Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Do you like to read, listen to music, or drink coffee? Please consider supporting New Town High School's AVID program (more information on what the AVID program is can be found below).
Our AVID program earned the most scholarship money in ALL OF BALTIMORE COUNTY last year! Our small group of AVID seniors earned $2.1 MILLION DOLLARS last year! Thank you for your support of our program.
For those of you not familiar with New Town High, we are around 96% African American and 2% Hispanic. Around 1/3rd of our population receives free/reduced lunches. We have several large group homes that are in our area and we are not commonly referred to as one of the "good" schools in the county. However, our students are excelling and working hard to impact their futures. They need continued support to help them reach their goals.
On Thursday,March 22,2012,New Town High School is celebrating literacy at our Barnes & Noble Bookfair. Between the hours of 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.,New Town High School families are invited to the Pikesville Barnes & Noble to hear guest readers,mingle with teachers,and shop for books. Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of the sales during that time to our schoolís AVID program. All you have to do is bring the attached voucher when you go. If you forget it,just tell a cashier you are from New Town High School,and they will ensure our school gets credit for your purchases. If you canít get to the store,please shop online in support of our bookfair at bn.com/bookfairs using the bookfair ID on the attached voucher. Ensure you enter the ID on the payment page so we get credit. (#10701993) We hope to see you there. It will be a wonderful time for the students.
*Please note that you may shop anytime from March 22nd to March 27th with your voucher. Barnes & Noble will honor it for the entire week. If you are at the store but forgot your voucher, just tell any cashier that you are from New Town High School. Thanks again for your support.
What is AVID??
AVID,Advancement Via Individual Determination,is a college readiness system for elementary through postsecondary that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.
"While many folks talk about what should be done to prepare students for college, AVID is doing it and has been for over 30 years."
History AVID began in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson, then-head of the English department at San Diego's Clairemont High School. The federal courts issued an order to desegregate the city's schools, bringing large numbers of inner city students to suburban schools. While applauding the decision, Swanson wondered how these underserved students would survive at academically acclaimed Clairemont High.
Her answer was AVID, an academic elective. But it's more than a program - it's a philosophy: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.
Today Beginning with one high school and 32 students, AVID now serves over 425,000 students in more than 4,800 elementary and secondary schools in 48 states, the District of Columbia and across 16 countries/territories. The AVID College Readiness System spans elementary through postsecondary. See our Getting Started section for information on AVID Elementary, AVID Secondary (The AVID Elective), and AVID Postsecondary.
Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge. What differentiates AVID from other educational reform programs is its astounding success rate. Since 1990, more than 110,000 AVID students have graduated from high school and planned to attend college. Of the 27,891 AVID graduates in 2011, 91% plan to attend a postsecondary institution; 58% in four-year institutions and 33% in two-year institutions.
Policymakers and school administrators now consider AVID an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap and making the college dream accessible to all students.