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  • ACSC Equipment Surplus Sale is June 25th

     

    Mark your calendars to drop by the ACSC Equipment Surplus sale on Thursday, June 25th from 8 a.m. to noon. The sale will be held at the ACSC Maintenance Center (469 S. Avon Ave.). A garage sale format will be used. Items such as bookcases, carpeting, chairs, file cabinets, computer monitors, laptops, printers, scanners, projectors, custodial supplies and tables will be available. All items are purchased in "as is" condition with no warranty and/or guarantee. All sales are final.

     
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  • AEF Summer Musical Theatre Camp Registration is Open!
     
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    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 aef@avon-schools.org or ALee@pacers.com.   
     

     
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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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  • ACSC Virtual Summer School
     
    Avon Community School Corporation is pleased to provide your student with the opportunity to access on-line resources for maintaining mastery gained throughout the school year via the 2015 Virtual Summer School.  These resources can be found at our 2015 Virtual Summer School menu located on our district page and at the top of your school’s web page side menu. 

     

    • Destination Success Link: includes a summer assignment and exploration mode to review or preview math and reading content. Students can login with their Destination Success Username (vsstudentid) and password (avon2014).
    • NEW Keyboarding Page: this page is full of keyboarding tutorials, practice, and quizzes to gear up for third and fourth keyboarding expectations for publishing work and responding to online tests.
    • Pearson Successnet Math Link: contains core math materials and online exploration mode to review math content or play content related games.  All K-4 students still have online access to this year's student edition and activities using their pearsonsuccessnet.com user id (acscstudentid) and password (avon2014).  Access until July 4. 
    • Parent Resources and Educational Online Games:  includes a variety of online games and reading club opportunities.

     

    For your Student’s Online Summer Assignment in Destination Success and access to Pearson Successnet, please visit http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/7693
     

     
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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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  • Avon Schools' Music Education Program Receives National Recognition 

    The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation has recognized Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. ACSC joins 388 districts across the country (and one of only eight in the state of Indiana) in receiving the prestigious distinction in 2015. There are currently 13,588 school districts with music programs.

    Now in its 16th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

    Avon Community School Corporation’s performing arts program serves students in grades K-12 in 12 buildings. With a staff of 18 music educators, ACSC serves almost 7,500 students daily in a performing arts course. Curricular courses include general music, band, choir, orchestra, music theory and composition, keyboarding and percussion ensemble. Extra-curricular programs include Marching Band, Jazz Band, Show Choir, Honor Ensembles (6th, 7th and 8th grade levels), along with specialty ensembles for all instruments.

    The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Center for Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

    The announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation brings attention to the importance of keeping music education as part of schools’ core education and music’s vital role in student success in school.

    ACSC students are excelling in Music Education. Three ensembles of the Avon Performing Arts Program have been invited to the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic later this year. This will include the Avon Middle School Chamber Orchestra (Grades 7 and 8), the Avon Saxophone Orchestra (Grade 9-12) and the Avon Brass Choir (Grade 9-12).  The Avon Performing Arts program continues to grow by providing collaboration between art and music, music and dance, and several other venues. The high school Performing Arts Department will travel to New York City in May for a performance.

    Community music programs have been drawing increased attention this school year because of a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading. Beyond the Northwestern study, other reports indicate that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, such as processing math and learning to cooperate in group settings. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.orgNAMM Logo

     


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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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