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    Four AHS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
     
    Four Avon High School students have been named as Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: Alexis Britt, Matthew Stall, Avleen Badwal and Suzanne Gatons.

    These studious seniors now have the opportunity to advance to the finalist level of this competition. There will be 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million to be offered next spring. Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level for the Merit Scholarship.

    “Avon High School is proud to have four of our students named as Semifinalists,” said AHS Principal Matthew Shockley. “They have distinguished themselves as outstanding academic students. Their families deserve credit for their commitment to education. Having these students honored also speaks to the quality teachers and education received throughout their school careers. All ACSC staff should celebrate this success!”

    About 15,000 of the 16,000 semifinalists should advance to the finalist level and will be notified in February. The National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group. Learn more about the National Merit Program at www.nationalmerit.org. 

    Photo: (L-R) AHS Principal Matt Shockley; Alexis Britt, Matthew Stall, Avleen Badwal and Suzanne Gatons
     

     
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  • Fall Camp
     2014 Fall Academic & Arts Camp Registration is Open
     
    Fall break is fast approaching so be sure to register your student for the 2014 Fall Academic & Arts Enrichment Camp. It will be held October 13-17, 2014. Visit here to register and for more details.  
     
     
     

     
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  • Seedlingws Seedlings Program Adds a Class
     
    Avon's Seedlings Program is adding an additional class at the end of September. Limited spots are now available. The program is housed at White Oak Elementary and is open to children or grandchildren of ACSC employees as well as preschool students living in the Avon School district. Contact White Oak Elementary (317-544-6700) for details. 
     

     
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  • Hiring Temporary Contract Teachers 

    Avon Community School Corporation is seeking highly motivated and qualified certified teachers to fill short term teaching assignments in a variety of grades and subject areas. Please apply on-line through the application process found under the Human Resources-Employment link. Some of these positions have the potential to earn benefits.  Please consider joining Avon schools.  We are a great place to learn and lead.

     

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  • Avon Roots Logo Avon Roots Volunteer Program Launched
     
    Avon Community School Corporation has launched a new volunteer program to serve its 12 schools. Avon Roots {Volunteers Supporting Avon Schools} seeks community members to become directly involved in the educational process. 
     
    A spectrum of opportunities are available such as clerical assistance, school-wide assistance, in-classroom assistance or even at-home assistance. For example, volunteers can help with school newsletters, answer office phones, provide tutoring, chaperone field trips, assist with school websites or even work with the Outdoor Learning Center or Avon Education Foundation.
     
    “If you live or work in Avon, you have a vested interest in Avon Schools,” stated Venetia Faulkenberg who coordinates Avon Roots. “No matter your skill level, every community member has something to offer, and the students benefit greatly from these positive social interactions.
    All volunteers must complete the application process which includes a background check. Detailed information about Avon Roots as well as the required forms can be found at http://avon-schools.org/volunteer.
     

     

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  • Shepard Christy Shepard Chosen as ACSC Teacher of the Year
     
    Avon Community School Corporation announced that Christy Shepard was named Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Shepard is a 5th grade high ability teacher at Avon Intermediate School West. The ceremony was held during the opening day activities for more than 450 certified staff members.

    "Mrs. Shepard’s passion and capability for teaching students with exceptional needs is evident in her culturally responsive, rigorous and engaging classroom,” said Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Hoernemann, ACSC Superintendent. “She is a master at cooperative learning, project based design, differentiating instruction and behavior management." 
     
     
    Mrs. Shepard was selected as Avon’s Teacher of the Year by a committee comprised of community members. 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, as well as a gift card from A+ Teaching Supplies and a special bouquet from Flowered Occasions.  
     
    The other candidates (who were previously selected as their buildings’ Teacher of the Year) included: Diane Stafford (formerly at Avon High School); Ashley Koontz (Avon Middle School North); Katie Littig (Avon Middle School South); Troy Warthan (Avon Intermediate School East); Holly Clark (Cedar Elementary); Jennifer Guerrero (Hickory Elementary); Andrea Brown (Maple Elementary); Andrea Rader (Pine Tree Elementary); Sarah O’Brien (River Birch Elementary); Tracy Wheeler (Sycamore Elementary); and Monica Balash (White Oak Elementary).  
     

