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  • Cedar Students Recognized in Art Competition 
     
    Cedar Elementary had two winners in the Children’s Museum Haunted House Art Contest. From more than 3,000 entries, Henry Whittle won 2nd place in the 2nd grade category and Katie Quinney won Honorable Mention in the 1st grade category. Additionally, 37 Cedar students were named in the Top 30 Finalists from their grade levels. The students’ artwork was displayed at the Children’s Museum in October. 
     
    Cedar Art 2014

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  • AMSS Band

    Eight AMS-South Students Perform with Indiana All-Region Junior Band

     

    Congratulations to Tyson Harloff, Tamia Fitzgerald, Claire Krober, Faith Williams, Renee Wright, Elizabeth Hicks, Matthew Barton and Cameron Hofbauer on being selected to participate with the 2014 All-Region Junior Band. The students gave a fantastic performance along with more than 100 of their 7th-9th grade peers. This event was sponsored by the Indiana Bandmasters Association.
     

     


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  • AMSN Band2014

    AMS-North Students Perform with Indiana All-Region Junior Band

     
    Eleven AMS-North students were chosen to participate in the Indiana All-Region Junior Band. They were selected from a group of 300 students who were recommended by 20 band directors in the Indianapolis area. With the selection, they performed with more than 100 other 7th-9th grade students during the Indiana All-Region Junior Band concert. The talented students selected are: Katie Smarella, Abe Rittenhouse, Katie Stegemann, Olivia Bradford, Elizabeth Verdi, Megan Dugle, Logan Howard, Cassie Bisson, Maeve Reilly, Trinity Eggleston and Lexi Narvell. 

     
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Parents:  Did you know you can change your contact preferences for school newsletters, automated telephone alerts, and emergency communications from your school?  Click here to learn how.  
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  • Condensed Version of the State of ACSC
     
    A condensed version of “State of Avon Community School Corporation” is now available. ACSC administrators presented important information at the beginning of the year covering topics such as finance, technology, transportation and academic/student life. This is part of the District’s Strategic Plan to increase communication among all stakeholders. Take a moment to view the document here.

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Superintendent's Message

 
A Message from Superintendent Hoernemann
 

Supt. Hoernemann Changes and Efficiencies Coming

Recently I took the unusual step of sending a phone message to every ACSC family announcing the formation of Efficiency Task Force 2015. We solicited parent involvement for an influential Task Force that will be recommending operational changes for the 2015-16 school year. (I am happy to report that we had far more volunteers than needed. What involved parents we have!) The Efficiency Task Force will focus on three main areas: potential boundary adjustments, school start/end times, and transportation efficiencies. The Task Force is comprised of parents (one from each school building), teachers and administrators. It will be led by Assistant Superintendents Dr. John Atha and Dr. Maryanne McMahon.

How can you stay well informed about the Task Force?  By watching for regularly published minutes which can be found on our webpage: www.avon-schools.org under the District Links tab. We will also report publicly at every School Board meeting.

Change for change sake? No. Despite the many reductions and changes we have made over the last several years we believe there may still be some efficiencies to capture. Naturalist, John Muir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” (In short, “Everything affects everything.”) If we change just one thing, it affects everything, which is why the Task Force’s work will be well publicized to keep parents/patrons informed of opportunities for input prior to the School Board acting on any recommended changes.

Thank you for your support as we undertake this challenging work.

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Margaret Hoernemann

Superintendent

 

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