AHS Announcements

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    The Avon Student Athletic Council will be holding the  3rd annual 3v3 basketball tournament and dunk contest on Wednesday , March 11th  from 6:00-9:00 in the Fieldhouse.  Open to all current Avon High School students and faculty.
    Registration forms are available in the Athletic Office all proceeds go to Wish Upon an Oriole.

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  • The Avon Super Bowl team captured two Hendricks County Championships!
    With two dominant performances the English squad and Social Studies squad claimed wins.  The members of the championship squads are Elizabeth Shi, Chandler Inman, Alec Zareb, Priya Shields, Justin Sexton, Patryk Baranski, Alyssa Bright, Angelina Shi, Alexa Hunter, Joanna Lavinder, and Camille Goodwyn.

     
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  • football Attention all football players wanting to play in the fall: there is a Football Call-Out meeting on Tuesday, March 10th, at 6:30 pm in the ALC Cafeteria. At the meeting you will be receiving crucial information regarding this Spring and Summer. All football players are expected to be there.

     
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  • airplane Attention Ireland, Wales, & England 2015 trip: Our Bon Voyage meeting will be Monday March 9 at 6:30 pm in E217. All travelers must attend!

     
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  • basketball Annual AIM Basketball Tournament will be held March 17th in the Fieldhouse for all Freshmen & AIM Mentors. Check in is at 5:30, speaker 5:45, & tournament begins at 6:00. Spectators welcome and donations accepted for Abby's Army!

     
     
     
    Attention Sophomores and Juniors! 2015-16 AIM Applications are available in the Guidance Office and are due April 17th. Attend the call out meeting April 8th at 7:15 OR 3:00 in the Auditorium for more details!

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  • soccer The 2015 Avon High School Boys Soccer Spring Call-Out Meeting will be on Wednesday, March 11th from 6-7pm in the Advanced Learning Center Lecture Hall at Avon High School.  The informational meeting will give updates to new players, returning players, and incoming freshmen players regarding our summer schedule, try-outs, and our fall 2015 season.  We hope that all parents and players planning to try-out for the 2015 season can be there.

     
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  • Attention students taking a Vincennes University dual credit course next year!
    The Accuplacer Placement Test to qualify for certain VU courses, will be given on March 10 and March 13.
    There will be an information meeting on March 5 in the ALC Cafeteria.  Sophomores will meet during Black SRT and Juniors will meet during GOLD SRT.
    If you need to take the test, your SRT teacher will give you a test information sheet on March 5 and then dismiss you to the meeting.
    All students enrolling in the Pre-Calculus Math 102/Math 104 course MUST take the Accuplacer.

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  • bike across us Avon High School Technology Education Teacher Chris Hill is a recipient of the Lilly Teacher Creativity Grant.  “One Man, One Machine, Two Oceans” is the title of his project.  Chris will take a once-in-a-lifetime trip, traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific, completely by bicycle.  He will bring with him an ocean of questions to ask experts all along the route, focusing on improving my schools pre-engineering program and robotics club.  Along his route he has scheduled 20 or so meetings with professionals that work within STEM, ranging from college deans to technicians at alternate energy sites.  He will use these meetings as a means of collaboration and inspiration of how to improve the program here at Avon.  The trip is just over 4000 miles, so he will be averaging around 75 miles a day, and will go from Richmond Virginia to Florence Oregon.


     

     

    barc Avon High School Spanish Teacher Jared Emmons is also a recipient of the Lilly Teacher Creativity Grant.  His project is entitled “No Spain, No Gain: Revitalizing the Phrase, ‘Soy yo.’”  The project is designed to enrich his understanding of the Spanish culture and people.  Jared will travel to Spain and immerse himself in their language, lifestyle, and cultural treasures. The Spain that has existed only in books and photographs will finally become his reality, which he will share electronically with his students.


     

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District News

  • Avon Community Schools-Purdue University Collaboration Results in $250,000 Grant

    Avon Community School Corporation has been selected to receive a federal Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant beginning in 2015.  In collaboration with Purdue University, this three-year grant will support teachers in grades 5-7 with significant professional development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines with an interdisciplinary approach to learning. 

    The grant will provide $250,000 in funds to support expert instructors to work with our teachers. The STEM disciplines further expand the meaningful, real-world context of learning while building student access to 21st Century interdisciplinary themes and skills.

