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    All Kids, All Possible! 

    Welcome to our AVID family!


    A: advancement; our goal is to advance, individually and as a group, academically and personally

    V: via; through what power will advacement take place?

    I: individual; not your teachers, parents, friends....

    D: determination; focus and pursuit of your goals

     

    I am excited to have the opportunity to teach the 7th and 8th grade AVID electives this year.  I look forward to helping your student develop the college preparatory skills needed to be successful in middle school, high school, and college. 

    This class will help students to successfully master content and standards in the following areas: Character Development (self awareness, goals, community and school involvement), Communication (speaking), Writing (the writing process, writing skills, writing applications, writing to learn, focused note taking), Inquiry (Costas levels of thinking, tutorials, Socratic Seminar and Philosophical Chairs), Collaboration, Organization (organization and time management, research and technology, test preparation and test taking), and Reading (vocabulary and textual analysis).

    Best of all, AVID is about family and relationships.  We have built a supportive community where students can feel comfortable being themselves, getting help, and giving help.  The AVID classroom is a safe place where we treat each other like family.

      

    Class expectations:

    Students are expected to demonstrate respect and responsibility at all times. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Coming to class on time every day, ready to work when the bell rings
    • Adherence to the code of conduct
    • Adherence to school/class behavioral expectations (SLANT, format matters, 100%, right is right)
    • Following instruction the first time they are given
    • Actively participating in class
    • Submitting work on time and obtaining and completing work missed due to absence

     

    I believe in student empowerment and every student's ability to make good choices.  Everyone makes mistakes, academically and behaviorally, and mistakes are an opportunity to learn.  When students make a mistake and do not meet one of the class expectations, their choice will result in reminders of appropriate behavior and reflection and problem solving on how to proceed in a more positive, respectful, and productive way.  Occasionally consequnces may include loss of behavior points in a student’s grade, teacher support, phone call/email to parents, or a disciplinary referral to the office.

     

    Students who consistently meet class expectations are recognized in many ways, including paw pride coupons, public recognition, earning behavior points towards a student’s grade, opportunities to choose first in class activities, etc.

     

    Helpful Hints & Reminders

     

    Please check the parent portal regularly. Grades are updated regularly, including behavior grades, and this is the best way to be aware of how your child is progressing in class.

     

     

    Grading

     

    Students receive grades in five different areas: behavior and participation, binder checks, classwork, learning logs/reflection, and tutorials. Grades will not be weighted.  A student’s final grade is determined by dividing the total number of points earned for the quarter by the total number of points possible.

    A range: 90-100%

    B range: 80-89%

    C range: 70-79%

    D range: 60-69%

    F: below 60%

    Please note: Work will only be graded if it has been labeled with a student’s name. No name=no grade. Check the no name basket if you think you have turned something in, but you did not receive credit for it.

    Late work will be accepted up to one week after the due date.

     

    Notes for online instruction:

     

    Students are expected to check Schoology for new posts and assignments daily. Students are also expected to check their email daily. To assist in organization, I will post a weekly schedule each week.

    When in remote by necessity learning, zoom and google hangout meetings are required. Instruction will be given and students will receive feedback through these meetings.  However, I understand that family situations vary and that there will be times when students do not have access at the particular scheduled meeting time.  Therefore, I will record all meetings and they are available on request.  If a student misses a meeting, it is their responsibility to watch the zoom and complete any related classwork.

     

    Late work will be accepted up to one week after the due date with no penalty. No work will be accepted after the grade book has closed.  Grade book closure dates will be communicated through email.

     

    Work will be graded on demonstration of progress towards mastery of standards.  Quality counts! Incomplete work will not receive full credit.

     

    Communication is key. If a student is sick, has trouble accessing the internet, or has questions, please email Mrs. Green immediately. Don’t wait until your grade drops! I will work with you to make sure you are successful, please let me know how I can help.