Avonworth School District News

December 2019

From all of us at the Avonworth School District, Happy Holidays! We hope you enjoy a safe, relaxing, and fun-filled break with family and friends! Thank you to kindergarten student, Fiona Mosby, for your beautiful artwork!

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Winter Performances by the Avonworth Music Department Get Us In The Holiday Spirit

The month of December always brings us winter concerts performed by our elementary, middle, and high school band and choir students. The immense talent of our students never ceases to amaze us when we get the chance to see them perform. Congratulations to our directors Mr. Ronnie Ziccardi, Mr. Will guess, and Mr. Michael Warren for your incredible direction, guidance, and instruction of our young musicians. The entire Avonworth community is proud of the continued growth of our music programs. Congratulations to all of the students that performed in this year's winter concerts. You are amazing! Bravo!

Please enjoy the photos and videos below from our winter band and choir concerts!

Middle and High School Winter Band Concert: Photos and Videos Courtesy of Mr. Bill Monti

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2019 AMS Concert Band Winter Concert - The Grinch
2019 AHS Concert Band Winter Concert - Silent Night

Elementary School Winter Band Concert Photos and Video

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Elem Band Winter 2019

Elementary School , Middle School, and High School Winter Choir Concert Photos and Videos

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2019 Elem Choir Winter Concert
2019 Winter Choir Concert Solo
Final Song 2019 Winter Choir Concert

Avonworth Musicians Chosen for Allegheny Valley Honors Bands

Congratulations to sixteen of our high school musicians who auditioned for and made the Allegheny Valley Junior High and Senior High Honors Bands!

Senior High

Emma Hudnall-oboe

Sam Cook-euphonium (first overall)

Hugo Eadie-tuba (first overall)

Ava Zahn-trumpet

Maya Berg-flute

Emelia Houser-flute

Liana Simmons-alto saxophone

Lea Helsel-french horn

Junior High

Jessie Reed-tuba (first overall)

Aidan Tinker-trumpet

Ciara Anderson-trumpet

Henry Amick-trumpet

Kassie McGibbney-tenor saxophone (first overall)

Cameron Marshall-alto saxophone

Sydney Nelson-oboe

Zoli Eadie-trombone

Vanessa Amayo-flute

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Avonworth Vocalists Selected for District Choir

Congratulations to Fabian Vasquez-Ramos (Sr) Garren Hoffman (Sr) & Aidan Brady (So) for being selected for District Choir. They will perform in District Choir in January where they’ll attempt to make Region Choir. Congratulations gentlemen!
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Avonworth Football Team Finishes as PIAA 2A Runner Up - Photo Courtesy of EFB Photography

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After securing the 2A WPIAL Title for the first time in sixty years, the Lopes traveled to Slippery Rock High School on November 27 to take on Wilmington High School in the PIAA Class 2A Semifinal game. Wilmington was looking to make their way to the PIAA 2A Championship game for the third season in a row. After a dominating game by running back Jax Miller in the WPIAL championship game, Wilmington came prepared to stop the run. With Wilmington keying on the run game, senior quarterback Park Penrod took over the game. Penrod completed 9 of 14 passes for 163 yards through the air. Penrod completed three passes for touchdowns and ran a quarterback sneak for a touchdown with 2:09 remaining in the game. One of Penrod's primary targets in the game was Theo Newhouse who caught 6 passes for 115 yards. Even with the defense keying in on Jax MIller, he still ended the game with 143 yards on 28 carries. After weathering the only deficit the Lopes had faced all season, the game ended with a final score of 33-21, which sent them on to Hershey to take on Southern Columbia in the PIAA 2A Championship game on December 6. Southern Columbia proved to be too much for the Lopes to handle in the championship game and the Lopes brought home the PIAA 2A Runner Up trophy!

Congratulations to all of the Lopes football players, Coach Johncour, and his entire staff on a historic season!

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Avonworth Football Players Earn Individual Accolades After Historic Football Season


Jax Miller

Avonworth, senior, RB/LB

Miller rushed for 2,384 yards and scored 30 touchdowns. He starred in the WPIAL finals with 43 carries, 291 rushing yards, and four touchdowns.

· Jax Miller Defensive player of the year Allegheny Football Conference

· Josh Elm Offensive Lineman of the year Allegheny Football Conference

· Kevin Felter Defensive Lineman of the year Allegheny Football Conference

Football All-Conference


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Stories From Around the District

Polar Express STEM Challenge in First Grade at Avonworth Primary Center

First graders at the primary center explored the Polar Express during the month of December and participated in STEM challenges the week before break. The students worked together in the 1st-grade LGI and hallway and were challenged to build a sled out of candy canes and boxes. They were also challenged to build a bell out of aluminum foil. Fun was had by all and we saw some great collaboration amongst our students!

GATE Engineering Night at Avonworth Primary Center

On December 12 our primary GATE students put their engineering designs on display for parents and friends. Congratulations to Avonworth Primary teacher, Mrs. Angela Schlumpf and her students for the amazing designs on display. Avonworth Primary principal, Dr. Miller, reported that a parent who is a software engineer stopped him to say how impressed he was with the students' work and that he uses the exact same design process in his work as a software engineer. That is quite a compliment for our little engineers! Great job students!

