Weekly Update October 18, 2019

AVID Update

By Dr. Kim Marra Stephenson, AVID Teacher

Students have been practicing focused note taking and supporting each other in group tutorials.  They have also been working on service learning project proposals. Groups have chosen many important issues for their projects, such as body positivity, shelter animals, homelessness, farmworker rights, composting, and many others. They have learned how to log their research findings, contributions, and progress as well as how to write a project proposal that includes an Introduction and Statement of the Problem, a Proposed Solution, Steps Involved, Possible Benefits, and Possible Obstacles, Risks, and Costs.  This will be a useful skill to have for college as well as for work. Once the proposals are gathered next week, I will be helping students take their next steps to making a difference in our community.   

We successfully completed the PSAT on Wednesday as well as a few emergency drills, including the Great Shake Out on October 17.  PSAT scores should be released in 6-8 weeks, around mid-December. Score reports will summarize students current achievement levels and possible next steps for college and career readiness.  Students will also receive customized exercises to practice online at Khan Academy to help them prepare for the next time they take the PSAT or SAT based on their test results. Research suggests that 20 hours of Khan Academy practice leads to an average 115 point score increase from the PSAT to the SAT, double the increase from those who don’t use Khan Academy – that’s a pretty good investment of time!

Next we will be taking a look at time management and building resumes.  And OMCHS will have a Fall Festival, Pot Luck, and Door Decorating Contest on Nov 1.  You are welcome to contact me with any inquiries at 805-389-6413 or kim.stephenson@oxnardunion.org.

Counselor’s Corner:

Today Mrs. Sand helped students navigate the Seal of Biliteracy and Spring Course selection.