Oriole's Nest

May 14, 2021

Click below to take you the ACSC 2020-2021 School Calendar

Please note there has been an update to the 2020-2021 school calendar. Click the link below to take you to the updated calendar.

2020-2021 School Calendar

REVISED 12/14/2020

Upcoming Important Dates

NWEA Testing -

Mon. 5/17 & Tue. 5/18 - NWEA Testing ELA

Wed. 5/19 - NWEA Testing ELA & Math

Thur. 5/20 & Fri. 5/21 - NWEA Testing Math

Celebrating Birthday's this week!

Happy Birthday

to our students celebrating a birthday this week:

Brady Knisley

Ian Cote

James Jewell

Tanner Gibbs

Robert Taylor

Preston Burke

Mia Defrancisco

Ayden Coleman

Nancy Orogun

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Enrollment Dates for 2021-2022 School Year

Important Enrollment Dates

June 7 - Central Office Opens for Registration

July 6 - Returning Student Registration Long Form

(Parents can update certain information on this form)

July 12- School Buildings Open for Registration

Online orders for yearbooks were due May 14th and will be distributed this week. Don't worry, we still have yearbooks available if you haven't purchased one!! If your child would like to purchase a yearbook, they need to bring $26 ,cash OR check, and go to the bookstore before 1st period starting Wednesday. Checks can be made out to Avon Middle School South. The bookstore is located by the Main office.

If you have questions, or aren't sure if you have purchased one already, please contact Ms. Jalk via email lljalk@avon-schools.org

A Note from our School Nurse

Avon Middle School South has unused, discontinued, or expired medication(s) that you provided for your child. Your child’s medication is listed below. Controlled substances will be released to a parent/guardian, or an individual who is at least 18 years of age and designated in writing by the student’s parent/guardian to receive the medication. All other medications may be sent home with your student if you have given written consent on the ACSC Prescription Medication and Hold Harmless Form, including emergency medications that will be sent home on the last day of school. All medication that is not sent home with your student must be picked up at the school clinic no later than the end of the school day on May 27th, 2021. The School Corporation will properly dispose of any unclaimed medications.

Kimber Walters, BSN, RN

AMS South Nurse

(317) 544-5700 ext. 5725


National Junior Honor Society will offer after school study help sessions on Monday’s and Wednesday's after school from 2:45 - 3:30PM. Students will then go to the cafeteria and wait for the late bus. During this time, there will be a supervisor in the cafeteria with the students while they wait for the late bus to arrive. Students that will be a car rider home on these days can be picked up at door 1 at 3:30PM.

If your student will be staying for the study session and they need bus transportation home they must sign up for the late bus in the Guidance Office at lunch that day. For those students taking the late bus home, the bus will leave AMS South at 4:30pm.


Each week your child's team will give an update about the current week or week ahead. Please find your child's team below for that information. In addition, you will find news from our Encore teachers, Media Center, and PE/Wellness teachers.

Grizzlies News

Ms. Weinstein, Ms. Tomlinson, Mr. Livingston & Mr. Fields

In Science classes we are gearing up for our last quizzes! For Science it is over levels of organization of life and for HA Science it is over chemical bonds and chemical reactions. Social Studies students will be finishing up our unit on East Asia, China, Japan and the Korea’s. We will have international snack day next week as well! Students will be able to experience and try snack foods from around the world. They will examine them as if they were food critics. The following week we will begin studying for our final exam that will be on Wed May 26th. Math and Pre-Algebra classes will complete NWEA testing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday next week. Next week students will take their Language Arts NWEA test. We will also begin to wrap up our study of Poe with his final poem "Annabel Lee."

Jaguars News

Mrs. Ringham, Miss Hickey, Mrs. Fee & Mr. Wolf

Social Studies will be focusing on the history and culture of Southeast Asia. Science students will explore cell theory and body systems. In Math 7, students will work on probability and statistics. Pre-Algebra classes will continue their study of the Pythagorean Theorem. In Language Arts, students will take Spring NWEA and begin a Poe Quest.

Knights News

Mr. East, Mr. Jackson, Miss Skoniecke & Mrs. Wheeler

In Science next week students will be reviewing the cell and learning about organ systems. Our last quiz for the year will be Friday. 4th period will have a quiz on chemical and physical changes and ionic and covalent bonds. Then, they will learn about balancing chemical equations. In Social Studies, students will be working to complete a stations activity over the 3 main religions of China on Monday. Students will then use their knowledge of these religions to analyze various scenarios and try to figure out how people of various faiths would react to different scenarios. In Language Arts, students will begin taking NWEA on Monday. Later in the week, we will read and analyze Poe’s “Annabel Lee.” Math and Pre-Algebra classes will complete NWEA testing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday next week.

