AVID Update

February 2019

AVID Conference

In December some of the AVID team members attended a conference in California.
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Mr. Varela and Mrs Castro Meet The Creator of AVID

Mary Catherine Swanson is the founder and creator of AVID. It all started in her classroom in 1980 in San Diego. Clairemont High School.

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Guest Speakers

Junior Achievement

This month AVID's sophomores (and a few other older students) are preparing to teach 2nd and 3rd graders at Twain Elementary for a few hours. We had a great turnout for our first meeting and look forward to seeing our kids teach in a few weeks!
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College Visits and Field Trips

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AVID celebration at the Bulls Game

In November the Bulls invited AVID programs from Illinois to listen to a panel of employees speak about their life and what lead them to working for the Chicago Bulls. After, the students were invited to stay and watch the Bulls game. It was such fun day!

Tutor Organization Group

In an effort to provide our AVID freshmen students with extra help on their binders, our amazing tutors started an after school organization group. It meets every Tuesday in room 103 from 3:30-4:15. Any AVID student that needs help is welcome!
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Student Highlight

Margarita Mendez Hernandez Earns Full Ride

Maggie was recently awarded the Robert Morris Scholarship. It is a full ride that is valued at over $1000,000! With this scholarship Maggie will be able to go to college for the next 4 years without having to worry about how to pay for it. Way to go Maggie! We are so proud of you!

Mariana Uriostegui

Marianna is a Senior in AVID. She is part of the teacher internship program. As part of the program she is able to teach in a classroom. She was placed in a freshmen AVID class. She has been a tremendous help and a great role model for our freshmen. It's great to see the growth in Marianna who was a shy freshmen who was hesitant to try new things. Now she is a confident young lady who is able to help out tremendously with younger students. She wants to become a teacher when she grows up.

Students Take a Course at Northwestern

Viktorio Tzarevski, Leslye Najera and Dariana Neri (not pictured), completed a 5 week course at Northwestern University for students going into the medical field.
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Senior Scholarship money and College Acceptance Wall

The college acceptances and scholarship money just keeps rolling in for our AVID seniors. Their years of hard work are paying off! As of now the seniors in AVID have earned about $2 million in scholarships!
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AVID Students of the Month

October - Junior Irvin Ortega

November - Freshmen Annie Garcia

December - Senior co-winners, Jess Esquivel and Jackie Velazquez

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming college visits:


- Freshmen will be visiting Marquette University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Feb. 27th.


- Sophomores will be visiting Northern Illinois University and Aurora University on March 11th.


- Juniors will be going on the annual AVID Spring break trip at the end of March. They will be visiting 8 Universities in Illinois over 3 days. This trip was partially funded with generous grants by the Wheeling H.S. PTO, The District 214 Education Foundation, and A Bigger World Foundation.