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This page contains the most recent news items and updates from Hickory Elementary. If you'd like to see district-wide updates, visit the Avon Experience page on the district website.

oriole

It's the final day of school! Watch your school's website in early July for back-to-school information. The first day back will be Wednesday, July 31. Between now and then, have a great summer break, Orioles!

educators cutting paper

On July 31, Avon Schools is preparing to welcome approximately 700 kindergarten students to school for the first time. An influential team is already hard at work re-imagining what their first eight days in kindergarten will entail.

summer food assistance

Several resources are available to help every Avon family ensure there is plenty of nutritious food on-hand to help make this the best summer ever.

ALL Stars

In May, you nominated 67 individuals as ALL Stars — Avon Schools employees who embody our mission: ALL belong, learn, and grow. Meet this month's ALL Stars.

2023-24 School Year Highlights

A lot can happen over the course of a school year, especially in a school corporation like Avon Schools. We have compiled a list of some of the academic, artistic, athletic, and teacher/leader highlights that have happened since last July, and you can access them all on our website. 

retirees

Avon Schools district leaders, family, and friends gathered on May 13 to celebrate 24 employees who are retiring this year. In total, these individuals dedicated 552 years of service to Avon.

2023-24 Teachers & Support Staff of the Year

It's Teacher Appreciation Week, the perfect time to reveal our 2023-24 Teachers & Support Staff of the Year. Congratulations to these deserving individuals who were selected by their colleagues!

Attend Nike Softball Camp

AHS has been selected as a Nike Softball camp site. Girls between age 6-14 are invited to come out July 22-25 and get softball instruction from our own staff and players.

pom poms

Attention, students entering grades K-8 in the 2024-25 school year, it's time to register for Avon Youth Sports Cheer Camp! It's coming up on June 27-28. Learn cheers, sidelines, dances, and stunts, all developed for young athletes.

basketball

Attention boys in grades K-8, Avon Boys Basketball Summer Camp happens on June 24-27. Learn the fundamentals from Coach Drew Schauss and members of the Avon High School boys basketball team.

Register for Avon Boys Summer Soccer Camp

Attention, boys entering grades K-8 this fall, it's time to register for Avon Youth Summer Soccer Camp. It's scheduled for July 8-11 and will take place at the Avon High School soccer fields.

softball infield

If you're a student entering grades K-8 this fall, you can register to attend the Avon Softball Youth Mini Camp on June 25 and 26 at Avon High School.

ALL Stars

In April, you nominated 54 individuals as ALL Stars — Avon Schools employees who embody our mission: ALL belong, learn, and grow. Meet this month's ALL Stars.

ALL Stars

In March, you nominated 78 individuals as ALL Stars - Avon Schools employees who embody our mission: ALL belong, learn, and grow. Meet this month's ALL Stars.

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Hundreds of incredible Avon teachers deserve our admiration, respect, and support every week of the year, and we're glad for the opportunity we have to demonstrate our appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10.

students in planetarium

Thanks to our friends in the Danville Community School Corporation, Avon elementary students get to explore the outer reaches of space from the center of Hendricks County.

students

A group of a dozen young men from Avon High School gathered early Thursday morning with Principal Matt Shockley, district administrators, civic leaders, business owners, religious leaders, and hundreds of good neighbors from across the county to participate in Men IN Action READ.

student assembling robot

If you're a student who loves Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and you'll enter grades 3-8 in the fall, Summer STEM Camp is for you!

grant recipients

AEF exists to support creativity, innovation, and excellence within Avon Schools. They recently awarded 21 Helping Hands Grants to Avon educators. Meet the recipients and find out how they plan to use their awards.

child in graduation hat

Students have a special opportunity to support innovation, creativity, and excellence in our classrooms by participating in Hats Off to AEF Day, Friday, March 8. Students who bring a $1 donation can wear a hat to school.

ALL Stars

In February, you nominated 83 individuals as ALL Stars - Avon Schools employees who embody our mission: ALL belong, learn, and grow. Meet this month's ALL Stars.

aerial photo of east and west

Avon’s kindergarten through sixth grade students have spoken. In August 2025, when AIS East and West open their doors as elementary schools, students will walk into Evergreen Elementary and Willow Elementary.

solar eclipse

Avon will experience totality during the total solar eclipse on April 8. It's exciting to be in the path of such a rare event. Let's plan together so we can all enjoy it safely.

major saver logo

AEF's mission is to support creativity, innovation, and excellence within the Avon Community School Corporation. Join them by participating in the Major Saver Fundraiser.

