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Karshner Elementary students confident about the future
Karshner Elementary students confident about the future
Posted on 02/06/2018
Karshner Elementary students confident about the future

Students at Karshner Elementary have big plans for their future. Sixth graders Stevie Entrekin, Giselle Hernandez Chavez, Homero Marquez-Apreza, and Johan Cruz shared their goals of attending college, owning a business, becoming a musician, or perhaps a veterinarian.

One thing is clear: the students are confident they will have choices as they transition from K-12 schools to post-secondary opportunities. 

AVID students at Karshner

The students were part of a presentation made by Principal Lashawnda Baldwin on the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) strategies that are practiced at Karshner Elementary. Parents and staff throughout the district came to Karshner to learn what an AVID school looks like when it is fully and appropriately implemented.

 They presented answers to these questions:

  •    How has AVID impacted your learning?
  •    What skills from AVID do you use at home and at school?
  •    How do you see yourself using these skills in the future?
  •    What are your plans for the future?

The AVID system uses proven practices to teach students note-taking, organization, collaboration, and higher levels of questioning skills. These strategies are embedded in the K-6 curriculum. Students in the AVID elective class at the secondary level have the opportunity to take field trips and tour local colleges.

Karshner Elementary incorporated the AVID system six years ago and has been selected as an AVID Showcase school for the past four years. 

AVID at KarshnerSuperintendent Tim Yeomans explained to the audience the district is fully invested in AVID. The district recognizes that students come to school with different life experiences. In order to provide opportunities for all students the AVID system teaches them tools to be successful. According to its website, “AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.”

The Puyallup School District has embraced AVID since 2005. Beginning at Emerald Ridge High School with one class, the district made the commitment to grow the program to all schools, except for Walker Alternative High School.  Today AVID practices are in all 31 schools, and the district has invested in extensive training for staff.

Karshner will be hosting a regional AVID Showcase in April. Administrators and staff from schools throughout the region will come to learn about AVID systems at Karshner and to observe first-hand the strategies being taught in classrooms.

Nancy French