AVID Program for 2015-2016
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an elective program for students with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.5, and average to high standardized test scores. AVID is looking for students with the individual determination to work for his or her own success. AVID is a stepping-stone to prepare students to become competitive for four-year colleges and universities, and provides support for academic courses. First year AVID includes the following: Cornell Notes; Notebook organization, calendars, assignment records; Writing; Costa’s Levels of Questioning; Collaborative tutorial support; Study skills; Field trips to local colleges, and more. If accepted to the AVID program, the AVID elective class will be programmed into the student’s schedule for the following school year. For an application, download a copy of the application on the 6th Grade School Loop page.
AIM High Summer Program
From Aim High:
"Aim High is a tuition-free five week program for middle school students. Students start the summer before 7th grade and participate for three consecutive summers until high school. Aim High will be celebrating our 30th summer this year serving over 1800 students throughout the Bay Area. We have 14 sites total with 7 of our sites located throughout San Francisco. Our students participate in 4 classes every morning: math, science, humanities, and issues & choices. In the afternoon they participate in electives, sports and attend field trips. Aim High is an academic enrichment program aimed at preventing summer learning loss and helping to foster a mentality of life-long learners in our students. Our typical class size is 16-20 students with 2 to 3 teachers in the class. We typically have one lead teacher per class and an intern and teaching assistant which are high school and college students. This summer our dates will be June 22 to July 24 and our applications will be due on April 3rd.
Applications are available for download from the Counseling Locker at the bottom left of this page.
Signing Up for SchoolLoop
School Loop is a valuable way for teachers to communicate with the parent community. Students can be more successful if parents and caregivers are informed and in the Loop.
Please note: SchoolLoop is updated at varying rates and may not have the most current information. Although we are very fortunate to have a large number of teachers on SchoolLoop, it is not mandatory for teachers.
How to sign up for SchoolLoop:
- Go to the A.P. Giannini Middle School: Home Page (http://apg-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com)
- Click on "Register Now" on top right side page.
- Click on parent registration.
- Use your OWN name in the top two lines.
- Enter all information
- Student ID# is your "student number," on the student schedule paper.
- *When you register, it will automatically be sent to the Librarian, Ms.Lai, who will approve you to the account.
Once registered, parents will receive a daily email that includes their child's assignments, progress reports, and school news published for parents.
Parents can add additional children to their account by clicking on the Add Student link from the Tool Box at the top right of their Portal Page.
What are Service Points?
Service Points are points alloted to students for community service or activities completed on campus*.
Service Points are tracked on the "Service Point Sheet."
The 6th graders learn about the program around February/March and are provided with their service point sheets at that time.
How can I earn points? Simply go above and beyond what is required of an APG student. For example: join a club, be part of the yearbook staff, join student council either as an officer or a homeroom representative, become an ecology officer, be part of the Youth Outreach Worker program, help a teacher before or after school.... the possibilities are endless!
Students have approximately one month to complete their sheet and return it to their counselor for safe keeping. You will use the same sheet for your three years at Giannini. If you choose to keep your sheet and lose it, it is up to the discretion of the teacher who signed off if they want to sign off again. If you lose your sheet and the teacher does not return the following year, you are not able to get signatures for those points.
Students are awarded a Service Point Award the end of their 8th grade year for reaching 350 points.
The Service Points can also help you with a detailed record of activities you have completed or participated in so you can easily fill your 8th grade resume. Service Point Sheets come in handy when teachers are determining 8th grade awards.
*If a student completes community services in their community, they may submit verification on letterhead from the agency/person with their Service Point Sheet for a maximum of 25 points each year.
6th graders have the option between the arts rotation (art, drama, choir), band or orchestra for their elective.
Band and Orchestra are yearlong commitments with varying performances and practice requirements.
Art, Drama and Choir are 12-week introductory classes with practices, performances and supplementary requirements.
- Make your choice wisely as changing from band or orchestra to the arts rotation is not guaranteed or encouraged after students have been scheduled.
- 7th and 8th graders also have AVID, Guitar, Creative Writing and Film & Video as elective choices.