Shakopee AVID News

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Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!

School has begun and the AVID teams at Shakopee East, Shakopee West and Shakopee High School are happy to see returning AVID students and welcome some new students as well. Shakopee has 145 AVID students this year. There are two new AVID 8th grade classes, one at East and another at West. The 9th grade class has grown in number while last year's 9th graders are now 10th graders and have moved on to the high school.


There are great activities and events planned for the school year. The AVID classes will take their field trips as usual in the fall and spring. In the fall, the 8th graders will learn about collaboration, teamwork and overcoming fears at Base Camp in Minneapolis, 9th graders will learn more about the performing arts when they attend fun, educational workshops and see a show at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, and 10th graders will learn about community service by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan. In the spring, the 8th grade classes will visit Gustavus Adolophus College, 9th grade will visit the University of Minnesota, and 10th grade will visit Augsburg College.


For family events, there are three AVID Family Nights in the works. The first one is "AVID Family Night: Can You Smell What AVID is Cooking?," which will be held at the Shakopee West cafeteria at 6 p.m. Nov. 5. A health coach with Allina health will do a fun, interactive presentation on the importance of good nutrition, how the food we eat impact our daily lives, and how to make healthy choices in the grocery stores, at home, in the cafeteria and dining out. It will be followed by a cooking demonstration by a chef who will show you how to prepare quick, easy, healthy and affordable meals that fit your health needs, budget and busy schedule. There will be food and refreshments. All AVID students and families, including siblings, are welcome. See the event flyer included in this e-newsletter for more details. Information about the other two AVID Family Night events will be provided as they get closer.


The AVID Awards Night is held each year to honor the achievements of all AVID students. This year's theme is Sweet Success. It will be held in the evening at Shakopee High School on May 26. More details will be provided in the spring.


As always, if you have any questions, let our AVID district director or your child's AVID elective teachers know. We are here to help. On behalf of the entire AVID team in all three secondary buildings, we hope you and your family have a great school year. We hope to see you at an AVID event soon.

You are invited to AVID Family Night!

All AVID students and their families are invited to enjoy an evening of learning, food and fun,
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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 - dadams@shakopee.k12.mn.us

9th grade - Ted Aleckson - taleckso@shakopee.k12.mn.us


Shakopee West

8th grade - Alyssa Rutherford - arutherf@shakopee.k12.mn.us

9th grade - Chris Adams - cadams@shakopee.k12.mn.us


Shakopee High School

10th grade - Shawna Wilson - swilson@shakoepee.k12.mn.us


AVID district director

Cristina Oxtra - coxtra@shakopee.k12.mn.us

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