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Weekly Update January 31, 2020

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AVID Update:

By Dr. Kim Marra Stephenson, AVID Teacher

It has been a while, so this update starts back In December!  During Finals Week, we practiced taking the CAST – CAlifornia Science Test, a test of scientific understanding that all California students take once during their high school years in either grade 10, 11, or 12.  You can learn more about the test here:

To start the new year and new semester, we have focused on 2 things: 

  1. Reflecting on Semester 1 by: a) Learning how to calculate and interpret high school and college GPAs b) Creating Digital Portfolios with exemplars of WICOR and the components of our job applications for future reference and continuous updates
  2. Planning for Semester 2 by: a) Reorganizing b) Setting goals c) Learning about how our minds work by:completing a 22-day online course from UCSB based in brain research.  Each week we learn about a mindfulness concept (attention, thoughts, evaluations, emotions) in a 12-minute online lesson and class discussion, then train our brain for calm and focus with a 4-minute daily exercise.  You can learn more about this program at

AVID also continues to support and practice good study habits through organization, focused note taking, and collaborative tutorials.

Congratulations to Leslie Lopez, our Poetry Out Loud Winner, who will be competing at the County level with 2 poems next week on February 4 – and to Sophia Viorato, our OMCHS runner up!

Three of our students competed in the Somis-Camarillo Pleasant Valley Lions Club Student Speech Contest this week on the topic, “Homelessness in California: What is the Solution?” Each of our students walked away with $25, a great experience, a full tummy, and a certificate as a runner up!   We have 7 more students competing in other local Lions Club Student Speech Contests over the next couple of weeks. Send positive thoughts their way!!

Finally – Thank you to all who attended Open House last night!

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