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.
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
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Please Join Us at the Efficiency Task Force 2015 Public Forum
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.
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
2011/Gwynn Wills/District/Autism Consultant
“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.
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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