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  • AEF Breakfast 2014
     

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  • Keep up on all of the Avon Education Foundation News
     
    The September edition of the AEF newsletter contains information about our goals for the 2014-15 school year, the 7th annual AEF Community Breakfast with featured speaker Tom Zupancic, and more. It is your place to go for all of the latest at the Avon Education Foundation.
     

     
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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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  • 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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    Students Enjoy Grillin' Time Thanks to the AEF Auction!
     
    Rabb Family On May 22, Mrs. Walton's class at Sycamore Elementary enjoyed a special lunch prepared by the ACSC Central Office Staff. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Rabb for bidding on this unique prize for your son Rex and all of his class!Mrs. Walton
     
     
     
    This and many other one of a kind experiences highlighted the Avon Education Foundation's Oriole Auction and Comedy Night Silent Auction which raised thousands of dollars for Avon's schools. Didn't get a chance to bid at this year's auctions? Don't worry, AEF will auction off more of these special prizes during the 2014-2015 school year!
     
     

     
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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

  • PLTW
     AHS Receives Project Lead The  Way Certification
     
    Avon High School has received national certification for its Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program. PLTW, a nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs, offers a rigorous world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life biomedical science activities, projects and problems.

    The national PLTW recognition program distinguishes schools for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW’s national standards. Additionally, certification as a PLTW school provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW affiliate universities when they successfully complete select PLTW courses in high school.

    AHS Principal Matt Shockley said, “We’ve seen how the PLTW program draws more students into the biomedical sciences and gets them thinking about college and their careers. We are extremely proud to be PLTW certified and ecstatic that our students are eligible for college-level recognition, which may include college credit, scholarships and admissions preference.”

    As part of the recognition process, Shockley, and a team composed of teachers, staff, students and members of the community submitted a self-assessment of the school’s implementation of PLTW’s Biomedical Science program. A site visit by a PLTW trained team followed. PLTW’s team met with teachers, school administrators, counselors, students and members of the school’s Partnership Team. A PLTW school’s Partnership Team (sometimes referred to as an Advisory Council) is comprised of teachers, counselors, administrators, post-secondary representatives, business and industry professionals and other community members who actively support the PLTW program within a school.

    “Avon High School should be congratulated for demonstrating once again its commitment to PLTW’s quality standards,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “The real winners here, however, are Avon’s students. Students benefit from PLTW’s innovative, project-based curriculum that encourages creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. We look forward to many more years of working together to prepare Avon students for the global economy.”


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  • ACSC Efficiency Task Force Seeking Parent Volunteers
     
    Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) 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, we are seeking parents to serve on the ACSC Efficiency Task Force 2015. The work may include: potential boundary adjustments, a review of school start and end times, and the impact of those decisions on transportation services.
     
    Parents who are interested in serving should review the scope of the work prior to notifying their principal of their interest by Monday, November 24, 2014Click here to read the scope of the work and additional details. An interest form may be obtained at your student’s main office or clicking the ETF Form. The task force will be comprised of twelve parents, one from each school. Parents will be considered based upon the enrollment of at least one child in ACSC during the upcoming 2015-16 school year. In addition to parents, teachers and administrators will be asked to serve. 
     

     
     
     
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  • Avon Marching Black and Gold Win State Championship

    The Avon Marching Black and Gold were crowned ISSMA State Champions! They won the Class A competition at the 42nd Annual Indiana State School Music Association's (ISSMA) marching band state finals. This is the 11th title in 14 years for the nationally recognized band. The event was held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The state finals competition included the top 10 Indiana high school marching bands in four classes of competition.

    The Avon Marching Black and Gold is led by Director Jay Webb. Under his leadership, Avon is recognized as one of the premier band programs in the Midwest. 

