Bridge Buddy Program Designed to Develop Social Skills

Anjika Jain and Emily Fields with their Bridge Buddy

Avondale Middle School students learn about friendships through their buddies For children who learn differently because they have a cognitive impairment, Down Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), making friends can be the most difficult part of the school day. Students training to be an Avondale Middle School Bridge Buddy are aware that sometimes their classmates who learn differently aren’t able to pick up social cues, interpret them and then apply them appropriately. The students … [Read more...]

Deerfield Elementary Empty Bowls Night Raises $1200 for Blessings in a Backpack


Avondale School District families support community effort Avondale School District Deerfield Elementary students, families and staff members who attended the school’s Empty Bowls Night received a hand-crafted bowl as a reminder that some bowls in every community are empty. “The entire school painted the bowls and everyone who came to the dinner got to take one home,” said Deerfield Elementary Art teacher Katherine Suender who organized the event. “The evening raised $1200 to support … [Read more...]

Avondale Youth Assistance Announces Second Parent Education Presentation

Important community conversation will focus on suicide prevention Amelia Lehto, RCH Coordinator – Suicide Prevention from Common Ground will be joined by April Morris, a mother surviving the loss of a child to suicide at a special presentation and discussion on Thursday, November 19 at Avondale High School, “Suicide Prevention: A Mother’s Story.” The presentation, sponsored by Avondale Youth Assistance (AYA), will cover information ranging from identifying the signs and symptoms of … [Read more...]

Avondale Theatre Company’s ‘TARZAN’ is Equal Parts Engineering and Acting

The cast of ATC's 'Tarzan'

The Avondale Theatre Company (ATC), Avondale High School’s award-winning drama troupe pulls out all the stops to deliver the fun when students hit the stage this week and next week to bring the classic Disney musical TARZAN to life. Students began design of the set that includes a working waterfall, zip lines and trampolines over the summer and started building it once the cast and crew were assembled shortly after the start of the school year. Avondale senior and ATC Stage Manager, … [Read more...]

Avondale High School Boys Tennis Team Recognized as All State Academic Achievement Division III Fall 2015

Team members include (L-R): seniors Andy Jiang, Shivashankar Koduvayur, Joel Kurkowski, Victor Lee, Colin Miller, Christian Richert, Ryan Rocco and Tristan Wright; juniors Jalen Harrold, Nicholas Rahbany and Brandon Wynn; sophomores Vikas Chanduri and Christopher Larson; and freshman Max Cramer, Maxwell Mulka and Nathan Reichenbach. The team is coached by Paul Foley.

Congratulations to the Avondale High School 2015 Boys Tennis Team! … [Read more...]

Avondale Students Learn More than Science from “Near-Peers”

Avondale High Student and Oakland University student work on research project

Oakland University med students bring timely experiences into the classroom Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) students were on hand last week to work with Avondale High School students during a lesson about infectious disease. The college visit was arranged through the Avondale/Oakland University partnership and presents opportunity for high school students to learn from a group of “near-peers.” This is the second year Avondale High School teacher Noelle Collis … [Read more...]

Avondale School District Academy Hosts College Reps to Help Guide Students’ Post-High School Decision Making

Avondale Academy students and their counselor, Janette Mow welcome Andre Carr from the Western Michigan University Office of Admissions

“Do not let your past dictate your future” was the advice that Andre Carr, Assistant Director, Office of Admissions, Western Michigan University gave to a group of Avondale School District Academy students when he talked to them about working toward going to college. Carr, whose background includes working with at-risk students, was at the school as part of the Avondale Academy staff’s effort to provide college admissions information and guidance to the students. “For some of the … [Read more...]

Avondale Academy Awarded $5,000 Grant to Increase College Readiness

MCAN Grant will assist staff in helping students pursue post-secondary education Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) announced that the Avondale Academy is among the 100 recipients of a $5,000 grant given to schools to bolster efforts to improve the number of students furthering their post-secondary education. Part of the Reach Higher initiative, the grant program requires recipients to execute strategies including creating a Postsecondary Advisory Council; performing self-assessments of … [Read more...]

Avondale High School student named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Avondale High School Principal, Sharon Hyde and Andy Jiang, National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Avondale High School senior, Andy Jiang, joins an elite group of high school seniors across the nation named Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship competition. Representing less than one percent of the 1.5 million high school juniors who took the 2014 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, the Semifinalists have earned the chance to compete for more than $32 million in National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring. Part of the Avondale School … [Read more...]

Avondale School District Announces Newest Member of High School Administration Team

Mr. Jamie Brooks, Avondale High School Assistant Principal

Standout candidate demonstrates values-based leadership The Avondale Board of Education approved the appointment of Mr. Jamie Brooks as Avondale High School assistant principal to fill the position vacated by Mrs. Sharon Hyde when she was named principal of Avondale High School at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. “Mr. Brooks was a front-runner throughout the interview process. He has a genuine demeanor and documented leadership skills. His experience demonstrates that he is a … [Read more...]