School Board Highlands County


Avon Elementary School
Home of the Dolphins
Learning to Lead ... Leading to Learn

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



APRIL 2014

4/2             Early Release 12:00 pm
4/3             County Choral Festival at SFSC
4/10            Parent Conferences
                Avonaires Spring Concert 5:30 pm
4/14-29 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade FCAT
4/18            No School

While eating dinner, ask your child a question to stretch his/her imagination, such as “If you were the smartest person on earth, what would you use your intelligence to do?”

Parent conferences will be held on Thursday, April 10. Your child’s teacher will let you know conference times. It is important that you come in and meet with your child’s teacher to receive their report card. The Avonaires will be presenting their Spring Concert at 5:30 pm in the cafeteria.

The 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students will be taking the FCAT this month. The teachers have worked very hard to prepare them for this test. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest, is not absent and gets to school on time. The following is a schedule of the testing days:
3rd grade, April 14-17; 4th grade, April 21-24; 5th grade, April 21-29.  
Talk to your child about the importance of the test and encourage them to do their best.

WELLNESS WAKEUP CALL – Enjoy your day, the healthy way! Adults and children continue to work on healthy habits at AES! Let your child tell you what they have learned about being healthy and exercising. A lot of our students are involved in sports this time of year. Here is a tip to remember:  When you exercise, you sweat. When you sweat, you lose water. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water when playing sports or even games like hide-and-go-seek to stay hydrated.

There will be a lot of things going on the last couple months of the school year. Make sure to talk to your child about what’s going on at school and check his/her backpack for information being sent home regarding upcoming events. The last day of school is June 4.  


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Ron Clark, author of several books, featured speaker at the The Leader in Me Symposium on January 2014 with Cindy Murphy, Paula Hall, Rachelle Murphy, and Debra Thompson

Congratulations to Jose Vasquez, 5th grade
Overall Winner for the 5th Grade County Tag Art Project

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AES Staff Works at McDonalds for the Evening


Congratulations to
Jackie Harris - 2014 Teacher of the Year and
Casey Jones - 2014 Non-Instructional of the Year

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Our Environment Team has been working very hard to make some improvements to our key areas.  
Here is one addition which was added to our Media Center:

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Our school motto is "Learning to Lead ... Leading to Learn"
                    A Leader in Me School


Together as a community, a school of excellence, inspires life-long learners who take responsibility for and pride in character and academic growth. Avon Elementary is committed to making our students life-long learners. We strive to get our students through the present challenges of the FCAT and prepare them for future challenges the world may throw at them.

The mission of the Avon Elementary family is to educate and encourage our students to reach their full potential as productive citizens in an ever changing society.

School Pledge -

Our students say the following pledge daily:

"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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 Principal:  Pamela Burnham        Asst. Principal:  Debra Thompson

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Avon Elementary School - Lighthouse Team


The following students were honored at the Highlands County School Board office for their excellence on the FCAT Reading and/or Math tests for the 2012-2013 school year:

Addie Ferguson - Reading/Math
Gabriella Ferraz - Math
Angel Guzman - Math
Sarai Merlo - Reading
Joshua Webley - Math
Dalton Eures - Math
Torielle Filer - Math
Emilie Mason - Math



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.

5) PARENT SURVEY:  Our school will be distributing a parent survey for Title I soon. Title I funds many educational activities at our school. This survey is designed to help our Title I school find out how well we are working with parents so we can improve. We would appreciate your honest feedback! Please respond to each statement by rating each statement from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree or Do Not Know. All statements refer to the current 2013-2014 school year. Thank you for taking your time to complete this survey. You many also go onlilne to take the survey at


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!

       A tip to eat more veggies in the morning: Have an adult help you add some broccoli or spinach and ham to your eggs and you’ve got green eggs and ham! A breakfast that even Dr. Seuss would approve of!

       Fiber helps keep your digestive system healthy, which will help keep your whole body healthy. You can get fiber by eating things like vegetables, whole wheat bread, and whole wheat pasta.

       Have you ever eaten ants on a log? Spread some peanut butter on the inside of celery sticks and add some raisins on top for a delicious, fun treat.

       The 3 B’s of healthy living: Be adventurous by trying new foods. Be flexible by balancing sweets with healthy foods. Be active by including physical activity every day.

       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 drinking fruit juice, try to eat whole or cut fruit so you can get more fiber in your diet for a healthy heart!

       Would you like to have more energy to play with your friends? Fuel your body with healthy foods like fruits and veggies, and don’t forget your protein!

       You will concentrate better if your stomach is full. What foods are best for your brain? Fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

       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!

       Are you nutty about nuts? Eating a handful of nuts is a great way to get healthy fat into your diet!

       What do you think super heroes eat for lunch? Probably whole grains and lots of veggies to help their bodies in tip-top shape!

       Make your breakfast fun by adding fruit to your cereal in the shape of a smiley face!

       Can you name the five food groups? You are correct if you named grains, fruit, vegetables, dairy, and protein. For a balanced diet, choose foods from all five food groups.

       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!

       Top your waffle with low-fat or fat-free yogurt and fruit slices instead of syrup for a healthier breakfast!

       Avoid starving yourself! Try to pack a healthy snack like low fat string cheese, whole grain crackers, fruit, or granola bars in your backpack.

       Make it a rule to try a new fruit or veggie each day!

       Ask an adult to help you make a healthier banana split by topping half a banana with frozen yogurt and your favorite whole-grain cereal or granola!

       Choose baked or grilled food instead of fried when you’re eating at a restaurant. Stick with the same rule at home.

       You can make a lean, green smoothie by blending spinach with your favorite fruit! You won’t even taste it!

       Have you ever tried dipping apple slices into peanut butter? You’ll get plenty of vitamins from the apple and protein from the peanut butter!

       Tips for eating at a buffet: Fill up on salads and vegetables first. Take no more than two trips and use a smaller plate that holds less food.

       Make your own mini pizza by putting tomato sauce and low-fat cheese on a whole wheat English muffin!

       If you feel like eating sweets, try eating some fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth!

       Have you ever eaten too much and felt uncomfortable afterwards? Try to eat slowly, chewing your food thoroughly and only eat until you’re full.

References for these tips cans be found at   



September 17, 2013

Dear Parent or Guardian,

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.

Pam Burnham


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
Think Central
Reading series - website
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! User name is your child's 6-digit student ID#, and the password is learn.
Home Connect for A.R.
AR BookFinder
Find AR 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
Accelerated Reader
Destiny - HCSB Library Books
HCSB Library Books
FCAT Explorer
FCAT Explorer
FCAT Released Tests and Questions
FCAT - use for additional practice, and answers to questions
Time for Kids
Time magazine, for kids!
Writing Website
Writing Tips for Parents/Students
Reading Website
Reading Tips for Parents/Students
"Free Flour"
Geography, and world knowledge (This website no longer donates free flour due to lack of a sponsor; however, the activity is useful for "knowledge power"!)
"Free Rice"
Vocabulary Activity (This website donates free rice for each correct response.)
Aesop Fables
Online collection of Aesop Fables
Visuwords TM
Online graphical dictionary (Great website for teaching vocabulary, grammar, and synonyms.)
Countdown Math
Quick Time movies to develop Math skills
Create "word clouds" using vocabulary words ...
Lexile Reading
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
Facts and information on various subjects
Encyclopedia Britannica
Username: highlands
Password: school
Free Online Encyclopedia
The Happy Scientist
Username: highlands
Password: science09
Science Website
Atomic Learning
Username: highlands
Password: sebring70
Software Tutorials
Gale Database - Research Database
Library ID: student

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