Avonworth School District News
Announcements and Recognition
Twenty Years Since September 11th, 2001
Student Class Officers Volunteer Ohio Township Community Days
ASD Students Intern at A.W. Beattie Career Center
Avonworth Bass Club
AHS Musical Documentary by Keyaira Cameron
2020 graduate, Keyaira Cameron, is a one-of-a-kind talent. When you have a moment, please click below to watch Keyaira Cameron's behind-the-scenes documentary about last year's musical War Paint. It is a magnificent piece of work. It is a tribute to her artistry and that of the cast, crew, and orchestra.
Please share the link with anyone who might be interested. Keyaira is now studying film at NYU--brilliant!!
#bethekindkid Featured on Pittsburgh Today Live
KDKA ran a segment on Pittsburgh Today Live featuring Yu-Ling Behr of Kidsburgh and an Avonworth School Board member talking about the Be the Kind Kid movement.
Anyone can nominate a child for a kind act each week, and Kidsburgh will post them on their website and reward them with a #bethekindkid shirt. We are so proud of this movement and that it started here at Avonworth!
In honor of Fred Rogers #BeKind21: The “Invisible Gift”
From September 1st to September 21st, the Born This Way Foundation sponsored #BeKind21 to spread kindness over 21 days. On September 2nd the #BeKind21 message was from the southwestern Pennsylvania partners at Just the Way You Are, a collaboration among the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children’s Media JAMbethekindkid, Inc., and the authors of When You Wonder, You’re Learning.
For more than fifty years, Fred Rogers — the creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood — helped us (his “television neighbors”) understand every living being is so much more than the eye can see. What is essential about us, Fred reminded us, cannot be understood by observing the “fancy outsides of life” — our incomes, our possessions, our honors, and prizes. If what's essential about us can't be determined by our outsides, what can it be determined by?
“It’s you I like,” Fred would often sing. “It’s not the things you wear. It’s not the way you do your hair, but it’s you I like. The way you are right now, the way down deep inside you...It’s you, yourself, it’s you. It’s you I like.”
As educators and learning advocates from Southwestern Pennsylvania — the region Fred called home — we regularly seek guidance from Fred’s deep and simple wisdom and strive to carry that wisdom forward. We also work to learn from our neighbors and colleagues’ invaluable contributions as caring adults in children’s lives. Southwestern Pennsylvanians live Fred’s wisdom every day: from city crossing guards who offer personalized expressions of care to children entering schools to teachers who support children’s learning through service and kindness to others.
Among Fred’s most essential messages was that we, as human beings, learn and grow best through human relationships. Fred believed that the moments of kindness and love we share with others (like our crossing guards and teachers) are not fleeting or surface-level but rather lasting and transformative exchanges. When addressing audiences, Fred encouraged his listeners to reflect on those formative exchanges in their lives by embracing what Fred called an “invisible gift”: one silent minute to think about “those who have helped you become who you are today.”
The September 2nd kindness challenge was: Partake in Fred’s “invisible gift.” Take one silent minute — alone and away from screens and other distractions — to think of those who’ve helped you to become who you are today. Remember, as Fred reminds us, no matter if they are near, far, or have passed away, “if they’ve loved you, and encouraged you, and wanted what was best in life for you, they’re right inside yourself.”
Although September 2nd has passed, you can still partake in Fred's "invisible gift" when you have a minute to do so.
A Look at What's Been Happening in our Classrooms
Our Community and Beyond!
Students had the opportunity to work with members of our second-grade team to learn about each of the communities that make up our District. Additionally, students have learned about our larger communities, our country, state, and county. Students also compared where they lived to other students in their class. Our graphs tied in math nicely as students could apply the ability to compare and contrast data sets.
Students will be celebrating the culmination of the community learning with a community day on October 8th. Various community presenters will share with students the essential things that they provide to our community. Several student families are also creating videos to help students learn about different jobs that help make our community the great place that we know and love!
AES Students Use SORA to Expand Reading Opportunities
6th Grade Zooms with a Mathematician/Statistician
Citizenship in 8th Grade ELA Civics
The Good Citizenship Guidebook is designed to help new residents in our community, such as refugees and immigrants, learn about their new country, our traditions, and their responsibilities as citizens. These books will be printed and distributed to local community centers and given to newly naturalized citizens at a future Naturalization Ceremony in Pittsburgh in the coming months.
