High school, middle school students can pick up schedules in August
East Aurora School District 131 middle and high school students will be able to pick up their schedules on designated dates in August. Below are the dates and times for schedule pick up:
East Aurora High School
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
Cowherd Middle School
Thursday, August 13 – 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, August 14 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy
Tuesday, August 4 – noon to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Simmons Middle School
Sixth grade: Tuesday, August 11 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m.
Seventh grade: Wednesday, August 12 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m.
Eighth grade: Thursday, August 13 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m.
Waldo Middle School
Monday, August 17 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, August 18 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information on schedule pick-up dates and times, please contact the school.
High school seniors Juana Herrera, Jacob Zepeda selected as Student Board members
East Aurora High School seniors Juana Herrera and Jacob Zepeda were selected as Student Representatives to the East Aurora School District 131 board of Education for the 2015-16 school year.
At East Aurora High School, Juana Herrera, 17, seems to be everywhere. DECA advisor Mark Lyons said: “It’s hard to walk down the halls and find someone who doesn’t know of Juana.”
Juana has been a member of the volleyball, badminton and cross country teams. She is a morning announcer in the school. She is vice president of the DECA business club. She is a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. Last year, she was president of the Science Honor Society. This year, she will be section leader for dozens of clarinets in the marching band.
East High teacher Patrick Bednarik said Juana is one of the best students he has taught. He said Juana always had insightful questions, a generous nature, and impeccable work ethic. Bednarik said Juana goes out of her way to help others and he knows she will go extremely far in her educational career.
Juana said she is excited about being part of the legacy of East Aurora and helping make East Aurora a better place.
“I wanted to be a Student Board member to see how everything worked,” she said. “I want to set a positive image. Setting a positive image has been my dream since middle school.”
Jacob Zepeda, 17, is very active at East Aurora High School. He wanted to be a student board member to represent students at all levels of the District.
“I wanted to voice the opinions of my fellow students and get out a positive message,” he said. “I want to work toward solutions that are going to benefit all.”
Last year, Jacob was on the varsity tennis team and a member of the drama club. This year, he will be the percussion section leader for the marching band. He is a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee. Outside of school, he is involved in his church group; he is a Big Brother-Big Sister; and he works with communities in schools.
Jacob said he is passionate about keeping the integrity of the District with the student’s best interests always in mind.
East Aurora High school Band Director Brian Liska said Jacob is someone who can always be counted on to lend a helping hand. Liska said Jacob truly cares about East Aurora and wants to make East Aurora an even better place.
East Aurora High School counselor Karen Pfeiffer said Jacob has blossomed as a student. She says he is a well-informed student who is a role model for his peers.
The student board members will begin serving at the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 7.
Juana Herrera and Jacob Zepeda will attend the twice-monthly board meetings. They will serve as advisory, non-voting members of the Board of Education for one school year.
They 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 High School fall sports online registration now open
All East Aurora High School athletes interested in participating in fall athletics can now register online at Illinois 8 to 18 website: https://eahs.8to18.com/accounts/login. The online registration opened Monday, July 20, for all fall sports at all levels. Student-athletes must register before Aug. 12.
The high school will also have three registration open house days on Aug. 3, 4, and 6. Athletes can turn in registration forms from 8 to 11 a.m. or 3 to 6:30 p.m. on any of those days at the high school athletic offices.
This is the first year that online registration is available. The forms will be similar to previous years, which ask athletes to agree to or supply several items, including emergency contacts, equipment release, photo consent, among others. Student-athletes will also need a current IHSA physical turned into their coach or athletic office.
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 can have the fees waived if they fill out the Application for Fee Waiver form, which can be found here. For teams that have cuts, the fee will be refunded to any athletes who do not make the team. The fees can also be paid online.
Physicals available at high school
Any students from sixth grade through 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 noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday through Aug. 13. Parents can walk in, or call (630) 299-8203 for an appointment.
On the week of Aug. 17-21, the Health Center staff will be available at the following times:
- Aug. 17: 1 to 7 p.m. in the Ponquinette Fieldhouse at East Aurora High School
- Aug. 18: 8 a.m. to noon in the fieldhouse; 1 to 4 p.m. in the Tomcat Health Center
- Aug. 19: 8 a.m. to noon in the fieldhouse; 1 to 4 p.m. in the Health Center
- Aug. 20: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Health Center
- Aug. 21: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Health Center
The mobile Health Center will visit Cowherd, Simmons and Waldo middle schools the first week of school.
