Avonworth School District News

October 2023

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High Honor Bestowed On Avonworth Teacher

Congratulations to Avonworth's 6th grade math teacher Melissa Costantino-Poruben for being a 2022 Pennsylvania state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

This award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching. PAEMST was established by Congress in 1983.

Mrs. Constantino-Poruben traveled to Harrisburg on October 13th for a celebration and to receive the award. She is a four-time state finalist.

According to www.paemst.nsf.gov, this award recognizes those teachers who have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program's inception, more than 5,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation's teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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Give a Teacher An Apple

Congratulations to our elementary band director Ronnie Ziccardi who got a special delivery from Froggy Radio Pittsburgh. Mr. Ziccardi won an iPad mini in the radio station's "Give a Teacher an Apple" Contest.

Froggy's Katie Green stopped by school to visit Ziccardi. The award goes to area teachers who have gone above and beyond to change their students' lives.

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AP Honor Roll

Avonworth High School has earned a place on the College Board's AP School Honor Roll for the 2022-23 school year!

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PMEA Honors

Three talented students have successfully auditioned and earned a well-deserved spot in the prestigious Pennsylvania Music Educators (PMEA) Honors Band. Congratulations to Vanessa Amayo, Sydney Nelson, and Riley Adams.

Their dedication and hard work have truly paid off, and it is a remarkable achievement for them and our school.

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Bravo to All!

Pennsylvania State Representative Arvind Venkat honored the musical stage crew of Grand Hotel for winning Best Technical Execution by the Gene Kelly Awards for High School Musical Theater on Wednesday.

Venkat visited the students on the set of the fall play and presented them with certificates from the state legislature in Harrisburg.

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Outstanding Art Department

The Avonworth School District is proud to be named as an Outstanding Visual Arts Community by The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA).

PAEA recognizes schools and districts across the state of Pennsylvania for their commitment to visual arts education opportunities for all students PK-12.

Schools and districts receiving this endorsement demonstrated the importance of their visual arts programs during the 2022-2023 school year with: rigorous and inclusive programs, highly accessible programs, & highly visible programs.

For more information on the PAEA and details on this honor click here.

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Student Kindness

The Primary Center students collected 527 boxes of stuffing for the Light of Life Rescue Mission. Thank you to all families that donated and helped us surpass our goal of 500 boxes.

Students also created 770 cards for our local Meals on Wheels so that each customer would receive a holiday card for all of the upcoming holidays. This was done on October 23, 2023 on Make a Difference Day.

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Field Trip Fun

On October 11, the fifth grade visited Meadowcroft Village to build their knowledge of life in both a 19th-century and a Native American village. In the 19th-century village, students experienced life in the past at a one-room schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, and a log cabin.

While in the Native American Village, they tried their hand at using an atlatl. We learned about how, in the Monongahela culture, they used all of the gifts of the land. This field trip tied in perfectly with our ELA and Social Studies curriculum.

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Wisdom Corridor Featured

Childhood Education International recently featured the Avonworth Wisdom Corridor project!

We're proud to be a part of global initiative that connects students, teachers and their communities to impart their wisdom on the next generation.

Read the article here

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Sustainability Planning

Ms. Soha Hindawy, an Avonworth teacher and parent, had the opportunity to participate as a panelist in a regional Sustainability Planning workshop.

Thank you to the Parents as Allies network for making this possible!

Click here to read the story in Kidsburgh.com

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Supporting Veterans

Veterans Day, celebrated on November 11, is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served and the families who support them. The brave United States military members have defended our nation for generations and upheld our values to serve a cause greater than ourselves.

They have helped shape our history, and we honor their sacrifices as we reflect and celebrate our veterans today.

There are many unique challenges veterans and their families face while in active service. Families may need to separate for long periods of time, move frequently, or experience anxiety as their loved ones put themselves in danger. After active duty, many veterans have a hard time adjusting to civilian life. Those who have experienced trauma may need professional help to heal. This is why it is so important as a school community to support our veterans and their families.

