Avonworth School District News

Start of the 2020-2021 School Year - August 2020

Welcome Back!

The Excited Superintendent

Newsletter Contents

  • Information from Our Nurses
  • Food Service Information
  • Bus Stop & Time Revisions
  • Technology Information
  • COVID-19 Handbook Addendum
  • So Now What? Support for Parents/Guardians
  • Meet Our New Staff Members

Important Information from our Avonworth Nurses

During this unprecedented schoolyear, everyone will need to do their part to help keep our school community healthy. The District has worked diligently to develop our protocols and procedures using the guidance provided by the Allegheny County Health Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. These protocols and procedures have been outlined in our District's Health and Safety Plan.

Our amazing Avonworth nurses have also been working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year. Working with our District's Wellness Committee, they have developed procedures and protocols in alignment with guidance provided by the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The following information is being provided by our nurses to help our school community understand how situations related to student and staff health will be handled during the 2020-2021 school year. Please take a moment to review.

COVID Symptom Process Flow Chart

Nurses' Corner Welcome Back Newsletter

Avonworth Food Service Information

The Avonworth School District's Food Service Department is ready to provide meals for Avonworth students when school resumes next week. Our Food Service Director, Melissa Schad, has been hard at work ensuring that cafeteria protocols are in place to ensure student safety comes first.

Please use the following link to review the protocols that have been put in place for our cafeterias. This document also includes information regarding how food service will operate for the 2020-2021 school year for all students regardless of the school model they have selected.

ASD Cafeteria Protocols and Information

The Harvest of the Month Program Grant

The Avonworth School Nutrition Program was the lucky recipient of the Harvest of the Month Program Grant! This grant provided a free virtual, individualized culinary consultation, and training program to our school nutrition staff by a professional chef.

Chef Bill has been providing culinary training to schools for over 30 years, with a strong emphasis on incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables, healthier proteins, beans and legumes, and alternative grains into school menus. His main goal is to show that the same culinary fundamentals that are utilized in high-end restaurants are needed in school kitchens. He aims to provide schools with basic food preparation training that staff can use to prepare healthier school meals.

Harvest of the Month is a program developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Project PA (Penn State University) to promote a local agricultural product each month through schools, child and adult care centers/daycare centers, and summer feeding sites. The program aims to provide participants with local, healthy products while supporting Pennsylvania farmers and producers.

Look for the Harvest of the month logo on school menus and encourage your student to try the featured item made from fresh local produce!

Visit https://www.paharvestofthemonth.org/ for additional information

Bus Stop & Time Revisions

Earlier this week we sent out bus stops and times from our transportation provider, First Student. Changes have occurred to the original times due to a variety of reasons. Please review these updated documents which include the most up-to-date stops and times.

A.W. Beattie/AMS/AHS Stops & Times

APC/AES Stops & Times

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Dille at First Student. Her contact information is as follows.



Technology Information

Device Refresh

Each year students in grades 4, 7, and 10 receive new devices as per our District's 1:1 device refresh cycle. With a global shortage of computing hardware, the devices are not yet available. For the time being, students in grades 7 and 10 will continue to use the device that is already assigned to them. Fourth-grade students will receive temporary devices in class on the first day of school. As soon as the new devices arrive, we will work on exchanging the devices with students in the safest way possible. The device insurance (detailed below) will apply to all devices assigned to your child.

1:1 Device Insurance

Accepting or declining the annual insurance for using a district-issued device is required for each student utilizing a district device. The optional annual 1:1 Device Insurance can be renewed or declined by following the directions on our website. Please remember that if you choose to not carry the annual insurance and your child's device is damaged or lost, you will be responsible for the full cost of repair or replacement.

Please click HERE to go to our district website page with all of the information related to 1:1 and device insurance. You can register for insurance directly at https://www.one2onerisk.com/

Welcome to Alma!

We are very excited about changing to our new student information system, Alma. The student information system is where all of your child's demographic information is housed, such as an address, parent contact information, schedule, attendance, report card, and other student-related data. Alma was unanimously selected after a committee of stakeholders engaged in a yearlong review of student information systems.

To get parents/guardians started with Alma, they will receive an email from Alma asking to activate their account. A photo of what that email will look like has been provided below.

You should find the steps for activating your account fairly easy to follow. Once you are logged in, you can use the Study Guide within the Alma system for support if needed. The guide will walk you through the different features of the parent/guardian portal, with screenshots to show you where to find key information.

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COVID-19 Addendum

On Friday, August 28, we sent out an addendum to the handbook which summarized protocols and procedures that have been put in place due to COVID. We ask that parents/guardians review the information and then complete a brief Google form to confirm that you have reviewed and understood the information. It appears most parents/guardians have already completed the form. Thank you!

If you have not, a link to the addendum will be provided below, as well as a link to the google form.

Please review the information and complete the form by the end of the day on September 1, 2020.

COVID-19: Addendum to the 2020-2021Student Handbook

COVID-19 Parent/Guardian Handbook Addendum Google Form

So Now What? Helping Parents & Caregivers Navigate a School Year Like No Other

As we begin this journey into an unprecedented school year, we will all need support in one way or another. For parents and caregivers, Transform for Tomorrow and Remake Learning Days Across America has put together a wonderful six-part, back-to-school series on a variety of topics. The series will feature experts in education and childhood development and will take place on Wednesdays during the month of September. Each session will take place via Zoom and anyone is welcome to attend.

