Guidance Department
 
Who is my Child's Counselor?
Mrs. Andrea Davasher works with eighth grade students for the 2016-2017 school year. 
aldavasher@avon-schools.org
 
Mrs. Allison West works with seventh grade students for the 2016-2017 school year.
adwest@avon-schools.org
 
Power Parent and Schoology Websites
PowerSchool.com
 
Have you signed up for PowerSchool and Schoology and downloaded the Apps yet?  They're free and make checking grades and staying on top of homework a snap!  If you need help accessing your child's account, please contact Guidance. 
 
Trip to College Alerts
Text 2021grad (8th grade) or 2022grad (7th grade) to 69979 to receive automated grade-specific text reminders about college stuff.  You will find out about test and application deadlines and other great tips to get ready for graduation and beyond!  
 
Rising College Costs 
It’s never too early to start saving money for college!  Be prepared to handle rising college costs by saving early and consistently!  Visit www.finaid.org/calculators to get an estimate of what college will cost by the time your child is ready to attend.  No matter how little you save, every cent makes a difference in affording your child’s higher education.
 
Develop realistic savings goals and save regularly by placing aside a set amount at a set time. For example, if you save $7 per week (a dollar per day) in an account that earns 5% interest, you will accrue more than $9,600 at the end of 17 years.
 
Top 5 Middle School Parent Tips for Preparing for College
1.  Estimate how much financial aid your child is likely to receive.  Visit IndianaCollegeCosts.org for a free estimator tool. 
2.  Continue saving for your child's college education.  Learn more about the CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan. 
3.  If eligible, sign your child up for Indiana's 21st Century Scholars program.  Learn more at scholars.in.gov 
4.  Talk to your son or daughter about his or her interests and help match those interests with a college major and career. 
5.  Stay in contact with your child's teachers and counselor, and keep an eye on your child's grades through PowerSchool and daily agenda through Schoology
 
Indiana 2-1-1
Every day thousands of Hoosiers turn to 2-1-1 for information and support - whether financial, domestic, health, or disaster-related.  2-1-1 is free, confidential, and available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
 
Immunizations
The Hendricks County Health Department clinic now provides immunizations for patients who have Medicaid and private health insurance. Contact their office to see if they are in your insurance network and for a fee schedule at 317-745-9222.  The information will also be available on their website:  http://www.co.hendricks.in.us.  The clinic also provides immunizations for those without insurance.  Children will not be denied services due to the inability to pay the administration fee. 
 
Counseling and Guidance Programming
Counselors help students gain self-knowledge necessary to become independent and responsible decision makers through:

*Career Counseling
*Orientation and Transition Programs
*Personal Individual Counseling
*Crisis Counseling
*Academic Counseling
*Tutoring Resources
*Community Resources 

*Referrals 
*Test Interpretation
*Classroom Guidance Lessons

*Group Counseling 
 
Building Responsibility
  • Help children understand, and take responsibility for, the consequences of their choices.  "I chose to do my homework.  The result was that I got an 'A' on my math test."  "I chose to get up 15 minutes late.  The result was that I missed breakfast and nearly missed the bus."  
  • Give children some household responsibilities:  Make sure responsibilities are clearly understood. If your children are not used to helping out, have a meeting to discuss why they must get involved.  Involve everyone in the family when assigning jobs.
  • Make yours an equal opportunity household.  Boys should learn about food preparation and laundering clothes.  Girls need to learn how to handle simple household tools.
  • Develop "no-nag" methods of reminding children.  Some families post a chart on the refrigerator.  Each day, family members check off their jobs as they complete them.
  • Don't redo chores your kids have done.  If a job can only be done your way, then you have to do it.  Redoing a job hurts your child's self-esteem.
  • Finally, help your kids learn that freedom and responsibility go hand-in-hand.  As they do more, they should also expect more freedom.
To encourage taking responsibility for homework time, plan to read or do something quiet yourself at that time.  You'll be a good example and enjoy a moment of peace and quiet! 
 
Twenty-First Century Scholars
The Twenty-First Century Scholars program guarantees that the State of Indiana will pay the cost of tuition at an Indiana public college or university, or a similar amount to any Indiana private college or university in exchange for a student’s fulfillment of the Twenty-First Century Scholars Pledge.  The terms of which are stated below:

Twenty-First Century Scholars Pledge:
  • I agree to graduate from an Indiana high school with a high school diploma.
  • I will achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • I will not use illegal drugs or alcohol, or commit any crime.
  • I will apply for admission to an Indiana college, university, or technical school as a high school senior.
  • I will apply on time for state and federal student financial aid.
Students may participate in the program if they are eligible to take part in the federal school lunch program or Indiana’s textbook assistance program.  It is important to note that eligibility is based on family income even if the student does not participate in the assisted lunch and/or textbook program.

Students must complete the Twenty-First Century Scholars Application for Enrollment during their seventh or eighth grade school year.  Applications must be completed online at the link below no later than June 30, 2017.

Apply online:  http://www.scholars.in.gov 

If you have further questions about the 21st Century Scholars program, please call the Twenty-First Century Scholars office at 1-888-528-4719. 
 
The Khan Academy 
The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization that offers free online video instruction or remediation lessons in math, science or social studies. Please click on the link below for additional support.
 
Homework Help
Homework Help with certified teachers is available at the Middle School every Tuesday and Thursday in the cafeteria.  We work on homework completion, organization, missing assignments, and study skills. Transportation is available if needed.  This is a great opportunity to improve grades!  Call Guidance to request a permission slip.
 
Grading Scale
 
100%-97%           A+

96%-93%             A

92%-90%             A-

89%-87%             B+

86%-83%             B

82%-80%             B-

79%-77%             C+

76%-73%             C

72%-70%             C-

69%-67%             D+

66%-63%             D

62%-60%             D-

59% or less          F 
 
Medications at School
Students are allowed to bring in medications to school and leave them with the school nurse.  However, medications are not allowed to be sent home with students.  Parents must come in to pick up unused medication in the nurse's office.  Please contact our school nurse, Sarah Murphy, if you have any questions regarding medication. 
 
Marsh, Kroger, and Target Cards
Did you know that you can link your Marsh, Kroger, and Target cards to Avon Community School Corporation and we can earn free money and school supplies for our classrooms every time you do your shopping?  Just register your card online or stop by the Customer Service desk next time...it's quick and easy! 
Contacts

Mrs. Davasher - 8th Grade
 
Mrs. West - 7th Grade 
 
Mrs. Phillips - Guidance Secretary
 
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