Release Date: 6/13/2018
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Dundalk Middle named an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction

First middle school in Maryland to receive this recognition

Towson, MD – What a way to end the school year! Dundalk Middle School announced today that it will be certified as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction for the 2018-19 school year.(AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.)

There are currently only two AVID Schoolwide Sites of Distinction in Maryland – New Town High School and Pikesville High School – and Dundalk is the first middle school in the state to achieve this recognition.

“The AVID program at Dundalk Middle School inspires students to learn and use instructional strategies to become college and career ready,” said Principal Seth Barish. “We are not a school with AVID, we are an AVID school committed to academic excellence.”

The AVID college-preparatory program began at Dundalk Middle in the fall of 2008. As of 2018, program enrollment has reached 113 students, 18% of the school’s total population. As of third quarter, 35% of Dundalk Middle’s AVID students earned honor roll status, and the AVID attendance rate was 94.5%.

This school year, Dundalk’s AVID scholars began giving back to their community by partnering with WE Schools. Students earned service-learning hours while investigating distracted driving and cyberbullying and spreading awareness to more than 850 community residents. They also shared their research on the school’s morning announcements. As part of the partnership with WE Schools, two guest speakers from that organization spoke to AVID Scholars about the importance of literacy and worked with students to create children’s books. The last WE Schools partnership project for the school year is looking at inclusion for all.

Earlier this spring, Dundalk Middle hosted an AVID Showcase, welcoming more than 40 participants from other schools and counties to see how AVID works at Dundalk Middle.

AVID Schoolwide Sites of Distinction are recognized for implementing AVID with high levels of fidelity and demonstrating that AVID positively impacts students across the entire campus. To become an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction, 60% of teachers need to be certified as AVID Center-trained by either attending a three-day AVID Summer Institute or participating in 12 hours of AVID professional learning workshops during one school year; school leadership must be actively involved in the workings of the AVID site team; and AVID strategies must be routinely used across content areas. Additionally, middle schools that are certified as AVID Schoolwide Sites of Distinction must have a majority of their Grade 8 students enrolled in at least one course of rigor and must expose students to pre-collegiate activities, including taking a practice PSAT test.

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