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AIS West News

  • Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures

    Please remember to enter our building at the stoplight on US 36 (Rockville Rd) for student pick-ups/drop-offs. Once you enter our parking lot, please follow the cones around the front of the building for the car line. Pull all the way up to the cones before dropping off your student so that multiple families can drop off at the same time. This will make the line go faster. Also, afternoon pick-ups will work the same way, stay in the car line and your student will come out to you when the bell rings at 3:52 p.m. If you would like to park and come into the building to pick up your child, you will have to wait for the car line to clear out first. Please help us with this procedure to keep all students, staff and parents safe. Thank you.

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  • AIS West School Hours for the 2015-2016 School Year

    AIS West School Hours will be 9:05 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. Office Hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 317-544-5900 Phone 317-544-5901 Fax 176 S Avon Ave, Avon, IN 46123

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  • AIS West to host parent informational meetings on the STEP-UP Technology Program

    2015-2016 6th Grade students will receive a laptop computer for classroom instruction. AIS West is hosting several important dates for students and parents to prepare for this exciting opportunity. Please click on the link above for more information.

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  • 2015-2016 Back to School Open House

    AIS West Open House for back to school will be on Monday, July 27 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Click on the above link for more information on all the activities that can be done that day.

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  • 2015-2016 School Calendar

    The first day of school is July 29. For a complete school calendar, please click on the link above.

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  • 2015-2016 Supply List

    Please click on the above link for a 2015-2016 supply list.

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  • 2015-2016 Textbook Rental Fees & Meal Application

    Click on the link above for more information on the Textbook Rental Fees and Meal Application. Please remember that applications must be completed each school year.

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  • 2015-2016 Bus Stop Information

    Bus stop locations and times will be available online beginning July 20. Please click on the link above for complete directions.

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  • 2015-2016 Immunization Requirements

    All students are required to have 2 varicella vaccines. In addition to the 2 varicella all students in 6th grade are required to have Tdap and Meningitis vaccines. If your child is 11 now, you should schedule an appointment to go ahead and get the required shots. Hepatitis A (a 2 shot series) is highly recommended but not required YET. One other note, all religious and medical exemptions must be renewed every year. There is a form your doctor must fill out for a medical exception. If you have any questions, please call Ms. Hurst at 544-5900.

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  • Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram

    AIS West is excited to announce we have recently added a Twitter account. Please follow us at @ais_west on Twitter. Ms. Fernandez also created an Instagram account for the Art Room. Follow AVONWESTARTROOM for updated artwork from our students!

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  • TOY2015 Katie McLaughlin Chosen as ACSC Teacher of the Year 

    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. 

     

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  • ACSC Announces New School Bus Tracking App
     

    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

     
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  • Substitute Teachers Needed at ACSC
     
    Avon Community School Corporation is accepting applications for Guest Teachers (Substitutes) for the 2015-16 academic year. Applicants must have a minimum of twenty (20) credits from an accredited college/university OR related experience in an educational setting with a high school diploma.

    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. 

     

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  • Haiducu AHS Teacher to Receive Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
     

    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/

     

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  • ACSC Rolls Out New Technology Initiative!
     
    Avon Community School Corporation (ACSC) is implementing a new program for students in 5th through 12th grades. The Strategic Technology Expansion Plan and Upgrades Program (STEP-UP) will prepare Avon students for a technology-rich future while expanding learning outside the traditional classroom.

    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. 

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  • School Bus ACSC Transportation Department--Letter to Families
     
    The ACSC Transportation Department has sent a letter to families regarding updates for the 2015-16 school year. Please click this link to view the letter: Transportation Letter
     
    The Transportation web page can be found at: http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/157
     
     

     
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  • Microsoft Office is Available at No Cost to Avon Students and Staff
     
    Avon Community School Corporation is pleased to offer Microsoft Office 2013 Pro for all staff and students at no cost. Staff and students may install the Microsoft Office Suite on up to five personally owned computers or devices.  Licenses of the installed product remain active as long as the licensee is affiliated with Avon Schools and is eligible to maintain an active Office 365 for schools account. Here is the link with instructions to install the program.
     
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