Avonworth School District News
A Great Start!
National Custodian Day - October 2nd!
Help us send a shout out to our amazing custodians for the incredible work they are doing. The next time you see one of our custodians, please stop and thank them for all of their hard work. Their extra attention to detail and ensuring our buildings stay clean throughout the day and then completely sanitized at the end of each school day is both extremely important and extremely appreciated. You are all amazing and we appreciate you very much!
Thank You Avonworth School District Food Service!
School Nutrition Update!
On September 24th we sent out this information but we would like to remind you that Avonworth School District will offer FREE MEALS to all children, up to age 18, beginning on October 1, 2020.
The USDA released waivers extending FREE MEALS through December 31, 2020 (contingent on available funding). One FREE breakfast meal and one FREE lunch meal, per child, per day.
This applies to ALL students, in all educational models—in-person, hybrid, and virtual! In addition, meals may be ordered for any additional children in your household under the age of 18! Please support our program and take advantage of our healthy meals!
Contact the Food Service Director with any questions or concerns.
412-366-6360 x 1612 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The School Nutrition Staff will prepare, bundle, and package meals for all orders received. Parents must do their part by PLACING MEAL ORDERS! Meal orders are essential to ensure that enough meals are prepared, prevent food waste, and control costs.
Please visit the menu tabs on the Nutrition Services section of the District Website to order meals for your child by the school that they attend and their selected educational model. This link will take you to the Menu Tab: Menu Tab/Nutrition Services Webpage
Help keep our students safe!
- Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from a school bus with red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
- Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
- Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn.
Avonworth School District Focuses on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
During the meeting, we reviewed the history of this committee, actions that have occurred as a result of this committee, and discussed the direction the committee plans to take moving forward. Also, launched at the meeting were webpages that have been added to the Avonworth School District website highlighting Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion efforts and stories from across the District. A link is provided below for you to access these webpages.
We hope that you will join us in our effort to promote equity and inclusion in the Avonworth School Community. A page was recently added to our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion webpages which will include diversity, equity, & inclusion resources. As this page was just added, we only have a couple of resources listed at this time. However, check back often to look for new resources added to the page.
Please use the link below to access our diversity, equity, & inclusion webpages.
A Look at What's Happening Across the District
New Math Program in K-5!
Our first grade wanted to share that they have begun the newly adopted Eureka Math curriculum and students are talking about number bonds and "rekenreks." Each student has brought home a "succeed" math book that accompanies the curriculum. This is an excellent resource with a parent page describing the concepts presented and additional practice pages for student use. The resources for first grade are similar for each grade.
To help our parents/guardians become familiar with Eureka Math, we will be announcing a math night in the near future. Stay tuned for more information.
STEM Collaboration in Sixth Grade
AES Students Practice "Soft" Skills While Staying Connected with Virtual Drop-In Classes
AES Students in grades 3-6 come together digitally each week to participate in virtual drop-in classes hosted by the school counselor, Mrs. Alaina Schrader. In Origami class, students practice patience, growth mindset, and flexible thinking. In Directed Doodling class, students flex their creative muscles and fight negative self-talk & perfectionism. Brain Yoga is a class modeled after a game young adult Author & writer, Jason Reynolds, leads weekly on his Instagram live where he challenges young people to make a new invention/creation out of two random objects. In this class, students learn entrepreneurship, stretch their imaginations, and earn a spot on Mrs. Schrader's wall of fame for having great ideas. These classes allow students to meet other students in different grades, help keep students busy & engaged, and foster community & connection during a strange and challenging time.
Students and families can visit http://aescounseling.weebly.com/classes--drop-ins.html for more information and to see specific class offerings.
Fourth Grade Virtual Academy Integrates New Digital Tools!
Prior to the start of this school year, Avonworth's teacher took part in professional development with Eric Sheninger, a leader across the Country in digital learning. Although many of our teachers had experimented and used a variety of digital learning tools last spring, Mr. Sheninger did an excellent job modeling and expanding on these tools for our teachers. In fourth grade, and across the District, Avonworth teachers are engaging students in learning while using tools like Peardeck, Flipgrid, and Padlet. We encourage you to ask your children about how these tools are enhancing their learning experience, especially those in our virtual academy.
