Southridge Tech Middle School staff participates in an array of professional development,which is aligned with AVID strategies and Microsoft Technologies. We employ school-wide AVID strategies and practices to transform our Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture of a school. All students belong to a college team in which they attend college and career field trips to inspire and motivate students.  Our students are given opportunities to learn about and utilize the research-based Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR) strategies in the classroom to help prepare them for high school and college. 

    School-wide Practices

    W = Writing

    1. Writing is a learning tool,  a personal/public communication tool, and a record of thinking.
    2. Students who write consider the audience & purpose, engage in various writing processes to address specific situations, support their thinking and demonstrate understanding.

    I = Inquiry

    1. Inquiry is uncovering one’s understanding, asking critical questions,  and engaging in thinking, learning, & discussion.
    2. Students who inquire analyze & synthesize materials or ideas, clarify their own thinking, probe others’ thinking, and work through ambiguity.

    C = Collaboration

    1. Collaboration is teamwork with shared responsibility, sharing of ideas, info, & opinions, and formal/informal discussion.
    2. Students who collaborate work together toward a common goal, develop positive interdependence, work in focused study groups, support the learning of others.

    O = Organization

    1. Organization is managing materials, planning & prioritizing, and strategically controlling your learning responsibly.
    2. Students who organize develop & use processes, manage their time well, interact with their teachers, and use self-direction & self-evaluation.

    R = Reading

    1. Reading is gaining meaning, understanding, & knowledge from print & other media and purpose-driven interactive
    2. Students who read understand text structures, use prior knowledge & make connections to text, self, & world, make predictions & ask questions, and create visual images as they read.

    TRF and Reflection Documents                               Cornell Notes Template    




    Students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) elective will receive curriculum necessary to ensure that they will have the potential to be successful in a college preparatory path allowing them to:  

    • How to keep a neat, organized binder for all classes. 
    • How to take notes that can be used as study guides for tests. 
    • How to develop problem-solving skills. 
    • How to be responsible for their own learning! 

    In 7th and 8th AVID Elective

    The formula is simple - raise your expectations and, with the AVID support system in place, you will rise to the challenge. Not only are you enrolled in more rigorous core classes suitable for your academic needs, but also in the AVID elective. For one period a day you will learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that makes college seem attainable. You will become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.  

    The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading.  

    You will participate in an AVID-based curriculum every Monday and Wednesday.  Every Tuesday and Thursday, you will engage in collaborative tutorial groups with the help of college tutors that will ensure success in core classes.  Fridays are designated for field trips, motivational speakers, collaborative team-building projects, etc.  Furthermore, all students are recommended to keep an organized and weekly updated binder to ensure success in this elective.