Posted in Help Yourself

Don’t Waste Your Summer!

As you are patting yourself on the back for finally getting out of middle school and heading to high school don’t think you are going to just sit back and WASTE your summer.  No way!  You are an AVID student and you should begin to prepare for the rigor of High School because I promise you high school is way harder than middle school especially if you plan on taking honor’s/A.P. classes!


So how can you prepare for high school during the summer you ask yourself.  Read!  Get into the habit of reading every day.  In high school, you will be expected to read a lot more than you did in middle school.  English classes will expect you to read novels and your other classes will expect you to actually read the textbook.  Gasp!

Find the Downey High website.  See what’s on it.  There you will find information about clubs, activities, special events, games, and important information.  Some teachers will use the website to write down homework and other important assignments.


Be sure to attend Summer School.  For only a few hours a day, you will learn where everything is located on campus, make new friends, get some credits, work on your GPA, and NOT LOOK LIKE A LOST FRESHMEN.  Every student that has taken AVID summer school has said it was completely worth it.  Give it a try.

Lastly, be sure to read this website.  I am always putting great things on this site.  Go through and look around there will definitely be a few things worth reading.

Congratulations, class of 2018, I will miss you!

Posted in Awesome Articles

AVID 7 2017 College Projects

AVID 7 has been learning about colleges.  The projects are divided into four groups.  Click on one of the icons below to see the 2017 Thinglink College projects.



The California State Universities are 23 public schools located in the state of California. It is the largest four-year college program in the United States.  Approximately 100,000 students graduate from these 23 schools a year.  California State Universities are known for their affordability.







The Universities of California are 10 public schools located in the state of California.  These schools are known for their large campuses and their low acceptance rates.





There are approximately 130 private colleges in the state of California.  They are known to be smaller in size and more expensive than public schools.




screenshot-256There are a number of schools public and private located outside California.

Posted in Awesome Articles

2016 AVID 7 College Pennant Project

Check out AVID 7’s 2016 College Pennant Project Video.

Below are student-created projects on colleges.  Click on the link to learn a bit more about each school listed below.

California State Universities

California State University, Bakersfield
California State University Channel Islands
California State University, Chico
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fullerton
Humboldt State University
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University Maritime Academy
California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, Northridge
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Sacramento
California State University, San Bernardino
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San José State University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State University San Marcos
Sonoma State University
California State University, Stanislaus

Universities of California

UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Merced
UC Riverside
UC San Diego
UC San Francisco
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz

California Private Schools

Biola University
Cal Tech
Pepperdine University

Ivy League Schools

Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Harvard University
University of Pennsylvania
Princeton University

Schools Outside of California

Arizona State
Grand Canyon University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michigan State
New York University
University of Arizona
University of Florida
University of Miami
University of Oregon
University of South Carolina
Vanderbilt University

Don’t know the difference between a state school, university or private school?  Check out my blog on colleges here.

Want to learn more about going to college?  Below are some excellent resources





Posted in Class Life

Leadership Opportunities in AVID

_20171014_132649AVID 8 has been incredibly busy this year with leadership!  As one AVID student said we seem to have a focus every year.  In 7th grade, that focus was computers and coding this year’s focus was leadership.  AVID 8 had many leadership opportunities. Keep reading to find out what we did.

Every month Sussman Middle School had a school-wide binder and Pioneer Passport check.  Teachers would ask students to show them an organized binder and a Pioneer Passport which is Sussman’s name for an agenda completely filled out for the week.  AVID 8 students helped teachers check students binders and passports and collected data for the AVID program.  Some students were even allowed to run the entire check themselves.  Students really liked the opportunity to help teachers out and be in charge.  In addition, AVID students went on the school’s morning news to announce when the next check would be and to show examples of organized binders and Pioneer Passports.

AVID 8 students became quite proficient at using two self-grading programs called Grade Proof and Grammarly.  AVID 8 students were instrumental in not only teaching the Social Studies teachers on how to use the programs but also helping 6th and 7th-grade students use the programs to correct their DBQ essays on Google Docs.

Sussman Middle School recently created a newsletter.  Two students from AVID helped Mrs. Espeseth write an article about AVID that was placed in the Monthly school newsletter.

AVID 8 also helped with AVID Recruitment this year.  A number of AVID students spoke throughout the year to the 6th-grade exploratory classes to encourage students to join AVID when they reached 7th and 8th grade.

AVID 8 students were asked to show all 6th and 7th-graders how to look up their grades using Student Connect.  Then AVID 8 students helped students create goals at the 6-week mark before the end of the first semester and second semester.  

Both AVID 7 and AVID 8 made Christmas themed placemats for the Meals on Wheels program.  

AVID 8 students wanted to participate at Sussman Middle Schools first official Family Fun Night.  AVID 8 students, with some help from Mrs. Espeseth, decided what their booth would be, helped plan booth set up and take down, and who would work the booth.  Students decided to have a Cake booth.  Proceeds from the booth paid for the End of the Year Party and an after the event party.DSC_0513

AVID 8 students assisted parents who needed help fill-out the Parent LCAP survey at Open House and talked to parents about the AVID program.

After school tutoring was made available at Sussman Middle School.  AVID 8 students offered to tutor any students who needed help on Thursdays for most of the school year.