Art & Creating Never Stops at Avonworth!
Combining Learning and Creativity!
Student Spotlight and District Recognition
Avonworth School District Receives EVERFI Champion Seal Designation for Commitment to Whole-Child Education
We are proud to announce that 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 our 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 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.
Avonworth Seniors Accepted into Avonworth's Chapter of the National Honor Society
To gain acceptance, each senior had to meet high standards in the four pillars of the National Honor Society (leadership, scholarship, character, and service), and they all proved to be exemplary in these categories. The first group of students to be inducted into Avonworth's National Honor Society was all the way back in 1939. Therefore, these seniors represent a long tradition of excellence at Avonworth. For the full list of seniors that have been inducted, please click on the link below.
Congratulations to all 52 seniors that have been accepted into the Avonworth National Honor Society!
Avonworth's Lea Helsel Recognized on National Level
Avonworth's Kai Carlson Advances to the PIAA Golf Playoffs
Anyone that plays or watches golf knows how up-and-down a round of golf can be. Kai certainly experienced that in this tense WPIAL Championship round. With a 30-yard chip-in on hole 3, Kai was at the top of the leaderboard and at even par after 4 holes. With the course set up long and challenging for the championship round, Carlson found some trouble and carded some bogies and a double on some of the holes in the middle of the round. The final stretch would prove who could keep their nerves together and hold on to make it into the top 12. Carlson did just that as he parred the challenging final three holes to card an 81, finish 8th overall, and advance to the PIAA Championship! Congratulations Kai and best of luck at States!
Avonworth Fall Sports Overview
Avonworth Girls' Soccer Team Still Unbeaten!
Best of luck to the Lady Lopes as they begin the second half of section play when they take on Ambridge this coming Monday, 6:30 PM at Lenzner Field.
Avonworth Golf Team Has a Strong Season
In their final match of the season, Avonworth earned its 10th victory beating Eden Christian Academy with a score of 186 to 194 at Clover Hill Golf Course. Freshman Kai Carlson led the way with a one-over-par score of 33 followed by Brandon Sapolsky (+4) Shane Root (+4) and Nathan Scrabis (+5).
With the season coming to a close, it was time for the WPIAL team playoffs and the individual WPIAL qualifier. Avonworth brought one of the strongest groups of players to the individual section qualifier which was played at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course. With the course set up to challenge the players, only Avonworth's Kai Carlson was able to advance. Kai delivered the top score in the section at 81. Congratulations to all of the Avonworth golfers on an amazing season and incredible effort in the individual WPIAL qualifier as Avonworth had 4 of the top 7 golfers in the event!
Next up, Kai will be heading to the PIAA Championship and the team will compete in the WPIAL team playoffs which begin the week of October 12. Good luck to Kai on his individual quest and to the entire team in the playoffs!
Individual Qualifier Scores from Pheasant Ridge
1 Kai Carlson (fr) 81 Avonworth
2 Andrew Parker 82 North Catholic
3 Luke Gronbeck 82 Eden Christian
4 Ethan Ellis 87 North Catholic
— number to qualify was 87 ————————-
T5 Brandon Sapolsky (fr) 89 Avonworth
T5 Mason Donovan(sr) 89 Avonworth
7 Shane Root (so) 90 Avonworth
15 Nathan Scrabis(sr) 95 Avonworth
21 Nick Slater (sr) 101 Avonworth
Boys Soccer Has Huge Win to Move to 3-3 this Fall
Three additional goals were scored in the second half. Anthony Mundorf and Mike Osekowski scored their second goals of the night and Henry Wagner put in the final goal of the contest.
Keep up the great work boys as you head into the second half of the season!
Varsity Girls Volleyball Demonstrates Teamwork to Reach a 6-2 Record
Cross Country Teams Running Well This Season
Avonworth Football Moves up a Section this Season
The Lopes record is currently 2-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play.