Over the summer the RMHS AVID program asked Kevin Mueller, a veteran art and physical education teacher from District 214, to design a logo for our program. He graciously produced three different designs for us. AVID Site Team Members and Students then voted on the designs. In an overwhelming majority, our program selected the following design...
Thank you, Mr. Mueller, for the the wonderful options and for helping us to capture the RMHS AVID spirit in an image!
The AVID seniors have been making the most of these challenging times, one seminar at a time! Each student signed up for a day to entertain their entire Seminar, on Zoom, for about 5-10 minutes. This is way easier said than done, but the senior AVID students have been doing an OUTSTANDING job. Mr. Bourn reports that the class has had everything from weather reports to a live performance of a Tasha Cobbs song to a met and greet with a student's dogs to listening to some of the latest Latin Hits with DJ Fátima (Bad Bunny anyone?). Most recently, Crispin inspired the class to be better global citizens by being aware of past and present mistreatment of people based on their religion. This AVID Seminar is proving that together we'll get through this strange start to the year, and we will all come out better on the other side thanks to our AVID family!
*Seminar is like homeroom and study hall all rolled into one. Every student at RMHS has Seminar during 6th block. Students stay with their Seminar teacher and class during all four years of high school.
AVID students routinely learn from guest speakers on a variety of topics. This year, our AVID alumni are stepping up in big ways to teach our current generation of AVID students.
On September 11th, Robyn Pitt (ISU), Junior Sanchez (ISU), Chris Recendez (ISU), and Lulu Shimonde (EIU) all RMHS AVID Class of 2017 joined our current AVID 3 class to talk about college, AVID, and thriving academically during a pandemic.
Our AVID 2 class was joined by Anna Jackowska (The University of Iowa), and one of our AVID 1 classes was joined by Marc Quezada (California Lutheran University), both Class of 2017 alumni, on September 18th. Anna shared what life is like at a Big Ten school with our current sophomores, while Marc shared about how a positive outlook can carry one far in life with our current freshmen.
You may know Marc better by his rapper name, Marcito. Marc's passion for music was sparked in an AVID Site Team Member's English Classroom (Mrs. Kelli Lussow) during his senior year Creative Writing class. When he moved to California for college, Marc began pursuing a music career. His work may be found on all music platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.
These class of 2017 alumni have done amazing things during their college years and are poised and ready to make their dreams come true in med school, in their future classrooms as teachers, pursing medical careers, and as life coaches. Our students were grateful to hear their stories and learn from some of the RM AVID greats! Next month, we will welcome back more amazing alumni to speak with our students. Keep an eye out for that post next month!
One component of any AVID classroom is metacognition. Students are routinely asked to set academic goals, reflect on their learning, and refine their processes as they progress through school. All of this is designed to help students stay motivated, organize their thinking, improve retention of material learned, and grow academically. A standard assignment in AVID is a learning log, which asks students to reflect on their learning in each of their classes throughout the week. Our senior class leveled up their learning log game recently when they put a visual spin on their content class reflections. We invite you to take a look at the incredible work our seniors have been doing with the gallery below. Please use the thumbnails images at the bottom to navigate the images. This is AVID. #COVID19Can'tStopUs #RemoteLearningWithBigGains