Families encouraged to visit schools during September open house events
All schools in East Aurora School District 131 will host open house events starting next week, and running through Sept. 23.
Parents are invited to attend the open house at their student’s school to meet with teachers, review curriculum and classroom activities, and discuss plans for the 2015-16 school year. For more information on open house events, contact your student’s school.
- Allen: Kindergarten through second grades 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, September 14; third through fifth grades 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15
- Bardwell: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- Beaupre: 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- Benavides Kindergarten Center: 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22
- Brady: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- Child Service Center: 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9
- Cowherd: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3
- Dieterich: 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15
- Early Childhood Center: 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15
- East Aurora High School: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, followed by PTA social from 8:05-8:30 p.m. in school cafeteria
- East Aurora Extension: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 10
- Gates: Primary 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15; Intermediate 6–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- Hermes: Kindergarten through second grades 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16; third through fifth grades 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23
- Johnson: 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15
- Krug: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- Magnet Academy: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3
- Oak Park: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- O’Donnell: 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 17
- Rollins: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 16
- Simmons: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3
- Waldo: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3
Principal letter regarding temporary closure of rooms 167, 168 and 185
This letter was sent to staff from Principal Anthony Crespo on August 26, 2015, regarding the closure of three classrooms:
I wanted to inform you about a situation on the first floor of the high school. When students returned Tuesday, staff reported small but visible amounts of mold in three classrooms. Two of the classrooms (167 and 168) are in the math hallway and the third (185) is in the first-floor hallway east of the main office. The walls, floors, desks and others surfaces in two of the rooms have already been cleaned. The third room will be cleaned today, if it has not already.
The District’s Buildings and Grounds Department will bring in an environmental consultant on Thursday, August 27, to test the air quality in the two first-floor hallways.
One teacher reported feeling ill on Tuesday and some students have reported sneezing. We do not believe anyone is in immediate danger. The rooms were closed as a precaution, particularly for students, faculty, or staff with severe allergies or asthma. While we do not believe there is a dangerous situation, the classrooms will remain closed until we receive the report back from the environmental consultant. In the meantime, high school and Buildings and Grounds staff will continue to monitor the building for any signs of new mold. We will be measuring the moisture and humidity in classrooms, and stepping up cleaning in all spaces.
This situation in the three classrooms is not related to the mold that forced the closure of the Little Theatre. The mold in the Little Theatre, located on the first floor of the school near the main office, was caused by the failure an air handler, which regulates moisture. In July, when the temperatures rose and the air handler started up, it began allowing too much moisture into the theater, which was not being used at that time. The Little Theatre mold was discovered by East Aurora High School custodial staff on July 22. The room was immediately closed. Two air handler units are now shut down. An engineer was brought out to do air quality testing. At this time, the mold is contained and inactive. The students who were scheduled to have class in the Little Theatre have been reassigned to other rooms. The vents used by the Little Theater are not connected to other rooms. The Board of Education has already approved mold remediation for the theater. At this point, there are still decisions to be made about the scope of the Little Theatre remodel.
Understandably, with two separate events in our school, there will be heightened awareness of this issue. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me. This same message will be posted on the school’s webpage so families are aware of the situation. The majority of our student body will be unaffected by these issues, but if you receive questions from families or students, feel free to refer them to Mrs. Kim Mundt in the main office.
I am appreciative of the help we have received from our outstanding buildings and grounds staff who, as always, have kept our buildings clean and safe for students. Have a great day.
NAACP College Fair
On Saturday, August 29, Waubonsie Valley High School, located at 2590 Ogden Ave in Aurora, will be hosting DuPage County NAACP's 5th Annual College & Career Fair. This event will give students an opportunity to meet with representatives of dozens of colleges and universities from across the country, all with a comitment to recruiting and supporting a diverse strudent population. Additionally there will be presentations about scholarships and financial aid, the college search process,enrichment and service programss, and preparing for the ACT exam. This event is free for all hiugh school students and their families. The College Fair begins at 8 AM with special information sessions and presentations continuing until 4 PM. Please see the attached link for more specific registration and event information.
East High Newsletter for the new school year
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Community invited to meet new East Aurora High School Principal at August 17 open house
AURORA – Members of the community are invited to meet Anthony Crespo, the new principal at East Aurora High School from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 17. Crespo will be available to greet residents or students in the hallway across from the high school’s Hawks Auditorium. Snacks and refreshments will also be available. There will also be a separate student-only reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hallway across from the auditorium on Tuesday, August 18, during schedule pick-up. Refreshments will be available.
The student-only meet and greet will coincide with the second day of schedule pick-up at the high school. East Aurora High School will have three schedule pick-up days:
Sophomores, juniors, seniors: Monday, August 17 – 1 to 7 p.m.
Sophomores, juniors, seniors: Tuesday, August 18 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Freshman: Wednesday, August 19 - 8 a.m. to noon
About Principal Crespo
Crespo, who is fluent in Spanish, previously worked as Assistant Principal for Student Supports at Proviso West High School. Since July 1, the 36-year-old has been working at East Aurora High School, meeting students and staff, preparing for the start of the school year on August 25.
