Announcing K-6 Digital Summer Learning Page!
The balanced calendar addresses summer loss statistics by reducing time away from school relative to traditional calendars.
Two months away from school may still have an impact on all learners, especially younger children. Keeping your child in a
routine of learning and exploration is just a click away this summer!
For this reason, the Digital Summer Learning page is being provided to our families to promote continuous learning
throughout the summer months. A wealth of resources may be accessed through the ACSC website and do not require
an ACSC student login. Make summer learning sizzle and boost your child’s learning confidence by engaging in these fun activities!
Link to Digital Summer Learning Page: http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/7693
DreamBox Learning: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade
Parents and students at River Birch can access DreamBox Learning by clicking here:
Parents can set up access to review progress and receive updates by using this information
Friday September 9, 2016
Student Leadership Convocation for September
WATCH ME LEAD
At River Birch our learning leaders are united and committed to providing the education every child needs along with the life and learning experiences they deserve! Today we held our first student leadership convocation of the year. It was titled Watch Me Lead, because we believe every child is a leader and can make a positive contribution to our school family.
If you’ve been a part of our school family in the past you know we’ve celebrated Success Willpower Attitude and Goals (SWAG) in our students. While we still recognize those traits in our school, we’ve evolved and no longer make that the central focus of our positive behavior efforts. Instead, we’ve shared four rules that all learners can share:
Every day, inside and beyond our classrooms, the students in our school work hard to demonstrate positive actions and choices. Today we communicated how students can earn leaves for their individual leaf collections, and how we’d celebrate their accomplishments. We’ll share more with you very soon about our first leaf collection challenge which concludes on September 30th.
At the dinner table or in the car ask your child:
Here are some ways our students are demonstrating leadership currently:
Kindergarten: Mrs. Prewitt’s class are 4-star leaders in the hallways. Ask your child what this means!
1st Grade: Mrs. Stewart has bilingual language leaders in her classroom who are helping a new student access learning in their classroom.
2nd Grade: Mrs. Mirise’s class is leading a recycling effort to collect bottle cap lids. Once they have enough they’ll take them to a meltdown facility and we’ll create brand new Buddy Bench for our playground. Every kid deserves someone to play with at recess!
3rd Grade: Mrs. Kennard’s class is finding individual passion in order to serve, contribute, and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
4th Grade: Our Ambassadors will lead learning in K-3 classrooms beginning next week!
Leadership & Learning: August 3, 2016
Welcome to our Leadership & Learning blog! We are happy you've found yourself on our homepage, and we want you to know more about our leadership and learning at River Birch. Each month we'll update our blog with a post about the hard work we accomplish during our one hour delay for professional development.
On the first Wednesday of the month we engage in professional learning as a community of learning leaders. Did you know the one-hour delay for professional development is the only time we are together as a K-4, related arts, and special education staff for longer than 30 minutes? We value our time together, and want you to know we sincerely appreciate the arrangements you make in order to help us with the time.
This morning we dedicated time and energy to communicating our vision and engaging in dialogue about our core values. We led a conversation and reflection on our core belief that to be a learning leader at River Birch means we are united and committed to providing the education every child needs along with the learning and life experiences they deserve. The learning experiences a child receives in our school are highly intentional and designed with a child in mind. We adhere to, meet, and often times exceed the minimum grade level requirements outlined by the Indiana Academic Standards. In addition, we work diligently to make sure school is a place where kids connect, engage, and enjoy the process of learning.
Another critical part of our foundation at River Birch is the 6 Standards of Effective Pedagogy. We’ve trained nearly half our teaching staff in the pedagogy while supporting all others through local learning in sessions like today. Our teachers are taking risks and modeling for students that life will not always be easy, but trying new things – even if we fail - makes life a little more exciting! You’ll hear more about our journey with the pedagogy as we isolate and focus on individual standards during our future professional development days.
We invite you to partner with us to make River Birch the very best learning institution in Indiana and beyond. We are so happy to have you as a part of our learning community, and we are determined in our relentless pursuit of helping every child connect and love coming to school!
Partners in your child’s education,
Mr. Kris Kingery, Principal (Twitter: @RBPRincipal)
Mrs. Heather Gorgas, Assistant Principal (Twitter: @Educate_HMG)
Make sure to follow us on Twitter as we share glimpses of leadership and learning during our school day!
Governor Pence Appoints Dr. Maryanne McMahon to the State Board of Education
Governor Mike Pence today appointed Maryanne McMahon to the State Board of Education, effective immediately. McMahon will fill the vacancy created by the departure of Sarah O’Brien. McMahon will serve the remainder of O’Brien’s four-year term, which expires on June 30, 2019.
“Throughout her career as an educator, Maryanne McMahon has distinguished herself as an innovative leader who works hard advancing the best interests of students, families and teachers,” said Governor Pence. “In her new role with the State Board of Education, I know she will continue her pattern of public service for the good of all Hoosiers.”
