The Avon community will always be thankful for the chance to have known and worked with Colleen Martin. She was a teacher, coach, mentor, colleague, and friend with an infectious laugh and a humorous wit. Her values defined her objectives as she lived her life without pretense: she was kind, optimistic, energetic, generous, honest, and hard-working. If she saw someone in need, she was there to help. Her solutions to problems were realistic, personalized and welcomed. We will miss everything about her. It is rare that you meet someone who can influence so many for a lifetime.
A gathering of the Avon Middle School Community was held Thursday night, October 17th at 5:30 pm in the AMS Courtyard to celebrate Ms. Martin's life and dedication to her students. Ms. Martin will also be acknowledged as an "Avon Achiever" at the Avon Board of Education meeting which will be held Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the AHS Community Room.
Remembering 9/11 (Posted 9/11/2013)
The following address was made to students and staff of Avon Middle School on September 11, 2013:
Today we observe the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attack in New York City, Washington D.C., and in the skies of Pennsylvania. Although most of you do not remember this day because you were infants, September 11th, 2001 is a day that changed our world as we know it. It was a day that brought out the worst and the best of mankind. The worst because the actions of terrorists took the lives of approximately three thousand people and robbed families of their mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. We know that 9/11 brought out the best of mankind by the many stories of heroism and bravery we have learned about on television, in the newspaper, and on the internet. Of particular note this week, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of Staff Sgt. Todd ‘‘T.J.’’ Lobraico, a 2008 graduate of New Fairfield High School who was a member of the New York Air National Guard.
Sgt. Lobraico was killed Thursday from wounds sustained when his unit near Bagram Airfield was attacked with small arms fire. The decorated soldier had deployed to Afghanistan at the end of June. It was his second deployment overseas. Sgt. Lobraico is one of the 6717 soldiers that have died during the U.S. war on terror that began as a result of the events of 9/11.
As we go about our normal daily routines today, it is important that we stop and remember the victims of September 11, 2001, Sgt. Lobraico, and the thousands of soldiers who died to protect us from terrorism in our thoughts and in our prayers. I am sure that you will have some time in your classes today to discuss the events of this historic and tragic day. For now, let us begin our day of observance with a moment of silence for the victims of September 11th, their families and the men and women of our armed forces.
Welcome Back To School 2013 (Posted 8/16/2013)
Greetings Avon Middle School Community:
We hope that you and your family are enjoying your summer vacation and the beautiful warm weather we have been experiencing. Summer is a great time for children to attend camps, read, get outside and play, or simply spend time with friends and family.
Our maintenance crew, custodians, and secretaries are working hard to prepare the school for the arrival of your children in just a few more days. You’ll also notice a fresh coat of paint in the media center and corridors, making our school even more warm and inviting.
In the spirit of continuing to make AMS a nurturing and safe place to learn, we are happy to announce the inauguration of our advisory program. Along with Avon High School, we will be implementing a advisory program that will meet weekly (showing up as period 10 on student schedules) to discuss issues that directly affect the academic, social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of students. Topics to be discussed include: AMS Human Rights and Responsibilities, bullying, getting involved in clubs and activities, understanding the AMS Academic Honor Code, academic goal setting, time management, and more. Advisory programs are designed to provide students with a personalized experience while offering them the opportunity to belong to a small, close- knit group of peers.
This year, our students and staff will continue to explore and embrace the principles of Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. The book is not required reading for our students since a guide to the 7 Habits is embedded in the student planners which will be distributed on the first day of school. We encourage you to read about the habits and incorporate some of the vocabulary, messages, and strategies into your family life as we will be doing here at school.
Important dates to remember:
AMS Open House
7th grade – Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
8th grade – Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AMS Ice Cream Social: Friday, September 20th from 5-7pm in the AMS courtyard
AMS Parent Teacher Conferences
Monday, December 2 - afternoon & evening conferences
Tuesday, December 3 - afternoon conferences
Monday, April 28 - afternoon & evening conferences
Tuesday, April 29 - afternoon conferences
On behalf of the staff and faculty of Avon Middle School, we look forward to welcoming your child back to school this fall. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Welcome To Avon Middle School (Posted 7/1/2013)
A quick study of Avon Middle School’s logo, five hands interlocked around a central star, summarizes what this school is all about – teamwork. Just as the five individual hands join together to support and uplift one star, so do the individual teachers as they collaborate to support and uplift each student. Although the annual enrollment of the Avon Middle School averages 600 students, dividing this total into six smaller teams of 100 students enables the staff to get to know the students more personally. These interdisciplinary teams of teachers are able to provide the appropriate amount of attention to all students in their small community of learners. Getting to know each student individually is a priority that is attainable as team teachers meet daily to strategize ways to reach each of their students.
