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  • How Will You Thank a Teacher?
     
    As the school year comes to an end, parents and students want to let Avon's teachers and staff know just how much they are appreciated. AEF's Honor an Educator program continues this year, but with an exciting, yet personal, twist. Students who make a donation to AEF in honor of a treasured Avon educator will be able to leave a video thank you message! Each school will handle the videos differently, but they may be shown in the classroom or school-wide during the morning announcements. Videos will also be loaded onto the Avon Education Foundation website. Your donation will not only allow AEF to provide funding for programs throughout Avon's schools, but will also provide your child's teacher with a lasting memory of the school year.  
     
    Honor an Educator Form available here or at your child's school
     

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  • "Hats Off " to the Avon Education Foundation

    On April 24 (April 23 at Sycamore Elementary), Avon students and staff may make a $1.00 donation to AEF and wear a favorite hat to school. Hats Off day is a fun event that students look forward to every year and the proceeds will be used to fund programs in all 12 Avon schools.

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  • AEF Summer Musical Theatre Camp Registration is Open!
     
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    The Avon Education Foundation is pleased to announce the dates for this year's Broadway Kids summer musical theatre camp. This fun week long camp will be held June 15-19 at Avon Middle School North and is facilitated again by Cedar Elementary music teacher Tara Roberds. Any child in grades 1-5 during the 2015-16 school year may participate, but space is limited to the first 50 registered. Registration forms are available online, at the Avon Schools Administration Center, and at all Avon elementary schools. Questions may be directed to aef@avon-schools.org or ALee@pacers.com.   
     

     
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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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  • Thank You for Making our Evening with the ISO a Success!
     
     

    Despite the 5+ inches of snow that fell earlier in the day, a crowd of nearly 200 gathered at the Duke Energy Event Center on Saturday, February 21, to support the Avon Education Foundation. Guests enjoyed appetizers, dinner, a fun science-based trivia game, and a live auction before traveling to Avon High School's Hendricks Regional Health Performing Arts Center for an outstanding performance by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Soprano Twyla Robinson and guest conductor Miguel Barth-Hedoya moved the crowd with the timeless music of Ravel and Strauss and, along with ISO musicians, delighted AEF patrons by attending an exclusive dessert reception following the performance. The evening ended with performances by Avon High School's own talented orchestra students. In all, the Avon Education Foundation raised more than $22,000 for educational programs and experiences for Avon's students! Thank you to all who attended the event and a special thanks goes out to our corporate sponsors, particularly our Premier Sponsor, Hendricks Regional Health, and our Gold Sponsors, Hendricks Power, Chick-fil-A of Avon, and Ice Miller.


     
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  • Avon's Teachers Are Excited About the SOS Program 
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    The Avon Education Foundation's Supply Our Schools program officially kicked off on January 8. More than 20 teachers came to the Avon Schools Administration Center to stock up on folders, pencils, glue sticks, and a variety of other supplies for their classrooms. AEF board member Linda Dobbs heads up the program and was encouraged by the positive comments from Avon's teachers. "As a retired teacher myself, I know how much educators spend out of pocket on basic items for their classrooms," Dobbs explained. "I felt as though I was granting wishes for every teacher who came into the store and so many of the shoppers told me that these were exactly the supplies they needed!"
     
    The SOS store will be open several times each month and hours will vary so that every teacher, no matter school start and end time, will be able to take advantage of the program. Supplies will continually be replenished so that they will be available whenever teachers need them. The Avon Education Foundation is asking the community to continue to donate school supplies, particularly dry erase markers, glue sticks, flash drives, and highlighters. Donations can be sent to any Avon school or dropped off at the Avon Schools Administration Center during regular business hours.  
      

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  • Avon High School Hall of Fame
     
    Did you know that the Avon Education Foundation sponsors the Avon High School Hall of Fame? This special honor is given to graduates of Avon High School or former AHS employees to recognize their professional achievements and personal contributions to improve the lives of others and society. Alumni, parents, current Avon students, faculty, staff, school district administrators, or Avon residents may submit nominations. All submissions will be reviewed by the Hall of Fame Induction Committee. Honorees are publicly recognized at an AHS event, have a recognition plaque permanently placed in the Hall of Fame, and receive a commemorative plaque to keep. Nomination forms may be submitted to the AEF office at 7203 E. U.S. Hwy. 36, Avon, IN 46123. 

