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  • ISO Join AEF for an Evening with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
     
    Avon Education Foundation is partnering with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for a unique experience just for supporters of AEF.  The evening begins with dinner and a live auction at Serendipity at Metropolis, followed by a performance with reserved seating by the renowned ISO at Avon High School's Hendricks Regional Health Performing Arts Center. Your experience will end with a reception featuring Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Guest Conductor, Twyla Robinson, Soprano, and other accomplished musicians.
     
    To purchase tickets, visit our Eventbrite page. 
     

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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?
    Welcome Back
     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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    Students Enjoy Grillin' Time Thanks to the AEF Auction!
     
    Rabb Family On May 22, Mrs. Walton's class at Sycamore Elementary enjoyed a special lunch prepared by the ACSC Central Office Staff. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Rabb for bidding on this unique prize for your son Rex and all of his class!Mrs. Walton
     
     
     
    This and many other one of a kind experiences highlighted the Avon Education Foundation's Oriole Auction and Comedy Night Silent Auction which raised thousands of dollars for Avon's schools. Didn't get a chance to bid at this year's auctions? Don't worry, AEF will auction off more of these special prizes during the 2014-2015 school year!
     
     

     
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District News

  • 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  
     
    Milken Award  

     
     
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    400 Attend High Ability Program Information Session
     

    ACSC’s Broad Based Planning Team hosted a High Ability information session. More than 400 parents, students, and staff attended to learn more about the High Ability programming that is implemented in Avon schools. They learned about programs, strategies of support and what can be done at home to enhance learning for the high ability child. There was a keynote speaker and breakout sessions to help further inform and guide parents through the high ability learning continuum within Avon schools.

    Mr. Shockley, AHS principal, gave the keynote presentation. He guided parents and students through the programming at the high school helping to prepare them for the expectations at the post-secondary level. Breakout sessions included:

     
    • Aligning NWEA and Khan Academy (Michele Frossard)
    • Supporting the social and emotional needs of a high ability student (Christy Shepard, Lindsay Corya, Ginger Davis, Laura Samide)
    • Panel Discussion with High School Students (Learn about the Journey from a Student Perspective/Facilitated by Jenny Shayotovich)

    Parents were very pleased with the information night. Here’s one note:

    “I am the parent of an 8th grader at AMSN and wanted to express my appreciation for the effort you and the whole crew made to give us valuable information this evening. I especially want to thank you and the committee for having the breakout with the high school students. They not only represented the school well, but provided valuable insight for me and my daughter as she considers her plans at AHS starting next year. It was a job well done.”

    -Chris Ardeel

     
     
     
     

     

     

     
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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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  • State of Avon Community School Corporation
     
    Mark your calendar to come hear about where we have been and where the school corporation is headed at the “State of Avon Community School Corporation” on Monday, February 2 from 6:30-8 p.m. Superintendent Dr. Maggie Hoernemann will deliver the address. A repeat session will be held on Thursday, February 5, from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Both sessions will be held in the Administration Center’s Board Room. The presentation will last approximately 90 minutes. Everyone is welcome to attend either session. The ACSC District Office is located at 7203 East U.S. Highway 36 in Avon. 

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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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  • Cedar Students Recognized in Art Competition 
     
    Cedar Elementary had two winners in the Children’s Museum Haunted House Art Contest. From more than 3,000 entries, Henry Whittle won 2nd place in the 2nd grade category and Katie Quinney won Honorable Mention in the 1st grade category. Additionally, 37 Cedar students were named in the Top 30 Finalists from their grade levels. The students’ artwork was displayed at the Children’s Museum in October. 
     
    Cedar Art 2014

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