Avon Grove Charter School Spotlight

November 2020

Special School Board Meeting Tonight.

The AGCS Board of Trustees is holding a special Board Meeting tonight, November 11th at 6:00 pm. I encourage you to join us using the link below for this important meeting.


http://bit.ly/agcslive


Check your email in the coming days for information from this important meeting.


Forward Together,


Kristen Bishop

Head of School/CEO

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Senator Andrew Dinniman bestows award to Avon Grove Charter School

On Monday, November 9th, Senator Andrew Dinniman presented a Citation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to Avon Grove Charter School for being named as one of the top 15 percent of Charter Schools in America and in the top 2 percent of best public high school teachers in the country by Niche. AGCS also ranks second for having the best public high school teachers in Chester County. AGCS aims to inspire passion for lifelong learning one student at a time and provide an accepting community that unlocks students' abilities to discover and reach their full potential.


Head of School, Kristen Bishop, Chief Financial Officer, Donna Archer, and Chief Academic Officer, Bryan Brutto accepted the PA Citation on the schools behalf. Senator Dinniman spoke with students and principals about the public education system and the benefits of charter schools.


Head of School, Kristen Bishop, thanked Senator Dinniman for his 30 plus years of service and support to Chester County and Charter Schools as he heads into his retirement.

https://www.senatordinniman.com/senator-dinniman-announces-retirement

AGCS School Board Members

AGCS Board Members and their committee assignments.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Funding Update

Thank you for your support and involvement with our Voter Voice campaign requesting an extension in funding to the Chester County COVID-19 Public School Grant Program to cover financial support for three brick and mortar public charter schools in Chester County.


The Chester County Commissioners’ presented a resolution at their Public Meeting. The Resolution gave additional funding to Avon Grove Charter, Collegium Charter, and Renaissance Academy.


The COVID-19 Public School Grant Program will help give us the resources to continue efforts during this pandemic, and we are pleased that your efforts secured Avon Grove Charter $190,980. Your voice matters and supports your children and our school community. We appreciate your support and participation.

Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Mask Donation

Thank you Pennsylvania Department of Education for the generous donation of face masks for all students and staff of Avon Grove Charter School.

AGCS Monthly School Board Working Session & Board Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 6pm

This is an online event.

6:15 PM - Working Session
7:30 PM - School Board Meeting


The public may access the live stream of the public meetings by visiting the AGCS YouTube Channel webpage.

Instructional Plan - Hybrid Model - Parent's Guide

The Instructional Plan - Hybrid Model - Parent Guide offers families guidance and a common set of expectations for a remote teaching model.

Health and Safety Plan Update

This update includes the plan to accommodate & transition special education students back to school.

Join the PACK!

Join the AGCS Pack - ranked in the top 15% of charter schools according to Niche.com for Best Schools 2020-2021.


Interested candidates should submit an application online at https://www.agcharter.org/domain/49.

A note from the desk of Gerri Moore, IT Director

The AGCS Information Technology Department maintains and supports our complex infrastructure for staff and students. We are dedicated to providing superior service in support of teaching and learning. Our team has a vast array of training and experience in supporting, maintaining and advancing technology systems in a school environment.


We look forward to working with you if you need technology assistance.

Do you need help with CLEVER or ZOOM?

Common issues IT Support receives and a few quick steps you can take to resolve them.

Still need Help? Enter a Repair/Support Ticket.

Your one stop resource for requesting support or entering a device repair request.

Health Services Updates - Action Required

The Health Services Department has implemented new procedures for the 2020/2021 school year. After reviewing the following please let us know if you have any questions.


  • Action Required by Wednesday, 11/11- Complete nurse cards.
    Nurse cards are electronic this year. Forms can be accessed through Power School Forms. There are two forms to be completed. This information is important to the nurses as soon as the school year starts, even if your child is not on campus right now.
  • No nebulizer treatments will be provided at school. Please work with your child’s provider for alternative options.
  • Appointments are required to drop off medication. All controlled substances must be brought to school by a parent or guardian. Please email the nurse to schedule a time (hverderame@agcharter.org for State Rd and smillerhall@agcharter.org for ELC)
  • Per AGCS handbook and CDC guidelines, parents will be required to assess their child(ren)’s health daily prior to reporting to school. Children with a fever (100.4 or higher), vomiting, diarrhea, or other symptoms should be kept home from school until symptom free per the AGCS Sick Child Policy.
  • Please discuss and reinforce with your child(ren) proper hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Face coverings are required during the school day per the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education.
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AGCS Food Services recognized by Board of Trustees for service.