     
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  • AEF Grant Applications for the 2014-15 School Year   

    With more than $22,000 to award to certified staff, AEF is pleased to announce the deadlines for "Fast Track" and "Traditional" curricular grant applications 

    First Semester:  Fast track & Preliminary "Traditional" applications -  due August 15, 2014
    Second Semester:  Fast Track & Preliminary "Traditional" applications - due January 16, 2015
    (Click on grant applications tab for more detail.)


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  • musical instrument Avon Education Foundation's Annual Musical Instrument Drive
    Don't miss the annual Musical Instrument Drive for which AEF is accepting donations of new or used musical instruments.  All band and orchestra instruments, no matter the condition, will be repurposed for beginning band and orchestra students with financial need.  Avon High School Performing Arts Department Chair and AEF Board Member Dean Westman shared his thoughts on the importance of the musical instrument donation drive.  “Looking back on Avon’s orchestra program, in particular, the program began in 2007 with a very small group of pioneering 6th graders.  Without the help of AEF, some of these students would never have had the chance to participate in orchestra because their families could not afford the cost of instruments.  AEF has been an invaluable supporter of music education and we would not be as successful as we are without the assistance AEF has given us over the years.”  Musical instruments will be accepted at the AEF office at the Avon Schools Administration Center. 
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District News

  • School Bus ACSC Transportation Department--Letter to Families
     
    The ACSC Transportation Department has sent a letter to families regarding updates for the 2015-16 school year. Please click the link to view the letter: http://www.avon-schools.org/cms/lib02/IN01001885/Centricity/Domain/3424/Transportation%20Letter%204%2017%2015.pdf
     
    The Transportation web page can be found at: http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/157
     
     

     
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  • Avon Schools' Music Education Program Receives National Recognition 

    The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation has recognized Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. ACSC joins 388 districts across the country (and one of only eight in the state of Indiana) in receiving the prestigious distinction in 2015. There are currently 13,588 school districts with music programs.

    Now in its 16th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

    Avon Community School Corporation’s performing arts program serves students in grades K-12 in 12 buildings. With a staff of 18 music educators, ACSC serves almost 7,500 students daily in a performing arts course. Curricular courses include general music, band, choir, orchestra, music theory and composition, keyboarding and percussion ensemble. Extra-curricular programs include Marching Band, Jazz Band, Show Choir, Honor Ensembles (6th, 7th and 8th grade levels), along with specialty ensembles for all instruments.

    The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Center for Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

    The announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation brings attention to the importance of keeping music education as part of schools’ core education and music’s vital role in student success in school.

    ACSC students are excelling in Music Education. Three ensembles of the Avon Performing Arts Program have been invited to the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic later this year. This will include the Avon Middle School Chamber Orchestra (Grades 7 and 8), the Avon Saxophone Orchestra (Grade 9-12) and the Avon Brass Choir (Grade 9-12).  The Avon Performing Arts program continues to grow by providing collaboration between art and music, music and dance, and several other venues. The high school Performing Arts Department will travel to New York City in May for a performance.

    Community music programs have been drawing increased attention this school year because of a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading. Beyond the Northwestern study, other reports indicate that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, such as processing math and learning to cooperate in group settings. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.orgNAMM Logo

     


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  • Dear Avon Community School Families,

    Avon Schools strive to help our families feel at ease when transitioning children to the next school level. This document contains important information to ensure a smooth conversion. Also, as a result of Intermediate school boundary adjustments, additional information is included for our 5th and 6th grade families.  

    4th GRADE TRANSITION ACTIVITIES:

    Students will tour Intermediate school buildings

    ØMay 19-Maple to AIS-East; Pine Tree to AIS-West; White Oak to AIS-East & AIS-West

    ØMay 20-Sycamore to AIS-East; Cedar to AIS-West

    ØMay 21-River Birch to AIS-East; Hickory to AIS-West

    Parent Meetings at 6:30 p.m.

