Today is: Thursday,29 January,2015 03:17:33 PM

School Board Highlands County

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Avon Elementary School
Home of the Dolphins
Learning to Lead ... Leading to Learn
A Leader in Me School

School Day:  7:35 am-2:00 pm
    Office:  7:15 am-3:30 pm

   2014-2015   
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principal pictures 002.jpgAssistant Principal: Mr. Jon Spencer


OUR SCHOOL VISION STATEMENT AND MOTTO -
"Learning to Lead ... Leading to Learn"

AVON ELEMENTARY MISSION STATEMENT -
"The mission of the Avon Elementary family is to educate and encourage our students to reach their full potential as productive citizens and leaders in an ever changing society."

THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND THE SCHOOL PLEDGE -
Our students say the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as the following school pledge each day:
"As a special part of the Avon Elementary Family, I will be helpful and caring, be a friend to others, and learn something new today."

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AVON ELEMENTARY - January 2015

DATES TO REMEMBER:

January 12th - PTO, 7:10 am
                           SAC, 2:30 pm

January 16th - Early Release, 12:00 pm
                        Salida Temprano, 12:00 pm

January 19th - NO SCHOOL
                        No Escuela

January 23rd - Award's Day
                         Dia de Diplomas



January Leadership Luncheon


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January 2015
Avon Elementary Newsletter
Learning to Lead ….. Leading to Learn


HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We are off to a great start for 2015.  The teachers and students have come back rested and ready to work.  There will be a lot going on in the next few months, so make sure your child is at school and on time.  

Feliz Ano Nuevo!  Estamos empesando un gran ano 2015.  Las maestras y estudiantes an regresado descansados y listos para trabajar.  Vamos a tener muchas cosas pasando en los siguientes meses, asegurese que su hijo/a este en la escuela y a tiempo.


Release of the 2013-14 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
School Public Accountability Reports (SPAR)

Parents may view the SPAR report on the District’s webpage at
Parents may also view a hard copy of the SPAR report in their child’s school front office.  Copies are available upon request from your child’s school.  Copies will be distributed to the local libraries for your convenience.

Publicacion de los Informes de Responsabilidad Escolar (SPAR) del
Acta de Educacion Elemental y Secundaria (ESEA)

Los padres tambien pueden ver el Informe SPAR en la Pagina Web del Distrito en
Ademas, los Padres pueden ver una copia impresa del informe en la oficina de la escuela donde asisten sus hijos.  Estas copias estan disponibles a peticion suya en la escuela de su hijo/a.  Se distribuiran copias en las bibliotecas locales para su conveniencia.

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6th Annual Junior Achievement Valentines Day 5K and CrossFit 863 Partner Challenge


Saturday February 14, 2015
Sebring, FL US 33870-2130

FYI: In the past they've had a little 'spirit' contest between the schools and AES has won every year....just bragging rights and I don't even know if they are doing it again, but we want to keep our record of Most School Spirit" going!


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What Is Relay For Life?
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement.

Hey everyone.  I am soooo excited that Avon Elementary will have a team for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life this year.  WOO-HOO!!  The event will be held at APHS on Saturday, March 28 from noon until midnight.  This is a fundraising event for ACS as well as a chance to raise awareness, education and remember and honor those who have/have had cancer.  Also, it is a lot of fun!!  Families are invited!!  The event is 60 days away so I would love to get our team started ASAP!  Please see me for help registering, if you have questions or if you are interested in helping in any way!  Thanks in advance!! :) The theme this year is Wizard of Oz.  If you are interested in helping prepare for the event, please see me - Dena Sboto.  Otherwise, please consider registering and walking.  The idea of the event is to have someone walking the track at all times (because cancer never sleeps).  You can come for an hour or stay the entire day.  It is a family event and lots of fun.  It used to be an overnight walk, but the AP event this year is only 12 hours, noon until midnight.    

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Congratulations to our Teacher and Non-Instructional Employee of the Year
Megan Jones and Judy Klosterman
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Here is our first Science STEM Day video ... enjoy!



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NEWS TO REMEMBER -

1)  FROM THE LIBRARY:  All students have access to the Encyclopedia Britannica online. The Encyclopedia Britannica helps to improve student achievement. It reaches all levels and abilities, supports curriculum standards, integrates technology and promotes information literacy.

