AVID Events in December

It has been a very busy month in AVID.  

December 6: AVID Family Night

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For quite a while I’ve had two large telescopes in my classroom in the hopes that we might do an astronomy night.  Lynn Lurvey, our AVID coordinator, took the idea and turned it into a “Starry Night” themed family event.

Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate for the telescopes, but we were still able to enjoy a meal together followed by painting with Carla Korb, artist and teacher.  While families painted on minature canvases, I had the chance to mingle with our AVID families.  It really was a great opportunity to enjoy the company of AVID students and their families outside of class.  Thank you for everyone who made the event possible.

December 12: Seventh Grade Visit to Metro State

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Our seventh grade took their first college field trip of the year to Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.  It was a plesantly unconventional trip.  Our students worked with students from Metro State to learn about Gordan Parks, a groundbreaking photographer.  Then our AVID students worked in teams to create their own photographs with digital cameras and Adobe Photoshop.  

Many of our seventh graders are expert Photoshop users already, so I’m sure that we really impressed the Metro State trainers.  You can see some of our photographs here.

 

December 13: Sixth Grade Visit to Minnesota School of Business

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Our sixth grade took their first field trip the next day to a new AVID college site, the Minnesota School of Business in Brooklyn Park.  This was part of our career exploration unit, but I also hoped that our students would have a chance to see our AVID skills put to work at a college site.

It was a really amazing trip.  Our students had the chance to sit in on classes in several disciplines, but they weren’t content to just sit.  They took copious notes, asked intelligent questions and in some cases even demonstrated work on the board.  It was a chance to be a college student for a day.  

Learn more about the trip here:  MSB Blog.

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