    Avon will next compete at the Music for All's Bands of America Grand National Championships Nov. 12-15 at Lucas Oil Stadium.Band


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  • Nikki Harrison Maple Principal Named Outstanding Administrator

    The Indiana School Counselor Association (ISCA) announced Nikki Harrison, Principal at Maple Elementary School, as Outstanding Administrator during its Fall Conference. The ISCA’s announcement said the following:

    “Nikki is always seeking new and innovative ways to help each of her students reach his or her maximum potential. In her time as principal, Nikki has provided her staff with many professional development experiences. She approaches these opportunities with a spirit of curiosity, and invites her staff to learn alongside her. When Nikki is addressing students, faculty, and families, she is always respectful and patient. However, she does not shy away from difficult conversations. She is ready and willing to have meaningful conversations to advocate for every student’s best interest. She carries this spirit of willingness to do what is best for her students in all that she does. Mrs. Harrison also serves as a support to her staff, always encouraging and challenging them to do their absolute best.”

    Mrs. Harrison has served as principal of Maple Elementary School since January 2007. According to ISCA this award honors professionals who devote their career to serving as advocates – and often lifesavers – for Indiana’s students.

     

     
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  • Avon Roots Logo Avon Roots Volunteer Program Launched
     
    Avon Community School Corporation has launched a new volunteer program to serve its 12 schools. Avon Roots {Volunteers Supporting Avon Schools} seeks community members to become directly involved in the educational process. 
     
    A spectrum of opportunities are available such as clerical assistance, school-wide assistance, in-classroom assistance or even at-home assistance. For example, volunteers can help with school newsletters, answer office phones, provide tutoring, chaperone field trips, assist with school websites or even work with the Outdoor Learning Center or Avon Education Foundation.
     
    “If you live or work in Avon, you have a vested interest in Avon Schools,” stated Venetia Faulkenberg who coordinates Avon Roots. “No matter your skill level, every community member has something to offer, and the students benefit greatly from these positive social interactions.
    All volunteers must complete the application process which includes a background check. Detailed information about Avon Roots as well as the required forms can be found at http://www.avon-schools.org/volunteer.
     

     

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  • National Achievement  
    National Achievement Program Names AHS Student as Semifinalist
     

    Avon High School student Arisa Moreland-Woods has been named as a semifinalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program. This scholastically talented student will move forward in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth about $2.5 million that will be offered next spring. There are 1,600 semifinalists.  

    AHS Principal Matthew Shockley said, “Arisa is only our second student to ever earn this recognition. She has taken numerous Advanced Placement and honors courses across disciplines and performed strongly in those rigorous classes. Arisa is also a role model for all students with strong leadership skills, integrity and work ethic. We wish her well as she hopefully advances to the next stage of the National Achievement Scholarship Competition.”

    To be considered for the National Achievement Scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. The National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is a privately financed academic competition that operated without government assistance. It was initiated in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation. 

     

     
     
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  • National Merit2015  
     
    Four AHS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
     
    Four Avon High School students have been named as Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: Alexis Britt, Matthew Stall, Avleen Badwal and Suzanne Gatons.

    These studious seniors now have the opportunity to advance to the finalist level of this competition. There will be 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million to be offered next spring. Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level for the Merit Scholarship.

    “Avon High School is proud to have four of our students named as Semifinalists,” said AHS Principal Matthew Shockley. “They have distinguished themselves as outstanding academic students. Their families deserve credit for their commitment to education. Having these students honored also speaks to the quality teachers and education received throughout their school careers. All ACSC staff should celebrate this success!”

    About 15,000 of the 16,000 semifinalists should advance to the finalist level and will be notified in February. The National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group. Learn more about the National Merit Program at www.nationalmerit.org. 

    Photo: (L-R) AHS Principal Matt Shockley; Alexis Britt, Matthew Stall, Avleen Badwal and Suzanne Gatons
     

     
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  • Hiring Temporary Contract Teachers 

    Avon Community School Corporation is seeking highly motivated and qualified certified teachers to fill short term teaching assignments in a variety of grades and subject areas. Please apply on-line through the application process found under the Human Resources-Employment link. Some of these positions have the potential to earn benefits.  Please consider joining Avon schools.  We are a great place to learn and lead.

     

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