AVID Quarterly

Our AVID newsletter for parents, students, and staff.

Taking Flight

Thanks for stopping by to check out our newsletter! The theme for this quarter's newsletter: Taking Flight. The school year is flying by and our AVID students are learning to spread their wings and live up to the commitments they made in choosing to buy-in to a support system that challenges them to do, see, and accomplish MORE. We started the term with our first college visit of the 2019-2020 school year to Maryville College. Despite the monsoon conditions, students were able to see the amazing programs and support that a small, private liberal arts school has to offer (including scholarships!). All Electives are busy with grade monitoring, binder checks, and Tutorology as students are encountering more rigorous content as the year progresses. The shine to the new year has worn off slightly and students are fully in the grind of academics. Read below to see updates regarding your AVID student's cohort.

Family Night: Cider, Cocoa, and College

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 6:30pm

1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike

Oak Ridge, TN

Join us for our quarterly AVID Family Night on November 21st. We are serving cider, cocoa, and showcasing what your students learned on their Maryville College visit and how they are advancing through Term 2. If it's within your means, feel free to bring your favorite fall treat to share.

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AVID in the News

Michigan schools amp up college prep, ‘mixed-ability’ classrooms in name of student 'equity'

A Program That Successfully Propels Low-Income Students to (and Through) College Starts Its Work Years Before High School

Elective Updates

AVID 9: Tutorology + Conflict Management

Our AVID 9 students have been very busy! On October 31, our AVID 9 students attended the field trip at Maryville College. For many of our AVID 9 students, this was the first time that they had stepped foot on a college campus. Even though the weather was atrocious, we still did not let it dampen our fun!


In addition to our first college field trip, our AVID 9 students have fully started the tutorial process! For beginners, our AVID 9 students are doing quite well with all that is entailed with tutorials. When we are not doing tutorials, we have been learning about more skills with time management, conflict management, and effective study behaviors. Our AVID 9 cohort also spent a class period collecting trash around the outside of our school campus as their community service project. We will also be sharing more at our next Family Night on November 21.

AVID 10: Academic Vocabulary + Career Clusters

AVID 10 has been working on increasing our knowledge of academic vocabulary including how to decode unknown words that appear across content classes and on the ACT. We recently finished a study of careers which included a presentation and posters that will be on display at our next family night.

AVID 11: Becoming College Bound

Can you believe it? It is time to narrow our college shortlist for AVID Juniors. We are creating college “crates”, organizing our personal and financial information to prepare for applications and generating ideas for essay questions. Very soon we will be applying for COLLEGE!

In addition, we are thinking about how AVID has impacted our lives. Every year, AVID hosts a speech competition where students and teachers get to compete for a spot to share their story at the AVID Summer Institute. This summer’s topic is “Here I Am”. We can hardly wait to hear from our AVID Juniors about the influence of AVID on their very bright futures.

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Contact Information

District Director: Tony Jolly (ahjolly@ortn.edu)


Site Coordinator: Kayla Gass (kmgass@ortn.edu)



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