Academic Support

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Welcome Back!

I hope this greeting will find everyone well and rested for what will be a new educational experience for all of us.  As we enter a new school year, there are a few "watch words" that we should keep in mind as we help guide our children and provide for them the best instruction.


Busbee Staff has done a terrific job with making sure we have a clean environment in which to learn and are working to maintain high cleaning standards everyday. To reduce risks of COVID or flu symptoms, please encourage your child to maintain 6 ft. distance, wear face protection with a mask, wash hands or apply hand sanitizer, and avoid sharing pencils, erasers, calculators, Chrome Books or cell phones.


The Blended Learning Hybrid Model will require students to adjust to alternate "in school" and "remote" learning.  In addition, students may be introduced to new resources for instruction such as videos or subject specific applications.  But guess what? Teachers are adjusting to new things as well! So lets all support each other because we are all learning.  Training to learn different things takes time.


Parents, please read your children's syllabus (syllabi) that will come home.  I have included the syllabus for academic support (resource) on this page.  Be sure to stay in touch with your child's teachers. Email seems to be the most efficient way to get a quick response.  Should you need assistance in regard to classwork, classwork will be posted on the teachers' web page and other applications like Google Classroom. In addition, there will be daily scheduled times for students to ask their teachers about work assignments.  Be sure to encourage your child to keep their classwork organized in their binder (Build A Binder) . 




Academic Support Syllabus

Instructor:  Deborah H. Linton

School:  Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy

Contact Number:   (803) 739-4070    Email:  [email protected]

Contact Hours:  10:05 - 10:55

Course Description:

The resource classroom provides small group and individualized instruction to students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs).  The curriculum is based upon students’ learning needs identified in their IEPs and current course of study in the regular education classrooms.  Targeted academic support is provided in the content areas of reading, writing, mathematics, organization/study strategies, career planning, and behavior management.  The resource teacher works collectively with parents, core subject teachers, administrators, and students to provide remedial instruction, accommodations, modifications, and to monitor student performance.

Course Objectives:

  1. To assist the student in gaining the academic and study skills necessary to improve academic performance.
  2. To assist the student in becoming a better independent learner using effective tools, strategies, and technology.
  3.  To assist  the student with self advocacy, problem solving, and communication skills that promote positive social outcomes.

Course Materials:

  1.  1- 3 Ring Binder (2 inch)                              4.  1 Package of Tab Dividers
  2.  1- Spiral Notebook/ 3 subject                       5.  6 Pocket Folders
  3.  Pencil Pouch/Pencils/Pens/Paper                  

Student Responsibilities:

  1.  Be Prompt - Arrive to class on time.
  2.  Be Prepared - Arrive to class with all materials.
  3.  Be Productive - Complete assignments and participate in activities.
  4.  Be Patient - Ask for help.  Get help from a study partner.  Listen and wait.
  5.  Be Polite - Cooperate by following directions.  Use good manners.
  6. Be Professional - Dress modestly and wear student identification. Speak using appropriate  language and a respectful tone.

Expectations For Parents or Guardians:

  1. To purchase all classroom materials by the first week of school.
  2. To provide updated student and parent contact information.
  3. To respond to IEP invitations and attend your child’s IEP meetings.
  4. To stay informed of your child’s academic progress by logging into Parent Portal daily and/or weekly to view grades and attendance status/emailing teacher.
  5. To check your child’s binder and/or Chrome Book nightly for homework and other materials sent home pertaining to school activities (school pictures, open houses, sporting and fine arts events).  In addition, to ensure your child’s Chrome Book is fully charged for the next school day’s assignments. (This is a task students can do but a reminder doesn't hurt!)
  6. To contact your child’s teacher to address any concerns as quickly as possible.


A student’s progress towards his or her IEP goals is measured frequently.  Progress monitoring ensures that the instructional interventions are effective and that the student is learning at an appropriate rate.  Assessments are ongoing throughout the entire school year. Grades are based on independent work.  Student writing is based on a district writing rubric which addresses analysis, development, organization and language use.  Letter grades are based on the following scale:

A =  100 - 90       B = 89 - 80      C = 79 - 70 D =  69 - 60 F = 59 - 50  



How can I keep up with my child’s grades?

Parent Portal is an online program that gives parents, guardians, and students the opportunity to view grades throughout each nine weeks.  Prior to the start of school, parents and students should have received a username and password. To gain access to the Parent/Student Portal link, log into the Lexington Two website (  Click under parent links and then the Parent/Student Portal link.  If you do not have a username or password, notify the school office for assistance.  

“Work Together, LEARN Together”

Please Read and Keep For Records

Classroom Procedures 

Due to COVID-19 concerns and in compliance with the CDC guidelines, the school year will begin with a Blended Learning Hybrid Model.  Your child should have been assigned a group A or B model.  Depending on their group, determines which day your child will attend “in school” instruction and which day your child will attend “remote learning”.  Below is the overall Hybrid Model Attendance schedule for your reference:

Overall Hybrid Model Schedule






  • Teacher in classroom

  • Group “A” In-person

  • Group “B” Remote Learning
  • Teacher in classroom

  • Group “B” In-person 

  • Group  “A” Remote Learning
  • Teacher in classroom
  • All students are learning remotely
  • Google Meets with small groups/


  • Additional Collaborative Planning time for teachers
  • Teacher in classroom

  • Group “A” In- person

  • Group “B” Remote Learning
  • Teacher in classroom

  • Group “B” In-person

  • Group “A” Remote Learning

While inside the classroom, students are encouraged to wear face masks, use the hand sanitizer and to maintain a 6 ft social distance as much as possible.  It is highly recommended that students purchase and maintain a supply of  tools such as colored pencils, markers, highlighters, pencils, pens, erasers, calculators of their own and to store them in a pencil pouch to avoid sharing germs. Desk surfaces will be cleaned after each class everyday.

