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Queen Creek school receives national AVID recognition


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Newell Barney Middle School Students Celebrating Their Recognition As An AVID National Demonstration School. Photo Courtesy Queen Creek Unified School District

Newell Barney Middle School (NBMS) in the Queen Creek Unified School District was named an AVID National Demonstration School on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a College Readiness System that aims to incorporate best practice teaching strategies for all teachers and students.

Of the 180 AVID sites in Arizona, NBMS is one of just three middle schools to receive this distinction.

“Newell Barney Middle School is thrilled to be selected as an AVID National Demonstration School,” said NBMS Principal Denise Johnson. “We want to thank the staff and students who have embraced the AVID program and strategies the last four years.”

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Newell Barney Middle School students celebrating their recognition as an AVID National Demonstration School. Photo courtesy Queen Creek Unified School District

“The AVID culture on our campus is due to the hard work and dedication of the staff as they continue to focus on developing authentic relationships with all students,” Johnson said. “The staff believes in our students and they create a safe environment so that students can work at their full potential.”

AVID National Demonstration Schools are centers of teaching and learning that also serve as models for those interested in learning about the AVID College Readiness System.

A National Demonstration School exhibits a College Readiness System that is evident across the campus through rigor and high expectations for all students.

These schools clearly demonstrate an ongoing pursuit of excellence to ensure college and career readiness for all students and improve academic performance for students based on increased opportunities and support for success.  

“NBMS exemplifies high expectations and a successful school-wide approach to quality instruction, goal setting, and career exploration for all students,” said Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry. “I am proud of our entire staff, student body, and parents for embracing this college readiness system for all students”.   

Demonstration Schools undergo a rigorous validation process and are required to be revalidated every few years to ensure high levels of implementation, with quality and fidelity to AVID strategies school wide.

About QCUSD

As an innovative, national leader in education, Queen Creek Unified School District inspires and empowers each student to achieve excellence in all pursuits, embrace social and individual responsibility and lead with integrity. This is achieved through a challenging and comprehensive curriculum provided by distinguished professionals in partnership with our families and community. To learn more about the district, visit Queen Creek Unified School District website.

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