Saturday, June 13, 2009
Zack's success in the USA!
Hi To All of You,Well today another miles stone passed in our lives.....Zack graduated from Middle School.....yesterday was their awards ceremony. We just got a package in the mail from Kohls Caring Kids he won the store level and his package is being sent to the regional level for a $1,000.00 scholarship, his school put him in for this. At the awards ceremony he was given an Excellence in Science award, A Presidential Academic Excellence award and a special award from the Hershey's (chocolate corp) for Outstanding Leadership. I was totally blown away, I thought he was just going to to get his student of the month award.....wow!!Hope this finds all of you doing well, please drop a line when you get a chance!HUGS to ALL and many thanks to each of you who had a part in making him the awesome young man he has become!!Donna
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
More Senior Accolades ~~~
Evening of Literature
AVID Family Workshop After Action Report
"AVID family night turned out well. I think we all did a good job in the Phantom reading. There was a moment where we had a fault, but we overcame it and continued. So overall I think it was well done.""I think making the cookies was pretty fun. I kind of wish that I could have helped set up."" I was happy to see a lot of people eating and enjoying our cookies. We should have been louder while we were doing our screen reading, but overall it was pretty good. I think it would be fun to make/decorate cookies again because it shows how dedicated we are toward AVID and family nights.""The things I needed to do was pay extra attention to what was being said because my mom learned a lot. Because of family night, my mom won't buy me a car for college."
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Sigonella Community Scholarship
of college education.
Who's eligible? All active duty personnel or command sponsored
dependents currently stationed at NAS Sigonella, or any graduate of
Sigonella High School.
When? The application deadline is 15 May, 2009.
The scholarships are for members of the Sigonella community and
funded by donations from organizations and individual members of NAS
Sigonella. They may be used for payment of tuition, fees, or books, and
are sent directly to the educational institution.
Applications can be picked up at the school's liaison office
located at Stephen Decatur Elementary School, bldg 218, room 102A, or at
the Middle / High School front office. Your completed application
package must be submitted not later than May 15, 2009 to the School
Liaison Officer, Chief Michael Ewert. For questions, please contact
Chief Ewert, 624-3242, email@example.com. All donations
towards the Sigonella Community Scholarship must be collected prior to
May 15, 2009.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Brittany's Off to College!
Ms. Pienta on AVID 30th Committee
AVID at Patch High School featured in Stars & Stripes
Below is a portion of the recent article about AVID at Patch High School in Germany:
At Patch High School, 65 students are enrolled in Advancement Via Individual Determination, an elective course designed to give academic support for students who aren’t working up to their potential.
The program is offered at high schools across Europe, but Patch is currently the only school in Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe to be certified as a "Level Three" schoolwide program, the highest classification impacting the most students. DODDS-Europe officials say other schools are working to expand the reach of their programs.
Claire Dickmeyer, the AVID teacher at Patch, started the program at the school 10 years ago and has watched the students flourish.
"Every one of them will go on to college," Dickmeyer said of her current group.
During a typical day in the AVID classroom, students spend a portion of their time with tutors to get extra work in classes such as physics, history and math.
They also work on college preparation. Starting in freshman year, the students spend time writing letters to colleges, drafting resumes and researching financial aid and scholarship opportunities. That early focus translates into higher rates of college attendance for the AVID students, said Dickmeyer, who is in the midst of a recruiting campaign to attract more pupils to the program for next year.
Indeed, 95 percent of the students who take part in AVID go on to college, compared to a national average of 60 percent, according to program data.
To be eligible, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0, complete an interview and sign a contract committing to a college preparation course load. The students also must agree to take honors and advanced-placement classes.
Andrew Cass, a Patch senior, boosted his GPA from 2.1 to 3.0 during the past two years because of the study skills learned in the class. The special note-taking and organization techniques require a lot of effort, but they payoff, he said.
There’s also the close scrutiny from the teacher. "If you’re not doing well, Ms. Dickmeyer will interrogate you in front of the whole class," Cass said.
Read the entire article here: http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=62360
AVID Student Named Athlete of the Week in Europe
The text of the article follows:
European athletes of the week for the April 30 edition
Track and Field
Last week: Campbell, a junior sprinter, threw his hat into what's becoming a tantalizing ring for the European 100-meter crown by clocking 10.90 seconds Saturday in Naples. That's one one-hundredth of a second faster than the season's previous fastest 100, run by Heidelberg's Chris Frazier the previous week and a personal best for Campbell.
But according to his coach, Jen Bunyan, Campbell might have more on his mind than Frazier at next month's European championships at Rüsselsheim, Germany. He might be gunning for a DODDS record.
"Before the meet , I ... pointed out the record of 10.50 (set in 2001 by Ramstein's Isaiah Fluellen) and told James he could do this."
Bunyan wrote that a friend and teammate helped Campbell along to his 10.90. "… I put his teammate, Horace Windham, who by the way also qualified for the (European) 100 (11.70) …in the same heat," she said. "They push and motivate each other.