Here are three ways we can offer support:

  1. Become a listening ear to veterans and their families. Let them know you are here for them and allow them space to discuss their feelings.
  2. If needed, provide them with the Veterans Crisis Line, available 24/7, by dialing 988 and pressing 1.
  3. Connect them to Care Solace, a mental health care coordination service provided by Avonworth School District, for ongoing support. If you or a family member would like to use Care Solace to help you find a mental health or substance use treatment provider:
  • Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365.
  • Visit www.caresolace.com/avonworth and either search on your own OR click "Book Appointment" for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

To all our veterans, we thank you for your service.

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Little Amal Field Trip

Thank you to Avonworth junior Lucy Jacobs for filming and producing this video about our art students' Little Amal field trip.
Little Amal Field Trip
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Beattie Student Wins Intercollegiate Award

Avonworth's Gennaro Santucci is one of three A.W. Beattie Career Center's ad-design students to win an intercollegiate competition hosted by the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).

The AdFlux Competition, held at the Robert Richard Smith Gallery at CCAC, was part of Pittsburgh Advertising Week. It was open to high school and undergraduate and graduate-level students in any discipline.

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Beattie Students of the Month

Congratulations to the September/ October 2023 A.W. Beattie Career Center's Students of the Month!

Gennaro Santucci - Advertising Design

Allison Hartmann - Pastry Arts

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World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day on November 13 is a day to recognize the importance of being kind to each other, ourselves, and the world. On this day, participants celebrate and promote good deeds and pledge to acts of kindness.

Generosity is contagious and increases our happiness. In fact, in 2010, the Harvard Business School surveyed 136 countries and found people who gave to others were the happiest.

Even just one act of kindness can turn someone’s day around and build a stronger community of healing and positivity.

Here are ways you can join us for World Kindness Day:

  1. Share your pledge to acts of kindness on social media and use the hashtags #worldkindnessday and #makekindnessthenorm.
  2. Check out the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation for ideas on how to incorporate kindness into your everyday life.
  3. Some of us are already taking steps to find professional help with our well-being, and perhaps you or a loved one should too. If you or a family member would like help finding a mental health care provider, use Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential coordination service provided by Avonworth School District:
  4. Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365.
  5. Visit caresolace.com/avonworth and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

Let’s text a friend we haven’t spoken to in a while, treat someone (or ourselves) to a cup of coffee, and be an empathetic and encouraging ear to others as we close out 2023.

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Golf Update

Kai Carlson and Brandon Sapolsky competed at the WPIAL AAA Individual Championships at Latrobe Golf Club. Both competed very well, but fell short of qualifying for the PIAA State Championships.

During the regular season, Brandon was under par 3 times with a 2.6 over average and Kai went under par 6 time with a .2 over average. The team also competed at the WPIAL AAA Team Championships at Duck Hollow Golf Course in Uniontown, PA, finishing 6th out of 9 teams in their bracket.

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Cross Country Competes

The girls’ and boys’ cross country teams competed at the WPIAL AA Championships on Thursday, October 26th at White Oak Park. The teams both came out and competed well on the course.

The Avonworth girls team finished 14th and the boys finished 25th.


Amelia Hardiman 22:18 46th

Sarah Pukylo 23:30 85th

Julia Doherty 23:55 86th

Kat Igims 25:00 109th

Emma Noss 25:06 110th

Zoe Boyd 28:52

Jocelyn Meese 29:41

Boys :

Henry Amick 18:32 84th

Owen Maddalena 18:46 96th

Ryan Frank 19:30 141st

Charlie Igims 20:04 159 th

Luke Langford 20:48 177th

Alek Wert 21:24

Conner Bryan 21:25

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Volleyball Starts Strong

The Avonworth Volleyball team finished second in their section this season, earning the #5 seed overall in the WPIAL AA Championships.

