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  • AEF Announces Fast Track Grant Awards
     
    Congratulations to the Avon Teachers who were recently awarded Fast Track grants by the Avon Education Foundation:
     
    • 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
     
    AEF Fast Track grants provide Avon's teachers with an opportunity to receive up to $250 for projects that encourage, recognize, and support creativity, innovation, and excellence. Congratulations to this year's winners!
     

     
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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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  • AEF Hosts Successful Community Breakfast
     
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    More than 200 members of the community joined the Avon Education Foundation for the 7th annual Community Breakfast on November 20 at the Washington Township Park Pavilion. Guests were treated to a delicious breakfast, but the highlight of the morning was a message delivered by Tom Zupancic. Zupancic gave guests the opportunity to see his two Super Bowl rings up close while he spoke about being the kind of person who not only aspires to personal success, but also inspires success in others. 
     
    The Community Breakfast traditionally kicks off AEF's annual fundraising campaign and at this year's event Chick-fil-A of Avon made a generous matching gift that doubled funds raised, up to a total of $2,500! Because of the Chick-fil-A match, we were able to exceed our goal, raising more than $7,500 for Avon's students and educators in a single day.  Thank you to all of our donors and especially to Chick-fil-A of Avon for your support. 
     

     
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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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  • What's New with AEF?
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     The first AEF newsletter of the 2014-15 school year has information about our Supply Our Schools program, a recap of the summer Musical Theater Camp, and ways you can help the Avon Education Foundation support innovation, creativity, and excellence in all of Avon's schools.
     
     

     
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  • AHS Teacher Mr. Record Speaks to WRTV-6 About Supplies Program
     
    The beginning of the school year means school supply shopping for parents and teachers but the Avon Education Foundation is helping to relieve the financial burden many educators face when they set up their classrooms. WRTV's Anne Kelly interviewed Mr. Tony Record about AEF's Supply Our Schools program which takes donated supplies and distributes them to teachers throughout the school year. 
     

     
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  • AEF Announces the Supply Our Schools (SOS) Program
     
    Across the United States, teachers spend an average of $500 out of pocket each year to supply their classrooms. Much of the expense covers basic classroom supplies such as pens, paper, and markers. Even though most students come prepared with supplies on the first day of school, teachers are often called upon to provide supplies for students in need, as well as to replace supplies that are used by all students throughout the year. Many classroom specific projects also require materials that may not be on the school-wide supply list. To fill the need, the Avon Education Foundation has launched the Supply Our Schools (S.O.S.) program to collect new or gently used supplies which will be kept in a school supply “store” open to educators at various times throughout the year. Any teacher in the twelve Avon Community School Corporation buildings may use the supplies at no cost. 
     
    Items can be donated throughout the year; just drop them off at the ACSC Administration building during regular business hours. Teachers are particularly in need of dry erase markers, but also welcome donations of flash drives, markers, tissues, and basic office supplies. If you have any questions, call the AEF office at 544-6090. 

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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

  • Please Join Us at the Efficiency Task Force 2015 Public Forum

    Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Avon High School - Hendricks Regional Health Performing Arts Center (Door #33)

    Avon Community Schools has a rich history of parent leadership and involvement in decisions impacting our schools. The Avon School Board of Trustees has charged district leaders to develop potential operational changes to enhance educational opportunities and increase efficiencies while maintaining excellence. To that end, the ACSC Efficiency Task Force 2015 was formed in November.

    The Efficiency Task Force (ETF) will present models at a Public Forum on March 2. Participants will be able to share comments and questions in small groups after the presentation. The models can be viewed now on the ETF web page (http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/12062).   

    Live streaming of the forum will be available. Please check the ACSC website (www.avon-schools.org)   for the link at the time of the forum. A link of the taped presentation as well as information presented at the forum will be posted on the ACSC website after the forum is complete. In addition, a survey will be available on the ACSC website following the forum for anyone but especially those who are unable to attend.

    The Efficiency Task Force (ETF) focused on three areas: potential boundary adjustments for K-6, a review of school start and end times for all buildings, and the impact of those decisions on transportation services. The 28-member ETF is comprised of 12 parents (one from each school), teachers and administrators.

     

    Avon High School is located at 7575 East 150 South, Avon, IN 46123.

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    Four ACSC Educators Awarded the 2015 Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowships

    Four ACSC teachers have been awarded 2015 Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowships. These $10,000 incredibly competitive fellowships are awarded to educators for personal/professional renewal.

    Jared Emmons (AHS) will be traveling to Spain this summer to complete a project entitled, “No Spain, No Gain: Revitalizing the Phrase “¡Soy yo!

    Chris Hill (AHS) will be traveling by bicycle from Richmond, Virginia to Florence, Oregon—approximately 4,000 miles as part of his One Man, One Machine, Two Oceans project. He will be meeting with 20+ professionals who work in STEM fields, ranging from college deans to technicians at alternate energy sites in order to improve the pre-engineering program and robotics club.

    Lori Taylor (AIS West) will be writing a memoir entitled Dragonfly: A Mother's Memoir about a Challenging Journey with the Emergence of a Daughter.

