Principal's Welcome to AHS
Dear Avon High School Students and Families,
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! The first day for students is Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
I am very excited about going into my second year as principal of Avon High School. I learned quite a bit last year and am looking forward to continuing with that approach.
Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Kirsten Markowski to the high school. Mrs. Markowski is returning to teaching after taking some time off from the classroom to be with her family. She will be teaching physics, replacing Mr. Luke Rosnick. Mr. Rosnick and his family relocated to the shoreline.
We also have several in district transfers that occurred since we were last together. Mrs. Sarah Parsons, special education teacher, joins us from AMS. Mrs. Natalie Carlone is now at AMS. Mrs. Aimee Davies, school psychologist, joins us from PGS and RBS. Mrs. Davies is replacing Mrs. Angela Curran. Mrs. Curran and her family relocated to Rhode Island this summer. Several paraeducators retired, relocated, or resigned for other positions this summer: Mrs. Jacquelyn Benson, Mrs. Sarah DeFuedis, Mrs. Silvi Perrin, Mrs. Debra Shooshan-Stoller, and Mrs. Lorraine Zero. Mr. Matt Redman joins us from TBS for one of the positions. Mr. Brendan Smith and Mr. Will Brisco join us as paraeducators.
In this letter I have included some important reminders and updates regarding the 2019-2020 school year. Please make time to review them. My hope is that they will assist you and your family in getting this school year started on the right foot.
Updates: (I suggest you keep this handy to review several times.)
Schedules. The PowerSchool portal opens Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Returning students will notice it looks a bit different. The periods are listed 1-8. The change is to allow us to better reflect the attendance on days that all classes meet, such as review days, and this year, the first day of school. Odd numbered periods are the same as A Day; even numbered periods are the same as B Day.
School counselors return to work on Thursday, August 22 and all other teachers on Monday, August 26.
Again, the first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 28. This year 9th and 10th grade students will begin the day in Advisory; the 11th and 12th grade students will start out in the auditorium. The groups will switch places after about 40 minutes. During advisory, students will receive the Student Handbook, a temporary ID and their class lanyard, and review some of the basics regarding the day to day operation of the school. While in the auditorium, students will participate in the expectations assembly and learn about class meetings, and other activities that we are looking to develop this year. Students will follow these two sessions by going through each of their classes, periods 1 through 8 for a shortened period. (Lunch will be period 6.) There will be posters throughout the building and plenty of staff members to assist you.
The rest of the first week we will follow the regular schedule: Thursday will be an A Day (odd periods) and Friday, a B Day (even periods). This is followed by a three day weekend - not bad!
Students: Check your student Avon gmail account daily to stay informed about what is happening at AHS. The morning announcements only give you the “headlines.”
Parents: We post the daily announcements online, as well.
The new turf field and track project is nearing completion. In a few weeks time we should have our teams using it for practice and games. I am very excited that students will be able to stay on campus after school to watch and support classmates participating in field hockey, soccer and football this fall. Thank you Avon residents for your continued support of our students.
GO Avon - Ninth grade and new student orientation:
Under the direction of Mr. Todd Dyer, student volunteers will hold an orientation session for ninth grade students and new students on Tuesday, August 27 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Ninth graders will be placed into groups with a student volunteer leader. New students in grades 10, 11, and 12 will be in their own group.
AHS Open House is Thursday, September 5, 2019. We start at 6:30 PM in the auditorium for a short presentation and then parents/guardians will follow their child’s schedule, periods 1-8. Student schedules will be printed and available for parents who do not get the information from their child.
Buses: As the year begins, the bus company will also begin their work. Each year the bus company is staffed with new drivers traveling new routes. Drivers begin the task of learning Avon’s roads and traffic patterns in the weeks preceding school starting. Though practice has taken place, I still ask for your patience during the opening days of the school year. If for any reason your child’s bus is running much later than anticipated we will send out an electronic alert notifying parents. My hope is that within a week’s time the routes will have been established and will run with a much greater level of consistency.
Parent Drop Off and pick up / Students driving: The loop in front of the school is for school buses only. Parents and students should follow the sign to the other side of the building. Remember to check your surroundings before pulling away from the drop off / pick up area. On behalf of the entire school community, I thank you in advance for driving safely in our parking lot as it is a very busy place during arrival and dismissal.
Senior Parking information was emailed to seniors several weeks ago. You may come in to pick up your parking passes from Mrs. Tubridy on Monday, August 26 between 12-2:30pm and Tuesday, August 27 from 8-2pm.
Senior Privileges applications are accepted once signed by student, parent, and school counselor. Applications will be reviewed and processed as they arrive. There are no Senior Privileges the first day of school.
Junior Parking information was sent out previously. As stated, those applications are available beginning September 6.
Finally, as they do each summer, the maintenance and custodial departments have worked hard to get the schools ready for the coming year. AHS is no different. They have done a wonderful job this summer.
Again, welcome to the 2019-20 school year. I look forward to a wonderful year here at AHS.
Avon High School
Make interdisciplinary connections and integrate previous learning experiences.
Use a variety of critical thinking and problem solving strategies.
Assess the value of information, produce quality work, and strive for mastery.
Express ideas clearly and creatively.
Respond to success and failure with reflection, resilience, and integrity.
Listen to the ideas of others and contribute in a meaningful way.
Make informed choices that promote mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
Enjoy a sense of inclusion and belonging.
Act in an ethical manner and recognize the potential to effect change.
Please see the link below for Avon High School's Safe School Climate Plant 2019 2020.