“In Person” Day Entering the Classroom

  1. Resource sessions will start out as 40 minutes per period so students must begin quickly with their learning activities.  
  2. Students are expected to use good time management and take care of personal needs before related arts and during recess.  
  3. Business with coaches and staff regarding sports, arts activities, clubs, guidance, and after school activities will not be addressed during instruction unless prior arrangements have been made with Ms. Linton.  
  4. Upon entering the room, students are to go directly to their assigned seats, reading the board, and begin their start-up activity.  Work folders will already be at their assigned desks. If a pencil needs to be sharpened, students may go to the sharpener one student at a time.

“In Person” Day Instructional Time - Total 40 Minutes          

  • 10 Minutes: “ start up” activity
  • 15 Minutes:  Mini Lessons (Direct Teacher Instruction)
  • 15 Minutes:  Guided and Independent Practice/clean-up and pack- up
  • ELA will be taught on Monday (Group A) and Tuesday (Group B) 
  • Mathematics will be taught on Thursday (Group A) and Friday (Group B)
  • Students will receive take home folder containing school work for remote learning days.

“In Person” Day- Conclusion of Class

  1.  At the end of class, students will either return their work to their classroom folders or take home folders depending on teacher direction.  If a student borrows a pencil or calculator, they need to return it on the table by the door for cleaning.  Trash must be picked up and deposited in trash cans.
  2. At teacher request, students are to line up at the door.  Only Ms. Linton opens the door for students to exit out into the hall. 
  3. When in a line, it is important to maintain a 6 ft. distance.

“Remote Learning”  Day

1. On “remote learning” days students will be working independently on school assignments either with a

         take home folder, online, or both.

2. There will be a daily scheduled time for questions to be answered by the teacher through Google

         Classroom, Google Meet,  Acellus, or by phone.  Ms. Linton will notify students and parents of the

         scheduled times. 

3. The following is the schedule for “Remote Learning”:
  •   ELA remote learning Monday (Group B) and Tuesday (Group A)
  •   Mathematics remote learning Thursday (Group B) and Friday (Group A)
  •   Wednesday remote learning will be for both Groups A and B and will address Reading, Writing, and  


  •   Assignments will also be posted in take home folders and on Ms. Linton’s website on the Busbee 

              Special Services page.


  1.  All work assignments for “remote learning” are to be completed and submitted to the teacher the next “in person” day.  
  2. Students may need to take home materials such as reading material and notes to complete “remote learning” assignments.  Please be sure to return the materials for “in person” instruction the next day.

         Keep track of your stuff!  :)


September 8, 2020

Build A Binder

     In academic support this week, there will be a heavy emphasis on organization.  If you really think about it, students have a great deal of paperwork to sort and file such as syllabi, rubrics, class handouts, study sheets, returned tests, essays, homework, class notes, reading logs, permission slips, point sheets, and newsletters.  Therefore, maintaining a system of arranging all the information in an orderly way is essential for students to keep up with their assignments.  Good organization strategies have been directly linked to high academic performance.  Quite often, students will approach me sharing that they have lost important study guides or notes needed to prepare for quizzes and test.  To help with tracking learning materials, students in academic support have been given the assignment Build A Binder.

     Build a Binder is a strategy that helps students manage paperwork responsibilities

and learn ways to classify, file, and cycle information.  This week's assignment involves the following:

  1. Purchase one two inch, heavy duty binder with a clear cover pocket on the front.  They are available from any office supply store, Target, and Wal-Mart.  Heavy duty binders are best for storing large amounts of information and break less.  

  1. Purchase other school items that are listed on your child’s resource syllabus/binder rubric. 

  1. With your child, arrange the supply items in the following order:  class schedule in the front pocket of binder,  pencil pouch containing pencils/erasers (please do not overfill the pouch so it bulges), school agenda ( I have rings that will enable students to attach agenda to rings in binder),  labeled tabs with labeled folder (all 6 in that order), notebook paper.  Be sure that all syllabi and information sheets are located in the correct sections. You’re done!  

  1. On Friday, September 11th,  students will present their binders to the teacher and be graded according to the rubric on the back. This will be their first grade for resource class.   For the first nine weeks, binders will be inspected each Monday.  Inspections will become less and less as the year goes along and students master good organization. 

Name  _______________

Build A Binder Rubric

  1. Two Inch Binder With Clear Cover       _____  

  1. Cover Contains Student Schedule       _____

  1. Agenda is attached to ring in binder.    No Agenda

  1. Pocket Folders Contain All Class 

       Syllabi                                                  _____     

  1. Tab Dividers For All Classes (6)          _____


  1. Tab Dividers Are Labeled (Class)         _____


  1. Notebook Paper                                    _____

  1. Pencil Pouch                                         _____

  1. Pencil Pouch contains pencils,             

       erasers, sharpener, highlighter             _____ 

  1. Neatness:  Papers are sorted in 

       correct locations                                    _____

      Final Point Total:  _____            Grade:  _____

Students are expected to bring their binders to class everyday.