Please use the following link to learn about the sessions and how you can register to attend.

Meet Our New Staff Members - Welcome to Avonworth!

Ms. Andrea Patton - Athletic Director

We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Andrea Patton as our new Athletic Director. Ms. Patton started immediately after being hired and has been doing an amazing job taking over as the leader of our athletics program.

Little did we know, the hire of Ms. Patton turned out to be a historic one. Hiring Ms. Patton to be our new Athletic Director created the first father-daughter Athletic Director duo in the history of the WPIAL. You can read more about Ms. Patton and this historical hiring HERE.

Please take a moment to read this letter from Ms. Patton, which has important information regarding fall sports, live streaming of athletic events, and more.

Letter from Ms. Patton

Mrs. Pharlan Ives - Assistant Principal at APC & AES

We are thrilled to have Mrs. Ives join our team as the new Assistant Principal at Avonworth Primary Center and Avonworth Elementary School.

Prior to coming to Avonworth, Mrs. Ives was a teacher in the Quaker Valley School District. Welcome to Avonworth, Mrs. Ives!

Mr. Robert Eastwood - 2nd Grade Teacher

Mr. Eastwood attended Mansfield University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He has also earned his K-12 Principal Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently completing his M.Ed. in School Leadership. He would like to continue his education and earn a Ph.D. in the areas of education, diversity, equity, and social justice.

Prior to coming to Avonworth, Mr. Eastwood taught at Southern Tioga School District and Propel Charter School. Welcome to Avonworth, Mr. Eastwood!

Mrs. Sarah Salvatore - Reading Specialist

Mrs. Salvatore earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Education from Washington & Jefferson College. She also earned her Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist from Edinboro University.

Prior to coming to Avonworth, Mrs. Salvatore taught at Saint Killian Parish School in Cranberry Township. After eight years at Saint Killian, she taught 2nd grade and 5th grade at Provident Charter School in Troy Hill. Welcome to Avonworth, Mrs. Salvatore!

Ms. Sasha Martin - Elementary Music Teacher

Ms. Martin earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Duquesne University with a focus on vocal music. She also studied opera and classical music while attending Duquesne. This coming spring she plans to return to school to begin earning her Masters in Music Education.

Prior to coming to Avonworth, Ms. Martin taught K-5 general music at Pittsburgh Public Schools. Welcome to Avonworth, Ms. Martin!

Ms. Emily Cropper - 6th Grade Learning Support Teacher

Ms. Cropper graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and certifications in Pre K-4 and Special Education.

Prior to coming to Avonworth, Ms. Cropper spent time in the Beaver Area School District as an ESY Teacher and was also a substitute teacher at districts in the area. Welcome to Avonworth, Ms. Cropper!

Ms. Nicole Findon - Middle School Computer/STEM Teacher

Ms. Findon earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Point Park College.

Prior to coming to Avonworth, Ms. Findon was the middle school STEAM teacher at Pittsburgh Schiller (6-8) in the Pittsburgh Public School District. Welcome to Avonworth, Ms. Findon!

Ms. Shelby James - High School Art Teacher

Ms. James earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education, Art K-12, from California University. She also earned her Master of Arts Degree in Art Education from Edinboro.

Prior to coming to Avonworth, Ms. James taught middle school art at Pittsburgh Public and K-12 art at Holy Family. Welcome to Avonworth, Ms. James!

Ms. Sonia Ewell - High School English Teacher

Ms. Ewell earned her Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from Youngstown State Unversity. She also earned her Masters in Education from the University and Master of Arts in Teaching from Chatham University.

Prior to coming to Avonworth, Ms. Ewell taught English Language Arts (ELA) and Social Studies at Duquesne City School District. Ms. Ewell also spent time as a grade 7/8 ELA teacher at Propel Charter. Welcome to Avonworth, Ms. Ewell!

Ms. Alexandra Imbrogno - High School Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Imbrogno earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from West Virginia University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh.

Prior to coming to Avonworth, Ms. Imbrogno was a Culture Literacy Teaching Associate at City Charter High School. She also taught Social Studies at Propel Braddock Hills Elementary. For the last four years, Ms. Imbrogno was the career readiness teacher at City Charter High School. Welcome to Avonworth, Ms. Imbrogno!

Ms. Brittany Covalt - High School Science Teacher

Ms. Covalt earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry at Slippery Rock University. She also earned her Masters in Education at Slippery Rock.

Prior to coming to Avonworth, Ms. Covalt taught physics at Hopewell High School. She also taught chemistry at a cyber school and taught chemistry and organic chemistry lab at Slippery Rock University. Welcome to Avonworth, Ms. Covalt!

Dr. Matthew Erickson - Director of Student Services

Dr. Erickson has joined the District as our new Director of Student Services. Dr. Erickson is also the Special Education Department Chair and a professor at Slippery Rock University.

Welcome to Avonworth, Dr. Erickson!

Ms. Nadine DeLeo - Social Worker/Therapist

Ms. Nadine DeLeo will fill the role of Social Worker beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

Welcome to Avonworth, Ms. DeLeo!

Mr. Mark Narad - Applications Analyst

Mr. Narad has joined the District as our new Applications Analyst. Mr. Narad will work in our technology department and has previous experience working for PA Cyber.

Welcome to Avonworth, Mr. Narad!

Let's have a great school year everyone!

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