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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.

 



East Aurora High School students take eighth in the nation at History Fair

   Three East Aurora High School history students finished in the top 10 at the National History Day competition held last week at the University of Maryland. The documentary about musician Muddy Waters and the Chicago Blues created by Oscar Miranda, Brian Strand and Erik Strand was a national finalist and earned eighth place overall.

  From thousands of entries, the East Aurora project was one of just 98 that advanced in the group documentary category to the National History Day competition. Those documentaries were narrowed down to 14 national finalists, who then showed their documentaries to a panel of judges. Thursday morning, the East Aurora team was notified that they had finished eighth. It is the first time in recent history that an East Aurora team has been a national finalist.

   Miranda and Brian Strand will be juniors next year. Erik Strand will be a senior next year. Erik and Brian are brothers.

   The recognition is a culmination of months of work by the students. The team began working on the documentary in September. The national theme for this year was “Leadership and Legacy”. Because of their shared love of music and Chicago’s key role in the genre, the Tomcats had an idea they wanted to research the blues.

   “From the beginning, we just kept telling each other we were going to make it nationals,” Miranda said. “Once we finished the first two sections (of the documentary), we knew we had something to work with.”

   The team originally intended to focus on Chicago blues in general, but their research kept pointing them to one pivotal figure.

   “Everything you research comes back to Muddy Waters in one way or another,” said Erik Strand.

The students gathered materials, traveled to Chicago to interview musicians, recorded narrations and edited together a video project that explored Waters’ background and legacy. The goal was to put him in a larger historical context to help people understand the impact he had on society, which included inspiring the name of one legendary rock group. The Tomcats’ final product, a 10-minute documentary, can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/nl7iBJOjEKE

   Brian Strand said the experience of traveling to the National History Day competition was inspiring. He knew almost nothing about Waters prior to the research and now he sees his influence in many areas.

   “It’s opened up a new horizon for me,” Brian Strand said. “It was interesting to see how brilliant kids are and it’s definitely given me a new drive for all my academic work.”

   The students were thrilled with their top-10 finish and they have set a goal to return to the national competition again next year.



State Board of Education will meet at 10:30 a.m. June 17 at Oswego East High School

  The Illinois State Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17 at Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego. East Aurora Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp is expected to speak at the meeting about changing the state’s funding formula.

   Over the last four years, East Aurora School District has lost $36 million due to the state’s proration formula, which takes the most dollars from districts with the least local resources.

   Last week, in an open letter, Popp encouraged the community to attend the meeting and show they believe it is time to fix the state’s educational funding formula. To read Popp’s open letter, go here. A graphic explaining the effects of the state using an across-the-board percentage cut for school districts is available here.

   “A formula that heavily penalizes students who need the most support is simply unfair. It’s unfair to our residents who end up paying higher tax rates, and unfair to the students who don’t have access to the same resources as their neighbors,” Popp said. “Other districts have told us to wait for a better formula to come along. We have waited long enough. … It’s time to fix the formula.”

   The State Board confirmed the time for the start of Wednesday’s meeting today. The State Board will be touring Oswego East High School prior to the meeting, so there is a potential the meeting could start slightly late. For more information about the State Board meeting, go to here.

   Also last week, East Aurora School District 131 launched a “Fix the Formula” website with more information about the impact of the state’s educational funding formula; sample letters and contact information for local legislators; and letters of support from local officials.

  The State Board meeting is free and open to the public.



USDA sponsoring free meals during East Aurora summer camps

   Any children 18 years or younger can receive free meals this summer in East Aurora School District 131 buildings, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Meals will be served in all buildings while the District is hosting educational, athletic, fine arts and other summer camps, beginning June 17. Each school will have a color flier on the door, notifying residents of the meal times.

    All local children 18 years and younger are eligible for the healthy breakfast and lunch meals.

Meals must be eaten in the school. Small children must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling who will be responsible for them.

    To find a summer meals site close to you, call (800) 359-2163, text “FOODIL” to 877877, or go to SummerMealsIllinois.org.

    USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 



East Aurora Superintendent urges community to show support for fixing the formula at State Board meeting on June 17 in Oswego

   In an open letter to the East Aurora School District 131 community posted on the District’s new “Fix the formula” website, Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp said it is time to for a long-term fix to the state’s educational funding formula.

    Over the last four years, East Aurora School District has lost $36 million due to the state’s proration formula, which takes the most dollars from districts with the least local resources.

    “A formula that heavily penalizes students who need the most support is simply unfair. It’s unfair to our residents who end up paying higher tax rates, and unfair to the students who don’t have access to the same resources as their neighbors,” Popp said. “Other districts have told us to wait for a better formula to come along. We have waited long enough. The current formula has cost our students $36 million in the last four years. It’s time to fix the formula.”

Community urged to attend June 17 meeting in Oswego

    The Illinois State Board of Education is scheduled to meet on June 17 at Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego. Popp will be testifying, along with an East Aurora student. The meeting is tentatively scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. If that time changes, the District will send out a notice.

   Ahead of that meeting, the District launched an informational website - www.d131.org/fixtheformula - and Popp released an open letter to the East Aurora community urging them to get involved:

To the East Aurora community:

  General state aid was designed to help the state’s neediest students; it was designed to close the educational opportunity gap that exists between the wealthiest and the poorest districts. However, the current state formula that prorates general state aid is turning that noble goal upside down.

