East Aurora High School graduation will be broadcast live on District website
Family and friends of the 2015 East Aurora High School graduating class will be able to watch the ceremony live if they are unable to attend in person. The link to the Internet broadcast graduation ceremony will be: http://tv.d131.org/Live
The high school’s graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on Roy E. Davis Field in the stadium at the high school, 500 Tomcat Lane.
Seating will be limited at graduation. Each student will be allowed six guests if the ceremony is outside. If the ceremony is held indoors at the Ernie Kivisto Gymnasium, each student will be allowed two guests.
Only visitors with graduation tickets will be allowed into the stadium or gymnasium. Students will receive six tickets at graduation rehearsal: four red stadium passes and two white tickets. Both the red and white tickets can be used to get into the stadium. If the ceremony is moved indoors, only the white tickets can be used for entry.
The ceremony could be moved indoors if there is inclement weather. An announcement about the location of graduation will be placed on the District’s website (www.d131.org) and social media sites on the day of graduation.
There are more than 700 students expected to receive diplomas Friday, the largest graduating class in the school’s 148-year history. The valedictorian is Marlene Martinez and the salutatorian is Maria Villalpando.
High school offering free summer boot camp for AP students
East Aurora High School will offer Advanced Placement students the opportunity to get an early start on preparing for AP classes through free summer classes. From June 15 to July 9, the high school’s AP teachers will be teaching a one-week “Boot Camp” for each AP class the school offers. The goal is to give high school students a jump start learning AP skills and procedures; introduce them to AP course material and exams; and practice the habits needed to be successful in the AP program.
The AP Boot Camp is open to all students entering their sophomore, junior and senior years who intend to enroll in an AP course for the 2015-16 school year. These classes are being offered at no cost. For each class, the students will receive an AP exam preparation book specific to that class. Students may enroll in as many Boot Camp sessions as they wish, and students will keep their books.
As this is only a one-week course, students will receive no credit. There is no penalty for not attending; however, many AP courses have summer assignments that will be due whether or not students attend Boot Camp.
To register, fill out the attached registration form and bring it to Assistant Principal Glynis Keene in the Freshman Center. Registration is due by Friday, May 22. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Keene at 630-299-7960 or email@example.com
The sign in form is attached to this news release and can be printed here.
AP Summer Boot Camp Schedule
Session A – 8-10 a.m. - European History & Computer Science
Session B- 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Calculus
Session C - 8-10 a.m. - Physics I & Physics II
Session D - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – U.S. History & biology
Session E 1-3 p.m. - American Government
Session F - 8-10 a.m. - Statistics
Session G - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Psychology
Session H – 1-3 p.m. - French
East High seniors Abigail Aguirre and Kamani Harris ready for badminton state finals
Two East Aurora High School seniors who only recently became doubles partners are now headed to the state badminton tournament. Abigail Aguirre and Kamani Harris finished third at the Naperville North sectional meet last weekend, earning a spot in the state finals.
Aguirre and Harris won three matches and lost one in the sectional meet, to become one of only 64 doubles teams to qualify for state. The girls are expected to play shortly after the opening ceremonies on Friday morning at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill.
Aguirre and Harris began playing together three weeks ago. Since the beginning of the year they had each been paired with good friends. Varsity head coach Wendell Jeffries asked Aguirre and Harris to team up, believing as a duo they would have the strongest chance of making it to state. After just 10 matches together, Aguirre and Harris made their coach’s prediction come true.
Jeffries praised both girls as excellent students who finished in the top 10 percent of their class. They are both high character and dependable teammates, Jeffries said. Aguirre was voted captain by her team. Both girls also play on the East Aurora tennis team.
At the sectional meet, senior Alicia Bueno won a singles match to contribute to the Tomcats scoring. East Aurora finished fourth at the sectional meet.
The results of the state competition will be updated throughout the weekend at: www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/GirlsBadminton.aspx
Special needs parent support group to meet at 6 p.m. May 14
The East Aurora School District 131 Special Needs Parent Support Group will meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at Bardwell Elementary School, 550 S. Lincoln Avenue, Aurora. Claire Howes of the Fox Valley Recreation Center will be the guest speaker. She will share information on summer activities and programs that are offered.
