Shakopee AVID News - Jan. 2016

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Sharing about AVID

Several of our AVID students shared their future goals and AVID experiences at the AVID Family Information Night on Jan. 7. It was great to hear from them. The event was held for students who have been invited to apply to be in the AVID elective class for the 2016-2017 school year and their families so they can learn more about AVID. All applications have been reviewed and all applicants have been interviewed. They will soon learn whether or not they have been selected to be in the class.
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College-related events scheduled

* FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Help Night - Ideal for high school seniors, 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.

For more information, e-mail Linda O'Connell at the high school's college and career center at

* College Fair = March 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Shakopee High School = AVID students at East and West who sign up to attend this event will take the activity bus to the high school where they will be met by AVID teachers and participating AVID 10th graders. They will then be free to walk around the cafeteria/commons area and talk to representatives from approximately 100 colleges and universities. They can take the activity bus home at 4:30 p.m. or be picked up by a parent/guardian or family member. Students must check-in with the AVID teachers before leaving the high school. This is not a mandatory event for AVID students. It is optional. More information will be provided to students and families soon.

AVID Family Night Opportunity Fair

Learn about the many local opportunities offered to you and your family at the AVID Family Night Opportunity Fair at Shakopee High School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 21.

Visit with representatives from various Shakopee organizations, civic groups and businesses and learn about volunteer opportunities, summer enrichment programs, summer jobs, internships, assistance programs and more.

Participants include Shakopee Community Education, Valleyfair, Canterbury Park, River Valley YMCA, Esperanza, Shakopee Diversity Alliance, St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Main Street Shakopee, Shakopee Heritage Society, just to name a few. The list of participants continues to grow as planning continues.

In addition, thanks to a partnership with Shakopee Community Education, a special "How to Pay for College" presentation will be held at 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. It is the same presentation held at two different times for your scheduling convenience.

More details will be provided as the event gets closer.

Shakopee AVID

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is a college readiness system that prepares students for college eligibility and success. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
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AVID elective teachers

Shakopee East

8th grade - Dawn Adams -

9th grade - Ted Aleckson -

Shakopee West

8th grade - Alyssa Rutherford -

9th grade - Chris Adams -

Shakopee High School

10th grade - Shawna Wilson -

AVID district director

Cristina Oxtra -

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