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Summer 2008 AVID Newsletter AVID Advancement Via Individual Determination 801 N. 11th Street St. Louis, MO 63101 Office (314) 345-4474 Fax (314) 345-4482 Linda Bell-AVID District Director College by Design Not by Chance www.slps.org College by Design Not by Chance www.avidonline.org Anicea Brown won 1st place in a Spellman essay writing contest about becoming college bound after attending a AVID Program Soaring at Williams Spellman-sponsored information session/concert. AVID Teachers: Anna Gardner Andrews/Samantha Smith One of the most important aspects of the AVID curriculum is AVID at Langston Middle School WICR- writing, inquiry, collaboration and reading. The AVID students of Williams Ninth Grade Academy typify this cur- riculum aspect in recognized, award winning ways. The students at Langston have par- ticipated in a lot of activities The students of Williams were asked to write an essay to be throughout the school year. We are submitted to the AVID headquarters describing what AVID involved with the Chess Club of St. meant to the students and how it has affected their lives. Louis, in which 10 of our students Each AVID student wrote their own personal story. The best will compete in the district wide tour- essays were entered into a competition with other students nament on May 21, 2008. from across the country to win scholarship money, a trip, and the chance to present the essay to one or several of the Langston Middle participated in a Career Fair. There 7 AVID Summer Institutes for teachers. were many attendees: doctors, lawyers, engineers and others various occupations. They spoke to the children Antoine Bailey’s essay “AVID- Empowering Minds, En- about their long term goals. riching Lives” won. He, along with 87 AVID teachers and administrators, will go to Chicago where he will present his Four AVID students also participated in the Saturday, St. essay. In the essay he shares how his own family was in a Louis library program called "My Tracs”. They have re- crisis, his AVID “family” filled the gap. His sister was injured ceived several recommendations from the program's co- in a horrific automobile accident and while his family rallied ordinator. around her, Antoine was left to sort out his feelings. He Devin Buford wrote our schools' Christmas play. GREAT turned to his AVID teacher and tutor for help. His essay is JOB! from the heart and a tearjerker for sure. Tyree Bibbs wrote a story based on her interpretation of a The AVID class at Langston Middle School was the only classical music piece. Students were asked to listen to the class to have perfect attendance throughout MAP testing piece and formulate their own story for the “Express the and also placed second in the "Million Minutes by Music Contest”. Tyree Bibbs won the contest and a schol- March" program. arship for her work. Tyree wrote about a fictional girl and her feelings about the death and funeral of her grandmother. It is Langston Middle School has 24 students who currently very imaginative and creative. have a 3.0 GPA. I am very proud of my AVID students and wanted to share some of their accomplishments with La’Sheka Nicholson participated in the reading element by everyone! being one of the first St. Louis Public Schools’ students to - Stephanie Petrucci read the most minutes in the “Million Minutes in March” AVID Teacher reading campaign. She read 4,200 minutes, in nearly 3 whole days! Page 2 AVID Newsletter AVID Tutor AVID at Clyde C. Miller Jeanne Patrick Career Academy (CA) About a year and a half ago, I was a col- Our first year as an AVID school lege student searching for ways to get in- has been a great success. We volved and make a positive difference in have taken field trips, volunteered in the community, had the St. Louis Public School system. I was great EnTeam activity Fridays. We are looking forward to told one way to do so was to become a tutor for ending the year on a high note and working towards our AVID. As a pre-service science teacher committed to goals for next year as well. urban education, AVID seemed to be a good way for me to work with students before I could actually teach in the CA AVID classes have participated in many activities: classroom. I thought, perhaps naively, that getting in- volved would just allow me to help students suc- ⇒ May 6, 2008: We will tour the campus of Washington University ceed. What I didn’t realize is that AVID would also help me. I have made connections with like-minded individu- ⇒ March 26, 2008: Twenty AVID students were selected to attend a