Fall high school athletes must register online before start of season
All East Aurora High School athletes who plan to participate in fall sports are required to register online at https://eahs.8to18.com/accounts/login before the start of the season. The fall sports include: boys and girls cheerleading, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls dance, boys football, boys golf, boys soccer, girls tennis, and girls volleyball.
The online registration forms will be similar to previous years, which ask athletes to agree to or supply several items, including emergency contacts and equipment release. Student-athletes will also need a current IHSA physical turned into their coach or athletic office. The IHSA physical form can be found here.
For questions about registration, please contact the team’s head coach or the East Aurora High School athletic office at (630) 299-8143.
Athlete registration fee
Athletes are required to pay a $30 athletic registration fee, which helps offset the cost of uniforms, equipment, and facilities. The $30 fee applies to the first and second sports that an athlete plays. There is no fee after the first two sports.
Students could have the fees waived if they fill out the free and reduce lunch form, which can be found here.
For boys soccer and girls volleyball, the athletic registration fee will not be required until after tryouts. Once athletes are moved to the active roster, they will be notified if they need to pay the fee or ask for a fee waiver. However, registration must be completed prior tryouts.
Physicals available at high school
Any students from high school who need physicals can also visit the Tomcat Health Center near the main office at East Aurora High School. The health center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Fridays. Parents can walk in, or call (630) 299-8023 for an appointment.
When getting a physical, parents should bring proof of insurance and immunization records. Physicals cost $25, but the Health Center accepts most forms of Medicaid and several insurance providers. Parents can call for information about whether their insurance will be accepted.
Community invited to Roy E. Davis Stadium closing ceremony on Thursday, June 30
East Aurora students, staff and alumni are invited to gather with community members one last time at Roy E. Davis Stadium for a one-hour closing ceremony that starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. The gates will open for the free ceremony at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will feature music, fireworks, refreshments, and an opportunity to view artist renderings of the future stadium.
The East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education recently approved demolishing the stadium, field, and track this summer as part of major renovations to the East Aurora High School campus. The new stadium will feature synthetic field turf and an eight-lane track.
The closing program will begin with presentations from East Aurora High School head football coach Kurt Becker and East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education President Annette Johnson, who are both East Aurora High School alumni.
At the ceremony, artist renderings of the new field will be available for the public to view. There will also be kids’ games and face painting available. The public will be invited to take home a piece of the field that has hosted many athletic events, band concerts, and decades of high school graduations.
At approximately, 9 p.m., the program will end with the Marching Tomcats playing “Wave the Flag”. The flags will then be lowered and the stadium lights will be dimmed for the last time.
Boys football, soccer to play elsewhere in 2016-17
During the construction, the boys soccer and boys football teams will play their “home” games at outside venues.
The boys soccer team will play home games at the Fox Valley Park District’s Stuart Sports Complex near Route 30 and Griffin Drive in Montgomery.
The boys football team will play homes games at Aurora Christian High School, 2255 W. Sullivan Road, Aurora. The rivalry game versus West Aurora High School will be played at West Aurora High School in 2016, then return to the new East Aurora stadium in 2017.
The full East Aurora fall sports schedule can be found at: http://il.8to18.com/EAHS
High school seniors Emina Dzaferi, Laura Guido will be 2016-17 Student Board members
East Aurora High School seniors Emina Dzaferi and Laura Guido were selected as Student Representatives to the East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education for the 2016-17 school year.
When Emina Dzaferi applied to be the 2016-17 East Aurora Student Board Member, she found that the application was insufficient. It simply didn’t have enough space to contain all the activities she was involved in.
Dzaferi added a second page and kept right on listing her involvement: Upward Bound, the public affairs officer for East Aurora High School NJROTC, Mathletes, track, National Honors Society, Principal’s Advisory Committee, and Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. Outside of school, she has volunteered in retirement homes, with Feed My Starving Children, and at the Prisco Center.
But it’s not the quantity of participation that truly sets the 17-year-old East Aurora High School senior apart; those who know her best say it is the spirit she brings to those activities.
“Not only is Emina insightful, educated, and willing to go to great lengths for her educational career, she is also one of the most caring compassionate, and accommodating students I have ever met,” wrote East Aurora School Social Studies teacher Pat Bednarik. “I cannot stress enough how far Emina will go in life. (She will be) a future leader for this country.”
Dzaferi, who is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class, has what East Aurora High School counselor Brian Melvin described as contagious exuberance. It’s one of the reasons Dzaferi was selected as Ms. Upward Bound and asked to present to the Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees.
Dzaferi believes she will bring integrity, motivation, an outgoing nature, and a deep care for the District to her new role.
“I wish to see nothing but positive improvements occur within our school and District,” she wrote. “If I was chosen, I’d continue to represent the Board in only the best light and I would definitely give it my all.”
For as long as Laura Guido can remember, she has been waiting for an opportunity to become a voice for her fellow classmates.
“I am proud of my District and I would love to participate in setting the visions and goals of the Board to bring change for the better,” the 17-year-old high school senior wrote in her application to be a Student Board member.
According to staff, East Aurora students will now have an excellent representative.
Guido has a 3.9 grade point average and has taken nearly all honors or AP classes in high school.
Guido is a section leader in the East Aurora High School Marching Tomcat flags team and vice president of Competitive Events for the DECA business club. She has twice finished in the top 10 in the state for her work on the Forgotten Teens project, which raises money for teens in need. As part of DECA, she was also selected to be one of the delegates to represent Illinois at the International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
East Aurora High School business teacher and DECA advisor Mark Lyons pointed out that even while she was at the conference, Guido used her free time to make sure she kept up with her classes. Lyons said Guido is an outgoing leader who is always looking to improve her skills.
