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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.
     
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  • May 2015 AEF Newsletter 
     
    The latest edition of the Avon Education Foundation newsletter is available. Learn about the many ways AEF supports the success happening each and every day in Avon's schools.
     

     
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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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    A Cool Ride for Avon Schools
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    Show your support for education every time you get behind the wheel!

    Proceeds from each Indiana Department of Education license plate benefit schools across the state. 
    When purchasing your “education” license plate, you must enter Avon Schools or Avon Education Foundation during
    check-out to make sure your contribution goes to support students right here in Avon! 

    For more information, visit the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles site at http://www.in.gov/bmv/2796.htm

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District News

  • TOY2015 Katie McLaughlin Chosen as ACSC Teacher of the Year 

    Katie McLaughlin, an art teacher shared between Pine Tree and Sycamore Elementary Schools, was selected as the Avon Community School Corporation Teacher of the Year. During opening day activities, she was presented with a special plaque and award from the Sharon Pinnick Educational Fund, (Hendricks County Community Foundation), a check from the Avon Rotary Club, a small stipend from the District, as well as a gift card from A+ Teaching Supplies and a special bouquet from Flowered Occasions. Miss McLaughlin was selected as Avon’s Teacher of the Year by a committee comprised of community members.

    Miss McLaughlin was noted for incorporating technology in the classroom with stop-motion animation, photography, coding and 3-D modeling.

    “Miss McLaughlin’s teaching philosophy focuses on a student-centered choice based approach,” said Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Hoernemann, ACSC Superintendent. “She encourages students to learn to think like artists to generate their own ideas and become more comfortable navigating the creative problem-solving process. She is amazing in her use and understanding of technology integration within her lesson design.”

    Miss McLaughlin has taught in Avon Schools for three years. She received a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University (Edinboro, PA) as well as her post baccalaureate certification. 

    The other candidates (who were previously selected as their buildings’ Teacher of the Year) included: Kristin Bolek (Avon High School); Luke Tudor (Avon Middle School North); Jim Casey (Avon Middle School South); Dru Pearcy (Avon Intermediate School East); Laura Glatz (Avon Intermediate School West); Tara Roberds (Cedar Elementary); Haley Roesch (Hickory Elementary); Robin Britton (Maple Elementary); Ruby Laux-Jacobs (River Birch Elementary); Laura Burkhart (Sycamore Elementary); and Kayla Breivogel (White Oak Elementary).

    Avon Community School Corporation submitted Miss McLaughlin’s unique portfolio to the Indiana Department of Education for the state’s selection process of the Indiana Teacher of the Year award. 

     

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  • ACSC Announces New School Bus Tracking App
     

    As students prepare to head back to school, parents in Avon Community School Corporation are gearing up with an innovative new website and mobile device app that provides GPS tracking of their child’s bus. The new app, Here Comes The Bus®, provides parents and school administrators the real-time location of a child’s bus on a smartphone, tablet or computer.

    “In an effort to keep children safe, parents want to know the location of their child’s bus, whether it’s running late, early or on time. Here Comes the Bus will give them the information they need when they need it,” said Mike Rawlinson, Transportation Director for Avon Schools.

    Through the Here Comes the Bus app, parents can select the alerts they want to receive and how. For instance, they can receive a push notification* or email alert when their child’s bus is within five minutes of the bus stop. In addition, parents can quickly locate their bus on a customizable map from anywhere, and will see when it arrives at or leaves school, or if there’s a schedule change.

    “We think it’s an essential tool for our parents and also helps us reduce tardiness and absences related to students missing the bus,” added Dr. John Atha, Avon Community Schools Assistant Superintendent. “By using it, parents won’t have to ask or guess about the location of their child’s bus at any given time. They’ll know.  It’s going to alleviate worry and bring peace of mind.”

    The only mobile device app available in the U.S. that alerts parents that their child’s bus is near, Here Comes the Bus is from Synovia Solutions™, the same company that provides GPS tracking systems for Avon buses. These GPS software solutions work to increase fuel efficiency, improve safety measures and track vehicle location.

    “When we heard about the availability of the website and app, we knew it was a great solution,” explained Dr. Atha. “There are no hardware costs so it was as easy as flipping the switch to engage the program. Most importantly, we knew that we could trust Synovia Solutions to protect our children by helping to shield students from inclement weather, rush-hour traffic and other roadside dangers.”

    Here Comes the Bus can be first accessed on the web and then downloaded for a fee via the App Store or Google Play by Avon Community School Corporation parents. The app is secure, providing parents with a private ID that grants access to only their child’s bus. Here Comes the Bus is available in three languages, users can choose between English, Spanish and French.

    For more information, visit synoviasolutions.com/here-comes-the-bus

     
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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:  http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/9708. Salary Benefits: $75 for a whole day and $40 for a half day. 

     

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  • Haiducu AHS Teacher to Receive Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
     

    Avon High School Teacher Liviu Paul Haiducu is among 108 teachers selected as Presidential Awardees for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Mr. Haiducu teaches Advanced Placement and Honors Physics at AHS. His profile can be viewed here:  http://recognition.paemst.org/finalist_profile/34368

    The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year.

    Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

    Awardees join an active network of outstanding educators from throughout the nation. Since 1983, more than 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

    To learn more about the PAEMST program, visit https://paemst.org/

     

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  • ACSC Rolls Out New Technology Initiative!
     
    Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) is implementing a new program for students in 5th through 12th grades. The Strategic Technology Expansion Plan and Upgrades Program (STEP-UP) will prepare Avon students for a technology-rich future while expanding learning outside the traditional classroom.

    When the school year begins in 2015, students in 6th, 8th and 9th grades will receive a laptop computer for classroom instruction. In the 2016-17 school year, STEP-UP will expand to include all students in 5th through 12th grades.

    “We are excited to bring the STEP-UP Program to our schools,” said ACSC Technology Director Jason Brames. “Technology based tools offer greater opportunities for collaborative learning and will enhance teaching and learning in our schools.”

    ACSC teachers are receiving specialized professional development and will use up-to-date technology curriculum in the classroom. When students receive their computers, they will receive age-appropriate instruction regarding digital citizenship. Parent education sessions will be held at the schools for Avon families to ensure a smooth transition to STEP-UP. 

    To learn more about the STEP-UP Program, please visit www.avon-schools.org/stepup. There is a video, FAQ and other details to assist Avon families. 

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  • 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 this link to view the letter: Transportation Letter
     
    The Transportation web page can be found at: http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/157
     
     

     
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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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