Avonworth School District News
October - November 2021
What is Homecoming and Why Was Our 2021 Homecoming Extra Special?
Organized by '71 graduate Jennie Knox, the group came back together to celebrate their 50th Class Reunion. Before the football game on Friday, the group was given a tour of their old high school. After the tour, the group made their way to Lenzner Stadium for the crowning of this year's homecoming queen and the parade that followed. Included in the attendees from the Class of '71 was the 1971 Homecoming Queen who participated in the crowning of this year's Homecoming Queen. During halftime, the Class of 1971 was brought out onto the sideline to be recognized. On Saturday evening, they had their reunion celebration.
What a special weekend for all of our current and former Antelopes!
Fall Play 2021
Hello, friends of Avonworth Theater! It was so wonderful to be back in person to present this year's fall play, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's award-winning You Can't Take It With You, one of the most popular and successful plays of modern times!
The family of Martin Vanderhof lives “just around the corner from Columbia University — but don’t go looking for it.” Grandpa, as Martin is more commonly known, is the paterfamilias of a large and extended family of charming eccentrics. His granddaughter, Alice, is an attractive and loving girl who is still embarrassed by her family’s idiosyncrasies. When Alice falls for her boss, Tony, a handsome scion of Wall Street, she fears that their two families – so unlike in manner, politics, and finances – will never come together. But why be obsessed with money? After all, you can’t take it with you!
Thank you to those that came out to see You Can't Take it With You this fall! Your support is greatly appreciated!
Avonworth Musicians Selected to PMEA Honors Band
Each year, the Avonworth music program has talent that rises to the top! Congratulations to Vanessa Amayo and Jessica Reed on auditioning and being selected for the PMEA Honors Band. Vanessa made third chair flute, and Jessica made first chair Tuba.
Congratulations, Vanessa and Jessica!
Sam Veleke - 2022 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
A.W. Beattie Students of the Month
- Keifer Carroll - Carpentry/Building
- Anna Boothby - Cosmetology
- Sophia Quigley - Pastry Arts
- Sean Glinski - Carpentry/Building
- Olivia Penfield - Cosmetology
- Magdalene Johnson - Emergency Response Technician
Bus Driver Appreciation Day
Avonworth School District took this week to say a huge thank you to our outstanding bus drivers! Our bus drivers are an essential component of our education system as they safely transport our students to and from school each day. This year has presented new challenges due to the shortage of bus drivers. We sincerely appreciate our bus company, First Student, for their adjustments when short on drivers to ensure our students get to and from school. We also appreciate the patience, flexibility, and understanding our families have shown when bus stop times are adjusted.
To thank our bus drivers, students made signs, #bethekindkid shirts were given to our drivers, and students cheered for our drivers as they pulled up to pick up students in the afternoon. Thank you to our students and administrators for thanking our bus drivers!
A Look at What's Been Happening in Our Schools
High School Math Students Learn About Careers in Mathematics
Collaborative Mural for the new Wexford Hospital
You can type in your student's first and last name and select AHN Wexford Hospital as the program! Enjoy!
Recognizing Children's Grief Awareness Day
The butterfly is the universal symbol of hope. The blue butterfly symbolizes the hope we share with children that are grieving a loved one. Each year, the students and staff create the butterfly in the gym. This butterfly has been growing each year, and so does our hope for the children who are grieving.
Fifth Grade Honors Veterans
Avonworth Elementary Art Room Happenings
In preparation for their ELA unit on Space, third-grade artists learned to shade spheres with chalk pastel. The spheres were then added to a splatter painting background to make some out-of-this-world artworks!
Warhol inspired the color-tinted selfies from fourth grade. Artists enjoyed exploring a range of materials and experimenting with applying color to achieve the desired results.
More selfies came from fifth grade as they practiced their printing skills. After taking a selfie and some minor editing on the computer, students transferred the images to a piece of foam for printing.
Sixth-grade artists were inspired by Australian Aboriginal dot paintings. After learning a little about Aboriginal creation narratives and cultural beliefs, known as the Dreamtime, students chose a native Australian animal and incorporated characteristics of these amazing indigenous people’s art style, including repetition of dots.
Whole School Storybook
What's Happening in College Counseling?
Between September and November, juniors and seniors had the opportunity to visit with admission representatives, both in-person and virtually, from 97 schools across the country. The interaction is an excellent way for students to learn more about the school and create a relationship with the admission representative, who will most likely be reading their application should the student apply for admission. These types of visits happen each fall and sometimes in the spring.
On November 17th, seniors had the opportunity to learn about Edmit. This free platform enables students and parents to learn about financial fit with the post-secondary schools they've applied for admission to. Families can create accounts at https://www.edmit.me/AvonworthHs if interested.
Artist Residency Takes Animation in Media Arts to a New Level
8th Grade Students Meet with local Veterans
On Tuesday, November 16, 8th Grade Civics students spent the day learning from our Nation's Veterans by attending a Veterans Day Experience Workshop at the Heinz History Center. Twenty-four students developed questions to ask veterans before their field trip to gain eligibility for this unique experience.
At the History Center, local veterans from Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, and WWII answered students' questions, shared personal stories, and brought primary source artifacts from their time in the military. Students met in small groups to have more personal interactions with each veteran.
During each session, students learned about the remarkable first-hand accounts of the Invasion of Normandy, communication challenges in Korea, and dangerous encounters with the Iraqi armies. The heroic actions of these veterans were an inspiration to both students and teachers.
A huge thank you to our Veterans in attendance included Ryan Ahl (Iraq), Gordon Lam (Vietnam), Dave Borland (Korea), and Warren Goss (World War II).
