AmeliaEarhart Middle School: AVID National Demonstrate Site
AVID Coordinator: Denise Rush
AVID Elective Teachers: Tiffany Gusman
AVID Mission Statement
Close theachievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success ina global society
PURPOSE OF AVID
"The purpose of the AVID program is to preparetraditionally underserved students for four-year college eligibility and torestructure the teaching methodologies of an entire school to make college preparatorycurricula available to almost all students.
AVID recognizes that the only way students can get intoor through college is by perseverance, hard work, and, as the program’s namereveals, 'individual determination.' AVID students get no special break—only achance. AVID provides what first generation college students may lack, whatadvantaged students receive from their parents and community: highexpectations, encouragement, day to day help, a vision of college asattainable, an advocate, and guidance in how to negotiate the system. AVIDinvolves students in a strong group of peers and adults who share a commitmentto academic achievement.
Ultimately, AVID provides scaffolding, a social andacademic structure to support students as they work to succeed.
AVID targets students of mid-range ability who have thepotential to succeed in a rigorous academic program but who would not succeedwithout support. It is not a remedial program for students who are failing, andit is not for gifted students who are already performing well. It serves thestudents in the middle, who are capable of success but are not performing up totheir potential. AVID is, at heart, a program that equips ordinary students toaccomplish extraordinary things." www.rimsavid.org
An Average Week in AVID Elective
AVID students are required to keep one binder for all oftheir classes (unless a teacher requires a separate binder for that class).Binders are a MUST for AVID students and are to be brought to every class,every day, including the AVID Elective. Binders are checked weekly and include:student planner, Cornell notes and work from all classes, tutorial forms,supplies, dividers in the order of student's class schedule.
In addition to twice weekly AVID Electiveschedule tutorials, our college tutors are available to AVID students afterschool two days each week.
Amelia Earhart Middle School has adopted AVIDmethodologies school-wide such as Cornell note-taking in all classes, inquirybased instruction, students working collaboratively, and AVID trained collegetutors working in content classrooms to further support Earhart students towardacademic success.
Over 90% of the teaching staff haveparticipated in AVID Summer Institute training in San Diego and are well-versedin AVID methods to support their own content curriculum.
In the spring of 2010, 8th grade AVIDstudents were impressed and delighted to visit the University of California,Irvine campus. This was an opportunity for the college experience to become"real" to the students and made the vision and goal of college intheir future that much more attainable. California State University, Fullertonis the site for the 2011 8th grade field trip and students are looking forwardto learning about college life and expectations.
For the past four years, young ladies in AVIDhave been invited to participate in the "Live Your Dream" conferencesponsored by Soroptimist International. Students spent the entire day exploringcareers, listening to the guest speakers and being mentored by professionalwomen from throughout Southern California
7th and 8th grade AVID students are invitedeach year to the Path to Success Tour where students visit the campuses ofRiverside Community College and University of California, Riverside. Thisprogram is sponsored by Supervisor Bob Buster and the 1st District YouthAdvisory Council of Riverside County. This is another example of an opportunityfor our AVID students to experience life on the college campus. Students metwith campus mentors, speakers, toured classrooms, labs, dormitories, and toeven eat lunch with college students in the campus commons.
All Amelia Earhart Middle School students areencouraged to be engaged in community service. This year, our AVID studentsdonated over fifteen large bags of toys to the Salvation "ChristmasAngels" program, wrote letters to soldiers overseas for the OperationGratitude program, helped to create quilts for American soldiers, and helptheir peers organize their backpacks and binders in the "GO" (GetOrganized) program.
Transition to High School
AVID Elective teachers work closely with ourlocal high school to assure our students are prepared for the next step intheir education. High school counselors come to campus to speak to our AVIDstudents, interview them one on one for application to high school AVID, andhold a parent information meeting every year here on campus. Each year, AVIDElective teachers meet with the AVID coordinator and teachers from the highschool to discuss ways our students can prepare now for successful transitionto high school.
National Demonstration Site
Staff and students at Amelia Earhart MiddleSchool are proud that of over 4,500 AVID schools nationwide, we are one of onlyfifty-one middle schools who have earned the designation of NationalDemonstration Site. As such, we were honored to host an AVID Awareness, inwhich sixty teachers and administrators from throughout the Inland Empire cameto visit and learn what our students are able to accomplish and to share in theenthusiasm and expertise of our administration and entire teaching staff.