Today is: Friday,09 October,2015 04:01:04 PM

School Board Highlands County



Avon Elementary School
Home of the Dolphins

Learning to Lead ... Leading to Learn
A Leader in Me School

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

principal pictures 001.jpgPrincipal: Mrs. Carla Ball

principal pictures 002.jpgAssistant Principal: Mr. Jon Spencer


"Learning to Lead ... Leading to Learn"

"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."

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."

                                Avon Elementary Newsletter

October 1, 2015
The Future Starts Here


10/2    PTO Fundraiser Kick-Off
10/9    Picture Day
10/12   No School
10/21   Early Release 12:00 pm
10/29   Parent/Teacher Conferences 6:30 – 7:30 pm

GREAT START – We are off to a great school year!  We are so excited about all the great things going on at AES – kids being leaders, lots of learning, AVID, AR, Drama Troupe and so much more.  Check out the Leader Board up by the front office!  Take time each day to talk to your child about how their day went.  They will enjoy talking about all the great things going on at AES each day!

PTO NEWS – We are excited to announce that our annual fundraiser this year will be American Fundraiser and Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough!  This will be a perfect time to order Christmas gifts at reasonable prices and get your cookie dough for the upcoming holiday season!  The Kick-off will be October 2nd, with orders due on October 16th.  There will be lots of fun prizes, alligator charms for daily sales, and a special Alligator Show is coming to our school for top winners!  It will be so much fun!

PICTURE DAY – Picture day is Friday, October 9th.  Order forms will be sent home soon.  If you are wanting to purchase pictures, the order form and the money will need to be sent in the day of pictures.  Please make sure you have the correct amount as the office will not be able to provide change.  You may order online.  Picture retakes will be on Friday, November 13th.

PARENT NOTIFICATION – Florida State Statue 1012.42 recognizes that teachers at times must be assigned duties in a subject outside the field in which the teacher is certified.  The following teachers at Avon Elementary are certified, but may be assigned one or more classes outside their areas of certification and are required to take appropriate steps to comply with the statutory regulation.
        Roberta Abeln – OOFESL          Carmen Cantizano – OOFESL
        Kristina Langfeldt – OOFESL             Ana Rodriguez – OOFESL/NOT HQ ELEM K
                                Heather Thomas - OOFESL


Always bring your ID when coming to the office to pick up a child or if you are going to be on campus.  If you are picking up a child after school and do not have the pick up tag in your vehicle or you are picking them up late, you will need to sign the child out in the office.  These procedures are for the safety of all our children.  If you are wanting homework for your child who has missed school, you need to call ahead and give the teacher time to get the work together and then pick it up the next day.

PTO meetings will be held @ 7:00-7:30 A.M., and SAC @ 2:15-2:45 P.M. in the Media Center
September 21, 2015
November 9, 2015
January 11, 2016
March 7, 2016
May 9, 2016


District Parent Involvement Plan
The District’s Parent Involvement Plan (PIP) for the 2015-2016 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 Programs page.   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.

Plan del Distrito para la Participación de los Padres
El Plan del Distrito para la Participación de los Padres (PIP) para el año escolar 2015-16  ha sido aprobado por DSAC y se ha colocado en la Página Web del Distrito.  Debido a la longitud del Plan de Participación de Padres, el distrito ha ubicado el Plan en la página de los Programas Federales.   Por favor visite el Plan de Participación de Padres en  http://www.highlands.k12.fl.us/SBHC/Curriculum_FederalPrograms.html.   También puede revisar una copia impresa del plan en la escuela de su hijo/a.   Si desea  solicitar una copia del Plan del Distrito de Participación de los Padres, por favor llame a Debbie Wood al 863-471-5547.


Ag-Venture 2015

All third grade students will be attending the 16th Annual Highlands County Ag-Venture during the week of November 3,4 and 5th. They will experience a day of hands-on agriculture to learn its importance in our daily lives.  It is a fun filled day that is free to the students and the schools.  The students will visit 7 of 14 stations where they will plant a mini garden, juice oranges, make strawberry milkshakes, plant strawberry plants, eat omelets, make butter, squeeze grapes and much more!

EVERYONE is invited to attend the Adult Night-Time Ag-Venture and Steak Dinner on Tuesday, November 3rd at the Highlands County Fairgrounds.  Steak, baked potato, fresh corn on the cob, green beans roll, beverage and homeade ice cream - $12.00, child meals $6.00.  The dinner will be served from 4:30 till 6:30 with FREE tours of the Ag-Venture stations at 5:00 and 6:00 pm.  We also have free local entertainment beginning at 5:00.  Come join the fun and see what all the excitement is about.  Tickets are available in advance by calling 863-465-2313.  

After Ag-Venture, visit www.highlandscountyag-venture.com to see photos of your student's day at Ag-Venture.  

Avon Elementary will be attending Tuesday, November 3rd.


The 4th Annual Jingle Bell Run 5K/1 Mile Fun Run is scheduled for Friday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m.  The race will start and end at Union Congregational Church, 106 N Butler Avenue.  Once again, the Jarrett Family Foundation will be a major sponsor.

Registration is open on Active.com.  The 5K run is $20.00 (price increases to $25.00 on October 1st), and the 1 mile fun run is $5.00.  

Last year we had over 400 runners ... our goal this year is 500!!  The more that come out and run, the more funds will be raised for the Avon Park area schools.


AES Volunteer of the Year
Kate Early

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Congratulations to Jenson DeWitt- 5th grade on being crowned
Little Miss Highlands County 2014-2015

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Many thanks to the Jarrett Family Foundation and our PTO for buying our school new playground equipment!

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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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To find out more about the 7 Habits, please visit


Your child has been learning the language and meaning of the 7 Habits, and each class has created a mission statement that has guided them in making decisions throughout the school year.

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)
HABIT #8 ~ Find Your Voice (Speak Up!)

"The Leader in Me, Student Schoolyard"
Activities you can play that incorporate the 7 Habits!





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:


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.




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.

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.
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
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
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!
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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
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Science Website
Atomic Learning
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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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