October Newsletter

Avon Grove Charter School 2021

Kristen Bishop, Head of School

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!

September came and went, and we are on the right track. We are excited for what will hopefully be "post-pandemic” times. Our team is dedicated to making a positive impact in our community. It’s so good to see a renewed focus on academics along with the return of energizing activities. Remember, our mission is to inspire passion for lifelong learning, one student at a time. We take great pride in focusing on the individual qualities that make each of our students unique. Our teachers strive to provide the best possible educational experience so children can achieve their personal best and realize extensive opportunities in their future.

We continue to partner with our local health department to implement and update safety and mitigation strategies in our response to COVID. The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires masking in schools, which took effect on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. If the mask mandate is lifted, the Board will revisit our current health and safety plan. Check out the 21/22 Return to School and COVID 19 link on our website for current dashboard information or our health and safety plan. Please keep your child home when they are sick and encourage good hand-washing hygiene. We will continue to share health and safety plan updates, along with information about vaccination opportunities in our community.

I know some of you are dealing with district-provided transportation issues. We sent a communication about the national bus driver shortage; no doubt, its impact is being felt locally too. As much as we want to assist you with transportation concerns, most of your questions should be directed to the transportation department. Please call your district transportation department if you are experiencing problems. We will continue to notify families if the district changes students’ bus arrangements with as much advance notice as possible.

I am thankful to our staff for their commitment to AGCS. I thank the parents for their patience and continuous support. Spirit and Success will happen through our connection, collaboration, and care.

Thumbs Up for Spirit...

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A Few September Highlights

October Dates to Remember

Friday 10/1 - PTO Movie Night and Build a Mascot

Monday 10/4 - Picture Day at State Road

Monday 10/11 - School Closed - Teacher In-Service

Tuesday 10/12 - Parent Family Engagement (PFE) Wellness Series Part 1 - Drugs & Alcohol

Tuesday 10/19 - PFE Wellness Series Part 2 - Vaping

Thursday 10/21 - PTO Moe's Dinner To Go Drive Thru

Tuesday 10/26 - PFE Federal Programs and ELL Support Parent Meeting

October K-12 Calendar

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Parent Family Engagement (click image below to register)

Jen Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning

2021 Spring Keystones - Families of students who participated in the Spring Keystones will receive an update next week regarding Keystone parent reports and additional testing dates.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER 3.0) provides funding to the state of Pennsylvania and schools to address COVID-19 recovery.

AGCS will receive a portion of these funds, but it comes with strict guidelines for how it can be used.

ESSER III funding is available to help safely reopen schools and address the impacts of the pandemic on students’ academic, social, emotional and mental health needs, including interventions to address “learning loss” — delays in students' academic progress related to the pandemic — and support equity with services and supports for student populations that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

AGCS is seeking feedback from stakeholders, such as parents, students, employees and community members, to assist in developing its plan, and specifically the use of these funds.

We kindly ask you to complete the short survey below in order to gather feedback on how we can use ESSER III funds in a meaningful way.

Short Survey

We want to hear from you about the ESSER III funds.

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Jay McGehean, Athletics Director

The fall athletics season is underway, and all of our teams have been representing our school well in both play and attitude.

The volleyball team rattled off 5 straight wins, and their overall record is 5-3 going into Friday's home game against Aquinas Academy. Emily Sullivan, Gia Hall, Sophia Stephenson, and Emily Colp have been leading the charge. The girls have improved steadily throughout the season and have a defining stretch ahead to determine where they stand in the MIL.

The boys soccer team currently sits at 3-3 after a tough couple of games this past week at home. Captains Brennan Stockar and Braden Monteleone have been great examples of leadership. Keeper Noah Kibler continues to show why he is a former league MVP. Sophomore Agustin Lopez is leading the team with 10 goals. Braden Monteleone scored his 50th career goal in the game against Odyssey on September 22.

The cross country team has shown great success to this point in the season with both their boys and girls teams. This just in, Paul Lacour is fast! The team and school spirit on this team is outstanding. Marissa Civatte and Elena McFadden lead the girls squad!

AGCS added two middle school teams this fall in cross country and boys soccer. 8th graders Kiera Ollis, Tyler Czapracki, and Tim Gockenbach lead the middle school and are having great early season success.

The MS boys soccer team won their first game of the season this past week with a 2-0 win over Tri-State Christian. Keeper Owen Griffith had an outstanding game, including stopping a penalty kick. Chase Welch found the net first and Sam Neely followed up with an impressive goal himself.

You can catch all of our teams at the following venues. Cross Country runs all home meets at Goddard Park. There is one remaining, October 12, and we are celebrating our seniors that day. Come on out! The girls volleyball team plays their home games at the State Rd. gym. It's loud and the girls love the support. All home soccer games can be seen at Nichol Park down the road from our Kemblesville Early Learning Center.

Our Sports Boosters are always looking for volunteers. Come be a part of our Wolves community! Contact us at sportsboosters@agcharter.org.

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Paul Parente, Drama Instructor

Our fall play production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is smoothly underway. Casting is complete, and we have an enthusiastic cast and crew just busting at the seams to bring this classic story to our stage and share it with a live audience. Hooray!

Among our cast veterans we have Haylee Coin, Chris McKinney, and Alaina Gassler returning to grace our stage for yet another production. New-comers to this year's production include Patrick Ingham, Cole Hupchick, Alyssa Corle, Alyssa Russel, and Charlie Papiernik. Meghan Whipple joins us for her second production having sung in last year's musical production, Broadway Unbound.

A Christmas Carol, of course, is the ultimate "Road-Trip" story as the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge goes on a journey to rediscover his humanity. Balancing Dickens' portrait of Scrooge is the impoverished but happy clan of the Cratchits including two of Dickens' great characters, Bob and Tiny Tim. Another character front and center in this production, heightening the tension and drama, will be the spirit of Dickens himself, as the narrative and the dialogue are included in this "story-theater" style of staging.

Joining us on crew are veterans such as Kevin Gardner, Anneli Erion, Chris McKinney, Ethan Kiggins, Jose Lara Pina, Adair Hernandez, Ainsley Kulp, Emerson O'Neill, Sophia Eller and Quinn Knight--along with a rising crop of enthusiastic youngsters.

Mr. Hashagen continues his duties as our Producer and Mrs. Bannon has been volunteered by Mr. Parente once again to help create our stage backdrops.

All in all, it should be a wonderful lead-in to the holiday season here at AGCS.

...and Sunglasses and Smiles for Success

Hello. I'm Matt, and I'm new around here. Kind of.

I am the new Media and Communication Coordinator. I taught Computer Tech and Video Production for the past few years. It was awesome. I will definitely miss working with students in the classroom, but I am looking forward to growing the Student Creator Initiative and making stuff for the community together.

I have a lot to learn about my new role, but my objectives are clear: I want to help make students, parents, teachers, and the whole AGCS community feel more connected and informed about what's happening at our school. I want to take photos, make videos, and put together things like this newsletter, and I want to get students involved at every step.

If you would like to get in touch, send me an email or a text. I'll leave my number below.