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.
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.
East Aurora High School summer graduation will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 10
The East Aurora High School class of 2015 will continue to set records at the summer graduation ceremony on Aug. 10. The ceremony will start at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, in the Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane.
There are no tickets needed to attend the ceremony as a guest. Graduates should meet at 5:30 p.m. in the choir room at the high school. Any graduates who have a cap and gown should bring them to the choir room.
Students who need to log in community service hours or need to show proof of a driver’s license to complete graduation requirements should turn those documents in prior to graduation. Students can report to the high school’s main office with those documents.
The summer graduation ceremony is for students who needed to finish a summer class to complete their high school credits. There are expected to be as many as 63 Tomcats graduating on Aug. 10. They will join the 636 students who graduated in May, setting the new standard for the largest graduating class in the school’s 148-year history.
Anyone with questions about summer graduation should contact Kim Kereluik at (630) 299-7972 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Aurora welcomes new Rollins principal, three new assistant principals, division chair
The East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education approved the hiring of one principal, three assistant principals and a department chair at recent meetings.
Glenda Mitrov, who has worked in East Aurora School District 131 since 2011, was named principal at Rollins Elementary School at the July 6 Board meeting. Mitrov was assistant principal at Hermes Elementary School last year.
At the July 20 Board meeting, Stephanie Brennan was hired as assistant principal at Gates Elementary School; Jill Bushman was hired as assistant principal at Bardwell Elementary School; Ines Sem was hired assistant principal at Hermes Elementary School; and Jennifer Brinkman was hired as Division Chair for English and Fine Arts at East Aurora High School.
Glenda Mitrov, Principal, Rollins Elementary School
Mitrov started her educational career in 1998 as a bilingual education primary teacher in Chicago Public Schools. From 2006 to 2011, she was a bilingual education primary teacher and transitional program of instruction teacher at Creekside Elementary School in Plainfield. Mitrov was an Assistant Principal in East Aurora School District 131 from 2011-12 and from 2013 to 2015. As assistant principal, she oversaw implementation of curriculum in regular, special education and bilingual classes. She also managed school-improvement data and coordinated ACCESS testing.
She received Rookie Administrator of the Year awards in 2011, 2014, and 2015.
From 2012-2013, Mitrov was Assistant Director of Bilingual Services for East Aurora School District 131. In that role, she oversaw and supervised state and local assessment for English Language Learner students, and evaluated program models for English Language Learner students.
Mitrov also worked as an evening program coordinator at Joliet Junior College for three years. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of St. Francis and Aurora University since 2013.
Mitrov has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Roosevelt University as well as master’s degrees in Education and Educational Leadership from University of St. Francis.
To learn more about Mitrov, go here.
Stephanie Brennan, Assistant Principal, Gates Elementary School
Brennan has been teacher in the West Aurora School District, at McCleery and Hall elementary schools, since 2003. She received two A+ teaching awards at West Aurora and created a Welcome Night for kindergarten parents. She was a 2014 principal intern through the Kendall County Special Education Cooperative ESY, where she evaluated programs, designed staff communication systems, supervised, coached, and assessed instruction.
Jill Bushman, Assistant Principal, Bardwell Elementary School
Bushman has worked in East Aurora School District 131 since 2010, serving as a sheltered ESL and bilingual teacher and a PLC team leader. Prior to joining East Aurora, she was a Junior Senior Scholars Academic Camp Director at North Central College for four years. She participated in the IL-PART Grant Intern program, where she presented technology workshops, mentored teachers, wrote grants and monitored student development. As part of the program, she also collaborated with North Central to create a College Week and College Fair.
Ines Sem, Assistant Principal, Hermes Elementary School
Sem was a special education resource teacher in three school districts from 1998 to 2007. Since 2007, she has worked as a bilingual special education elementary teacher in East Aurora School District 131. Since 2013, she has been an RtI/PBIS coach in East Aurora School District 131. In that latter role, she collected, analyzed and reported data on student achievement and interventions.
