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 Jones Elementary Celebrates Second Annual 'I´m Going To College Day'

​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 USD students.

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.

Many 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 School!!!! ​