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AVID Middle School Students Visit Lower Columbia College

posted Jun 13, 2018, 3:01 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Jun 13, 2018, 3:03 PM ]

Our wonderful AVID students at the middle school had an educational outing yesterday - to see in action higher education, Lower Columbia College.  Students participated in a tour around campus, visited classrooms, the gymnasium and workout facility.  Lots of positive statements and much excitement about having a higher learning experience!  Students wore t-shirts with "BELIEVE IN YOURSELF" printed on the front and that was the motto of the day, and the entire year in AVID.  Congratulations to our AVID teachers and AVID middle school students!  It's been a great year!  Many successes...

Last Day of Professional Learning...

posted Jun 7, 2018, 7:28 AM by Patty Gelbrich

Our early release Wednesdays have been so helpful this year.  Yesterday was our last early release of the school year.  Our K-12 teaching staff and paraprofessionals gathered at the elementary school cafeteria in the afternoon where we spent time focusing on 15 areas.  These are areas that have made significant improvement over the last two years.  Castle Rock has many reasons to celebrate!  Enjoy the pictures from our celebratory last early release...

Decision Day!

posted May 6, 2018, 11:15 AM by Patty Gelbrich

Friday at Castle Rock High School was the first annual DECISION DAY assembly.  This day involved around 70 seniors who have made their plans for higher learning after graduation.  From Lower Columbia College to Perry Tech to University of WA to Washington State to military and many more reaching from California to Montana..  Congratulations seniors for making your decision and having a plan to continue learning!  #reachhigher

Instructional Rounds

posted Apr 26, 2018, 10:00 AM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 10:02 AM ]

Instructional rounds have come to education from the medical model.  You see this on T.V. doctor shows - the young interns shadowing an experienced doctor where they talk about the practice of medicine, different patient conditions and treatments - and everyone learns from doing rounds.  Instructional rounds are much the same.  Teachers and administrators walk through classrooms looking at the task students are doing, the engagement students are showing, and the actions of the teacher to orchestrate all of that.

Yesterday we were at the Intermediate School.  A team of ten educators (teachers and administrators) visited twelve classrooms.  In the afternoon, the Intermediate School staff spent their early release time discussing observations from the team.  They spent most of the time discussing quality instruction and strategies to enhance collaboration and student voice.

I always feel humbled by the dedication of our teachers and administrators!  Way to go Castle Rock Intermediate School.  Enjoy the pictures from the afternoon - lots of brainpower to be sure!



posted Mar 23, 2018, 12:01 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Mar 23, 2018, 12:28 PM ]

One of the components in an A.V.I.D. school is writing.  Our A.V.I.D. program manager came to visit the intermediate school yesterday and we looked for evidence of writing.  Boy, did we see some great writing happening!  Way to go Intermediate School!  We saw stories, 2 and 3 column notes, planners, journals and thank you letters.  Great job!


A Day of Learning!

posted Mar 16, 2018, 2:11 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 2:17 PM ]

Inservice Day, a day where teachers are working without students, is a day full of learning here in Castle Rock!  What a fantastic day.  Thanks to our teachers and administrators for taking this day, and the gift of time, so seriously!  We work hard planning and learning with your children's success in mind....  Way to go Castle Rock!

The A.V.I.D. Tutorial...

posted Mar 6, 2018, 2:23 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 2:32 PM ]

Part of the A.V.I.D. system at the middle and high school level are tutorials.  This is a process where students help each other solve their own questions, also known as their "point of confusion."  Watch this two minute video to learn what a tutorial consists of!  Boy, are our Castle Rock Middle School AVID students getting good at this...  Way to go CRMS!

What is A.V.I.D. you ask?

posted Feb 27, 2018, 4:49 PM by Patty Gelbrich

People Like Me!

  Watch this short video to learn more...  

We are excited to announce A.V.I.D. (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is here in Castle Rock School District!  We began this year (2017-2018) with students in grades 3,4 and 5 will benefit from AVID strategies throughout the day in their own classroom.  At the middle school level, an AVID elective class helps support students in rigorous curriculum while they have fun, engaging activities, field trips and motivational speakers.  We started with grades 6 and 7.  Next year, 2018-2019, we will add 8th grade at the middle school, and 9th grade at the high school.  

What does A.V.I.D. do?  It builds confidence.  It provides academic support.  It improves organizational skills.  It builds relationships and friendships.  It provides students with the confidence they need to do anything they desire!

Want to learn more?  Visit avid.org for more information.

What is AVID?


posted Feb 21, 2018, 3:27 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Feb 21, 2018, 7:02 PM ]

  It is A.V.I.D. recruitment time!  Our middle school A.V.I.D. students have been talking with fifth graders, sixth graders, seventh graders and eighth graders telling them about the A.V.I.D. system and the benefits they have gained as being a part of A.V.I.D.  These kiddos were amazing!  They shared what A.V.I.D. meant to them, how it has built their confidence and strengthened their academic skills.  They are thinking about colleges, careers and their future.  Way to go middle school A.V.I.D. students!!

So, we need your help locating and recruiting students for the A.V.I.D. classes.  The mission of A.V.I.D. is to ensure that ALL students...
  • will succeed in rigorous curriculum,
  • will complete courses to make sure they are prepared for career and/or college, 
  • will increase post-secondary educational options, and
  • will become educated and responsible citizens.
The A.V.I.D. student does okay in school - mostly B's and C's.  They can do better if they are given support.  They have desire and determination, maybe not all of the time.  They might be the first in the family to attend college.  They might have special circumstances where they need more support.

Students need to know...  A.V.I.D. IS... a group, a family away from home that encourages thinking outside the box and wants to help you learn to be a life-long learner.  A.V.I.D. helps you learn what it takes to be successful in a career or college and push for more.  A.V.I.D. gives you the help you need to not fail, and to reach the highest star possible.  AVID helps build confidence and grit.

A.V.I.D. is NOT...
  • A remedial program
  • A free ride
  • A placement program
  • A behavior correction program.
What does that mean to me?  We are looking for students to join A.V.I.D. next year!  If you are in 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grades and interested in AVID, contact your teacher or principal.  They can help you.


New Teacher Workshop!

posted Feb 2, 2018, 7:39 AM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 12:12 PM ]

  The past two years, Castle Rock School District has supported it's new teachers through a mentor program.  This year, we expanded our support to professional learning for first, second and third year teachers.  Last night was our February workshop and it was a great success.  Teachers participated in two different learning sessions facilitated and led by our Instructional Leadership Team (teacher leaders and principals).  Mentors supported their mentees as the new teachers learned more about classroom management, student engagement, questioning, writing and pacing of a lesson.  A huge thanks go out to our new teachers, mentors, instructional leadership team and principals for giving up an evening for continued professional learning and growth.  


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