Avonworth School District News

October 2020

Homecoming 2020!

Congratulations to Homecoming King Brady and Queen Katie!

The evening couldn't have been better for the homecoming activities prior to the October 9th varsity football game. The weather gave us limited clouds and a warm fall evening for both the homecoming football game and the crowning of the 2020 Homecoming King and Queen.

Due to attendance restrictions that were in place, the homecoming court was presented prior to the game to ensure parents and families of the court could be in attendance. After presenting the 2020 Homecoming Court, the audience waited in anticipation for the announcement of the 2020 King and Queen.

Congratulations to Brady Neidhardt, the 2020 Homecoming King, and Katie Conway, the 2020 Homecoming Queen!

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2020 Homecoming Court

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No Homecoming Dance, No Problem

Homecoming Bonfire

The current pandemic didn't allow for the traditional homecoming dance, but that didn't mean there wouldn't be a way to celebrate homecoming. On the evening of October 8th, high school students enjoyed an evening at the high school connecting with friends while they enjoyed a bonfire and food. Once again, the fall weather cooperated and everyone had a blast!
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Avonworth Featured in KDKA Story

It goes without saying that the pandemic has forced all of us to be resourceful, creative, and learn new ways of doing things. This is certainly true for the educators in our school district. Our teachers are working tirelessly to learn new things and to provide our students with the best education they can in these unusual circumstances.

In early October, KDKA's Kristine Sorensen reached out to Avonworth for a story she was working on, which was going to highlight the innovative ways schools are using technology to help students learn in new ways. We are very proud that she featured our elementary librarian, Mrs. Sara Osborn, and one of her students, Bavly Naklah. Please use the link below to watch the full story.

Avonworth Receives Champion Seal Designation

Avonworth School District Receives EVERFI Champion Seal Designation for Commitment to Whole-Child Education

Avonworth School District has earned the EVERFI Champion Seal, awarded annually to North American school districts who’ve made an exemplary commitment to whole-child education.

This recognition acknowledges the Avonworth School District's dedication to transformational change in the interest of equity and the well-being of all students. This honor is provided by EVERFI, a digital education organization focused on helping educators address the most challenging issues affecting society, including financial literacy, social-emotional learning, health and wellness, inclusion, and college and career readiness.

“We are thankful for our partnership with EVERFI and proud of our teachers that have leveraged this partnership to help focus on whole-child education with their students,” stated Dr. Jeff Hadley, Assistant Superintendent.

Avonworth is honored to be one of fewer than five percent of districts across the nation to earn the EVERFI Student Impact Champion designation. Our educators are dedicated to teaching the whole child because we know that it not only impacts how healthy and productive students are during their time with Avonworth but also their well-being and success far beyond the K-12 years.

Remake Learning Days Across America

Avonworth Educator and Board Member Participate in the National Launch of Remake Days

On October 13th, Remake Learning Days Across Ameria was launched. Avonworth has always been proud to participate in Remake Learning Days each year as this initiative started right here in Pittsburgh. If you are not familiar, Remake Learning Days provide an opportunity for each and every child to experience the future of learning by attending free events that welcome the public into schools, museums, libraries, afterschool programs, community centers, universities, media labs, tech startups, and more.

The launch of Remake Learning Days Across America occurred on October 13th and featured Avonwroth Board member, Yu-Ling Cheng, and elementary teacher, Mrs. Amy Besterman.

National Launch of Remake Learning Days Across America

Curriculum Updates

Eureka Math Implemented at K-5

Students and teachers are loving the new math program, Eureka Math. After spending over a year reviewing math programs, Eureka Math was adopted and the 2020-2021 school year is the first year for implementation in grades K-5. A huge strength of this program is the many strategies it offers that teach students how to model their mathematical thinking. For example, in third grade Eureka Math goes beyond simply giving the information that one Liter equals 1,000 ml and has students construct a liter, adding 100 ml at a time, and marking horizontal lines onto a vertical number line to make a precise tool for measuring liquid volume.

On November 10th we will be hosting a virtual Math Night to share more information about Eureka Math with parents and guardians. If you wish to attend, please register using this link: Math Night Registration Link

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Wit & Wisdom Powers Learning in Reading, Writing, Speaking, & Listening

This has been an exciting month in ELA! From grades K-6, students have been building knowledge through close reading, writing, and collaboration. Although apart, they are connecting through content and common themes.

At APC, our kindergarten students used their senses to notice details through text and illustrations while reading Rap a Tap Tap, a story about a tap dancer who brought happiness to others during the Great Depression. Up the hill at AES, the sixth-grade students are reading and discussing resilience as a young boy experiences hardship during this same period in the novel Bud, Not Buddy.

In first grade, students researched how books change lives for people around the world through the informational text My Librarian is a Camel, and then chose one country to investigate further. Meanwhile, the fourth-grade students are currently reading the novel Love That Dog and creating a timeline to describe how the main character’s life is changed by reading and writing poetry.

Through a study of informational and fiction texts, our second graders continue to investigate how animals and people respond to changes in nature. Concurrently, fifth-grade students are reading a novel about a Native American girl trying to navigate a rapidly changing environment when her tribe is forced to relocate to a reservation in Thunder Rolling in the Mountains.

Our third graders are currently reading and discussing why people explore the sea, identifying text features as they learn about the legendary giant squid and great white shark. Soon, they will use this knowledge to create a Didactic Wall Panel of the deep sea.

As we wrap up our Module 1 learning and begin the end-of-module tasks, all of the students will be engaged in activities to demonstrate their learning through speaking, listening, and writing. I can’t wait to see what they create!

What's Been Happening Around our Schools

2nd Grade Halloween Celebration

On Friday, October 30, 2nd grade celebrated Halloween, pandemic-style. With the help of the art teacher, Mrs. Sara Croft students worked to zentangle or doodle pumpkins with various patterns. It was both relaxing and fun! We also played games and enjoyed the day.
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First Grade Virtual Academy Students and Hybrid Students Celebrate Halloween

To celebrate the students' hard work and the upcoming Halloween holiday, the virtual first graders participated in a Harvest / Halloween theme week. Each day, students joined their live classes following the theme of the day. Some of the themes included pajama day, school spirit day, and hat day. The theme week culminated in a virtual Harvest / Halloween party where students tried guessing each other's costumes based on clues and participated in a virtual dance party and art project.

The pandemic also didn't stop the first-grade students attending school in the hybrid model from enjoying a day of Halloween fun and learning!

Fourth Grade Virtual Students Have Some Halloween Fun

The 4th Grade Virtual Academy students had a blast this Halloween showing off their costumes! They also participated in metric conversion pixel art in math, read about composting pumpkins in science, and used figurative language to write their own potions! Check out those poses!
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Fifth Grade Learns about the Election Process

Fifth-grade students are learning about the election process in a fun and exciting way! The students are campaigning for who they think is "The Greatest Hero." Each student chose a hero and created a campaign poster. The students voted in a primary election and then will move to the actual election with the final four candidates. The students are working on campaign teams to promote their candidate. A very exciting final election will take place on Election Day! Along the way, students are learning about how an election works and other aspects of how our government is framed.

Amazing Art Created by Elementary Students - Drawing with Fabric!

Students in grades 3 through 6 were challenged to use alternative materials to create an original piece of art. In this lesson, students were asked to use a piece of fabric and techniques like twisting, folding, and pinching.

Use this link to access a slide show of what our amazing elementary artists created!

Drawing With Fabric Slide Show

Elementary Students Visit the Mattress Factory Art Museum (virtually)

Students in 5th grade were able to join a live Meet with Ms. Faingnaert from the Mattress Factory Art Museum. After studying contemporary installation artist Yayoi Kusama, students viewed one of her Infinity Room installations at the museum. Special thanks to the Mattress Factory for their generous hospitality that allowed us to explore the space privately, comment, and ask questions. Students in grades 3, 4, and 6 were able to view a video of the museum visit as well. Students then went on to create an original art piece inspired by Kusama's polka dot obsession!
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Avonworth Elementary Spirit Week

Avonworth Elementary students celebrated school spirit through a week-long celebration. On Friday, October 23rd, students participated in a Pink for a Cure for Cancer. Monday, October 26, was National Pumpkin Day and the school was filled with Orange Clothing. Tuesday was Avonworth School Day, where everyone wore their favorite Avonworth gear!! Wednesday students wrote kind messages on leaves, wore their #bethekindkid gear, and had a raffle for wonderful prizes. Thursday was guess the riddle day and Friday, October 30, students wore costumes to school.

