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  • Ms. Schwarz Diego Rivera Learning Complex Room B201 Public Service Community School


    AVID Elective: 11th Grade Course Syllabus AVID Mission: The mission of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is to close the achievement

    gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

    Teacher/School Information: Ms. Schwarz; Room B201 Email: Charlene.schwarz@lausd.net

    School Phone: (323) 846-2128 School Website: http://www.publicservicehs.org

    Course Description: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic survival skills. The course emphasizes rhetorical reading, analytical writing, collaborative discussion strategies, tutorial inquiry study groups, preparation for college entrance and placement exams, college study skills and test-taking strategies, note-taking and research. The eleventh grade AVID Elective course is the first part in a junior/senior seminar course that focuses on writing and critical thinking expected of first- and second-year college students. In addition to the academic focus of the AVID seminar, there are college-bound activities, methodologies and tasks that should be undertaken during the junior year to support students as they apply to four-year universities and confirm their postsecondary plans. Performance Outcomes and Skills: Tutorials: Once a week, the students will be expected to bring specific questions from their content classes and work together in groups to solve them. All students will be expected to present their point of confusion, participate in collaborative inquiry, and reflect on their learning. Some students may serve as a tutor on a rotating basis. The role of the tutor and group members is not to provide answers, but to help and guide students to find the answers themselves.

    Critical Thinking Skills: Students will be engaged in activities designed to develop the learning process. These activities include close reading, writing assignments, Socratic Seminars, Philosophical Chairs Debates, group problem solving, and in class projects. Community Service: Each student will be required to complete community service hours every semester. These hours will be logged and signed off by a parent or guardian.

    Academic Achievement and Integrity: Students are expected to perform at their fullest potential in all classes. Students will receive monthly grade checks. Students who do not maintain satisfactory academic marks will be placed on academic probation and must attend after school tutoring. Students are expected to complete all assignments with considerable effort and academic integrity. There is a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism and/or cheating as well as allowing others to plagiarize and/or cheat.

  • Ms. Schwarz Diego Rivera Learning Complex Room B201 Public Service Community School


    Course Standards: AVID Elective Standards/Domains: Character Development A: Self Awareness B: Goals C: Community and School Involvement D: Ownership of Learning Communication A: Speaking B: Listening Writing A: The Writing Process B: Writing Skills C: Writing Applications D: Writing to Learn Inquiry A: Costas Levels of Thinking B: Tutorials C: Socratic Seminar and Philosophical Chairs

    Collaboration A: Types of Interactions Organization A: Organization and Time Management B: Note-Taking C: Research and Technology D: Test Preparation/Test-Taking Reading A: Vocabulary B: Textual Analysis College Preparedness A: Guest Speakers B: Field Trips C: College and Career Knowledge D: College Entrance Testing E: College Admissions/Financial Aid

    Common Core State Standards:

    Reading: Key Ideas and Details Craft and Structure Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

    Writing: Text Types and Purpose Production and Distribution of Writing Research to Build and Present Knowledge Range of Writing

  • Ms. Schwarz Diego Rivera Learning Complex Room B201 Public Service Community School


    Class Expectations:

    Students are expected to come to class expecting to learn, work and contribute: 1. Students are to come to class expecting to learn Students are to attend class on a regular basis Students are to bring appropriate learning materials to class each day 2. Students are to come to class expecting to work Students are expected to complete all assignments by the due date Students are to utilize class time efficiently 3. Students are to come to class expecting to contribute Students are to follow the class rules and procedures Students are to participate in class activities Most of all, students are expected to be responsible, be respectful, and be prepared at all times! Grading Policy: 1. Each assignment is assigned a point value and every assignment turned in receives points 2. Grades are based upon total points earned (not graded on a curve) 3. It is the students responsibility to keep track of your grade by signing in to Engrade on a weekly basis 4. Parents will have access to student grades on Engrade and MiSiS Parent Portal

    letter grades (with approx. %) subject achievement work habits/cooperation Tutorials: 40% A (90-100)% E = Excellent Binder & Grade Checks: 30% B (80-89)% S = Satisfactory Other Assignments: 30% C (70-79)% U = Unsatisfactory D (60-69)% F (59-below)%

    Attendance Truancies and tardiness are unacceptable. All absences must be cleared through the attendance office. I will enforce the Los Angeles School District attendance and tardy policies as outlined in the parent/student handbook. Disciplinary Policy 1. First offense: verbal warning and deduction of cooperation/work habits points 2. Second offense: deduction of cooperation/work habits points and temporary desk relocation 3. Third offense: deduction of cooperation/work habits points and parent contact 4. Fourth offense: deduction of cooperation/work habits points, parent contact and detention 5. Consequences for continued behavior include any of the following, as appropriate:

    permanent desk relocation, parent conference, behavior contract, referral to dean, counselor and/or administrator, class suspension, etc.

    **A detailed record of each offense is maintained. **All violations are cumulative

    **Major violations of the student code of conduct will receive the appropriate disciplinary action as described in the parent/student handbook

  • Ms. Schwarz Diego Rivera Learning Complex Room B201 Public Service Community School


    Classroom Procedures

    1. You must bring your required materials to class each day. These materials include: AVID Binder with pencil pouch Weekly Calendar/Planner Lined Notebook Paper Pen or Pencil Highlighter iPad

    All borrowed materials must be returned and will affect your work habits grade. You are responsible for replacing textbooks, notebooks and supplies that are lost, damaged or stolen.

    2. Each class begins with a warm-up and ends with an exit slip. Start the warm-up as soon as the bell rings. Warm-ups and exit-slips cannot be made up due to absence or tardiness. If you are tardy, you must submit a tardy pass and sign and begin classwork immediately and without interruptions. Warm-ups and exit-slips are turned in at the end of every week.

    3. You will keep track of assignments and due dates in your student calendar/planner. An outline of each days agenda, including assigned reading, classwork, projects and homework will be posted in the classroom. It is each students responsibility to complete each assignment when it is due and to maintain a record of points earned for each assignment.

    4. Absences do not excuse you from any required assignments. When you have been absent, it is your responsibility to check the calendar for what you have missed and to turn in all assignments.

    5. Make-up work, tests or quizzes must be done before school, after school, or during nutrition/lunch periods. It is your responsibility to schedule a date and time to make up an assignment, test or quiz.

    6. The teacher dismisses class; not the bell 7. If you need to leave class (restroom, nurse, etc.) you must receive permission and take the classroom

    pass. Only one student is allowed to leave class at any given time. No passes are issued the first 15 minutes or last 15 minutes of the class period.

    8. Cooperation/Work Habits grades are earned for being prepared, participation in class activities, as well as exceptional student work and/or behavior. Being unprepared, refusing to participate, as well as inappropriate student work and/or behavior will result in an unsatisfactory mark on the grade report.

    9. Electronics will be used for instructional purposes only. When not being used, students are expected to have their iPads face down on their desk. No cell phone usage or charging is allowed.

    Teacher Availability I am available before school, during lunch, and after school for any student who wishes to stop by for questions. Tutoring is also available after school, if needed. Although this course is rigorous and challenging, I have confidenc