Two students from Nicollet Middle School were selected to be part of a four-day national conference attended by educators from around the country to learn more about Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) in June in Minneapolis.
The soon-to-be-seventh grade students, Kaelyn Ambuehl and Cody Hoang, are in the AVID college prep program at Nicollet. At the conference, they shared their experiences in AVID and their plans for the future. Speaking to teachers, counselors and principals, the two students showed the AVID methods they use including how to organize their binder, along with how to create Cornell notes and tutorial request forms. Kaelyn said they spent three days being leaders and demonstrating what AVID students should be.
"It is a huge honor for Kaelyn and Cody to have been selected from all the students that applied. They did an amazing job representing themselves and Nicollet Middle School,” said Amy Smalley, the school’s AVID coordinator. “All of us at Nicollet were so proud to see them speak so confidently about their AVID experiences in front of such large groups of educators."
At Nicollet, AVID is both a building-wide initiative and an elective class designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college by developing critical thinking and organizational skills. AVID schools also develop a school-wide “college-bound” culture among students.
Nicollet has been so successful with AVID that it has been named as an AVID National Demonstration School and serves as a model for other schools implementing the program.
Other teachers and administrators from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 also attended the AVID conference.