Today is: Monday,24 November,2014 12:26:30 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:  7:35 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."


Here is our first Science STEM Day video ... enjoy!

Congratulations to our Teacher and Non-Instructional Employee of the Year
Megan Jones and Judy Klosterman
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Celebrating Veterans Day at AES

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        October Leadership Luncheon
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Fall Festival in Mrs. Rodriguez's Room

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AVON ELEMENTARY - November 2014

November 10th - PTO (7:10 am)/SAC (2:30 pm) Meetings in Media Center
November 14th - Picture Retakes
November 17th - Thanksgiving Lunch (*Advanced ticket sales only by 11-7-14, Adults $5.25, Children $3.50)
November 24th-28th - Thanksgiving Break

November 2014
Avon Elementary Newsletter
Learning to Lead ….. Leading to Learn

We are off to an awesome start in growing healthy leaders at Avon Elementary this school year!  Because research has proven healthy, active kids make better learners, we are constantly looking for new ways to get our students up and moving more throughout each school day.  One way we have done that is by lengthening physical education classes from 30 minutes to 40 minutes.  In the classrooms, teachers are using spelling aerobics, in-class brain energizers like Lazy Town and encouraging their students to participate in Recess Runners’ Club.  This year, our fourth and fifth grade students have been given the opportunity to walk or run Lunch Laps when they are finished eating lunch each day.  These laps count toward the students’ recess laps for each month.  The results have been amazing!  Our students broke a school record by logging 1,385 miles at recess during the month of September!
All of those miles are the “energy out” part of the equation.  We have also been learning about the other half of the equation “energy in.”  If we want to live a long, strong, healthy life, we have to learn to make wise choices about what we eat and drink.  From kindergarten through fifth grade, we have been learning about the five basic food groups, the benefits of healthy foods, how to read food labels to find out what’s really in packaged foods, and how to plan balanced, healthy menus.  These lessons will continue throughout the school year and will include some wonderful characters called the Organ Wise Guys.  From their leader, Hardy Heart, right on down to the oh, so cool Kidney Brothers, each of these characters help students learn about the importance of taking care of his or her very own special organ wise guys.  The lessons revolve around the four Organ Wise Guys’ Rules – eat foods that are low in fat, eat foods that are high in fiber, drink plenty of water and exercise.
You are the most important leader in your child’s life, and I know you want the very best for your precious little ones.  So I encourage you to help them balance the energy equation at home by filling ways to exercise as a family, eat meals together as often as possible and encourage them to make wise food choices.  And don’t forget to have them come ready to move in their tennis shoe!

We are planning a very special program for Veteran’s Day this year.  On Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9:15 am, we will be gathering all students on the PE field to honor our veterans.  We are inviting parents, community members and any veterans in the area.  We feel that this is a valuable learning experience, a chance to work on leadership skills and most importantly, honor those who have sacrificially served our country.  If you are able to attend, please bring a lawn chair so that you can be seated for this assembly.
PTO/SAC MEETING – November 10
PTO will meet at 7:10 am and SAC will meet at 2:30 pm in the Media Center.  If you are a parent who requires reasonable accommodations in order to attend a school meeting, please call the school at 452-4355 no later than three days before the meeting.
If your child was absent on picture day and you would like to purchase pictures, there are order forms in the office.  The order form and the money must be given to the photographer the day of retakes.  If your child had their picture taken but you would like to have retakes, the first set of pictures must be returned to the photographer the day of retakes.
THANKSGIVING LUNCH- November 17 – Adults $5.25   Children not in school $3.50
All tickets must be purchased by 11/7.  No walk-ins allowed on that day.
THANKSGIVING BREAK – November 24 - 28
We would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a very safe and enjoyable break.  What a wonderful time to spend with family and friends!
Just a reminder to always bring an ID with you when coming to check out a student, eating lunch with a student or going on campus.  Remember this is for the safety of the children.
When a child is late coming to school and you have checked them in at the office, the child is to walk to their classroom by themselves.  Do not walk them to class.
The District’s Parent Involvement Plan (PIP) for the 2014-2015 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  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.
The School’s Parent Involvement Plan (PIP) for the 2014-2015 school year is available on the school’s webpage or paper copies may be picked up in the front office.
Florida State Statute 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 teacher at Avon Elementary is certified, but may be assigned one or more classes outside her area of certification and is required to take appropriate steps to comply with the statutory regulation.
Claudia Jeffries, 1st grade teacher, is out-of-field ESOL.




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:
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: . 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: . 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.


Healthy Eating Tips for Grades K-5

       Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eat breakfast to give your brain and muscles the energy they need so you can learn and play the best you can today!

       Try to eat foods like potato chips, candy bars or ice cream in small amounts only.  

       Give veggies a try! Eating more vegetables at lunch and dinner will help give your immune system the nutrients it needs, and lower your risk of getting sick. The less time you spend being sick, the more time you can spend doing well in school and having fun!

       Instead of reaching for a popsicle, try frozen grapes for a healthy, refreshing treat!

       Rethink your drinks. Try to drink less sodas and more water, to make sure you are staying hydrated the super hero way!

       Are you sometimes cranky in the morning? Eating a healthy breakfast can help put you in a better mood and get you ready for the day!

       Did you know that sandwiches are the most popular food made at home? To make a sandwich healthier, make sure to use whole grain or whole wheat bread!

       You can make your own trail mix by mixing your favorite nuts, dried fruit, and granola or whole grain cereal for a snack that will give you lots of energy!

       A healthy snack can give you the energy boost you need to get through the day. Try veggies with hummus, yogurt, or a delicious piece of fruit.

       Eat the rainbow!  An easy way to make sure you’re getting different nutrients is to fill your plate with colorful vegetables.

       Instead of eating ice cream, you can fill a small ice cream cone with low-fat yogurt and fresh fruit for a healthy, delicious dessert!

       Try not to get confused between being hungry and being bored. Snack only when you are hungry!

       When getting a kid’s meal at a restaurant, try to choose vegetables or fruit instead of fries, for extra nutrients to help you grow big and strong!

References for these tips cans be found at     



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:

To log in to Renaissance Home Connect
Website: https//
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 to your address book.

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



To assist with your FCAT 2.0 communication with parents and education stakeholders, we would like to provide a valuable resource called the Florida Path to Success. This site was developed as a tool to provide easy access to frequently asked FCAT 2.0 questions and provides a feature for visitors to ask questions directly to the Florida Department of Education.





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!







Representation - Building Background for our students: - Makes graphic images with words. - Videos on anything you can think of to show students to build background knowledge. - 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: - Great to incorporate writing into other areas, especially Science. - It was suggested to use this to write class stories and print them into books. - Use this website to make word maps. Allows students to make up their own stories, or gives them a story starter picture.
Engagement - Getting students actively engaged with writing:


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.



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: 
•       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 to your address book to ensure that the emails reach your inbox.

Other sites you may be interested in:
•       AR Bookfinder Find Accelerated Reader books
•       Parent’s Guide to AR BookFinder™ 

You can also Google AR Bookfinder or Parent’s Guide to AR BookFinder.
•       Destiny 



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


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

Carla Ball


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)




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!
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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