• Link for syllabus:  AVID Syllabus


    Syllabus for AVID

    Melisa Putney

    Phone Number:  919-359-2769 Ext. 4785

    Email:  melisaputney@johnston.k12.nc.us



    1.  Course Description and Instructional Goals


    AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination; therefore, it is necessary that students understand they are the key to their success in this program. The AVID class is designed to empower students by teaching students to apply the necessary skills and work habits to be successful in a rigorous learning environment.  AVID includes instruction in study skills, organization skills, communication skills, reading comprehension, writing, collaboration, inquiry, test-taking strategies, and personal development. To promote education and a college-focused future, students will be visiting colleges and introduced to guest speakers.


    *If you know of anyone that could possibly be a guest speaker (including parents) during class or on Fridays during Club Day, please let me know.

    1. Instructional Model


    WICOR(Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organizational Skills and Critical Reading

    Collaborative Learning Groups

    Tutorial training/support


    Time/Goal Management

    College Exploration/ Research/Presentations

    Cornell Notes

    AVID Curriculum

    III. AVID Contract


    The AVID contract outlines the program and requirements.  In addition to the AVID essentials, students are required to exhibit good citizenship, refrain from excessive absences and tardies, maintain at least a “C” average in all classes at all times, and avoid disciplinary referrals.


    1. Agenda


    Students will be given an agenda/calendar.  Each student must enter assignments every day, including quizzes, tests, projects and also note if there is no homework.  Agendas will be a component of the binder evaluation.  

    Parent or teacher signatures may be required periodically.


    1. AVID Binder

    ​Students will maintain a 3-inch binder.  A divider and labeled tab for each course will be required.   All notes, handouts, tests, etc. are to be dated and filed in this binder.  The binder will be checked regularly for organization, Cornell notes, and the other AVID essentials. The AVID Binder is an essential part of student success.


    1. Cornell Notes/Learning Logs


    Students will learn the Cornell Note-Taking method in the AVID class.  Students will be required to use this note-taking strategy in their core classes (when appropriate).


    Students will also learn how to create and use learning logs.  Learning logs are often a helpful way to review/reflect on what was covered in class.

    VII. Expectations/Policies  


    All AVID contractual agreement rules and procedures are expected to be followed. This includes following all Johnston County School policies as well as the expectations set forth by the AVID elective teacher.


    AVID students are expected to engage in outstanding citizenship and give 100% effort every day.

    VIII. AVID In-Class Activities  


    Students will participate in many AVID activities throughout the school year. Many of these activities will be finished within class. Examples of class activities include: reading, note-taking, essay writing, oral presentations, class discussions, listening skills, goal setting, and vocabulary development.  


    1. Homework Policy


    It is expected that AVID students spend time every night doing homework for all of their classes. In addition, notes taken in content classes, as well as in AVID Enhancement class, must be reviewed and edited for completeness. Students must commit to an hour of study time per night for core classes.  Other homework assignments may include projects, working on college exploration and/or investigation of various components of the college process, self-assessments, essays, vocabulary and research.

    1. Grading Policy


    Students are expected to meet all deadlines for class work and homework. Classwork and homework assignments will all be weighted equally.  In the event any assignments is weighted more, the change will be noted on the rubric supplied by the teacher.

    Five points will deducted if assignments are turned in after the due date.

    1. AVID Attire


    Students will be expected to wear AVID attire for all field trips, guest speakers, and other AVID events.  AVID attire consists of khaki or black dress pants and the AVID shirt.


    Grading Scale

    100-90                A

    89 - 80                B

    79 - 70                C

    69 - 60                D

    59  →                  F


    Materials List:           

    3” or 4” Binder

    *Important Message:

    This binder is needed for AVID this year.  Teachers know that the AVID students will have a big binder holding all work for each class. Some teachers have you keep work in the room. That is fine. You will still have items for those subjects in your binder.  I have extra binders if anyone needs one.                            

    Pencils                                                                 Expo Marker(s)

    Blue or Black pens                                     Highlighters

    Tab Dividers (8 +)                                       Agenda (school provides this)

    Notebook filler paper                               1 subject wirebound notebook

    Sheet protectors ( for items that will remain in the notebook for the year)

    **************Please sign and return this syllabus. Once I see that it has been signed, I will return it for further reference. Thank you.**************

    Student Signature ______________________________________________

    Parent/Guardian Signature________________________________________