Avon High School Teacher Liviu Paul Haiducu is among 108 teachers selected
as Presidential Awardees for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Mr. Haiducu teaches Advanced Placement and
Honors Physics at AHS. His profile can be viewed here: http://recognition.paemst.org/finalist_profile/34368
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year.
Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
Awardees join an active network of outstanding educators from throughout the nation. Since 1983, more than 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
To learn more about the PAEMST program, visit https://paemst.org/.
For your Student’s Online Summer Assignment in Destination Success and access to Pearson Successnet, please visit http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/7693.
When the school year begins in 2015, students in 6th, 8th and 9th grades will receive a laptop computer for classroom instruction. In the 2016-17 school year, STEP-UP will expand to include all students in 5th through 12th grades.
“We are excited to bring the STEP-UP Program to our schools,” said ACSC Technology Director Jason Brames. “Technology based tools offer greater opportunities for collaborative learning and will enhance teaching and learning in our schools.”
ACSC teachers are receiving specialized professional development and will use up-to-date technology curriculum in the classroom. When students receive their computers, they will receive age-appropriate instruction regarding digital citizenship. Parent education sessions will be held at the schools for Avon families to ensure a smooth transition to STEP-UP.
To learn more about the STEP-UP Program, please visit www.avon-schools.org/stepup. There is a video, FAQ and other details to assist Avon families.
We are pleased to share that hiring additional teachers underway for the 2015-16 school year. As you know, class sizes and caseloads have been uncomfortably high, so adding core teachers is our top priority. Although there was some progress from the last legislative session, ACSC funding per student is still well below the state average. However, the addition of $270 per student over the next biennium – combined with our many efficiencies – will allow us to add 29+ teachers for the 2015-16 school year. We all agree that reduction in class size is our top priority.
Here is a summary of additional teaching positions to be filled this coming school year:
We want our teachers to know that relief is coming; we want our community to know that class sizes in our K-6 general education classrooms will improve. If current figures hold, we will not have any K-6 general education classrooms at or over 30 students. Some improvement will be made in most core classes at the middle schools, but all other classes may exceed 30 students. High school classroom figures will vary by subject, however, the additional teachers will help ease the ratio.
Our students continue to excel despite the challenges. The list of accolades from this school year alone is too numerous to name. We appreciate your support to make this a wonderful school year and wish our Avon families a safe and enjoyable summer break.
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