Today is: Friday,27 November,2015 11:01:18 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

December 2015
The Future Starts Here

12/1-12/16      Canned Food Drive
12/10           Crafty Christmas – 6:00 pm
                Chrysler Drive for Kids – 4:00-7:00 pm
12/11           Jingle Bell Run – 6:00 pm
12/18           Early Release – 12:00 pm
12/21-1/4       Winter Break

DECEMBER ACTIVITIES – December is such an exciting month for children and their families.  Hopefully some of our upcoming school activities will help contribute to some very happy memories for you and your family.  First, our annual Rotary Club sponsored Canned Food Drive will begin December 1st with a pick-up date of December 16th.  This school-wide project is a wonderful way to raise social awareness of community needs and to participate by donating a few canned or packaged food items.  Fifth grade leaders are stepping up to handle this project so your children will see other students out and about on campus collecting our donations.
Secondly, an annual favorite is Crafty Christmas.  This year we will start our evening with a drama presented by the AES Drama Troupe.  We’ll then be joined by a special guest reader who will kick off our evening with a favorite book!  So think “Charlie Brown Christmas!” and plan to join us Thursday evening, December 10th for crafts, music, sweets and fellowship with other Avon families.  Also that evening we will have the Chrysler Drive for Kids from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.  Each person that drives will earn $10.00 for our school.  Finally, the Jingle Bell Run 5K in downtown Avon Park on Friday, December 11th will be a wonderful opportunity for families to run, walk and talk together on the 3.1 mile route.  Proceeds raised benefit all Avon Park schools.  For more information call 863-453-3117.  So many exciting things to see and do, but let’s encourage our students to stay focused with their assignments and classwork.  The return from Winter Break will have us very close to the end of the 2nd nine weeks and present another opportunity for your child to review the 7 Habits with you and perhaps set new personal goals.  The staff at Avon Elementary appreciates your support for our student leaders by using the 7 Habits language in your home, helping your child to set realistic and yet challenging goals, and to Sharpen the Saw by participating in our school parent involvement activities.  We wish you all the Happiest Holiday Season!

ACCELERATED READER – Check your child’s Accelerated Reader progress.  All you need is their six digit student ID and password (6-digit birthday).
AR Home Connect:  https://hosted 245.renlearn.com/70199/HomeConnect/
Once you sign in you can also sign up to receive an email each time your child takes an Accelerated Reader test.

AES Celebrates Veteran's Day



Red Ribbon Week Top Runners

Top runners for Red Ribbon week were:  (Boys) Isaac Sanchez, Ethan Nance, Joshua Porter, Jaret King, Tony Sanchez and Zarion Sutton
(Girls) Cheyenne Lewis, Angelina Toscano, Natalia Lopez, Shaniya Hamilton, Savannah Chapple, Aaliyah Fontanez


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 ParticipaciĂłn de los Padres
El Plan del Distrito para la ParticipaciĂłn 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 ParticipaciĂłn de Padres, el distrito ha ubicado el Plan en la página de los Programas Federales.   Por favor visite el Plan de ParticipaciĂłn de Padres en  http://www.highlands.k12.fl.us/SBHC/Curriculum_FederalPrograms.html.   TambiĂ©n puede revisar una copia impresa del plan en la escuela de su hijo/a.   Si desea  solicitar una copia del Plan del Distrito de ParticipaciĂłn de los Padres, por favor llame a Debbie Wood al 863-471-5547.


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 Teacher of the Year and
Non-Instructional Person of the Year

Cindy Murphy and Matt Sboto


The Leader in Me image.jpg

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!
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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