Registration packets for returning students will be sent home starting April 3
Registration packets will be sent to the homes of all returning East Aurora School District 131 students starting April 3. On April 3, packets will be mailed to the homes of high school and middle school students. On April 8, registration packets will be sent home with all elementary school and Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy students. All packets are due back to schools by April 20.
Completed registration packets can be mailed back to the school using the envelope included in the packet, or dropped off at the school your student is currently attending. Fifth grade students should turn their packets in at their elementary school; eighth grade students at their middle school.
If the registration packet is not returned, students will not be placed on a class list or receive a class schedule.
When the school gets the packet, they will send a postcard to the parents, letting them know the packet has been received. If the packet is incomplete, the family will be contacted by school staff.
If you have moved or will be moving, please go to the Welcome Center at 254 E. Indian Trail with three proofs of your new address. The Welcome Center is open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Students will receive a registration packet, except for high school seniors. Registration packets can also be printed from www.d131.org/registration
There will be no August registration event at the high school this year. There is no online registration.
New student registration
New student registrations will be processed at the Welcome Center beginning June 15, 2015. More information on new student registration can be found on the Registration page.
East Aurora School District 131 continues to hold registration events for students who will be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2015. Families must register their student at their home school. To register for kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2015.
The remaining registration days are:
- Gates and Brady elementary schools, April 7, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- Dieterich and Rollins elementary schools, April 8, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- Oak Park and O’Donnell elementary schools, April 9, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Students who register during these times will receive a free “get-ready-for-school” backpack.
If you were unable to attend the kindergarten registration date at your home school, please visit the Welcome Center on or after April 13.
Registration questions can be answered at the East Aurora Welcome Center, 254 E. Indian Trail Road, Aurora; by phone at (630) 299-7302; or by email at email@example.com.
East High senior Giovanni Gutierrez takes fifth at national marksmanship meet
East Aurora High School senior Giovanni Gutierrez set a school record and finished fifth in the nation at the All-Service National Marksmanship Meet held March 21 in Port Clinton, Ohio. Gutierrez was the top Navy competitor in the competition that involved 140 shooters from Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps ROTC units.
Marksmanship is an Olympic sport where shooters fire from three positions, kneeling, standing and prone (laying down). Each competitor is given 20 shots in each position over two days.
“You have to be able to focus on you and the target, and make sure that nothing else can disturb you,” Gutierrez said. “A lot of practice goes into it. Tons. I have spent a lot of hours honing my talents.”
Gutierrez shot his personal best on the second day of the standing competition, scoring 95.5 – less than two-tenths of a point from first. Overall, Gutierrez had a combined score of 562, the highest in school history, according to NJROTC Cmdr. Timothy Crawford. Gutierrez was awarded a $100 check from the Civilian Marksmanship Program for outstanding performance.
This is the third straight year that Gutierrez qualified for the meet. He has finished in the top 20 each of the previous two years. Gutierrez will have an opportunity to compete this summer at the Junior Olympic National Championship Meet in Anniston, Alabama.
Gutierrez, who went to Simmons Middle School, is president of National Honors Society. He also serves as NJROTC Executive Officer, the second highest ranking position in a program with more than 900 students. His goals after high school are to study industrial engineering and serve as a commissioned officer in the Navy.
NJROTC Marksmanship Coach Greg Fayfar says Gutierrez has set the standard for future cadets. Fayfar said he has never worked with a cadet who is more deserving of the national recognition.
Inspired by novel, East Aurora High School students aim to raise $15,000 for local homeless
Dozens of East Aurora High School students will be sleeping overnight on the school’s football field and raising thousands of dollars for local homeless residents as part of a project inspired by a nonfiction novel. The students have a goal of raising $15,000 before the April 18 event at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane.
All the funds collected would be split between Aurora’s Hesed House homeless shelter and local families in need. Students created the project after reading about the profound, lifelong effect that poverty had on the two main characters in “There Are No Children Here”.
“People give at the holidays. But poverty is a year-round factor and we want people to remember is happening every day,” said East Aurora High School senior Alfonso Dieppa, one of the students who will be part of the Tomcat Sleep Out.
About the class
Seven years ago, East Aurora High School English teacher Shane Gillespie created a class called “Survivor Literature”, which focuses on analyzing literature to take informed action. The class, which has grown to six sections, examines nonfiction novels about people who have survived tremendous hardship.
Each year, students select one book to be a launching point for a student-led independent study and service project. The students choose a book that will be educational and impactful. When a book is picked, the students discuss the novel as a literary work and as a call to action. In past years, students have traveled to Louisiana to help victims of Hurricane Katrina; raised money to bring a Holocaust survivor to speak; heard from a blind man who survived the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; and raised money for a former child soldier.