    “Receiving the MSP Grant is a fantastic boost to our efforts in bringing STEM education into our intermediate programming,” stated Dr. Maryanne McMahon, Assistant Superintendent at Avon Community Schools. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to integrate STEM pedagogy into our classrooms for our students.”

    The partnership with Purdue University professors will support professional development for 26 staff members. Avon’s teaching staff expressed excitement regarding the announcement:

    “When I think of STEM I think of career opportunities for the future.  An education enriched with STEM gives the children of Avon a chance to be competitive with the rest of world. The opportunity with Purdue is a chance for me learn a way of teaching that I did not have in my undergrad experience.” –Mandy Giles (5th Grade Teacher)

    “Avon Community Schools is very fortunate to have earned the opportunity to work in partnership with Purdue University to integrate STEM instruction.  The conglomeration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into our instruction taps into the creative minds of so many of our students.  We (teachers) are excited to be given the professional development and resources to implement STEM into our curriculum delivery.” –Lori Taylor (6th Grade Teacher)

    “The STEM model is the ultimate goal in teaching science. It incorporates math, reading and ALL of the science skills needed for students in the 21st century. I hope that students will increase their love of science and inquiry. I also hope that it continues to close the gap between boys and girls in the STEM fields as a career.” –Michelle Hadley (6th Grade Teacher)

    The MSP Program is a federal formula grant program that funds collaborative partnerships between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) departments at institutions of higher education (IHEs), and high-need school districts. These partnerships provide intensive, content-rich professional development to teachers and other educators, with the goal of improving classroom instruction and, ultimately, student achievement in math and science.

    The MSP grant-writing team included: Angela Rasor, Michele Frossard, Michelle Hadley, Dr. Brian Scott, Dustin LeMay, Jenny Shayotovich, Jason Brames, Dr. Maryanne McMahon and Dr. Carla Johnson (Purdue University).

     

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  • Efficiency Task Force 2015 

    The Efficiency Task Force (ETF) held a Public Forum on March 2. More than 500 community members participated in person or via live stream. Patrons gathered in small groups following the presentation to share comments and questions that were presented to the School Board. 
     
    The taped presentation, models and information given at the forum can be found on the ETF web page (http://avon-schools.org/etf).   
     
    The Efficiency Task Force (ETF) focused on three areas: potential boundary adjustments for K-6, a review of school start and end times for all buildings, and the impact of those decisions on transportation services. The 28-member ETF is comprised of 12 parents (one from each school), teachers and administrators.


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    Four ACSC Educators Awarded the 2015 Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowships

    Four ACSC teachers have been awarded 2015 Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowships. These $10,000 incredibly competitive fellowships are awarded to educators for personal/professional renewal.

    Jared Emmons (AHS) will be traveling to Spain this summer to complete a project entitled, “No Spain, No Gain: Revitalizing the Phrase “¡Soy yo!

    Chris Hill (AHS) will be traveling by bicycle from Richmond, Virginia to Florence, Oregon—approximately 4,000 miles as part of his One Man, One Machine, Two Oceans project. He will be meeting with 20+ professionals who work in STEM fields, ranging from college deans to technicians at alternate energy sites in order to improve the pre-engineering program and robotics club.

    Lori Taylor (AIS West) will be writing a memoir entitled Dragonfly: A Mother's Memoir about a Challenging Journey with the Emergence of a Daughter.

    Joe Risch (AIS East) was funded for his project entitled “Woodworking in the Old World.”  He will be traveling to Milan, Italy to study in a traditional woodworking shop. In addition to creating a blog/photo journal of his experiences, Joe hopes to implement a Fall and Spring Enrichment Camp teaching woodworking for Avon students. 

    These outstanding educators join other ACSC teachers who have been honored:

    Previous Recipients of the Lilly Endowment

    2005/Mollie Gregory/AHS/Language Arts

    2009/Paul Haiducu (2 times)/AHS/Physics

    2010/Chad Seals/AHS/Spanish

    2010/Michelle Rollings/East/Art

    2011/Gwynn Wills/District/Autism Consultant

    2013/Lisa Guthrie/AMSS/Math

    2014/Lisa Kern/AHS/Science

    Lilly Endowment Inc., is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation. For 2015 the Endowment offered up to 100 grants of $10,000 each to Indiana's public and private school teachers (including guidance counselors and library/media specialists), principals and assistant principals for projects of the individual's choice.
     

