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Homework Helpline

The Long Beach Unified School District provides homework help to students who are striving for excellence and achievement. Homework Helpline consists of college tutors who guide students through homework assignments via the telephone.


The service is free to all Long Beach Unified students. Homework Helpline is a rare service furnishing on-demand, personal tutoring. Tutors are equipped with school textbooks and are trained to help the students help themselves. If a student's homework is not from a textbook, it's not a problem. The tutors are highly trained and can help with almost any subject. They assist the students in approaching the problems, using a variety of methods.


The tutors will ask for pertinent information such as full name, school of attendance. The tutors enter this information into a student database to show a need for service. They also send students a bookmark to remind them to call in for homework help.

Students can call the Homework Helpline at (562) 437-2859 Monday through Thursday between 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Homework Helpline teachers can also be reached by email at

Healthy Tidbits from California PTA

The Four Principles of Hand Awareness

  1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
  2. Do Not cough into your hands. Cough into your elbow
  3. Do Not sneeze into your hands. Sneeze into your elbow.
  4. Do Not put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth.

Increased physical activity linked to improved school performance
Participating in extra physical activity for just two hours every week can boost school performance, a new study states. 
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For more tips see our past months in the Locker to the right.

More of Decembers tips (PDF).

Sugar Science from the CAPTA

Did You Know?
• Growing scientific evidence shows that eating too much added sugar over time is linked to health problems, including serious diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and liver disease.

• Every day, the average American consumes almost three times more sugar than is recommended. That adds up to an average of 66 pounds of added sugar each year.

• Added sugar is hiding in 74% of packaged foods, including foods that many of us think are healthy, like yogurt and energy bars, and even in savory foods, like pasta sauce, breads, salad dressing and ketchup.

• In an effort to make foods “low-fat,” many food companies replaced added fat with added sugar.

• There are at least 61 names for added sugar on food labels.

• Liquid sugar, like that in soda and sports drinks, is the largest source of added sugar in the American diet (36%).

• Too much added sugar from soda and sports drinks can overload critical organs over time, leading to serious diseases.

• When you consume sugar as a beverage, you don’t feel as full. It’s easy to down 9 teaspoons of sugar in a single 12-oz. soda. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons per day for men.

• Drinking just one 12-oz. soda every day, or 7 sodas per week, can increase your risk of dying from heart disease by almost 1/3. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.

• Fructose is a common type of sugar found in soda, sports drinks and many packaged foods. Too much fructose can damage your liver, just like too much alcohol.