts to do so. It’s gotten to the point where the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is calling for a “Poverty Preference” within the admissions process, meaning that a person’s family income would become an official factor in determining not only financial aid, but admissions chances as well. This in theory would work similar to the racial screenings that currently operate at most colleges.

I for one am for such a policy. In addition to increasing campus diversity and thus allowing students to learn from a wider variety of peer experiences, placing lower-income students into college is one of the best things our nation can do to help mitigate the increasing gap between haves and have-nots. Long-term economic trends for our country portent an increasing shortage of low-skilled jobs, due not only to globalization but, increasingly, automation. As these jobs dwindle, Americans will be under increasing pressure to compete for the remaining skilled or managerial jobs.  Such skilled jobs typically require a college degree and will continue to do, so long as their applicant pool grows because of the above-described reasons. (Such jobs will also continue to require a college degree due to the fact that, despite many claims to the contrary, they will continue to rely on the critical thinking skills that are taught at the college and university level.)

There’s another catch: while low-skill jobs decrease, rising tuition means college education is increasingly unviable for the same Americans who have traditionally depended upon the kind of jobs that are now disappearing. (For a longer–and somewhat depressing–look at the relationship between these two see here). It’s a double-edged sword, and is why we at Middle Tree see college access as one of the primary social issues of the coming decades. Unless we can keep college open and available to all groups, it will only become an increasing barrier within American society as non-college jobs become harder to find. It’s these thoughts that keep me motivated while helping to run a non-profit center that seeks to provide college-prep services to people who normally can’t afford them. People increasingly can’t not afford such things, either.

Middle Tree End of Year News Letter

To all:

Reflecting on this year here in the last week of 2015, we’re reminded of what an amazing few months it’s been. Last year at this time there was no Middle Tree – just an idea to do something. And with your help, we’ve done much more than just something; we’ve done quite a lot, really without having very much at all. That’s not by accident, nor is it through good fortune – at least, not solely. We’re succeeding because we have an idea that’s not only a good one, but it’s also on the right side of the things; and we’re presenting it at a time when it’s needed most.

By now you’re all familiar with what we’re trying to do: we want to give the highest quality education to anyone who needs it. That’s our ultimate goal, and we’re succeeding in doing so thanks to your support. Because education should be as free as possible. Unfortunately, however, it’s currently not; but that’s why we created Middle Tree.

Again, we’ve already shown that we can do quite a lot with very little: despite not having any guaranteed funding, we were able to obtain a center – a beautiful office that overlooks downtown Claremont. Despite not having a budget for tutors, we now have nearly twenty degree-holding teachers who are helping our students every week. These teachers do this because they believe in Middle Tree. Plus, they care about education as a whole, and they care about our students on individual levels.

So, at this time of year, when we often reflect on those things that we are most thankful for, we’d like to thank all of you for your interest in contributing to our program. Uphill battles are only made easier through the solidarity of strong supports. And Middle Tree is about building a community as much as anything. If you haven’t joined up with us formally, we would like to invite you to come to our center to see what we’re all about. We think you’ll find that something special is happening there – and that speaks as much to the program as it does to both the students and teachers who compose it. Thanks to all for making it so.

From all of us at Middle Tree, we wish you a very happy holidays, and a wonderful new year.

We’ll look forward to seeing you in 2016,

~ The Middle Team

CHANGES COMING IN THE NEW YEAR!

An Updated Website: Our new site will allow members to access Middle Tree in an entirely new way. Students and teachers will also be able to communicate with one another via our online blackboard and other forums.

Schedules: Also coming with the updated site, both students’ and teachers’ schedules will be available to one another. This will drastically help to bolster our efficiency and ensure that all our students are getting the maximum amount of support needed.

ACT / SAT Course: Starting in January, we’ll be offering our ACT / SAT program on Saturdays. (More information will be sent out in the coming weeks.)

Extended Hours: Beginning January 4th, we’ll be extending our Monday – Thursday Hours to 8:00pm. (Both Friday and Saturday will also be open via appointment.)

Response to a Letter from One of Our Elementary Schoolers

First of all, let us say how appreciative we are of your letter.  Being a community center, we love to be in touch with the people we are working hard to support.  So, again, we are very thankful for you to have taken the time to reach out to us.  And not only did you reach out, but you did so with some very good questions!   

In answer to your question, “What are you going to do with all the money you make from your business?” We can say that, being a non-profit company, we are going to put any extra money we make back into Middle Tree; in fact, by law, we have to.  This is the difference between a for-profit business and a non-profit business, such as ours: with a for-profit company, any extra money made is kept by the owners or shareholders.  However, with a non-profit, any extra money we make must go back into our business so that we can further support our mission of making high quality education affordable.  We set it up intentionally this way so that the more money that comes into Middle Tree the more it helps the community at large.   

