WELCOME TO APRENDEMiddle School HOME OF THE JAGUARS
What is avid? • AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and is a program that is in place in over 6,000 schools. • Aprende, Akimel, and Centennial were chosen to be AVID schools in Kyrene. • AVID teaches skills and behaviors for academic success, promoting college readiness through critical thinking, collaboration, student advocacy, and organizational skills.
What is avid? • Aprende will have two AVID elective classes in 7th and 8th grade which will support selected students in advanced coursework, while also providing organizational, efficacy, and goal-setting skills. • Next school year we start a 6th grade AVID elective. • Aprendewill begin incorporating school-wide organizational skills, note-taking, and specific strategies. • For more information, you can visit www.avid.org or contact our principal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our philosophy • Marcus Buckingham, a best-selling author, researcher, motivational speaker and business consultant, described this generation of students as the “teacup generation.” He stated, “They're so fragile–if you drop them, they break.”
We are Anti-Teacup. • We believe in strengthening your children. • We want them to become successful lifelong learners. At the heart of everything we do, we consider our students first.
Our philosophy • Growth Mindset • Resiliency and “Grit” • Taking Various Perspectives • Handling Controversy and Conflict Resolution • High Expectations
Growth Mindset • A fixed mindset is the belief that you are either “smart” or “dumb” and there is no way to change this. • Research shows students with a fixed mindset learn less than they could or may learn at a slower rate. • When students with fixed mindsets fail at something, they tend to tell themselves they can’t or won’t be able to do it. But that’s not true. Adapted from http://edglossary.org/growth-mindset
Growth Mindset • In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. • Students who embrace growth mindsets learn more, learn it more quickly, and view challenges and failures as opportunitiesto improve their learning and skills. Adapted from http://edglossary.org/growth-mindset
Growth Mindset Facts • Your IQ is not a fixed number: countless research studies have shown that it can be improved. • Learning is not determined by how intelligent you are. Hard work and effort is required. • We will praise your student’s effort and perseverance. • We do not accept negative thinking and excuses (“I just can’t do fractions,” or “I’m not good at social studies,” for example). Adapted from http://edglossary.org/growth-mindset
Resiliency • Psychological resilience is defined as an individual's ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity. Adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_resilience
Resiliency • Think about your child when he or she was learning to ride a bike without training wheels: although you didn’t want your child to fall, you couldn’t hold on to the bike forever. • This is probably the most important “anti-teacup” principle: your student needs to fail at times in order to learn how to deal with it and recover from it (and be stronger because of it).
Resiliency • Click on the photo below to watch a short video.
Taking Various Perspectives • Every perception a person has is based upon their own personal experience. People perceive the world differently because no two people have the same experiences, and experience makes us who we are. • Not only is multi-perspectivity part of ELA, social studies, and science curriculum, it is also an important emotional development milestone for students to reach at this age.
Handling controversy and conflict resolution • We expect our students to interact responsibly with others. They should: • listen and communicate respectfully • hold themselves accountable for their actions • honor diversity • Aprende uses PBIS, a system of positive reinforcement for good behavior.
Handling controversy and conflict resolution • It is important for middle school students to start developing self-advocacy. • We ask studentsto address problems by taking the first step: • Writing or emailing the teacher • Approach the teacher before or after class • Once the student has approached the teacher, if further action is needed thenthe parent contacts the teacher to work together towards a solution.
HIGH EXPECTATIONS • One of the largest shifts in modern education is the push to develop critical thinking skills. • You should expect your student to answer questions that require deeper than surface-level thinking. This means your student may struggle—and that’s the point. Without challenge, there is no growth.
High expectations • We have high expectations for your students’ behavior and academics because we know they can accomplish it with effort. • Students will set goals each quarter and strive to reach them with strategies and reflection. • When students are absent, they will not be excused from the work. They are responsible for figuring out what they missed and completing it on-time. • Deadlines will be strictly enforced school-wide.
Student Agendas • All students will have AVID agendas, which will be distributed during Advisory on August 9th. • At the beginning of every core class on Monday, students are required to write down their weekly calendar. • Ask your child to see it!
Student Agendas • Weekly calendars are always posted in the classroom and/or online via teacher websites. Please check this often with your student in order to: • See what is happening at school on a daily basis and get information about homework for each subject. • Make sure that your student is getting everything done and planning in advance for his/her workload (such as sports, extra-curriculars, or family outings).
First Day of School The staff and students of Aprende Middle School invite sixth grade students to our second annual WEB Sixth Grade Orientation 8:30 am - 2:00 pm August 3, 2017 Aprende school gymnasium Sorry, no parents!
What is WEB? • “Where Everybody Belongs” • 6th grade orientation program • 10-12 sixth graders are partnered with an eighth grade mentor • 8th graders will lead social and academic follow-up lessons throughout the school year
First Day of School • Do NOT bring a backpack on first day • Lunch box and water bottle are recommended • Wear comfy clothes: you’ll be sitting on the floor and moving around a lot too! • Eat a good breakfast in the morning: there will be no snack break!
First week of school • Students meet in the gym on Thursday when the bell rings. • We strongly suggest that students bring their lunches the first week of school.
Lunch Money • Use Kyrene’s online lunch money service to avoid delays. • You and your child should memorize his/her student number beforethe first day of school to make things easier for lunch, library, computer use, etc.
Meet and Greet breakfast • The Aprende Parent-Teacher organization will be sponsoring a meet-and-greet breakfast for all 6th grade parents on: Tuesday, August 15th 7:45 am to 8:25 am • Please join us for a continental breakfast and a chance to socialize with other sixth grade parents!
WELCOME TO APRENDEMiddle School HOME OF THE JAGUARS