Shepherd Junior High

AVID Elective Course Policies

Course Description: This is a year-long elective college preparation course to help you develop the study habits and skills that will better prepare you for college. While we have tutorials twice weekly, the main emphasis of this course is development of skills to help you be successful in rigorous college coursework.


Class Materials: 2 ½ inch three-ring binder, lined paper, Cornell note paper (provided), Tutorial Request forms (provided), a zipper pencil pouch, black or blue pens, pencils (many!), and a highlighter, colored pencils (optional).


Class Activities: 

1. Organization-You will be expected to keep your binder organized. The requirements for your binder will come later in a separate handout. We will regularly have weekly binder checks for a grade and schoolwide binder checks once a month.

2. Note Taking-You are expected to take Cornell Notes in each of your classes as a requirement for your AVID class. The number of pages of required notes in the weekly binder checks will be determined by your AVID teacher.

3. College Preparation Activities-You will be assigned activities that are designed to help you prepare for college. You should embrace these activities as necessary, not only for a class assignment, but for success in your life.

4. Tutorials- Twice a week, you will need to come prepared for tutorials. Being prepared means that you have completed a TRF (Tutorial Request Form) the night before tutorial. Preferably, your tutorial question is in an area in which you are most struggling. During tutorials you are expected to be an active participant, which means not only do you get help with your question, but you help others with theirs.

5. Academic Research/ Essay Writing- Sometimes we will spend time conducting academic research for a project or writing essays. The purpose of these assignments will be to help you learn the research process and the norms of academic writing. Genres of Academic Research and Essays will vary.

6. Discussions- We will periodically hold Socratic discussions or perform Philosophical Chairs. Everyone is expected to be prepared and to participate in discussions.


Class Rules/Policies:

1. Attendance- Attendance is required to successfully maintain higher grades.  Excessive absences can adversely affect your grades and could result in probation in AVID and ultimately exit from the AVID program.

2. Electronic Devices- Please use electronic devices in accordance with the school and classroom policy.  At times, you will be allowed to use your electronic devices for educational purposes.

3. Late & Redo Work- Late work or redo work will be accepted, but there will be a 20% penalty assigned by your teacher for work turned in past the due date.  Work will only be taken until the end of that quarter.

 4. Behavior- You are always expected to be on your best behavior and put forth your best effort as you are representing an AVID student. If for some reason there is an issue, these policies will be followed:

a. You will first receive a reminder of the rule you are breaking.

b. If the behavior continues, you will receive formal written discipline and a phone call will be made home. 

c. If the behavior still continues, further action appropriate to the offense will be taken.  This may include

    probation or exit from the AVID Elective.


Academic Monitoring: Your AVID Elective teacher will frequently check on the progress in all your classes. If you are not maintaining a 70% in your courses, your AVID Elective teacher may initiate the probation process. When you are on probation, you will be expected to create and follow an improvement plan.  Failure to follow the improvement plan will result in exit from the AVID Elective.  Likewise, Honors students must also maintain a 70% or higher to continue in their Honor course(s).


Grades: There will be a standard grading scale used in this class.

                       A  = 90-100%      B  = 80-89%         C  = 70-79%         D  = 60-69%         F  = 0%-59%

Your grades will be determined according to the following approximate percentages:

                       Tutorials: 40%                   Binder Checks: 30%                         All other assignments: 30%

NOTE:  All grades will be based on academic performance. Positive behavior will be rewarded through the Shepherd

             PBIS program.


Closing: We have an open door policy. Contact your AVID teacher anytime if you have any questions or would like extra tutoring regarding the course materials. If we can’t help you for some reason, we can find someone who can. 


Tutoring Help: In an effort to support student learning, Shepherd will be utilizing after school Student Tutorials and Academic Review (S.T.A.R.).  The S.T.A.R. program will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:55-4:45 in the library.  In the S.T.A.R. program students will receive academic tutoring and may have the opportunity to participate in re-assessment (at individual teacher discretion). Students who fail to complete homework assignments and students with low test scores will be required to attend the S.T.A.R. program after school.  If a student is assigned to the S.T.A.R. program, the student will notify the parent the day they are assigned.  All students may attend the S.T.A.R. program for additional academic support.  We hope that this will be a positive step in supporting your student’s academic progress.  You will receive additional information regarding the S.T.A.R. program once school starts.


Shepherd AVID Contact Information    

Dana Dixon, 7th AVID Elective Teacher, 472-1934

Kim Wills, 8th AVID Elective Teacher, 472-1916

Kayanne Andersen, AVID Coordinator, 472-1809