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Stay up-to-date with what is happening in and around Pine Tree Elementary by clicking on the articles below. If you'd like to see district-wide updates, visit the Avon Experience page on the district website.


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!

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.

students running

Pine Tree and River Birch Elementary Schools united this week for a unique event. They hosted a combined Unified Track Meet for students with special needs and their buddies. Students competed together in a host of events.

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. 


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.

principals in pig pen

Any Pine Tree Elementary students who happened to be absent today missed their Principal and Assistant Principal kissing pigs! But that's the point. Not many of them were absent. The pig kissing was a reward for meeting their attendance goal.

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.


If you're a student entering grades 4-11 in the 2024-25 school year and you're looking for a way to spread school spirit and bring people joy as a mascot, you'll love Miracle Mascot Summer Camp. It's coming up on June 17-19.

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.


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.

students singing

Students in grades K-8, mark your calendars and plan for a high-energy show choir experience at Showstoppers Show Choir Camp. It's coming up on June 17-21.

Don't Miss Girls Basketball Summer Camp

Students who are entering grades K-8 this fall are invited to attend Girls Basketball Summer Camp with AHS Head Coach Will Staal and student-athletes from the Orioles basketball program on June 4-6.

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.

soccer player

Attention girls entering grades 1-9 this fall, the Avon Lady Orioles invite you to attend Girls Soccer Camp from June 16-20 at the Avon High School Soccer Practice Fields.


The AHS Cross Country team is hosting their 13th-annual running development camp during the week of June 3-7! Runners of all ability are welcome, and Avon students entering grades 1 to 8 are invited.

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.

athlete hands in huddle

Attention, parents and caregivers of Avon, Avon All-Sports Camp will be offered again this summer to students who will enter grades 3-8 in the coming school year. Available openings at this popular camp fill quickly so be sure to register today.

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.


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.

race car and students

Students and staff at Pine Tree Elementary got to enjoy an early taste of May in Indy on a chilly March day when Pine Tree parent and INDYCAR Series racing team member David Karcanes and 500 Festival Princess Luci Woodrum stopped by to visit.


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.

broadway kids logo

This summer camp, which is scheduled for June 17-21, is an excellent opportunity for students entering grades 1-8 to learn the fundamentals of musical theatre and experience all aspects of practicing, producing, and performing.

camp invention

This year's all-new program sparks curiosity and builds confidence as campers in grades 1-6 collaborate in fun, hands-on STEM challenges led by qualified educators to help their creativity shine.

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.

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!

Dr. Wyndham and podcast guests

You'll enjoy this conversation featuring Dr. Wyndham, Principal Shelley Moyers, Kindergarten Teacher Kayleah Anderson, third-grade student Zy'lynn, and fourth-grade student Spencer. They were excited to share their perspectives as they've watched the construction unfold and as they prepare to enjoy the new spaces in just a few weeks.

ahs madrigal singers

The Avon High School Madrigal Singers toured around Avon Schools and the community last week, bringing holiday cheer with them. Check out photos and a video from their performance and learn about how you can get tickets to Friday's Sounds of the Season choir concert.

pine tree students

Pine Tree Elementary School’s Kindness Club recently completed a pet supply drive to help Misty Eyes Animal Center. They donated pet supplies and made fleece tie blankets.

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.

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.

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.


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.

school assembly

Pine Tree students learned about kindness with the help of Big O, the Avon High School mascot, and the world premiere of a music video starring their teachers.

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!

Sarah Valentin

The list of 25 finalists for the Indiana Teacher of the Year was just released and it includes Avon Community School Corporation Teacher of the Year, Pine Tree Elementary Multilingual Learner Teacher Sarah Valentin!

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!

Shelley Moyers

We are excited to share that Mrs. Shelley Moyers is the new Pine Tree Elementary Principal.

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.


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.

student and volunteer

A student in Andrea Brackman's 4th-grade class at Pine Tree Elementary illustrated a newly published book that is available on Amazon.

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.

aerial photo of Pine Tree Elementary

We are in the process of a project at Pine Tree that will ultimately allow us to serve a greater number of students and provide much-needed updates to one of Avon's oldest elementary schools.

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.

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.

victor haiducu

This month, the Board of School Trustees celebrated a Pine Tree Elementary student for his Indiana Statehood Day essay. He was in the top 1% of all submissions.

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.

dr wyndham and podcast guests

Listen in as Dr. Wyndham discusses PLCs with seven educators. Learn what they are, how they're impacting educators, and how students are reaping the benefit as academic growth and achievement rise.

student with book

Welcome to The Library Minute. This week, a student at Pine Tree Elementary shares her review of She Persisted: Ruby Bridges by Kekla Magoon.

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.

student with book

Welcome to The Library Minute. This week, a student at Pine Tree Elementary shares her review of Can You Survive the Titanic? by Allison Lassieur.

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.

students looking at hallway display

Pine Tree Assistant Principal Jennifer McCann Thomas shared about two special celebrations that have captivated students' attention and imagination during the month of March.

dr wyndham and podcast guests

Avon is known across the nation for the sustained success of our Music Education program. The success at AHS wouldn't be possible without the foundation that is built in Avon's elementary, intermediate, and middle schools.

rachel and 911 dispatcher

Because of the composure, maturity, and courage Rachel displayed while placing a 911 call during an emergency, she was awarded the Indiana Public Safety Communications Kids Hero Award.

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.

dr wyndham and podcast guests

Listen in as Dr. Wyndham talks with four of Avon's outstanding educators, Hayley Hatchett (Avon High School), Dewitt Jackson (Avon Middle School South), Megan Lofgren (Avon Intermediate School West), and Clare Hoover (Pine Tree Elementary School).

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.

principal gatlin and Pine Tree students

This year, for the first time, STEM is one of the specials the 3,500 students in our six elementary schools get to experience each week alongside Music, Gym, and Art.

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.

Breann Ruiz, Becky Albaugh, Gary Ayers

At the ACSC Back-To-School Celebration on July 27, we celebrated three notable Avon educators. Our annual “Baby Oriole Just Hatched” award goes to the person who was most recently hired, and we recognize the people who have the longest tenure in Avon Schools, our “Golden Oldie Orioles.”