WIDA Testing

The WIDA ACCESS test will be administered in February and March for all ELLs in grades K-12. WIDA is an English language proficiency assessment given every year to measure student language development.  Students are tested in four sections, speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This year, WIDA ACCESS will be given online. 
Students, please do your best on the assessment.

Salina Gives

Students at Salina Intermediate have worked together collecting clothing and books for those in need. Thank you to the families who have donated generously. We will be having our annual food drive next month from March 6 to March 10. More information will follow.

Salina Basketball

The boys’ basketball team practiced and played hard all season long!   We want to sincerely thank their coaches Mr. Malek Saif and Mr. Arvin Carson for a successful season.  Their hard work and dedication reflected on their team’s success!
They truly made all of us proud! Special thanks to the parents, staff and students who attended, supported, supervised, ….and will always will be Salina’s #1 fans!!

What is an AVID Tutorial??

What is a tutorial?
Small group tutorial sessions are held twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, during the AVID elective class. During tutorials, the AVID elective class is divided into several tutorial groups. Under the direction and supervision of the AVID elective teacher, an AVID-trained tutor facilitates the discussion and work at each group.
What is the purpose of tutorials?
* Create deeper understanding of concepts covered in core content class
* Develop skills necessary to become self-directed learners.
* It’s not just homework help.
What are the goals of the tutorial process?
* To push each other’s thinking. AVID tutorials use an inquiry process.
* Tutors do not give the answers. They facilitate the groups’ learning process.
* Tutors don’t teach the answers. They ask more questions. This is called the Socratic Method.

Tutorial Process
How do AVID tutorials differ from traditional “tutoring?”
* All students must arrive at the tutorials prepared with pre-work completed and specific questions written in a Tutorial Request Form (TRF). If they believe they have no questions regarding any homework, school work, quiz or test in any of their classes, they must still attend the tutorial with a completed TRF in which they ask a question that further explores the material they are studying in any of their classes.
* Questions are high level thinking questions.
* Students work and discuss in collaborative group.
* Students must reflect on their own participation in the groups and on how the group worked together.

Why are collaborative groups, such as the small group tutorials, important?
* Teachers expect analysis, synthesis and evaluation of subject matter.
* Students will move faster and remember more when working together.
* Collaboration is key! It teaches them how to work with others which they will likely have to do in college, such as in study groups, and in their career fields in the future.

Why are the students’ written questions important?
The skill of asking questions is fundamentally different from the skill of answering them because waiting to answer a question is a passive process. Asking a question is an active process and changes a student’s relationship or connection to the material.
AVID bases the design of these students written questions on Costa’s Levels of Questions, which show the different levels of questions and the cognitive processes related to each level. Level 2 and 3 questions create a much deeper connection to the material than level 1.
Costa’s Levels of Questions
Level 1 questions – These questions can be answered by facts contained in the document or text or by information accessible in other resources; generally short answers.
Level 2 questions – These questions have answers that are implied by the text; requiring analysis and interpretation of specific parts of the document or text being examined.
Level 3 questions – These questions are much more open-ended and go beyond the document or text being examined. They are intended to provide a discussion of an abstract idea or