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  • Here Comes the Bus is FREE to Avon Families

    Winter weather is right around the corner! This can make for slower than normal traffic and occasionally cause buses to run a little behind schedule. Be sure to download the free Here Comes the Bus app from the App Store or Google Play. Just sign up and you will know exactly where your child's bus can be found. You can even receive alerts when it is near your home.

    Here Comes the Bus is offered as a FREE service to ACSC families. A school code is needed to sign up for the program. The code, further instructions and additional links can be found on the ACSC Transportation web page at http://avon-schools.org/Page/157.

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  • ACSC Teachers Talk about Bridges in Mathematics 

    Avon Families are encouraged to view a new edition of An Oriole Minute. The video features ACSC teachers talking about Bridges in Mathematics. The curriculum was introduced to K-5 students for the 2016-17 school year. Families can also visit this link for additional resources:  http://www.mathlearningcenter.org/support/bridges.

     


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  • AHS Marching Black & Gold Win 2016 ISSMA Championship

    The Avon High School Marching Black and Gold won the 2016 ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) State Championship (Class A)! This is the 13th championship (13 state titles in 16 years) for AHS. The band is led by Director Jay Webb. He is now the winningest band director in Indiana’s 200-year history.

    “The Band program is a great deal of pride for the school & community,” said AHS Principal Matt Shockley. “Winning 13 straight championships doesn’t happen by accident. There is no group who works harder.”

    During the intense competition, ACSC Superintendent Dr. Maggie Hoernemann said she saw nothing but “beauty and competitive grace” from the students. “They make all of us better and I could not be more proud!”

    The ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) Marching Band State Finals were held at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. This event is the culmination of many weeks of marching band competitions across the state of Indiana, bringing together the top 10 bands across 4 classes (A, B, C, & D) chosen from the Top 10 in each class in Semi-State competition during the previous weekend. This event typically attracts more than 20,000 marching band fans from across the state throughout the day. 

    Here are links to media coverage of the event:

    WTHR: http://tinyurl.com/jmcp3ll  

    Indy Star: http://tinyurl.com/jx8shf4

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  • ACSC Textbook Rental Fees Q&A

    ACSC answers questions regarding textbook rental fees. View the Q&A here: Textbook Fees Q&A

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  • Substitute Teachers Needed at ACSC
     
    Avon Community School Corporation is accepting applications for Guest Teachers (Substitutes) for the 2016-17 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://avon-schools.org/Page/9708. Salary Benefits: $80 for a whole day and $40 for a half day.  


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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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Superintendent's Message

 
A Message from Superintendent Hoernemann
 

Hoernemann

This message addresses the Avon Community School Corporation Textbook Rental fees in a Q&A format.

Q: How are textbook rental fees established?

More than ever this year, parents are asking us why they are paying so much for textbook rental fees. And some families with several children in our schools have remarked, “This is more like a house payment!” 

A: There are many reasons that textbooks are so costly. The most important point to make is that this is bigger than Avon Community Schools. This issue faces all public school parents and frustrates most. The textbook rental fee is established within the Indiana Code (IC 20-26-12: http://iga.in.gov/static-documents/b/2/e/b/b2eb5735/TITLE20_AR26_ar26.pdf). Indiana is one of only 8 states in the country that does not provide free books to its students.

Textbook fees for Indiana parents vary by school district, grade level and classes. By state law, schools may charge 25% of the purchase price of the textbook which includes student assigned devices used to access those virtual learning materials. While we do our best to hold down the cost in providing quality instructional materials, families will still incur a textbook rental fee at the beginning of each school year whether it is for an actual or virtual book.

Q: Our 5th-12th grade students are using 1:1 devices this year. Shouldn’t that reduce our textbook costs?

A: Curriculum resources that are available online are not free and the district must pay to utilize them. Students in grades 5-12 may carry fewer physical textbooks yet fees may not be significantly reduced.  Many (not yet all) textbooks adopted by committee for each subject area are available online.  Textbook publishers charge similar fees for access to “Virtual Textbooks” as they charge for traditional textbooks. As Avon Schools is shifting to more online curriculum resources, there may eventually be some reductions but this will not happen overnight. We always strive to be fiscally responsible to ACSC families while providing high quality instructional materials to our students.

Q: How do ACSC textbook fees compare to fees at other school districts?

A: The chart below summarizes textbook fees in Avon and other area school districts for Kindergarten through 6th grade.  ACSC’s average textbook fee is the second-lowest of these area school districts.  As students transition to secondary grade levels (typically beginning in 6th or 7th grade depending on the district), their textbook fees are based on the courses in which they enroll. 

 

Grade

Avon

Brownsburg

Carmel Clay

Plainfield

Wayne Twp

Zionsville

K

$112.00

$122.00

$121.32

$120.92

$108.57

$100.60

1

$131.00

$136.00

$170.31

$121.80

$128.42

$161.62

2

$116.00

$123.00

$166.43

$105.80

$117.27

$166.35

3

$125.00

$129.00

$165.83

$96.45

$165.29

$195.54

4

$122.00

$128.00

$188.90

$92.70

$156.74

$185.13

5

$129.97*

$123.00

$183.42

$84.70

$110.94

 

6

$132.76*

$198.00

$163.69

 

Avg

$121.20

$137.00

$166.04

$103.73

$135.85

$161.85

*includes STEP-UP laptop rental

 

Q: If 42 other states provide textbooks for public school students, what can we do here in Indiana to voice our concerns?

A: We are headed into a critical, long legislative session in November. During this time the two year budgets for public education will be set.  This would be the ideal time to speak to your legislators.  Be aware that parents of home schooled and private school students are eligible for a tax deduction not currently available to parents of public school students.

 

  • Families who enroll their child in a private school/home school are eligible for a $1,000 tax credit per dependent for education expenditures. (Indiana Code 6-3-2-22)
  • “Education Expenditure” – This refers to any expenditures made in connection with enrollment, attendance, or participation of the taxpayer’s dependent child in a private elementary or high school education program.  The term includes tuition, fees, computer software, textbooks, workbooks, curricula, school supplies (other than personal computers), and other written materials used primarily for academic instruction or for academic tutoring, or both. (Indiana Code 6-3-2-22(a)(2))

We are grateful for the questions and encourage all of our parents to get involved in advocating for our public schools.

As always, I welcome your feedback. Feel free to email me at mehoernemann@avon-schools.org
 
Sincerely,
 
Margaret Hoernemann
Superintendent
 

Twitter @AvonSupt

 

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