8th grade avid
May 4, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
Avid is a program dedicated to helping students be more prepared for college. Avid stands for “Advancement Via Individual Determination.” On Thursday 83 8th graders from Claggett Creek Middle School and Whiteaker Middle School came to McNary to tour some of the Avid classrooms.
Many students are glad that they were in Avid. Alicia Capuchin said Avid helped her prepare for college and helped with the steps to achieve her goals. Her advice to the 8th graders is, “Even though it’s boring, it will help you in the long-run.” Gracie Tellez said Avid helped her to be more organized and to have better time management. Her advice for the 8th graders was, “Don’t procrastinate and stay on track.” Fallon Dunham and Nela Bayonoff said they learned the things they needed for college. Their advice is to “Stay in Avid and know people in your classes so they can help you.”
Brittney Morriss, an Avid student at Claggett Creek, and Avid teacher, Mrs Jungwirth, said Avid helped her study, organize and helped her be able to achieve more things in life. She also said that she hopes to learn how to get scholarships, apply for college, and get a higher education for the future. Sean Tison, also an Avid student at Claggett Creek and Avid teacher Mrs Rabago, said Avid helped him become more organized and give more of a challenge. He hopes to learn to learn some time management skills.
Aryana Wilson, an Avid student at Claggett Creek Middle School, and Avid teacher Mrs. Rabago said that Avid has helped her get more organised and prepared for classes and tutorials. She hopes to learn about colleges and be more prepared for college. Eric, Brody, Kyle, Hope, Raelynn, and Jackie, all Avid students at Whiteaker Middle School, and Avid teacher Mr. Ochoa said Avid prepared them for high school with the PSAT, college and career readiness, resumes, and grades.
Mrs. Sonis, 9th grade Avid teacher and Avid coordinator, likes helping students reach their full potential, seeing strengths, having the students work hard, and being proud seeing them make it. “It’s inspiring and motivating.” She wants students to find passion, feel, and be prepared for college and careers in school and in life, and Avid is the resource to help students achieve those goals. When Sonis was in high school, she always relied on people for help and she wanted to give back to kids by helping in the Avid program. She also wants to encourage students to be in the Avid program in high school and be prepared.
Mrs. Tavarez, teaching for 14 years and teaching Avid for 5 years, said she feels rewarded watching her Avid students take the next step. She was the first in her family to go to college and used the advice from people and she’s passing it down to the Avid student helping them get to their goal of college. “Set goals don’t give up and work hard” is her advice to all students. She also said she’s in tears during senior graduation because she is proud to have helped make their journey. She also gets very excited hearing from her students in their first term of college.