Jennifer Brinkman, Division Chair for English and Fine Arts, East Aurora High School
Brinkman started her teaching career in 1997 as an English teacher in Killeen Independent School (Texas) where she taught sophomore, junior and seniors. She assisted the English Department with budgeting, directed a night school credit recovery program and initiated an SAT/ACT preparation program for student athletes. From 2002 to 2015, she was an English teacher in Indian Prairie School District 204, where she wrote curriculum, mentored teachers and participated in District committees.
Phillips Park tennis courts to be closed until September during construction
The tennis courts at Phillips Park, the home for the East Aurora High School tennis team, will be closed for several months while the courts are resurfaced. The courts will close on Monday, July 13, and are expected to be closed until September.
Practices and matches have been moved to other area courts during construction. The tennis courts are near the intersection of Smith Boulevard and Morningside Avenue, about one block south of the high school.
The tennis courts are more than 40 years old and were last resurfaced in 1992. The courts were cracked, uneven and worn. The new courts will be freshly paved and have a new 12-foot surrounding fence.
The 12 courts on the grounds at Phillips Park are jointly owned by East Aurora School District 131 and the City of Aurora. East Aurora School District 131, the City of Aurora, and the Fox Valley Park District each agreed to contribute $200,000 to the renovation project.
Once construction is complete, the District will maintain the nets and surfaces, while the city will maintain the landscaping and fence.
When the courts are not being used by the high school tennis team, they are open to the public.
Aurora East Educational Foundation will host annual golf outing on July 23
The Aurora East Educational Foundation will host its 14th annual golf outing on Thursday, July 23, at Phillips Park Golf Course.
The golf outing is a major fundraiser for the Educational Foundation, which supports teachers and students in East Aurora School District 131. Proceeds from the golf outing will be used to benefit literacy projects and programs in the District.
The entry fee for a single golfer begins at $125, or $450 for a foursome. The entry fee includes: 18 holes of golf, a cart, a box lunch, refreshments and dinner.
Reservations are due July 20. The registration form and more information can be found here.
There are also opportunities to be an event sponsor, or buy a place for your sign to be put near one of the golf holes, driving range, putting green or on the beverage cart. More information about being an event sponsor can be found here.
Check-in for the golf outing begins at 11 a.m., with lunch to follow, and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the golf rounds and prizes will follow dinner.
Phillips Park Golf Course is located on Ray Moses Drive in Aurora, near the intersection of Hill Avenue and Montgomery Road.
For questions about the Golf Outing, contact Rhonda Mont at (630) 896-4678 or go to www.d131.org/aeef.asp .
East Aurora athletes and musicians will be part of city’s Fourth of July parade; Henry and Carolyn Cowherd selected as Grand Marshals
Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner selected a legendary East Aurora family to serve as Grand Marshals for this year’s Fourth of July parade. Henry Cowherd, the namesake for Cowherd Middle School, and his wife, Carolyn Cowherd, will lead the parade.
Several East Aurora organizations and individuals will also be involved. The Tomcat Wrestling Club, Tomcat Youth Tackle Football, and the East Aurora summer band camp - which all draw students from multiple East Aurora schools - will walk in the parade.
Barbetta Neil, a special education assistant at the East Aurora Extension campus, will sing the national anthem.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. from the Santori Public Library of Aurora, 101 S. River Street and travels through downtown Aurora. More information about the parade, the route, and Aurora fireworks can be found here.
About Carolyn and Henry Cowherd
Henry Cowherd, 91, was raised on the East Side of Aurora. In 1945, he graduated from East Aurora High School, where he was a member of Student Council, Boys Club, Hi-Y Club and a three-sport athlete. After high school, Henry Cowherd worked at Burgess Norton Co., for 34 years.
Carolyn Cowherd, 90, worked at a local printing company and was a longtime volunteer at Rush-Copley Hospital. She met her future husband as he was coaching softball. They married in 1947.
Henry Cowherd was the first African-American elected to the Board of Education and served 13 years on the Board. He has been a member of the East Aurora Dad’s Club, East Aurora Parent’s Association, East Aurora Sports Boosters, Aurora East Educational Foundation and the East Aurora Old Timers Association.
In 1991, the Board of Education unanimously voted to name the District’s third middle school after Henry Cowherd.
Henry and Carolyn Cowherd continue to be a fixture at East Aurora events, regularly attending ceremonies, meetings and sporting events.