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 AVID at Von Steuben:
This year we will have three AVID Elective classes. One 8th grade class, as a 2nd year class, one 8th grade class that is just beginning this year, and one 7th grade class that is also new to the AVID Elective class.  We are looking forward to moving the students closer to their dreams of college attendance and graduation.  The three AVID Elective teachers will be:
Patricia Fierce, at (patricia.fierce@psd150.org) who will have the 2nd year 8th grade students,
 Heidi Dowell, at (Heidi.dowell@psd150,org) who will have the 1st year 8th grade class, and
Christine White, at (Christine.white@psd150.org) who will have the 7th grade class. 
Sheila Stewart, our AVID Coordinator and our school counselor can be reached at Sheila.stewart@psd150.org. 

 What is AVID you may be wondering?
AVID Secondary brings best practices and proven methodologies to students in middle, junior high, and high schools. AVID’s goal is to prepare all students in a school for college, starting with the core elective class and expanding school wide. 

The AVID Elective class targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and are capable of completing rigorous curriculum using the will to work hard. Typically, AVID Elective students will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. In the AVID Elective, students are routinely required to enroll in their school’s toughest courses, such as honors or Advanced Placement®. 

School wide, AVID transforms the leadership, systems, instruction, and culture of a school, ensuring college readiness for all students. AVID impacts students throughout the school when trained teachers use AVID strategies to influence the academic and behavioral skills of their students. 
AVID Elective
AVID Secondary starts with an elective class for one period a day, where students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. 
Last Modified on July 30, 2016