9th Grade AVID Elective Syllabus

    Hood River High School – School Year (2019-20)


    Instructor: Ms. Jennifer Durand 


    Master of Arts in Teaching, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art History, SUNY Stonybrook, Stonybrook, NY

    Email: jennifer.durand@hoodriver.k12.or.us Phone: (541) 386-4555 ext. 5555 

    Room: C-06


    Major Concepts/Content: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a year-long academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to support their academic growth. Participating in AVID is an honor and privilege, therefore certain requirements must be met in order to remain in the program.


    • Students will focus on learning skills to support successful completion of all academic classes.
    • Students will complete research on the following topics: colleges, careers of interest, financial sustainability based on their goals for life.


    Core Values of HRVHS AVID Program


    • Hard work pays off
    • Your behavior has consequences (good and bad)
    • Take personal responsibility for your actions and thoughts
    • Advocate for what you need and want
    • True learning involves stress


    Materials Needed for Class

    • 3 Inch, 3 Ring Binder with 8 Dividing Tabs
    • Lined Notebook Paper
    • Pens (black, blue, red), Pencils, and brick Eraser
    • Highlighters in different colors
    • Pencil Pouch
    • Calendar (a.k.a. your “Life”) – it will be checked often and should include all academic due dates, study sessions, assignment deadlines, and extracurricular activities


    • Your grade in this class is based on a simple percentage of total points possible. (see below)
    • Late work will NOT be accepted. Period.
    • If you have a prearranged absence, all your missing work must be turned in before you leave or upon the day of your return to class. No exceptions.
    • Parents and students can check grades on the Home Access Center at the link below. 


    Grade Percentage

    Letter Grade




    The student has a fully utilized planner, fully completed all TRFs on time, surpassed all expectations for binder checks, completed 6 hours of community service, and received an A on all in-class work.



    The student has used their planner most of the time, completed all TRFs on time, met all expectations for binder checks, completed 6 hours of community service, and received a B or better on all in-class work.



    The student has occasionally used their planner, completed 75% of TRFs on time, met 75% expectations for binder checks, completed 4 or more hours of community service, and received a C or better on all in-class work.



    The student has rarely used their planner, completed 65% of TRFs on time, met 65% expectations for binder checks, completed 2 or more hours of community service, and received a D or better on all in-class work and will be put on probation next semester.

    59 below


    The student has not met a sufficient number of course objectives to pass a minimum level and receives no credit and will be removed from the AVID program.  

    * A final failing grade in any class automatically removes a student from the AVID program.


    AVID 9 Semester Expectations to maintain your earned place in AVID

    1. Maintain a 2.5 GPA, no F grades on transcripts (semester grades) 
    2. Complete 10 hours of community service
    3. Be involved in one afterschool activity


    Classroom Expectations:

    1. ATTENDANCE - Personal electronics (phone) will be put in a class pocket organizer for the entire period. Phones in the assigned pocket will be used for attendance. (phone in pocket = present in class, no phone in pocket = absent).
    2. Complete and Turn in Assignments on Time:  Late work will NOT be accepted.  
    3. Study:  Studying is investing in your future success. Hard work pays off.

    As AVID students you will be held at a higher level of expectation than average students. 

    As your AVID teacher make me proud of your actions inside and outside of school.