KCPS Inducts More Than 200 Students Into AVID Program

The program helps prepare students to enter and succeed in college


Kansas City, May 17, 2019: The door to college and career success just got a lot wider for a couple of hundred Kansas City Public Schools students.

KCPS hosted its first ever student induction ceremony for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program on Tuesday evening, May 14 at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts.

AVID provides scaffolded support that educators and students need to encourage college and career readiness and success. With AVID, school leaders have the flexibility to start small and can deepen AVID’s impact on their campus over time.

The 2019 induction ceremony included 233 students, who are listed below, from across the school system. The event was hosted by KCPS Director of Guidance Counseling Jermaine Wilson and featured remarks by AVID students and teachers, Deputy Superintendent Marla Sheppard, Assistant Superintendent Lateshia Woodley, Superintendent Mark Bedell and KCPS Education Foundation Executive Director Nicole Collier-White.

“Being excited about college is the ‘AVID effect!'” Northeast Middle School AVID teacher Kristin Pfeiffer said.

The AVID program at KCPS was made possible thanks to grant support from the foundation, which gathered funding from the George K. Baum Family Foundation. BSN Sports also provided support to help cover the cost of t-shirts for students and staff.

“Please take this opportunity and let it drive you to the next level of ability and achievement,” Ms. Collier-White told the assembled students.

Following the formal induction program, AVID students and parents went to the Paseo cafeteria for refreshments and photos and to get certificates and t-shirts from AVID staff.

Visit the KCPS Flickr site for more photos from this event.

The AVID program was started in 1980 by a high school English teacher in San Diego, CA, who believed her disadvantaged students could be motivated to learn the skills necessary to enter and succeed in college. The program is now nationwide and features a curriculum that is divided into elementary and secondary school components.

By teaching and reinforcing academic behaviors and higher-level thinking at a young age, AVID Elementary teachers create a ripple effect in later grades. Elementary students develop the academic habits they will need to be successful in middle school, high school, and college, in an age-appropriate and challenging way. Children learn about organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy. AVID Elementary students take structured notes and answer and ask high-level questions that go beyond routine answers.

The strong college-going culture on an AVID Elementary campus encourages students to think about their college and career plans. Schools cover their walls with college pennants and banners, and educators speak about their college experiences. College and careers are no longer foreign concepts, and teachers provide the academic foundation students need to be on a path for college and career success. AVID Elementary closes the opportunity gap before it begins.

Schools may begin AVID Elementary by training teachers across a certain grade level(s) or the entire campus. The training can start with a group as small as four participating in three days of AVID professional learning.

Our schools are full of students who possess a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, but many of them do not truly have the opportunity to be college-ready. These are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID Secondary equips teachers and schools with what they need to help these students succeed on a path to college and career success.

To address this need, AVID has developed the AVID Elective course. For one period a day, students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses. Districts have the flexibility to decide how many AVID Elective classes to start and which grade levels will implement AVID first. Additionally, in middle school, the language and literacy needs of long-term English language learners can be addressed through the AVID Excel elective class.

The power of AVID Secondary is the ability to impact students in the AVID Elective class and all students throughout the campus. AVID Secondary can have an effect on the entire school by providing classroom activities, teaching practices, and academic behaviors that can be incorporated into any classroom to improve engagement and success for all students. Teachers can take what they’ve learned at AVID training back to any classroom to help all students, not just those in AVID, to become more college- and career-ready.

The training can start with a group as small as eight participating in three days of AVID professional learning.

The following students were inducted into the KCPS AVID program for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Benjamin Banneker Elementary
Brandon Walker

Carver Dual Language Academy
Carlos Gonzalez-Banuelos
Jordan Grant
Cesar Guzman
Christopher Iscoa
Angel Serrano

Faxon Elementary
Ca’Niyiah Colbert
Ladarrian Ranson
Aidria Wolz

Garfield Elementary
Zakaira Achugo
Dejanah Clark
Ibrahim Issack
He Be Bo La
Llhaam Mohamed
Merci Niyonkuru
Aung Oo
Ah Yub

Gladstone Elementary
Om Hata
Maya Preston
Claudia Pastrana
Jonathan Rosales Salgado
Kaylynn Tanner

Hale Cook Elementary
Cristianna Barr
Shawnnie Morgan
Mion Williams
Ella Wood

Hartman Elementary
Amyah Walker

J.A. Rogers Elementary
Yajaira Albor
Andres Alvarado
Annie Dweh
Vanessa Hernandez-Fuentes
Elizabeth Lara
Uwineza Litiane
Honoline Nzamukosha
Ruth Perez
Rebecca Perez
Andre Powell
Ashley Ramos
Samuel Thompson
Laura Torres Pena
Brandie Wayman
Lisa Zamora

James Elementary
Laylany Bustos
Bridget Carrasco
Alma Garcia

King Elementary
Antonio Britton
Monet Davis
Terrion Gentry
Shaniya Gordon
Araya Hersh
Tymece Horton
Adrian Smith
Owen Torres

Longfellow Elementary
Antoneo De’Lan La’vance
Dasani Hamilton
Dahabo Shakue

Melcher Elementary
Xavier Carnes
Luther Neebani

Pitcher Elementary
Mayrani Cruz
Karen Diaz
Rhamani Porter
Keon Thornton

Primitivo Garcia Elementary
Simiyeh Campbell

Trailwoods Elementary
Edwardo Acevedo
Jay’Shawna Allen
Nevaeh Anthony
Jesus Lara-Alvarez
Galilea Jasso
Ja’mesha McIntyre