   In East Aurora School District 131, the proration of general state aid has cost our students $36 million in the last four years. With that money, we could have built a school, hired 90 teachers and bought a laptop for every single student. Robust early childhood education, low class sizes and integrated technology are all proven to increase student achievement. Wealthier school districts take access to those opportunities for granted. Yet, our students are continuously told to wait until the state’s education funding formula can be fixed. While we are waiting, the opportunity gap persists, as do the achievement gaps that come with it.

  In 2014, our students lost out on $10.7 million due to proration; that’s $856 per student. Meanwhile, a wealthy school district in our same county - one with access to more local dollars - lost just $60 per student. Any loss in educational funding is disappointing, but that disparity should be shocking to anyone who cares about the future of our children. Many members of our community have expressed that they are stretched as far as they can go in the support provided to our schools through property tax dollars. Our citizens are taxed at a much higher rate than community members in the aforementioned school district; yet, our community members are told to wait for the formula to be fixed.

   A formula that heavily penalizes the students who need the most support is simply unfair. It’s unfair to our residents who end up paying higher tax rates, and unfair to the students who don’t have access to the same resources as their neighbors. Other districts have advocated to their legislators that we should have to wait for a better formula to come along. We have waited long enough. The current formula has cost our students $36 million in the last four years. It’s time to fix the formula.

   For change to happen, the voice of the East Aurora community must be heard in Springfield. Everyone who believes in equitable education - our residents, and our employees - need to speak up now.

What can you do?

- Get informed. You can learn more about the state’s funding formula by visiting the East Aurora School District 131 “Fix the formula” website: www.d131.org/fixtheformula

- Get involved. We need you to write, call or email your local legislators and let them know that equitable educational funding is crucial for our kids. The “Fix the formula” website can give you contact information for our local legislators, as well as sample letters to get you started.

- Spread the message. Even a something as simple as adding our “Fix the formula” website address (www.d131.org/fixtheformula) to the tagline of your emails will help inform people about the issue. Use #fixtheformula on Twitter, or share our website address on social media. Our voice needs to be as loud as the voices coming from all of the other districts who do not want to see a change in the current formula.

- Stand with us on June 17. We have heard from many public officials who support our belief that it is time to fix the formula. We need you to join us at the June 17 Illinois State Board of Education meeting at Oswego East High School. Let them see the faces of people who are fighting for a better education for East Aurora students.

I thank you for all that you do in support of education and our students.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael A. Popp

Superintendent East Aurora School District 131

Popp testified in support of change

   The effort to change the state’s proration funding formula began in 2014 with the Senate Bill 16, introduced by State Senator Andy Manar. Popp testified in Springfield about the poverty penalty that was hurting students who happened to live in District’s without great property wealth. The bill was heavily criticized by wealthier District’s that stood to lose some funding in the gradual shift. The bill did not move out of committee.

   Manar introduced a new bill – Senate Bill 1 – in the latest legislative session. Popp testified again in Springfield, this time in front of the Illinois State Board of Education, which heard testimony on changing the educational funding formula. The budgets passed by the House and Senate propose an increase in the state’s educational funding. The state continues to debate a final budget.

 



Class of 2015 can download graduation photos

The East Aurora High School class of 2015 can download their graduation photos for free from Rick Morales Photography Facebook page. The photos can be found here.



Check out these opportunities for free summer learning!

Want to help your child continue learning over the summer? Click below to read more about resources for free online activities, student success guides, free books, science museums and summer camps.

We wish all students and families a summer full of fun and learning!

Parent toolkit

  Check out ParentToolkit.com where you can find tips to help your child with academics, as well as information about social/emotional development and health/wellness. In English and en Español

  Another great resource is Parents’ Guides for Student Success where you can find an overview of what your child will learn in each grade in mathematics and language arts/literacy. Here you’ll find guides for each grade-level in English and in Spanish, including activities you can do with your child to support learning at home. Go to PTA.org/parents. Click on Families to find guides. In English and en Español

Aurora library

Take advantage of the terrific programs offered at Aurora Public Library, including classes, access to computers, and a fun Summer Reading Program about Super Heroes. Learn when the Bookmobile is near you and help keep your child reading all summer. Go to AuroraPublicLibrary.org for info.

Summer reading backpack

All students in grades 1-3 will each be bringing home a Scholastic Summer Reading Backpack with 5 books along with suggested activities. Please enjoy these books with your children encouraging them to read, talk, and write about the books.

Lexia Core 5

Another resource for our students in grades 1-6 is an online reading program called Lexia Core 5. This is a program that students have been working on this year in their classes and it is also be available to them over the summer. It can be accessed from smart phones, tablets, or computers. Download the app or go to LexiaCore5.com.

We wish all students and families a summer full of fun and learning!

Science Museum

Don’t miss the family fun at the Aurora SciTech Museum which has over 150 interactive exhibits. Enjoy FREE admission from 6pm-8pm on June 5th with Creation Stations: Blending Art & Science. Go to SciTechMuseum.org to learn more.

Summer camps

Fox Valley Park District also offers active fun in many locations. For a complete schedule, go to FoxValleyParkDistrict.org. District 131 also has many offerings with our FREE Fine Arts Summer Camps.



Summer '15 EAHS Newsletter

Inside you will find important news about the end of the year as well useful information about the upcoming 2015/2016 school year.


 

 
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