ALL Stars

In January, you nominated 37 individuals as ALL Stars - Avon Schools employees who embody our mission: ALL belong, learn, and grow. Meet this month's ALL Stars.

Dr. Wyndham and podcast guests

In a day and age in which teachers can take their pick of the school districts in which they want to teach, why do so many excellent educators continue to choose Avon Schools? Listen in as Dr. Wyndham explores that topic with five educators who are either in their first year in the profession or who are veterans in their first year teaching in Avon Schools.

avon school board

We are extremely grateful for the dedication and commitment of our five school board members: President Kim Woodward, Vice President Anne Engelhardt, Secretary Sarah Parent, Cindy Simmons, and Jennifer Smith.

ALL Stars

In December, you nominated 61 individuals and one team of instructional assistants as ALL Stars - Avon Schools employees who embody our mission: ALL belong, learn, and grow. Meet this month's ALL Stars.

black and gold day

The Avon Town Council has declared Friday, December 15, Black and Gold Day in honor of Avon High School's 2023 National Blue Ribbon School award and the Avon Marching Black & Gold's fourth Bands of America Grand National Championship. Celebrate with us!

sounds of the season

In Avon Schools, it’s beginning to look — and sound — like the holiday season. Mark your calendars and join us at the band, orchestra, and choir performances listed here.

ALL Stars

In November, you nominated 53 individuals and one entire school staff as ALL Stars - Avon Schools employees who embody our mission: ALL belong, learn, and grow. Meet this month's ALL Stars.

Dr. Wyndham and podcast guests

Each November, we dedicate an episode of the Orioles In-The-Know podcast to one simple question, “What are you grateful for?” During the e-learning day earlier this month, we spoke with River Birch Elementary, Avon Intermediate School West, Avon Middle School North, and Avon High School teachers, administrators, and support staff about what they're grateful for.

teachers

Hickory Elementary teachers made their first ever Traveling Teachers stop on Thursday, November 16, visiting one of their neighborhoods to hand out snacks, books, and treats to kids.

Dr. Wyndham and podcast guests

Join Superintendent Dr. Scott Wyndham in this special episode as he talks with Director Matt Harloff and Assistant Director Karl Hartman about Avon Marching Black & Gold's Bands of America Grand National Championship, the fourth in the AHS Band's illustrious history.

students

You're never too young to learn how to be a leader. That was the lesson student representatives from Hickory Elementary School's Sprout Council shared with the Avon Board of School Trustees at their November 13 meeting.

Thank You Veterans!

To all past and present members of the US Armed Forces, thank you for your service. Our schools have been awash in red, white, and blue this week as Veterans Day celebrations have taken place. Enjoy a few photos showing some of the highlights.

children in snow

From time to time, it may cause us to call for a delay, early dismissal, e-learning day, or even a closure. Here's how we decide and notify you.

Parent-Teacher Conferences a Success

Last spring, district leaders amended the 2023-24 school year calendar to include dedicated space and time for conferences to occur on two afternoons in September. We surveyed parents and educators about the experience and here is what they said.

ALL Stars

In October, you nominated 41 individuals as ALL Stars - Avon Schools employees who embody our mission: ALL belong, learn, and grow. Meet this month's ALL Stars.

runner

The 2023 NOVA Run Club season begins soon! This year's club will be open to any ACSC student from first grade to eighth grade. Learn more and register today.

breakfast is served

All Avon K-12 students have the opportunity to begin each day filled up and ready to learn. Our schools serve breakfast each morning for just $1.85.

ALL Stars

You nominated 61 staff members, a volunteer, a team, and a therapy dog — It's true! — who you feel embody our mission: ALL belong, learn, and grow. Thank you for taking the time to submit your nominations.

parent and student

Parent-teacher conferences will take place for grades k-8 on September 28 and 29. Students will have school in the morning. During the afternoon, parents will attend conferences and students will complete e-learning assignments. Here are the details.

substance abuse workshop

Don't miss out on a crucial informational presentation that could make all the difference in your child's life. Join us for an informative and enlightening session on current drug trends among teenagers.

woman speaking into bullhorn

Stand up, speak out for Avon Schools by becoming an Oriole Advocate. Advocates promote student achievement and community engagement by lending a voice to students, teachers, and staff. Apply today!

stadium stands with fans

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 19, and plan to join Avon Marching Black & Gold and Avon Athletics at 2023 Community Day.