    ØMay 12-AIS-East Parent Welcome

    ØMay 20-AIS-West Parent Welcome

    UPDATED INFORMATION REGARDING AIS-WEST & AIS-EAST BOUNDARY CHANGES FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

    At a recent board meeting the following was approved: The boundaries for Intermediate East and Intermediate West will be changed for the 2015-2016 school year to match the boundaries of AMS North and AMS South. Thus, 5th/6th grade students who currently live south of US Highway 36 will attend Intermediate West and 5th/6th grade students who currently live north of US Highway 36 will attend Intermediate East. This will affect this year’s 5th graders as approximately 370 5th graders will switch to the opposite intermediate for their 6th grade year. If parents of current 5th graders prefer their child remain at his/her current intermediate school and the parents are willing to provide transportation, they should make a request in writing to Dr. Maryanne McMahon by April 20, 2015. If class size allow, ACSC will try to accommodate those requests.

    5th/6th GRADE TRANSITION ACTIVITIES:

    ØApril 21-Current 5th graders who are switching intermediate schools will be walked over during the school day for a tour as well as a meet & greet session. 

     Parent Meetings at 6:30 p.m.

    ØApril 21-AIS-East Parent Meeting (Café)

    ØApril 21-AIS-West Parent Meeting (Café)

    If you have any additional questions, please call the school offices:

    AIS West – 544-5900

    AIS East – 544-5800

    6th to 7th GRADE TRANSITION ACTIVITIES:

    ØMay 22-AIS-East 6th grade students visit AMS-North and AMS-South at 9:30 a.m.

    ØMay 22-AIS-West 6th grade students visit AMS-South and AMS-North at 12:45 p.m.

    Parent Meetings at 6 p.m.

    ØMay 28– 6 p.m. at both AMS North and AMS South 


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  • ACSC Educators Learn the 6 Standards of Effective Pedagogy

    A dedicated group of Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) educators have completed the first year of learning the 6 Standards of Effective Pedagogy. Model sites are being created in two Avon Schools. With the assistance of IUPUI Professor Annela Teemant and other consultants, teachers participated in professional development seminars and instructional coaching to implement this specialized method of practice and teaching.

    The 6 Standards for Effective Pedagogy were originally developed to help English Learner students achieve greater success in the classroom. However, the practice has been found to benefit all learners. The 6 Standards include: (1) Joint Productive Activity; (2) Language & Literacy Development; (3) Contextualization; (4) Challenging Activities; (5) Instructional Conversation; and (6) Critical Stance. The 6 Standards give focus to the areas where teachers are able to increase engagement and achievement among diverse learners. 

    “I am very proud of the teachers and administrators who have been participating in this voluntary training,” stated ACSC Assistant Superintendent Maryanne McMahon. “Our teachers do this with the goal of providing the best educational experience possible for their students. It demonstrates two things: (1) the desire to model life-long learning, and (2) a willingness to take risks as others observe their new pedagogy in action and provide feedback. This is an exceptional example of how Avon teachers go above and beyond to reach all learners in their classrooms.”

    Staff from Avon Intermediate School West and River Birch Elementary are all commended for completing the first year of a two-year process. They are:

    AIS-West: (front row left to right) Chris Kates, Laura Kaiser, Laura Glatz, Lori Sampson, Jenn Hansel, Ashley Schroll, Shanay Mayer, Heather Wood; (back row) Audra Snyder, Jenny Shayotovich, Serena Runions, Dustin LeMay 

     

    River Birch: Bobby Coppadge, Maryanne McMahon (ACSC Administrator), Kellie Guernsey, Heather Gorgas, Sam Smith, Amy Stowers, Jill Mirise, Kris Kingery (bottom photo)

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  • Kindergarten  
    Kindergarten Registration and Assessment Day is May 8th!
     
    Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) will have a Kindergarten & Assessment Day on Friday, May 8, 2015. Packets are now available at all of the elementary school buildings. When you return the completed packet to the school your child will be attending, an appointment will be made at that time. Visit http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/12235 to view downloadable enrollment forms. 

    School name/number: 

    Cedar Elementary 544-6200

    Pine Tree Elementary 544-6500

    Hickory Elementary 544-6300

    River Birch Elementary 544-6800

    White Oak Elementary 544-6700

    Maple Elementary 544-6400

    Sycamore Elementary 544-6600

    If you are unsure which school your child will attend, please call the ACSC Transportation Center at 544-6140 or the ACSC Administration Center at 544-6000. 


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  • Seedlings  
     
    Seedlings Preschool Program Registration is Open
     
    Registration for the Avon Seedlings Preschool Program 2015-2016 school year is now open! The Seedlings program is housed at White Oak Elementary and is open to children or grandchildren of ACSC employees as well as preschool students living in the Avon School district. Visit the Seedlings web page (http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/11218) for registration information (enrollment form, calendar, etc.). 
     
