Monday, April 21, 2008
Sigonella AP Exam Information
Wednesday, May 7, Calculus AB (7:45 AM – Noon).
Thursday, May 8, English Literature (7:45 AM – Noon).
Friday, May 9, US History (7:45 AM – Noon).
Monday, May 12, Biology (7:45 AM – Noon).
Monday, May 12, Physics B (Noon – 4:00 PM )
Wednesday, May 14, English Language (7:45 AM - Noon).
Wednesday, May 14, Italian Language and Culture (7:45 AM – Noon ).
The morning sessions will finish by noon and the afternoon one by 15:30 or 16:00. Students testing in the morning will be expected to attend their 13:05 classes.
If you have questions, contact school counselor Margie Ascierto.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Lost in America Highlights AVID, DoDEA Schools
There's a big problem in America: "Last year 1.2 million American students dropped out of high school without receiving their diplomas."
Read about that problem and the "models" that are NOT failing children. Two of them are AVID and DoDEA schools.
"To keep big-dreaming students on the track for college, some schools have instituted university-based mentoring programs (see sidebar articles) and grant programs like AVID and GEAR UP. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is designed to help selected students from underrepresented populations, often first-generation college-goers, navigate the college application labyrinth."
"Yet DoDEA children typically perform well in school. 'We found a deep commitment to education and training. Although the parents tend to hold a high school diploma only, they want more for their kids,' Smrekar says. 'Instead of conditions of disengagement, we found instances of integration, support, and a seamless webbing between school and home.'
"DoDEA schools tend to be smaller than comparable public schools, particularly middle schools, where adolescents usually begin to fall away. 'Faculty members have this incredibly deep level of professionalism and dedication,' Smrekar says. 'There’s an exceptional sense of community in these schools, so kids can’t be anonymous. They can’t get lost.'”
Read the entire article on Vanderbilt University's magazine site:
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Middle School AVID Study Trip
On Tuesday, March 25, 2008, the middle school AVID classes and our teachers, Ms. Sibayan and Ms. Pienta, and tutor Ms. Vary, accompanied by rented senior Patrick Felia, went on a study trip to Catania. First, we went to Elephant Square, where we toured St. Agatha Cathedral. Next we took a walk though the fish market and explored the streets of Catania, where we saw a garden that was in a monastery. Then we saw the Ursino Castle. Next we saw a second church that was still decorated for Easter and contained the candelore from the St. Agatha festival. Next we had lunch at the worlds most beautiful McDonalds (or the most beautiful one most of us had ever seen). Then we explored the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater. We walked down Via Etnea to Piazza Universita and stopped for pictures and a snack. Then we went shopping in Elephant Square. Next we walked all around the Palazzo Biscari to see the Baroque architecture. That concluded our great day in Catania.
By Sara J., AVID 7th grader
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Carlo Meets AVID Founder!
Sigonella Grad Speaks to AVID
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Guest Speakers Give Advice to AVID Students
On March 4, 2008, our AVID class had the delight of being able to meet and hear from Trevor Rhodes, a guest speaker. Our class instantly became fascinated by him, especially because he was the stepson of one of our tutors. Also, when we heard that he had lived in Sigonella and even graduated here, many of us had questions for him. We learned that he is currently studying at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He runs the skate park for the city of Wilmington and designs programs for them. What I found interesting about him was how he was able to combine his favorite hobbies with work. Rhodes told us how much he had enjoyed snowboarding, surfing, and skating in his earlier years. Now he works at a place he can be happy and still earn money. He also left our AVID class with some advice. He told us to find a path or service to give to other people and to look at what we like to do. Our class enjoyed hearing from him and learning some things about his life. We also found out that he had the same teachers we ahve now. Trevor Rhodes showed our class that living overseas an benefit you in the future.
Amber Morris grew up in Delaware and loved going to the ocean. She graduated in 2002 with not the best grades and appied to six different colleges. All the colleges she applied to were near a beach. She thought that since she loved being near the ocean, she would go to grad school for marine biology. She thought that she would be in the enviornment seeing what she was learning, but she was wrong. Most of her time was spent in a classroom looking at things in jars. She is now twenty-seven years old and stil in school for marine biology. She said that in high school she was able to just get by, but when she got to college, she had to buckle down and even had to learn new study habits. She highly recommended that you keep your grades up if you are going to college and aren't sure what you want to major in because if you don't know what to major in, your grades will be looked at more closely.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
"BRATS--Our Journey Home"
AFN-Family April 13 at 8:00 PM local time
AFN-Family April 14 at 2:00 AM local time
AFN-Spectrum April 16 at 12:00 PM local time
If you have never seen this, I highly recommend it.