Sarah Valentin

Pine Tree Elementary Multilingual Learner Teacher Sarah Valentin is our 2023 Teacher of the Year. Congratulations, Sarah!

kayla kuepper

Beginning in July, Hickory Elementary will have a new Assistant Principal. Kayla Kuepper has worked in Avon Schools since 2013 and is a former district Teacher of the Year.

fourth grade students

To celebrate the accomplishments of the class of '31, Hickory Elementary 4th grade students enjoyed a whole host of activities at a party put on by the PTO.

students walking parade route

Each year, on the final few days of school, Avon High School seniors gown up and parade around the elementary schools they attended.

retirees

The Board, Superintendent Dr. Scott Wyndham, school and district administrators, and friends and family gathered to celebrate 19 men and women who are retiring from Avon Schools this year.

25 graduates

The Evening of Excellence is a celebration of the Avon High School graduating class featuring the top 25 students by academic rank. Each student honors two educators. Meet them all.

dr wyndham and podcast guests

The substance abuse epidemic isn't only happening somewhere else or on the evening news. It is affecting young people in our community. Dr. Wyndham talks with substance abuse, mental wellness, and law enforcement experts about how we can protect and care for young people.

students raising hands

Inside this issue: a note from Dr. Wyndham about plans for future growth and expansion, information about the Avon High School project, stories about students and and teachers achieving high honors, and much more.

students with globe

Avon kindergarten teachers are using structured play to promote social-emotional development, problem solving, and other critical skills that are necessary for normal and healthy child development.

dr wyndham and podcast guests

Today, Dr. Wyndham highlights the work of our coaches during this conversation with Kristle Chalos and Emily Steffen, Instructional Coaches at Hickory Elementary and Sycamore Elementary, respectively.

student with book

Welcome to The Library Minute. This week, a student at Hickory Elementary School shares his review of  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney.

maintenance crew with award

Avon Community School Corporation is one of two Indiana school districts recognized as 2022 Clean Air Award recipients by the National Air Filtration Association.

book vending machine

Students, staff, and administrators at Hickory Elementary celebrated the installation of a new vending machine with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

gift presentation in board room

Several Avon residents banded together to conduct a campaign to raise money from hundreds of likeminded individuals. They presented Avon Schools with a gift that would remind us of their support and deep appreciation.

speech bubbles

Thanks to a small collection of helpful tools — and the people who use them — our multilingual learners and their families can belong, learn, and grow.

substitute teacher with students

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a positive impact in the community and gain valuable experience? It's time to Sub In! Substitute Teachers are MVPs in Avon Schools.

dr wyndham and podcast guests

There's no more appropriate way to conclude season 2 of the Orioles In-The-Know podcast than to highlight some of our graduating seniors in this senior sendoff.

dr wyndham and podcast guests

Join Dr. Wyndham in this celebration of Avon's incredible educators as he talks with leaders from two of the organizations working hard to support our teachers. Plus, hear from dozens of Avon students.

globe and hands

Make plans to bring your entire family and join the celebration at the 2022 Culture Fair on May 7. The event is open to the public.

interior of avon library

April is School Library Month in the Avon Community School Corporation libraries. Here are some examples about what is happening in your school library.

aerial photo of avon

Inside this issue, get details about development happening in and around Avon, information about Pine Tree Elementary School's big recognition, the latest Performing Arts accomplishments, and much more.

student with book

Welcome to The Library Minute. This week, a student at Hickory Elementary School shares her review of Operation Frog Effect.

hickory students at board session

At their January 24 working session, the Avon Board of School Trustees heard a fantastic presentation from some incredible Hickory Elementary students.

forest floor covered with leaves

With Thanksgiving coming up, we take a break from our normal conversations and invite you into some of our classrooms to hear what makes Avon's students and educators grateful.

Oriole Update Fall 2021

Learn more about AHS student enrollment and growth predictions, portable classrooms at Intermediate East and West, the Teacher and Support Staff of the Year, Baby and Golden Oldie Orioles, and more.

dustin lemay, carrie alday, scott wyndham

Join Dr. Wyndham and two Avon educators, Steph Duda and Sarah Tuttle, as they sit down for a conversation about the work they’re doing to provide rich, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences for all 3,500 elementary students in our school district.

Hickory Highlights School Newsletter 22-23

Here's a list of this year's school newsletters to help you stay in the know!