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  • 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:

    • Donnell Shrewsbury, Avon Intermediate School West, $248 for Dissection Materials
    • Stephen Drabyn, Avon High School, $250 for Chess Sets for Learning
    • Stacey Herr, Avon Middle School North, $250 for Metacognitive Thinkers professional development
    • Robyn Young, Avon High School, $195 for "Makey-ing" it in the Library
    • Audra Snyder, Avon Intermediate School West, $248 for Building Character Through Novels
    • Sallie Gongwer, Pine Tree Elementary School, $250 for Reading and Writing Workshop Picture Books
    • Patricia Doan, White Oak Elementary School, $250 for Flags of English Language Learners
    • Matthew Payne, Avon High School, $250 for a document camera
    • Andrea Rader, Pine Tree Elementary, $235 for Genius Hour Supplies
    • Nicholas Partlow, Avon Intermediate School West, $249 for Calculator Sets for Bridges Curriculum
    • David Rodgers, Avon Middle School South, $294 for National Junior Honor Society

    Congratulations to each of these remarkable teachers. The Avon Education Foundation is proud to support your work!


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  • SOS List
    School Supplies Needed
    The first day of school is right around the corner. When you shop for school supplies, pick up a few extras for the AEF Supply Our Schools program. Supplies will be used by Avon's teachers for classroom projects and for students in need. All supplies are appreciated, but the most requested items can be found on this list. School supplies are at their lowest prices of the year, so even a few dollars will go a long way toward supplying Avon's classrooms.
    Thank you!

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  • 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:

    • Karen Oliver, Avon Middle School South, $1,000 for 7th Grade Reading Clubs
    • Julie Stevens, Maple Elementary, $685 for Brains and Bodies Balanced
    • Chris Hill, Avon High School, $360 for Engineering and Technology for AHS Robotics
    • Mallory Jurkash, Cedar Elementary, $500 for Alternative Seating
    • Dan Chapin and Susan Green, Avon Middle Schools North and South, $3,000 for Cooperative Learning Training

    All grants are made possible through your donations to the Avon Education Foundation. Thank you for so generously supporting Avon's schools.


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  • 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:

    • Jennifer Gullion, Avon Middle School South, $250 for Building Academic Literacy: An Anthology for Reading Apprenticeship
    • Elizabeth Hallock-Gentner, Avon High School, $99 for Doodles for Success
    • Kimberly Lobosky, Avon High School, $249 for Social Thinking Student Library
    • Jennifer McHenry, Avon Intermediate School West, $243 for 6th Grade Games for Greatness

    Congratulations to all of our Spring 2016 grant awardees.


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  • AEF Awards Grants for Performing Arts 

    The Avon Education Foundation has awarded the first DeWeese Performing Arts Grants to 7 performing arts programs in Avon's schools. The DeWeese Performing Arts Fund was established in 2014 to honor Pam DeWeese, AEF's founder and first President and Executive Director, and to recognize her service to Avon's public schools. Ms. DeWeese noted that, "The performing arts play an important role in educating the 'whole child' and I am honored to be a part of an initiative that will support innovation and growth of the performing arts in Avon's schools."

    The following are recipients of the DeWeese Performing Arts Grants:

    • Julia Plumb, River Birch Elementary, for the River Birch Glee Club
    • Stephanie DeWeese, Avon Intermediate Schools East and West, for Beginning Show Choir Camp Scholarships and the AIS Elite Show Choir
    • Angela Roamer, Avon Intermediate Schools East and West, for Avon Intermediate Chamber Orchestra
    • Roger Dreher, Avon High School, for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and StaffPad App
    • Josh Ellis, Avon Intermediate School East, for Bassoon is by Land, Tuba if by Sea
    • Ben Jones, Avon Middle School South, for the Middle School South Drama Club's Spring Musical

    The DeWeese Performing Arts Fund is a dedicated fund reserved solely for the development of the performing arts in Avon's schools. If you would like to make a directed donation to the fund, contact the Avon Education Foundation at


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  • AEF Awards nearly $11,000 in Grants to Avon Teachers

    The Avon Education Foundation has announced the winners of the 2015 Fall Traditional Grant Cycle. These innovative classroom programs will enhance learning opportunities for students at every grade level. Congratulations to these outstanding educators!

