Foundation News

  • AEF Summer Musical Theatre Camp Registration is Open!
      Broadway Kids
    The Avon Education Foundation is pleased to announce the dates for this year's Broadway Kids summer musical theatre camp. This fun week long camp will be held June 15-19 at Avon Middle School North and is facilitated again by Cedar Elementary music teacher Tara Roberds. Any child in grades 1-5 during the 2015-16 school year may participate, but space is limited to the first 50 registered. Registration forms are available online, at the Avon Schools Administration Center, and at all Avon elementary schools. Questions may be directed to or   

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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 
    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
    AEF Board
    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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District News

  • Avon Schools Recognize Autism Awareness Month

    Avon Community Schools is pleased to be part of two special events during Autism Awareness Month in April. Jed Baker, a national expert in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders, will be presenting at an all-day event on Wednesday, April 15th at Avon Middle School North. We are proud to partner with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism to bring this guest speaker to Indiana. The event is open to the public. Please visit this link for registration information:

    Avon Community Schools’ Autism Team is hosting “A Night of “Awe”tism” on April 16th at Avon Intermediate School East from 6-8 p.m. This fair will feature various community resources such as Strides to Success, the Flip Zone as well as school based programs. The event is for families with students who have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) or other developmental delays. There will be several breakout sessions. Avon’s Middle School Life Skills class members will be selling food items (potato bar and popcorn) and our Intermediate Life Skills class members will be selling snow cones. Childcare will be provided with a reservation--call Brenda Whaley at 317-544-6083 to reserve a spot. 

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  • Hendricks Regional Health Donates Technology to ACSC 

    Hendricks Regional Health recently donated over 400 computers to Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) for use by students, faculty and staff. The donation was part of an ongoing, comprehensive community partnership between the two organizations.

    In August 2013, Hendricks Regional Health expanded its partnership with Avon School Corporation to include a wider spectrum of health and wellness initiatives. As the school system’s exclusive healthcare provider, the hospital provides sports medicine care and athletic training for student athletes and the Avon High School marching band. In addition, the collaboration includes health programming for school employees through an on-site wellness clinic and healthy lifestyle support by certified wellness coaches.

    The donated technology includes 412 desktop computers and 25 monitors. The computers were replaced as part of a hospital-wide infrastructure upgrade. The provided devices are compatible with the latest operation system and programs, and are ready to be put into service.

    ACSC is already replacing the oldest computers throughout the district. The computers will be in use in classrooms allowing students to access learning applications that were not previously available because of the age of some of the equipment.

    “We have embraced our role as the exclusive healthcare partner to Avon Community School Corporation and want to support the organization’s efforts – whether it be on the playing field, in the community, or the classroom,” said Hendricks Regional Health President & CEO Kevin Speer. “Technology is a critical component in the learning environment, and can help engage students in their education. We are truly excited to be a part of that.”

    “We certainly appreciate such a generous donation from our partners at Hendricks Regional Health,” stated Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Hoernemann, Avon Community School superintendent. “The computers will enhance the learning environment for thousands of our students. Having updated technology is a crucial component in the education process.”  

    Since 1962, Hendricks Regional Health has served as the area's leading healthcare provider by delivering innovative care with a personal touch. The hospital strives to be the indispensable healthcare partner to patients, payers, physicians, associates and employers. Licensed by the Indiana State Department of Health and accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, Hendricks Regional Health staffs a full complement of physicians in a variety of specialties at locations in Danville, Avon, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Lizton and Bainbridge. To learn more call (317) 745-3627 or visit

    Avon Community School Corporation offers children high quality educational instruction with a keen focus on improving student achievement. More than 9,000 students are being served during the 2014-15 school year in grades K-12 in 12 schools (seven elementary; two intermediate; two middle and one high school). ACSC operates on a balanced calendar schedule. Visit the ACSC website at

    HRH Donation  

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  • Seedlings  
    Seedlings Preschool Program Registration is Open
    Registration for the Avon Seedlings Preschool Program 2015-2016 school year is now open! The Seedlings program is housed at White Oak Elementary and is open to children or grandchildren of ACSC employees as well as preschool students living in the Avon School district. Visit the Seedlings web page ( for registration information (enrollment form, calendar, etc.). 

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  • Update from the ACSC Board on Efficiency Task Force Actions

    March 13, 2015

    The Board of the Avon Community School Corporation is grateful to the 28-member Efficiency Task Force (ETF) for its work. The ETF (comprised of parents, teachers, and administrators) was convened to assist Avon Schools to identify ways to increase efficiencies while maintaining excellence. The work of the ETF culminated on Wednesday, March 11, when the Board took action.

    We are grateful for the significant engagement of our community as we discussed ways to be more efficient by examining feeder schools, boundaries, transportation efficiencies and school schedules. Here are some details about the level of engagement of our parents/staff/students/community:


    March 2-Public Forum Presentation/Discussion

    240+ in the audience

    March 2-Videostreaming of Public Forum Presentation

    344 unique viewers

    Videotape of Public Forum

    331 watching online

    Comments at Public Forum

    12 pages unique comments

    Online Survey

    1,901 responses

    Online Survey

    677 comments, 49 pages

    Efficiency Task Force webpage

    14,000+ unique views


    The Board carefully considered all of the input and took the following action:

    1.       There will be no changes to K-4 schools’ boundaries for the 2015-16 school year. Opinions about combining Maple/White Oak to one campus and adjusting the other K-4 boundaries to address building capacity were quite varied. The Board’s biggest concern, however, was that we were unsure as to how long the proposed boundaries would be effective. Despite the detailed research of the ETF, only a professional demographic study will provide the level of detail about projected growth that will allow us to confidently change the boundaries. A demographic study will be undertaken later in 2015 and the Board will revisit the issue of boundaries for the 16-17 school year (at the earliest).

