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October 28, 2022

ACSC 2022 - 2023 School Calendar

ACSC 2022 - 2023 School Calendar

Click here to take you to our district school calendar

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November 8, 2022 - E-Learning Day - All students work from home this day.

November 18 & 19, 2022 - AMS South Fall Musical - more information to come!

November 23 - 25, 2022 - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL!

December 6, 2022 - Orchestra Concert - more information to come!

December 8, 2022 - Choir Concert - more information to come!

December 14, 2022 - Band Concert - more information to come!

AMS South Presents: Junie B. Jones The Musical JR.

Please join us for an exciting night as AMS South Presents:

Junie B. Jones The Musical JR.

Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books, brought to life in a delightful adaptation created specifically for junior performers.

When: Friday, November 18, 2022

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Start Time: 7:00PM (both nights)

Doors open: 6:30PM

Tickets will be $5 for students and $8 for adults

Please enter through door #13, we hope to see you all there!


AMS South Running Club

Attention all runners or anyone interested in running! The AMS South Running Club will be having its first meeting after school on Wednesday, November 2nd. This is a free club designed for anyone with running experience or just wanting to get into better shape! Meetings will be every Wednesday after school from 4:15 to 5:30 until the beginning of track season in March. All you need to participate is a pair of shoes to run in, appropriate clothing for the weather (we will go outside as long as there is no ice/snow), and a water bottle. The club will average between two and four miles each practice. Please sign up using the form in the main office as soon as possible.

AMS South Athletics Webpage

Click above to view our webpage

Girls Basketball Announcement

There will be a call-out meeting on Monday, November 21st for any girl interested in playing basketball. This meeting will be from 4:15-4:45PM.

Try-outs will be Thursday, December 1st, and Friday, December 2nd. Try-outs will run from 4:15-6:00PM.

Coach Staal, the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Avon High School, host workouts for 2nd-8th graders on Wednesday nights. These workouts are from 6:00-7:00 at Avon High School. There is a $5 fee to participate in the workout.

A physical must have been completed after April 1, 2022 and uploaded to your PRIVIT account. If the student-athlete is not cleared in PRIVIT, they will not be able to participate. The required paperwork can be found by clicking on the links below.

ISHAA Physical Form

Click here to download/print a physical form.


Click here to create/update your PRIVIT account.


Student Laptops

Students should come to school each day with their laptops charged and ready to start the school day. Students are able to charge their computers in the classroom while here at school if they have their charger with them.

Please remind your student(s) to charge their computers each night.

Order a 2022 - 2023 AMS South Yearbook now!

Yearbooks for the 2022 - 2023 school year are now on sale!

Below is more information for ordering this years yearbook, there is a flyer and a link to Josten's webpage.

Josten's Webpage

Click here to order your students yearbook!

Celebrating Birthday's This Week!

Happy Birthday

to our students celebrating a birthday this week:

Brian Crook

Chioma Joseph

Claire Cooper

Bryson Daugherty

Olivia Pappas

Ayden McClinton

Anthony Allen

Uriyah Ortega

Nilkumar Patel

Laureen Jonassaint

Cassidy Herrmann

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NJHS Study Tables

National Junior Honor Society will offer after school study help sessions on Wednesday’s after school from 4:10 - 5:00PM. Students will then go to the front commons area and wait for the late bus or parent pick-up. During this time, there will be a supervisor with the students while they wait for the late bus to arrive. Students that will be a car rider home on these days can be picked up at door 1 at 5:00PM.

If your student will be staying for the study session and they need bus transportation home they must sign up for the late bus in the Guidance Office at lunch that day. For those students taking the late bus home, the bus will leave AMS South at 5:10pm.


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Each week your child's team will give an update about the current week or week ahead. Please find your child's team below for that information. In addition, you will find news from our Encore teachers, Media Center, and PE/Wellness teachers.

Cardinals News

Mrs. Dugan, Mrs. Williams, Mr. Schubert & Mr. Uhl

In Language Arts, we will read Act 2 of A Raisin in the Sun and continue working on our narrative analysis of this play. In Science, we hit the ground running after fall break and covered an additional way to classify matter-- by its composition. Next week students will start the week studying for their upcoming test over States of Matter & Particles. The TEST will be on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2. ​We will begin investigating Newton's 1st and 2nd law on Thursday and Friday. In Math, we will continue talking about proportional relationships and start talking about slope. In Pre-Algebra, we will continue solving systems of linear equations. Next week, in Social Studies, we will finish Mesopotamia and begin learning about the Egyptians!

