Text Box: Mr. Rugnetta, Room 351

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Welcome to AVID at Roosevelt High School!

(Advancement Via Individual Determination)


Course Philosophy


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is offered as an elective course that prepares students for entrance into four-year colleges. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading (WICOR) to support their growth academically.


Course Description/Structure


AVID meets 5 hours per week. Instruction using WICOR strategies are used for two of these hours. Two hours are spent per week in tutor-led study groups. For the remaining hour, students are introduced to motivational activities and other academic skills.


The AVID curriculum consists of the following:


College and Careers – AVID prepares students for their future with lessons on college and career exploration. We also support students in developing the skills they need to be successful in their post-secondary goals.


Strategies for Success – Students learn skills such as time management, note taking, textbook reading, library research, and maintaining the AVID binder. Students are expected to maintain an organized binder or other organization system which will be graded regularly. The organization system will include a planner, class notes, assignments, and homework. Students must carry and use this system in every class, every day.


Writing Curriculum – AVID stresses the importance or “writing as a tool for learning.” In AVID, students learn that writing is a process. Students are expected to use this process in all grade level writing assignments.


Critical Reading – Develops students’ ability to read, write about, and discuss challenging texts in order to better prepare them for the rigors of their current and future classes.


Tutorials – On these days, students work in small groups with college tutors who assist them with questions from their other classes. Students take notes during tutorials and use class and textbook notes to inform these discussions and learn from each other. Tutors help students with the process of learning through inquiry, rather than giving students the answers to their questions. Tutorials also help students learn the value of working with, learning from, and teaching one another.


Students will also participate in motivational activities including college and career research, guest speakers, field trips, and other education and service learning opportunities in our community.



AVID students will be assessed using a variety of performance-based assessments. Part of their grade will illustrate their achievement of the AVID basics, such as a well-organized binder, participation in tutorials, and note-taking. Additionally, students will be assessed on timed writings, practice college entrance tests, participation in Socratic Seminars, and other activities.


Grading is based on the following:                                                                                           


Grading Scale

A:   100% - 93%

A-:  92% - 90%

B+: 89% - 87%

B:   86% - 83%

B-:  82% - 80%

C+: 79% - 77%

C:   76% - 73%

C-:  72% - 70%

D+: 69% - 67%

D:   66% - 63%

D-:  62% - 60%

F:  Below 60%


Student Expectations – To protect the safety of all students and to create a productive learning environment, students will…

·         Be Prepared

·         Be Respectful

·         Strive for Continuous Improvement

Teacher Expectations – Students will receive meaningful and timely feedback on assignments to help students gauge their progress and growth in the class.  Students will receive clear expectations for each task assigned in class.  Additionally, I will keep students informed of their grades and assignments in all of their classes and work with parents, support networks, and other school staff to ensure student receive the highest level of education available to them.  



Please let me know at any time if you have questions, comments, concerns, or if there is anything I can do to better support your student.


I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

Most sincerely,            


Mr. Rugnetta

Email:  Mark.Rugnetta@mpls.k12.mn.us   

Cell: 612-750-3662





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Family contact sheet:

Family involvement and support is essential to student success in AVID:


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