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    AVID expands to four more schools

    One obvious sign that a school is following the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) system is the plethora of college and university-related visual references in the building. Pennants decorate classrooms and offices. Hallways are named after colleges and universities. Classroom doors not only indicate the name of the teacher and the grade but the teacher’s alma mater. Staff members frequently wear their college colors to school. These visual tools help students as young as kindergarten begin to form their own mental picture of “college.” But AVID is much more than hallway decorations. AVID is a long-term, comprehensive system that prepares students for college. AVID is a set of rigorous expectations and skills that students can use through elementary, middle and high school. AVID is already in place at Richwoods High School, Peoria High School, Manual Academy, Lincoln K-8, Harrison Community Learning Center and Franklin Primary School. As outlined in the District’s priorities for 2014-15, AVID is expanding to Calvin Coolidge Middle School, Von Steuben Middle School, Thomas Jefferson Primary School and Kellar Primary School. This expansion is a multi-year process with many teachers undergoing AVID training during the summer of 2015. “Our school is in the first stages of implementing AVID. We are educating our students about AVID and our first AVID class for eighth-grade students will start this spring. Teachers have begun to incorporate AVID in lessons and classrooms,” says Calvin Coolidge Math and Language Arts teacher Katie Elledge. AVID reaches over 700,000 in 45 states. Nationwide 99 percent of high school seniors in AVID graduate from high school on time. Seventy-six percent of those students are accepted to a four-year college or university.

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    Charter Oak and Trewyn K-8 work toward IB PYP authorization

    When students in two Trewyn K-8 4th-grade classrooms were discussing healthy choices, one class focused on food options and another on exercise, dance and movement. Unlike many schools, the different focus was not the choice of the teachers, but was guided by questions the students were asking. In the language of International Baccalaureate (IB), the students were being “Inquirers,” one of ten attributes in the IB learner profile, and says Trewyn IB coordinator, Stacy Krei , the foundation of the IB programme. Trewyn K-8 and Charter Oak Primary School are in the final phase of the multi-year authorization process for the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). The two schools submitted their applications on October 1. Following a three-day visit by an authorization committee next spring, final authorization may be granted in the summer of 2015. Currently, over 400 schools in the U.S. offer the IB PYP. In Illinois, there are nine IB PYP schools, eight in Chicago and one in Springfield. District 150 offers the IB diploma, a two-year high school program, through Richwoods High School, and Mark Bills and Sterling Middle Schools are authorized IB middle schools (MYP - Middle Years Programmes).

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