AVID at Franklin Middle School

Hello, my name is Daniel Rimmereid and I teach AVID at Franklin Middle School. This is my second year at Franklin.


Welcome to AVID!  Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an international college readiness program.  AVID is scheduled during the regular school day, meets daily, and is a yearlong course.  The goal of AVID is to teach students the skills necessary to excel in school, be prepared for college, and to be positive citizens in society.  Students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous curriculum, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational community-building activities, and academic study skills. This is a challenging class that focuses on five main elements: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR)


Domains of Learning:

1.     Self-Awareness

a.     Develop an understanding of SLANT (Sit up tall, Listen, Ask/Answer questions, Nod your head, Track speaker) and apply this strategy in all classes

b.     Complete self-evaluations about conflict management, personal behavior, accomplishments, and interactions with others

c.     Monitor academic challenges in core content and prepare corresponding tutorial questions to receive peer support

2.     Goals

a.     Understand how to calculate grade point average

b.     Understand how to set goals using GPA (Goal, Plan, Action)

c.     Monitor course grades and set intermediate and short-range academic goals

3.     Communication: Writing and Speaking

a.     Understand, practice, and utilize the Collin’s writing system (Types 1 – 5)

b.     Participate in the peer-editing process

c.     Understand basic terminology associated with public speaking

d.     Practice monitoring word choice when speaking

e.     Develop awareness of nonverbal communication when speaking

f.      Participate in impromptu speeches to build confidence in public speaking

4.     Reading

a.     Use multiple critical reading strategies (numbering paragraphs, marking the text, writing in the margins, etc.)

b.     Identify key vocabulary while reading

c.     Determine the main idea of grade appropriate text

d.     Summarize informational text

e.     Read and discuss various examples of text

5.     Community and School Involvement

a.     Identify various opportunities to become involved in and contribute to the school community

6.     College Preparedness

a.     Guest Speakers

       i.     Choose guest speakers who represent careers of interest and prepare questions for the speakers with teacher support

ii.     Use listening skills during presentations by guest speakers

iii.     Reflect on the learning from guest speaker presentations

b.     Field Trips

i.     Participate in college field trips

ii.     Use skills of listening and observing during the field trip

iii.     Reflect on the learning from the college field trip

c.     College and Career Knowledge

i.     Use technology to understand differences in postsecondary institutions


Classroom Expectations

Be on time and prepared with binder

Be respectful of your peers and classroom

Participate positively

Keep your mind open to new learning and ideas


Absence Policy

If a student is absent from class, it is his/her responsibility to ask the teacher for what he/she missed.  All homework will be posted on the board.  Students have the same number of days that they were absent to complete the work without it being marked late.



Students will be expected to write down AVID assignments in the planner daily.



The best way to contact me is through email: Daniel.rimmereid@mpls.k12.mn.us Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns during the year.  I look forward to working with you to ensure that your child has the best year possible.

Voicemail: 612-692-1140

I frequently check my email during school hours and ocassionally when I am at home. I will respond within 24 hours. I love communicating with parents.

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