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AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID UPDATE - Where are we with AVID Schoolwide in Year 3?
Instruction: Majority of teachers are utilizing AVID strategies on a weekly basis & utilizing planners, binders & the Cornell note taking method to increase academic performance.
Systems: Our AVID elective, PLCs, AVID site team meetings & college awareness field trips & lessons are a few systems in place to help support AVID.
Leadership: In August of 2017 all 3 Administrators and 12 staff members will have attended AVID summer institute . Former & current site team members will continue to support the staff in implementing AVID strategies.
Culture : Many have shifted to the growth mindset & belief that all students can be successful . Many promote college readiness & are working to-wards preparing students for the workforce or college.
Principal Garza's Newsletter
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success, have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin
Sierra’s Goals and Focus
School Focus - We are currently in year 3 of the implementation of AVID. Our focus is to build a school wide system that utilizes AVID strategies to help students be academically successful.
Goal 1. 100% of Sierra students will show growth towards academic proficiency each 9 weeks as evidenced by CFA scores and show yearly growth as evidenced by EOCs and PARCC scores.
Goal 2: All teachers will establish benchmark data for their students, assess students every 4 weeks utilizing CFAs or other assessments and be able to illustrate student growth utilizing 3—5 sets of data each semester
Goal 3: Teacher will implement AVID strategies in their classrooms on a weekly basis as evidenced by their lesson plans and evident in observations, to assist student with mastery of content and academic success.
Before and After School Tutoring
The following programs will be offered this semester:
CAPs - J. Jones T/Th 7:30—8:30
Musical Theater – P. Quinones Mon 3:45—5:45
Photo Journalism –A. Padilla Wed 3:45—4:45
Language Lab (Rosetta Stone) / Flocabulary –A. Padilla Wed 3:45—4:45
Archery –H. Doolittle Wed 3:45—4:45
Jazz Band –P. Podruchney T/TH 7:30—8:30
Animal Maintenance—E. Brown-Meeks TBD
Science Olympiad—J. Frausto & N. Wood Wed 3:45—4:45
Magic the Gathering—J. Pohl W 3:45—4:45
Robotics—J. Neakrase & J. Wojtko W 3:45—4:45
Tutoring—C. Tan & R. Madrid TBD
Programs will run for 10 weeks this semester beginning September 19th - Dec 2. and again for 10 weeks, 2nd semester.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Calendar of Events
Thurs., Dec. 1 - Mesa MS @ Sierra MS (B)
Thurs., Dec. 1 - Lynn MS @ Sierra MS (A)
Sat., Dec. 3 - Sierra MS @ Camino MS (S)
Thurs., Dec. 8 - Camino MS (B) @ Sierra MS (A)
Thurs., Dec. 8 - Mesa MS @ Sierra MS (B)
Sat., Dec. 10 - Sierra MS (A) @ Zia MS (A)
Sat., Dec. 10 - Sierra MS (B) @ Zia MS (B)
Dec. 14 - 17 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament (Times/Location TBA)
Sierra Middle School Building Improvements
School Improvements/Construction Update
Gymnasium and Physical Education Facilities - Now Open
Front Office - Awaiting Office Furniture for Transition to Full Use
December 16th - Music Wing
New Roof on entire building is scheduled to start later this fall