All Jones Elementary 5th grade students participated in the second annual "I’m
Going To College Day" to the University of San Diego on March 15. Jones students
boarded the bus in the morning and spent the entire day on the USD campus.
As an AVID elementary school, and a school that’s transitioning to the
Common Core standards, the overarching focus of both is College and Career
Readiness. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all
students for college and career readiness to be successful in a global society.
Our purpose in planning this trip each year is to provide students with an up
close and personal experience on a real college campus. Students participated in
two 20 minute mock college classes taught by real college professors!! Students
were expected to explain their thinking in the math class, and after learning
about “free verse” poetry in the English class, all students wrote and shared
their individual poems. The day included with a tour of the campus conducted by
The highlight of the day was the "mock" graduation held in
Serra Hall, where students were called by name to receive a certificate and hand
shake by USD Assistant Dean of Students, Pauline Berryman Powell, 5th grade
teacher, Mrs. Kim Petersen, and Jones Principal, Rita Powell.
thanks to Assistant Dean, Pauline Berryman Powell from the College of Arts and
Sciences, Vice President of Public Affairs, Pamela Gray Payton, and Admissions
Counselor, Lisa Saldias from USD, for making the second "I’m Going To College
Day" a great experience for the 5th grade students of Jones Elementary