Sunday, May 18, 2008

Students Honored at Family Workshop

On May 15, AVID students were featured and honored at the last Family Workshop of the school year. AVID teachers Jan Sibayan, Pat Novak, and Maryellen Pienta each recognized the achievements of individual students and presented them with AVID pencils, pens, and pins from founder Mary Catherine Swanson. See all photos HERE.

Principal Sonny Bertschinger welcomed the group after being introduced by Patrick B., high school Master of Ceremonies (above).

Steven K. was the middle school MC. He introduced Ms. Sibayan and the middle school skit, which was written by students and performed by Harriet H., Sara J., Zach B., Richard C., Kassandra G., and Morgan S. (above). Steven then assisted Ms. Sibayan in the recognition of students.

Ms. Pienta gave parents and students tips on transitioning to a new school as well as having a productive summer. Ms. Novak recognized the high school AVID students and Ms. Pienta the AVID seniors

Three AVID seniors gave farewell addresses: Patrick F., Kevin R., and Carlo A. Seniors were recognized for their achievements and contributions to the school and to AVID. Patrick F. will attend Florida Institute of Technology, Kevin R. will attend George Mason University, Carlo A. will the University of California at Riverside, and Mia S. will attend San Jose State University. Seniors will wear the silver and black AVID cords at graduation in June.

(Kevin R. and parents)

Middle school counselor Evelyn Chisari, who will be leaving Sigonella for a school in Germany, was recognized and honored for her contributions and support of AVID students and the program for the past four years.

Assistant Principal Dorothy King won the door prize.

Special THANKS to AVID tutors Kathy Vary, Beverly Rhodes, and Stacy Hall for all the work they put in for this Family Workshop. They are invaluable supports for AVID.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

AVID Family Workshop #4 Next Week


Thursday, May 15, 2008

5:00 - 6:00 P.M.

The Room above Applebee's

Recognition of AVID Seniors
Gifts for all AVID students
Presentations by leaving students
Transition information for parents
Celebration of a great AVID year!

Better than average refreshments

Door prize

See you there!

Jan Sibayan, Pat Novak, Maryellen Pienta
AVID Tutors and Site Team

Another future college student!

Congratulations to Mia S., who recently was accepted at San Jose State University in California! Ya-hoo!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Norwich Grad Speaks to AVID

Honor and discipline are the words that I would describe Lt. Belanger, our guest speaker in AVID last week. Jamie Belanger has wanted to be a Navy pilot ever since he was a little kid, so to fulfill this dream, he attended Norwich University, one of the most respected military academies in the United States. At Norwich University, cadets quickly realize the meaning of what it’s like to be in the military. In a few months, cadets go through their training, covering everything from marching correctly to polishing boots. This is to prepare the cadets for real military life. Every year at Norwich, cadets steadily gain more and more responsibility in this cadet-run ROTC unit.

Lt. Belanger’s lessons at Norwich carried through all the way to his military career, where he became a pilot, and eventually became a communications officer to ensure a good career after he left the navy. Many lessons can be learned from Lt. Belanger, but one lesson that I learned most is that discipline and hard work can get me far in life.

Adam B., Grade 10 AVID

ASVAB Opportunity

Juniors and Seniors
The ASVAB will be offered at Sigonella High School
Date: May 21, 2008
Time : 1300 (The test will take three hours to complete)
You must sign-up in Chief Ewert's office by COB on 15 May in order to take the test
This is a great opportunity and it does not commit you to joining the military
Location : Room number to be determined
Questions please see your counselor or Chief Ewert. 
The ASVAB (Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery) is an EXCELLENT test to show you aptitudes in areas you might know you have!  I recommend all AVID students take it.  

Summer Jobs for college-bound kids

Summer Jobs available to students ages 14 and older- Location Room-145

·        The Human Resource Officer will visit our school on Friday May 9, 2008 at 11:00-12:00.

·        The HRO Representative will review the application process, jobs available, and provide applications to interested students.

·        Interested students only- ages 14-16, meet in the Front Conference Room at 11:00-11:30 please be prompt

·        Students ages 17years and older, please report at 11:35-12:05 same location

·        Please dismiss only interested and eligible students


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