Avondale High School

Monday Newsletter 4/12/21

Student Celebrations

Katerina Kaltsounis (10th Gr.) for always helping me if I have questions about an assignment! Even if she's confused about it too, she offers some advice and she always has a positive attitude.

~From Nona Ziegler

Noah Savage (9th Gr.) for being awesome and a good friend! He's involved in Theatre and Noah is just cool!

~From, Luca Pop

Holly Aouad (12th Gr.) for being an amazing LINK! Holly, you are an outstanding educator and encourager!

~From, Madame Bradshaw

Gavin Betts (11th Gr.) for being so helpful to other students in AC! When Gavin heard that another student was interested in joining the golf team, he gave the student helpful information and even offered to give him a ride to practice. It's so nice to see students making connections! :)

~From, Ms. Holevar

Anjika Jain (12th Gr.) for being named a National Honor Society Scholarship Semi-Finalist! She was chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants and will receive a scholarship toward higher education. She was chosen based on her outstanding achievements in the pillars of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. Anjika has been a great president for the Avondale NHS.

~From, Garrick Baker

Bailey Pratt (12th Gr.) is a very mature and helpful student! She mentors and has helped many new students navigate this school and gives them great advice.

~From, Loretta Tracey

Cole Rhodes & Jake Herzog (11th Gr.) for making a meeting and staying after school for an hour and a half to learn a skill in leadership! They remained focused and solution-oriented the entire time.

~From, Mrs. O

Andrew Naoum (12th Gr.) for making conscious changes to his approach of learning and bringing his grade up in AP chem.!

~From, Mrs. O

Staff Celebrations

Caitlin Doerr for being an awesome teacher, and sacrificing her own time for her students! I challenge anybody in the whole world to find a better teacher than you. You’ve set a great example for all of us to follow. You’ve inspired us to be better people and to always strive to do our personal best. Thank you for being such an amazing teacher!

~From, Winter Hall

Mr. Talbott is a very nice respectful teacher! I’ve had him for two semesters and he hasn’t let me down one bit. His teaching skills are amazing and he is honestly the best Biology teacher. To all upcoming 9th graders, you will like him no matter!

~From, Slavik Storozh

Kimberly Olszak for always helping students like myself! She always responds to her emails and is always there when I have a question. She's great!

~From, Nathalia Quintanilla

Corey Bell for coming through clutch with that faux-Friday cup of coffee at lunch! Thanks, Corey...G.O.A.T.

~From, Kurt Ernst

Mrs. Kelley for providing her students with such helpful feedback on their AP World assignments! As an AC teacher, it is very helpful to understand how I can help students improve and develop and your feedback makes that possible. Thank you so much for your hard work!

~From, Gabrielle Holevar

Mrs.Henlsey for all of the support and concern and help through my surgery and recovery!

~From, Christine Meldrum

Schedule for Testing Week- IMPORTANT

Below is the student's daily schedule for the week of April 12-16. This additional day of testing is due to the SAT/PSAT safety requirements. We appreciate your partnership during this crazy time.

To be clear, Monday (Purple Day) and Friday (Gold Day) are regular school days. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday are testing days.

Accommodated students (students with specialized pre-arranged testing accommodations) will be contacted individually.

Monday, April 12th- Purple Day (regular day of school)

Tuesday, April 13th - Testing Day (11th grade and Accommodated Students- 9th grade)

If your student was not registered, they will stay home (if your student was registered, you will receive a separate email with specific information about dates and times).

This day will not have any remote or asynchronous lessons.

No school for:

9th graders without accommodations

All 10th graders

All 12th graders

Wednesday, April 14th - Testing Day (11th grade and Accommodated Students -9th and 10th grade). If your student was not registered, they will stay home (if your student was registered, you will receive a separate email with specific information about dates and times).

This day will not have any remote or asynchronous lessons.

No school for:

9th graders without accommodations

10th graders without accommodations

All 12th graders

Thursday, April 15th - Testing Day (9th and 10th grade and Accommodated Students - 11th grade). If your student was not registered, they will stay home (if your student was registered, you will receive a separate email with specific information about dates and times).

This day will not have any remote or asynchronous lessons.

No school for:

11th graders without accommodations

All 12th graders

Friday, April 16th - Gold Day (regular day of school)

Avondale Blessings in a Backpack

The Avondale National Honors Society is hosting a drive-thru food drive on April 12th-16th and April 19th-23rd from 3:00 to 6:00 pm in the bus loop of Avondale High School (2800 Waukegan St.)! All donations will go to the Avondale Blessings in a Backpack program to feed hungry students of all ages in our district.

Come out and support your community by donating unused, non-perishable, allergy-free, kid-friendly snack items. Examples of packaged food to bring include Cheez-it cheese crackers, Kellog’s Nutri-Grain Soft-Baked Breakfast Bars, Pop-Tarts, Kellogg’s Sandwich crackers, Clif Kid Granola Bars, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, and more. We are also in need of new backpacks and drawstring bags for food distribution.

