Being Thankful

Celebrating our Unsung Heroes November 2020

Dear AVID Family and Friends

The theme for this month is all about being thankful and kind. We are celebrating our AVID Site Team, teachers, AVID tutors, and family for being the unsung heroes of our school year. Please enjoy the "AVID Unsung Heroes" tribute curated from the AVID 9th and 10th grade classes.


We especially would like to dedicate this newsletter to our very own CHS AVID Site Team. We can not put into words the dedication and time you give to ensure that we have the best AVID program in the district.


Thank You- Anna Bernabo, Bonnie Serra, Kimberly Cross, Krista Kent, Melissa Moses, Natalie Bauerkemper, Sarah Brucher, Sherida Arnold, Jordan Smith, Teresa Reeves, Abigail Isiip, Alexis Betz, Ann Loeffler, Ana Cox, Casie Gall, Elizabeth Provost, Helen Hailu, Holly Kerr, Jacob Diewald, Marcus Bernabo

10th Grade Unsung Heroes

Please click here to view 10th Grade Mixtape

9th Grade Unsung Heroes

Please click here for the 9th Grade Mixtape

Stephen F. Austin Virtual Presentation

Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Zoom Meeting ID: 915 6035 6230

Passcode: 492461

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Red Ribbon Week Celebration

For the teachers: Classroom Builders

Fun ideas for the virtual class:


Where are They Now: Plano ISD Alumni

Blake Iliff


  • Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Time at CHS: 2015-2017
  • Extracurricular: Choir
  • University attended: Collin College
  • Current career: Dining room staff at Yellowstone
  • My pathway to achievement: After I finished a year at Collin College, I wanted to experience new things and travel, so I looked for seasonal positions and fell in love with the idea of living in Yellowstone and exploring a new part of the country. I took the time to plan out a potential summer season and how that would fit into my future college and career goals.
  • Hobbies/interests: Environmentalism, Gaming, Singing, and Education.
  • Advice to students: Take the time to look at your post high school options! You might find something super interesting and exciting that you didn't consider before. And know that you have many people at Clark and beyond to support you in your goals.

Eric Johnson


  • Location: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Years at CHS: 2011-2013
  • Extracurricular at CHS: Basketball & Track
  • University Attended: Richland Community College (2015-2017). Texas Wesleyan University (2017-2019). University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (graduate this summer).
  • Degree Earned: Associates of Arts in General Studies, Bachelors of Exercise Science, Master of Health Science: Nutrition (this summer).
  • Career Aspirations: Aspiring to be a middle school teacher. I currently work as a teacher’s aide as well as a 7th grade Reading Interventionist.
  • Pathway to Achievement: I have worked tremendously hard to get to where I am. Just about all of the colleges I applied to at first in high school I was denied or conditionally accepted. I continued to move forward. I attended community college first (which I actually really enjoyed)! Then I went on to university. It took long days of focusing and being 100% invested in my studies to achieve what I have. In the simplest of ways of describing my pathway to achievement, there was nothing to it but to do it! I did the work. I also took the time to study, question and apply my material.
  • Hobbies/Interest: My hobbies include: playing basketball, exercising, stretching, fishing, listening to music, reading, playing my instruments, singing, rapping, cooking, watching scary movies, skateboarding, and enjoying time with family and friends.
  • My Advice: use your failure to teach you, do not let it discourage you! Time does not stop for anyone. As you navigate your way through life, learn as much as you can as well as try your best to be great at everything you do. Your knowledge is what is going to keep you ALIVE! Do not be afraid to ask for help. There is no such thing as a “stupid” question.The only question that is unwise is the one not asked. Lastly, you would not have been given this opportunity of life if it were impossible. You can do it, yes you can!

Aaron Loeffler

•Location: Attended CHS from 2011-2013.

•Extracurricular at CHS: Active in choir as well as German club and the German state competitions in Austin.

University Attended: Attended Colorado University at Boulder in 2015, and Collin College in 2020. College is not for everyone, and that's okay.

•Degree Earned: Earned my High School Diploma from PSHS.

•Pathway to Achievement: What I lack in formal education, I make up for with experience and a strong work ethic.

•Hobbies/Interest: I spend my free time enjoying music, making art, and playing video games on my Nintendo Switch.

•Career & Advice to Students: I have worked many jobs both during and after high school. I have been a cashier, a waiter, a stock boy, a sheet metal worker, a school bus driver, and even a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska (pictured). Don't be scared of the unknown, or the uncertainty of the future. There is nothing wrong with being unsure of what you want out of life. All that matters is waking up each day and keeping one foot in front of the other. My father told me a long time ago: "It doesn't matter if you don't have a college degree or any higher learning. If you are willing to work hard, you will always be able to find a job." These words always resonate in my head when I feel I am not successful enough. So if you feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath and know that no matter how bad today was, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.

What's coming up?

Anti-Bullying Awareness Week

November 16-20 (Sponsored by the CHS Counseling Center & AVID).


Help celebrate kindness by scanning the QR to the Unsung Heroes Jamboard (only PISD accounts can access)


MONDAY - SEL Anti-Bullying Interactive Nearpod Activity

TUESDAY – Anti-Bullying Video/Discussion during Study Hall

WEDNESDAY – Anti-Bullying Video/Discussion during Study Hall

THURSDAY – Slide Deck of Bullying Scenarios during Study Hall – created by 9th grade AVID students and meant to provide an opportunity for engaging discussion and conversations!

FRIDAY - Slide Deck of Bullying Scenarios during Study Hall – created by 9th grade AVID students and meant to provide an opportunity for engaging discussion and conversations!

Virtual Guest Speaker Alert!

December 1-2 during AVID synchronous classes.


Casey Smith from The Art Institute of Dallas will present the amazing programs offered by this unique institution of learning.

Ashley Hendrickson

AVID Coordinator & 9th Grade AVID Elective Teacher

Kenya Forrest

AVID 10th Grade AVID Elective Teacher