Smithfield Herald

Smithfield-Selma named AVID Showcase School

From left, Smithfield-Selma High School teachers Laura Chalfant, Kaye Pearce, JoEllen Holder, Richard Philips, Deanne Mertz and Sarah Barnhart and assistant principal Sarah Reynolds spent their evenings in Philadelphia visiting the sites, including Love Park. Not pictured is Elliot Froehbrodt.
From left, Smithfield-Selma High School teachers Laura Chalfant, Kaye Pearce, JoEllen Holder, Richard Philips, Deanne Mertz and Sarah Barnhart and assistant principal Sarah Reynolds spent their evenings in Philadelphia visiting the sites, including Love Park. Not pictured is Elliot Froehbrodt. JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Smithfield-Selma High School has been named Johnston County first AVID Showcase School.

SSS received the honor at the AVID Summer Institute in Philadelphia.

AVID is short for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The program is designed to help young people reach college.

“The fact that we have achieved showcase status proves that we are implementing the AVID system with fidelity at our school,” said Kaye Pearce, AVID coordinator at Smithfield-Selma High School. “It is thriving and growing.”

This year, SSS is moving to implement AVID strategies in all classrooms in order to promote lifelong learning and increase academic success. The school-wide approach stems from past test scores and individual success of AVID students.

“AVID provides teachers and students valuable instructional strategies that are proven to increase student performance,” said assistant principal Sarah Reynolds. “As a result, students in the AVID program perform on average much higher on (end-of-course exams) than their peers.”

Last year, 78 percent of AVID students at SSS showed mastery on the English II and math I exams.

The AVID program at SSS is growing. Last year, 81 students were in the program; this year, 132 are.

Designed to be a college-readiness program, AVID has been the ticket for admission for many Spartan seniors. For the past five years, 100 percent of AVID seniors have won admission to college.

“As the AVID program grows, more students will have the opportunity to experience academic success,” Reynolds said.

This year, the AVID program is designed to do just that: reach more students.

“Our hope and goal this year is to move what is so beneficial to the students in the AVID elective to a more school-wide approach,” Pearce said.

Joseph Eno is AVID coordinator for Johnston County Schools. “Smithfield-Selma High School was chosen to be a showcase school because they have a solid site team, strong administration support, several trained staff members and a strong coordinator,” he said.

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