Grizzlies News

Mrs. Barnes, Mrs. Boroff, Mrs. Schroer & Ms. Weinstein

In Science, we have been studying states of matter and how the molecules’ movement change during the phase changes. We will be taking a closer look at atoms, elements, compounds, and mixtures. There will be a Quiz over States of Matter & Particles on Wednesday (11/2), finishing off the week with an introduction to Forces. Math 7 students will be learning about Unit Rates and connecting proportional relationships to slope. Pre-Algebra students will be solving system of equations by graphing and substitution. Next week in Language Arts, we will continue our read-aloud of A Raisin in the Sun as we work through Act II and analyze the conflicts arising between our characters. In Social Studies, students will be jumping into ancient civilizations starting with Mesopotamia! They will be learning about Hammurabi’s code, the Sumerians, the Babylonians, and will even become ancient scribes and write Cuneiform on clay tables!

Jaguars News

Mrs. Clark, Ms. Hatton, Mrs. Ringham & Ms. Schaber

Ms. Costello, Ms. Gawrys, Mr. Thoennes & Mr. Walker

Language Arts

Mrs. Ringham - Language Arts students will use a Want/Obstacle/Action chart to analyze a character’s reaction to Mama’s big purchase in A Raisin in the Sun and use details from the text to explain that character’s reaction.

Mr. Thoennes - In Language Arts, we will be continuing A Raisin in the Sun.

Math & Pre-Algebra

Mrs. Clark - In Math 7, we will be working on Unit Rate and Slope. In Pre-Algebra, we will be working on solving systematic equations.

Ms. Costello - In Math, we will be continuing Chapter 4 and begin to study slope.


Ms. Schaber - In Science, students will be reviewing for their states of matter quiz that is on Wednesday. We will then be starting our unit on forces.

Ms. Gawrys - In Science, we will be finishing up states of matter with a quiz on Wednesday and jumping into forces.

Social Studies

Ms. Hatton - Social Studies students will be learning all about Mesopotamia, the first ancient civilization, next week. At the end of the week, we will begin learning about Ancient Egypt.

Mr. Walker - In Social Studies, we will learn about Mesopotamia and its historical significance.

Foresters News

Mrs. DeBow, Mrs. Mellen, Ms. Tobin & Mrs. Zimmerman

Ms. Costello, Ms. Gawrys, Mr. Thoennes & Mr. Walker

Language Arts

Mrs. Zimmerman - In Language Arts students will be completing their chapters 5-8 quiz as well as continuing to read our Frederick Douglass text.

Mr. Thoennes - In Language Arts, we will take a quiz on Tuesday (11/1) and continue to read Frederick Douglass.

Pre-Algebra & Algebra

Mrs. DeBow - Next week, Pre-Algebra students will learn to recognize the growth and starting point of patterns from a table, graph, and a rule. Algebra students will begin to write and solve systems of equations.

Ms. Costello - In Pre-Algebra, we will be taking the Chapter 4 Test on Tuesday (11/1) and then beginning Chapter 5.


Ms. Tobin - In Science, we will be comparing bacteria and viruses and how they affect our bodies.

Ms. Gawrys - In Science, we will be diving into bacteria and viruses.

Social Studies

Mrs. Mellen - In Social Studies, we will be talking about battles of the American Revolution.

Mr. Walker - In Social Studies, we will be learning about the Declaration of Independence and wrapping up the Revolutionary War.

Greyhounds News

Mrs. Warthan, Ms. Kegley, Mr. Casey & Mr. Osen

In Science, students will be taking a classification test. Biology students will be investigating chemical bonding. Algebra students will take the chapter 4 test over systems of equations on Tuesday. The remainder of the week will be spent reviewing and reinforcing all topics covered so far this year. Pre-Algebra students will take the Unit 4 test over multiple representations of linear functions on Tuesday. The remainder of the week will be spent solving equations containing fractions and solving linear functions for y. In Social Studies, students will be analyzing battles of the American Revolution using battle maps. Language Arts students will be continuing reading The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

Greyhound Team Information:

Please check in with your student about their supplies. We have lots of students in need of writing utensils and calculators!