Eighth Grade Election Projects

Eighth Grade ELA Civics students spent the month of October closely examining the policies and proposals of the Republican and Democrat candidates for President and Congress. Then, during their regularly scheduled ELA Civics classes, students virtually presented their projects to parents, community members, and undecided voters via a Google Meet.

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High School Students Offer Support for Peers

Avonworth High School students have volunteered to be virtual tutors from the hours of 10 to 3. More information can be found on the math department website. Click the link below to learn more.

High School Math Website

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AHS Girls Mentor AES Girls as part of the ROX Program

Ruling Our Experiences (ROX) is THE NATIONAL NON-PROFIT LEADER IN PROGRAMMING, RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOCUSED ON GIRLS. The major pillar of this organization is a 20-week, evidence-based, co-curricular program for girls. Under the facilitation of school counselor, Alaina Schrader, Avonworth Elementary School is in the 2nd year of offering this programming to 5th & 6th grade girls.

This year, a fun twist on the typical program includes the incorporation of thirteen Avonworth High School girls as mentors and volunteers within the program. The program teaches girls how to communicate effectively, develop healthy relationships, stand up for themselves, form a healthy body image, navigate social media & cyberspace, & stay safe and defend themselves. The high school students share their experiences and wisdom on these topics and serve as role models for the younger students. ROX Girls participate in weekly lessons, social activities, weekly self-reflection activities, and more. AHS students are able to use this opportunity as a way to help girls avoid the heartaches & pain points they once endured as an adolescent/teen girl managing the stressors of life, and also a way to earn valuable & meaningful service hours.

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High School Portfolio Students Have Been Busy

Avonworth High School Portfolio students have been working hard on a diverse body of work that just recently became available to view outside the high school office. This showcase will continue to be updated throughout the school year so that students may show off their growth throughout the year. Make sure to stop by the high school office the next time you are in the building to check out these amazing pieces in person!

It's Playoff Time!

Kai Carlson Medals in the Boys AA State Golf Championship

After a successful season, Kai Carlson earned his way to the AA State Golf Championship where he would take on the best AA golfers from across the state. To be exact, the field he would face included 48 golfers where Kai was one of only three freshmen. The match took place at Heritage Hills Resort in York, PA. Kai played an amazing round of golf hitting 14 greens in regulation, making one birdie, which resulted in a final score of 6 over par 77 to finish 10th overall. Kai's 10th overall finish earned him a medal. Congratulations Kai on a great round at the state championship and a fantastic golf season!!
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WPIAL Playoff Success for the Girls' Varsity Soccer Team

This past Thursday evening the Girls' Varsity Soccer Team took on Deer Lakes in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. It wasn't hard to figure out soon after this one started that it was going to be a tough playoff battle between two quality teams. The teams battled back and forth for the first fifteen minutes until the Lancers put in the first goal of the contest. It didn't take too long for the Lady Lopes to even things up. Assisted by Minah Syam, Joey Skillen put in the first Lopes goal to tie the game at 1-1. The teams continued the 1-1 battle in the second half until Ava Wert hit a perfect cross to Skillen who buried it in the goal. With twenty minutes remaining Skillen capped off a hat-trick putting a penalty kick past the Lancer's goalie. The Lopes goaltender, Maggie Pappas, made a number of key saves to help secure the 3-1 victory!

On Saturday, October 31, the girls took on Southmoreland in quarter-final play where they came out on top with a 3-2 victory! The Lady Lopes will play a semi-final matchup versus Yough at Avonworth's Lenzner Field on Wednesday, November 4. Good luck girls!

