Messages from the Superintendent:

February 23, 2017

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

Yesterday, it was reported that Niche.com released its 2017 list of best public high schools in Connecticut.

According to the Niche website (Niche.com) the rankings assesses 18,793 U.S. public high schools. Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data obtained from the U.S. Department of Education. The statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014-2016, as self-reported by the schools. Some of the many factors considered are academics based on state assessment proficiency tests and SAT/ACT scores; quality of teachers based on teacher salary, teacher absenteeism and state test results; culture & diversity; health & safety; resources & facilities; clubs & activities; sports; and parent/student surveys on overall experience.

I am very proud to report that Avon High School was ranked number 11, aligning us with two other Hartford area schools, Glastonbury High School and Simsbury High School. The other top ten schools reside in Fairfield County.

To see the rankings of the Top 100 Public High Schools in Connecticut in its entirety, go to: https://www.niche.com/…/public-…/best-overall/s/connecticut/.

Once again, I extend my appreciation to the students, parents and staff for their hard working efforts. It is through these collaborative efforts that Avon Public Schools continues to be recognized for its academic excellence.

Sincerely yours,

Gary

Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools Avon Public Schools
gmala@avon.k12.ct.us

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February 14, 2017

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

Last week, Governor Malloy released his proposed biennial budget for fiscal years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 respectively.   The purpose of this message is to make you aware of the impact the Governor’s proposals would have on Avon should they be enacted by both the House of Representatives and State Senate.

To see the rest of this message, please click here.

 

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February 8, 2017

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

I write this message to acknowledge all the expressed concerns regarding the road conditions this morning.  As detailed in a previous communication, the decision to alter the district’s school schedule due to inclement weather is arrived after consulting with a number of individuals including, but not limited to, neighboring superintendents, our local public works office and the Avon Police Department.  For detailed information as to how these decisions are arrived, please see the attached message from January 6, 2017.

Unfortunately, roads were worse than anticipated and were not as they were reported, therefore causing some precarious traveling situations.  Just prior to authoring this message, by monitoring our town’s radio communication system, I have concluded Avon’s roads have been treated appropriately.

Please know that we will continue to deploy all necessary resources to manage all current and future inclement weather decisions to ensure the safety of our children and staff.

I remain very truly yours,

Gary

Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools Avon Public Schools
gmala@avon.k12.ct.us

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February 3, 2017

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

I hope this message finds you well this wintery season.  It is my pleasure to have the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Donna Nestler-Rusack, share with you in this message an update regarding Avon Public School’s Teaching & Learning:

SPOTLIGHT FOR FEBRUARY 2017

Thompson Brook School will be piloting Enrichment Clusters, an experience where students across grades immerse themselves in a topic of common interest and together develop a plan of action to use their newly acquired knowledge or skill to create a good or service for an authentic audience.  Enrichment clusters are part of the School-wide Enrichment Model developed by Dr. Joseph Renzulli, a leader and pioneer in gifted education.  Every student will participate in the seven week enrichment session which kicks off on February 8 and boasts 40 clusters with topics that range from altruism to the stock market, calligraphy to health and fitness, and many more.  In preparation, students completed an interest survey of general topics they would like to study or explore using this model. TBS teachers used student responses to select a topic for which they will guide a group of students in their study.

Preparations for the 2016-17 state assessments have begun as district and school leaders receive direction for test preparation and changes for this school year.  Consistent with last year, all students in grades 3-8 will be assessed in the areas of reading, writing and math on the Smarter Balanced Assessment, and science will be assessed in grades 5, 8 and 10 on the Science CMT and CAPT.  For the second time, grade 11 students will take the Connecticut School Day SAT as the required state assessment.  By partnering with College Board, Connecticut schools meet the federal and state obligations for student assessment while providing students with an SAT score that is reportable for college entrance.  The schedule for state testing is as follows:

Grade 5 CMT  April 3 and 4, 2017
Grade 8 CMT  April 3-5, 2017
Grade 10 CAPT  April 5, 2017
Grade 11 CT School Day SAT April 5, 2017
Grades 3-8 Smarter Balanced  May 1 - May 12, 2017

On February 16th the Curriculum Professional Development Council will meet for the second time this year.  Anticipated highlights of the meeting include the K-12 Vertical Math Team’s findings and recommendations after reviewing our district’s math curriculum, the finalization of a district software approval process, and the continued discussion of best practices in behavioral intervention in an effort to strengthen how we support students on the behavioral side of the SRBI triangle.

Calendar of Events:

  • February 2      Grade 5 Science Curriculum Writing, AHS Community                           Room
  • February 8      Performing Arts/Music Curriculum Writing, AHS                                      Community Room
  • February 9      Preschool Curriculum Writing, AHS Community Room
  • February 16    Curriculum Professional Development Council Meeting,                         AHS Community Room
  • February 17    Grades K-2 Science Curriculum Writing, AHS                                         Community Room

Please feel free to contact Dr. Rusack should you have any questions or seek additional information. Dr. Rusack can be reached at 860-404-4720 or drusack@avon.k12.ct.us.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools.  I look forward to communicating with you again very soon. 

I remain very truly yours,

Gary

Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools Avon Public Schools
gmala@avon.k12.ct.us

 

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