The 29th annual Children's Hospital Auction is coming up quickly! Avonworth School District is proud to raise money each year for the Free Care Fund, which provides funding to children in need for medical care they may not be able to otherwise afford. This is only possible with the support of the community, so please consider donating to our auction. Suggested donations include:
Toys: Games, small electronics, giant stuffed animals
Gifts: Baskets, athletic gear or memorabilia, tickets to movies etc, gift cards (if grouped with other related items of interest).
If you would like to make a donation (or have any questions), please feel free to contact Emily Hickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you in advance for your support - we are sure this will be an awesome year to raise money for the children at Children's Hospital!
Each year the Carson Scholars Fund offers a chance to win a $1000 scholarship investment towards attendance at a four-year college or university. Unfortunately, Avonworth Middle School can only offer one name to be recognized each year. The application requirements and deadlines are linked below.
We are asking for YOUR help with increasing the total VOTE COUNT! The students of these videos have been asking their HS peers to go online and vote, but many of the students choose not to do it even thought it takes just a second. One of the Avonworth videos is currently in 2nd place in popular vote - but unfortunately that is still 200 votes behind the first place video. So we wanted to ask for your help at the MS level to increase the vote count for these Avonworth videos (given your success with making that possible).
Here is what each MS student needs to do:
Login to their student google account
Bring up each video link and LIKE the video in YouTube by clicking on the thumbs up below the video
Each person is only allowed to vote ONCE since each google account gets only ONE vote… that is why we need as many people (with a google account) to vote as possible to close this gap of 200 votes between the Avonworth video and the other one in the contest. VOTING ENDS NEXT WEEK!
With the holidays now here, buy a yearbook (December 1st through December 21st) and receive a certificate as a holiday gift purchase. Printed gift certificates with a personalized message will be sent to a home or business address via USPS.
Available for orders made December 1 through December 21!
We started our Layered
Curriculum in Graphing Linear Equations today (12/1/16) in math. Students will
work with their assigned groups through the layers. See the linked document for
all assignments through Dec 19.
in science have started a new learning unit called energy resources. We will be
continuing our exploration of electricity through several activities.
students will be constructing a simple DC motor to better understand how
electrons make motors spin. They will be creating YouTube replies to the DC
model posted to the Science 8 YouTube Channel.
students will be examining energy resources in our community. We will be
considering renewable and nonrenewable resources as well as the untapped potential
in our river. The final activity of this unit has the students designing a turbine
to be retrofitted to our existing locks and dams.
are some online resources for students and parents:
The Avonworth School District is very pleased to report that an Activity Bus will be provided for middle school and high school students that need to stay after school for clubs and activities. This bus will run every Monday-Thursday and leave the school at 4:00 p.m.Students can board the bus outside the middle school entrance.
Keep in mind, the bus does not provide door to door service. It will stop at strategic locations throughout the district. The bus stop locations are listed below. The first day of operation will be Monday, December 5th.
On Wednesday, November 16, students from the 8th
grade met with Jonathan Ogurchak of Panther Specialty Pharmacy to learn more
about a project involving Avonworth and Blackhawk Middle Schools.
Students learned about the role of a specialty
pharmacy and the requirement of a close relationship among patients, doctors
and the pharmacists. The students were introduced to a specific drug, Strensiq,
which requires strict monitoring due to temperature constraints and costs. Strensiq
is used to combat a specific genetic, enzymatic deficiency in bone production. The
students learned about the special “smart” refrigerators needed to store the expensive
supply of medication.
The project has students looking at how technology
could improve the relationship and communication between the patients and their caregivers. Students were asked if they could think of ways that the “smart”
refrigerator could be modified to better aid PANTHERx in their mission to serve patients with chronic diseases. The product to be created by the students will explain the features that could be used in the next iteration of the "smart refrigerator."
Jonathan Ogurchak describes the condition perinatal/infantile and juvenile-onset hypophosphatasia to Avonworth students. This is the disorder that Strensiq, an enzyme replacement, is prescribed to patients to form and maintain bone. The cost of the medication is extreme, which requires the pharmacy to closely track and monitor dosages.
Students interact with the features currently used on the "smart" refrigerator 2.0. The students got a chance to review all of the features of this new technology.
The "smart" refrigerator uses technology such as RFID tagging and wireless communication to connect the refrigerator in patient's homes to the pharmacy.
Students consider options that could be added to the "smart" refrigerator 3.0 to improve the communication between patients, doctors, and PANTHERx.
November 8, thirty-three 8th grade students spent the day with local veterans
at the Heinz History Center. The WWII,
Korean, and Vietnam War veterans shared their personal stories, brought in
artifacts, and answered students' questions.
The heroic actions of these men and women were an inspiration to
students and teachers. Thank you to all
veterans for your service to our nation.
Thanks to the over 150 guests that attended our 8th Grade Election
Event on Tuesday night. Those in
attendance were able to view student-created videos, board games, artwork,
websites, children's books, presentations, and even a live debate!
If you were in attendance and did not get an opportunity to take the Exit Poll,
please feel free to leave us your feedback here:
Please ask your child for the following letter that was sent home yesterday.
grade students just finished reading and studying the award-winning novel The
Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Since it
was first published in 1967, it has remained a popular book among teenagers
here at Avonworth.
conclude the novel unit by watching the PG-13
movie, The Outsiders: The Complete
Novel on Monday, October 31. The Francis Ford Coppola movie was rereleased
in 2005 and captures the spirit of the young adult characters and themes
prevalent in the novel. The author S.E.
Hinton helped direct the movie and even played a small part in it.
will learn how to critically watch the film and reflect on key elements of the
novel as they complete their “Movie to Film Analysis” online discussion in
school. After comparing and contrasting
the movie’s character development, conflicts and themes to those within the
novel, students will write and discuss their own reviews of the movie.
If you do not want your student to watch the movie, please return the form below by Wednesday, October 26.An alternative activity will be provided for students who will not
watch the movie. No action is needed if you approve of The Outsiders movie activity.
Thank you and
Grade Reading Teacher
If you DO NOT want your student to watch
the PG-13 movie, PLEASE COMPLETE, SIGN AND RETURN this form by Wednesday, October 26. You can also email your
request to me at email@example.com.
Student Name (please print)
My child does not have my permission to
watch the rated PG-13 movie The
Outsiders: The Complete Novel on Monday, October 31. I would prefer that my child participate in an