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Summer Innovation Engineering Program at Aurora University

EA students entering grades 9-12: Have you thought of an idea for a new invention?

Are you interested in learning the language of innovation?

Aurora University will offer summer classes focusing on the design process cycle and interpersonal skills. You'll work with AU professors and industry professionals to gain experience and develop an understanding of STEM careers. Registration and scholarship applications begin on March 1.

Program cost is $535/credit hour. Need-based scholarships are available.

Summer 2017 Courses:

Leading Design
ERG1500: Introduction to Engineering Design I
2 undergraduate credits
June 12-30 | Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Aurora University Main Campus

The Invention Process
CSC1810: The Invention Process
2 undergraduate credits
July 10-28 | Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Aurora University Main Campus

Students who complete either course will earn two undergraduate credits granted by Aurora University. Applications for need-based scholarships will be available March 1.

See the flyer for more information.

East Aurora kindergarten enrollment begins March 21

East Aurora School District 131 will be holding several registration days for students who are starting kindergarten in the 2017-18 school year. Students may register at either Benavides Kindergarten Center or their neighborhood school.

The school locations, dates, and times for registration are:

March April
Hermes and Beaupre

March 21, 2017

8:30–11 a.m. & 5–7:30 p.m.


Bardwell and Krug

March 22, 2017

8:30–11 a.m. & 5–7:30 p.m.


Allen and Johnson

March 23, 2017

8:30–11 a.m. & 5–7:30 p.m.


Benavides Kindergarten Ctr.

March 24, 2017

8:30–11 a.m.

Oak Park and O’Donnell

April 4, 2017

8:30–11 a.m. & 5–7:30 p.m.


Gates and Brady

April 5, 2017

8:30–11 a.m. & 5–7:30 p.m.


Dieterich and Rollins

April 6, 2017

8:30–11 a.m. & 5–7:30 p.m.


Benavides Kindergarten Ctr.

April 7, 2017

8:30–11 a.m.


Benavides Kindergarten Ctr.

April 8, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 12 noon

To register for kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2017. See the flyer in English and Spanish for more information.

Registration packets will be available starting March 14, 2017, at schools and online at www.d131.org.

To register, parent/guardian must bring the following:

• Certified Birth Certificate

• Photo ID of Parent/Guardian

• Three (3) Proofs of Residency

For questions or more information, please contact the EASD 131 Welcome Center at (630) 299-7302.

East High students’ lock-in hopes to raise funds and awareness for abduction and sexual abuse

 On Saturday, April 22, dozens of East High students enrolled in the school’s “Survivor Literature” class will gather at the high school for an 18-hour lock-in.

The event, “A Stolen Night: 18 Hours for 18 Years”, is designed to raise funds and awareness for victims of abduction and sexual abuse.

Students have created the lock-in event to raise the funds, as well as to raise awareness for these important topics, as approximately 170 students and faculty members will confine themselves to the East Aurora High School Field House for the evening.

Survivor Literature is a class at East Aurora High School where students study literature from major historical events where survival was at a premium.

This year the class has focused on the topic of abduction and sexual abuse, and has read the book, “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard, in which she details her abduction at the age of 11 and her 18 years in captivity.

The participants will take part in a number of symbolically relevant activities. The purpose is to not only raise money and awareness, but also to emulate, in a very small way, all that Jaycee was forced to sacrifice.

Author Jaycee Dugard has committed to visiting East Aurora High School in April, and students are raising funds for her April 25th visit.

Service projects inspired by nonfiction novels have become a tradition since Shane Gillespie started the “Survivor Literature” course nine years ago. The senior-level class asks students to examine nonfiction novels about people who have overcome tremendous hardship.

At the beginning the year, students nominate a non-fiction book that could be a launching point for a voluntary, student-led independent study and service project.

In past years, Survivor Literature students have walked 16 miles to raise funds for mental illness and suicide prevention, 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 slept on the football field overnight to better understand homelessness.

Students have set up a Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/a-stolen-night

For more information, contact Mr. Shane Gillespie at sgillespie@d131.org


East Aurora School District to host parent meeting for Dual Language program

East Aurora School District 131 will host a parent information meeting for its Dual Language program on Thursday, February 23, at the Benavides Kindergarten Center, 250 E. Indian Trail, Aurora.

