NES AVID Page


Welcome to the Nimitz AVID Page! As an AVID school, we do our best to instill instructional habits that encourage College and Career Readiness. Teaching organizational skills, WICOR writing strategies, and methods of inquiry (among others), our Nimitz students will excel in society that demands long term goal creation and achievement. Please see examples of our AVID achievement below. 

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In Kindergarten, students are learning to count to 100 in a variety of ways. Our students recently collaborated with their families to create an inquiry-based project that celebrates the 100th Day of School. In this project, students had to gather and organize a collection of 100 items, which helped them develop their skills in rote counting, number representation, and one-to-one correspondence. Our Kindergarten students continue to SOAR in their learning!

Oh no! The fifth grade students at Nimitz Elementary are stuck in snow globes!!!  How did they get there?  Do they escape?  How?

 

After reading a few stories about snow globes and researching them, the fifth graders were posed with the problem of being trapped in snow globes. This sparked some creative inquiry followed by imaginative narrative writing addressing  how they got in the snow globe and then how would they get out?  After going through the writing process from brainstorming to drafting to editing, a range of imaginative, narrative  stories emerged: some action-packed; some mysterious; and some humorous…

Once the stories were written and published, students worked on the artwork.  Students created  wintery avatars of themselves using Pixton’s website . They used watercolor to paint a background and added acrylic and puff paint for snow and snowflakes. They used a drawing guide to draw a structure and some trees.   Those were colored  with colored pencils and then students cut out their scenery.   It was all carefully placed and glued to the background.  Finally, fake snow was sprinkled onto the scene and a plastic plate was added to seal the snow globe

Our 4th graders design for the cafeteria wall combines Choose Love and an AVID mindset. Gratitude is the quality of being "thankful for." It is expressed by having the readiness to show appreciation and to return gratitude by showing kindness. In honor of the month of November and being thankful for all that we have, the fourth graders created an artistic spiraling mandala focusing on gratitude, with thoughtful words and phrases embedded in interpreting what gratitude meant to them.  We are grateful to have such kind, thoughtful and creative 4th grade students at Nimitz! 

Our third graders took great pride in decorating the cafeteria bulletin board with our ghosts. We are focusing on not having a fixed mindset and instead having a growth mindset. We’re striving to achieve goals that we have set for the school year. Students will continue to use AVID strategies to improve their organizational, reading, and writing skills. Our third graders will also continue to GROW and SOAR throughout the school year! Let’s go Eagles!

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First grade worked to design their cafeteria display! Students are learning about compassion as a social skill. They are also learning how to use questioning to connect a text to their lives and how to write a complete paragraph. After completing an in depth book study, the students used the writing process to write a paragraph describing how to make an enemy into a friend. First grade is so proud of their Enemy Pie writing!

Our NES 2nd graders are already thinking about their future!  Career day offered an opportunity for our students to see and experience a variety of professions in our community. The common theme was to never stop learning and further your education to reach your goals.  So, second graders started the discussion about college at home, which kicked off our college research at school. They enjoyed collaborating with each other and using technology to research colleges that they anticipate to attend in the future.  They created a college pennant to represent their school of choice. 

In Kindergarten, students are learning to count to 100 in a variety of ways. Our students recently collaborated with their families to create an inquiry-based project that celebrates the 100th Day of School. In this project, students had to gather and organize a collection of 100 items, which helped them develop their skills in rote counting, number representation, and one-to-one correspondence. Our Kindergarten students continue to SOAR in their learning!

Oh no! The fifth grade students at Nimitz Elementary are stuck in snow globes!!!  How did they get there?  Do they escape?  How?

After reading a few stories about snow globes and researching them, the fifth graders were posed with the problem of being trapped in snow globes. This sparked some creative inquiry followed by imaginative narrative writing addressing  how they got in the snow globe and then how would they get out?  After going through the writing process from brainstorming to drafting to editing, a range of imaginative, narrative  stories emerged: some action-packed; some mysterious; and some humorous…


Once the stories were written and published, students worked on the artwork.  Students created  wintery avatars of themselves using Pixton’s website . They used watercolor to paint a background and added acrylic and puff paint for snow and snowflakes. They used a drawing guide to draw a structure and some trees.  Those were colored  with colored pencils and then students cut out their scenery.  It was all carefully placed and glued to the background. Finally, fake snow was sprinkled onto the scene and a plastic plate was added to seal the snow globe.  

Grade 4 SY22-23: Our design for the cafeteria wall combines Choose Love and an AVID mindset. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful. It is expressed by having the readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness. November 13th is World Kindness Day and Nimitz Elementary will spend a whole week celebrating kindness.  In honor of the month of November, the fourth graders created an artistic mandala focusing on gratitude and then penned a thoughtful poem interpreting what gratitude meant to them.  We are grateful to have such kind and thoughtful students at Nimitz! 

Grade 3 SY22-23: The third grade took great pride in decorating the bulletin board in the cafeteria with our monster theme.  Students created a monster image with help from their teachers and then composed a paragraph describing interesting things about their monster.  Teachers provided students with a list of adjectives to make their writing more descriptive.  Then the students wrote a rough draft like the writing process shows and then edited it and created a final draft displayed under their monster.  Please take a look at our wonderful third grade writers and illustrators!  Thanks third grade, your work is awesome!