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Superintendent's Corner

Dear Parents,

It is with great pride that I inform you of a very important nomination for Avalon School.  We have been selected as one of only twenty-five campuses in the State of Texas as a nominee for the U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School Award!  The article below includes more detail.

This nomination is one that is not earned by any single component. It is a validation of our belief and a motto that hangs in my office – “Together We Make A Difference”. Accolades such as these speak to the efforts of all of us working together – teachers, administrators, staff, parents, board of trustees and community - working for one common goal – to provide the best possible education for every individual child. 

We have much to be proud of with the national nomination and recognition, and we want to share this news with you personally. Congratulations to Avalon ISD, its school family and the community of Avalon.

Best Regards,

Dr. David Del Bosque
Superintendent

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Avalon School is one of only 25 campuses in Texas that has been nominated for the 2014 National Blue Ribbon School recognition by the Texas Commissioner of Education. The U.S. Department of Education program honors schools for academic excellence or for dramatically improving student performance. Winners will be announced in Washington in September. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high school campuses. 

The program has been in existence since 1982. In that time, more than 7,000 schools have received the award from the U.S. Department of Education. The nomination was submitted by the Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams.

The schools are selected for one of two honors:

• Improving--Schools that dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests

• High Achieving--Schools whose students rank in the top 10 percent based on performance on their state standardized tests.

Avalon qualified for this prestigious award as an exemplary achieving school and also meets the criteria of serving over 40% of students that meet criteria for economically disadvantaged.

Honored schools receive a plaque and flag to signify National Blue Ribbon status. Avalon School has until March 21 to apply for the award. Those who are chosen are honored at an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. in the fall. These schools also serve as models for other schools throughout the state and the nation.

Superintendent Dr. David Del Bosque stated, “This is a tremendous honor for Avalon School. We are beyond excited to have been chosen as one of the 25 campuses in the State of Texas to be nominated for this national award. The award is the gold standard in education for those schools striving for the highest level of achievement and academic excellence for their students".

Dr. Del Bosque continued, “This nomination speaks to the commitment and dedication to education by our students, faculty, staff, and the administration of Avalon ISD. We continue to make great strides in providing quality instructional programs to ensure that our students are prepared for their future. I am thrilled and so very proud of our school and community".

For many years, any school could apply for the Blue Ribbon School nomination. That has changed and each state’s chief education officer submits a pre-determined number of nominations from that state that qualify according to the national criteria.

 

 

 

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***  Registration for ALL students for the 2014-2015 school year will be Aug 5 & 6, 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Aug 7, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  ***  All new students are to call for appt with elem or HS principal  ***  FREE Immunization Clinic, Wed, Aug 6, 4:00-7:00, HS Lib  ***Avalon ISD ~ A National Blue Ribbon School Nominee!


News and Announcements

Forms for Athletes Required to Take Physicals for Participation

Forms for Athletes Required to Take Physicals for Participation Click on this item for the 2-pages required for an athletic physical before students may participate. ALL ATHLETES in grades 6, 7 9 and 11 who plan to participate in ANY sport during the 2014-2015 school year MUST have a physical! If your child will play football or volleyball, practices begin August 4th. Please have your physicals taken care of before that date.
2014-2015 Registration to be Held August 5, 6, 7

2014-2015 Registration to be Held August 5, 6, 7 All Avalon ISD parents/guardians will have three days to register their students for the 2014-2015 school year. Registration will be held Tues & Wed, Aug 5 & 6, from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m. and on Thurs, Aug 7, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Paperwork will be updated and students do need to attend in order to have yearly health screenings taken for vision, hearing and Acanthosis nigricans. Any student needing a vaccination or an update for the new school year can have that taken care of at the FREE immunizations clinic to be held Wednesday, Aug 6, from 4:00-7:00 in the high school library. New ID photos will also be taken for each student.
2014-2015 School Supply Lists Posted for Grades PK3 - 12

2014-2015 School Supply Lists Posted for Grades PK3 - 12 The 2014-2015 school supply lists for grades PK-12 can be found under PARENTS - SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS in the sections above.

You may also click on the link below (after the jump) for the 2014-2015 school supply lists for grades PK3 through 12th.
FREE Immunizations Clinic for ALL Children

FREE Immunizations Clinic for ALL Children Avalon ISD will host a FREE immunization clinic for all children/students 19 years of age and younger. The clinic will be held Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in the high school library from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. This is during the 2nd day of Back-to-School registration for Avalon ISD students.

All vaccinations will be available. Immunization records are required if the child is not an Avalon student. Mrs. Gillaspie will have all Avalon ISD immunization records available. All children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Contact the school if you have any questions, 972-627-3251.
Free Federal Summer Lunch Program!

Free Federal Summer Lunch Program! The FREE Federal Summer Lunch Program if going on now through Tuesday, July 8! Come join us for a FREE lunch Monday - Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria! Lunch menu posted on the school website. (for all children up to age 18)
Summer Office Hours

Summer Office Hours Avalon ISD offices will be open Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The district will be closed on Fridays until August.
2014-2015 District Calendar Posted!

2014-2015 District Calendar Posted! The district calendar for the 2014-2015 school year has been posted. Please refer to the following link ~
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Upcoming Events

Registration for ALL Students

Date: 8/5/2014, 12 PM 7 PM
Location: HS
Registration for ALL Students

Date: 8/6/2014, 12 PM 7 PM
Location: HS
FREE Immunization Clinic

Date: 8/6/2014, 4 PM 7 PM
Location: HS Lib
Registration for ALL Students

Date: 8/7/2014, 9 AM 3 PM
Location: HS
Teacher In-Service

Date: 8/18/2014
Teacher In-Service

Date: 8/19/2014