Avondale Students to Host Packing Party for Desert Angel

On Wednesday, July 29, Avondale School District elementary students attending Avondale Youth Assistance Summer Kids Camp will be packing "Miracle Boxes" for members of our armed services who are stationed overseas. Students will also write a personal message for each of the recipients thanking them for their service to our country. Avondale Students will be helping to pack 50 boxes with items donated from the Auburn Hills, Michigan American Legion Post #145 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the … [Read more...]

Auburn Hills Morning Optimist Club Presents Lifetime Achievement Award

Pictured (L to R): Bill Johnson, Auburn Hills Morning Optimist Club President; Lois Cromie, mother of recipient; Frederick Cromie, award recipient; Camie Cromie, wife of recipient; and Dr. James Schwarz, Avondale School District Superintendent

Avondale retiree honored for years of service to students The motto of the Auburn Hills Morning Optimist Club is "Friend of Youth." On June 18, the group presented longtime educator, Frederick Cromie, with the group's Lifetime Achievement Award for a career spent being a friend of youth. "We feel it's important to recognize people in the community who believe, as we do, that the greatest work you can do is to help children grow in positive and productive ways," said Club President, Bill … [Read more...]

Avondale Early Learning Center Kicks Off Summer Program

Educator, Donna Pierce with students Carson Wloch and Gage Olance

HighScope curriculum provides framework for hands-on learning This summer, students in the Avondale Early Learning Center (ELC) program will have a chance to enjoy sports, drama, music and nature while participating in activities based upon the HighScope curriculum and approach. “Using the HighScope curriculum, we developed our summer calendar with lots of hands-on, fun, and educational activities as well as several in-house field trips,” said Program Director, Hillary … [Read more...]

Avondale School District Announces Retirements

Fred Cromie
Photo courtesy of Avondale School District

Avondale School District, an achievement-oriented learning community focused on student leadership and success in academics, the arts and athletics, announces the retirement of nine district teachers, para-professionals and longtime administrators. The retirees are: Fred Cromie, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services; joined the district in 2002 and served as the Avondale High School principal from 2002 to 2012. Marsha Wharton, Director of Student Achievement; joined … [Read more...]

Avondale elects officers

The Avondale Board of Education elected new officers Jan. 7. Serving for 2013 are President Sid Lockhart, Vice President Sean Johnson, casino online Secretary Ken Hedrick and Treasurer Scott Bittinger. The board meets on the first and third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Avondale Administrative Offices, 2940 Waukegan Street, Auburn Hills. … [Read more...]

Educators sound alarm over lame-duck school bills

Vickie Markavitch

A series of bills pending in the state legislature that would make huge changes in how schools are run and funded appears to be on the fast track for passage before the legislative session expires this month. The bills would create a new statewide Education Achievement Authority with a goal “to expand the number and types of public entities permitted to operate … public schools.” They would also allow for new conversion schools, moving low-achieving public schools to new management by … [Read more...]

Avondale approves all-day kindergarten

Avondale will join a growing number of school districts in offering all-day kindergarten beginning next fall. The board of education approved the change at its February 6 meeting. Superintendent George Heitsch said the decision was prompted by financial incentives from the state and increased readiness for school of the children in the Avondale community. “We are excited by this change. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and parents,” Heitsch said. Avondale encompasses … [Read more...]

6 Avondale students Win Scholastic Art Awards

Six Avondale High School art students earned a first place/Gold Key in this year’s Southeastern Michigan Scholastic Art Awards. Their work will continue on to New York City for the National Competition in late March. Rachel Tran, a senior from Rochester Hills, won a Best of Show awards for her art portfolio. She was one of seven portfolio winners from among 300 submissions. She also won a Silver Key (second place) for drawing, three third-place certificates for drawing and one for digital … [Read more...]