Wednesday, November 7, 2018

CSUSB Field Trip

Seventh grade AVID students visited California State University, San Bernardino on Monday, October 29th. Students toured the campus with our HJH teachers. Stops included the CSUSB museum, the gym, the Pfau Library, and peeks into classrooms and lecture halls.

We're currently in the works of planning our upcoming, second semester eighth grade college tours. This year we plan on visiting UC Riverside, the University of LaVerne, and Cal Poly Pomona. A special thanks to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for their generous donations for making these trips possible!

Philosophical Chair

One of the skills promoted in AVID is the use of evidence to articulate an argument. On Wednesday, students did just that with a Philosophical Chair! A Philosophical Chair helps the development of students’ abilities to give careful attention to other students’ comments and to engage in dialogue with one another to gain a greater understanding of the topic presented. On Wednesday students debated the topic of schools start times.

Preparation for this began with reading two articles, one pro and one con.  Afterwards, students chose a side, outlined two claims based on evidence. Next, students looked at the opposing side, possible claims and evidence to prepare them for the counterargument. On the day of the debate students chose a side and gave their arguments. Through this experience, it is our hope students learn to use evidence to defend their positions but also gain an understanding of the opposing viewpoint.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

New Focus Notes for the 2018-2019 School Year

AVID students have welcomed a change to our class! This year students are able to revise more than Cornell notes to turn in each week. Beginning this year focus notes can include: Cornell notes, graphic organizers (bubble maps, tree maps, t-charts, etc.), one-pagers, worksheets. Students MUST revise these focus notes using the rubric below. Every Wednesday students will come to class with an organized binder and four sets of notes for their core classes: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies.

The past few weeks students practiced revising Cornell notes, a worksheet, and a graphic organizer. We also held a question and answer session to help students feel more comfortable with their first Binder Check this Wednesday.

The goal of AVID is to provide support for our students in their classes, and note taking and revising notes is just one part of that support.

Welcome 2018-2019 AVID Students!

Mr. Adams, Mrs. Callahan, and Ms. St. John are excited to welcome our 2018-19 AVID students. We've spent the first weeks of school getting to know one another, working on organization, and learning how to take and revise Focus notes (more on that to come soon!).

In addition, students have been completing team building activities on Fridays. Pictured here are some of our shenanigans!

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!!