Welcome to Fort Collins High School! 9th Grade Transition

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A.V.I.D. @ FCHS — A Pathway to College

Hey Incoming 9th graders!

Are you excited about high school but worried about staying organized?

Are you looking forward to taking challenging classes but wonder if you’ll be successful?

Are you thinking about going to college but questioning if it’s really possible?

At Fort Collins High School, joining our A.V.I.D. family offers a proven pathway to college success. A.V.I.D. (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a four-year program that includes the A.V.I.D. elective course you take along with your other classes. For one class period a day, you will learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking and inquiry strategies, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make the college dream accessible to all students.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Spaces are limited, though, so check out the links to more information including an invitation letter in English and Spanish, the AVID page on the FCHS website, written and video testimonials from former and current A.V.I.D. students, and, then complete the application form and return it ASAP.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Vigil, AVID Counselor (tvigil@psdschools.org) or Dr. Roth, Assistant Principal (jroth@psdschools.org)

The A.V.I.D. Mission Statement

“A.V.I.D.’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.”

At FCHS, there are plenty of ways to become involved in our school community.

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Mark your calendar for August

CAPP (Collins Academic Prep Program) Updates!

CAPP/Bridges Summer Transition Program originally scheduled for June 1-12 at FCHS is postponed and tentatively rescheduled for August 3-11.

For the past several years at Fort Collins High, we have offered a unique summer enrichment program called CAPP – Collins Academic Prep Program - during the first two weeks in June to support the transition from middle school to high school. 8th grade counselors have assisted us in identifying potential candidates who may benefit from this program. In fact, a number of current 8th graders have already submitted their applications for this summer. Moving forward the program will be called BRIDGES.

Due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid outbreak, BRIDGES (CAPP) will not be held in June. We are tentatively considering alternate dates for the program during the first two weeks of August prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year; however, given the unknowns we currently face, we cannot confirm those dates at this time.

The BRIDGES (CAPP) program is free of charge, but transportation is NOT provided. Students who attend and complete the program will earn high school elective credit and get a head start on graduation requirements. The instructors are current FCHS teachers who have a unique understanding of the needs of incoming 9th graders. These teachers along with guest teachers and counselors will lead numerous activities assisted by FCHS Peer Counselors and former CAPP participants. Your child will be working on language arts and math as well as developing organizational skills to be better prepared to meet the expectations of high school. Additionally, there will be team building and other fun activities to orient them to FCHS.

In the event that we are able to host BRIDGES (CAPP) in August, we will have a limited number of spaces available. If you are interested, please complete the interest form and return it via email to jroth@psdschools.org. We will be in touch throughout the summer with updates regarding the program.

We are committed to ensuring a successful and healthy transition to high school and look forward to working with you and your child over the next four years.


Jennifer Roth, Assistant Principal, jroth@psdschools.org

Rob Larson, Assistant Principal, rlarson@psdschools.org

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We can't wait for you to begin your journey with us in August!

Hello incoming freshmen!

Hello incoming freshmen!

I cannot wait for all of you to join the FCHS community next year! I know it can be nerve-racking to come into a new school, but I can assure each and every one of you that you will be able to grow and succeed in high school. I want to share some advice with you that I wish that I had known when I came into FCHS. First of all, and most importantly, build up your self-confidence! You will be able to find great friends here, but to be able to do this it is important to have confidence in yourself. High school is all about preparing yourself for the next steps in life, and learning more about yourself. I also suggest that you stay organized! This concept is different for everyone, so whether you feel accomplished by writing down your homework in a planner and being able to cross it off when you finish it, or color coding all of your notes in a way that makes sense to you, find an organizational tactic that makes you feel successful. It is important to remember that while you will have a fun experience in high school, going to class and learning the material provided is essential. Another important concept to understand before joining FCHS is that it is best to get as involved as possible. Whether that means joining a club that sounds interesting to you, or playing a sport that you’ve always wanted to, joining these activities will not only be fun, but it will introduce you to new friends around school. Fort Collins High School is a large school with many students, which can be very intimidating! Through classes and activities, you will start to meet new people, and see more familiar faces in the busy hallways. Last but not least, have fun! Don’t be embarrassed to cheer loudly at football games, or dress up crazy for spirit days. You will only have four years of high school, so live to the fullest, without having any regrets. I cannot wait to meet all of you, see you in the fall!

-Anna Winn

Welcome to freshman year at Collins! You have a lot to learn in your next four years and I think above all it’s important to be open to trying new things, making new friends, and stepping outside of your comfort zone. Your high school experience is what you make of it, and there will always be people to help and support you.

-Paige Thomas

Hey lambkins! Something I wish I knew going into my freshman year was that we are all in this together. The transition might be scary, but all of your peers are right there with you. Your teachers all want to see you succeed and are here to help you along the way. Although it’s not like High School Musical, Collins has so many ways for you to get involved and try something new.

-Malia Schonfeld

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