performance of “DEATH AND THE KINGSHORSEMAN” at the als and have learned about the many great schools and Black Repertory Theatre. Students were not only exposed to the live people in this district. Tutoring has helped me prepare theatre experience, but they also were able to participate in a ques- for my career in the classroom. Most importantly, the tion and answer session with the actors after the show. relationships I have made with the students, the teach- ers, and other tutors are invaluable to me. After spend- ⇒ April 11, 2008: We took a field trip to the UMSL campus. Students were able to see classrooms, tour the campus, see a dorm room, ing a semester tutoring at Gateway High School, I knew eat in the student union, talk to UMSL students and ask questions. that I would love to student-teach there next year. The It was a very educational experience. high school has great kids, helpful teachers, and of course, a focused science curriculum. I requested and ⇒ April 24, 2008: The St. Louis Shakespeare Company will perform received approval to complete my internship and student for our school. -teaching at Gateway High School. I wouldn’t be in the The St. Louis Shakespeare Company performed for about place I am now without my tutoring experience, and I am 100 select students of CA, including several AVID stu- proud and grateful to be a part of the AVID family. dents. The students were exposed to the live theatrical experience, they were also introduced to a Shakespearian play and were able to participate in a question and answer session with the performers after the show. EnTeam comes into our classes for our activity Fridays. Students have been working on team building skills, relat- ing their AVID skills to other classes as well as college and life in general and overall having fun. CA AVID has been doing outstanding academically. For the third quarter, 2 students with a 4.0 GAP, 29 students on the honor roll with 20 close behind at 2.8 and above. CA is applying for NCA accreditation. As part of our com- munity service to AVID, the students have been members of the beautification committee to help prepare the school for the NCA visit. On April 21, 2008, 22 AVID students participated in cleaning the main entrance, trophy cases, offices, and main hallways to make them presentable for our visitors. All students will receive community service hours. Melfreya Findley AVID Teacher Page 3 AVID Newsletter AVID at Carnahan High School ( Mr. Green Southern Exposure Early, Monday morning on May 5th, twenty 9th and 10th grade AVID, AP and GEAR-UP stu- dents boarded a charter bus -- destination: Our nation’s Capitol, Washington DC. These students have earned this opportunity by per- forming academically and maintaining a good Arlington Cemetery citizenship record throughout the year. The trip The Capital is scheduled to run from May 5th thru May 8th with a whirlwind itinerary planned for every waking moment. AVID at Stowe Preparatory Junior High School Mr. Cornelius Green, Project Lead the Way, a Personal Finance Teacher and trip coordinator planned the trip for these students for several reasons he said. “I wanted them, first of all, to have an opportunity to see our government up close and personal, to see not only how, but also where it works. Then, I wanted to demonstrate to all Carnahan students the opportunities that each of them have simply by doing what is expected of them at school – study and On Thursday morning at 3:28am I arrived at Stowe Pre- behave,” he said. “These students can be considered role models in the paratory Junior High School. We waited for the charter bus. school, but they are also pioneers for what is to come for all other Carnahan After we ate we went to LeMoye-Owens College. It was students.” fun. I want to go to that college, not just because it is a HBCU, but because they have a lot to offer. Among their many stops while in Washington, the students will visit the Capi- tol, Arlington Cemetery, the National Mall and the Holocaust Museum. But because they are college-bound students – a major focus of Carnahan High School, GEAR-UP, AP and AVID – they will get campus tours of both Howard University and Georgetown University. The five chaperones include Mr. Green, Ms. Candice DeBoise, AVID Teacher, Mr. Laposa, 9th Grade Lan- guage Arts Teacher, Mrs. Huddleston, Parent Liaison and Mr. Steve Ander- son, GEAR-UP student coordinator. “I am so excited about this trip. Who knows, I may go into politics someday. I would like to see what they do.” said student Lawrence Welby. “ Then we went to Slave Haven. I can’t believe how many