Winter 2019
    Dear Fox Chase Families


     What did you want to be when you grew up?  A firefighter? A ballerina? An astronaut or nurse? Doctor or teacher?  I have heard young children claim that they want to be a dog or a bumble bee when they grow up!  I wanted to be a secretary or a teacher. Teacher won out but sometimes I feel like all the paperwork also requires some secretarial skills!  Children today may dream of having careers that were unheard of when I was young - video game developer, artificial intelligence developer, robotics expert.  Many of our students at Fox Chase will grow up to perform jobs that aren’t even invented yet and may have several important and different careers during their lifetime.  How do we prepare them for all of that?

    AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) prepares students for life by encouraging a growth mindset and empowering them through experiences and goal setting.  You may hear your child talk about what college they want to attend after high school because our AVID culture includes college awareness and college-preparedness strategies to engage students in learning.  You may ask a few questions such as: Does the job really require a college degree? (Maybe, maybe not, but it probably will require some planning.) How can I afford to send my child to college?  (Last year students in SD308 were awarded over 5 million dollars in scholarship money!)

    Here are more questions for you and your child to consider:  What are you interested in? What are you good at? What does it take to be a _______? (Fill in blank with a dream job)  Where can you learn to be a _______?  Do you know anyone who is a _________ right now?  What is the best educational program to learn to be a ___________ (academic or vocational)?  What can you do right now to prepare yourself to be a ___________?

    The long term outcomes of AVID include an increase in: high school graduation rates, the completion of college entrance requirements, the number of seniors applying to college, and the number of students enrolling in college.  That all can start in kindergarten! Communication, goal-setting, collaboration, and grit start now.

    AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.  

    Support your children as they prepare for a global society!

    Janet DeMont, Principal

    Fox Chase Elementary School