Thursday night began the official introduction of the AVID program to Western Middle School. Nineteen eager seventh graders along with their families were invited to the school’s Media Center to sign student contracts over dinner. They are to be members of the first AVID class at the middle school, enrolling in a program that teaches skills and behaviors for academic success and develops an desire for personal achievement through hard work and determination.
The contract lists student responsibilities, which include that each person maintain good behavior and attendance, completes homework assignments, and maintains at least a 3.0 in the AVID elective class. The ultimate student goals are to prepare for academic success throughout high school, to prepare to be eligible for college, and eventually to enroll in a four-year college or university after high school graduation. The program has found great success at Greenwich High School, teaching academic responsibility and integrity. It’s no surprise that its implementation at WMS has been highly anticipated.
In the program, students will be provided with intensive support from tutors and form strong student/teacher relationships, teaching them how to push themselves and take ownership of their own success. The positive peer group also helps its members to form close bonds with their classmates, who help and push each other to do better in school.
Western Middle School was proud to introduce these students and their families to what will hopefully become a tradition of positive academic reinforcement.