5th & 6th Grade Focus Period
Avonworth Primary's Annual Turkey Decorating Contest
Avonworth Primary Center held its annual Turkey Decorating contest. They were able to raise quite a bit of money this year and were able to make the following donations:
$ 350.00 to Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church Food Bank
$ 368.00 to North Hill's Community Outreach - Food Pantry for North Borough's
Also, Natalie Hale from Mrs. Russell's first-grade classroom won the contest and received a $10 Target gift card! Congratulations Natalie!
Students Survivalist's Have Stories to Tell
This fall, seventh-graders took on the role of adventure novelists in ELA World Cultures. After an immersive experience within an “extreme biome,” students wrote collaborative novels grounded in research and showcasing their creativity. Each group included a lead writer, a copy editor, and a graphic designer. Then, a team of community members volunteered to serve as beta readers for each group’s novel. The readers prepared feedback on the novel’s content and style, and then they visited the seventh-grade class to dialogue with students about their work. Seventh graders had the chance to converse with authors, marketing and sales experts, physicians, entrepreneurs, former teachers, scientists, and high school students about the nuances of their writing. As one of the guest readers shared, our students do not need to wait until they are “grown-up” to be writers; they are writers today.
2nd Grade & Tree Pittsburgh
Students in second grade have been studying change throughout our first Module in Wit & Wisdom. This focused on how changes in season and weather might affect people and nature. To culminate this learning, members of Tree Pittsburgh joined our second-grade students to share some of the science behind tree behavior and the critical role they play in our lives. Students were able to act like a tree, determine what each part of the tree is used for, and even learn about trees' different seeds and fruit. Tree Pittsburgh also donated some materials to keep our learning going that students in 2nd grade will be able to use for years to come!
Thank you, Tree Pittsburgh, for sharing your time, generosity, and expertise with our students at APC!
2nd Grade Gives Back to Our Community
In October, students had the chance to participate in Community Day and learned about all the amazing things our community does for us here at the Primary Center. This inspired our second-grade team and students to do something to give back to our community. Students in second grade have been collecting pajamas to donate to the Scholastic Pajama Drive. Our students collected an amazing 48 sets of pajamas to donate to people in need.
We are continually humbled by how our community can rally and truly show what it means to "be the kind kid."
Thank you to everyone who helped make this donation possible!
A Look at What's Been Happening in Athletics
Avonworth Golfers Compete in the PIAA Golf Championships
Congratulations to Kai Carlson and Ciara Anderson for making it to the PIAA Golf Championship! Kai finished as runner up at only two strokes back, finishing with a 74. Ciara finished in a very respectable 19th out of 36 golfers on her first time at States. Coach Goble was very proud. Unfortunately, Brandon Sapolsky was unable to compete due to illness. He was greatly missed by his teammates.
Girls' Soccer Team Earns WPIAL Championship and Trip to Hershey
The Avonworth Girls' Soccer Team had some pretty awesome firsts that took place this season. The girls won the WPIAL 2A Championship game against North Catholic. This game was a nail-biter that went into a second overtime before freshman Fiona Mahan scored the final goal for a 2-1 victory. This is the first WPIAL title for Girls’ Soccer in school history!
The girls had to beat North Catholic again in the semifinals to advance to the PIAA State Championship Game. This time around, the girls won by a score of 3-0 to earn a trip to Hershey to take on Allentown Central Catholic. The girls finished as the 2A runners-up losing to Allentown by a score of 2-1. This is the first PIAA Runner-Up for Girls’ Soccer in school history!
Congratulations on a fantastic season!
Girls' Volleyball Earns WPIAL 2A Runner-Up
The Avonworth Girls' Volleyball Team finished their fantastic season with an overall record of 16-4-2 and a conference record of 13-4. The team advanced to the WPIAL 2A Championship game against North Catholic and finished as runner-up. The girls advanced to the PIAA State Tournament, where they lost their first-round game to the eventual PIAA Start Runner-Up, Philipsburg-Osceola. Congratulations on a great season!
Congratulations to the following girls who were recognized as 2021 2A Section 2 All-Stars!
- Maggie Colenbrander
- Sophie Culley
- Abby Holjes
- Nora Kate Gavin
- Maggie Goetz
- Sam Blose
- Marry Gannon
- Victoria Huffmyer
Another Winning Season for Avonworth Football
Congratulations to the following boys for being recognized as an All-Conference selection!
- Kevin Felter
- Neo Miller
- Brandon Biagiarelli
- Ian Syam
- Erik Studebaker
- Jermaine Woods
- Peyton Faulkner
- Garrett Bouvy
- Nate Harper
- Erik Studebaker
- Kevin Felter
- Brandon Biagiarelli
- Ian Syam
- Ezra Tomko
- Ashton Naviliat
- Peyton Faulkner
- Neo Miller
- Gabe Bonnet
- Andrew Kuban
This is the first of several "Hi Neighbor!" cultural events planned for this school year!
The event will take place at Avonwroth Primary Center from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm on 12/8/2021.
Spots are limited! If you are interested in attending, please RSVP HERE!
Upcoming Dates to Remember!
12/7 - 5th & 6th Grade Band & Choir Winter Concert, 7:00 PM
12/8 - 2-Hour Delay
12/8 - Hi Neighbor! at APC, 6:30 PM EVENT FLYER
12/16 - Middle & High School Choir Concert, 7:00 PM
12/23 to 12/31 - Winter Vacation, Schools Closed
1/3 - School in Session