To answer your second question of, “Once your business becomes really popular will you make it so that people have to pay more money and therefore you make more money?” we can proudly say that not only will we not have people pay more when we become more popular, but we will actually have people pay less!  That’s the great thing about a non-profit: the more popular it becomes, the better the service it can offer to those who need it.  Our business at Middle Tree is education.  And, unfortunately, education is really expensive.  However, we don’t think it should be expensive at all.  In fact, we think it should be free.  So, once we get very popular and get a lot of support from the community, our plan is to eventually make our services free to anyone who needs them.  Because, if you think about it, knowledge is free: it doesn’t cost you anything to read a book or go online and look something up, or even better yet – to simply observe something.  Unfortunately, however, we have a system where the costs of education are so high that some people can’t afford it at all.  And if a lot of people can’t afford education then we are going to have a lot of problems in the world.  In fact, we think that just about every problem we have as a society is caused by a lack of education; and what’s more is that we also think that a lot of those problems could be solved if our education system was better, and that starts with simply making it available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay for it.

So, we hope this answers your questions.  Again, we really enjoyed receiving your letter.  Not only was it very thoughtful, but it also gives us a writing sample that we can now use to improve your writing the next time you come in by giving you even more homework than we already do.  And we love doing that.  Truly.

 

Sincerely,
The Middle Team

 

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The End of No Child Left Behind

Important news in education this week, as Congress and the President are all but certain to repeal most of the much-maligned No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act. Here is an article from Vox which does a tremendous job of explaining exactly what the changes will look like.

Note that many of the standards introduced by NCLB (in particular its standardized tests) will likely remain in place, however now individual states will get to decide on how to implement these standards and what to do about schools that fail to meet them.  The recent repeal was a bi-partisan effort, as people on both the left and right were unhappy (for different reasons) about the results netted by the original NCLB. While NCLB was good at giving needed attention to inner-city, at-risk children (see the above article), most experts agreed the act was, overall, a failure, and are hopeful that the new rules will remedy some of the current problems.

Also note that NCLB is different from Common Core, which is not going away anytime soon. Common Core is essentially a national set of education standards, while NCLB was an enforcement mechanism to make sure all states were enforcing the standards equally.  You can find a wonderful overview of Common Core here, which explains the difference between CC and NCLB. It also explains why Common Core has been at the root of many recent political battles, as it touches a variety of sensitive topics in American political culture.

This spring Middletree will be offering more seminars for parents on Common Core and the new education rules as they develop. Stay tuned!

Exciting Changes at Middle Tree!

Happy Holidays everyone. We at Middle Tree want to let you know of some exciting changes we’re implementing at our education center, the first of which is our NEW BLOG DESIGN. In the future, expect more posts on a variety of items related not only to middle tree, but to parenting and education in general. We’re pretty avaricious readers of all kinds of news related to trends in education and education policy, and in the future we’ll be sharing some of the articles we find relevant to all of us, along with our personal take on things.  Other team members will also be sharing their thoughts on a number of issues important to them and us as well.

Beyond the blog, we’ve got several other exciting developments that we’re rolling out between now and the beginning of spring semester.

  • More Tutors: We’ve increased our tutor pool dramatically – nearly tripling it over the past few weeks.  These tutors – all of which have bachelor’s or master’s degrees – will further those ambitions by bringing new, creative energy into the building – which we hope will rub off on our students as well.
  • Student Supervisors: Starting full-on in 2016, each of our students will be assigned a counselor to keep track of how our students are doing overall.  The hope is that these supervisions will ensure that our students are hitting their goals and gaining all they can from our program, while also forming a mentor / mentee relationship between the student and tutor.
  • Parent Conferences: We realize the holidays are a busy time, but by the end of January we’d like to have had in-person parent / teacher conferences with all of our parents.  These conversations will hopefully give you as parents some face time with the people who help educate your students on a regular basis, so that we’re all on the same page when it comes to where your student’s at, and where we’d like him or her to get to.  Feel free to contact us to schedule these conferences; or, otherwise, we will be reaching out to you to attempt to schedule a time to meet.
  • College Counseling: For those who are college-bound, we’d like to start planning your collegiate paths soon!  This will be something we’ll be discussing with our juniors’ parents during our conferences, but should you wish to get a head-start on this, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
  • Student Schedules: We would like to keep Middle Tree flexible and open for people to come and go as they please.  And, to the best of our abilities, we absolutely will.  However, beginning at some point in 2016, we will be asking for a rough schedule of when your student(s) will be coming in.  This will help both us and them keep track of what’s needed and expected when they walk in the door.  Again, the current open door policy we have is working fine for now, but we think we can create an even better model as we move forward.

Lastly, we’ve had an unbelievably successful first two and a half months, but we still need YOUR support. 

As you know, Middle Tree is a non-profit group.  We created this program so that our students can have the absolute highest education possible for the lowest price imaginable.  All of our tutors have degrees; that’s unheard of.  But local educators are just starting to catch on to what we’re doing and why we’re doing it – and they’re beginning to support us heavily (which is why we were able to increase our tutor pool so drastically).

However, to keep Middle Tree funded, we now need our largest supporters, you, to spread the word about us.  If you’re happy with our services, we kindly ask that you please let someone know about what it is that we’re doing here.  We know that once people like yourselves are aware of us, the program will catch on.  But in the meantime, we still need help growing the tree.

Should you have any questions about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us, as our ears and doors are always open to you.

Cheers,
 – The Middle Team