    Mrs. Shepard received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan. She has taught in Avon Schools for 14 years. Avon Community School Corporation submitted Mrs. Shepard's impressive 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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  • Condensed Version of the State of ACSC
     
    A condensed version of “State of Avon Community School Corporation” is now available. ACSC administrators presented important information at the beginning of the year covering topics such as finance, technology, transportation and academic/student life. This is part of the District’s Strategic Plan to increase communication among all stakeholders. Take a moment to view the document here.

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Superintendent's Message

 
A Message from Superintendent Hoernemann
 

Supt. Hoernemann

Soon you will receive your child’s first progress report of the school year. Be sure to talk to your child’s teachers to learn in detail how your student is progressing. Parents of K-6 students are participating this week in conferences. Talk to your student about the parent-teacher conference: praise her or him for a great job and work together on necessary adjustments. The ACSC staff and students have progress to report, too. The results from last year’s Academic Goals are shared at the end of the message. In addition, we have announced new Academic Goals for the current school year.

 

2014-15 Academic Goals:

 

            All ACSC students are on track to be life, career/college ready

 

·         90% of students in grades 3-8 will pass both portions of ISTEP+

·         97% of 3rd grade students will pass IREAD3 by the summer assessment (2015)

·         96% of AHS graduates will have passed the Algebra I and English 10 ECA

·         At least 35% of AHS graduates will take and pass one Advanced Placement (AP) exam

·         55% of AHS graduates will earn an Academic Honors or Technical Honors Diploma

·         NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) research states students scoring at or above the 70th percentile are considered on track to be College and Career Ready. Our goal is to have 60% of our students scoring at or above the 70th percentile on each of the spring NWEA assessments.

·         In addition to these academic goals, ACSC remains committed to the development of the whole person. As such, we will continue to offer art, music, and PE at all grade levels. The performing arts will continue to begin in 6th grade.

 

 

2013-14 Academic Goals Results (appear in green below):

 

            ACSC students are on track to be life, career/college ready

 

·         90% of students in grades 3-8 will pass both portions of ISTEP+ (88% in 2014, 90% in 2015)

o    Actual for 2014  - 85.6%

·         95% of 3rd grade students will pass IREAD3 by the summer assessment (2014)

o    Actual for 2014 – 98% (up from 97%)

·         96% of AHS graduates will have passed the Algebra 1 and English 10 ECA

o    Actual for 2014 – 95% (up from 91.9%)

·         At least 35% of AHS graduates will take and pass one Advanced Placement (AP) exam

o    Actual for 2014 – 35% (up from 30.5%)

·         50% of AHS graduates will earn an Academic Honors or Technical Honors Diploma

o    Actual for 2014 – 52% (up from 42.3%)

·         Students with college aspirations will achieve at or above the 70-75th national percentile on NWEA assessments (performance)

o    Actual for 2014 – 56.52% Math, 52.84% Reading, 42.43 % Language Arts

 

In addition to these academic goals, ACSC remains committed to the development of the whole person.  As such, we will continue to offer art, music, and PE at all grades levels. The performing arts will continue to begin in 6th grade.

 

Of the six academic goals, three were achieved. Specifically, the percent of students passing IREAD3, the percent of graduates taking and passing at least one Advanced Placement exam and the percent of graduates earning either an Academic Honors or Technical Honors Diploma. In addition, one goal was barely missed. We were 1% shy of making the 96% goal regarding the percent of graduates passing the Algebra 1 and English 10 ECA. The district was 2.4% short of achieving the ISTEP+ goal of 88% of students passing both the math and language arts portion of the test. However, two grade levels (3rd and 5th) did accomplish the goal.

 

The most complicated goal to analyze was the NWEA goal. Looking back at the intent of the goal when it was written and then pulling the data to determine our progress towards the goal stimulated great conversation. It was clear we needed to revise this goal to reflect a better understanding of what the data are telling us. In short, we needed to re-write the goal to reflect the percent of students we want to see achieve at or above the 70th percentile.

 

Setting lofty goals is an important strategy to holding ourselves accountable and helping all of our students receive an excellent educational experience here at Avon.

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Margaret Hoernemann

Superintendent

 

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