Encyclopedia Britannica Website: http://school.eb.com/
Username: highlands    Password: school

2) SPAR REPORT:  Release of the 2013-2014 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) School Public Accountability Reports (SPAR). Parents may view the SPAR report on the District's webpage at: http://www.highlands.k12.fl.us/SBHC/Curriculum_FederalPrograms.html . Parents may also view a hard copy of the SPAR report in their child's school front office. Copies are available upon request from your child's school. Copies will be distributed to the local libraries.

3) DISTRICT PARENT INVOLVEMENT:  The District's Parent Involvement Plan (PIP) for the 2013-2014 school year has been approved by the DSAC and has been placed on the District's webpage. Due to the length of the Parent Involvement Plan, the District has placed the plan on the Federal Program's webpage. Please visit the Parent Involvement Plan at: http://www.highlands.k12.fl.us/SBHC/Curriculum_FederalPrograms.html . You may also review a copy of the plan at your child's school. If you would like to request a copy of the District's Parent Involvement Plan, please call Debbie Wood at 471-5547.

4) PTO/SAC:  If you are a parent who requires reasonable accommodations in order to attend a school meeting, call the school at 452-4355 no later than three days before the meeting.


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GOOD NEWS ... YOU CAN CHECK ON YOUR CHILD'S A.R. PROGRESS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!

Your child uses a software program called Renaissance Place at school. This program has a special feature called Renaissance Home Connect, which you can access outside of school from any computer with an internet connection. Renaissance Home Connect is fun and easy to use. It allows the teacher, you and your child to share information about your child's progress in Accelerated Reader.

You can log in to Renaissance Home Connect from any computer with an internet connection and compatible browser. For a list of compatible browsers, type the following URL in any browser: http://support.renlearn.com/techkb/techkb/10624292e.asp

To log in to Renaissance Home Connect
Website: https//Hosted245.renlearn.com/70199/HomeConnect
User Name: Your child's Student 6-Digit #
Password: LEARN

If you'd like to receive emails showing your child's quiz or test results, click the Email Setup link in Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions. To be sure these emails reach your inbox, add homeconnectautodelivery@renlearnrp.com to your address book.

If you have questions about Renaissance Home Connect, please call your child's school.


MORE A.R. NEWS! ...

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Accelerated Reader (A.R.) is part of the reading program used in Highlands County Schools to develop students’ reading skill. You can be a partner in developing your student’s reading ability by monitoring your child’s Accelerated Reader accomplishments using Renaissance Home Connect. This online access allows the teacher, you, and the student to share
information about the student’s progress in Accelerated Reader; this can be done from any computer using Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari browsers.

•       To log into Renaissance Home Connect:
•       Website: https://Hosted245.renlearn.com/70199/HomeConnect 
•       User Name & Password Use the same as what your student uses for AR in school.
•       Choose “My Overall Progress” and then “School Year” to see how your child is doing for the entire school year.

If you’d like to receive emails showing your student’s quiz or test results, click the Email Setup link in Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions. Add homeconnectautodelivery@renlearnrp.com to your address book to ensure that the emails reach your inbox.

Other sites you may be interested in:
•       AR Bookfinder http://www.arbookfind.com/ Find Accelerated Reader books
•       Parent’s Guide to AR BookFinder™ http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R004037812GG7B98.pdf 

You can also Google AR Bookfinder or Parent’s Guide to AR BookFinder.
•       Destiny http://destiny.highlands.k12.fl.us/

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BrainPop

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7 HABITS OF HEALTHY KIDS -

Last year your child learned the language and meaning of the 7 Habits. Each class created a mission statement that guided them in making decisions throughout the school year. We are continuing using the 7 Habits this school year as well.

How can you help support what your child is learning at school? Easy - use the same language! By hearing the same language at home and school, we send the children a strong message of what we believe is important and that we are on the same team. When parents and schools support each other, the sky is the limit!

HABIT #1 - Be Proactive (You're in Charge)
HABIT #2 - Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)
HABIT #3 - Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)
HABIT #4 - Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)
HABIT #5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood (Listen Before You Talk)
HABIT #6 - Synergize (Together is Better)
HABIT #7 - Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)


CHECK OUT THIS COOL WEBSITE - "The Leader in Me, Student Schoolyard" - Activities you can play that incorporate the 7 Habits!



COVEY - "THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE"

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TECHNOLOGY NEWS -


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Representation - Building Background for our students:
www.wordle.net - Makes graphic images with words.
www.watchknow.org - Videos on anything you can think of to show students to build background knowledge.
www.visuwords.com - This site is cool, it gives a word web with a vocabulary words (all multimeanings, synonoms, and antonymns).

