Weekly Update September 6, 2019

AVID:

We have had an excellent start in AVID. I am very impressed with your students and love working with them!  AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is a class where students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking by asking probing questions, get academic help from peers, and participate in activities around college and career planning.  We do this through WICOR – Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading – all to help them maximize their learning in the rigorous classes they are taking at OMCHS and OC.

We jumped right into critical reading and writing using poetry around the impact of our names on our identities, while setting up our organizational systems for success – binders, agendas, norms, taking focused notes and learning logs.  You will see the products of our work at Back to School Night next week.

Next we will start working on identifying points of confusion in our learning and supporting each other through tutorials to reduce those points of confusion and really understand our coursework.

To help students with focus, we have also been practicing mindfulness exercises – noticing thoughts and releasing them so we can focus on what’s most important in any moment.  Like any skill, this will take time and practice to strengthen. 

Once we have a good start on tutorials, we will start thinking about how we would like to expand beyond ourselves by serving our communities and building our resumes, then getting to work!  .

I sincerely look forward to working with you around your student’s experience at OMCHS and future!  You can contact me at 805-389-6413 or kim.stephenson@oxnardunion.org.

Counselor’s Corner:

This past week, Mrs. Sand met with all of the incoming freshmen and signed them up for her counseling google classroom. She also had all 9th and 10th graders complete a survey to get feedback on their college class and learn more about how their semester was going. 

This week all 9th graders will be creating a Khan Academy account to begin SAT practice and learn about the various resources that Khan Academy provides. Students will also create a CollegeBoard account and learn how the two websites can be linked to maximize student support.