This yet-to-be-named area will open in late August and you can name this space! A special contest will be held shortly after school begins.
Avon’s Food Service Department looks forward to serving you.
ARC Collaborates to Make Schools Safer
In December of 2013, the Avon School Board submitted a packet of information requesting funds to allow the purchase of cameras and software for the school system, giving the Avon Police Department the ability to access those cameras in an emergency.
Aaron Tevebaugh, president of the redevelopment commission said it was “easy to see the need” for the school’s request.
According to Resolution 2014-5-19-2, the redevelopment commission passed two matching grants to the Avon Community School Corporation for the purchase of 60 security cameras to be installed at various school buildings, as well as the needed software.
“I just love the collaboration taking place,” school board member Anne Engelhardt said. Englehardt also serves as the board’s liaison on the redevelopment commission.
Engelhardt announced the May 19 decision at the June 9 school board meeting, followed by a discussion about the need for networking and collaborating within leadership in Avon and surrounding towns.
Avon Town Council president Marcus Turner noted that without Engelhardt joining the redevelopment commission, “the request could have taken much longer.”
“The schools have been hit hard by the tax caps, even more so than other groups,” Turner said.
The resolution states that improving educational opportunities, promoting educational progress and fostering conditions that enhance the learning environment of students of all ages provides an economic benefit to all in the Avon Economic Development Area and provides safe learning within the school corporation.
(Photo: Marcus Turner, Anne Engelhardt and Aaron Tevebaugh) (This story appeared in the Hendricks County Flyer and is reprinted with permission)
Dana Dietz, an instructional coach with Avon Community School Corporation, has been selected as one of the 2014 Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellows in Education Leadership. Governor Mike Pence made the special announcement of this inaugural program with leaders from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the University of Indianapolis.
The Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership recruits and prepares outstanding school and district leaders. Its goal is to address the United States’ twin educational achievement gaps—the one between the nation’s lowest performing and its best schools, as well as the one between the nation’s best schools and their top international competitors. The Fellowship seeks both to prepare leaders who can bring American schools up to world-class levels of performance and to develop a new gold standard for preparing education leaders.
Ms. Dietz will receive $50,000 to cover tuition for the MBA program and other expenses. The Fellowship program will provide specialized preparation in areas such as leadership, finance, human resources, organizational change—all focusing on education. Fellows will also participate in school leadership and business immersion experiences. Visit this link http://woodrow.org/fellowships/ww-ed-mba/info/2014-indiana-fellows/ for more information.
Ms. Dietz has been with Avon Schools for nine years and works at River Birch and White Oak Elementary Schools.
The Avon Education Foundation has announced that Mrs. Kerry Tuttle has been named as its new Executive Director.
Mrs. Tuttle will begin her new role on June 2, 2014. She succeeds Mrs. Pam DeWeese who announced her retirement earlier this year. Mrs. Tuttle currently serves as the Public Campaign Coordinator at Indianapolis Zoo. At the Zoo, she led the public campaign for the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, raising money through grass roots efforts and coordinating marketing initiatives for the Center. Prior to that, Mrs. Tuttle was the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Hendricks County.
“Avon Education Foundation is excited to have Kerry as our new executive director,” stated Shane Sommers, AEF Board President. “Her experience, proven leadership and commitment to the community will be an asset to the foundation. We look forward to her continuing to develop and grow a great education foundation into the future.”
Mrs. Tuttle has been involved with Avon Schools serving as a member of the Avon Parent Partnership Committee and as a member of the White Oak PTO Board. She currently serves on the AEF Board of Directors leading public relations initiatives.
Mrs. Tuttle is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in History and Political Science. She grew up in Hendricks County and has lived in Avon for eight years with her husband and daughter.
The Avon Education Foundation is a 501©3 charity. Its mission is to encourage, recognize, and support creativity, innovation, and excellence by enhancing educational opportunities within the Avon Community Schools & providing a structured mechanism for support by corporate and private partners. Visit their website at www.avoneducationfoundation.org for more information.
The Avon Wind Symphony earned a State Championship at the ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) State Finals! It was a stunning performance of extremely demanding music that many universities would not tackle. Congratulations to Directors Jay Webb and Matt Harloff, the dedicated music teachers throughout the corporation, the students and parents.
Kudos also to our Symphony Orchestra that made it to State Finals for the first time this year and placed 3rd! This is unprecedented growth and success in such a young program. Bravo to Mr. Westman (who began the program), Mr. Powell (who conducted one of the compositions and teaches the younger students), and Mr. Ziolkowski (who is with us part time starting our students off in strings), students and parents.
Dear Avon Families,
On Monday evening (5/12/14) the ACSC Board accepted our recommendation to revise the 2014-15 School Calendar. Included in the new calendar are five delay start days. Additionally, the full day of professional development that is typically held in late August has been moved to Election Day (November 4) which should allow students to work the polls and staff to be able to vote more easily. Since four of our schools will serve as polling sites, it will also allow for security of our students. We will also reevaluate this change next year.
We appreciated the input received from parents, students and staff about possibly tweaking the snow make-up day plan. Ultimately, the
majority believed it was best to leave the calendar as is (with two make up days built in on Dr. King’s Holiday and Presidents’ Day and any additional snow days would be added at the end of the school year). It is important to note that all of our schools hold appropriate observances of these holidays whether or not school is in session.
For those of you who really plan ahead, the Board also adopted the 2015-16 School Calendar. It mimics the 2014-15 calendar. Given the savings in substitute teacher costs due to improved adult attendance, much improved student attendance and our collaboration with other school districts (Harris Academy-alternative school at Brownsburg; Area 31 Career and Technical Education Program at Ben Davis; and our new ALPHA program with Brownsburg and Plainfield which will replace Sanders School)—we believe it is best to remain on the balanced calendar.
The 2014-15 calendar can be found on the ACSC website (www.avon-schools.org).
Together, we will continue to strive to ensure that Avon’s children receive an excellent educational experience.
Margaret E. Hoernemann, Ph.D.
Educate. Excite. Excel.