• AVID Elective (Hybrid)

    Instructor: Mr. Bickle

    email: bicklje@boe.richmond.k12.ga.us

    Remind Link (parents and students please join!)


    Course Description

    Major Concepts/Content: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities, and academic success skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to support their academic growth.

    Some students will have previous experience with AVID at the middle school grades, and some students will be experiencing AVID for the first time. Either way, the ninth grade AVID Elective course will serve as a review of the AVID philosophy and strategies. Students will work on academic and personal goals and communication, adjusting to the high school setting. Students will increase awareness of their personal contributions to their learning, as well as their involvement in their school and community. There is an emphasis on analytical writing, focusing on personal goals and thesis writing. Students will work in collaborative settings, learning how to participate in collegial discussions, and use sources to support their ideas and opinions. Students will prepare for, and participate in, college entrance and placement exams, while refining study skills and test-taking, note taking, and research techniques. They will take an active role in field trip and guest speaker preparations and presentations. Their college research will include financial topics and build their knowledge on colleges and careers of interest.


    Students will need:

    - Internet Access

    - laptop/PC (preferred) or smartphone

    (Face to face)


    - Paper

    - Notebook/binder

    Key Terms:


    This stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading.  These five elements are the categories of strategies that will help us learn.  

    AVID Tutorials

    This is the secret ingredient that makes the AVID Elective so special.  This is a class period devoted to answering questions that YOU have chosen from one of your other classes. Once we learn how, we will eventually hold tutorials twice a week, which will not only help you to do better in your core classes, but also prepare you for the kind of collaboration you will be doing in college and beyond.  

    AVID E-binder

    This is a "virtual binder" where you will record and organize your various notes and other documents from this course. We will go over how to set it up as we begin meeting.  


    School Closure Information for Face-to-Face students

    In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, it may become necessary to close down the school for a 2-week period. If this occurs, we will continue holding the class. The only difference is that face-to-face students will do fully online work on Canvas during this time.  Most of our assignments/materials will be located in Canvas regardless, so this will not be a drastic change, but please be prepared for the possibility of totally online work.


    Communication: For both online and face-to-face, it is essential that students and parents remain in constant contact. I urge students AND parents to join my Remind using the codes above, as this is the most direct and instant means of contacting me. I will be sending out reminders for due dates, assignments, and various other updates through Remind, and it is in your best interests to check it AT LEAST once daily. Please ask me any questions or voice any concerns via Remind. The only “stupid” question is one that you don’t ask.

    Professional/Academic Comportment:  “Comportment” is a word for how you carry yourself, i.e., your behavior.  One of the main goals of school is to train you to behave appropriately at college, work, and other serious professional settings.  As such, you are expected to behave so in my class.  This includes many things: Be punctual. Be respectful of others’ emotions and ideas, even if you do not understand/agree with them.  Use language appropriate for a serious, academic setting. Take pride in your work.  These are just a few behaviors/habits that fall under the blanket of professional comportment. 

    Academic Honesty/Rigor: I will not lie to you: this class will not be easy. To call it “easy” would discredit the great work you will do. It is my goal never to lower standards; instead, if you need help reaching those standards, I can offer it.  This requires you to try your best. It is okay to make mistakes! That is how we learn. You will only cheat yourself by taking shortcuts such as copying another’s work. If I find that you have plagiarized, you will receive ZERO credit for the assignment in question. I am pretty good at finding this out, so be safe and don’t try it at all.  Your grade will thank you.

    COVID-19 Precautions:  Face-to-Face students must abide by all requirements in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.  This includes the CONSTANT and CORRECT wearing of face masks covering mouth and nose, regular, thorough hand washing, and maintaining a safe distance of 6 feet from others at all times.  Desks/classroom spaces will be set up to accommodate these restrictions, but we can only stop the spread of this virus if we work together.

    Late Work: Work turned in late is subject to a deduction in points.  Each day will result in a deduction of 10% of the total grade; for example, an essay that normally would have received an 85% would be automatically reduced to a 75%.   Work turned in more than 4 days late will be given a zero.  

    Technology Policy: We will be using technology a great deal in this class.  It must be used responsibly.  For my in person students, this means to use your cell phone, computer, etc. only for relevant and appropriate applications during class time.  For my online learners, this means to be responsible, professional, and serious in your use of the technology we use to conduct our class.  

    Grading Breakdown

    40% Summative Assessment 

    30% Formative Assessment 

    20% Classwork 

    10% Homework 

    I Believe In You

    This is what AVID is really all about. You can achieve great things, and you deserve success and happiness.  It is my hope that AVID helps you get there.