The national PLTW recognition program distinguishes schools for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW’s national standards. Additionally, certification as a PLTW school provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW affiliate universities when they successfully complete select PLTW courses in high school.
AHS Principal Matt Shockley said, “We’ve seen how the PLTW program draws more students into the biomedical sciences and gets them thinking about college and their careers. We are extremely proud to be PLTW certified and ecstatic that our students are eligible for college-level recognition, which may include college credit, scholarships and admissions preference.”
As part of the recognition process, Shockley, and a team composed of teachers, staff, students and members of the community submitted a self-assessment of the school’s implementation of PLTW’s Biomedical Science program. A site visit by a PLTW trained team followed. PLTW’s team met with teachers, school administrators, counselors, students and members of the school’s Partnership Team. A PLTW school’s Partnership Team (sometimes referred to as an Advisory Council) is comprised of teachers, counselors, administrators, post-secondary representatives, business and industry professionals and other community members who actively support the PLTW program within a school.
“Avon High School should be congratulated for demonstrating once again its commitment to PLTW’s quality standards,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “The real winners here, however, are Avon’s students. Students benefit from PLTW’s innovative, project-based curriculum that encourages creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. We look forward to many more years of working together to prepare Avon students for the global economy.”
Avon Marching Black and Gold Win State Championship
The Avon Marching Black and Gold were crowned ISSMA State Champions! They won the Class A competition at the 42nd Annual Indiana State School Music Association's (ISSMA) marching band state finals. This is the 11th title in 14 years for the nationally recognized band. The event was held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The state finals competition included the top 10 Indiana high school marching bands in four classes of competition.
The Avon Marching Black and Gold is led by Director Jay Webb. Under his leadership, Avon is recognized as one of the premier band programs in the Midwest.
Avon will next compete at the Music for All's Bands of America Grand National Championships Nov. 12-15 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Recently I took the unusual step of sending a phone message to every ACSC family announcing the formation of Efficiency Task Force 2015. We solicited parent involvement for an influential Task Force that will be recommending operational changes for the 2015-16 school year. (I am happy to report that we had far more volunteers than needed. What involved parents we have!) The Efficiency Task Force will focus on three main areas: potential boundary adjustments, school start/end times, and transportation efficiencies. The Task Force is comprised of parents (one from each school building), teachers and administrators. It will be led by Assistant Superintendents Dr. John Atha and Dr. Maryanne McMahon.
How can you stay well informed about the Task Force? By watching for regularly published minutes which can be found on our webpage: www.avon-schools.org under the District Links tab. We will also report publicly at every School Board meeting.
Change for change sake? No. Despite the many reductions and changes we have made over the last several years we believe there may still be some efficiencies to capture. Naturalist, John Muir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” (In short, “Everything affects everything.”) If we change just one thing, it affects everything, which is why the Task Force’s work will be well publicized to keep parents/patrons informed of opportunities for input prior to the School Board acting on any recommended changes.
Thank you for your support as we undertake this challenging work.
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