Foresters News

Mrs. DeBow, Ms. Tobin, Mr. Rodgers & Mr. Thoennes

Language Arts students will NWEA test Monday and Tuesday and then look at different forms of media regarding the Holocaust. Social Studies students will be studying from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement. Science students will start their crime scene unit to deduce who committed a “murder”. Pre-Algebra will investigate exponential functions, and Algebra students will use all of their equation solving skills to solve one GIANT equation. All Math students will NWEA test Wednesday through Friday.

Greyhounds News

Mr. Gullion, Mr. Casey, Mr. Osen & Mrs. Warthan

In Social Studies, students will be studying from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement. Language Arts students will NWEA test Monday and Tuesday and then continue with The Holocaust: Memory and Meaning. Science students will start their crime scene unit to deduce who committed a “murder”. Biology students will work on class dissections of sharks and fetal pigs this week. Math and Algebra classes will have NWEA testing Wednesday through Friday.

Panthers News

Mr. Brooks, Mrs. Hood, Mr. Jaynes & Mr. Williams

In Science, we will begin our end of the year Forensics unit. Biology will take our Evolution Quiz on Monday and work on class dissections of sharks and fetal pigs the rest of the week. In Language Arts, on Monday and Tuesday, classes will be taking the language arts NWEA test. We will then continue our study of the Holocaust time period by reading excerpts from the graphic novel Maus and an excerpt from Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel's book Night. Social Studies will be looking at the period time after the Civil War known as Reconstruction and connections we can make with this time period to the Modern Civil Rights movement. Pre-Algebra is examining Functions and Exponential Graphing. Students will have video lessons to assist if they need it. Exams will be on Wednesday May 26th. Algebra is continuing to work with Complex Equations. We will begin to practice for finals that will be coming up. The finals will be Tuesday May 25th and Wednesday May 26th.

Encore News

Señora Barker (Spanish), Mrs. Hauptmann (Japanese), Mrs. Rewolinski (Computer Science), Mrs. Leonard (Art), Mrs. Gleissner (FACS), Mr. Hamsley (Engineering and Technology),

and Mrs. Kimmell & Mrs. Woods (ELL)


Students will receive a study guide (due Friday, the 21st) for their final exam (May 25-26) and begin reviewing for the final.


Japanese students will continue their study of katakana characters and will issue, accept, and reject invitations.

Computer Science

In Computer Science, students will all be working in JavaScript, some on side scroller games and some on learning the basics.


Next week we are learning new paper sculpting techniques to create a sculptural relief with texture.


7th grade

7th graders will learn about ChooseMyPlate.gov and prepare fruit pizza.

8th grade

8th graders will learn about special needs diets and prepare taco salad dip.

7th grade Engineering and Design

7th grade Students will be completing their scrapyard build challenge.

8th grade Gateway to Technology

8th Grade Students will completing their Gateway to technology capstone project.

ELL - Mrs. Woods

The 7th and 8th graders are learning cursive writing.

We will be able to write our signatures by the end of the year.

Mrs. Woods' ELL students learning cursive

PE/Wellness News

Mrs. Porep, Mrs. Lucas & Mr. Walden

Wellness students finished up a week of Lifetime Activities, Weight Lifting and Oriole Ball. We will be going outside as much as possible next week. Please be prepared with a jacket or sweatshirt and tennis shoes daily. Fitness testing will be the week of May 24th and will be 30% of the quarter grade.

PE students in the weight room

Music Department News

Mrs. Wagoner (Band), Mr. Zimmerman (Choir) & Mr. Ziolkowski (Orchestra)


Please look for a Parent Square message from Mrs. Wagoner on Sunday.

AMS South Music Department Presents

Orchestra Concert - May 17, 2021

7th grade arrival time is 5:30PM, performance starts at 6:00PM

8th grade arrival time is 7:00PM, performance starts at 7:30PM

Choir Concert - May 20, 2021

7th grade arrival time is 5:30PM, performance starts at 6:00PM

8th grade arrival time is 7:00PM, performance starts at 7:30PM

Band Concert - May 25, 2021

7th grade arrival time is 5:30PM, performance starts at 6:00PM

8th grade arrival time is 7:00PM, performance starts at 7:30PM

Each participating student will be given TWO tickets to give to parents/guest for the Orchestra Concert on 5/17, Choir Concert on 5/20, and Band Concert on 5/25

Lost tickets can NOT be replaced.

More details will be given by each teacher to students and parents.