East Aurora High School band teacher Brian Liska said Guido is thoughtful leader who keeps her classmates’ needs at heart when making decisions. He praised her ability to juggle the many responsibilities of a section leader.
East Aurora Science and Social Studies Facilitator Christopher Heath added that Guido played a significant role in organizing the inaugural STEM-a-palooza event because she wanted to help young students develop an interest in science and math.
Perhaps Heath said it best when he wrote at the end of a lengthy letter: “There are many more positive things to say about Laura than one letter can contain.”
The student board members will begin serving at the Board of Education meeting in September.
Either Dzaferi or Guido will attend all board meetings. They will serve as advisory, non-voting members of the Board of Education for one school year.
Dzaferi and Guido will give the board a student perspective in discussions. They will report to the board about student activities, and report to the student council on behalf of the board.
East Aurora Student Board members
2016-17: Emina Dzaferi and Laura Guido
2015-16: Juana Herrera and Jacob Zepeda
2014-15: Fabian Badillo and Alexis Figueroa
2013-14: Angel Chavez and Rita Oceguera
2012-13: Karina Myrtil and Miguel Sanchez
2011-12: Stephanie Lazcano and Miguel Hernandez
2010-11: Iliana Rivera
2009-2010: Ignacio Cervantes and Samuel Nunez
2008-09: Roberto Saenz
2007-08: Samory Liggins
2006-07: Iris Castellanos
2005-06: Jared Marchiando
Free meals available during East Aurora summer school
All children 18 years or younger can receive free meals this summer in East Aurora School District 131 buildings thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Meals will be served in most buildings while the District is hosting summer school. The program started June 13 and will run through July 21. Each school will have a color flier on the main door, notifying residents of the meal times for breakfast and lunch.
All local children, 18 years and younger, are eligible for the healthy breakfast and lunch meals. Meals must be eaten in the school. Small children must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling who will be responsible for them.
To find a summer meals site close to you, call (800) 359-2163, text “FOODIL” to 877877, or go to SummerMealsIllinois.org. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Community invited to see Grammy-nominated Sones de México Ensemble play free concert at East High at 6 p.m. June 21
Sones de México Ensemble, a Grammy-nominated folk music group, will play a free concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, in the Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. The community is invited to see the live performance of “Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography of Mexico” which will give a musical tour of 10 regions in Mexico. A flier for the event can be found here.
Sones de México Ensemble is a Chicago folk music ensemble that specializes in Mexican ‘son’ music, including the styles of chilenas, gustos, huapango, and son jarcoho. The group was formed in 1994 and is based in Chicago.
Sones de México Ensemble has created many original arrangements of traditional Mexican tunes. They have toured internationally and released six albums, including the Grammy-nominated Esta Tierra Es Tuya (This Land is Your Land).
The show is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Chicago Community Trust. It is presented in collaboration with www.makemuscichicago.org.
East Aurora will stagger 2016-17 start, end times for school levels
East Aurora School District 131 will change the some schools’ starting and ending times for the 2016-17 school year. See below for 2016-17 school day:
Pre-K half day (Early Childhood Center, Child Service Center, Oak Park, Johnson, Gates)
Morning: 8:10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
Afternoon: 11:40 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.
Pre-K full day (O’Donnell)
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Kindergarten. pre-K full day (Benavides Kindergarten Center)
8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
8:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Middle school and Magnet Academy
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
7:55 a.m. to 3:04 p.m.
Late start at the high school will be 8:55 a.m. on Tuesdays. There will be no late start at the other levels.
When the East Aurora Council IFT/AFT Local 604 contract was approved in April, it included a commitment to studying the possibility of staggering the start of elementary, middle, and high school days, so parents with students at more than one level can more easily drop off students.
Congratulations, class of 2016!
On Friday, May 27, 2016, the 661 members of East Aurora High School class of 2016 walked across the stage in the Convocation Center at Northern Illinois University and into a very bright future! Congrats to all the graduates! The broadcast of the ceremony can be viewed here. Photos of the ceremony can be found on the District's Facebook page.
East Aurora High School 2016 graduation will be broadcast live on District website
AURORA - Family and friends of the East Aurora High School class of 2016 will be able to watch the ceremony live if they are unable to attend the ceremony in person. The Internet broadcast of the graduation ceremony will be found at: http://tv.d131.org/Live/index.asp More information about high school graduation is available here.
The high school’s graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, in the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. This is the first year that East Aurora High School will hold graduation at Northern Illinois University. More information about moving the ceremony is available here.
Only visitors with graduation tickets will be allowed into the Convocation Center. Students will receive tickets at Thursday’s mandatory graduation rehearsal.
The valedictorian for the Class of 2016 is Erik Strand and the salutatorian is Jazmine Reyes.
Students bused to ceremony
It is mandatory that all East Aurora High School graduates ride buses to Northern Illinois University together. Graduates must report to Door 15 of East Aurora High School for the bus. The bus will depart at exactly 4:15 p.m.
Students will have the option of riding back to the high school on buses or with their families. Any students who want to return on the bus needed to pre-register for the return trip.
There are no more friends and family bus tickets available. Every person who is going to ride the family bus needed to purchase a ticket. Those tickets are good for a round trip to and from the Convocation Center. The friends and family buses will pull away from East Aurora High, 500 Tomcat Lane, at 5:15 p.m. sharp on Friday, May 27.
Free busing will be provided for all band, chorus, and NJROTC cadets who are part of the graduation ceremony.