AVID - COURSE OVERVIEW
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). It is a globally recognized curriculum designed to close the achievement gap by helping students succeed in high school and college (also see www.avid.org).AVID Students commit themselves to improvement and college preparation through a rigorous curriculum in academic survival skills (a.k.a; "how to do school"). Students are taught how to:
Students participate in twice weekly socratic seminars called Tutorials, led by adult tutors. All participants are expected to use skillful questioning to develop a higher level of critical thinking via the socratic method. AVID students also receive individual mentoring from Plank AVID Site Team members.What AVID is . . .
- Set goals and WORK HARD!
- Stay organized and manage time
- Take focused notes, collaborate, and study with others
- Read, think, question, and inquire critically
- Write to learn and practice writing
- a challenge to WORK HARD, stay academically focused and organized.
- an in-school curriculum that prepares students for high school, college, and life success.
- a placement of academically middle to upper-middle students in honors-level classes with additional support.
- a target for students in the middle who are currently getting B's, C's, and maybe even a D with average to above-average STAR test scores.
- a potential to level the playing field for low-income, minority, and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
- instruction in WICOR strategies and disciplines that can be implemented school and district-wide.
What AVID is not . . .
- a free ride or easy "A".
- a shallow curriculum that will not challenge the student.
- a remedial or dynamics program
Grades are calculated based on your percentage of total possible points for the semester. Each assignment has a total possible points. Assignments with the most possible points count more than assignments with a smaller number of possible points. No one assignment category (e.g., Performance, Classwork, etc.) has a greater weight then another category, although Performance assignment tend to have a greater number of possible points associated with them. There are NO penalties for late assignments. Grades are posted regularly on the district Home Access system and a student can ask for their current grade at any time. The grading system is as follows:
District 308 Grading Scale:
A = 100 - 90%, B = 89 â€“ 80%, C = 79 â€“ 70%, D = 69 â€“ 60%, F = 59% or belowIn addition to AVID student selection, the site team meets regularly throughout the school year to review AVID goals and objectives. The team serves as a conduit to school-wide implementation of AVID pedagody.Jim Martin - Plank Jr. High PrincipalMarcus Lews - Plank Jr. High Assistant PrincipalCaitlin Gannon - Plank Guidance Counselor and AVID Site Team CoordinatorStan Brown - 6th thru 8th Grade Technology and AVID 7 TeacherKatherine Barry - 7th Grade World History and Honors World History TeacherHana Bridge - 7th Grade Science TeacherSandra Campanaro - 8 Grade Language Arts and Honors Language Arts TeacherSean Ferguson - 7th Grade Language Arts and World History TeacherJim Johnson - 8th Grade Honors U.S. History and AVID 8 TeacherJohn Tamez - 7th Grade Math TeacherDonna Thill - 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher