Avonworth School District News

November 2022

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Holiday Mail for Heroes

The high school Red Cross Club has completed the Holiday Mail for Heroes project with our primary students in the Avonworth School District.

Holiday cards created by our fantastic artists in kindergarten and 1st grade have been sent to active and retired military members in the area with hope that they bring a smile to those that do so much for our freedom.

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Turkey Decorating Contest

The Primary Center's annual Turkey Decorating Contest raised $800 for the North Boroughs Food Bank.

This years winner of a $10 Target Card is Carter from Miss Delon’s / Mrs. Wiley’s room.

Great work Carter!

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Our Own Hometown Hero

Avonworth has a hometown hero!

Steve Tinker, middle school cross country / track and field head coach, is receiving a Hometown Hero award from KDKA TV for his bravery in helping to save two children from a car wreck last May on the way home from a track invitational.

There is a ceremony at the Rivers Casino Ballroom on December 13th.

The ceremony will be hosted by Larry Richert and Marty Griffin, the morning team from KDKA radio. KDKA will make a $1,000 donation to the charity of Tinker's choice.

Tinker is among 6 awardees that will share their stories.

Click for more information.

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Veterans Honored

It was a rewarding Veterans Day in the fifth grade classrooms!

Teachers invited veterans to share their experiences and service to our country. The students were thoroughly engaged and asked the veterans amazing questions.

Thank you for your service and support of what we do in our school!

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Students Selected for PMEA Honors Band

Congratulations to Riley Adams, Vanessa Amayo, Cameron Marshall, Kassie McGibbney, and Jessica Reed for auditioning and being selected for the 2022 PMEA Honors Band. Kassie and Jessie earned the first chair in their respective sections. The students will be a part of the District Band in January.

This is the most students Avonworth has ever had selected for this prestigious group! Congratulations!

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Unique Learning Tool Added to Playgrounds

A unique new learning tool is a welcome addition to several Avonworth School District playgrounds. It’s called a communication board.

These boards are adorned with colorful symbols or pictures to be used by children like Ethan Abernethy with limited expressive language ability. Ethan is autistic and has apraxia of speech, making it difficult for him to produce verbal words.

Ethan's mom, Christina, came up with the idea of the communication board after seeing it on social media and was instrumental in the design for each of the playgrounds. She worked with Avonworth’s speech-language pathologist and Dr. Miller and Dr. Battisone on creating the design that was friendly to all students.

Read more.
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Community Attends Election Night Presentation

Just before Pennsylvania's Midterm Election, hundreds of Avonworth community members attended our 8th Grade Election Night event to learn about the candidates for PA Governor, US Senate, and US Congress.

8th Grade ELA Civics students first had to research important topics in this year's election such as inflation, health care, immigration, and social issues. Next, each student researched their assigned candidate's position on those issues by reviewing websites and watching interviews. Then students formed teams to create an interactive project presentation that community members could engage with at the event.

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Community Day

It was a great Community Day at the Primary Center!

Second grade had visitors from the Avonworth pool, the police department and even Animal Friends!

Students were happy to make fleece blankets to send back for the adoptable animals at Animal Friends.

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Surprise Interview

Journalism students thought they might be talking to a guest speaker from Austin, Texas, but to their surprise, he was just a few hundred feet from the Atlantic Ocean in northern Brazil!

Joe Troyen, co creator of the Go Pangea app, shared prototypes for changes and additions to the app and interviewed students about preferences and suggestions. Go Pangea is a free app providing a platform for national and international collaboration between students on a variety of topics.

Troyen moved from Austin, TX in 2020, relocating to Vermont before a stay in the Dominican Republic and eventually northern Brazil. Troyen chose this location as he speaks Spanish and also pursues Kite Surfing while working remotely on Go Pangea.

During the end of the Meet, Troyan answered a request to show what was on the other side of his camera, revealing a number of kite surfers on a windy, sunny beachside north of Barra Grande in the state of Piauí.

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National Honors Society Collects for Community Outreach

The National Honor Society held a food drive before a football game to benefit North Hills Community Outreach Food Pantry.

Thanks to the generous donors, NHS collected more than 100 non-perishable food items and $233 in cash for NHCO.

Thank you to the members in the picture who helped organize and collect: Catrina Raich (VP), Rohini Pilai, Derek Brooks (Secretary), Jack O'Dell and not pictured Cameron Marshall (President) and Laurel Purcell.

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Beattie Students of the Month

Congratulations to the October students of the month at the Beattie Career Center, Krista and Jack!
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Have You Checked Out 'Lopes Learning Academy?

At Avonworth School District, one of our five pillars is “Learn Together.”

