October 9

Patriot Writing Center Hours & Mission



Location: Room 217

 3rd & 7th Block, All Lunches

Activity Day Schedule: Closed for 6th Block Lunches, Open for 7th Block (must have pass)

Walk-in Policy

At the Patriot Writing Center, we offer continuous encouragement and support to help students at any skill level improve their writing abilities. As Writing Tutors, we learn alongside our students, evolving with our experiences. We hope our efforts will lead to a positive change in attitude towards writing.

-PWC Tutors, 2015

November 1

PWC Training Days 2016-2017

At least once a month, the writing center will be closed so our tutors can learn new strategies. The following list of training days is “set,” but likely incomplete as needs arise. If we decide to stay open on any of these days, we will announce the change via Twitter (@patriotswrite)

  • November 11 – CAPTA Conference
  • November 14 & 15
  • December 5-6
  • January 5-6
  • February 6-7
  • March 6-7
  • April 3-4
  • May 1-2
October 7

Horror Stories and Poetry Contest: October 2016

It’s the time of year for spooky stories and poems that send chills down your spine!



All Park View students are invited to submit their best horror/Halloween-themed short story or poem. Entries will be judged by PWC tutors. Winners will be announced on October 31, 2016.


  • Best Short Story
  • Best Poem
  • Honorable Mention
  • All those who enter will receive a spooky treat!

Entry Rules: 

  • Writing must be submitted by October 24, 2016
  • All entries must be less than two pages.
  • We all love gruesome gore, but language and content needs to be, at worst, “PG-13”
  • Email your story or poem in a Word Document to patriotswrite@gmail.com
  • Contest is open only to current Park View High School students.

You MAY bring your creative writing to the Writing Center before submitting your entry; this will have no effect on your chances of winning.

Judging Criteria:

  • Entry is less than two pages, typed.
  • Writing is the author’s original work.
  • Language and content is not offensive or inappropriate.
  • Story or poem is written in the horror or supernatural genre.
  • Story or poem is entertaining.
  • Rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are followed.

Suggestions for writers:

  • Pick a theme that is “fresh.” – Avoid the “same old” story.
  • Write with strong imagery (language that appeals to the five senses)
  • “Show don’t tell” – Use verbs and adjectives that spark your readers’ imaginations!
  • Horror stories and poems can be dark and mysterious, but they can also be funny. Don’t be afraid to use your voice!
June 7

Year Conclusion

As the Indian filmaker Desakai once wrote “No man’s life can be summed up in its entirety in one telling”. Likewise, one year at the writing center cannot be adequately summarized by me in a few short paragrahs. Nevertheless, I shall make a brave attempt. The year began with instruction on what I now believe to be common sense. We began with “How to greet a tutor” and eventually reached tutoring advice. Nothing at this particular point interested me about the class, but what convinced me to stay was the practice tutoring sessions. These tutoring sesssions were great experiences, I was put into the role of both the tuttee and the tutor. During this session, while I was tutoring, I realized the types of useful skills that I could pick up from tutoring, and how useful it could be. Essentially, I realized that it was something that I could do, thus I stuck with it for an entire year. Continue reading

June 5


This year at the patriot writing center was truly amazing, I was surprised by all of the events that I encountered throughout it. I am surprised that the world turned out to be such a nice place…


Well Ms.Gray,

If you are reading this, I just wanted to let you know that I have this assignment done on a computer somewhere, as soon as I find it. Sorry about all this.


Sarem S.M.

June 4

Summer Break

The Patriot Writing Center is now closed for the 2015-2016 school year. We will return

If you have a “writing emergency,” you may email Ms. Gray directly at LGRAY@LCPS.ORG to schedule an appointment.

Thank you, Park View, for making this a great first year!

June 3

Looking Back

I would like to thank all of the people who made this year of writing center possible. Thank you to Ms. Gray, my fellow tutor colleagues, and last but not least, the wonderful students who have given me the opportunity to be apart of their writing journey.

One of the most rewarding experiences that I have gotten the pleasure of experiencing this year was helping one of my tutees unlock her writing potential. Continue reading

May 31

A Final Entry (and Reflection)

 Over the course of the school year I’ve learned numerous skills and a substantial amount of information. In the Patriot Writing Center I’ve learned many things about writing such as correct grammar, how to cite correctly, etc. Along with that I’ve learned important tactics to tackle writing assignments such as pre-writing. I apply all this when I tutor tutees which then strengthened my writing as well as that of the tutee. It’s nice to help people, and know that you have directly impacted their life (big or small). I think one of my favorite moments is when I helped a student who took AP Lang. I’m planning on taking the class next year and this gave mean insight on what the class was like. At the end of the session the tutee had said even though I don’t take the class I still helped quite a bit. I thought that this really goes to show that we all have different skills no matter our writing level. There truly is always room for improvement. Continue reading

May 31

Looking Back on the 2015-2016 School Year

As the school year comes to an end, it is a time for us all to reflect on all of the things that have happened this year. There were many good and bad things that took place this school year, but I like to believe that being a Patriot Writing Center tutor was one of the better things. It is really rewarding to know that I’ve helped quite a few people this school year. Although it was no walk in the park, it taught me a lot of valuable lessons that will do me good in the future. Continue reading