Registration is Open for the AEF Summer Musical Theater Camp!
Registration is open for the sixth annual Avon Education Foundation Musical Theater Camp led by Cedar Elementary music teacher, Tara Roberds. Camp will be held June 26-30 at Avon Middle School North and is open to all students entering grades 1-8. At this interactive singing, dancing, and acting camp, students will learn about all aspects of producing a musical performance and campers will even have the opportunity to write their own scenes and perform for an audience on June 30 at 5:30. Space in this highly anticipated camp is limited, so register your child today. The AEF Musical Theater Camp is an experience where every child can be a star!
2016 Avon High School Wall of Fame Ceremony
On December 16, two accomplished graduates of Avon High School were inducted into the AHS Wall of Fame.
Jon Cave of Oveido, Florida, is a 1965 graduate of Avon High School where he earned 10 varsity letters and was a member of the National Honor Society. John earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Ball State University where he played baseball for the BSU Cardinals. A highly respected and widely recognized fly fishing author, photographer, lecturer, and consultant, Jon has been a professional fly casting instructor for over 35 years and operates his own fly fishing school. He has published numerous articles and several books on the topic of fly fishing and currently holds a seat on the Advisory Council for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Cave also is a member emeritus of the Board of Governors for the FFF Casting Certification Program which certifies fly casting instructors worldwide.
Jill Fleener Savage of Normal, Illinois, is a 1982 Avon High School graduate as well as a graduate of Butler University, where she was a Dean’s List student and earned a B.A. in Education. Jill founded Hearts at Home, a national nonprofit organization focusing on issues facing mothers and families across the United States. A renowned author a motivational speaker, Savage has authored 6 books and has co-authored 2 others. She is recognized as an expert on motherhood and families and has appeared on various media outlets throughout the United States.
Congratulations to both of these outstanding graduates of Avon High School!
AEF Awards 2016 Staff Scholarships for Creativity and Innovation
The Avon Education Foundation recently awarded more than $6,000 in funding for innovative programs supporting instruction in Avon's schools. The scholarships will be used to enhance curriculum or to address specific remediation needs.
Congratulations to our scholarship recipients. The next scholarship application deadline is January 13, 2017.
AEF Awards Staff Scholarships for Creativity and Innovation
The Avon Education Foundation recently awarded more than $2,500 in funding for Avon's schools through the AEF Staff Scholarships for Creativity and Innovation program. These awards will allow Avon Community School Corporation teachers to enhance student learning through classroom projects and extra curricular activities. Educators receiving awards are:
Congratulations to each of these remarkable teachers. The Avon Education Foundation is proud to support your work!
AEF Awards More Than $6,000 in Grants
The Avon Education Foundation has awarded $6,700 in grants in its spring grant cycle. These grants go directly to teachers and administrators for innovative projects that enhance learning in Avon's schools. Congratulations to these remarkable educators:
All grants are made possible through your donations to the Avon Education Foundation. Thank you for so generously supporting Avon's schools.
AEF Awards Fast Track Grants
The Avon Education Foundation recently awarded nearly $1,000 in Fast Track grants during their spring grant cycle. Fast Track grants provide expedited approval for grant requests of less than $250. Spring grants were awarded to:
Congratulations to all of our Spring 2016 grant awardees.
Virtual Option Learning Day
Avon teachers and students have been preparing to use the Virtual Option learning days which gives schools the flexibility to schedule these days to meet the requirements of traditional make-up days. This school year, the Virtual Option may be used to make up a snow-day which may occur after January 16th. Please visit our Virtual Option Information page to learn more.
Keith Ziolkowski Named Middle School Orchestra Teacher of the Year
The Indiana American String Teachers Association has named Keith Ziolkowski as Middle School Orchestra Teacher of the Year. Mr. Ziolkowski is the Orchestra Director at Avon Middle Schools North and South. He will be recognized at an upcoming awards ceremony.
Mr. Ziolkowski directed the Avon Middle Schools Chamber Orchestra last year at the Annual Midwest Clinic. The Orchestra Program at Avon Schools is in its 10th year serving more than 700 students in grades 6 through 12.
Bridges in Mathematics: Reporting Update
Changes are coming to how families will receive progress updates for math with our new math program, Bridges in Mathematics. In follow-up to the letter from the school’s principal in early November, you may visit http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/13315 to watch a short video that explains the changes and to view sample reports. Please contact your school’s principal with questions. Support for families with Bridges in Mathematics can also be found on the following website: http://www.mathlearningcenter.org/support/bridges
AHS Student Selected as U.S. Senate Youth Delegate
Avon High School Student Rushi Patel has been selected as one of only two students to represent Indiana as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The program will be held in Washington, D.C. March 4 -11, 2017. In addition, Rushi will receive a $10,000 college scholarship!
The USSYP was founded in 1962 through Senate Resolution and each year two of the highest-achieving students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education system overseas are selected through an extremely competitive merit-based selection process held at the state departments of education nationwide.
“This is exciting news for Rushi and the entire AHS student body,” said AHS Principal Matt Shockley. “Rushi is a hard-working, diligent student and this exemplary recognition is a reflection of his work inside and outside of the classroom.”
In March, Rushi will spend a week in Washington experiencing national government in action. He, along with other student delegates, will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
For more information about the USSYP, please visit www.ussenateyouth.org.
AHS Marching Black & Gold Win 2016 ISSMA Championship
The Avon High School Marching Black and Gold won the 2016 ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) State Championship (Class A)! This is the 13th championship (13 state titles in 16 years) for AHS. The band is led by Director Jay Webb. He is now the winningest band director in Indiana’s 200-year history.
“The Band program is a great deal of pride for the school & community,” said AHS Principal Matt Shockley. “Winning 13 straight championships doesn’t happen by accident. There is no group who works harder.”
During the intense competition, ACSC Superintendent Dr. Maggie Hoernemann said she saw nothing but “beauty and competitive grace” from the students. “They make all of us better and I could not be more proud!”
The ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) Marching Band State Finals were held at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. This event is the culmination of many weeks of marching band competitions across the state of Indiana, bringing together the top 10 bands across 4 classes (A, B, C, & D) chosen from the Top 10 in each class in Semi-State competition during the previous weekend. This event typically attracts more than 20,000 marching band fans from across the state throughout the day.
Here are links to media coverage of the event:
Indy Star: http://tinyurl.com/jx8shf4
Here Comes the Bus is FREE to Avon Families
Winter weather is right around the corner! This can make for slower than normal traffic and occasionally cause buses to run a little behind schedule. Be sure to download the free Here Comes the Bus app from the App Store or Google Play. Just sign up and you will know exactly where your child's bus can be found. You can even receive alerts when it is near your home.
Here Comes the Bus is offered as a FREE service to ACSC families. A school code is needed to sign up for the program. The code, further instructions and additional links can be found on the ACSC Transportation web page at http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/157.
Highly motivated individuals are encouraged to apply via the Applitrack application system located on the Avon Community School Corporation Human Resources home page: http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/9708. Salary Benefits: $80 for a whole day and $40 for a half day.