The girls have started off the tournament in strong fashion. They won their first round game against Ellwood City in 4 sets on Monday, October 23rd at Southmoreland High School, and saw Southmoreland in their Quarterfinal matchup on Saturday, October 28th. The ‘Lopes defeated Southmoreland to advance to the Semifinal game this Tuesday, October 31st against the #1 seed, Freeport. The game is set for 6:00p.m. at North Allegheny High School.

Good luck to our ‘Lopes!

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Soccer on a Quest

The Avonworth Girls’ Soccer team finished their season as co-section Champions (with North Catholic) for the first time since 2011. The girls’ earned the #1 seed overall in the WPIAL AA Championships. The girls defeated Yough on Tuesday, October 24th in their opening round game to advance to the Quaterfinals against Quaker Valley on Saturday, October 28th. The ‘Lopes came out on top against their section foe, 4-3, with the game deciding goal scored by Senior Minah Syam.

The ‘Lopes continue their quest for a third WPIAL Championship on Tuesday, October 31st in the semi-finals against South Park at Gateway High School. Game time is set for 6:00p.m.

Good luck to our ‘Lopes!

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Soccer Finishes Big

The Avonworth Boys’ Soccer team finished their season as co-section Champions (with Quaker Valley) for the first time since 2018. The boys’ earned the #4 seed overall in the WPIAL AA Championships. The boys defeated McGuffey on Monday, October 23rd in their opening round game to advance to the Quaterfinals against Belle Vernon on Thursday, October 26th. The ‘Lopes came out strong against Belle Vernon, with a commanding victory over the Leopards, 4-1.

The ‘Lopes continue their question to win a WPIAL Championship on Monday, October 30th in the semi-finals against South Park at Dormont Stadium. Game time is set for 8:00p.m.

Good luck to our ‘Lopes!

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Perfect Season

The Avonworth Football team capped of their perfect season and section title with a big win at Quaker Valley on Friday, October 27th. The ‘Lopes earned the #2 seed overall in the WPIAL AAA Championships.

The team has a bye this week, and will play the winner of Beaver vs Shadyside on Friday, November 10th at 7:00p.m. – Lenzner Stadium.

Good luck to our ‘Lopes!

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Construction Update

Visit our website for an overview of our construction project.
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Upcoming Events

Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets for the fall play production of The Curious Savage are now on sale!

You can purchase online at AHS TICKETS or at the door on show nights November 9-11 and November 16-18.

The Curious Savage is a delightful comedy for all ages! An aging heiress hides her fortune from her clutching family, who puts her into a mental health facility until she relinquishes the funds. Delightful hijinx ensues as the other "guests" of The Cloisters help Mrs. Savage to turn the tables on her family!

Seating is in the round on stage and limited to 80 guests per night. Don't delay!

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Child Tax Credit Information

Do you know about the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit? Both tax credits benefit working families with children.

Whether your child is a newborn, a college student, or anywhere in between, parents have special tax situations and benefits. Review tax information for parents and get general information about tax credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), by scanning the QR code below with your smart device to access Tax Information for Parents.

back to school info from IRS
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Join Us for Financial Aid Night!

We hope you'll join Amy Sawdey, PHEAA's Higher Education Access Partner for Allegheny County, for Financial Aid Night at AHS.

She will present information on the financial aid application process, what types of aid are available for students, and strategies to start thinking about affordability before getting ready to apply for post-secondary school admission. Time will be built into the presentation to allow you to ask any questions you may have regarding the financial aid process.

Event: Virtual Financial Aid Night Presentation

Date: Wednesday, November 15th

Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Click to register.

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Pre-Order Your Thanksgiving Meal

Want to enjoy your thanksgiving dinner without the hassle of cooking?

Order your meal to go from A.W. Beattie Career Center! All items served in disposable pans ready to reheat and serve. The turkey will be cooked, sliced and ready to enjoy! Use the form to order today!

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We're Hiring Substitutes

We're hiring substitute teachers! If you want to help support our students as they learn and grow, apply with ESS to become and substitute teacher at Avonworth. Contact Krista Braha at kbraha@ess.com or 814-414-5429.