Tickets are available by Pre-Sale only. There is NO guarantee that tickets will be available at the gate to purchase. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting on Monday, November 2nd

If you are interested in pre-sale tickets please contact Mrs. Alice Cahill, Athletics Secretary:

Email: acahill@avonworth.k12.pa.us

Office: 412-369-8738 x 1601

Tickets are $7.00 each (CASH ONLY) and can be picked up in the high school main office on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Boys' Varsity Soccer Season Ends in WPIAL Playoffs

The Avonwroth Boys' Soccer Team finished the season with a conference record of 4-6-2 and an overall record of 5-7-2. The boys took on Charleroi on October 26 in the first round of the WPIAL 2A playoffs. The boys came away from that game with a 3-1 victory which earned them a match with Elizabeth Forward in the 2A quarterfinals last Thursday. Elizabeth Forward came away victorious in that match-up with a score of 3-1.
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Avonworth Cross Country Team Competes at the WPIAL Championship

On Wednesday, October 28, the Avonworth Cross Country Team competed at the WPIAL Championship race at a rain-soaked and muddy White Oak Park.

The Boys team finished in 12th place out of 30 teams. They were led by Senior Jackson Habala who finished the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes, 46 seconds - which put him at 10th place overall out of over 200 runners. The rest of the Boys' Varsity Team also had one of their fastest races of the year: Matthew Purcell (36th place), Derek Brooks (86th), Ben Monti (91st), David Kujawinski (114th), Ryan Frank (120th), and Jackson Southern (122nd). This was the team's final race after finishing the season 12-3 overall and 7-1 in their section.

The Girls team finished in 14th place out of 22 teams. They were led by a trio of runners who all finished in the top 75 out of nearly 200 runners - Laurel Purcell (62nd), Lindsey Hartle (67th), and Taea Schriefer (73rd). Maggie Colenbrander, Taleigh Trovato, Sofia Galati, and Brooke Johncour also completed the challenging 5k course in muddy conditions. The team finished the regular season 4-6 (4-4 in the section).

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Varsity Girls' Volleyball Wins in First Round of WPIAL Playoffs

The Avonworth Girls' Volleyball team took on Laurel High School this past Thursday evening at Avonworth High School in the first round of the 2A WPIAL Playoffs. The Lady Lopes came away with a 3-0 victory earning them a playoff match-up with South Park on Monday, November 2nd at 7:00 PM at South Park. Good luck Lady Lopes!!!

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Toward the end of September, we held our first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion meeting of the 2020-2021 school year. A little over 100 people signed up to attend and approximately 60 ended up attending the virtual meeting. It was wonderful to see so many individuals from our school community come together to focus on this important work.

One of the goals of the meeting in September was to share the history of the committee and set a direction for moving forward. One of the key areas identified in the strategic planning process last school year was diversity, equity, and inclusion. Over the next five years, we will focus on making more progress in this area, and the District's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will play a pivotal role in this work.

Following the meeting in September, a survey was sent to the 100+ individuals that expressed an interest in being involved with this work. The purpose of the survey was to identify individuals that would be willing to join a smaller, working committee. On November 12, this smaller working committee will meet virtually to begin establishing goals to accomplish during the 2020-2021 school year. Following this meeting, a meeting will be scheduled for the greater school community. Please stay tuned for this meeting and please feel free to join us.

If you are looking for a wonderful resource to help with conversations around anti-racism, please use the link below to access an Anti-Racism Resource Directory for Parents.

Upcoming Dates

  • November 2 - Athletic Committee Meeting, 6:30 PM (virtual)
  • November 2 - School Board Work Session, 7:30 PM (virtual)
  • November 4 - End of First Marking Period (3-12)
  • November 9 - Curriculum Committee Meeting, 6:30 PM (virtual)
  • November 9 - School Board Regular Meeting, 7:30 PM (virtual)
  • November 10 - Elementary Math Night, 7:00 PM (virtual)
  • November 12 - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Working Committee Meeting, 7:00 (virtual, smaller committee only)
  • November 23 - Athletic Committee Meeting, 6:30 PM (virtual)
  • November 23 - School Board Work Session, 7:30 PM (virtual)
  • November 25 - Schools Closed, Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • November 26-30 - Schools Closed, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 1 - Schools In Session
  • December 1 - End of First Trimester (K-2)