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East Aurora High School - October Newletter

In this edition you will find important events and dates for the month of October.

Board of Education Approves Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

 The East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education approved the Fiscal Year 2017 budget on Monday, September 19, 2016. The fiscal year 2017 budget is published on the district website and can be viewed here. The fiscal year began on July 1, 2016, and runs through June 30, 2017. The Board heard detailed presentations of each department’s budget at committee meetings before final approval by the Board of Education.

Immunizations and School Physicals Must be Current by October 15

Attention all EA families! Please make SURE you have all immunizations and complete physicals as required turned in before October 15th. Without this important documentation your child will be excluded from school. Also, all Medicaid eligible families, touch base with your medical providers. Medicaid coverage will change as of October 1st and impact your access to healthcare and meeting school health requirements.

For questions, please contact your school's Nurse's office.

Parade Kicks off Homecoming Week at East Aurora High School September 27

 East Aurora High School’s annual Homecoming Parade will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. The Tomcats are honored to kick off Homecoming Week with Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner who will serve as the Grand Marshall for the parade. Now in his third term, Mayor Weisner has successfully led the state’s second largest city into the 21st century in a number of ways.

Many EAHS clubs, band members, NJROTC and athletic teams will walk in the parade. The public is welcome to view the parade from anywhere on the route. The route will be from Fifth Avenue to Smith Boulevard, north to 4th Avenue, west to Union Street, and back to East High School. Please come watch and cheer on our Tomcats—and be aware of the street closures from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information:

Tom Jackson, Public Relations Officer

(630) 299-5534


facebook.com/EASD131 @EASD131

East Aurora High School Band Alumni Invited to Perform with Band on October 21

 The East Aurora High School Band is looking for alumni to help celebrate 100 Years of Band in District 131. Band members past and present are invited to play on Friday, October 21, 2016, at the football game vs. South Elgin.

East Aurora High School band director Brian Liska said all alumni are welcome “We want our alumni to join us. It doesn’t matter if they played last week, last year, or last decade, they are welcome on the field with us.”

Rehearsal will take place at EAHS, but because of the new field construction, the game and performance will take place at Aurora Christian High School.


4:00pm - Rehearsal at EAHS Auditorium

4:45pm - Dinner in the cafeteria

5:45pm - Dismissal time to get to Aurora Christian

6:45pm - Meet current EAHS Band Students at Aurora Christian

7:00pm - Line up on the track to take the field

7:15pm - Pre-Game Performance Begins (Hey Baby, National Anthem, Wave the Flag)

7:35pm - Dismissal to leave or come back to the band section and cheer on the football team

Band Alumni can register for the event by visiting www.d131music.org.

For more information please email Mr. Liska at bliska@d131.org.


Tom Jackson, APR | Public Relations Officer


McKnight School Service Center | 417 Fifth Street | Aurora, IL 60505

(630) 299-5534 | www.d131.org

East Aurora High grad returns to pitch STEM careers

Latinos can find rewarding careers in science, technology and math fields.

That was the message from Montgomery resident Gisela Sosa, a 2003 East Aurora High School grad, last weekend.

In an informal homecoming, Sosa was among six Commonwealth Edison Co. (ComEd) electrical engineers who came to East High Saturday and Sunday to mentor 25 Tomcat students.

After graduating from East, Sosa earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from University of Illinois-Chicago in 2008.

She spent five years as an engineer at ComEd's LaSalle generating station at Marseilles before transferring to the company's Oak Brook location this year.

Sosa and other ComEd engineers conducted "Solar Spotlight." a two-day STEM immersion experience at East High as part of ComEd's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The energy firm launched Solar Spotlight, a traveling program, in February at Rockford. The effort is designed to teach Latino high school students about solar energy and career opportunities in STEM fields--science, technology, engineering and math.

Annette Martinez, ComEd communications manager, said Solar Spotlight features two days of celebrating Latino light, solar technology, mentorship and hands-on activities.

Under tutelage of Sosa and other engineers, East students hand-assembled solar modules that lit up small appliances including a porch light.

Additionally, students heard heard engineers' career stories and presentations about notable Latinos in STEM-related fields. The program culminated with a lighting dedication ceremony in which solar lights were installed at East High.

Chris Williams of Millennium Solar Electric, a Park Forest solar installer, provided students with instruction, insight and hands-on training for STEM aspects that go into designing, building and installing solar-powered lights.

Local Latino celebrity personalities Gabe Ramirez of radio station B96 and Mike Oquendo of the Mikey O Comedy Show attended to help entertain and create community awareness.

"Human beatbox" Yuri Lane, known for beatboxing through a harmonica, also performed for students.

Fidel Marquez, ComEd engineer and senior vice president, governmental and external affairs, led his company's delegation.

He said, "Exposure to STEM experiences is important as high school students consider their future career paths.

“As a leader in the energy industry, ComEd is focused on helping to grow important clean energy resources like solar, while also inspiring and equipping tomorrow’s STEM leaders with the skills they need to become part of our future workforce.

“Our Solar Spotlight Program brings these two visions together by helping students learn more about solar energy and opening up the realm of STEM opportunities for them to consider.” Marquez said.

For more about Solar Spotlight, visit poweringlives.comed.com.

Story by Al Benson

Create A Piece of Art for Peace: Participate in PeaceJam @ East Aurora Peace of Art Hexagon Project

 PeaceJam @ East Aurora invites the EASD 131 Community to participate in Peace of Art Hexagon Project by creating a piece of art for peace. All ages are encouraged to print out the hexagon (link) and use it as a template to creatively show your vision of PEACE. You may use text, storytelling, collage, poetry, paint, drawing materials, 3-D materials or digital. Hexagons can be submitted to: Sue-z Bruno, Gates School, 800 7th Avenue, Aurora, IL 60505 by September 28, 2016.

The work will be joined together and be displayed in the Silverplate building, a Vacant Window Project in downtown Aurora. Log your work on billionacts.org. Contact: Aurora@peacejam.org. PeaceJam is an international non-profit organization that has 13 Nobel Peace Prize Winners who have committed to mentoring youth. PeaceJam creates young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world. Learn more at http://www.peacejam.org/about-us.

Twenty-Seven Current and Former East Aurora Students Named to AP Scholar Roster for 2016

Twenty-seven former and current East Aurora High School students were recently named to the AP Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Roster for their performance on AP exams.

The AP Scholar Roster shows all students who earned an AP Scholar Award in 2016, recognizing high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams over the course of their high school career.

AP Scholars

Granted to 22 students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

Class of 2016 Graduates: Cristhian Alvarez, Alan Bravo, Ruben De La Mora, Kassandra Diaz, Leonel Lopez, Wenceslao Mejia, Myles Miller, Dartisha Molsey, Luis Nevarez, Brenda Pintor, Jose Ramos, Mayra Rios, Tonatiu Ruiz-Escobedo, Robert Salinas and Hannah Snyder

Current students: Julie Brewer, Stephanie Lozano, Brenda Perez, Faustino Prieto, Carlos Santamaria, Daniel Saucedo and Jordan Zinzer

AP Scholars with Honor

Granted to two students who received scores of 3 or higher on four or more AP exams.

Class of 2016 Graduates: Diego Esquivel and Myrna Garcia

AP Scholars with Distinction

Granted to three students who received scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams.

Class of 2016 Graduates: Cynthia Ramos, Jazmine Reyes, and Erik Strand

National AP Scholars

Granted to one student who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Class of 2016 Graduates: Cynthia Ramos

For more information:

Tom Jackson, Public Relations Officer

(630) 299-5534


facebook.com/EASD131 @EASD131



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