people would try to help slaves. They normally don’t tell you all of that. They just tell you bad things. We saw a lot “I have never been to Washington although I have seen the places where we of black inventions. They wanted us to look at the stuff in will go in books and on television. I can’t wait to see them for real.” said stu- the gift shop. A beaded necklace cost $10 and thats a lot of dent, Mercedes Brown money for a necklace. Then we got on the bus they did a head count and we went to the National Civil Rights Mu- “I’m excitied about the trip to Washington.”, said student, Andrea Samat- seum. We saw were Martin Luther King Jr. was assassi- manivong. She’s looking forward to handling a budget on her own since she nated. We also saw the room he slept in. We saw how learned to do personal finance in Mr. Green’s class. hard they had it back then. After that we went to Neely’s BBQ. It was good. I loved their fries. I thought we were going to get dessert, but they gave the adults cake. Each student will receive a prepaid Visa card, which they are to purchase Raymond Stepney meals. Mr. Green said, “Students are being cautioned to take into account how many days and how many meals they will need so that they have enough throughout the trip. It will be interesting to watch them put into prac- tice what we’ve done in class.” After visiting the Scott Joplin House in St. Louis, Missouri, the 9th grade AVID class decided to visit Memphis, Tennessee. Upon making this decision, we formed a committee of students to help plan our trip, including: Marquetta Quinn, Jaron Fortune, Savon Riggs, Nayriah Mull, and Quinesha Shannon. We agreed that we wanted to go to McDonald’s for breakfast, LeMoyne-Owen College (which is a His- torically Black College and University—HBCU), the Slave Haven, National Civil Rights Museum, Lorraine Motel, and Neely’s for dinner. Quinesha Shannon National Mall Holocaust Museum Page 4 AVID Newsletter AVID at Stowe Preparatory Junior High School Mrs. Payne-Artis May 8,2008, we visited LeMoyne-Owen College located at 807 Walker Avenue in South Memphis. As we toured the campus, The tour guide told us the house use to hold there were four people who talked to us about the history of the slaves and she showed us this awesome paint- ing in the hallway of the slave ship and the university. I learned that there was ocean. She took us in the cellar where the slaves a High School located on the cam- used to hide. After that we atelunch. I ate some pus called Hollis F. Price. There horrible Asian food. Next we went to the Civil were two students who currently Rights Museum. We saw were Dr. Martin Luther attended the high school that told King, Jr. was shot. After that we ate dinner and us about how they were receiving came back home. two college credits for attending Hollis F. Price. William Chunn Second, we visited the Slave Ha- Slave Ship ven located at 826 N. 2nd Street. While visiting the Slave Ha- ven, there was a young woman who talked about how the slaves were treated. She also showed us a whip that still had blood on AVID Banquet it and a painting where the slave were shown to be free souls On the evening of May 15, 2008 at C. Miller Career Academy a after they were tossed overboard the ship. I learned that there banquet honoring the achievements of the AVID program was was a Nigga Depot, which is where the slaves were sold. I found held. Linda Bell, Tiffany King, and LaCorsha Thomas welcomed out that Harriet Tubman freed the guests and honorees to a night of poetry, dinner, and music. 300 plus slaves and was The performances began with the reading of an amazingly inspira- wanted dead or alive for tional poem about AVID by Devin Buford., Resonia Killian, sang $40,000. an exquisite solo. And Lquadra Burnett played a beautiful flute solo. Antoine Bailey, read his scholarship winning essay. ., Third, we went to the National Marianne Ragins winner of more than 400,000 in scholarship Civil Rights Museum and the money was the guest speaker. Twenty autographed copies of Lorraine Motel. As we en- her book were given to parents and students. The following stu- tered the museum, there was dents were acknowledged for their accomplishments Antoine Bai- a sculpture that was designed ley, of Williams 9th Grade Academy, was the AVID Essay Scholar- as the outline of the United ship Winner and received $500, Aniecea Brown, also of Williams, States of America. Inside the Slave Haven was the 1st place Spelman Essay Winner and received a $100 gift museum, I saw a designed card. Ashley Jackson, of Vashon High School, was the 2nd place bus with