Panthers News

Mrs. Hood, Mr. Rodgers, Mrs. Taylor & Mr. Williams

In Pre-Algebra, students will take the Unit 4 test Tuesday, 11/1. We will begin our new unit covering Systems of Equations. Students will be solving systems of equations using the graphing and substitution methods. Algebra students will take our Unit 4 test on Tuesday, 11/1. We will spend the rest of the week in an intensive review of the material we have covered so far. This will be helpful in keeping this material fresh for the final exam we will take in December. In Language Arts, classes will take a quiz on Tuesday over Frederick Douglass chapters 5-8. They will then read and work with chapter 9 and part of 10 for the rest of the week. Science classes will launch our pumpkin catapults on Halloween the remainder of the week we will be working on cells review and do a glow germ lab. In Biology, we will be counting atoms of chemical equations and then balancing unbalanced equations. Friday, 11-4, we will have a quiz over chemistry. It will include knowing the chemical symbols (50 symbols were given last Monday). Social Studies students will finish our book about the American Revolution. Students will learn, in detail, about the:

· Battle of Saratoga

· The treason of Benedict Arnold

· America’s victory at Yorktown

Encore News & World Languages

Señora Barker (Spanish), Mrs. Hauptmann (Japanese), Mr. Parr (Computer Science), Mrs. Leonard (Art), Mrs. Gleissner (FACS), Mr. Hamsley (Engineering and Technology), Mr. Wolf (Robotics) and Mrs. Snyder (Flight & Space and Medical Detectives)


Next week students will be starting a new chapter on adjectives so they can describe themselves and others.


In Japanese, we will be working on hiragana characters; likes and dislikes.


7th grade students will begin portrait drawing.

8th grade students will finish up their sculptural pinch pot animal and begin sketching concepts for their lidded coil building vessel.

Computer Science

7th grade: Students will be learning about sprites.

8th grade: Students will be starting Blink Project.

7th & 8th grade FACS

7th and 8th Grade classes will begin the Sewing and Laundry Care unit.

7th grade will practice hand sewing and button sewing.

8th graders will practice hand and button sewing and machine sewing.

7th grade Engineering and Design

Students will begin construction of their 3-piece puzzles.

& 8th grade Gateway to Technology

Students will begin designing their phone stand.

Flight & Space

Students will be creating flight management maps and Gantt Charts.

Medical Detectives

Students will learning about what causes diseases and how to diagnosis them.


Students will work to build various gear mechanisms that will be used for

future robotics projects.

PE/Wellness News

Mrs. Fair, Mrs. Lucas & Mr. Jackson

Welcome back to PE. This nine weeks we will be working with basketball, volleyball and fitness. Students will rotate to each sport and take an assessment at the end of each unit. The review sheets for the assessment tests can be found on the Schoology page. Students have done a great job remembering to bring their gym clothes for PE, keep it up! The firs unit test will be November 4th, students will be given review opportunities leading up to the test! Looking forward to another great nine weeks of Physical Education.


Just a reminder that students in physical education will be bringing their gym clothes home every Friday this quarter to have the clothes washed once a week! We will try and send a reminder on Sunday evenings to pack the gym clothes back up for the week ahead. We also wanted to take this time to let our parents know that we have zero tolerance for cell phones in the locker room. At no time are cell phones ever allowed in the locker room during PE. A student that has a cell phone in the locker room will be assigned an after school detention. This has also been spoken about with our students and is listed on the syllabus that is posted on schoology and the parent square that was sent previously. As always we appreciate the support and please ask your child if they have deodorant in their PE locker.....if the answer is no.....please send some with them on Monday (no aerosol). Have a great weekend.

Music Department News

Mr. Abbey (Band), Ms. Szymkow (Band), Mr. Zimmerman (Choir) & Mr. Miller (Orchestra)


Students in band classes have been working on new music for the upcoming December concert. Students are reminded that participation grades, starting next week, will be based on preparedness of materials and participation in class.


We have had a great start to the 2nd nine-weeks in orchestra classes! Our Winter Orchestra Concert is Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30pm. Students will need to arrive at 5:45. More information will be given out before Thanksgiving. Please continue to support your child by having them practice about 30 minutes each week on our class orchestra music.