Please see the list linked below for more examples of food donations. You are welcome to donate any similar items outside of this list as long as it adheres to the requirements previously stated.

At the food drive, National Honors Society members will approach your car wearing a mask and collect your donations. Donations can also be collected from the trunk of your car if you wish to avoid close contact. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

If you wish to give a direct monetary donation to the Avondale Blessings in a Backpack organization, click on the link and donate through the following page: https://secure.givelively.org//donate/blessings-in-a-backpack-inc/avondale-mi/avondale-national-honors-society

For more information, please email Dorian Robinson at dorian.robinson@avondaleschools.org. Thank you for your contribution in feeding hundreds of kids who otherwise would go hungry.

Para-professionals Appreciation Day is Wednesday, 4/14/21

We celebrate our paraeducators for all of their hard work and commitment to our students.

A huge THANKS to Shelly Peteuil, Judy Venable, Cheryl Hensley, Robin Medon, Dallas Paritee, and Roy Christmon!

Avondale Theatre Company

The Avondale Theatre Company Presents "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" April 22, 23, 24 at 7:05 pm and April 25 at 2:05 pm in the APAC.

Tickets for seats:


Live Streaming:


AHS Protocol Reminders

Please see the items below regarding various protocols for AHS.

A) AHS is not allowing outside food or drink in the building, which the exception of water and lunch brought from home.

B) Lanyards with picture ID's must be worn at all times in the building for safety and security.

C) If you need to drop off materials for your student, there is a table at the entrance to place the items and label them with your student's name. We will deliver the items to your student.

D) Parents will need to call the attendance line to excuse their student from school. Once this message is processed, the student will receive an email from the front office to show their teacher. They will then show the pass to the SafeEd staff in the front of the building and be confirmed to leave. The earlier in the day that the information is called in, the better we can serve your needs.

Building Blocks

Everyone who works in education represents a building block to a student's success. Avondale School District is currently hiring temporary and full-time. Click on the link below to learn more.


1000 Cranes

In celebration of National Youth Arts Month, the Avondale High School National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is planning an art installation piece at Avondale High School and they need your help!

A thousand paper cranes are often given to a person who is seriously ill, to wish for their recovery. They are usually created by friends, classmates, or colleagues as a collective effort. Because we have all probably known someone who has been affected by the COVID-19 virus, Avondale NAHS thought this would be a good way to wish our community good health.

We welcome you to read and share the story about 1000 Paper Cranes and then make some paper cranes of your own. This video shows you how to make a paper crane. https://youtu.be/KfnyopxdJXQ.

You can drop off your paper cranes at the front entrance of Avondale High School (2800 Waukegan) or mail them to the high school with ATTN: Jennifer Palombit on the envelope. Please drop them off or mail them before the end of March. NAHS plans to start the installation right after Spring Break. Be part of something AMAZING!

Educationally Speaking on WAHS 89.5 FM

89.5 FM Avondale Community Radio is proud to air Educationally Speaking; a podcast produced by Oakland Schools to bring parents and community members together by exploring the issues happening within the local school districts. Tune in on 89.5 FM and www.wahsradio.org every Wednesday & Saturday at 10:00 AM!

Join the Radio Club

Radio Club meets every Friday at 2:30 PM! Join us in the WAHS studios to produce a live radio show, record station announcements, or create your own podcast!

Clear To Go (COVID-19 Screening) Quick Notes

Follow Avondale's Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) on Instagram

NHS Mentee Sign-Up

Below is a Sign-Up Genius for students to sign-up if they need assistance in any class. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044BADA929AAFA7-nhstutoring3

Avondale Family Resource & Support Package

The Avondale Family Resource and Support Package has been created to support families, students, and staff during times of need. This is a document that continues to be updated based on resources available. Please review supports and use as needed. Families in need of any of our Avondale Support Team members may also connect with us by email or phone.
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AHS is Implementing the Positivity Project

Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living — and maintains that what is good in life is as genuine as what is bad. Positive psychology’s 24 character strengths are grounded in extensive research and analysis that resulted in the landmark 800-page book Character Strengths and Virtues.

Character Strengths and Virtues presents evidence that all 24 strengths exist in every person — and in all cultures of the world. Character strengths define who, not what, a person is. Ranging from bravery and forgiveness to integrity and gratitude, these character strengths are the foundation of The Positivity Project’s model. This month's Character Trait is Enthusiasm. Click on the link below to learn more.


AHS Administration

Douglas Wilson, Principal douglas.wilson@avondaleschools.org

(248) 537-6199

Jamie Brooks, Assistant Principal jamie.brooks@avondaleschools.org

(248) 537-6197

Patrice Howard, Assistant Principal patrice.howard@avondaleschools.org

(248) 537-6198