Edison High School has been named a national AVID demonstration school, meaning the Edison Advancement Via Individual Determination program will be a showcase of best practices for promoting a college bound student body in a student population where few parents went to college themselves.
The school was reviewed by state and national AVID teams prior to receiving the organization’s top honor. Fewer than 2 percent of schools across the country are chosen as demonstration sites. Edison’s program, designed to move students from families without college backgrounds into advanced education, has been a huge success.
Edison’s has a big AVID team, about 16 percent its student population. The staff and students cheered the day the announcement was made, following a special presentation by national AVID leaders. One hundred percent of Edison’s AVID seniors applied to college this year and so far nearly 90 percent have been accepted for next fall. “The goal is that they go to UCs, so we aim for that bar and if they don’t make it to a UC, they’ll get into a CSU,” said Edison AVID teacher Justin Moeckli.
Sheryl Peters, SUSD AVID Coordinator, was clearly moved by the national honor bestowed the school. Now Edison moves to replicate the program’s success across the rest of the student body. Avid national directors credited Edison AVID teachers and staff with creating an effective program that is working for kids.
And the teachers shared that credit with their students. “This is really a reflection on them,” Moeckli said. ‘You can’t stress enough that the children of south Stockton are fabulous kids and I wouldn’t work anywhere else.”
Principal Brian Biedermann, who led the effort to promote the program, said he was thrilled for his school. “I could not be more honored or more proud,” he said.
Hundreds of SUSD sixth, seventh and eighth graders packed the Spanos Center at the University of the Pacific last week for a student leadership summit to talk about ways to continue to make schools happier places of learning for ALL students.
Students from throughout the district participated in the Peer Leaders Uniting Students day-long workshop led by PLUS director John Vandenburgh, SUSD coordinator Jillian Glende and education services director Reyes Gauna. Superintendent Julie Penn was a featured speaker, getting the nearly 900 students to their feet in a rousing chorus of support for the power of student inclusion and leadership.
Thank you to all of the hundreds of volunteers and the Rotary Read-In directors who staged the biggest reading event yet on February 26. We had community members in just about every pre-k through 3rd grade class in Stockton Unified School district and the students loved every minute of it. We know your time is important and we appreciate your spending some of it with us. Our students are our single most important asset and we appreciate all your support to help them succeed.
2015-16 is year-two for the state’s Local Control Accountability Plan and SUSD is already planning for it. Join us. We have a number of parent meetings scheduled at our schools (go HERE ) and look forward to seeing you there. Last year the LCAP included funding for a number of programs our SUSD community requested to help us improve academic achievement for low income, English learners and foster youth.
What more should the district do? What are your ideas? Look for more meetings, a special survey, HERE on the LCAP webpage. We want to hear from you!