Avondale Middle School Student wins Sooper Yooper Art Contest

Avani Govindswamy stands in front of a slide of her artwork during the Sooper Yooper Art Competition awards presentation at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Avondale Middle School student’s art, inspired by love of nature, wins recognition by Wege Foundation Avondale Middle School eighth-grader Avani Govindswamy has been recognized by the Wege Foundation for her submission of an original work of art in a competition inspired by the book, Sooper Yooper: Environmental Defender by Mark Heckman and Mark Newman. The annual contest, “Sooper Yooper” is in its sixth year and draws submissions from students, 5-18 years of age, from around the State of … [Read more...]

Avondale High School Students Recognized at MITES Competition

Avondale High School students (l to r) Caleb Demos, Deven Queen and Bryan Banaylo with their MITES awards after the state-wide competition

State-wide Competition Celebrates Excellence in Career Technical Education Avondale High School Career and Technical Education students in the school’s Architectural Design class, Introduction to Building Trades class and Electricity class, taught by Avondale High School teacher William Ray have earned recognition as part of the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) state competition and conference. The MITES Conference, held at the Lansing Center, featured student … [Read more...]

Jump Rope Event Raises Money for the American Heart Association

Deerfield Elementary student concentrates on jumping rope to raise money for the American Heart Association

Avondale School District annual Jump Rope for Heart events raise almost $34,000 More than 1500 Avondale School District elementary students helped raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association (AHA) during the District’s annual Jump Rope for Heart events this school year. The district’s four elementary schools, Auburn Elementary, Deerfield Elementary, R. Grant Graham Elementary, and Woodland Elementary each hosted an event that brought in a combined $33,495. This year’s … [Read more...]

Avondale High School Announces Class of 2016 Top Scholars

Avondale High School Class of 2016 Top Scholars (pictured standing l to r) Kennedy Desotell, Frank Suriano, Maxx Mayhew, Florence Grypinich, Divya Ramanathan, Gabrielle Schwerin, Alex Larson and Adam Gongol; (seated l to r) Katherine Winter, Alexandra Brinker, Brittany Mae, Edu Usoro, Andy Jiang and Ryan Rocca.

Avondale High School announces the following students as Top Scholars for the 2016 school year. The students will be celebrated at an Honors Breakfast with their parents on May 26. Avondale Class of 2016 Valedictorian, Alexandra Brinker of Rochester Hills, is the daughter of Steven and Diane Brinker. Alexandra is a founding member of the Avondale High School robotics team, the RoboJackets, and the head of electrical and pneumatic systems for the team. She helped the RoboJackets to their … [Read more...]

Auburn Elementary Teachers Roll out the Red Carpet for a New Reading Initiative

Auburn Elementary teachers Lori Sakalian, Mary Kay Frank, Kristen Little, Melissa Fortino, Lyn Moore and Shari Williams dressed up for the red-carpet roll-out of the school’s Gold Eagle Awards

Avondale School District Reading Initiative Designed to Engage Students on a Higher Level Third, fourth and fifth grade students at Auburn Elementary in Avondale School District have a special opportunity to make history by naming one book to receive their school’s highest honor, The Gold Eagle Award. Bestowing the honor is the final step in a reading initiative called The Golden Eagle Challenge. Designed to broaden the depth of the students’ reading experience, the Challenge requires … [Read more...]

Avondale School District Students Celebrated as Role Models

Sisters Brianna and Bridgette Morris celebrate their awards with Avondale High School Principal, Sharon Hyde; Assistant Principal, Jamie Brooks; and Superintendent, Dr. James Schwarz

Avondale Youth Assistance Honors Students for Community Service and Personal Achievement Avondale School District staff and administrators nominated more than 100 students to receive special recognition during the 49th Annual Youth Recognition Awards Night hosted by Avondale Youth Assistance (AYA). Students were nominated in two categories – Community Service and Personal Achievement - and received recognition awards from dignitaries and elected officials representing various levels of local … [Read more...]

Production Celebrates all things Shakespeare

The entire cast of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Avondale Theatre Company closes Main Stage Season with Madcap Comic Romp The Avondale Theatre Company, Avondale High School’s award-winning drama troupe, wraps up the main stage portion of their 2015-16 season with the vaudevillian-style, wild comic romp The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) for a three-night run, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 21, 22 and 23 at the Avondale Performing Arts Centre at 7:35 pm. An endless cascade of cross-dressing actors, … [Read more...]

Avondale High School Athlete Signs with Grand Canyon University

mma Ahern signing with Grand Canyon University while her father Dale, brother Ryan and mother Nancy watch

Yellow Jacket Emma Ahern to play volleyball for Division I college Avondale High School senior Emma Ahern is on her way to Phoenix, Arizona next year to play volleyball for Grand Canyon University. Ahern was signed by the college during a special event at Avondale High School with her family, friends and coaches watching. “Emma is one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached,” said Doug Steinard who coached Ahern in soccer where she was a starter for four seasons. Other coaches at the event … [Read more...]

Future Problem Solving Competition Draws 60 teams from around the State

Members of the Avondale School District Future Problem Solving team wait for competition results at MSU in East Lansing

Avondale School District FPS teams demonstrate Critical and Creative Thinking Members of the Avondale School District’s Future Problem Solving (FPS) team had a strong showing during the annual state-wide FPS competition in East Lansing, Michigan. More than fifty individual writers, forty middle and twenty senior teams  from across the state competed to be among the top future problem solvers in the State. Several Avondale students earned medals and recognition during the … [Read more...]

Second Annual 5K/Fun Run Set for May 15

Fun Run participants during the 2015 event – photograph provided by Waterhouse Photography

Fundraising event to support initiatives around the Avondale School District Avondale School District announces the Avondale/Oakland University (OU) Partnership will be hosting the second annual Hearts and Hands 5K/Fun Run on Sunday, May 15. The race will bring students, staff and community members together in a fun, healthy way to raise money for the Avondale Education Foundation, the Avondale Physical Education Department, the Avondale Wellness Committee and the Avondale/Oakland University … [Read more...]