    Joe Risch (AIS East) was funded for his project entitled “Woodworking in the Old World.”  He will be traveling to Milan, Italy to study in a traditional woodworking shop. In addition to creating a blog/photo journal of his experiences, Joe hopes to implement a Fall and Spring Enrichment Camp teaching woodworking for Avon students. 

    These outstanding educators join other ACSC teachers who have been honored:

    Previous Recipients of the Lilly Endowment

    2005/Mollie Gregory/AHS/Language Arts

    2009/Paul Haiducu (2 times)/AHS/Physics

    2010/Chad Seals/AHS/Spanish

    2010/Michelle Rollings/East/Art

    2011/Gwynn Wills/District/Autism Consultant

    2013/Lisa Guthrie/AMSS/Math

    2014/Lisa Kern/AHS/Science

    Lilly Endowment Inc., is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation. For 2015 the Endowment offered up to 100 grants of $10,000 each to Indiana's public and private school teachers (including guidance counselors and library/media specialists), principals and assistant principals for projects of the individual's choice.
     

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  • Registration is open for Avon Spring Enrichment Camps! Registration will last from Feb. 9 to March 6, 2015. Click here to access registration information. 
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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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  • Indiana Supt. of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz Announces Pine Tree Teacher Laurie Davies as Milken Educator Award Winner
     
    This morning, Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction announced that Laurie Davies of Pine Tree Elementary School in Avon Community School Corporation has been honored as a recipient of the Milken Educator Award.  The award is given by the Milken Family Foundation and along with national recognition, includes a $25,000 cash prize.  

    “I am incredibly honored to announce that Laurie Davies has earned this incredible award,” said Ritz.  “She is a true example of how one teacher’s dedication can impact her students and her school community.  She works with parents to build personal connections to strengthen her teaching and in her classroom, she focuses on literacy and its importance in all aspects of education.  She is incredibly well-deserving of this recognition.” 

    The Milken Educator Awards, conceived by the Milken Family Foundation to attract, retain and motivate outstanding talent to the teaching profession, is the nation’s preeminent teacher recognition program, dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher magazine. Since 1987, the Milken Family Foundation has devoted more than $137 million in funding to the Milken Educator Awards, including over $65 million in individual Awards to more than 2,600 recipients plus powerful professional development opportunities and networking with leading education stakeholders.

    Davies teaches fourth grade at Pine Tree Elementary School in Avon.  She teaches Language Arts, Math, Science and Social studies and has focused on the use of data to improve student performance.  She also regularly develops creative ways to present curriculum to her students and provides professional development opportunities for her fellow educators.

    To see a video of the announcement, click the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdY4OOK9tjo
     
    For more information, please see:  www.MilkenEducatorAwards.org  
     
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  • Four Local Taxing Entities and Chamber of Commerce Urge Legislators to Recalibrate School Funding Formula
     
    All four of Avon’s local taxing entities (Avon-Washington Township Public Library; Washington Township Trustee; Town Council of Avon; Avon Community School Corp;) as well as the Avon Chamber of Commerce have unified to urge the Indiana Legislature to recalibrate the funding formula to bring Avon Schools to average or near the average funding per pupil.

    Each entity signed resolutions stating the following:

    WHEREAS:           Our local public schools are a significant source of quality of life, community spirit, and economic attraction, and

    WHEREAS:           Quality local public schools are of significant importance to business and home values, community safety, college and workforce preparedness, and

    WHEREAS:           Avon Schools’ General Fund is among the lowest funded on a per pupil basis in the entire state, and

    WHEREAS:           Avon Schools are among the highest performing schools yet among the lowest in per student funding, and

    WHEREAS:           The state’s school funding formula has left behind school communities like ours that are the first versions of school choice in Indiana, and

    WHEREAS:           Only legislative change to the funding formula can save our local residents from receiving an outlier-low share of the state funding formula to which they contribute through sales and income taxes, and

    WHEREAS:           Only change of the legislated funding formula can supply local per pupil funding at or near average levels for the state of Indiana without additional taxation foisted upon local business and residential taxpayers, and

    WHEREAS:           Only change to the legislated school funding formula can stem the tide of higher class sizes and loss of programs due to teacher and other layoffs in communities where per pupil funding is inequitably below the state average, and

    THEREFORE:       BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Avon Community Schools Board of Trustees supports a legislated recalibration of the state’s school funding formula to serve our local students on par with other Indiana school children.   

    Copies of the resolution have been shared with local legislative leaders. The school funding formula is a top priority in the current Indiana legislative session.

    “We believe that strong schools are critical to the area’s growth and success,” said John Sparzo who serves as a facilitator for the Oriole Advocates. The newly formed Oriole Advocates added community support in promoting and coordinating the resolutions with the various entities. “The Oriole Advocates desire to produce an aligned vision among the public at-large to promote a stronger community,” Sparzo concluded. Members of the community who are interested in learning more or joining the Advocates can email the group at OrioleAdvocates1@gmail.com.   

     

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  • Weather Delay/Closure Information 

    To ensure  that you are notified when weather delays or closures are announced, parents/guardians of ACSC students may now adjust preferences to receive telephone, email and/or text messages. Cellular, landlines, and email addresses provided by parents/guardians during student enrollment will be contacted automatically unless your preferences have been adjusted.  If you want to change your call preferences or add text messaging, please visit http://mbcurl.me/WH6Z for more information.  

      
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