May 18, 2021

An evening of music with the Avon South Jazz Band, Show Choir and

combined Chamber Orchestra.

Students should arrive at 6:00PM

The Show Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Jazz band concert will start at 6:30PM

This will be an outdoor concert using the back patio at Avon South. Audience members are encouraged to come with chairs and blankets to enjoy this wonderful evening! Start time is 6:30pm with each ensemble doing about a 15 minute performance. Directors will let students know more details within the next week.

The event is free and audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner or grab something to eat from one of our locally owned restaurants!

Students need to wear all black. Band shirt, black bottoms(pants, shorts or skirt) and all black shoes.

Media Moments

Mrs. Winningham

As we move into the month of May, Mrs. Winningham would like you ask all 8th grade students if they have any library books that are at home or overdue. She will be sending out overdue notices to any student that has a physical book checked out. Please follow up with your student if you receive a notice. We like to make sure that your students records are correct before they move to the High school. All materials are due back to the library by May 14th.

This week's Tasteful Tuesday is called In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz

Frog joins cousins Jack and Jill in leaving their own stories to seek a magic mirror, encountering such creatures as giants, mermaids, and goblins along the way. Based in part on fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.

Genre: Adventure, Fairy Tales

Tasteful Tuesday's with Mrs. Winningham

Click here to take you to the Tasteful Tuesday's webpage


Need help with Math and Science homework?

Call the Homework Hotline


Click below to visit their website


Summer Camp Opportunity


If your son or daughter has an interest in Engineering & Technology, there is a summer camp opportunity just for them! Camp will be held at Avon High School for students in 5th through 8th grade with a focus in robotics, 3D modeling, 3D printing, and laser engraving. This will be an excellent hands-on opportunity allowing students to explore different areas of technology using high tech equipment.

Check out the flyer below for more information and how to register!


AMS South's Attendance Policy


If a student is absent from school, the PARENT must call the school by 8:30 A.M. to report the absence. If no call is received, the automated school system will make an effort to contact the parent, but if NO PARENT CALL has been received by 3:00 P.M. the day following the absence, the student will be charged with an unexcused absence. You may also send an email to us to notify us of your child's absence at msattendance@avon-schools.org.


If your child needs to leave school early during the school day please send a note in with your child to bring to the office first thing in the morning or email us at

msattendance@avon-schools.org with all the necessary information: students name, date and time picking up, and the name of the person picking your child up if someone other than a parent or guardian will be picking up. This email will go directly to the front office secretaries and they will be able to get your child an early dismissal pass so that they can be in the front office when you are ready to pick them up. If leaving early for a doctor/dentist appointment, please provide doctor/dentist verification to ensure that the absence is excused.

If someone other than a parent or guardian will be picking up your child we MUST have this information in writing from a parent/guardian, please include his or her name on the note or email. Once we verify their photo ID then the student can sign out and leave. If you are unable to email us we will need you to come into the office with your valid ID, once we verify it is a parent/guardian picking up we will be able to call the student down for dismissal.

Using this email will ensure your child will get a pass out of class to be in the office. Please do not use Parent Square to send a message to your child's teachers as we cannot guarantee that this message will get to the front office to get your child a pass. Our teachers are very busy throughout the day and may not be able to check Parent Square often, or if the teacher is out that day we would not get that message in the front office in time to get your child an early dismissal pass.

We want to make sure that your information is getting to the right person in a timely manner, and hopefully prevent any miscommunication or missed messages.

Please be advised that we cannot take early dismissal information over the telephone.

Virtual Doctor Appointment Verifications

If your child will be absent from school due to a virtual doctor appointment, whether leaving early or coming to school late, to ensure that the absence is excused we will need you to provide written documentation of the appointment from the doctor. Please be sure to ask your doctor to email you a note to provide to school for the appointment. You can either print the email out and send to school with your child to bring to the office, or you can email it to our attendance line at



Mary Lee Maier Community Pantry Information

The Mary Lee Maier Community Pantry is available to Avon school families and employees.

Every Thursday from 5:00 - 6:00PM (when school is in session)

at Avon Intermediate School East

Please do not arrive before 4:30PM due to AIS bus/school traffic

Enrollment is simple. Please complete your 2020-2021 enrollment before you shop. Below you will find more information for enrollment, please click the link below.

Mary Lee Maier Food Pantry at AIS East

Thursday, May 20th, 5-6pm

174 Avon Avenue

Avon, IN

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Community Flyers

Please click on Community Flyers below to take you to the ACSC web page of all the Educational Flyers and Community Events Flyers happening in our community.
Community Flyers

Educational Flyers & Community Events

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