Media Moments with Ms. Sever

Media Center

Ms. Sever

This week, the library hosted our Spanish classes for a research stations activity about Mariachi! Students learned about the cultures in different Spanish-speaking countries by focusing on the music and dance traditions of each. They even had the chance to listen to several different Mariachi songs!

The library also welcomed back all 7th grade students for checkout. 8th grade students will be down during their English classes next week!

Guidance Office Information

Dear Avon Middle School South Families,

Avon Community School Corporation is committed to providing the highest quality of care for all students. To ensure that our school environment continues to reflect our commitment to safety and security, students will learn how to help recognize and keep themselves safe from dangerous or abusive situations.

In accordance with Indiana State Legislation, we will be providing information about child abuse education & prevention to our students by the end of first semester. We recognize that these are difficult topics, but your child’s safety will always be our top priority. We are grateful for our partnership with Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center to provide these lessons through the Monique Burr Foundation’s Child Safety Matters program.

Parent Letter on Discussing Sensitive Topics with Children – English

Parent Letter on Discussing Sensitive Topics with Children – Spanish

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child’s school counselor for more information.

7th grade students - Paul Quirke (paquirke@avon-schools.org)

8th grade students - Kasey Baughn (kmbaughn@avon-schools.org)


AMS South's Attendance Policy & Early Dismissal Proceedures


If a student is absent from school, the PARENT must call the school by 10:00 A.M. to report the absence. If no call is received, the automated school system will make an effort to contact the parent, but if NO PARENT CALL has been received by 3:00 P.M. the day following the absence, the student will be charged with an unexcused absence. You may also send an email to us to notify us of your child's absence at msattendance@avon-schools.org.


** Please be advised that we cannot take early dismissal information over the telephone. **

If your child needs to leave school early during the school day please send a note in with your child to bring to the office first thing in the morning or email us at

msattendance@avon-schools.org with all the necessary information: students name, date and time picking up, and the name of the person picking your child up if someone other than a parent or guardian will be picking up. This email will go directly to the front office secretaries and they will be able to get your child an early dismissal pass so that they can be in the front office when you are ready to pick them up. If you are unable to email us we will need you to come into the office with your valid ID, once we verify it is a parent/guardian picking up we will be able to call the student down for dismissal.

If someone other than a parent or guardian will be picking up your child we MUST have this information in writing from a parent/guardian. Please include his or her name on the note or email. Once we verify their photo ID then the student can sign out and leave.

If leaving early for a doctor/dentist/orthodontist appointment, please provide verification note from the appointment to the main office to ensure that the absence is excused.

Using this email will ensure your child will get a pass out of class to be in the office. Please do not use Parent Square to send a message to your child's teachers as we cannot guarantee that this message will get to the front office to get your child a pass. Our teachers are very busy throughout the day and may not be able to check Parent Square often, or if the teacher is out that day we would not get that message in the front office in time to get your child an early dismissal pass.

We want to make sure that your information is getting to the right person in a timely manner, and hopefully prevent any miscommunication or missed messages.

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Pre-Arranged Absences

It is our belief that students can best achieve academic success by being in school every day. We also understand that a student may occasionally have an opportunity to experience extraordinary opportunities that may result in a missed day of school. The principal or designee may grant a pre-arranged absence, if the absence provides an extraordinary opportunity for the student and/or family. The request must be submitted at least five school days in advance of the requested absence. The student will be required to complete all missed work upon his/her return to school.

No more than three days of pre-arranged absences will be approved each year. Pre-arranged absences may not be granted during the following circumstances:

  • I-Learn
  • During semester exams
  • When the requested absence would push the student’s attendance record into excessive absence status or if the student has surpassed the allowable number of absences.
Pre-Arranged Absence Form

Click here to download/print our Pre-Arranged Absence Form

AMS South Visitors Policy

For Visitors to our Building

Avon Schools require all visitors to check-in at the front office using our visitor management system, Safe Visitor. This system requires visitors to scan their driver's license or state identification card for a check of their record. A temporary badge is provided to all visitors to wear while in our buildings. As our visitors leave school, they scan and return that badge to front office staff.