This year, the students selected “There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America” as their independent study. The 1991 book garnered national recognition for its compassionate and unflinching portrait of Pharoah and Lafeyette Rivers, two young boys growing up in a public housing project in inner city Chicago.
About the event
The students have designed a day of service inspired by the book. On April 18, more than 100 students will sleep out on the school’s football field. They will be technology free for the evening. They will bring one bag of belongings and eat a communal meal, in an effort to replicate the experiences of poverty and homelessness that many Aurora residents face. The event will also feature a community service aspect: it will be a clothing drive and fundraiser.
To donate, go to gofundme.com/sleepout2015 or send a check to Shane Gillespie c/o East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora IL 60505.
You can follow the student’s journey on Twitter at @TomcatsSleepOut
Kotlowitz, a prominent author who lives in the Chicago area, will be speaking with students at the high school prior to the Sleep Out event.
Community invited to learn more about Desmond Tutu at April 10-11 Peace Jam events
East Aurora School District 131 will host two events celebrating peace, as part of the Great Lakes Peace Jam on April 10-11. The keynote speaker at both events will be Naomi Tutu, daughter of the South African civil rights activist Desmond Tutu.
Naomi Tutu, a college professor and minister, has spent her life advocating for tolerance and inclusion. She has spoken around the world on issues of social justice. She will meet with young people and show a documentary about her father’s life.
April 10: Screening of documentary “Children of the Light”
On Friday, April 10, there will be a screening of “Children of the Light”, PeaceJam’s documentary that features the story of Desmond Tutu. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Simmons Middle School, 1130 Sheffer Road, Aurora. The suggested donation to attend is $5.
The event is open to the general public. Tickets can be reserved here.
After the film, Naomi Tutu will lead a discussion with participants.
April 11: Youth Leadership Conference
On Saturday, April 11, Naomi Tutu will be the featured speaker at the Inclusivity and Cooperation Youth Leadership Conference at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora.
The event is open to all students in second grade through seniors in high school. Students in second through fifth grades can attend the event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students in sixth grade through high school can attend the event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration is $10. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on the April 11, but to guarantee a PeaceJam shirt, you must register by March 27.
Peace Jam is also looking for college-age students to serve as mentors.
For more information, or to download registration forms, go to http://peacejam.org/events/Great-Lakes-PeaceJam-Slam-with-Naomi-Tutu-597.aspx Registration forms are also available at the bottom of this new release.
This event is the PeaceJam Slam for the Great Lakes Region. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Adriana at (773) 383-9972.
About Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu, 84, is a cleric who rose to prominence in the 1980s for his outspoken opposition to apartheid in South Africa. In 1978, he was appointed general secretary of the South African Council on Churches and drew international attention to the inequities black South Africans faced. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.
When Nelson Mandela was elected at the first black President of South Africa, Tutu was selected to introduce the new leader to the country. Tutu and his third daughter Naomi Tutu continue to be advocates for social justice.
Mr. Tomcat will be crowned during high school’s annual Prom Fashion Show on March 26
Nine East Aurora High School seniors will compete to be Mr. Tomcat at the annual Prom Fashion Show on Thursday, March 26. Fabian Badillo, Moises Contreras, Steven De Jesus, Edmundo Delgado, Carlos Martinez, Daniel Nabors, Juan Pantoja, George Velazquez and Darius White will all compete for the title.
The show will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 in the Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora. The public is welcome to attend. Tickets are $5 at the door. Students can buy $3 tickets during lunch hour. Children 12 years old or younger are free.
In order to compete in the Mr. Tomcat contest, the students had to have good grades and be actively involved in their school. The nine East Aurora seniors will then be judged in four areas: formal wear, bathing suit, talent and question-and-answer.
Four East Aurora High School staff members will serve as judges: English teacher Shane Gillespie, science teacher Jennifer Hart, math teacher Gary Hoyne and band director Brian Liska.
More than 100 students are involved in the production, from backstage work to models to serving as emcees for the night.
The event is sponsored by the German National Honors Society.
The competition is supported through donations from Boca Rosa Fashion Boutique, Aurora; David’s Bridal, Aurora; Men’s Wearhouse, Aurora; and Ocon’s Creations, Aurora
Previous winners of Mr. Tomcat
2014 Jesus Martinez
2013 Emmanuel Corral
2012 Serafin Garcia
2011 Juan De La Torre
2010 Joaquin Ruiz
East Aurora High School NJROTC cadets qualify to compete for national title
The East Aurora High School NJROTC unit has qualified for the Navy National Championships after winning three titles in the Area Three competition.