Wendell Phillips Elementary
Kerrianna Battles
Elize Briggs
Aniya Howard-Page
Currency Marshall
Famille Mukanya
Restuta Shukurani
Marrion Williams

Phillis Wheatley Elementary
Alexa Bernal
Betsayda Calderan Morales
Bahati Endelesha
Davion Carter
Lorenzzo Elizondo
I’Niyah Grear
Nejalai Sullivan
Martez Troy

Whittier Elementary
Manyiuel Caldwell
Eddie Cerritos
Alex Dang
Esmeraldo Espino
Liliana Gachuz
Rodolfo Garcia Perez
James Hum
Rosa Mejia Cruz
Mayte Morenc Hernandez
Tu Nguyen
Joshua Ortuno
Mae Pyo
Steven Tijering
Alejandra Torres-Munuz
Ke’Sha Williamson

Central Middle 7th → 8th
Devon Branch
Kiearra Britton
Thomas Brown
Dre’Shoun Burch
Vegeta Crawford
Evelyn Espinosa-Lopez
Day’Jah Garner
Orlando Gentry
Tyree Graves Newton
Yazmienne Harris-Miller
Jannea Hill
Makayla Johnson
Da’Miyah Jones
LaMont Lee
Madison Maxwell
Darion McCollough
Ja’zavion Moses-Nicholas
Nyshae Ranson
Darrian Sanders
Trenity Scoggin
Gabrianna Singh
Demarco Stewart
Elicia Velasquez
Abigail Xiong

Northeast Middle 7th → 8th
Layth Albohsan
April Aye
Shamar Conrad
Sa Ki Da
Ahs Dah
Angel Gregor
Paola Hernandez-Cruz
Mehiyah Hopkins
Safa Husein
Faduma Hussein
Brisa Lorenzo
Mamie Magdlina
Cherry Mar
Raymona McKnight
Brithani Medina-Cordona
Paw Bweh Moo
Della Nix
Alejandro Olivarez
Anabel Olivarez
Aliyah Pruitt
Laurena Rogers
Gabriela Santamaria
Marjorie Solorzano Barnoya
Angel Stivers
Madison Stivers
Elijah Vinton
Nho Vo

Paseo Academy 7th → 8th
Ahmad Almaged
Anthony Conway
Perla Duran
De’Meyah Ellis
Jasiah Grear
Jason Hackett
Emani Hamilton
Diana Haro-Ramirez
Diante Harris
Cicely Heard
Ashley Hernandez
Rayanna Hersh
Tatyiana Johnney
Adrianna Martin
Cherlyne Moran
Deici Perez
Jamyia Phillips
Ananda Pickering
Katrice Poole
Lacy Reams
Cherish Redman
Yahaira Reyes-Acosta
Georgina Trevino
Kengi Vang
Neisha Watson

Central Middle 8th → 9th
Princess Awulona
Curtis Brockman
Ke’Mari Brown
Jamie Crawford
Louis Coleman
Cristal De la Cruz
Brent Fares
Christofer Fuentes Sanchez
Myshayla Hayes
Ashanti Hayes
Brennen Hollinger Jr.
Amarre Loudermill
O’Niya Shaw
Travis Tolbert
Lexus Worley

Northeast Middle 8th → 9th
Kayla Avina
Tarmen Husein
Mario Menendez
Nehemiah Rogers
Ro Siyabee
Yvonne Villa
Hmoovzoo Vue
Stormy Wayman
Nadaza Williams

Southeast Middle/AC Prep Lower 8th → 9th
Aubreon Barfield
lanyah Burton
Roche’ Davis
Stephen Dunson
Malikhi Edwards
Brendyn Graham
Bayan Hadiyah
R’mony Horne
Stephanie Jones
Kammeron Jones
Amiya Judon
Ja’Niyah Page
Jamaya Robinson
Marajah Smith
Taye’Gah Strong
Adam Thompson
Isaiah Williams-Wilson

Central Academy 9th → 10th
My’Asia Coleman
De’Veon Conaway
Rasaan Eason
Nevaeh Gorman
Perpetuah Stephenson
Shauntiara Thompson
Tyree Ware

Northeast High School 9th → 10th
Jackson Grant
Om Hata
Malcolm Hazley
Liyah Helton
Tania Knight
Dailia Morales Cardoso
Maricela Parra
Rasiel Salazar
Makyla Witherspoon
Aiven Wooden

Southeast High School/AC Prep 9th → 10th
Annissa Davis
Anthony Fuqua
Madalana Maulding
Ajah Nash
Brionna Winfield

East High School 8th → 9th
Nayeli Anaya Perez
Kayla Avina
Cristal De la Cruz
Enrique Garcia Rivera
Luis Garcia Rivera
Renata Guerra
Jordan Jeylani
Jordyn Marcille
James McIntyre
Victor Mejia
Jacquelynn Monrroy
Tyler Munene
Nehemiah Rogers
Bryce Stivers
Yvonne Villa
Hmoovzoo Vue
Stormy Wayman
Sariah Williams