To help students better understand their topics and the needs of new residents in our community, several guest speakers visited our classrooms on September 17. Laura Perkins, a community organizer from Casa San Jose, spoke to students about their work with Latino immigrants. Scott Sears shared the work that he does as Education Coordinator for Hello Neighbor. And Feyi Akintola shared her own immigration story along with the work she now does for Welcoming Pittsburgh. In partnership with Teen Screen, students viewed two short films about the US-Mexico border crisis and a feature-length documentary about a Syrian Refugee camp.
We were also fortunate to host four veterans from Joseph D. Caskey American Legion Post 80 in the North Hills. Ken Vybrial (Commander of Post), Eber Tripp (Finance Officer), Lou Nudi (Second Finance Officer), and Paul Kennedy (Alternate NEC for Department of Pennsylvania) talked with students about the US Flag, its history and meaning, as well as the importance of citizenship in this country. Then, students joined the veterans outside for a lesson on proper flag folding techniques and a demonstration of a flag retirement ceremony.
Click Below to Access the 8th Grade Newsletter
Senior Project Brings Red Cross International Law Speaker to 10th & 11th Grade Classes
Nepris is Coming to Avonworth High School
Click here to learn more about Nepris: https://www.nepris.com/home/v4
What's Happening in Athletics?
Avonworth Softball Team takes Championship
The Lady Lopes Volleyball Team Ranked #2
The Avonworth Girls' Volleyball Team has an impressive 7-1 overall record and is 5-1 in the conference. The team started the season by going undefeated to win the Moon Tournament.
Their impressive record has the girls ranked #2 in WPIAL Class 2A.
Abbi Holjes celebrated a career milestone with 1500 assists (now second on the Avonworth all-time assists leader board). Abbi Holjes also named Post Gazette "Athlete of the Week" for 9/22/2021.
In late September, Sophie Culley was named the 2A Player of the Week!
Congratulations to the team, Sophie, and Abbi on her fantastic milestone!
Varsity Football Off to a Great Start
The varsity football team is off to a 5-1 record and 1-0 in section. The team is currently ranked #3 in 3A (according to the Trib) behind Central Valley and North Catholic. Ian Syam ranks #13 in the WPIAL for rushing yards (91 att., 556 yds, 6.6 yd/carry).
Don't miss the opportunity to see the Lopes in action at this year's homecoming game on October 15, 2021.
Keep the great season going, Lopes!
Photo Credit: Hannah Palmer
Avonworth Hosts Gold Star Football Game
Photo Credit: Hannah Palmer
Avonworth Golfers Finds Success On the Course
The Avonwroth Golf Team put together an 8-3-1 record this fall. The team ended the season second in the section to North Catholic. The team qualified for the WPIAL Championship, which will take place on October 12, 2021.
This year, Ciara Anderson earned her first qualifying score and will compete in the Girls’ Individual Golf Championship on October 17, 2021.
Three boys’ golfers, Sam Neal, Brandon Sapolsky, and Kai Carlson, earned spots at the WPIAL Championship - with Brandon (10th place) and Kai Carlson (5th place) advancing to the PIAA Individual Championships.
Good luck at WPIALs and States Avonworth Golfers!
Girls' and Boys' Soccer Teams Enjoying Winning Records
The Avonworth Girls’ Soccer Team has a 7-3 overall record and is 5-1 in the conference. One of their recent wins was a massive upset against conference rival and leader North Catholic, 2-1 at home. Congratulations, girls, and keep the momentum going!
The Avonworth Boys’ Soccer Team has a 6-5 overall record and is 5-4 in the conference. The boys celebrated a big win over the number two team in the section, Elizabeth Forward, by a score of 2-0. Keep up the great work, boys!
Mark Your Calendar
10/4: School Board Work Session, 7:30 PM
10/11: Curriculum Committee Meeting, 6:30 PM
10/11: School Board Meeting, 7:30 PM
10/11 - Act 80 Day, No School for Students
10/12-10/15: Homecoming Spirit Week
10/15: Homecoming Football Game, Festivities & Crowning Events @ 6:30 PM; Kick-Off @ 7 PM
10/16: Homecoming Dance, 7-10 PM
10/16: PSAT at AHS, 8:00 AM - optional for 10th and 11th graders
10/18: Buildings & Grounds Committee Meeting, 6:45 PM