On March 13-14, the high school’s NJROTC unit competed in the Area Three Academic, Athletic and Drill Championships at Great Lakes Naval Station. The Tomcats finished second place, earning an opportunity to compete at the NJROTC Academic, Athletic and Drill Championships in Pensacola, Florida, on April 10-11.
The East Aurora team earned first place in armed exhibition, unarmed exhibition and unarmed regulation. The Tomcats finished second in physical fitness and third place in academics, color guard and armed regulation.
“For an NJROTC unit to be successful, it is a team effort. It takes the commitment of everyone from the cadets to the school staff to the parents and community,” said East Aurora NJROTC Cmdr. Timothy Crawford. “I would like to thank all those who have helped us out throughout the year. We will do our best to be stellar representatives of the school and to bring back the national championship.”
East Aurora High School teacher Mark Lyons named Illinois Marketing Educator of the Year
East Aurora High School teacher Mark Lyons was named the Illinois Marketing Educator of the Year at the state DECA Conference held March 12-14 in Decatur.
Lyons was one of four teachers nominated for the award. It is the second year in a row Lyons was nominated.
The nominees for the award come from all Illinois schools with DECA business clubs. Educators are nominated by their peers, then ballots are sent out statewide. The award, which has been given out since 1967, honors educators that show outstanding leadership with students and in the Illinois DECA organization.
Lyons has been teaching at East Aurora High School for nine years. In that time, he has led DECA – the school’s business club – to a series of achievements. The ‘Paw Place’ store in East Aurora High School has earned Gold Certification for five straight years, the most consecutive years of any school in Illinois.
Within Illinois DECA, Lyons is the Individual Series Events and Decision Event Chair, which involves coordinating 25 events in dozens of locations.
“That’s the kind of guy he is. If there’s anything you need, he gets the job done,” said Illinois DECA Co-Executive Director Don Varanauski. “I’m very happy that Mark is part of our team.”
Lyons started his career working in retail and marketing, before switching to a career in education.
“To me, this award means I made a good choice to go into education, I made a good choice to work at East Aurora and I made a good choice to serve kids and the community,” Lyons said. “I’m glad I ended up here.”
Lyons is the first East Aurora High School teacher to earn the award since Dick Schindel in 1996.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. East Aurora High School has the oldest DECA chapter in Illinois.
Three East Aurora High School business students qualify for national competition
Six East Aurora High School students earned state recognition at the Illinois DECA Conference held March 14-15 in Decatur.
Sophomore Laura Guido received a competency certification for her report on the principles of business. Junior Jennifer Chavez and sophomore Ignacio Padilla earned competency recognition for their report on buying and merchandising.
East Aurora High School students Guido, Kissel Salmeron and Jose Caballero were named top 10 in the state for service projects, based on the paper they wrote and presentation they gave at the conference. The students worked on various projects, including the Forgotten Teens fundraiser, collecting glasses for Lions Club and ringing bells with the Salvation Army.
“I’m proud of their effort,” said East Aurora High School DECA Advisor and business education teacher Mark Lyons. “They worked very hard and it’s good to see their accomplishments pay off. The nice thing is they are only sophomore and juniors so we know they’ll continue to improve.”
Chavez, Padilla and junior Michel Jimenez were also part of the team that helped the ‘Paw Place’ store in East Aurora High School earn Gold Certification for a fifth straight year, the most consecutive years of any school in Illinois. Chavez, Jimenez and Padilla worked on the certification. They will have an opportunity to travel to Orlando, Fla., for the International Career Development Conference.
Paw Place honors
Paw Place is the store inside East Aurora High School that’s run entirely by students. It’s not just students ringing up customers and stocking shelves. The students in DECA – East Aurora’s business club - decide what to order, how to price it and how to market the merchandise.
The store opened eight years ago. Under the leadership of Lyons, the club has participated in the certification process. Certification is tough work and requires a 40-page report on financial statements, examples of promotional items and evidence of growth.
Of the more than 200,000 DECA student organizations, just 285 earned Gold Certification. East Aurora High School was one of just two Illinois schools to earn Gold Certification.
Chavez, Jimenez and Padilla will now have a chance to travel to the Career Development Conference, which takes place in April.
At the DECA International Career Development Conference, thousands of high school students, advisors, businesspersons and alumni gather to recognize achievement and participate in a variety of leadership and career advancing academies. The three East Aurora High School students will be competing against students from around the world.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
East Aurora High School has the oldest DECA chapter in Illinois.