Katie McLaughlin, an art teacher shared between Pine Tree and Sycamore Elementary Schools, was selected as the Avon Community School Corporation Teacher of the Year. During opening day activities, she was presented with a special plaque and award from the Sharon Pinnick Educational Fund, (Hendricks County Community Foundation), a check from the Avon Rotary Club, a small stipend from the District, as well as a gift card from A+ Teaching Supplies and a special bouquet from Flowered Occasions. Miss McLaughlin was selected as Avon’s Teacher of the Year by a committee comprised of community members.
Miss McLaughlin was noted for incorporating technology in the classroom with stop-motion animation, photography, coding and 3-D modeling.
“Miss McLaughlin’s teaching philosophy focuses on a student-centered choice based approach,” said Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Hoernemann, ACSC Superintendent. “She encourages students to learn to think like artists to generate their own ideas and become more comfortable navigating the creative problem-solving process. She is amazing in her use and understanding of technology integration within her lesson design.”
Miss McLaughlin has taught in Avon Schools for three years. She received a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University (Edinboro, PA) as well as her post baccalaureate certification.
The other candidates (who were previously selected as their buildings’ Teacher of the Year) included: Kristin Bolek (Avon High School); Luke Tudor (Avon Middle School North); Jim Casey (Avon Middle School South); Dru Pearcy (Avon Intermediate School East); Laura Glatz (Avon Intermediate School West); Tara Roberds (Cedar Elementary); Haley Roesch (Hickory Elementary); Robin Britton (Maple Elementary); Ruby Laux-Jacobs (River Birch Elementary); Laura Burkhart (Sycamore Elementary); and Kayla Breivogel (White Oak Elementary).
Avon Community School Corporation submitted Miss McLaughlin’s unique portfolio to the Indiana Department of Education for the state’s selection process of the Indiana Teacher of the Year award.
As students prepare to head back to school, parents in Avon Community School Corporation are gearing up with an innovative new website and mobile device app that provides GPS tracking of their child’s bus. The new app, Here Comes The Bus®, provides parents and school administrators the real-time location of a child’s bus on a smartphone, tablet or computer.
“In an effort to keep children safe, parents want to know the location of their child’s bus, whether it’s running late, early or on time. Here Comes the Bus will give them the information they need when they need it,” said Mike Rawlinson, Transportation Director for Avon Schools.
Through the Here Comes the Bus app, parents can select the alerts they want to receive and how. For instance, they can receive a push notification* or email alert when their child’s bus is within five minutes of the bus stop. In addition, parents can quickly locate their bus on a customizable map from anywhere, and will see when it arrives at or leaves school, or if there’s a schedule change.
“We think it’s an essential tool for our parents and also helps us reduce tardiness and absences related to students missing the bus,” added Dr. John Atha, Avon Community Schools Assistant Superintendent. “By using it, parents won’t have to ask or guess about the location of their child’s bus at any given time. They’ll know. It’s going to alleviate worry and bring peace of mind.”
The only mobile device app available in the U.S. that alerts parents that their child’s bus is near, Here Comes the Bus is from Synovia Solutions™, the same company that provides GPS tracking systems for Avon buses. These GPS software solutions work to increase fuel efficiency, improve safety measures and track vehicle location.
“When we heard about the availability of the website and app, we knew it was a great solution,” explained Dr. Atha. “There are no hardware costs so it was as easy as flipping the switch to engage the program. Most importantly, we knew that we could trust Synovia Solutions to protect our children by helping to shield students from inclement weather, rush-hour traffic and other roadside dangers.”
Here Comes the Bus can be first accessed on the web and then downloaded for a fee via the App Store or Google Play by Avon Community School Corporation parents. The app is secure, providing parents with a private ID that grants access to only their child’s bus. Here Comes the Bus is available in three languages, users can choose between English, Spanish and French.
For more information, visit synoviasolutions.com/here-comes-the-bus.
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: $75 for a whole day and $40 for a half day.
Avon High School Teacher Liviu Paul Haiducu is among 108 teachers selected
as Presidential Awardees for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Mr. Haiducu teaches Advanced Placement and
Honors Physics at AHS. His profile can be viewed here: http://recognition.paemst.org/finalist_profile/34368
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year.
Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
Awardees join an active network of outstanding educators from throughout the nation. Since 1983, more than 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
To learn more about the PAEMST program, visit https://paemst.org/.
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.
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.
Here is a summary of additional teaching positions to be filled this coming school year:
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.
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