“Students can expect from me that I’ll always be available. They can expect me to be in the hallways, to be visible. They can expect me to be personable, that they can talk to me,” Crespo said. “They know what they’re going to get is an honest answer from me, whether it be honest in academics or behavior. They can expect that I will find them the resources they need. They can expect that I’m not going to let anyone give up. That was an expectation that helped me. If you don’t give up, a lot of opportunities are going to open up.”
To learn more about Crespo, visit his online biography or read the news release about his hiring.
Volunteers needed to help with high school heart health screenings
East Aurora School District 131 is looking for volunteers to help with electrocardiogram screenings that will take place at East Aurora High School in September. Volunteers will attend a 90-minute training on Sept. 23 and then assist help students during screenings on Sept. 24 or Sept. 25. To volunteer, go to http://vols.pt/MyaBxJ or contact East Aurora Family Involvement Facilitator Rosalinda Saucedo at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 299-7265.
Volunteers will be registering students, assisting families in waiting rooms, helping with paperwork, entering data, or assisting with equipment. Volunteers will receive a free volunteer t-shirt and a lunch or snack.
Volunteers do not need to be associated with East Aurora High School. There is no specific expertise needed to help, but volunteers will be required to attend a mandatory training from 5:30-7 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, at East Aurora High School.
Volunteers can sign up to work a half day, one full day or both days on September 24 or September 25. Full-day shifts are 7:10 a.m. to 3:04 p.m. Half-day shifts are 7:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. to 3:04 p.m.
Volunteers can also sign up during the high school schedule pick up on August 17.
Students can receive free ECG screening
This is the first year that East Aurora High School will be offering free electrocardiogram screenings through the Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screening Program. Participation is voluntary but high school students are encouraged to be screened. Further information about the screening will be shared when students return to school.
The electrocardiogram (also known as ECG or EKG) screening is a painless three-minute test that evaluates the health of your heart. The ECG test can detect the presence of certain serious heart conditions that might otherwise be undetected in young people. More information about the test can be found here.
The free ECG screenings will be available to all East Aurora High School students during the day on September 24 and 25 at the school. Each family will have the option of whether they want their student to participate.
The results of the test will not be shared with District employees. The family will receive the results so they can make decisions based on those results. Students’ privacy will be respected throughout the process. Students will be screened by same-gender physicians in an area separate from students of the opposite sex.
Parents who wish to have their child participate must register. All students must fill out a permission slip to participate in the screening. The permission slip can be filled out online here or printed out here and turned in to the school.
Screenings are free thanks to TEAM PODZ
The screening will be conducted through the Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screening Program, which has screened more than 130,000 students across the country.
The tests are sponsored by Podz Memorial Foundation/TEAM PODZ. TEAM PODZ was formed by the family and friends of Dan Podczerwinski, a Hinsdale native and Benet Academy graduate, who died at age 26. Dan Podczerwinski’s parents live in East Aurora School District 131.
On Memorial Day 2013, he was at home with his parents when he slumped over suddenly and died. To that point, Podczerwinski had been an active athlete. He died from undiagnosed cardiomyopathy.
Since then, TEAM PODZ has worked to raise funds for research and to help young people be screened for undiagnosed cardiac issues.
“If we stop one parent from going through what we went through, then we have been successful,” said Chuck Podczerwinski, Dan’s father.
Welcome back! School starts August 25
East Aurora School District 131 will welcome back elementary, middle and high school students for the first day of classes on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
East Aurora High School and the East Aurora Extension campus will have a late start (8:55 a.m.) on the first day of school. All other East Aurora schools will start at their regular time on the first day.
During the 2015-16 school year, all East Aurora elementary and middle schools will end the instruction day at 3 p.m. The high school will dismiss at 3:04 p.m.
East Aurora School District 131 class schedule:
Morning kindergarten 8:30 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
Benavides Kindergarten Center 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Elementary school (grades K- 5) 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Middle school (grades 6- 8) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
High school (grades 9-12) 7:55 a.m. to 3:04 p.m.
High school late start (grades 9-12) 8:55 a.m. to 3:04 p.m.
For preschool start dates and times, please contact your student’s school.
Students can meet their teacher, visit classroom on Friday, August 21
Kindergarten through high school students will have a chance to visit their classroom and meet their teachers before the start of the school year. From 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Friday, August 21, a student and their guardian can stop by their school, see their classroom, and meet their teacher.
Elementary students will be able to drop off any supplies in their classroom. Middle and high school students may not have access to their lockers and should not anticipate being able to leave supplies at their school.
Preschool classrooms will not be open on August 21. Preschool students will have a separate date to meet their teachers and visit their classroom before their school year starts.
Teachers will be available in their classrooms at this time to greet families. Because many families will be visiting the classrooms, it will not be an appropriate time for in-depth discussions about academic or social concerns your student might have. Please contact the school or your student’s teacher to schedule a separate time to discuss these concerns.
We look forward to seeing all students for the first day of school on August 25!