We believe all students deserve to learn in a safe, secure emotional environment.
At Avon Schools, we want all of our students to succeed not only academically but socially and emotionally as well. So, our Mental Wellness staff partners with families/caregivers, educators, support staff members, and community providers to ensure our students are surrounded with what they need to thrive.
Feel free to browse through this page to learn how we support our students' wellness. If you have questions, need support, or want more information, please contact us.
Project AWARE changes the frequency
Project AWARE stands for Advancing Wellness And Resiliency Education. Thanks to this incredible grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), ACSC is able to serve students through the Avon Mental Wellness Team. The Avon Mental Wellness Team is staffed with social workers who provide small group and/or one-on-one meetings with students to develop skills around mental wellness education and skill development.
The Mental Wellness Team focuses on three areas:
- Empowering students to recognize and build their mental wellness through small group, individual, and/or skill-based lessons
- Strengthening the school-family partnership through education, outreach, and connection with community resources
- Building relationships and supporting school staff mental wellness through outreach, education, and conversation
If you think your child could benefit from additional mental wellness support, please reach out to your school counselor for more information, To learn more about Project AWARE, you can visit the Indiana Department of Education or SAMHSA's Project AWARE information page.
Webpage, (317) 544-5000
Ann Creed, Director, ext. 5051
Tonya Bess (gr. 9-11, A-Chr), ext. 5055
Elliott Doan (gr. 9-11, Chu-Gen), ext. 5053
Nathan Ellis (gr-9-11, Orp-Smi), ext. 5056
Judy Garcia (gr. 12), ext. 5312
DuShaun Goings (gr. 9-11, Geo-Kn), ext. 5052
Michael Jaskoski (gr. 12, Cle-O), ext. 5317
Tiffany Raidy (gr. 12, A-Cla/P-Z), ext. 5318
Dave Thompson (gr. 9-11, Smo-Z), ext. 5054
Michelle Wilson (gr. 9-11, Ko-Oro), ext. 5057
Webpage, (317) 544-5500
Jennie Gooding, (317) 544-5890
Webpage, (317) 544-5700
Colleen Ray, (317) 544-5915
Webpage, (317) 544-5800
Jennie Gooding, ext. 5890
Webpage, (317) 544-5900
Colleen Ray, ext. 5915
Webpage, (317) 544-6200
Allison Osterburg, ext. 6233
Jaime Howell, ext. 6234
Webpage, (317) 544-6300
Dana Cox, ext. 6320
Pam Puls, ext. 6335
Webpage, (317) 544-6400
Laura Samide, ext. 6420
Jessica Perkins, ext. 6429
Webpage, (317) 544-6500
Pam Puls, (317) 544-6335
Webpage, (317) 544-6800
Kyle Kopke, ext. 6820
Jessica Perkins, (317) 544-6429
Sarah Altman, ext. 6620
Jaime Howell, (317) 544-6234
Many of our schools and even our classrooms have created mindfulness or calming areas for students and/or staff. Please feel free to visit this calming space any time you need to take a break. There are a variety of resources, including sounds, images, writing activities, visual relaxation, guided focus activities, and movement breaks. We will be adding new resources regularly, so check back often!
This is a place where you can virtually go to help calm and regulate yourself. We want to help you to be able to recognize, identify, and safety respond to your feelings.
We support students as they build five core competencies: self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. School counselors support these efforts by collaborating with teachers to deliver these lessons to students during the school week.
ACSC firmly believes in educating the whole child. In order for a child to be available for learning experiences, they must first feel safe, regulated, and ready to interact socially with others. Taking time to intentionally teach these social-emotional skills to our students will help prepare them for the best possible learning environment.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about social-emotional learning at ACSC, please reach out to your school counselor.
We work to increase awareness, accessibility, and support to improve mental wellness as a school community. We do this through empowering students, strengthening the school-family partnership, and building supportive relationships to improve staff mental wellness.
Mental Wellness Coordinator
Ashlee Kimmell is taking a group of students from her AIS West Mindful Artists club to present at the Butler University Educational Neuroscience Symposium on February 19.
Rise is a reading and mentorship group for 6th-grade girls that will meet this fall at AIS West under the dynamic leadership of AHS student Katherine Langford.
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