Entering the Building

Anyone entering our building beyond the front office will need to have a valid photo ID with them so that they can be checked in through our Safe Visitor Solutions system. You will be given a badge to wear while in the building so that you are identified as a visitor. When leaving you will return to the front office so that we can check you out of Safe Visitor Solutions and take your badge.

Visiting Students during Lunch

At this time, we are allowing parents/guardians to have lunch with their child during their specified lunch time in our commons area outside of the cafeteria. Parents must follow our policy for entering our building listed above; present a valid photo ID and be checked into our Safe Visitor system. Please take note that this process may take a few minutes to get you checked into our system so please allow for a few extra minutes for that process.

**If someone other than a parent/guardian would like to have lunch with your student, we MUST have that information in writing in advance from a parent/guardian. You can either send a note in with your student to bring to the office when they arrive at school in the morning, or you can email our attendance line with the information at msattendance@avon-schools.org


In all Avon Schools, safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. Visitors will utilize an intercom and camera system to gain entry to the school offices.

Please be prepared to identify yourself, provide a valid photo ID, and provide a reason for your visit when you arrive. Thank you for your patience in adapting to the updated and more secure system.


7th and 8th grade parents: Your children may be eligible for a college scholarship!

View the form below for more information.


Worth Ave. Group Laptop Insurance

Avon Community Schools has chosen Worth Ave. Group as the vendor of choice to insure school-issued laptops rented by students. Insurance with Worth Ave. Group will protect the device against: Accidental Damage, Theft, Fire, Flood, Natural Disasters, Power Surge and Vandalism. This insurance policy will provide full replacement cost coverage and will protect the item worldwide (on and off school grounds). The policy is also transferable to a replacement unit. Insurance plans may be purchased online.

  • Coverage Term: July 18, 2022 - July 18, 2023
    • It is up to you to renew yearly.

  • Deadline to Purchase Coverage: September 5, 2022

  • Yearly Insurance Rates:
    • 6th-12 Grade: Lenovo 11e Laptop $45.00
    • Costs are prorated for enrollment after September 5.
Worth Ave. Group Webpage for Open Enrollment

This link is available the 1st - 7th of each month.

2022 - 2023 Laptop Insurance Flyer

Click here to view open enrollment information.


AMS South Student Handbook

Click here to view AMS South Student Handbook online.


Homework Hotline

Need help with Math and Science homework?

Call the Homework Hotline


Click below to visit their website


Avon High School Athletic Events

The Avon High School Athletic Administrators asked us to pass along the following information regarding middle school students attending football games. Please read carefully as students must purchase tickets online prior to showing up at the stadium.

Students must have a digital ticket or All Sport Pass for entry. Tickets are $7 this year for Varsity events. To expedite entry, the ticket should be purchased ahead of time via the link with a credit card. Ticket info for purchasing online single event tickets and/or All Sport Passes (which will be sent to the purchaser’s phone) can be found at https://websites.eventlink.com/s/avon-high-school/Tickets. Tickets can be purchased on the link provided for Home and Away events throughout the school year.

K-8 STUDENTS ATTENDING FOOTBALL EVENTS AT AVON HIGH SCHOOL - It is highly encouraged that all elementary and middle school students be accompanied by a paid adult. Unsupervised students will be required to sit in the middle school section on the SW corner of the Football Stadium and will not be allowed to wonder around. Backpacks, shoestring bags, and sports equipment (footballs, frisbees, etc.) are not permitted at AHS athletic events.

Avon High School Event Tickets Link

Click here to purchase tickets to Avon High School events.

Mary Lee Maier Community Pantry Information

The Mary Lee Maier Community Pantry is available to Avon school families and employees.

Every Thursday from 5:00 - 6:00PM (when school is in session)

at Avon Intermediate School East

Please do not arrive before 4:30PM due to AIS bus/school traffic

Enrollment is simple. Please complete your 2022 - 2023 enrollment before you shop. Below you will find more information for enrollment, please click the link below.

Mary Lee Maier Food Pantry at AIS East

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 5-6pm

174 Avon Avenue

Avon, IN

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Community Flyers

Please click on Community Flyers below to take you to the ACSC web page of all the Educational Flyers and Community Events Flyers happening in our community.
Community Flyers

Educational Flyers & Community Events

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