8th Grade AVID Syllabus

Mrs. Jessica Scheff

The Mission of AVID

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

It is expected that AVID students will:

· Succeed in the most rigorous curriculum,

· Enter mainstream activities of the school,

· Increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and

· Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

Course Resources

Students are to have the following materials everyday:

  • Charged Chromebook
  • 1" binder with 5 tab dividers
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Pens, pencils, highlighter
  • Pencil sharpener (enclosed, small)

Key Instructional Strategies

· WICOR (Writing to Learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading to Learn)

· Cornell Notes

· Socratic Seminars

· Tutorials: In-school tutoring system in the AVID elective

· Organizational Skills/Binders


Tutorials: 30%

Binder Checks: 30%

Classwork: 20%

Projects: 15%

Learning Logs: 5%


  • Google Drive Binder AND 1" Paper Binder: Students will be keeping a Google Drive Binder for all core classes to be checked in the AVID classroom. Students will also keep a 1" binder with tab dividers for all paper work for AVID and their core classes.
  • Class Work: Students will complete class work mostly using their Google Drive Binder.
  • Homework: Students will be assigned homework EVERY Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday due the following school day.
A) Monday and Wednesday night: Complete the Tutorial form, including Initial Question, Vocabulary, What I Know, and the Point of Confusion. Students will be unable to participate in the tutorials fully without completing the tutorial form the night before.

B) Tuesday night: Make sure that their binders are in order according to the rubric. Ensure they have complete Cornell Notes on Wednesday, as well. Cornell Notes must reflect revision. We will check that notes have been edited, highlighted, questioned, and summarized.

Student Expectations

  • Each student will support their classmates.
  • Homework will be completed on time.
  • Students are on time to class. Conduct is held in the highest regard.
  • Students will be actively engaged in the appropriate websites and programs during class time.
  • Students' Digital and Paper BInders will remain organized and up to date.
  • In the Spring, all 8th grade AVID students will take the ACT Explore Test.

Contact Mrs. Scheff

My voicemail is extension 5154302. Email is my preferred method of communication.

About Mrs. Scheff

Professional: I graduated from THE Florida State University, in Tallahassee, Florida. I received my Bachelors of Science in Social Sciences Education. I am in my 11th year of teaching. For four years I taught World Geography. I have been involved in AVID for the past 7 years. I also served as the AVID Coordinator at Union Park Middle School.

Personal: I love spending time with my husband and my beautiful daughter. In my spare time, I sew and do a bunch of DIY activities around my house. We love going to Disney often. I love watching college football, especially my 'Noles. My favorite TV show is Big Brother.