     

     
     
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  • Update from the ACSC Board on Efficiency Task Force Actions

    March 13, 2015

    The Board of the Avon Community School Corporation is grateful to the 28-member Efficiency Task Force (ETF) for its work. The ETF (comprised of parents, teachers, and administrators) was convened to assist Avon Schools to identify ways to increase efficiencies while maintaining excellence. The work of the ETF culminated on Wednesday, March 11, when the Board took action.

    We are grateful for the significant engagement of our community as we discussed ways to be more efficient by examining feeder schools, boundaries, transportation efficiencies and school schedules. Here are some details about the level of engagement of our parents/staff/students/community:

     

    March 2-Public Forum Presentation/Discussion

    240+ in the audience

    March 2-Videostreaming of Public Forum Presentation

    344 unique viewers

    Videotape of Public Forum

    331 watching online

    Comments at Public Forum

    12 pages unique comments

    Online Survey

    1,901 responses

    Online Survey

    677 comments, 49 pages

    Efficiency Task Force webpage

    14,000+ unique views

     

    The Board carefully considered all of the input and took the following action:

    1.       There will be no changes to K-4 schools’ boundaries for the 2015-16 school year. Opinions about combining Maple/White Oak to one campus and adjusting the other K-4 boundaries to address building capacity were quite varied. The Board’s biggest concern, however, was that we were unsure as to how long the proposed boundaries would be effective. Despite the detailed research of the ETF, only a professional demographic study will provide the level of detail about projected growth that will allow us to confidently change the boundaries. A demographic study will be undertaken later in 2015 and the Board will revisit the issue of boundaries for the 16-17 school year (at the earliest).

    With the East/West boundaries changing as indicated below (#2), we will be closer to having K-4 feeder schools.  Three schools will feed into East and three into West with White Oak split evenly between East/West.

     

    2.       The boundaries for Intermediate East and Intermediate West will be changed for the 2015-16 school year to match the boundaries of North and South.  This will affect this year’s 5th graders as approximately 370 5th graders will switch to the opposite intermediate school for their 6th grade year. This decision does not affect current 6th graders going to middle school next year. The middle school boundaries will not change.  Thus, 6th graders who currently live south of US Highway 36 will attend Avon Middle School South and 6th graders who currently live north of US Highway 36 will attend Avon Middle School North.

    We have a past practice of allowing parents to request exceptions to boundaries. If parents of current 5th graders prefer their child remain at his/her current intermediate school and the parents are willing to provide transportation, they should make this request in writing to Dr. Maryanne McMahon by April 20, 2015. If class sizes allow, ACSC will try to accommodate those requests.

    Transition activities are being developed to assist our current 5th graders and their parents to get to know and feel comfortable in their new schools.  Watch for information after spring break.

     

    3.       School Schedules: This topic was perhaps the most challenging in that parents/staff/administrators/students all had very differing opinions. Ultimately the Board selected Schedule 2 (approximate times are listed below). Knowing that this schedule did not increase the important collaboration our professional teachers desperately need, the Board elected to increase the number of delayed start days from five to ten.  These days will be once/month on a consistent day so as to provide some structure.  The dates will be announced in the coming weeks after consultation with the administration.

    Schedule 2 - Older Students First/Collaboration Time Difficult for MS/HS

                                      AM Drop/Start/Release

    AMS South & North   7:35/7:45/2:35

    AHS    7:45/8:00/2:50

    Sycamore, White Oak,   8:20/8:30/3:20

    Maple, Pine Tree

    Cedar, Hickory, River Birch   8:45/8:55/3:45

    AIS East & AIS West    9:05/ 9:15/4:05

    Times listed are an approximation.  The Board has challenged the administration to work diligently to tighten up the routes and efficiencies so that we can release AIS East and West earlier if at all possible.

    The combined savings for our school system will equal approximately $350,000.

    We appreciate your patience through this transition period.  If you should have any questions, please contact your building principal.

    Again, thank you to all the members of the ETF. Your contribution has made our community a better place to educate our children. Also, thank you to all who contributed by offering your opinion; you have been invaluable.

    Sincerely,

    Anne L. Engelhardt, President

    Board of School Trustees


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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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