Sunday, February 24, 2008
Donate Rice to the Poor of the World
A Website Worth Checking Out
- Click on the answer that best defines the word.
- If you get it right, you get a harder word. If wrong, you get an easier word.
- For each word you get right, 20 grains of rice is donated to the United Nations World Food Program. WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance...
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
From the newsletter of Seoul American Middle School, Korea (AVID)
This past week an on-campus evaluation was conducted by the DoDDS-Pacific Area Office for recertification of our AVID program. The evaluation heaped bright words of praise on our program and the learning opportunities afforded our students. In fact, SAMS has become the only school in DoDDS-Pacific to have a DoDEA Model/Demonstration program. This was earned by having all program essential elements institutionalized. Twelve specific commendations were recorded regarding our commitment to high student achievement. In particular, the addition of AVID to this school year’s 6th grade curriculum was applauded. This certification is an honor that has been achieved through the efforts of many stakeholders including our parents, students, faculty and staff.
Our stakeholders might ask, “What significance is this honor if my child is not enrolled in AVID?” At SAMS, AVID permeates the academic environment. One of the guiding principles of our school mission statement is “AVID centered teaching methods.” (You can review our mission statement and all of the guiding principles on our website, http://www.seoul-ms.pac.dodea.edu/sip.htm.) One of the most visible aspects of AVID is our school-wide common binder. All students use the same format of organizational skills, Cornell notes, and WICR (writing, inquiry, collaboration and reading) strategies regardless of their teacher, team or course. Since 83% of the faculty has received AVID implementation training, our stakeholders can be assured that these strategies are followed. Additionally, the 7th grade study skills course is based on AVID principles.
A secondary benefit to an outstanding AVID program is the increase in rigorous courses. Sections of high school credit courses have been added in algebra, French, German, geometry, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish in the past few years. Literally hundreds of 7th and 8th grade students have benefited from the increase in course offerings. In fact, over 350 high school credits will be earned by our students this year. Therefore, approximately 250 non-AVID students work and sit together with AVID students in these rigorous courses. No other middle school in the Pacific comes close to this level of accomplishment.
You can learn more about AVID on our website at
or the AVID website at http://www.avidonline.org/.
AVID is defined as:
…a language arts based curriculum with emphasis on the writing process and writing as a tool of learning. In addition to inquiry and collaboration, AVID also provides students with academic survival skills, i.e., time management, note taking, textbook reading, library research, test taking skills, and study skills. The Cornell note-taking system is taught and students are expected to use this system in all classes.
Later this spring, our AVID site team will compile a list of students who would best benefit from this course. Should your student be invited to participate (whether at SAMS or SAHS), would you please consider enrolling them in this powerful course? Should your student not qualify, be assured that many of the skills offered in AVID will be present in other course curriculums and lessons. It truly is a great time to have your student enrolled at SAMS.
Darrell R. Mood
Friday, February 15, 2008
Giving Disorganized Boys the Tools for Success
This recent article in The New York Times reiterates what AVID already does--gives students the tools they need to be successful in school (and life). One of the most important, of course, is organization. Read the entire article to see what people are paying for the same things AVID does for you!
"With girls outperforming boys these days in high school and college, educators have been sparring over whether there is a crisis in the education of boys. Some suggest the need for more single-sex schools, more male role models or new teaching techniques. Others are experimenting with physical changes in classrooms that encourage boys to move around, rather than trying to anchor them to their seats.
"But as they debate, high-priced tutors and college counselors have jumped into the fray by charging as much as $100 an hour and up to bring boys to heel.
"The tutors say their main focus is organizational skills because boys seem generally to have more difficulty getting organized and multitasking than girls do.
And so private counselors in places as diverse as Chicago, New York City, Sarasota, Fla., and Bennington, Vt., who guide juniors and seniors in applying to college, have devised elaborate systems — from color-coded, four-month calendars that mark dozens of deadlines to file boxes that students must take to each session."
And from one of these high-priced tutors:
"She requires her clients to have a three-ring, loose-leaf binder for each academic subject, to divide each binder into five sections — notes, homework, handouts, tests and quizzes, and blank paper — and to use a hole puncher relentlessly, so that every sheet of school-related paper is put into its proper home.
"Students must maintain a daily planner; they are required to number the order in which they want to do each day’s homework and draw a box next to each assignment, so it can be checked off when completed.
"Homework must be done in a two-hour block in a quiet room, with absolutely no distractions: no instant messaging, no Internet, no music, no cellphone, no television.
"While some girls need help getting organized, at least three-quarters of her students are boys, Ms. Homayoun said. Girls usually adopt her methods more quickly."
Sounds like AVID? Read the entire article here:
Useful sites and information from SuperCollege.com
See what your student can do as a freshman to prepare.
Learn how your student can prepare for college in the sophomore year.
How your student can prepare for college in the junior year.
What should your student be doing now to prepare for college admissions?
Jump to the head of the line with these lesser-known admission strategies. Part I of II.
Jump to the head of the line with these lesser-known admission strategies. Part II of II.