Many Activities Occurred Around the District During Computer Science Education Week December 9-13

Second Grade Student Teaches His Classmates How to Code

During Computer Science Education Week, second-grade teacher, Mrs. Greiner, was planning to teach her students how to code the Dash Robot. That's when second-grade student Kellen Donovan asked Mrs. Greiner if he could take the lead on teaching the lesson. Mr. Greiner handed over the reins to Kellen and he did an amazing job teaching his classmates how to code the Dash Robot! Way to go Kellen!

Art and Robots Collide at Avonworth Elementary School

To celebrate Hour of Code week, art teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Faingnaert, and computer science teacher, Mrs. Jana Stahl, collaborated on a project designed to bring programming and the arts together to help students create a unique masterpiece! AES art and computer students joined forces to create action paintings inspired by the famous artist, Jackson Pollock. Students programmed and controlled movements such as various angles, speed, duration, and LED light displays. Pizza boxes were engineered to build bumpers for the artwork. Neon paint was utilized for the artwork, as well as black and white papers to create a glowing masterpiece! This project was a shining representation of how computer science can be integrated into artistic elements to design unique works of art!

Avonworth Middle and High School Students Participate in Coding Activities During Computer Science Education Week

In 7th grade, Students applied fundamental skills gained from the Code.org curriculum to collaboratively design a programming project. Eighth-grade students coded interactive holiday animations using Hummingbird Robotic kits with human-centered interfaces. Students also explored robotics and artificial intelligence to create a one-page document to represent what they have learned about artificial intelligence. Students also worked on researching a topic of their choice within the field of artificial intelligence which will result in a digital product (i.e. websites, podcasts, etc.).

Important Announcements

Avonworth 2019 Winter Message

Kindergarten Registration is Coming Soon!

Registration for 2020-2021 kindergarten will open on January 2, 2020.

Starting kindergarten can make both parents and students a bit nervous. With that in mind, Avonworth Primary Center has a model program to help ease students and parents into kindergarten. Kindergarten Round-Up will be the first event for parents and students entering kindergarten in 2020 and will take place on the evening of March 5 from 6:30-8:00 in the Avonwroth Primary cafeteria. Mark your calendars! We can't wait to see you and begin your kindergarten journey!

Visit the Primary Center's website for more information: http://www.avonworth.k12.pa.us/Kindergarten.aspx

Flyers to be Sent via Peachjar Beginning January 15, 2020!

Exciting news! In an effort to streamline communication that comes to you from the District and your child’s school, as well as to provide increased access to programs and resources that improve the trajectory of our students’ lives, Avonworth School District is preparing to launch Peachjar. This platform will enable us to send important school and community flyers to parents digitally, saving our schools time, money, and paper.

School-approved digital flyers will be sent to your email inbox where you can easily click to sign up for events and programs.

No action is required to begin receiving this communication from your school. You’ll receive a welcome email from Peachjar that includes a username and password. You don’t need to log in to receive or view school flyers, but you can log in to adjust your delivery preferences.

To ensure you don’t miss notifications, we suggest you add school@peachjar.com to your email contacts and click “always display images” when you receive your first email.

This system is used exclusively for the distribution of school-approved flyers only. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure parents are well informed about school programs, activities, and events!

Nominate Someone for the Avonworth School District Hall of Distinction Class of 2020

The Avonworth School District has established a Hall of Distinction to recognize Avonworth High School alumni, community members, and employees of the Avonworth School District that have made outstanding accomplishments and/or achievements in their career or in service to the school district community.


  • Anyone can make a nomination.
  • Avonworth alumni (including graduates of Ben Avon High School, the Emsworth School, and the Ohio Township One-Room Schoolhouses), community members, and district employees are eligible for nomination.
  • Nominees should be ten years beyond graduation for alumni and employees must have completed their employment with the District with five years of separation from the District.
  • Posthumous nominations will be accepted.
  • Nominations are valid for a period of five years.
  • Nominees must be of good character and high moral standards.
  • Nominations will be accepted until February 28.

If you are interested in nominating someone to the Avonworth Hall of Distinction, please download and complete a nomination form using the link below. The completed nomination form can be mailed or dropped off at the following address.

Avonworth School District

258 Josephs Lane

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Important Dates

  • December 23-January 1: Winter Break
  • January 2: Schools In Session
  • January 6: Athletic Committee Meeting, 6:30 PM
  • January 6: School Board Work Session, 7:30 PM
  • January 7-10: AHS Midterms for Grades 10-12
  • January 8: Parent Network Meeting, Collaboration Center, 7:00 PM
  • January 13: Curriculum Committee Meeting, 6:30 PM
  • January 13: School Board Regular Meeting, 7:30 PM
  • January 14: End of the First Semester, Grades 3-12
  • January 14: PTA Meeting at APC, 7:00 PM
  • January 16: High School Blood Drive
  • January 16-17: PMEA District Choir
  • January 20: Schools Closed for Students, Martin Luter King Jr. Day, Act 80 Day
  • January 23: Senior Switch Day
  • January 30-31: PMEA District Orchestra