For 17 years, McMahon has worked for the Avon Community School Corporation in Hendricks County in various administrative posts. Most recently, she has served as assistant superintendent – a role in which she secured math and science partnership grants with Purdue University worth more than $500,000, helped lead an efficiency task force that saved the district $350,000 and spearheaded efforts to give greater voice to parents through the Avon Parent Partnership Committee. Previously, McMahon worked for Decatur Township Schools in Marion County as a classroom teacher, assistant principal and consultant for staff development in the areas of curriculum and instruction. McMahon earned undergraduate, education specialist and doctoral degrees from Indiana State University. She also holds a master’s degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and an administrative certification from Butler University.
AHS Students Share Thoughts on AHS Orchestra’s 10th Year
An Avon High School student created this special video in recognition of the AHS Orchestra’s 10th year!
AHS Teacher Chris Hill Named a Finalist for Indiana Teacher of the Year
Today, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced ten finalists for 2017 Indiana Teacher of the Year. The selection of the 2017 Indiana Teacher of the Year will be announced in October.
“Everywhere I go, I see great teaching and learning happening in Hoosier classrooms,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Great teachers can have a lifelong impact on a child’s life. I am honored to recognize ten of these outstanding educators today who have demonstrated their commitment to high-quality instruction and service to Hoosier students. I congratulate each of them on their accomplishment.”
For more than fifty years, the Indiana Department of Education has conducted the Indiana Teacher of the Year program to recognize outstanding classroom teachers from across the state. All school corporations are invited to participate in this recognition program by nominating one teacher to represent local educators at the state level of the program.
The Indiana Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, which is comprised of former Indiana Teachers of the Year, selects the new Indiana Teacher of the Year through a rigorous application process. The 2017 Indiana Teacher of the Year will represent Indiana teachers at the national level in accordance with National Teacher of the Year guidelines.
The 2017 Indiana Teacher of the Year finalists are:
Michelle Burress (Plainfield High School); Bobbi Jo Carter (Frankfort High School); John Gensic (Penn High School); Dennis Goins (Ben Davis High School and Area 31 Career Center); Jarod Hammel (Huntington North High School); Chris Hill (Avon High School); Mikayla Koharchik (Zionsville Middle School); Jessica Deckard Mann (Mishawaka High School); Jitka Nelson (Logansport Community High School); and Jennifer Jo Steed
(Brownsburg High School).
Additional information about the Indiana Teacher of the Year Program can be found on the Department’s website: http://www.doe.in.gov/
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: $80 for a whole day and $40 for a half day.
ACSC Partners with Andy Mohr Automotive Group
Avon Community School Corporation and Andy Mohr Automotive Group announced its new partnership. The 10-year agreement, approved by the Avon School Board of Trustees, names Andy Mohr Automotive (AMAG) as Avon Community School Corporation’s (ACSC) exclusive automotive partner.
As ACSC’s partner, the outdoor athletic complex at Avon High School will be renamed as the Andy Mohr Athletic Complex. The high school’s gymnasium, aquatics center and fieldhouse will also be renamed. ACSC’s Teacher of the Year program will now be sponsored by the automotive group. In addition, Andy Mohr Automotive will donate vehicles to be used for future fundraisers and a special employee purchase program will be implemented.
“Avon is an important community to us. We have hundreds of employees and thousands of customers in Avon,” stated Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Mohr. “We believe that this long-term partnership with Avon Community School Corporation will enhance the lives not only of the students and faculty at Avon, but the entire community, our customers and our future customers.”
“We are especially grateful for Mr. Mohr’s support of our students and staff,” said ACSC Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hoernemann. “This partnership will enhance what ACSC is able to accomplish in the classroom, on the field and in extracurricular activities.”
The 10-year commitment includes the following details:
Proceeds from the vehicle raffle sales are expected to push the total value of the partnership in excess of $1 million.
Andy Mohr Automotive operates 12 franchise automotive dealerships, one heavy-duty truck center and four collision centers in the central Indiana area. Andrew Mohr was inducted into the Junior Achievement Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame in 2015 and was the 2014 United Way of Central Indiana Campaign Chair, where he led record-setting campaign funding in Hendricks County. Andy Mohr Automotive has helped local non-profit organizations generate more than $1 million in additional funds via car raffles in recent years.
Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) offers children high quality educational instruction with a keen focus on improving student achievement. More than 9,300 students are served in grades Pre-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 www.avon-schools.org.
Sign Up for Here Comes the Bus to Track Your Child's School Bus
ACSC families can use Here Comes the Bus – a website and mobile app – to view the real-time location of their child’s school bus. Through this program, parents may also receive push notifications or email alerts regarding bus changes and/or delays.
Here Comes the Bus is offered as a FREE service to ACSC families.
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Picture Re-takes
7:00 PM School Board Meeting
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM PTO Meeting
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