- Meet the Board Candidates @ Senior Center, 7:00 p.m.: October 23
- Coronation and Bonfire: October 24
- Homecoming Parade and Game: October 25
- Picture Retakes: October 30
- Time Change (back one hour): November 02
- Staff Development Day (No school for students): November 10
- Veteran's Day Holiday: November 11
- Next Regular School Board Meeting: November 13
- Thanksgiving Break: November 24 to November 28
October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and it’s a good time for schools, communities, districts, and states to take stock of current efforts to reduce and prevent bullying. Special events are scheduled all month to promote awareness of issues related to bullying. Also the following hashtags will be used to highlight posts related to bullying prevention this month. Look for #UnityDay2014 and #StopBullying365. Don't forget to wear orange on Unity Day (October 22nd) to show that you care about safe and supportive schools and communities.
WHY AVID? You may have heard the word "AVID" at both the elementary and high school this year. So what is AVID? And, why AVID? AVID is an initiative to prepare students for higher learning. AVID began in 1980 in a single classroom in San Diego, California and it is now in 46 states and 16 countries/territories. As our district implements the Common Core Standards (see the October Trona High School Newsletter), we are focused on preparing our students with the skills necessary to be successful in college, career, and community. What this means is that students are going to need to be organized and able to think critically. The focus of AVID is on college readiness, from the moment students begin in kindergarten, using research proven methods to support students in learning. At the elementary level, AVID provides students with a system of organization, introduces students to learning strategies helping them master the basic skills necessary while developing deeper understanding of concepts, and creates an awareness of higher learning opportunities. At the high school there is both an AVID elective and use of the strategies school-wide. The elective works with "students in the middle" as they tackle more rigorous curriculum and prepare for four year university acceptence and college readiness. The strategies school-wide build on the skills learned in elementary and assist students in successfully mastering the challenging content of the Common Core State Standards. If you would like to learn more about AVID, visit their website at www.avid.org.
David Olney, Superintendent