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  • Registration is open for Avon Spring Enrichment Camps! Registration will last from Feb. 9 to March 6, 2015. Click here to access registration information. 
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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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  • Indiana Supt. of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz Announces Pine Tree Teacher Laurie Davies as Milken Educator Award Winner
     
    This morning, Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction announced that Laurie Davies of Pine Tree Elementary School in Avon Community School Corporation has been honored as a recipient of the Milken Educator Award.  The award is given by the Milken Family Foundation and along with national recognition, includes a $25,000 cash prize.  

    “I am incredibly honored to announce that Laurie Davies has earned this incredible award,” said Ritz.  “She is a true example of how one teacher’s dedication can impact her students and her school community.  She works with parents to build personal connections to strengthen her teaching and in her classroom, she focuses on literacy and its importance in all aspects of education.  She is incredibly well-deserving of this recognition.” 

    The Milken Educator Awards, conceived by the Milken Family Foundation to attract, retain and motivate outstanding talent to the teaching profession, is the nation’s preeminent teacher recognition program, dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher magazine. Since 1987, the Milken Family Foundation has devoted more than $137 million in funding to the Milken Educator Awards, including over $65 million in individual Awards to more than 2,600 recipients plus powerful professional development opportunities and networking with leading education stakeholders.

    Davies teaches fourth grade at Pine Tree Elementary School in Avon.  She teaches Language Arts, Math, Science and Social studies and has focused on the use of data to improve student performance.  She also regularly develops creative ways to present curriculum to her students and provides professional development opportunities for her fellow educators.

    To see a video of the announcement, click the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdY4OOK9tjo
     
    For more information, please see:  www.MilkenEducatorAwards.org  
     
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  • Four Local Taxing Entities and Chamber of Commerce Urge Legislators to Recalibrate School Funding Formula
     
    All four of Avon’s local taxing entities (Avon-Washington Township Public Library; Washington Township Trustee; Town Council of Avon; Avon Community School Corp;) as well as the Avon Chamber of Commerce have unified to urge the Indiana Legislature to recalibrate the funding formula to bring Avon Schools to average or near the average funding per pupil.

    Each entity signed resolutions stating the following:

    WHEREAS:           Our local public schools are a significant source of quality of life, community spirit, and economic attraction, and

    WHEREAS:           Quality local public schools are of significant importance to business and home values, community safety, college and workforce preparedness, and

    WHEREAS:           Avon Schools’ General Fund is among the lowest funded on a per pupil basis in the entire state, and

    WHEREAS:           Avon Schools are among the highest performing schools yet among the lowest in per student funding, and

    WHEREAS:           The state’s school funding formula has left behind school communities like ours that are the first versions of school choice in Indiana, and

    WHEREAS:           Only legislative change to the funding formula can save our local residents from receiving an outlier-low share of the state funding formula to which they contribute through sales and income taxes, and

    WHEREAS:           Only change of the legislated funding formula can supply local per pupil funding at or near average levels for the state of Indiana without additional taxation foisted upon local business and residential taxpayers, and

    WHEREAS:           Only change to the legislated school funding formula can stem the tide of higher class sizes and loss of programs due to teacher and other layoffs in communities where per pupil funding is inequitably below the state average, and

    THEREFORE:       BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Avon Community Schools Board of Trustees supports a legislated recalibration of the state’s school funding formula to serve our local students on par with other Indiana school children.   

    Copies of the resolution have been shared with local legislative leaders. The school funding formula is a top priority in the current Indiana legislative session.

    “We believe that strong schools are critical to the area’s growth and success,” said John Sparzo who serves as a facilitator for the Oriole Advocates. The newly formed Oriole Advocates added community support in promoting and coordinating the resolutions with the various entities. “The Oriole Advocates desire to produce an aligned vision among the public at-large to promote a stronger community,” Sparzo concluded. Members of the community who are interested in learning more or joining the Advocates can email the group at OrioleAdvocates1@gmail.com.   

     

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  • Weather Delay/Closure Information 

    To ensure  that you are notified when weather delays or closures are announced, parents/guardians of ACSC students may now adjust preferences to receive telephone, email and/or text messages. Cellular, landlines, and email addresses provided by parents/guardians during student enrollment will be contacted automatically unless your preferences have been adjusted.  If you want to change your call preferences or add text messaging, please visit http://mbcurl.me/WH6Z for more information.  

      
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