Expression - Ways to help our students to express themselves:
www.sciencewriter.cast.org - Great to incorporate writing into other areas, especially Science.
http://www.carnegielibrary.org/kids/storymaker - It was suggested to use this to write class stories and print them into books.
www.popplet.com - Use this website to make word maps.
www.teachmatrix.org
http://www.kerpoof.com/- Allows students to make up their own stories, or gives them a story starter picture.
 
Engagement - Getting students actively engaged with writing:


Strategies:



Visual Thesaurus:

The district has purchased a subscription to Visual Thesaurus. This program is designed for grades 3 and up but has some components usable for K-2.
Here is the web address:

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This is an awesome tool for building vocabulary development that helps to implement the new standards in Common Core and is supported by Marzano's research for building academic vocabulary. There is a great video link that provides mini videos on most of the big activities.   Easy to watch and use.


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NO TOBACCO USE ON SCHOOL CAMPUS -

All uses of tobacco products in any form are prohibited on campus.
Statutory Authority: 1001.41; 1001.42, F.S.

Parents,

Please refrain from smoking in your cars while waiting in parking areas or while picking up or dropping off your child.

Carla Ball
Principal

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District "On Grade-Level" Indicators -

Grade level indicators are provided to teachers in Highlands County to support their decision in marking students ON grade level. If a student does not meet the minimum number of indicators in each of the areas, the teacher in conjunction with the school’s progress monitoring team will determine ON/OFF grade level status. At this time other indicators and performance on additional assessments may be considered by the group to make a final decision.

Curriculum Information & Resources

Welcome to the Curriculum Information & Resources section of our website. This section is dedicated to providing quick links and clear information as to the standards and indicators for success in each grade level.

At Avon Elementary, we will meet or exceed the Common Core Standards. The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

During the school year, student progress is monitored throughout the year to ensure success. Some of the assessments that you may talk to your child's teacher about are:
FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test - Reading, Math, Writing, Science)
Performance Matters baseline testing (Math)
Quiz/Chapter tests (Math)
Weekly/Chapter/Benchmark tests (Reading)
FAIR (Florida Assessment in Reading)

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Non-discrimination statement

The School Board of Highlands County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political or religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin, or genetic information.

LEARNING WEBSITES, FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS:
ConnectEd
Math series - website.
Math series
A.R. Tests
Please check with your child's teacher to be sure that they allow their students to test at home.
A.R. Tests
A.R. Parent Information
Attention Parents: use this website to actually view your child's A.R. Book tests and data!
Home Connect for A.R.
AR BookFinder
Find A.R. books.
A.R.
Parent’s Guide to AR BookFinder
Parents can search for titles at the appropriate
level that their child will find interesting and enjoyable.
Parent's Guide - A.R.
Accelerated Reader
A.R.
A.R./Renaissance
Destiny - HCSB Library Books
Highlands County School Board - library books.
HCSB Library Books
Time for Kids
Time magazine, for kids!
Time magazine - kids
Writing Website
Writing tips for parents/students.
Writing Tips
Reading Website
Reading tips for parents/students.
Reading Tips
"Free Flour"
This website no longer donates free flour due to lack of a sponsor; however, the activity is useful for "knowledge power"!
Geography, and world knowledge
"Free Rice"
This website donates free rice for each correct response.
Vocabulary Activity
Aesop Fables
Online collection of Aesop Fables.
Aesop Fables
Visuwords TM
Great website for teaching vocabulary, grammar, and synonyms.
Online graphical dictionary
Countdown Math
Quick Time movies to develop Math skills.
Quick Time movies - Math skills
Wordle
Create "word clouds" using vocabulary words!
Create "word clouds"
Lexile Reading
Lexile levels for A.R. books.
Locate a book that's just right for you!
BrainPop
Hours available:
7:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. (Monday-Friday)

See your teacher for user name and password.
Educational videos, quizzes, and activities
Fact Monster
Practice your multiplication and division!
Facts and information on various subjects
Encyclopedia Britannica
See your teacher for the user name and password.
Free Online Encyclopedia
The Happy Scientist
See your teacher for the user name and password.
Science Website
Atomic Learning
See your teacher for the user name and password.
Software Tutorials
Gale Database for research
Library information
Research Database
Cornerstone for Teachers
"Just Talk!" - Solutions for Behavior Issues
The Cornerstone

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