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AVID elective prepares students for college

AVID elective prepares students for college

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2019


Filed under In-Depth, Photo Slide Shows, Student Life

AVID is a program offered in the district that is meant to give middle academic students an extra boost on their path to college. Most students enrolled are the first in their family to go to college, so this experience is completely new to them. Despite the benefits of the class, AVID students ...

ACT should be an embedded part of curriculum instruction

ACT should be an embedded part of curriculum instruction

Hannah Genosky, Distribution Reporter

December 20, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Podcasts

Forty-nine percent of high school students say that they feel “a great deal of stress” on a daily basis. High school students worry about the ACT a lot because of how important it is. Starting in ninth grade, teachers will talk about the ACT but never go in depth. ACT curriculum should be taught m...

Fatima Menawa defines character with standout essay

Fatima Menawa defines character with standout essay

Jesse Brown, Distribution Reporter

December 22, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, Showcase

Martin Luther King once wrote: “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” This fall BestPrep hosted an essay competition for over 400 students. Students had to write an essay on the quote above and on two questions about character that were given to them by BestPrep. The two que...

English teacher Brandon Maxwell, makes a difference in Tanzania

English teacher Brandon Maxwell, makes a difference in Tanzania

Jack Seipel, Social Media Editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under In-Depth

While only in his 30s, English and AVID teacher Brandon Maxwell has touched hundreds, even thousands of lives. At the start of his career in 2005, Maxwell spent three years teaching secondary English in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He volunteered in Madala, a village just north of Dar Es Salaam. "...

What’s in Mrs. Bartlett’s Desk?

What’s in Mrs. Bartlett’s Desk?

Emma Lowey, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 19, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, Student Life

Stacy Bartlett teaches both biology and AVID in room A1234. She is known as a wacky and free spirited teacher with some crazy funny stories. It's no wonder she would have some pretty interesting stuff in her desk. From silly glasses to plush figurines - she's got it all, come check out what she has! ...

Maxwell makes impact through community service

Maxwell makes impact through community service

Megan Karnuth, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2016


Filed under Features, In-Depth, Photo Slide Shows

  Brandon Maxwell, English and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher, is the perfect example of a teacher who goes above and beyond to make an impact on students and the world. Not only is the tremendous at connecting with students, but he is involved in a great amount o...

AVID preparing students for the future

Clay Knoll, Advertising editor

December 6, 2014


Filed under News

New at this year is AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination). AVID is a program taught as a class designed to help prepare students for college by improving the way they study, write essays and take notes. There is currently one class hour of it at the high school. Most of the students in A...

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