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School Board Highlands County



Avon Elementary School
Home of the Dolphins

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

School Day:  7:35 am-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."


March 2015

Avon Elementary Newsletter

3/2     Picture Day
3/3     ELA Writing Test for 4th & 5th Graders
3/4     Early Release 12:00
3/9     PTO 7:10 am     SAC 2:30 pm
3/12    Family Fitness Night 6:00
3/16-20   Spring Break
3/31    End of Nine Weeks

PICTURE DAY – Monday, March 2
These pictures will be for individual and classroom.  Only the students that bring the order form and the money will have their individual picture taken on this day.  There will be no retakes.   The classroom group pictures will have ordering information sent at a later date.  

This year our students have been learning about how to become healthy leaders for life from very special characters called the OrganWise Guys.  We want to share what we’ve been learning with all of our families, so we are planning a very special Family Fitness Fun Night with the OrganWise Guys on March 12 at 6:00 pm.  Each of the four stations that night will focus on one of the OrganWise Guys club rules.  Some of those stations will include opportunities to taste some healthy foods, AND there will be lots of great door prizes, including some very special OrganWise Guys characters and books for our Avon Elementary students to take home for their very own!  We hope that you will Put First Things First (Covey Habit 3) and come Synergize (Covey Habit 6) with us as we Sharpen the Saw (Covey Habit 7)!  As always, don’t forget to wear your tennis shoes!

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.  


PreSchool Family Night – Thursday, May 1st

Avon Elementary Kindergarten teachers are extending a special invitation to all preschoolers who will be in kindergarten the 2015-2016 school year.  Come meet the teachers, students will visit a classroom and have a few special activities while parents meet with teachers for an informative question and answer session.  This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce Avon Elementary to your future kindergartener!  Of course we encourage you to come early and visit the school Art Show being held in the school cafeteria – you will find a large selection of art and projects age appropriate for each grade level.  May 7th  is kindergarten registration day – call or come by the school office for more information.  452-4355.

THANKS!!!  Martie Brooker


Our school raised over $600 in coins for cancer research.  Mr. Spencer's jar received the most coins earning over $400 so he got a pie in the face by the teacher, Rachelle Murphy, whose class donated the most coins for the cause.

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Avon Elementary FSA Pep Rally

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AES Volunteer of the Year
Kate Early

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Congratulations to Jenson DeWitt- 4th grade on being crowned
Little Miss Highlands County

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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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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.    

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!)

STUDENTS AND PARENTS ... CHECK OUT THIS COOL WEBSITE - "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.

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A.R. Tests
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Parent's Guide - A.R.
Accelerated Reader
Destiny - HCSB Library Books
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Time for Kids
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Writing tips for parents/students.
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Reading Website
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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
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Online graphical dictionary
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Quick Time movies to develop Math skills.
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Encyclopedia Britannica
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Free Online Encyclopedia
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Science Website
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