The Weekly Update #4
October 6th, 2022
Happy October! What do you think about when October rolls around? It’s the only month that starts with an “O.” Summer’s over and where did I put the jacket that I last wore in March? It’s bonfire time. Do we have enough Halloween candy (especially if I keep eating it)? The leaves are changing colors and are beautiful. I hate raking leaves (again, and again, and again…..)! Or, it’s Pumpkin Spice anything time (not a fan, except for pie). Everybody has positive and/or negative thoughts when it comes to October.
For Avon Lake City Schools, October is a transition month. Though it is hard to believe, October 28th is the end of the first quarter of school. Even with the smoothest of starts there are some wrinkles to iron out, but we are “firing on all cylinders” going into the middle of the school year. Again, hard to believe, but the fall extra-curricular and co-curricular regular seasons are heading to their finishes, and the state play-offs are beginning. Everybody is working hard inside and outside the classroom. We wish them all the best as we move into the winter months.
As the school year progresses, the Avon Lake Facilities Committee continues to gather information in order to plan for the future facility needs of the school district. You can stay up-to-date on the facilities committee, click here.
Mark your calendar:
Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons at Avon Lake High School
The Avon Lake Facilities Committee, in conjunction with Fanning Howey Architects, will be holding an interactive input session for parents and community members. There will be a short information portion to the program outlining the facilities committee’s process up to this point followed by activities geared to share information and receive input from all attendees.
Have a great October. Thank you to all of the organizations and people who do so much for our staff and students. October is also National Principals Month so take a second and say 'thank you' to a building principal for their hard work and passion.
National Merit Scholars, Commended Students
Four Avon Lake High School seniors, Coryn Cummings, Ryan Jung, Annelise Klenz, and Camille Rasch, are among the 16,000 semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors. The students will have to fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in college.
To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application with information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, as well as honors and awards received. Finalists will be announced in February.
Avon Lake High School also boasts eight Commended Students from the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program: Celia Gannon, Omar Kamhawi, Thomas Kennedy, William Kennedy, Alan Martinez Vacca, Pierden Pepe, Kendra Robert-Atsu, and Rachel Sheehan.
Unity Day, wear orange
Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month (October), has been recognized in the United States since 2011. On Unity Day, individuals, schools, communities, and businesses are encouraged to wear or share orange to unite for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion to prevent students being bullied.
The ALCS will participate in a district-wide Unity Day Oct. 19 as all staff and students are encouraged to wear orange. Schools throughout the district will also have age-appropriate inclusion activities in their building.
Water bottle filling station installations
Thank you Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)!
Starting with the Avon Lake High School locker rooms, the district is beginning to purchase and implement the water bottle filling station program through our grant from the Ohio EPA.
ALCS received $10,000 to purchase bottle filling stations throughout the district. Each building will receive at least one station.
Hydration is essential. Bottle fillers help us Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle while we do it.
We are grateful for grant funding as each one of the station costs just over $1,000, not including installation.
Substitute Appreciation Breakfast
The ALCS recently hosted a Substitute Teacher Appreciation Breakfast to honor the dedicated substitute teachers working in our schools. A short informational program also took place including sharing resources for substitute teachers, and providing an overview of some of the technological tools and programs used in the district.
National Substitute Educators’ Day is Nov. 18. Thank you to all our substitutes!
ALHS Drama Club shows
These cooler temps have us thinking about the holidays!!
Save the dates for the ALHS Drama Club's production of The Little Christmas Town. Show dates/times are Dec. 1-3 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Dr. Daniel B. Ross Performing Arts Center at Avon Lake High School.
Legally Blonde the Musical, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin; and book by Heather Hach, will be presented April 20-22 at 7 p.m. and April 23 at 2 p.m. in the Dr. Daniel B. Ross Performing Arts Center.
For more details, click here.
Fire department visits
Thank you to the Avon Lake Fire Department for recently visiting our elementary schools to share safety tips with our students. The highlight of the visit is always the up close and personal tour of the fire truck.
Thank you to all our safety personnel for keeping us safe in our community.
Facilities Committee school site visits
At the June 7 regular Board of Education (BOE) meeting, the BOE approved Fanning Howey's pricing proposal "for the necessary design and related construction administration services" for the district-wide facilities project. These services include items such as site visits and assessments, stakeholder meetings, and other facility-related activities.
District website upgrades
Oct. 28: End of First Quarter
Nov. 7: No school (staff PD Day)
Nov. 8: BOE meeting 6:30 p.m. L.A.K.E. Center at ALHS
Nov. 10: Community Forum at 6:30 p.m. in ALHS Commons
Nov. 11: Learwood Veterans Day assembly
Nov. 23-25: Thanksgiving Break