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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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Superintendent's Message

 
A Message from Superintendent Hoernemann
 

Supt. Hoernemann

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We are pleased to share that hiring additional teachers underway for the 2015-16 school year. As you know, class sizes and caseloads have been uncomfortably high, so adding core teachers is our top priority. Although there was some progress from the last legislative session, ACSC funding per student is still well below the state average. However, the addition of $270 per student over the next biennium – combined with our many efficiencies – will allow us to add 29+ teachers for the 2015-16 school year. We all agree that reduction in class size is our top priority.

 
Unfortunately, our limited funds will not allow us to increase teaching positions in music, art, PE, counseling or other important areas.

Here is a summary of additional teaching positions to be filled this coming school year:

  • 12.5 classroom teachers at the K-4 level
  • 5 classroom teachers at the Intermediate level
  • 1 special education teacher at AIS-East
  • 2 teachers at AMS-North
  • 2 teachers at AMS-South
  • 7 teachers at AHS

We want our teachers to know that relief is coming; we want our community to know that class sizes in our K-6 general education classrooms will improve. If current figures hold, we will not have any K-6 general education classrooms at or over 30 students. Some improvement will be made in most core classes at the middle schools, but all other classes may exceed 30 students. High school classroom figures will vary by subject, however, the additional teachers will help ease the ratio.

Our students continue to excel despite the challenges. The list of accolades from this school year alone is too numerous to name. We appreciate your support to make this a wonderful school year and wish our Avon families a safe and enjoyable summer break. 

As always, I welcome your feedback. Feel free to email me at mehoernemann@avon-schools.org

 

Sincerely,

 

Margaret Hoernemann

Superintendent

 

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