It's never too late to save for college.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Credit Union Essay Contest
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
AVID Student Chess Champ!
Friday, February 08, 2008
AVID Middle School Honor Roll Students
8th grade: Yoshie B., Justine C., Heidy I., Gabriella M., and Nikia S.
7th grade: Harriet H., Kassandra G., Sara J., and Zachary B.
50% of the AVID middle school students made the honor roll.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
State Specific Scholarships: A Resource List
Find Your Home State or the State Where You Will Attend College
If you have not checked the scholarships offered by your own home state then you are without a doubt missing out on some very well-funded scholarship programs. Let us show you how to quickly and easily identify the state funds most targeted to your educational needs.
Remember, most scholarship programs are merit-based. They originate with a variety of sources: federal and state government scholarships, professional organizations, and colleges and universities. Scholarships awarded on the basis of academic merit or a combination of financial need andmerit are common from most state governments.
Let the Acceptances Begin!
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Get Involved in Community Theater
Interested in getting involved with the Sigonella community production of The Music Man? Want to know more?
What is The Music Man?
This family-oriented fun-loving musical opened on Broadway in 1957 and was awarded a Tony for best musical beating West Side Story. Two movie versions of The Music Man were released – in 1962 starring Robert Preston and in 2003 starring Matthew Broderick.
"Professor" Harold Hill is a conman whose scam is to convince parents he can teach their children to play musical instruments. Taking pre-paid orders for instruments and uniforms with the promise he will form a band, he skips town and moves on to the next one before he's exposed.
The show includes a cast of 50 – 60 characters from all ages. We plan to cast approximately 20 adults, 20 teenagers (12-16) and 20 younger children (6 - 11) . Adult and teenage auditions are open to whoever shows up. The 6 - 11 year olds are being pre-auditioned in music class. For more information about the musical, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Music_Man How can I be a part of this? Polish up your singing, dancing and acting talents and audition for the more than 50 roles in the show. We need all ages and abilities. See attached MUSIC MAN ROLES and AUDITION INFORMATION pages. A little rusty? Come to the Audition Workshops and get to know the music by singing and dancing in a non-threatening atmosphere. See attached AUDITION WORKSHOP page. Build and create sets, scenery and props. Design, sew and organize costumes for the cast. Do make-up and hair for the production. Play in the orchestra. Be a rehearsal accompanist. Work during the shows on the backstage crew. Be a techie: run sound or lights. How much time is involved? A little or a lot! Audition Workshops: February 19/21 - Knights Hall Production Dates: May 9/10 - Knights Hall For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Behind the Scenes
Auditions: February 25/26 - Knights Hall
The show includes a cast of 50 – 60 characters from all ages. We plan to cast approximately 20 adults, 20 teenagers (12-16) and 20 younger children (6 - 11) . Adult and teenage auditions are open to whoever shows up. The 6 - 11 year olds are being pre-auditioned in music class.
For more information about the musical, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Music_Man
How can I be a part of this?
Polish up your singing, dancing and acting talents and audition for the more than 50 roles in the show. We need all ages and abilities. See attached MUSIC MAN ROLES and AUDITION INFORMATION pages.
A little rusty? Come to the Audition Workshops and get to know the music by singing and dancing in a non-threatening atmosphere. See attached AUDITION WORKSHOP page.
Build and create sets, scenery and props.
Design, sew and organize costumes for the cast.
Do make-up and hair for the production.
Play in the orchestra.
Be a rehearsal accompanist.
Work during the shows on the backstage crew.
Be a techie: run sound or lights.
How much time is involved? A little or a lot!
Audition Workshops: February 19/21 - Knights Hall
Production Dates: May 9/10 - Knights Hall
For more info: email@example.com
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
High School Students Honor Rolled!
SENIORS: Patrick F., Carlo A., Kevin R., and Mia S.
JUNIORS: Tim F., Jennifer P., and Brittany B.
SOPHOMORES: Aica D., Camron S., Chynnah T., Torey D., Denice P., and Niko R.
FRESHMEN: Leah J., Lakara S., Catalina L., Kris R., Marco M., and Michael M.
Two-thirds of all the AVID high school students achieved this honor this quarter! Salute!
Monday, February 04, 2008
Middle School and College Preparation
- Competitive college admissions drive middle-school preparation
Having scored a 35 out of 36 on the ACT, earned a near-perfect GPA in college-level classes, and founded an organization dedicated to peace, Arianna Pattek at one time would have had her pick of Ivy League schools -- but no more: Increasingly intense competition means that getting into one's school of choice is no longer a sure thing, even for students with stellar qualifications, which has the parents of some middle-school children already mapping out college plans. The Palm Beach Post
2007's freshman class, on average
University of Florida
4.1 grade point average*
Florida State University
3.8 grade point average*
University of Central Florida
3.73 grade point average*
Florida Atlantic University
3.2 grade point average*
* Grade point averages are difficult to compare because methodology used to compute them varies from university to university. Some include only core academic courses. Colleges give varying weight for honors or college-level courses taken in high school.
SAT scores are composite of verbal and math results.