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Weekly Update March 6, 2020

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AVID Update 3/6/2020

By Dr. Kim Marra Stephenson, AVID Teacher

I have been out of the classroom for a couple of weeks, busy modeling civic engagement and service for our students and community.  I have kept up with students on Edgenuity, their projects, and emails remotely. I’m looking forward to being back at school on Tuesday, March 10!

Since the last AVID update, we finished our brain/mindfulness course and continued with interview preparation skills.  Students have now prepared written answers to common interview questions, practiced and timed themselves answering them with and without notes, and, for the sophomores, even practiced conducting panel interviews.  Freshmen are currently working on collaborative study groups to deepen their understanding of the concepts in their challenging college Geography course, while Sophomores are working on their reading, writing, inquiry, argument, and discourse skills through an activity called Philosophical Chairs.  Of course, we continue to practice good study habits through organization, focused note taking, and collaborative tutorials to support students in all classes.

Congratulations to Leslie Cervantes, Natalia Torres, Johanna Martinez, and Monserrat Cahuantzi who were all runners up in recent, local Lions Club Student Speech Contests, winning $25 each – as Freshmen and Sophomores, no less – on the complicated topic of “Homelessness in California: What’s the Solution?”  I particularly enjoyed Leslie’s argument for a “Homeless Bill of Rights” to protect people from job and housing discrimination due to lack of a permanent address,  Way to represent, Griffins!

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