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School News

  • AMSN School Day:  7:30am-2:30pm
    Office Hours: 7:00am-3:30pm
    If you would like a copy of the complete bell schedule, visit the "Parent Information and Student Forms" page link on the left side of this webpage.
     
    All visitors must enter through Door 1 on the west side of our building, and sign in at the front office. All other doors remain locked during the school day.  Students may enter the building beginning at 7:10am each day.
     

    Morning Car Rider Procedures:

    Students may be dropped off and may enter the main entrance after 7:10 am.  Students will continue to unload on the sidewalk directly in front of the school.  Please remember that students may not be dropped off in the parking lotAt approximately 7:20 am, a supervisor will direct all cars to pull forward to the farthest north cone.  All cars in the unloading area will unload at the same time.  That group of cars will be released and the next group of cars will be directed to pull forward and unload at the same time.  The outside, or passing lane, is NOT available for use.  All cars will remain in a single file line.  Following these procedures will ensure safety for our students and parents.  Your patience and cooperation are sincerely appreciated.


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  • Avon Community School Corporation Spring Enrichment Camp is now open for registration! Registration window will last from Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 through Friday, March 6, 2015.

    Access online registration from the ACSC district web page 

     
     
    Enrichment Camp  

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  • Quarter 3 Exams
     
    Thursday, March 5 - Social Studies and Language Arts
    Friday, March 6 - Encore, Science, Math 

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  • Yearbooks are selling quickly - we already have pre-orders for half of the total available. Orders can be turned in to the front office. Any orders turned in before Spring Break are $20, after break the price increases to $25. Can't remember if you've already ordered? Call the main office to check. Don't miss out!

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  • Parent Resource Page for ISTEP+
     
    In an effort to provide a manageable overview of the assessments, and helpful parent resources, ACSC has created a parent resource page for ISTEP+
     
    You can access it by clicking http://avon-schools.org/Page/12134 

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  • Supporting Your Child at Home

    Middle school students are at a stage developmentally where they seek more independence but often do not have the skills to be successful without parental support.  The information contained in this packet has been customized to help parents find the resources to their children at AMS North, along with tips/tricks for the child. 


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  • Target: Take Charge of Education
     
    TARGET TCOE Avon Middle School North has registered for the Target Take Charge of Education program. If you have a Target Visa or Debit Card, you can register your card with Target. Just go to www.target.com/tcoe and find our school. AMSN's ID number is 153421.

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Athletic News

  • Save the Date!!
    PRE-PARTICIPATION PHYSICAL EXAM
     
    In an effort to help prepare for the 2015-2016 school year, ACSC has partnered with Hendricks Regional Health to provide quality, low cost pre-participation physical exams. This partnership allows each school to keep a portion of the fees charged from each exam completed. Students MUST have a physical on file dated after April 1st, 2015 before being allowed to participate in summer activities.  
     
     
    IMPORTANT FACTS
     
    Who — All 2015-2016 middle school & high school students
     
    When — Monday, May 4th at Avon High School (Auxiliary Gym) at 6:30pm
                   Thursday, May 14th at Avon South Middle School at 6:00pm
         (Students can attend either physical date regardless of grade level)
     
    Cost — $20.00 (paid at the time an appointment is scheduled.)
     
    Physical Form — Online (http://goo.gl/2llAr7) or in each schools’ athletic office
     
    Scheduling for appointments will begin after SPRING BREAK (4/13)
     
    To schedule an appointment:
    • May 4th at AHS stop by the athletic office or call 317-544-5045
    • May 14th at AMSS please visit AMSS or AMSN or call 317-544-5700 (South) or 317-544-5500 (North)
    Plan to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the scheduled appointment time.The complete physical exam will take approximately one hour

     

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  • Important dates for Spring Sports:
     
    Boys Golf - Tuesday, March 10 - call-out meeting will be held after school in Mr. Bourne's room (C105). Rides should be here at 3:15
     
    Girls Tennis - Try-outs will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 9 & 10, after school from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Students MUST HAVE their completed physical on file to stay after and participate. 
     
    Girls/Boys Track & Field - first practice will be held Monday, March 16th after school until 4:30. Students MUST HAVE their completed physical on file to stay after and participate in this practice. Physical forms and directions can be found under "requirements for athletic participation" 

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  • Travel Release Consent Form
     
    If your student athlete will not be riding the school provided transportation, please sign the Contest Travel Release for each event. This form can be found HERE or on the Athletic Forms page. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Keller, or your child's coach.  

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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. 
    Spring Camp  

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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  
     
    Milken Award  

     
     
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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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