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Students at Corbett Elementary School got a visit from Washoe County School Superintendent Pedro Martinez and board member John Mayer Monday morning.

And everyone's excited about the coming year.

It's the first day of school, but as students get further into the curriculum, they may find they need extra help. That's where the tutoring programs come in.

Today, it's all getting to know each other.

But in a few weeks every student will take a test that will give teachers valuable information.

"As a staff we sit down by grade level and determine which students are on grade level, which students need more support and which students need acceleration," says principal Denise Dufrene.

Whatever they need, experts say it's important to step in right away.

"You need to sit down and do their homework with them, find out what they're learning, talk to the teacher if you feel like you're not understanding and want to be able to help them better," says Lisa-Marie Lightfoot.

Dufrene adds, "If a student is coming home every night and they're really struggling with the homework or they're feeling very unhappy about school, it's really important for parents to notify the teacher, the counselor, somebody-- so that we can find out the reasons why the student's struggling."

Students learn at different rates, and Washoe County schools offer several different tutoring programs.

Lightfoot adds, "Read and Succeed and Math Path are some volunteer tutoring programs where volunteers come to the school site and the will work with the child one-on-one or they help the teacher in their classroom with small groups of students that are behind."

For more information about tutoring programs at the Washoe County School District, go to http://www.washoe.k12.nv.us/

School officials recommend talking to your child's teacher first, to see what would work best for them if they do need help.

Written by Jennifer Burton

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