    • Tina Morgan, Avon High School, Real Care Baby Project
    • Joshua Deisler, Avon Middle School North, Finding Joy in Reading
    • Zachary Rohrbach, Avon High School, Science Olympiad Team
    • Sarah O'Brien, River Birch Elementary, Literacy Workshops
    • Julia Grubbs and Andrea Brackman, White Oak Elementary, Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum
    • Ashley Koontz and Marla Lott, Avon Middle School North, Mini Earth Terrarium Project
    • Katie McLaughlin, Pine Tree and Sycamore Elementaries, Art Digital Learning Media
    • Donnell Shrewsbury, Avon Intermediate School West, Triple Beam Balances
    • Nick Partlow and Kyle Lee, Avon Intermediate School West, Math Bowl Team
    • Stephen Drabyn, Avon High School, Calculators in the Classroom
    • Amy Stowers, River Birch Elementary, My Big Wide World
    • Karen Oliver, Kerri McConkey, and Ben Jones, Avon Middle School South, Indianapolis Repertory Theatre Field Trip
    • Ben Jones, Avon Middle School South, Middle School Drama Club
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  • AEF Announces Fall Fast Track Grant Awards 

    The Avon Education Foundation recently awarded nearly $2,000 in grant funding for small classroom projects. Congratulations to the Fall 2015 Fast Track Grant Winners:

    • Michelle Hadley and Cathy Feldhake, Avon Intermediate School East, Engineering Ice Cream
    • Jessica Wheeler, Avon Intermediate School West, Illuminated Planetarium
    • Aron Bright, Avon High School, Classroom Document Camera
    • Ashley Tucker, Cedar Elementary, Time on Task
    • Judy Harrison, Avon Intermediate School East, Growlux Lamps for Growlab
    • Audra Snyder and Ashley Schroll, Avon Intermediate School West, Books Bridge the Gap: Connecting Social Studies to Language Arts
    • Jennifer Hansel, Avon Intermediate School West, Reaching All Learners Books
    • Laura Woods, Avon Middle School South, Classroom Document Camera
    • Julie Stevens, Maple Elementary, Help Yourself to Boxed Up Learning
    • Jessica Stiles, Avon Middle School North, Getting a Closer Look with a Document Camera



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  • Education Plate

    Whoooo doesn't love supporting students? Purchase an Indiana Education License Plate and designate Avon as your school district. The Avon Education Foundation receives $18.75 for each plate sold!



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  • The Goddard School Supports SOS Program
    The Goddard School of Avon recently donated $1,000 to the Avon Education Foundation's Supply Our Schools (SOS) program. The SOS program provides Avon's teachers with free supplies for their classrooms or for students in need. Educators are invited to the ACSC Administration Center twice each month to "shop" for the resources they need. The Goddard School's generous donation will allow AEF to provide even more pencils, paper, markers, and other supplies for Avon's teachers. Thanks to the Goddard School for supporting Avon's students and staff!
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  • AEF Announces Grant Awards
    Congratulations to the Avon Teachers who were recently awarded  grants by the Avon Education Foundation:
    •  Kayla Breivogel, Dana Dietz, Katie Mitchell, Sarah Tuttle, and Holly Clark at White Oak Elementary - Branches Resource Center
    • Janette Fluharty and Amy Bain at Avon Intermediate School East - Mobile Station
    • Jeff Hansel, Julie Porep, and Michael Walden at  Avon Middle School South - Polar Go Fit Devices
    • Alisia Smith at River Birch Elementary - Kindergarten Camp
    The following teachers were awarded AEF Fast Track grants which provide up to $250 in funding for projects that encourage, recognize, and support creativity, innovation, and excellence.
    • Amy Hunter, Danielle Bolek, Traci Katterheinrich at White Oak Elementary - Educational Carpets for Preschool
    • Adam Poliskie and Erin Garland at Avon High School - Power to the Students
    • Megan Wilson at Pine Tree Elementary - Learning on the Spot with Hot Dots
    Congratulations to this year's grant recipients

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District News

  • AHS Students Recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

    National Merit

    Avon High School Principal Matt Shockley announced that a total of 16 students were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Six students – Alexandria Adkins, Megan Hammond, Nathan Heim, Geoffrey Henderson, Austin Mock and Zachary Monroe – are among 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors will continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.    

    Ten AHS students – Andrew Benner, Leah Bode, Melanie Hamilton, Nhi Khuu, Madison King, Olivia Lazaro, Nathan Matthews, Rushi Patel, Evan Schafer and Daniel Zinyemba – were among 34,000 students who were named as Commended students. They received a Letter of Commendation for their exceptional academic promise from NMSC. Although these students will not continue in the 2017 competition, these students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

    “We are extremely proud of our students,” said Mr. Shockley. “There were six students who were named as Semifinalists last year, so this year’s number ties for the most in our school history. Also, the ten Commended students are the most in AHS’s history.”

    NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. For more information, visit

    (Photographed L-R Seated: Alexandria Adkins, Megan Hammond, Nathan Heim, Geoffrey Henderson, Austin Mock and Zachary Monroe; L-R Standing: Andrew Benner, Leah Bode, Melanie Hamilton, Nhi Khuu, Madison King, Olivia Lazaro, Nathan Matthews, Rushi Patel and Evan Schafer; Not pictured Daniel Zinyemba)



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  • Governor Pence Appoints Dr. Maryanne McMahon to the State Board of Education

    Governor Mike Pence today appointed Maryanne McMahon to the State Board of Education, effective immediately. McMahon will fill the vacancy created by the departure of Sarah O’Brien. McMahon will serve the remainder of O’Brien’s four-year term, which expires on June 30, 2019.

