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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."


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


October 10th - Picture Day
October 18th - Chorus will sing at APHS at 4:20 PM
October 22 - Early Release at 12:00 PM
October 23 - End of 1st 9 weeks
October 30- Parent Conferences; Chorus will sing on stage in the cafeteria at 5:30 PM

Literary Pumpkin Patch in our Media Center
Can you name the characters?



Information regarding the Harvest Festival can now be found on our Facebook page. Please "like" our page and share it with all of your friends! Thanks to Nicole Barben for setting this up for us!

Playground Equipment News .... As you may know, we have been raising funds for new playground equipment.
Through the hard work and dedication of our PTO president Nicole Barben and Park Elementary's PTO president, Laura Barben, both schools are the recipient of a matching grant.  This grant will match the funds we are able to put towards the playground equipment!!!!  If the  Harvest Festival and Chrysler Drive are as successful as years past and with what has already been raised, we hope to be able to have the playground equipment installed over Spring Break!!!  Please encourage everyone you know to come out to the Harvest Festival and support our school!


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

Third Grade, And All Other Parents

All third grade students will be attending the 15th Annual Highlands County Ag-Venture during the week of October 28, 29 and 30th.  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, October 28th at the Highlands County Fairgrounds.  Steak, baked potato, fresh corn on the cob, green beans, roll, beverage and homemade ice cream -$12.00, child meals - $6.00.  The dinner will be from 4:30 till 6:30 with FREE tours of the Ag-Venture stations at 5:00 and 6:00 pm.  We will 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.

From The Media Center

Your child will be participating in the Accelerated Reading program this year.  AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice.  Your child picks a book at his own level (determined by the STAR reading test) and reads it at his own pace.  When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer.  (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.)  AR gives both children and their teachers feedback on the quiz results.  Begin with the end in mind and set your Accelerated Reader goals early.

You can search our school’s library catalog on the Internet at:
Also if you have books at home that you would like to know the Accelerated Reader level of, you can use the AR Book Find website at:

All students are responsible for the library books that are checked out to them.  Any book lost or damaged must be paid for so we can replace it.  Be proactive and find out when your student’s library day is so you can help them care for their books and return them on time.

Picture Day

Individual pictures will be taken on October 10th.  Order forms will be sent home at a later date.  If you wish to order pictures, you will need to send the order form and the money with your child on picture day.  If paying cash, please make sure you have the correct amount in the payment envelope.  The office will not be able to make change.

Mark Your Calendar!

Fall Festival – October 18 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the APHS Football Field

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Our chorus is singing on Oct. 18 at this years’ Festival on Main at Avon Park High School.   We will be singing at 4:20 P.M.  More details will follow as to where we will meet to line up before the performance.  Also, please put our Parent Conference Night, Oct. 30 performance on your calendar, we will sing at 5:30 that evening on our stage.  The entire school will be presenting a Veterans Day Program on Tuesday, Nov. 11.  This will be during the school day, but we hope you will attend and invite your friends and neighbors.

In December, we already have two performances scheduled.  We will sing for Christmas on Main St. Monday, Dec. 8 in front of the Jacaranda Hotel on Main St.  This is an evening  performance – we will perform for approximately 15 minutes, as will other choruses from Avon Park.  We do not have an exact time, but it is usually about 6:15 P.M. when we start.  We have been asked to sing for the residence of Royal Care on Wed. Dec. 17, at 9:30 A.M. (during school – I will need some chaperones!).  We are always happy to bring some Christmas joy to their hearts!


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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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
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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