Families will also get feedback on future topics for the 2015-16 school year. Refreshments, Spanish translation and child care will be provided.
Five East Aurora High School students qualify for National History Fair
Five East Aurora High School students will compete at the National History Day in June, after the Tomcats swept the state’s group documentary category. Oscar Miranda, Cynthia Ramos, Mayra Rios, Brian Strand and Erik Strand will present their documentary projects during the national competition at the University of Maryland on June 14-18.
Six Tomcats competed in the State History Fair, which was held in Springfield on May 7. Only two teams in the state advanced from each category and East Aurora took both spots in the group documentary category.
Miranda, Brian Strand, both sophomores, and junior Erik Strand presented a documentary on Muddy Waters and Chicago Blues. The two judges scored their project 96 and 96 out of 100.
Ramos and Rios, both juniors, presented a documentary on Virginia Ohlson: The Revolutionary Nurse. The two judges ranked the presentation 96 and 95 out of 100.
The third East Aurora documentary was The Memorial Day Massacre by Jessica Soto. Although she did not advance to the national competition, she received an “Excellent” rating by the judges.
“This achievement is the culmination of months of hard work and dedication from these students,” said East Aurora High School teacher and Social Studies Club advisor Matthew Caylor. “Each of them went above and beyond what was required of a class project that officially concluded in December.”
The students created 10-minute documentaries based on an original thesis they developed from researching primary and secondary sources. The national theme this year was “Leadership and Legacy.” The students gathered materials, recorded narrations and edited video to create a project that explored both the causes and effects of their topics. The best projects went beyond a simple regurgitation of facts; they analyzed the wider impact of their topic on society and placed the topic in the wider historical context.
May 14: Spring Choir concert and raffle
Celebrate the graduating seniors and a fabulous year of vocal music and East Aurora High School! Come on out and hear some great music from musicals and pop hits, including: Bruno Mars, Disney favorites and Into the Woods. The show will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14 in the Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane.
Admission is $2. Children 12 and under are free.
The high school choir members will be selling raffle tickets for $5 each to help fund scholarships and awards for choir students. Prizes are $300, $150, and $50 cash. Winning tickets will be drawn at the concert. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win, but must have their ticket to claim their prize. Raffle tickets are available from any choir member or Choir Director Lisa Gawlik at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 299-8146. Tickets will be sold through the start of the concert.
Incoming freshman can start strong with free summer high school readiness class
East Aurora High School is offering a free summer transition program to help incoming freshmen start their high school career strong. Core Study Skills will focus on three main skill areas: algebra readiness, reading comprehension, and general study skills. Core Study Skills will run 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 15 through July 23.
In the classes, students will work on computers, in small groups with a teacher, and independently to strengthen their abilities in these three areas and prepare for high school. Many of the programs are designed to meet students at their individual instructional level. The general study skills program will provide students with reading and note-taking strategies that will help them be successful in any high school class. Students who successfully complete the program will earn a one-half elective credit toward high school graduation.
There is only space for 150 students, so this class will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are required to attend mandatory summer school at their middle school will not qualify for this program.
To register, go to the East Aurora High School Freshman Center and enter through door 45 on Smith Blvd. See Ms. Rosa to fill out the application. If you have any questions contact Assistant Principal Glynis Keene at (630) 299-7960 or email@example.com.
High school offering free summer health classes to help students fill new requirement
East Aurora High School freshman and sophomores will have an opportunity to fill the new health class requirement with a free class this summer. Students who are currently freshman or sophomores in NJROTC now need to take a semester of health before they graduate. This is a new requirement, necessitated by a change in state law. Summer health classes will run 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 15 through July 23.
The students who take health as a summer class will not have to alter their course schedule during the school year. They will be able to keep their original elective class choices.
The class time includes a free breakfast and lunch every day. This class is open to 30 students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Enrollment forms should be dropped at the East Aurora High School Freshman Center by May 22. If you have any questions contact Assistant Principal Glynis Keene at (630) 299-7960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.