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Nicollet Middle School earns national recognition

Nicollet Middle School in Burnsville has been named an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School because of its success in using the AVID program to help students succeed academically and prepare for college. The recognition was presented at a ceremony March 7, following an extensive on-site review by AVID officials.

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 and establishing a “college-bound” culture among students.

With this recognition, Nicollet will continue to serve as a model for schools that are looking to implement or improve their AVID programs. Of the nearly 5,000 AVID schools across the nation, only about 150 have been selected as National Demonstration Schools.

“We are so excited to continue as an AVID demonstration site and to have had this opportunity to affirm the work we are doing for our students,” said Nicollet Middle School Principal Angie Pohl. “Our entire staff, student body, and community played a part in us earning this recognition.”

AVID team members at Nicollet include coordinator Amy Smalley, Andy Timmer, Brad Sorenson, Heather Nemeth, Kirsten VanHoorn, Melinda Byrne, Monique Funches, Amy Olson, Jill Peiper, Kelsey Christensen, Fred Kelson and Bob Schweim.

Read more about AVID at Nicollet online at

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 14:13