A second positive result of teaming is the advancement of Avon Middle School’s strong academic program. Teachers at the middle school level are all specialists in their content areas; when meeting together in their teams, they are able to collaborate and dovetail their content with each other, insuring high standards across the curriculum.
The vitality of teaming is not only practiced in the classroom but outdoors as well. The ropes course, built right on the Avon Middle School grounds, promotes such essential skills as trust, team building, character education, and healthy risk taking. Every student experiences these life skills as part of their physical education class.
Other life skills that today’s students will need to succeed are 21st Century Learning skills. AMS is dedicated to provide their students with the opportunities needed for the future, using a variety of programs within the context of authentic learning. Global awareness is another goal AMS underscores through many of its programs. Every eighth grader completes a “Big 6” Project in which he/she studies our interaction with the environment. Student Council is a club that advances many green initiatives such as recycling, electricity conservation, paper recycling and composting, while working with our HOPE and Leo clubs to support many initiatives and programs in the community and around the world charged with the goal of easing human suffering.
Avon Middle School is proud of its community of givers. Students and faculty alike log hundreds of community service hours through wonderful initiatives offered by the very active student council, the Leo club, and the HOPE club. Striving to educate the whole child during these critically formative early teenage years is Avon Middle School’s passion. Teaming is the way they support and uplift each of their 600 stars.
Happy New Year from Avon Middle School (Posted 1/2/2013)
I would like to take this opportunity to wish the entire Avon Middle School community a very safe and happy new year. This morning we opened our doors to our students who were eager to return to school. This week, along with all schools in Avon, there will be a police officer assigned to AMS. We will continue to review our safety procedures and adjust our procedures as needed. Please know that the safety and well being of our students and staff are our foremost responsibility.
Thank you and have a happy new year.
Avon Middle School
Newtown Tragedy Update for AMS (Posted 12/17/2012)
Monday, December 17, 2012
I’d like to report that the students and staff of Avon Middle School experienced a calm and routine school day. Our day began with a quick faculty meeting to review our goals for the day which included: providing a calm and nurturing presence for our students; reassuring our students that they are safe and that trustworthy people are looking out for them; increasing our visibility in all areas of the building; and referring students to our counselors as needed. Although our counseling center remained open throughout the day, there were almost no visits made by students or staff. In addition, students were respectful and observant during our moment of silence this morning.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the professionalism, compassion, and devotion the Avon Middle School staff demonstrated toward the children of our school. Due to their efforts, our students felt safe and were able to attend to their learning. I am extremely proud to be the principal of Avon Middle School.
So tonight, ask your children about their day. Spend some time with screens shut off and conversations turned on. Finally make sure to remember that each day with your children is a gift.
Avon Middle School
Avon Middle School response to Newtown Tragedy (Posted 12/17/2012)
I trust that you are holding your loved ones near during this terrible tragedy. While we mourn for the individuals killed and pray for them and their families, I would like to report on the preparations underway for the start of school tomorrow. First, let me ask that you read each of the Superintendent's communications sent this weekend regarding the tragedy. There, you will find resources and information important for you to consider as you process the events of the Friday with your children. Avon Middle School is prepared to open as usual tomorrow morning at 7:20 am. Prior to the opening of school, we will conduct a staff meeting to review our procedures on dealing with events of this magnitude. When students arrive to their homerooms, I will lead the school in an observance of moment of silence for the victims of Friday's tragedy. We will then resume our school day with a focus on monitoring our students and staff for distress while maintaining the routines of a school day that provide some sense of reassurance and comfort. Please know that we will take good care of your children over the days to come and we will communicate any developments as they may arise.
Principal Avon Middle School