a sculpture of Rosa Parks seated in the front. I also Spelman Essay Winner and received a $75 gift card. Keona read the conversation that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had with his Davis, of Roosevelt High School, was the 3rd place Spelman Es- wife when he was in prison. In the Lorraine Motel, located at 450 say Winner and received a $50 gift card. Tyree Bibbs, also of Wil- liams, was the “Express the Music” Finalist. After the award cere- Mulberry, we saw room 306 where Dr. King slept and was assas- mony, Amenta Christian-Robinson t gave the closing remarks and sinated. Across the street from the motel in a building, I found thanked the 300 students and parents for attending this event. out something I did not know before, that there were two shoot- ers, James Earl Ray and his brother. We saw the AVID Schools 2008 - 2009 Mustang that James Earl Ray drove, High Schools Middle Schools the clothes he Beaumont Busch AAA wore, bath- Carnahan Bunche room that him Cleveland NJROTC Compton Drew Lorraine Motel or his brother Clyde C Miller Fanning were standing Gateway IT Gateway in, and the rifle used to shoot Dr. King. Finally, we visited Roosevelt 9th Langston Neely’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant. The French fries, ribs, nachos, and cake were good. Overall, I had fun visiting Memphis, Ten- Roosevelt L’Ouverture nessee. Even though it was my first time visiting Memphis, I felt Soldan Long like I have already been there before. Sumner McKinley Vashon Stowe Yeatman CARNAHAN 3.0 GPA & UP Ariel Tate Jasmaa Grant Maureen Poindexter Ashlee Davis Kala Parisi Mercedes Brown Erica Harper Kristen Wilford Mark Allen CLYDE MILLER 4.0 GPA Amenta Christian-Robertson LaQuadra Burnett 3.0 GPA & UP Akeeva Pork Daria Jones Jillian Ross Shabriel Sims Asha Clark Dominique Wallace Juel Cannon Whitney Robins Aynissa Moorehead Erica Joiner Keith Lovett Brian Williams Erick DeVoil Kimmika Warren Brittany Brewer Eurneka Hill Markiesa Parker Brittany Gunn Hakeem Stroud Mia Sutton Celeste Tyler Jamaya Valentine Precious Duncan Corrier Talton Jared Fulks RaChell Richards GATEWAY 4.0 GPA Ermina Kasumovic WILLIAMS 9TH GRADE Krystal Meza VASHON 3.0 GPA & UP 3.0 GPA & UP 4.0 GPA Alexandria Chandler Jessica White Mark Dintelman Thu Tran Andreanna Kennedy Breonica Scott Lasheka Nicholson Amanda McDaniel Kenya Cheathem Marshae Owens Tieriany Roberts Corissa Mack Erica Cotton Mariza Feming Benjamin Cehic Kiara Gordon Matthew Johnson Delores Dickerson Carneta Galloway Kimberley Borosh Naida Bukvic 3.0 GPA & UP Delores Herron Aniecia Brown Elijah Clark Emecia Washington Ashley Richardson Indira Fredrick ROOSEVELT Erika Harrington Bonaire Smith Isshawn Davis 3.0 GPA & UP Kim Steward Brittany Snipes James Foxworth Linda Chatman Angela Pirtle Jeremy Robinson Nunande Wesseh Shakira Ghulammohammad Buron McElroy Jemika Morrison Marcus Kyles Brittany McPherson Mahad Rage Riam Yousif Charles Rice Krystal Reed Natasha Norman Cameron Creamer Mona Everett Samir Hamzic Charnay Sleet Marvin Stewart Saladin Smith Daeveon Jackson Maya Riggins William Wallace SOLDAN Danielle Reed Raven Davis Dashawna Taylor Shirley Henley 4.0 GPA Dorothy McPherson Tyree Bibbs Ajasha Long Ebony Regans Verlencia Robins Chandra Smith Warneisha Terrell 3.0 GPA & UP Abhishek Kestur Darronica Rodgers Jasmine Howard Ajla Catic Ervin Meka John Enos Ariuna Thomas Hanifa Zlibanovic Joshua Walker Breanah Smith Hashmat Afsari Juan Miller Crystal Williams Jasmine Bailey Kia Taylor Lisa Nolan t’ Miranda Cannon Con Raul Torres Ren Dorsey Rubi Vera FANNING 3.0 GPA & UP Ashraf Afsari Donna Gladden Jevon Jones Aquila Daniels Esmin Pasic Mehdi Ali Bridgett Latimore Farzana Abdul-Ahad Misra Yassin Chelcy Bishop Hazheen Ibrahim Nona Nguyen Rebecca Brents GATEWAY 4.0 GPA Nephreteri Tutwiler 3.0 GPA & UP Aigner King Jerard Davidson Shaibriel Mack Alberto Navarro Joann Herron Sharniece Dunn Appollonia Davis John Austin Sierra Parness Brionca Grimes Josue Aviles Synetta Dye Chyenne Linchan Kyrrej Baker Tabia Brown Daniel Carter Linda Phan Tarrin Casey Dominic Ball Malcom Nelson Titus Alexander Ena Duvnjak Maryam Fakire Tramez Davis LANGSTON 3.0 GPA & UP Alexis McConnell Chris Tate Jaerel Hulsey Mariah Lane Antwan Thomas Deonta Ervin Jamal Jones Mary Russell Arieana Wood Derick Rivers Jeresha Gatlin Rebecca Frazier Chantel Hardy Devin Buford Kalen Petty Sean Lane Charmelle Mays Dwayne Hooks Kuianna Allred Tony Kimple Wesley Jacobs STOWE 3.0 GPA & UP Chelsea Lacy DeMonte Hobbs Marquetta Quinn Quinesha Shannon Nayirah Mull Tenika Stewart
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