During the October Board meeting, the Food Services employees were recognized for their unyielding efforts to provide Breakfast and Lunch to students during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Leona Bankoski, Food Service Manager, with the assistance of Diane Szewczyk, Food Service Coordinator and Karen Furlano, Food Service Administrative Assistant, prepared and distributed over 14,000 meals to those students with food insecurity at home or a need for additional meals. Avon Grove Charter School Board of Trustees extended its sincere gratitude to all Avon Grove Charter School employees who assisted in the effort.


Avon Grove Charter School continues to offer Grab & Go Meals. Please visit https://www.agcharter.org/domain/42 for details.

Teachers Lounge Podcast & Video Series

Teachers Lounge is a podcast and video series featuring teachers from Avon Grove Charter School. The podcast and video series provide opportunities for AGCS community members--parents, students, staff, all of us--to get to know the teachers who make our school such a special place. Conversations are open, honest, and wide-ranging covering anything from preferred teaching practices to favorite vacation spot.
Teachers Lounge Video Series Hosted by Kristen Bishop

Get to know HS English teacher, Hannah Cirino, as she sits down with Kristen Bishop and shares her journey to Avon Grove Charter School.

Teachers Lounge Podcast Series Hosted by Matt Arters

Carrie Herman is a veteran math teacher at Avon Grove Charter School, and she's been here since the very beginning. We discuss teaching strategies, her history with AGCS, and Carrie shares powerful advice for teachers everywhere.

Queen Bee & Dr. Dee's Podcast Episode 14

Mrs. Bishop & Dr. Maitland talk about hybrid learning, coping with COVID-19, CARES Act funding, the Teachers Lounge podcast and video series, and more

Soccer Team to play in MIL Championship Game

On Friday, November 13th, the AGCS Soccer Team takes on FCA in a rematch of last year's championship game. Game starts at 5:00 pm.


Calvert Regional Park

304 Brick Meetinghouse Road

North East, MD 21901

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Are you Moving?

It's important for us to have your updated address for communications and state reporting requirements. If you have moved or are planning to, please contact enrollment@agcharter.org

Virtual Parent Series - PBIS & Supporting PACK Values at Home

December 8th at 6:00 pm.


Join Beth Socha, Chester County Intermediate Unit, for a presentation on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and supporting PACK Values at home.

Remember GivingTuesday, December 1st, 2020

Only nineteen days before GivingTuesday, 12.1.2020. However, you don't have to wait until December 1st to donate. Click the donation button below to make your tax deductible donation online directly to AGCS. Donations from this years campaign will go supporting the ongoing technology needs of students and staff. Many employers have Matching Gift Programs in which the employer makes a gift in an amount equal to or less than the employee’s gift. Corporations are generous donors and matching programs are common. Some employers will match contributions from retirees and/or spouses. Please consider contacting your Human Resources department to see if your company participates.


https://www.agcharter.org/domain/71


What is GivingTuesday:

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. https://www.givingtuesday.org/about

GivingTuesday - Tax Deducible Donation

Many employers have Matching Gift Programs in which the employer makes a gift in an amount equal to or less than the employee’s gift. Corporations are generous donors & matching programs are common. Contact your HR department for more information.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The AGCS-PTO continues to offer many ways to support our students. Please visit the PTO Charter Chatter for upcoming ways you can participate and get involved.
Upcoming Events

Visit the website for the calendar of all upcoming meetings and events.

Avon Grove Charter School

Early Learning Center

Grades K - 3rd

1769 New London Road
Landenberg, PA 19350

610-255-5325


State Road Campus

Grades 4th - 12th

110 E. State Road

West Grove, PA 19390

484-667-5000