Avon Intermediate School East
174 S. St. Rd. 267
Avon, IN 46123
Avon Community School Corporation has added the 2014-15 Immunization Requirements quick reference guide to the District Health Services webpage Immunization Requirements for 2014-2015 School Year. Students must show the school proof of the required immunizations by the first day of school. The students with delinquent records will be excluded if their immunization records do not comply with the state required immunizations. Parents may contact the building nurse with any questions.
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.”
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.
Maple Principal Named Outstanding Administrator
The Indiana School Counselor Association (ISCA) announced Nikki Harrison, Principal at Maple Elementary School, as Outstanding Administrator during its Fall Conference. The ISCA’s announcement said the following:
“Nikki is always seeking new and innovative ways to help each of her students reach his or her maximum potential. In her time as principal, Nikki has provided her staff with many professional development experiences. She approaches these opportunities with a spirit of curiosity, and invites her staff to learn alongside her. When Nikki is addressing students, faculty, and families, she is always respectful and patient. However, she does not shy away from difficult conversations. She is ready and willing to have meaningful conversations to advocate for every student’s best interest. She carries this spirit of willingness to do what is best for her students in all that she does. Mrs. Harrison also serves as a support to her staff, always encouraging and challenging them to do their absolute best.”
Mrs. Harrison has served as principal of Maple Elementary School since January 2007. According to ISCA this award honors professionals who devote their career to serving as advocates – and often lifesavers – for Indiana’s students.
Avon High School student Arisa Moreland-Woods has been named as a semifinalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program. This scholastically talented student will move forward in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth about $2.5 million that will be offered next spring. There are 1,600 semifinalists.
AHS Principal Matthew Shockley said, “Arisa is only our second student to ever earn this recognition. She has taken numerous Advanced Placement and honors courses across disciplines and performed strongly in those rigorous classes. Arisa is also a role model for all students with strong leadership skills, integrity and work ethic. We wish her well as she hopefully advances to the next stage of the National Achievement Scholarship Competition.”
To be considered for the National Achievement Scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. The National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is a privately financed academic competition that operated without government assistance. It was initiated in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation.
These studious seniors now have the opportunity to advance to the finalist level of this competition. There will be 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million to be offered next spring. Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level for the Merit Scholarship.
“Avon High School is proud to have four of our students named as Semifinalists,” said AHS Principal Matthew Shockley. “They have distinguished themselves as outstanding academic students. Their families deserve credit for their commitment to education. Having these students honored also speaks to the quality teachers and education received throughout their school careers. All ACSC staff should celebrate this success!”
About 15,000 of the 16,000 semifinalists should advance to the finalist level and will be notified in February. The National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group. Learn more about the National Merit Program at www.nationalmerit.org.
Hiring Temporary Contract Teachers
Avon Community School Corporation is seeking highly motivated and qualified certified teachers to fill short term teaching assignments in a variety of grades and subject areas. Please apply on-line through the application process found under the Human Resources-Employment link. Some of these positions have the potential to earn benefits. Please consider joining Avon schools. We are a great place to learn and lead.
2:30 PM Pie Convocation
7:30 PM Band Winter Concert