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Vista Heights Middle School named AVID Site of Distinction

Vista Heights Middle School is officially an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) School-wide Site of Distinction. During the year, staff have attended AVID trainings and are using Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading and AVID strategies in their lessons.


AVID is a program intended to promote equity, teacher effectiveness, leadership and student learning while closing the opportunity gap in college graduation rates.


Assistant Administrator of Instructional Improvement and Academic Coaching Erica Melendrez and the counselors were instrumental in programs for students this year including 7th grade and 8th grade PSAT day. Principal Mark Hasson and Professional Development Specialist Antoinette Saldana worked to ensure Vista Heights had AVID-trained teachers create a college and career ready school culture through time, hard work and dedication! Great Job, VHMS!


“We thank the teachers, counselors and administration of Vista Heights Middle School for their dedication and hard work in creating a wonderful school culture,” said Board Clerk Cleveland Johnson, “Everyone at the school should be proud, as our Board of Education is, that Vista Heights Middle School has achieved the recognition as an AVID Distinction School.” 

The AVID website says AVID Sites of Distinction demonstrate a high level of commitment to increase the number of college ready students, but also demonstrate the positive results achieved by these actions. The recognition is also a way to validate the implementation of AVID and encourage schools to take their AVID implementation even farther.
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