Monday, August 13, 2018

University of LaVerne & Cal Poly Pomona

Eighth grade AVID students went on another successful college field trip! This time students were able to visit two college campuses: LaVerne and Cal Poly Pomona. Before we went on the field trip students completed a college tour preparation assignment to give them information on both colleges. Afterwards, students completed a post field trip lesson where they were asked various questions, such as what they had observed and learned.

These field trips are so valuable for our AVID students! They get to witness future possibilities.  These trips also serve as a reminder as to why they are working so hard. The reward is college! This would not be possible without the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Thank you for your continued support!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

University Research and Pennant Project

AVID students spent the past several weeks researching and creating a university pennant. Research began after students were assigned a university and completed definitions on various college terms. Then students took notes on topics, which included tuition, housing, campus life, etc. The culmination came this week when they turned in their pennants.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

What is AVID?

Our amazing 5th period AVID peer tutors put together a presentation describing AVID. The tutors made presentations in 7th grade Language Arts classes to help recruit future AVID students. These same awesome kids also did an incredible job giving this presentation at our 6th grade orientation. After the presentation, they passed out flyers, applications, and answered questions.   The response from the 6th and 7th graders has been extraordinary.  We cannot wait to welcome even more AVID Roadrunners next year!!

Friday, March 30, 2018

AVID Applications & Teacher Recommendations!

Incoming 6th graders!  
Interested in being part of the HJH AVID Family? 
Click the link or use the QR code below 
to apply for AVID!!

Current HJH Roadrunners!
Interested in being part of the HJH AVID Family? 
Click the link or use the QR code below 
to apply for AVID!! 

Below are the links and QR codes to the recommendation forms.  If you have any issues, please email Ms. St. John at


6th-grade recommendation form: 
7th/8th-grade recommendation form:

Friday, March 16, 2018

CSUSB Part 2!

Eighth grade AVID students recently enjoyed a tour around California State University, San Bernardino. On Monday, over 90 8th grade AVID students boarded busses and trekked down the hill!

Students walked through halls, peeked inside lecture rooms, ventured through CSUSB's museum, and looked at the cost of textbooks (the most expensive being a Biology book for $300!). We are thankful to take this field trip with the support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. A huge thanks to them!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Binder Checks

Every Wednesday students are required to have their binders checked. This entails a check of their actual binder for organization, as well as a check of their notes.

The requirements:
  • One set of notes for each core subject (Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, Science)
  • Recent notes from that week (Wednesday-Wednesday)
  • Follow the rubric
Binder Check Form
Cornell Note Form
Students are required to complete four sets of notes each week. Students can use notes they've completed in class as part of an assignment or they can create their own. If their teachers do not assign notes, students are responsible for taking or creating notes on what they are learning that week. For instance, if students are completing a science lab they can take or create notes on the process, steps, content, etc. If students are reading a story in Language Arts, they can complete notes on the topic, setting, plot, or whatever is relevant to the story. The purpose of these notes is for students to use them as a study tool. By going over the content in each of their core subjects every week, they are reviewing information, and through repetition, will gain a greater understanding of content.  AVID students were taught this process in depth in the first few weeks of the school year, and we reviewed the process again when we returned from Winter Break.  Below are some excellent student created examples of Cornell Focus Notes. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Site of Distinction

We are proud to announce that HJH AVID has received the title of AVID Site of Distinction! AVID is occuring in our elective classes and throughout our school. Teachers are utilizing AVID strategies to fulfill our school's mission of creating students who are college and career ready!

An AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction represents the highest level of AVID implementation fidelity, demonstrating excellence in instructional practice and the promotion of college readiness schoolwide. This elite group of schools represents less than 10% of all AVID middle and high schools worldwide.