Just as we are committed to helping our students learn and grow, we’d also like to help support parents and families along the way.

‘Lopes Learning Academy includes both in person and virtual events that cover a variety of topics that may be of interest to parents. Click below to see some of the highlights from our featured sessions on school safety and Avonworth's new mental health service, Care Solace.

View the 'Lopes Learning Academy Library.

We advertise our ‘Lopes Learning Academy sessions throughout the school year on the website, social media and via email.

Do you have a topic that you would like to learn more about? Please click on the survey below to let us know how 'Lopes Learning Academy will work best for you and your family.

Share your feedback.

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Take Care of Yourself this Holiday Season!

With the holidays upon us, there are many reasons to be joyful. It's a time for sharing, laughter, giving back, and creating memories with family and friends.

The holidays, however, can also be stressful. We may be making plans to visit loved ones, managing our budget for gifts, or coordinating events with our community. With an already-packed schedule, these additional tasks can add stress to our lives.

Celebrating and connecting with family is important during the holiday season, but it's also essential to care for your mental health. National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month brings awareness to the harmful effects of stress and reminds everyone to take care of themselves as they approach the holidays. Here are some helpful tips for a more stress-free holiday season:

  • Make modifications to holiday traditions. Consider ways to modify traditions that may negatively impact your mental health. It can be nice to stick with holiday traditions, but your mental health should take priority.
  • Don't forget the power of "no." It's okay to say no to plans if you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Plan ahead. Keeping a calendar of events can help you stay on track and prepare for events. It can be stressful to shop on the same day as an event, so keep a list of tasks to prevent the rush.
  • Talk about your feelings. You might be overwhelmed or missing a loved one. Talking about your feelings with a trusted friend or family member is okay. You are not in this alone.
  • Take time for self-care. It's important to take care of ourselves before caring for others. This holiday season, make time for yourself.
  • Find a therapist. Acknowledge your feelings and talk to a professional when needed. If you would like help finding a mental health care provider, use Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential coordination service provided by Avonworth School District:

  1. Call 888-515-0595. Support is available 24/7/365.
  2. Visit www.caresolace.com/avonworth and either search on your own or click "Book Appointment" for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

We wish you a joyous and stress-free holiday season!
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'Lopes Football Stays Strong

It was an exciting Thanksgiving week as the 'Lopes football team prepared for the WPIAL Championship game!

They took on Belle Vernon at Acrisure Stadium, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, on Friday, November 25th. Unfortunately, Belle Vernon came out on top.

Congratulations on a successful season boys!

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Girls Soccer Success

Congratulation to the Girls Soccer Team! AA WPIAL Champs for the second year in a row!

The team beat Mt. Pleasant 2-1 at Highmark Stadium on November 5th.
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Congratulations to Mike Osekowski for being named to AA All-WPIAL soccer player!
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Congratulations to our Softball Team

Senator Robinson recognized our 2022 PIAA Championship Softball team by issuing a citation in their honor.
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Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent

Seniors Mason Horwat and Matthew Purcell signed their National Letters of Intent. Mason Horwat will play baseball at Penn State University, and Matthew Purcell will swim for Brown University. Congratulations!
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Little 'Lopes Basketball

The 1st Annual Little 'Lopes Day was a huge success. The girls basketball team hosted the event.

They are looking forward to working with the Little 'Lopes throughout the season and beyond.

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Hi Avonworth Neighbors!

Join us for a fun-filled evening celebrating Christmas Around the World! This event is a family-friendly interactive evening to learn about our neighbors' Christmas celebrations through literature, art, and music activities.

In order to have enough supplies, we ask that families register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

This event is made possible thanks to Kidsburgh!

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Senior Pictures Due December 2nd

Attention Class of 2023!

The due date for senior picture submission is December 2nd.

Before choosing a photo, please read through the requirements. When you have chosen your photo, please submit it using this form.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

If you have not purchased a yearbook, you have until January 6th to do so.

Click to purchase a yearbook.

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Save the Date

12/5: Buildings and Grounds Committee Meeting at 6:30 PM

12/5: School Board Work Session at 7:30 PM

12/6: AMS/AHS Band Winter Concert at 7:00 PM

12/7: Hi Neighbor Event at APC at 6:30 PM

12/7: Two Hour Delay (Teacher In-Service)

12/8: Grade 5 and 6 Winter Concert at 7:00 PM

12/9: APC Ugly Sweater PTA Bingo at 6:30 PM

12/12: Athletics and Activities Committee Meeting at 6:30 PM

12/12: Regular School Board Meeting at 7:30 PM

12/14: AMS/AHS Winter Choral Concert at 7:00 PM

12-23-1/2: Winter Break!