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We are PROUD to have AVID at Elkhorn! This is the 8th year of our program. AVID has made great strides at Elkhorn not only in each of the three grade level elective classes, but across the entire 6th-8th grade and into 4th and 5th grade. We are also PROUD to be the only AVID-certified school in our school district!

The 2015-16 school year will have 3 AVID cohorts. Mr. Russell will answer the call and teach AVID 6, Mr. Baggs will continue the journey and teach AVID 7, Mrs. Vellanoweth will complete the journey with her class in AVID 8. Ms. Romero will join Mr. Marin by taking at least a year off from teaching AVID. Mrs. Erickson will continue to be our AVID coordinator.
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May 16, 2015 -- Ms. Romero's 8th Grade AVID class visited Stanford for their 8th Grade AVID Field Trip.

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November 11, 2014 -- Ms. Romero and her AVID 8 class visited UC Berkeley.

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June 9-12, 2014 -- This year's AVID 8 class visited Southern California for their final field trip. During the four-day, three-night adventure, students took in a group tour of the University of Southern California, visited the CA Science Center and saw the Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibit (see Endeavour fly over Elkhorn), took in some time on Olvera Street, visited the Museum of Tolerance, and had some fun at the Santa Monica Pier. Our modes of transportation ranged from Amtrak, to LA light rail, to LA buses, back to Amtrak. Thank you to everyone that made this memorable and once-in-a-lifetime experience a reality for our students!

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November 13, 2013 -- Mr. Marín and his AVID 8 classes visited UC Berkeley. The field trip out to Berkeley on Amtrak has become an annual tradition for the 8th grade AVID class.

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June 12-14, 2013 -- Our AVID 8 class met their goal and realized their dream! They set off to the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon and the University of Oregon in Eugene. The class stayed in dorm rooms at Southern Oregon University in Ashland which left the Shakespeare Festival within walking distance. Students saw two plays, The Heart of Robin Hood and a modern version of King Lear. While at Southern Oregon University, students also participated in several acting and theater classes. Once in Eugene, our students received a great tour of the beautiful University of Oregon campus! It was a trip and experience our students will never forget - thank you to everyone that made this trip a reality!

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April 13, 2013 -- Students received a mini tour of the campus, watched "Nightmare on Puberty Street", heard Cruz Reynoso speak, attended workshops, listened to Dolores Huerta speak, watched Aztec dancers, talked to college counselors, spoke with professionals in fields of medicine, TV, radio, law enforcement, etc... and before we left UC Davis for the day, we attended a Native American Powwow. The day was a success!

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December 4, 2012 -- A 7th grade AVID tradition is to visit CSU, Maritime (Cal Maritime) in Vallejo. On December 4, Mr. Marín's AVID 7 class toured the campus. Our students recieved a tour from a Cal Maritime student who encouraged our students to take as many AP classes in high school as possible. She showed our students around the campus including the Training Ship: Golden Bear, the machine/engine shop, and the gymnasium. She was a great tour guide and role model for our students - our students had a great trip!

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November 9, 2012 -- It is tradition for our 8th grade AVID class to visit UC Berkeley.
On Friday, November 9 Mr. Baggs' AVID 8 class toured the campus and was treated to a gorgeous day in the bay. Our students received campus tours from UC Berkeley students in which they were encouraged to continue in AVID and with their studies. The tour included campus buildings and history, Memorial Stadium, and one of the dormitories. After lunch the group enjoyed a soccer match between Stanford and Berkeley. It was a great field trip for our students!

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Elkhorn AVID T-Shirts and Hooded Sweaters
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AVID 8, 2014-2015 Class Shirts and Sweaters
Designed by Class of 2019
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AVID 8, 2013-2014 Class Shirts and Sweaters
Designed by Rudy, Class of 2018
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AVID 8, 2012-2013 Class Shirts and Sweaters
Designed by Itzel, Class of 2017 
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AVID 8, 2011-2012 Class Shirts and Sweaters
Designed by Cynthia and Yakima, Class of 2016
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Mr. Russell, AVID 6

Mr. Baggs, AVID 7

Mrs. Vellanoweth, AVID 8

Ms. Romero, AVID Site Team

Mr. Marín, AVID Site Team

Mrs. Erickson, AVID Coodinator
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What is AVID?
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination
  • A class designed to prepare students for college
What do you do in AVID?
  • Organization
  • Goal-setting
  • Binder Checks
  • Self-Reflection
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Team Building
  • College Tours
  • Community Service
What should I expect from AVID?
  • High expectations
  • Team work
  • Grade checks
Who can join?
  • Want to attend college?
  • Are you motivated to succeed?
  • Don't have all A's?
How do I join?
  • Talk to an AVID teacher
  • Complete an application form
  • Complete an essay
  • Complete an interview
What are students saying?

Where can I get more information?
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