2016-17 Marcus High School AVID "Advancement via individual determination"

MHS9 Teacher Inservice

AVID students teach MHS9 faculty about Cornell Notes and how they implement them in their classes!

Cornell note example from AVID I student!

Marcus AVID Family Kickoff Event; September 2016

MHS AVID Students get set up in "family groups" with students from different grade levels, giving students an opportunity to develop community and relationships within the AVID program!

Family group bonding together at the kickoff event!

AVID III leads "Career Day" at MHS!

AVID III 11th grade students conduct student-led "Career Day" at MHS. Students researched professions, created business cards, compiled professional questions, and interviewed professionals in their career interest areas.

AVID III students "dressed for success" to meet with local professionals on "Career Day."

8th graders from Briarhill & Lamar "shadow" AVID I!

8th grade AVID students at Briarhill and Lamar Middle School "shadowed" MHS9 AVID I students for a full school day - learning more about the AVID program and the environment and expectations of high-school!

AVID Awards

On a quarterly basis, AVID students nominate recipients for two awards: "AVID Studly teacher" and "Small things, GREAT LOVE"! The class surprises the recipient, and students speak about what makes the recipient so deserving of the award!

MHS9 SRO is congratulated by AVID I students for receiving the "small things, GREAT LOVE" award for the positive impact he makes on the campus.

MHS9 students honor head custodian, Mr. Jose, for his selfless service and kindness on the campus!

Mr. Allison receiving his "studly teacher" award for his impact in the MHS9 Social Studies department!

AVID II & III visit Texas A&M University!

In October of 2016, AVID II (10th) and AVID III (11th) students toured both Texas A&M University and Blinn College!

AVID I visits UTA!

AVID I (9th) participate in a college admissions presentation at the University of Texas at Arlington!

AVID I students practice their "AVID handshake" with their UTA tour guides!

AVID Tutorials

AVID students are supported in their rigorous courses by "AVID tutorials." Each student brings in a "point of confusion" from a course of their choosing. A student presents at the board, and their peers an AVID tutor support them by asking questions and providing inquirty to guide them to a new understanding.

These collaborative learning groups help students grow in critical thinking skills, note-taking, confidence as presenters, and community in the classroom.

Marcus AVID receives LEF grant!

Marcus AVID receives a $2,500 grant from Lewisville ISD Education Foundation! Here the AVID I students celebrate with Coach Wallace!

The LEF grant facilitated an update of the MHS AVID classroom as the program enters its 3rd year, and the number of AVID students on the MHS main campus grows!

MHS "Parent Education Program"

AVID students were regular presenters at PEP events this year! Here AVID students answer questions about registration from future Marcus HS parents!

AVID III students present at PEP on "Time Management" and how parents can support and equip their students in how to most effectively manage their time and commitments!

AVID I students return to Lamar Middle School to share with parents about the AVID program and its benefits!

AVID I Recruitment

Marcus AVID received its highest applicant interest level in program history, with 150 applicants and interviewees for the 2017-'18 school year!


Marcus AVID hosts AVID club on a monthly basis, and all Marcus students are welcome to attend!

AVID club hosts a great afternoon of dodgeball!

AVID Club hears from University of North Texas admissions' counselors!

UNT college admissions presentation in the MHS9 lecture hall.

AVID Club hosts NBC5's Krystle Gutierrez as a motivational speaker!

Krystle Gutierrez shared her personal and professional experience with AVID club.

AVID students practice their handshake as they thank Ms. Gutierrez for her insight!

AVID students host "AVID Site team dessert bar" to thank the AVID site team for their support and advocacy!

AVID I students participate in a fun team-building activity!

AVID I tours Baylor University!

In April of 2017, AVID I (9th) students tour the Baylor campus!

AVID II tours UNT & TWU!

In April of 2017, AVID II (10th) check out both the University of North Texas and Texas Women's University!


AVID III (11th) check out the University of Oklahoma!


AVID III makes a day of it and visits Oklahoma State University as well!

AVID Celebration Event!

Marcus AVID students led the "AVID Celebration Event" -- comprised of student hosts, student speakers from each grade level, and a video sharing their experiences, insights, and celebration from being in AVID!

Marcus AVID Celebration Video:

AVID III students pose together to celebrate a great year together!

Thank you VERY much for making it an incredible 2016-17 school year for the Marcus High School AVID program!

Our deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to you!

-- Marcus High School AVID Site Team --

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