Monday, September 29, 2008

New AVID Students and Parents Welcomed

A standing-room-only crowd of AVID students, parents, family members, faculty, and administration filled the meeting room above Applebee's on September 23 for the first AVID Family Workshop of the schoolyear at Sigonella Middle/High School. Over twenty new students and their parents were the stars of the show as they signed their AVID contracts.

The evening began with Emcees Chynnah Tomlin and Sarah Jones welcoming the large crowd of attendees. Principal Sonny Bertschinger addressed the group next with remarks about the AVID program and student successes. He was followed by AVID seniors Tim F. and Jen P., who showed off their
online projects consisting of calendars they had developed for the application process and their "short lists" of schools. Ms. Pienta then led the parents through a Cornell note-taking session based on "The Top Ten Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in AVID." Students helped their parents develop questions afterwards, which were shared with the group.

Finally, the highlight of the evening came with the contract signing. Junior AVID student Aica D. read the Student Commitment and commented on her own experiences and successes in AVID over the past three years. She was followed by two-time AVID parent Susan Jones, who read the Parent Commitment and added her remarks and observations. Finally, AVID middle school teacher Ms. Jan Sibayan read the School Commitment and told parents how honored she felt to be part of the program and teacher of these students. Then, all new AVID students and parents were called forward by grade to sign the AVID contract and be recognized. Ms. Novak closed the program with remarks and the awarding of the doorprize (which was won by Ruben S.). Cookies and soft drinks were served afterwards.

Thank you to all who made this first workshop such a huge success! All the volunteers and contributors (students, parents, teachers, and admin) are greatly appreciated! The next Family Workshop is scheduled for November 18. See you there!

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