    With the East/West boundaries changing as indicated below (#2), we will be closer to having K-4 feeder schools.  Three schools will feed into East and three into West with White Oak split evenly between East/West.


    2.       The boundaries for Intermediate East and Intermediate West will be changed for the 2015-16 school year to match the boundaries of North and South.  This will affect this year’s 5th graders as approximately 370 5th graders will switch to the opposite intermediate school for their 6th grade year. This decision does not affect current 6th graders going to middle school next year. The middle school boundaries will not change.  Thus, 6th graders who currently live south of US Highway 36 will attend Avon Middle School South and 6th graders who currently live north of US Highway 36 will attend Avon Middle School North.

    We have a past practice of allowing parents to request exceptions to boundaries. If parents of current 5th graders prefer their child remain at his/her current intermediate school and the parents are willing to provide transportation, they should make this request in writing to Dr. Maryanne McMahon by April 20, 2015. If class sizes allow, ACSC will try to accommodate those requests.

    Transition activities are being developed to assist our current 5th graders and their parents to get to know and feel comfortable in their new schools.  Watch for information after spring break.


    3.       School Schedules: This topic was perhaps the most challenging in that parents/staff/administrators/students all had very differing opinions. Ultimately the Board selected Schedule 2 (approximate times are listed below). Knowing that this schedule did not increase the important collaboration our professional teachers desperately need, the Board elected to increase the number of delayed start days from five to ten.  These days will be once/month on a consistent day so as to provide some structure.  The dates will be announced in the coming weeks after consultation with the administration.

    Schedule 2 - Older Students First/Collaboration Time Difficult for MS/HS

                                      AM Drop/Start/Release

    AMS South & North   7:35/7:45/2:35

    AHS    7:45/8:00/2:50

    Sycamore, White Oak,   8:20/8:30/3:20

    Maple, Pine Tree

    Cedar, Hickory, River Birch   8:45/8:55/3:45

    AIS East & AIS West    9:05/ 9:15/4:05

    Times listed are an approximation.  The Board has challenged the administration to work diligently to tighten up the routes and efficiencies so that we can release AIS East and West earlier if at all possible.

    The combined savings for our school system will equal approximately $350,000.

    We appreciate your patience through this transition period.  If you should have any questions, please contact your building principal.

    Again, thank you to all the members of the ETF. Your contribution has made our community a better place to educate our children. Also, thank you to all who contributed by offering your opinion; you have been invaluable.


    Anne L. Engelhardt, President

    Board of School Trustees

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  • Avon Community Schools-Purdue University Collaboration Results in $250,000 Grant

    Avon Community School Corporation has been selected to receive a federal Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant beginning in 2015.  In collaboration with Purdue University, this three-year grant will support teachers in grades 5-7 with significant professional development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines with an interdisciplinary approach to learning. 

    The grant will provide $250,000 in funds to support expert instructors to work with our teachers. The STEM disciplines further expand the meaningful, real-world context of learning while building student access to 21st Century interdisciplinary themes and skills.

    “Receiving the MSP Grant is a fantastic boost to our efforts in bringing STEM education into our intermediate programming,” stated Dr. Maryanne McMahon, Assistant Superintendent at Avon Community Schools. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to integrate STEM pedagogy into our classrooms for our students.”

    The partnership with Purdue University professors will support professional development for 26 staff members. Avon’s teaching staff expressed excitement regarding the announcement:

    “When I think of STEM I think of career opportunities for the future.  An education enriched with STEM gives the children of Avon a chance to be competitive with the rest of world. The opportunity with Purdue is a chance for me learn a way of teaching that I did not have in my undergrad experience.” –Mandy Giles (5th Grade Teacher)

    “Avon Community Schools is very fortunate to have earned the opportunity to work in partnership with Purdue University to integrate STEM instruction.  The conglomeration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into our instruction taps into the creative minds of so many of our students.  We (teachers) are excited to be given the professional development and resources to implement STEM into our curriculum delivery.” –Lori Taylor (6th Grade Teacher)

    “The STEM model is the ultimate goal in teaching science. It incorporates math, reading and ALL of the science skills needed for students in the 21st century. I hope that students will increase their love of science and inquiry. I also hope that it continues to close the gap between boys and girls in the STEM fields as a career.” –Michelle Hadley (6th Grade Teacher)

    The MSP Program is a federal formula grant program that funds collaborative partnerships between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) departments at institutions of higher education (IHEs), and high-need school districts. These partnerships provide intensive, content-rich professional development to teachers and other educators, with the goal of improving classroom instruction and, ultimately, student achievement in math and science.

    The MSP grant-writing team included: Angela Rasor, Michele Frossard, Michelle Hadley, Dr. Brian Scott, Dustin LeMay, Jenny Shayotovich, Jason Brames, Dr. Maryanne McMahon and Dr. Carla Johnson (Purdue University).


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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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  • 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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  • 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 for more information.  

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