"He is a truly great athlete who displays excellent sportsmanship at all times," Bunyan concluded.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
He's a Star!
Jennifer P. recently was accepted at the University of California-Merced, one of the newer, if not the newest, UC campus.
Choices are good!
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Family Workshop Well-Attended and Received!
AVID Junior Niko R. was the emcee for the evening. He welcomed everyone and then introduced Assistant Principal Dorothy King, who gave a short address and welcome. Ms. Novak then spoke to the audience about upcoming college entrance tests and the inserts for the college binder. Next, we were all entertained by a reader's theater from Phantom of the Opera, performed by Ms. Sibayan's middle school AVID class.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Summer Opportunity in Washington D.C.
Sophomores or Juniors interested in working in Washington D.C. in the House of Representatives as a summer Page, see Ms. Ascierto for more details.
PAGE PROGRAM FACT SHEET · 2009 School Year ·
Pages are young people who are hired to serve as support staff for the U.S.House of Representatives. They are students in their junior year of high school, who come to Washington D.C. to live, work, and study as Pages. The program includes the House Page Residence Hall, the House Page School, and work responsibilities within the House.Students applying for the academic program should meet the following requirements:
Eligibility for participation in the summer program includes students who have just completed their high school
- 3.0 GPA based on core academic courses (math, English, science, social studies, foreign language)
- High school junior/sophomore
- Must be 16 years old by the beginning of the Page term
sophomore or junior year.Margie AsciertoHigh School Counselor, Sigonella M/HSNaval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, ITALYDSN: 624-3249CIV: 011-39-095-56-3249Fax: 624-3899 / 011-39-095-56-3899
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Concentrate? Of course, you can!
Labels: concentration concentrate AVID
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
School Nurse Inspires AVID Students
"(Nurse Rettie) said that she really loved her job and that she feels like she won a lottery." (Anthony B.)
"She tells us that you must love what you do or you won't enjoy your life." (James C.)
"'To be a nurse, you have to be smart, but most importantly, you have to be compassionate, ' she says." (McKenzie E.)
"In this job, you help people everyday. Also, it can be very emotional and stressful." (Peter S.)
"She gets a sense of fulfillment in being a nurse and she couldn't really see herself as anything else." (Shay W.)
"Ms. Rettie said that when you go to college you need to keep focused and to study and then there can be time for fun." (Denice P.)
"She said your mission is to complete college in four years and also have fun along the way." (Ryan L.)
"When she was in college, she had times when she wanted to drop her classes, but she kept in mind that dropping classes led to more years in college and summer school." (Gabi M.)
"She's had many experiences: everything from watching miraculous recoveries to watching a life slip away." (Adam B.)
"She witnessed the good and bad, but her best experience was vision and hearing screening for children because she said, 'They treat you like a god.'" (Joem B.)
"While attending school, Ms. Rettie had a couple of good and bad experiences which opens your eyes to help you realize that when going into the medical field, you will experience some difficult times." (Elexa M.)
". . . caring for others takes a person with patience and a big heart to work with patients." (Lakara S.)
"After she retires, she would like to go into missionary work, because she wants to make a change and be a difference in the world. I believe that she has already accomplished that by little things she's done just at our school!" (Krystal G.)
"To her, helping people brings joy to her hear. If you look at Ms. Rettie, you know her as a school nurse. After learning about her, she is more than a nurse. She is a kind, helpful lady who will take care of you not because its her job, but because you're someone in need." (Ryan L.)
Friday, March 06, 2009
***AVID Family Workshop--March 24***
AVID FAMILY WORKSHOPMarch 24, 200917:00-18:00Above (former) Applebee'sTopics:Building Your College BinderPhantom of the Opera (Ms. Sibayan's MS AVID)How to Pay for College (thanks to Suze Orman)Green refreshments will be served!Ms. PientaMs. NovakMs. SibayanAVID Site Team
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Design Competition Winner
Denice and another AVID student, Chynnah T., were the Sigonella representatives at the FEA week-long conference. They both gave high marks to the conference for all they learned and experienced. FEA is the student organization for future teachers sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa, the international organization for educators. Ms. Pisingan is the Sigonella sponsor.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The Difficulty of the FAFSA
The FAFSA is the one and only federal form that must be completed in order for students to even qualify for federal grants, loans, work-study, and many state and university forms of aid. The article describes the "unfriendliness" of the form, but it is absolutely necessary to getting your hat in the ring for any kind of aid.
"The form becomes available each year on Jan. 1, and counselors urge families to file early because some aid is first come first served."
The article talks about President Obama's campaign promise to simplify the process and/or the form, but obviously it's not going to happen this year. So, parents have to slog though the old form, with more than one hundred questions, once more. Your most recent federal tax filing form is needed for this.
The Fafsa, and instructions for filling it out, are online at fafsa.ed.gov.
The Education Department’s Federal Student Aid Information Center is at 1-800-4-FED-AID ( 800-433-3243) or 319-337-5665 .
Finaid.org also offers information, at no charge, about the Fafsa and financial aid.