    “Throughout her career as an educator, Maryanne McMahon has distinguished herself as an innovative leader who works hard advancing the best interests of students, families and teachers,” said Governor Pence. “In her new role with the State Board of Education, I know she will continue her pattern of public service for the good of all Hoosiers.”

    For 17 years, McMahon has worked for the Avon Community School Corporation in Hendricks County in various administrative posts. Most recently, she has served as assistant superintendent – a role in which she secured math and science partnership grants with Purdue University worth more than $500,000, helped lead an efficiency task force that saved the district $350,000 and spearheaded efforts to give greater voice to parents through the Avon Parent Partnership Committee. Previously, McMahon worked for Decatur Township Schools in Marion County as a classroom teacher, assistant principal and consultant for staff development in the areas of curriculum and instruction. McMahon earned undergraduate, education specialist and doctoral degrees from Indiana State University. She also holds a master’s degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and an administrative certification from Butler University.




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  • Substitute Teachers Needed at ACSC
    Avon Community School Corporation is accepting applications for Guest Teachers (Substitutes) for the 2016-17 academic year. Applicants must have a minimum of twenty (20) credits from an accredited college/university OR related experience in an educational setting with a high school diploma.

    Highly motivated individuals are encouraged to apply via the Applitrack application system located on the Avon Community School Corporation Human Resources home page: Salary Benefits: $80 for a whole day and $40 for a half day.  

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  • Andy Mohr

    ACSC Partners with Andy Mohr Automotive Group

    Avon Community School Corporation and Andy Mohr Automotive Group announced its new partnership. The 10-year agreement, approved by the Avon School Board of Trustees, names Andy Mohr Automotive (AMAG) as Avon Community School Corporation’s (ACSC) exclusive automotive partner.

    As ACSC’s partner, the outdoor athletic complex at Avon High School will be renamed as the Andy Mohr Athletic Complex. The high school’s gymnasium, aquatics center and fieldhouse will also be renamed. ACSC’s Teacher of the Year program will now be sponsored by the automotive group. In addition, Andy Mohr Automotive will donate vehicles to be used for future fundraisers and a special employee purchase program will be implemented.

    “Avon is an important community to us.  We have hundreds of employees and thousands of customers in Avon,” stated Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Mohr. “We believe that this long-term partnership with Avon Community School Corporation will enhance the lives not only of the students and faculty at Avon, but the entire community, our customers and our future customers.”

    “We are especially grateful for Mr. Mohr’s support of our students and staff,” said ACSC Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hoernemann. “This partnership will enhance what ACSC is able to accomplish in the classroom, on the field and in extracurricular activities.”

    The 10-year commitment includes the following details:

    • Donation of six (6) vehicles over term of agreement for fund-raising raffles
    • A $5,000 teacher grant each year of the agreement
    • Vehicle discount program for ACSC employees
    • Naming rights to the AHS athletic complex and its facilities

    Proceeds from the vehicle raffle sales are expected to push the total value of the partnership in excess of $1 million.

    Andy Mohr Automotive operates 12 franchise automotive dealerships, one heavy-duty truck center and four collision centers in the central Indiana area.  Andrew Mohr was inducted into the Junior Achievement Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame in 2015 and was the 2014 United Way of Central Indiana Campaign Chair, where he led record-setting campaign funding in Hendricks County. Andy Mohr Automotive has helped local non-profit organizations generate more than $1 million in additional funds via car raffles in recent years.

    Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) offers children high quality educational instruction with a keen focus on improving student achievement. More than 9,300 students are served in grades Pre-K-12 in 12 schools (seven elementary; two intermediate; two middle and one high school). ACSC operates on a balanced calendar schedule. Visit the ACSC website at



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  • Microsoft Office is Available at No Cost to Avon Students and Staff
    Avon Community School Corporation is pleased to offer Microsoft Office 2013 Pro for all staff and students at no cost. Staff and students may install the Microsoft Office Suite on up to five personally owned computers or devices.  Licenses of the installed product remain active as long as the licensee is affiliated with Avon Schools and is eligible to maintain an active Office 365 for schools account. Here is the link with instructions to install the program.

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  • Sign Up for Here Comes the Bus to Track Your Child's School Bus

    ACSC families can use Here Comes the Bus – a website and mobile app – to view the real-time location of their child’s school bus. Through this program, parents may also receive push notifications or email alerts regarding bus changes and/or delays.

    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



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