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  • Honor an Educator

    As you do your holiday shopping, it is likely that you will be looking for a way to thank your child's teacher for the hard work and dedication Avon's educators show every day. The Avon Education Foundation's Honor an Educator program is a great way to send a gift a teacher while also supporting AEF's mission. This year, Hendricks Regional Health is partnering with AEF to make the Honor an Educator program even more valuable.

    For each Honor an Educator gift, the honored teacher or Avon Schools staff member will receive a $10 gift card, courtesy of Hendricks Regional Health and the amount of your gift will be used by AEF to support programs like after school study tables, literacy initiatives, and classroom grants. That's 2 gifts in 1!  To make an Honor an Educator gift, fill out the gift form and return to your child's school or simply click on the Honor an Educator tab at the top of this page.


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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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  • 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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  • 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!
    Goddard School  

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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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  • Avon's Teachers Are Excited About the SOS Program 
    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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District News

  • Avon Middle School North and South Students Chosen for Indiana All-Region Junior Band

    Seven students from Avon Middle School North and eight students from Avon Middle School South were nominated to be a part of the 35th Annual Indiana All-Region Junior High Band. This special band consists of students from 22 schools around Metro-Indianapolis. These students were selected from among 250 students nominated by their band directors.

    Following several rehearsals, the students performed in a special concert in November at Brownsburg High School. The performers were led by guest conductor Mr. Daniel Pritchett, the long-time band director of Valparaiso High School Bands. Students played approximately six tunes in varying styles and genres ranging from concert marches to Broadway musical selections.

    AMS-North student Lexi Narvell was also selected to participate last year. Congratulations to all of our students for being nominated to be a part of this prestigious group. 

    Jr Band North

    AMS-North Students (left to right): Noah Schenk: Baritone; Lexi Narvell: Clarinet; Jui Desai: Flute; Grace Crosier: Oboe; Amber Hatfield: Clarinet; Samantha Heitert: French Horn; Olivia Purcell: Tuba

    JR Band South

    AMS-South Students (left to right): Evan Grothen: Alto Sax; Cameron Hofbauer: Clarinet; Matthew Barton: Clarinet; Ashlyn Mirise: Flute; Breanna Fenrick: Trombone; Emily Sanders: Bass Clarinet; Sophia Trinkle: Percussion; Lyndsi Fenrick: Percussion



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  • Speak Up

    Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. Since 2003, nearly 4 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. As a key stakeholder, Speak Up provides parents, students and teachers with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)'s education. Click here for more information or To “Speak Up,” simply visit speakup2015 to take the survey.  Students will be required to enter in the secret word: orioles to access the survey.


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  • Avon Schools to Receive a Grant for Propane School Buses

    ACSC is pleased to receive a grant from the IN Office of Energy Development (OED)! We will receive $33,414 and plan to purchase eight school buses that will go into service next year. Please see the OED news release below for additional information.

    November 5, 2015

    Media Contact:
    Ben Kenney,

    Indiana schools receive state grant for propane school buses
    Seven public school corporations to add 49 propane-fueled school buses

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) today announced that seven Indiana public school corporations will receive $275,430 from the OED’s 2015 Indiana Propane School Bus (PSB) grant program.

    This is OED’s first grant specifically dedicated to propane school buses. The participating schools will benefit from propane school buses in a variety of ways, including decreasing schoolchildren’s exposure to harmful particulate matter, lowering maintenance costs through the use of a cleaner burning fuel and increasing fuel diversity.

    The winning school corporations include:
    • Avon Community School Corporation
    • DeKalb County Central United School District
    • Metropolitan School District of Warren Township
    • Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township
    • North Spencer County School Corporation
    • Tippecanoe School Corporation
    • Warrick County School Corporation

    “Improved engine technologies have made propane a low-cost option for Indiana’s school bus fleet,” said OED Director Tristan Vance. “At OED, we believe that propane is a promising alternative fuel for school buses because it is widely available, even in rural areas, and traditionally costs less than diesel or gasoline.”

    OED intends for recipients to track their miles driven, fuel usage and cost savings for one year after the buses are first put in use. This data can help the recipients and their communities and peers to better understand their fueling options.

    PSB projects must involve the purchase of a minimum of two new propane school buses. The winning schools must have access to propane fueling infrastructure or show that they will have access if they are awarded a grant. OED expects participants to demonstrate their need for this project and how this project will benefit the applicant’s school corporation.

    Quarterly reports, including expenditures and fuel savings, will be due to OED starting January 2016 and occur for one year.

    For more information about OED visit:


    Propane Buse


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  • ACSC School Menus Now Available Online & Via Mobile App

    All of Avon Community School Corporation menus (breakfast and lunch) are now online and also available via smart phone app. By visiting you will find detailed menu information including:

    • Pictures and Descriptions
    • Nutrition Information
    • Allergen Information
    • Carb Counts
    • Interactive Features

    The app can be downloaded via Google Play or at the App Store.


    School lunch




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  • Seven AHS Students Commended in the 2016 National Merit® Scholarship Program

    Avon High School Principal Matt Shockley announced that Andrew Brown, Zachary Butler, Paige Hankins, Samuel Heath, Caroline Nickolaus, Liza Russell and Alexandra Short have been named as Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. This ties for the most (seven) students at this level in school history! A Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented to these scholastically talented seniors.

    About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).


    *(Photographed left to right:  Liza Russell, Caroline Nickolaus, Paige Hankins, Andrew Brown, Samuel Heath, Alexandra Short, and Zachary Butler.)  



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  • Hoernemann

    Special Announcement from the Avon School Board of Trustees

    The Avon School Board of Trustees is excited and proud to announce that the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents has named Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Hoernemann as the Indiana Superintendent of the Year!

    “As John C. Maxwell said, ‘a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.’ Dr. Hoernemann is truly an impactful school leader who is centered on this path,” stated Board President Anne Engelhardt. “We are pleased that she is being honored by her peers.”

    Dr. Hoernemann has a great administrative team, dedicated staff and strong community supporting her efforts to help our students stay excited and excel in education.

    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hoernemann!





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  • Natl Merit 2015

    Six AHS Students Named as Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

    Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. The AHS students are: Samantha Branham, Michael Campbell, Alyssa Corpus, Alyssa Fales, Angelina Shi and Brady Zeller.

    To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

    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 440 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.

    National Merit Scholarship winners of 2016 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 315,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

    (**Students pictured left to right: Brady Zeller; Michael Campbell; Angelina Shi; Alyssa Fales; Alyssa Corpus and Samantha Branham)



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  • Substitute Teachers Needed at ACSC
    Avon Community School Corporation is accepting applications for Guest Teachers (Substitutes) for the 2015-16 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: $75 for a whole day and $40 for a half day. 


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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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