Friday, January 25, 2008
Guest Speaker Entertains in Russian
Gwen, a former AVID student herself at Heidelberg Middle School a few years ago, majored in Russian at American University in Washington, DC. She became interested in the language when she traveled to Russia with the Model United Nations program in Heidelberg. She then took four years of it in high school before going to American U. While in college, she spent a year abroad in St. Petersburg to perfect her skills. She lived with a Russian host family and took classes in the language as well as immersed herself in the culture.
Now, Gwen is able to utilize her Russian skills as a project analyst with a government contracting company. She travels several times a year back to Russia on her job.
Since one of Gwen's interests is the study of voice, an AVID student asked her to sing something in Russian, which she did, earning her a big round of applause from the class.
When asked to explain her motto, "Eat dessert first," Gwen explained that she was always fed a lot of filling food in Russia and didn't have room for dessert unless she ate it first!
Thanks for taking time from your vacation to share your experiences with AVID!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
LinguaFest is coming!!
On 31 March-4 April, 2008, one hundred students will come together at the Oberwesel Youth Hostel, located on the Rhein River in Oberwesel, Germany, and have fun while participating in a variety of languages and cultural activities. All students will first learn things throughout the week, and then many will have the chance to present what they learned in a final show. For example, those who follow a dance lesson will present that dance in the performance evening. Curious, open-minded students, unafraid of taking risks, and who have at least a 2.0 GPA, will be highly considered for selection.
There will be a variety of daytime courses offered during the week. For example, there might be courses such as one on French drama and one on a Spanish TV show. Students will be placed in one of these courses for three days. In the application forms, students will read the list of courses offered and indicate their top three preferences. Along with these daytime courses, there will be more relaxing and entertaining activities in the evening. Students are expected to attend one of these, as well. In addition to these required courses, students will have a chance to watch FL movies or play games and thus learn about languages other than those they study at school.
Please see Mr. Iozzia or Mrs. Pisingan to request an application packet. Deadline 30 January.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Everyone Involved at AVID Family Workshop #3
Ms. Dorothy King, Assistant Principal at Sigonella, and Mr. Carl Albrecht, Assistant Superintendent for the Mediterranean District, both spoke to the crowd, welcoming them, thanking them for their participation in the AVID program, and describing the benefits. Principal Sonny Bertschinger was also in attendance.
AVID parents Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Frost, and Mr. Patron (LEFT) were excellent contestants and good sports as they competed against 7th graders Zach B., Kassandra G., Rachel B., Sara J., and Richard C. (BELOW) in the game show. Everyone had a good time with it. Thanks to Ms. Sibayan for directing the show!
Ms. Pienta briefed the audience on the use and importance of writing in AVID. In conjunction, Ms. Novak read excerpts from the mosaic metaphor essays that the high school students are writing.
College portfolios were updated with information about calendars for college preparation and acceptance and the latest FAFSA worksheet.
Markus J. won the doorprize.
Mia S. designed the program.
Thanks to all who helped make this workshop a great success, especially AVID tutors Ms. Vary, Ms. Hall, and Ms. Rhodes, as well as site team members, Mr. Brown, and students who helped by setting up, cleaning up, presenting, bringing and serving refreshments, and welcoming people.
The next workshop will be in April when Sigonella hosts "Meet the Founder." Stay tuned for the exact date, place, and time for this exciting event!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
How To Get Organized-Finally!
To get some tips on overcoming our worst string-saving instincts, I turned to a top professional organizer, Mia Lotringer, who runs C'est Fini! in Los Angeles (www.cestfini.com). What follows are her suggestions.
- Open your mail every day. Or make a weekly appointment with yourself—and don't break it!—to open all your mail and pay all your bills.
- Set up a weekly appointment with yourself to do the food shopping—and create a meal plan for the week with all the necessary groceries—so that you won't need to go to the grocery store all the time.
- When you pick up your mail, always throw the junk mail out immediately. That leaves a smaller pile to contend with.
- Shred everything with your name, address, and any personal information, especially credit card offers and anything with your social security number.
- Once you have looked at a paper, take whatever action is needed right away.
- Always put the ball in other people's court. . . .
- Get virtual: anything that you can keep as a document on your computer, do! . . .
- Organize your computer. Try to get files off the desktop—they are visual clutter. . . .
- The biggest obstacle between you and your organized self is your fear of throwing things out. . . .
- Get over the emotional roadblock to getting organized. You must be willing to throw things out! . . .
- Go through your items quickly and make snap judgments—that first inclination is generally a good one. Then repeat the process. . . .
- If you really can't throw things out, I suggest staging those items out of your life . . . .
- If you are a frequent traveler, have a travel bag all ready to go, with toothbrush and miniature toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body cream, liquid body soap, sunscreen; razor; brush/comb. . . .
- Create a To Do or task list, if possible on your PDA. . . .
- Get a PDA. . . .
- Do not get overwhelmed. . . .
New Year's Resolutions--Get Organized?
If you implement the ideas given here, you'll be free from chaos and feel in charge of your life. Once you've started, stick with it. Getting organized is the first step; persistence and follow-through will keep you that way. Now, go get started.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Writing to Learn in AVID (notes from Family Workshop)
- –Clear thinking
- –Effective and long-term learning
- Individuals and groups with voice and record
- •Cornell notetaking
- •Essays (writing process)
- Essay test responses
- SAT/ACT Essay
- AP Exams
- College application essays
Former Sigonella Student Donavan B.
Friday, January 11, 2008
My Life is Like a Mosaic . . .
Free SAT and ACT Software Available:
With college application deadlines around the corner, Military families planning to take the SAT or ACT tests can receive free software through Military Homefront, The Department of Defense (DoD) website. Thanks to donations from players within the National Football League (NFL), the $199 SAT or ACT Standard Power Prep CD/DVD Programs are available for the cost of shipping and handling. All Active Duty and Reserve personnel and their families are eligible to participate. The Victory Sports Group (VSG), which represents the NFL players, introduced this program in 2005 and will continue its sponsorship through July 1, 2009. Families may use the program for an entire year even if it is requested on the last day of the sponsorship. For further information or to request the software, go to http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/portal/page/mhf/MHF/MHF_DETAIL_0?current_id=18.104.22.168.0.0.0.0.0