Ms. Maria Pineda » Welcome


Dear students,


I just want to say that... 

I am excited to be your new teacher and have YOU in my class this year! You will make some great new friends and wonderful memories... We will learn and grow together this year. I know you will accomplish great things and know that this pandemic won't be stopping you.

Below I have added some information about the AVID program:

The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program was designed to help prepare students for advanced coursework and success in a four- year university program. At Sebastian Middle School, students in the program are enrolled in advanced coursework and an AVID elective class to help provide academic support. The AVID class is the key piece of student success. 

The AVID class consists of:


  • Two class periods (asynchronous/ synchronous) of the AVID curriculum, where students work on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading (WICOR),
  • Two class periods (synchronous) of tutorials, where students work in collaborative groups (tutorials) on academic areas that they need support (college students facilitate this process)
  • One class period (asynchronous/ synchronous) of team building and/or college and career experiences ).


Students have to be motivated and demonstrate individual determination, as well as have a desire to attend college to be a part of the program.

I have attached the class syllabus so there is an understanding of what are my expectations for YOU.


  • General AVID information:  Click Here
  • College Scholarships for Middle Schoolers:  Click Here
  • Middle School College Preparedness Checklist: Click Here
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