Shakopee AVID News - Dec. 2015
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A time for celebrations
Dear AVID families,
It's December. Another year is almost over and a new one is about to begin. We have had a great school year in AVID thus far with many wonderful things to celebrate.
We have had many successes, including Shakopee East and Shakopee West junior high schools both receiving official AVID certification after an intense two-year process. Both schools are now officially AVID schools. The high school is well on the way on its two-year path to certification. The AVID Midwest regional program director recently visited the high school for the first time to observe and speak with AVID-trained teachers and AVID students. She later provided many commendations and good feedback.
We have had many personal successes among our students as well, including making academic improvements, learning about community service, developing leadership skills, self-advocating, taking required tests for college admission, and mustering the courage to try something new, such as participating in a school club or extracurricular activity. Our AVID-trained teachers and instructional coaches continue to do a great job learning, using and sharing with other teachers all kinds of AVID strategies.
As you get together with family and friends for the holidays or just to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, take time to talk to one another and celebrate each other's achievements and successes this year. No achievement or goal that is reached is too small. Each one should be honored and those who met a goal and achieved success should be recognized for their hard work, discipline, persistence, resilience and dedication.
However you choose to celebrate the season, our AVID teams at Shakopee East, Shakopee West and Shakopee High School hope you have a great time. Be safe and be well. See you in 2016!
Shakopee AVID district director
Around our schools
Paying a visit
AVID Midwest regional program director Gina Gamnis speaks with an AVID student at Shakopee High School on Nov. 24. She observed and talked to AVID-trained teachers and AVID students. As part of the AVID certification process, she will visit the high school twice a year for the next two years to ensure AVID is being implemented well and to provide guidance, feedback and support.
Hot doggin' it
AVID 9th graders in Mr. Aleckson's class at Shakopee East sold food at the parent-teacher conferences in November. They sold hotdogs, chips and water to raise money for T-shirts and other fun things they would like to do this year. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to buy food.
AVID 8th graders in Mrs. Adams class' at Shakopee East practiced their questioning/inquiry skills through a fun game recently. They were given a random scenario and took turns asking each other questions about the scenario. If a person couldn't think of a question within two seconds, he/she was out and the next person took his/her turn.
Paying a visit
Hot doggin' it
Shakopee West AVID 9th grade teacher Mr. Adams, a St. John's University graduate, bet one of our AVID tutors Amanda, a University of St. Thomas senior, that St. John's would beat St. Thomas in a football game. If St. Thomas won, he promised he would wear St. Thomas gear and post it on social media. St. Thomas beat St. John's 38-19. Here is Mr. Adams in a St. Thomas sweatshirt posing with AVID tutors Amanda Tran and Rotta Yong.
Our school district's American Indian Education coordinator Dee Buros visited our AVID 8th grade class at Shakopee West on Nov. 6. It was the end of the quarter, which can be a stressful time. She taught students a relaxation technique, the meaning of some items used in Native American cultures, and how people can respectfully listen to one another in a talking circle to share thoughts and ideas, address a concern or resolve a problem. It was an educational, peaceful and calming activity.
Your health matters
Health and nutrition were the topics at the AVID Family Night on Nov. 5. The students and families enjoyed dinner before the presentations. Craig Moscetti, pediatric health program manager at Allina Health, provided a presentation on how the foods we eat affect our body and mind. Chef Marc Nicholson, also with Allina Health, provided tips on making easy, healthy breakfasts. One of our AVID tutors, Lena Abu-Saleh, also did a cooking demonstration.
Your health matters
Designing Your Road Map to Highly Selective Colleges
The school district's High Potential & Innovative Programs along with Shakopee High School's College and Career Center hosted a presentation called "Designing Your Road Map to Highly Selective Colleges" on Dec. 10. It was open to all Shakopee students in grades 8-11. For those who were not able to attend it or for those who attended and would like to have the information that was shared, here is the link to the presentation. https://prezi.com/q0bxczr7ycae/strategies-for-success/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
For more details, e-mail Sean Hildebrandt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other college-related events scheduled:
* Financial Aid Night - Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Shakopee High School lecture room
* FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Help Night - Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. in computer labs C-313 and C-315 at Shakopee High School. Parents should bring their tax information. Completed tax returns would also be good to bring, if available. Parents and students can ask questions and receive the help they need.
