Hendrickson High School AVID Course Syllabus Instructors: Deborah Seiferman M.Ed. AVID Campus Coordinator/Elective teacher 9th, 10th, 11th Office Hours 8:00a.m.-8:45-Tues& Wed. B Days 3:30-4:4:30 p.m. or by Appointment Tutorial time Mon, Tues, & Thursday 4:15-5:15 Course Description: Major Concepts/Content: Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic success skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to support their academic growth. Some students will have previous experience with AVID at the middle grades, and some students will be experiencing AVID for the first time. Either way, the ninth grade AVID Elective course will serve as a review of the AVID philosophy and strategies. Students will work on academic and personal goals and communication, adjusting to the high school setting. Students will increase awareness of their personal contributions to their learning, as well as their involvement in their school and community. There is an emphasis on analytical writing, focusing on personal goals and thesis writing. Students will work in collaborative settings, learning how to participate in collegial discussions and use sources to support their ideas and opinions. Students will prepare for and participate in college entrance and placement exams, while refining study skills and test-taking, note-taking, and research techniques. They will take an active role in field trip and guest speaker preparations and presentations. Their college research will include financial topics and building their knowledge on colleges and careers of interest. AVID Curriculum Books Used: AVID College and Careers Implementing and Managing the AVID Program for High School High School Writing Organizing the AVID Student Binder Strategies for Success AVID Tutorial Guide Preparing for College Grades 9-12 Supplemental Materials could include the following: AVID Weekly, Supporting Math in the AVID Elective, Write Path content books, AVID Test Prep, Road trip Nation Weekly, Focused Note-Taking AVID’s Mission Statement is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID Student Objectives: The Student will: Succeed in rigorous curriculum Demonstrate organizational skills required for future success in a four year university Learn to think critically and how to ask probing questions Use writing strategies to become focused note takers, to summarize new information answer essential questions with critical thoughts, and critique written information Become active leaders at the high school and in their community Strive to obtain secondary school diploma and complete all steps necessary for enrollment in postsecondary education Format and Procedures Students will be expected to: Be Prompt and prepared everyday Respect all adults, peers and their selves Follow all class directions and procedures Complete all assignments in a timely manner Participate in all activities Follow Student Code of Conduct on and off campus (including dress code!) Discipline procedures: 1st -offense- teacher warning 2nd -offense teacher warning behavioral essay 3rd- offense parent contact and lunch detention 4th offense- Disciplinary probation parent and student, teacher conference /afterschool teacher detention Any further offense will result in office referral and site team recommendation of possible dismissal from the AVID program **severe offenses will result in an immediate office referral** Course Schedule: Monday/ Wednesday, AVID tutorials AVID curriculum Tuesday/ Thursday, AVID tutorials/AVID curriculum Friday- Field trips, guest speakers, binder checks, motivational activities Course Supplies: 3ring binder 8-10 subject dividers to separate classes including AVID Zipper pouch 2 or more black or blue pens/pencils 2 or more red pens Lined paper Assignment book or planner Parents student signed contract/syllabus Grading Policy Major Grades 8 or more per grading period Category weight 70% Minor Grades 10 or more a grading period Category weight 30% Binder test Philosophical Chairs Socratic Seminars Final Process writing pieces Projects Presentations Portfolios Tutorials Learning Log Test Cornell note Test Quizzes Warm-ups and Quick writes Journals Components of the Writing Process Learning logs Cornell Notes Group activities/Team Building Computer activities\ Homework (10%) Timeliness of Posting: Teacher will use online grade book to post grades. Grades will be updated each Tuesday by the end of the school day. Late Work: Students will be afforded the opportunity to submit late work during each 3 week period of the 9 week grading period. Late work submissions must be submitted within 3 weeks of the original submission date. Teachers may extend the deadline for legitimate student absences. Late work submissions in this regard must be a good-faith effort of the assignment; trivial attempts of assignment will not be accepted or graded. The teacher will determine the worthiness of the late assignment submitted. Late work submitted will receive a grade no lower than a 50. Extra credit assignments are not subject to this late work provision.