The one-hour information meeting will be presented in both a morning and evening session. Those interested may attend either the 8:45 a.m. or the 5:30 p.m. session.

Parents and guardians of incoming kindergarten students are invited to learn more about the Dual Language program. The program will provide an opportunity for their child to learn Spanish and English at the same time. The program is intended for students who will enter Kindergarten this fall for the 2017-18 school year. See the flyer for more information.

For more information, please contact Diane Argueta at (630) 299-7281.

Student Services to host parent meeting on executive functioning skills

East Aurora School District 131's Student Services will host a parent meeting, “Planning, Organizing, and Prioritizing – Executive Functioning Skills in Children” on Tuesday, February 21, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The meeting takes place at Cowherd Middle School's Learning Resource Center, 441 N. Farnsworth Avenue, Aurora (enter door #1).

School Psychologist Intern Natasha Yancey will provide parents will learn about executive functioning skills and how they relate to their children’s performance in school. They will also learn how they can help their children build effective executive functioning skills and be provided with tools to assist them.

Spanish interpretation and childcare will be provided.

East Aurora wrestler Matt Young Qualifies for state tournament

East High wrestler Matt Young has qualified for the IHSA state wrestling tournament and will compete for a state title this Thursday in Champaign.

Young competed in the IHSA Sectionals at Downers Grove North High School this past weekend, competing in the 160lb weight class. After going 1-1 Friday night, Matt needed to win three straight matches today to qualify for the IHSA state finals.

On Saturday, Young won his first match of the morning by technical fall, winning 16-0. In his second match of the day, he won by pinning the wrestler from Batavia in the 3rd period. Then in his third match of the day, needing a win to qualify for state, Matt won a hard-fought match against a wrestler from Hinsdale Central 9-2 to qualify for state. 

His day was not over, however as he then went on to take 3rd place at the sectional by pinning the St. Rita wrestler in the 1st period.

Matt Young was featured in a district video and will be honored by teachers and staff during a “Walk of Champions” at the high school Wednesday afternoon.

Students invited to hear Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum speak at East Aurora High School on March 27

 Students are invited to register for the 2017 PeaceJam Slam, a one-day leadership conference which will include an opportunity to interact with Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum. The PeaceJam Slam will be held at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, on Monday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

The PeaceJam Slam is designed specifically for 2nd through 7th graders. Students, as well as their teachers and adult advisers, have the opportunity to spend the day interacting with Menchu Tum, a world leader for peace. They will also participate in workshops around current issues, volunteer projects, and family groups led by university and high school mentors.

Menchu Tum earned the Nobel Prize in 1992. In 1996, Guatemala’s 36-year civil war ended with a peace accord. Menchú Tum fought to have the Guatemalan political and military establishment tried in court, and ran for President of Guatemala in 2007 and 2011. She also established WINAQ, the first official indigenous-led political party in national history. Rigoberta Menchú Tum has joined her sister Nobel Peace Laureates to form the Nobel Women’s Initiative, to shine the light on women and children’s rights around the world.

Menchú Tum has been a member of PeaceJam since 1996.

Registration for students is $20, which includes lunch and a shirt at the event. See attached flyer for more information.

For more information about registration, contact Gates Elementary teacher Sue-Z Bruno at sbruno@d131.org or (630) 306-4415.

East Aurora Band Boosters host annual Pancake Breakfast February 18

 The East Aurora Band Boosters will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 18. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will be held in the cafeteria of East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Please enter through Door #15.

Tickets can be purchased from band students at East Aurora High School.

This year, the breakfast will feature performances by the East High Latin Jazz Band, the East Aurora Jazz Ensemble, Simmons Middle School band, and the Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy bands.

Bands Line up:

7:15 a.m. – Latin Jazz Band (East High)

8:00 a.m. – Fred Rogers Magnet Cadet Band

8:45 a.m. – Fred Rogers Magnet Varsity Band

9:30 a.m. – Simmons Middle School 6th Grade band

10:15 a.m. – EA Jazz Ensemble (East High)

Funds raised at the pancake breakfast will go to the East Aurora Band Boosters, which support band travel, equipment, and senior scholarships for the band.


Marina Kosak

       East Aurora HS

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