* College Fair = March 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shakopee High School
For more information about these events, e-mail Linda O'Connell at the high school's college and career center at email@example.com.
Recipes from AVID Family Night
Thanks to all the students and families who attended the AVID Family Night on Nov. 5 where we talked about the importance of healthy eating. Here are the recipes that were shared at the event. The next AVID Family Night will be in April. More details coming soon.
Chef Marc's Overnight Oatmeal
1/3 cup oatmeal
½ cup milk
½ cup vanilla yogurt
2 Tbsp. granola
Combine oatmeal, milk, vanilla yogurt and combine. Refrigerate overnight and top with granola in the morning. Other toppings or flavor of yogurt can be adjusted to meet personal preferences.
Chef Marc's Morning Wrap
2 Tbsp. shredded cheese
1 - 10” tortilla
Crack egg into a microwave safe bowl and stir. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave another 30 seconds or until egg is set. Sprinkle cheese onto tortilla and microwave 20-30 seconds or until cheese is melted. Spoon egg into center of wrap, roll up and eat.
Lena's Asian Sesame Chicken Wrap
* Note: You can use pre-made salad mix available at groceries. If you prefer preparing the vegetables yourself, you will need the following:
1 cup of chopped green cabbage
1 cup of chopped red cabbage
1/2 cup of julienne carrots
3 strips of green onions
In addition to the vegetables or salad mix, you'll need:
1/2 cup of coarsely chopped almonds
1/4 cup of light Asian sesame dressing
Tortilla (whole grain tortilla was used in the demonstration)
Bite-size chicken pieces - Use as much or as little chicken as you like. (Used in the demonstration was a store-brought rotisserie chicken. Or use 2-3 grilled chicken breasts.)
Marinate the chicken in the dressing. For a little heat and spice, add a dash of hot sauce. This is optional. After marinating, chop the chicken into bite-size pieces and toss them with the vegetables. Place the entire mix in a tortilla and fold into a wrap. Eat the wrap as is or grill it. Makes 6-8 wraps.
Tips for parents on managing holiday stress
The holidays can be a stressful time. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), heightened stress during the holidays can lead to unhealthy stress management behaviors, such as overeating and drinking to excess. People tend to reduce their stress in ways they have learned over time because they turn to what they know. You may take comfort in unhealthy stress management techniques just because they are familiar, even though they are not good for your health.
But there are other behaviors you can learn to further relieve stress and its effects that may be both healthier for you and longer lasting. The APA offers these tips to help parents deal with holiday stress.
* Set expectations. – Talk to your kids about expectations for gifts and holiday activities. Be open with them if money is an issue. Depending on a child's age, parents can use this as an opportunity to teach their children about the value of money and responsible spending. And be realistic. Take small concrete steps to deal with holiday tasks instead of overwhelming yourself with goals that are too far reaching for a busy time.
* Keep things in perspective. – Try to consider stressful situations in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective. Avoid blowing events out of proportion and teach your children how to keep things in perspective, including what type and the number of gifts they receive.
* Make connections. – Good relationships with family and friends are important. View the holidays as a time to reconnect with people. In addition, accepting help and support from those who care about you can help alleviate stress. Volunteering at a local charity with your children is a good way to connect with others, teach them about the value of helping others and assist someone in need.
* Take care of yourself. – Pay attention to your own needs and feelings during the holiday season. Engage in activities that you and your family enjoy and find relaxing. Taking care of yourself helps keep your mind and body healthy and primed to deal with stressful situations. Consider cutting back television viewing for children and instead, get the family out together for a winter walk. It promotes activity and takes away from sedentary time.
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AVID elective teachers
8th grade - Dawn Adams - firstname.lastname@example.org
9th grade - Ted Aleckson - email@example.com
8th grade - Alyssa Rutherford - firstname.lastname@example.org
9th grade - Chris Adams - email@example.com
Shakopee High School
10th grade - Shawna Wilson - firstname.lastname@example.org
AVID district director
Cristina Oxtra - email@example.com
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