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Statement from District 131 Regarding Mold Found at Allen Elementary School

 AURORA, IL (October 26, 2016) - In September the school district administration learned of a possible mold problem in the library at Allen Elementary School. The department of Buildings and Grounds hired an air quality expert to analyze the library for air quality and possible mold. The Allen School administration took the precaution of closing the library to staff and students while the air quality testing took place. The report was given to the school district administration on October 21.

The results of the testing found mold in the carpet and shelving surfaces in the library. The school district is working on a plan to remove the carpet and any additional mold in the library. The school district is also examining the building to determine the source of the mold. Finally the district will do a building-wide, indoor air quality study to ensure there is no additional mold in the building.

The school district is aware that the first notice parents received about the problem was a local news article published on October 25. "That was an unintentional misstep on the part of District 131," said interim superintendents Mark McDonald and Marion Hoyda. "We can only apologize to Allen School parents and take steps to make sure this does not happen again. It is very important that all of our children and staff have safe, clean, and secure learning environments."

The administration will hold two parent meetings on Wednesday, October 26 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss the mold remediation at Allen Elementary School.


Five East Aurora staff members, one 5th grade team honored as “Those Who Excel”

 AURORA – Five East Aurora staff members and one 5th grade team were recognized Saturday by the Illinois State Board of Education at their “Those Who Excel” Banquet.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) annually sponsors Those Who Excel to honor school administrators, education service personnel, student support personnel, teams, early career educators, and classroom teachers who make significant contributions to the state’s elementary and secondary schools. From the thousands of educators across Illinois, only 250 staff members or teams are recognized at the banquet.

Those honored from East Aurora attended the Banquet on Saturday in Bloomington. They include:

-Cowherd Middle School assistant principal Jessie Barraza earned the Award of Recognition as an Administrator. Barraza was recognized for not only his teaching and role as an administrator, but also his committee work and outstanding community involvement. Teachers say Barraza is very supportive of teachers, has the gift of staying calm in stressful situations, and that they have nominated him in this category for several years. Others noted how Jessie drops everything to help staff out, and is one of the most reliable people in the building.

-Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy math and science teacher Rebecca Carver was honored with Merit Recognition for Early Career Education. Ms. Carver is one of those “invested” science teachers who is regularly bringing in swamp water, growing mold, or playing with meal worms for her students to see science in action. She has also attended a variety of professional development opportunities on her own to enrich her teaching. She has become a certified Fermi-lab instructor which enables her to design and implement her own Fermi field trips for the school. In addition to her work in science, her students are very successful in math. All of her student have shown at or above average growth in both DEA and AIMS. Her students track their growth data in weekly math assessments and have set personal success goals. Her classroom is both fun and challenging. According to one student, "She is a funny teacher and she cares about students and their learning."

-East Aurora Preschool School teacher Argelia Luna was honored with Merit Recognition for Classroom Teacher category. Warmly referred to as Vivi, Luna is a very dedicated preschool teacher, having worked with East Aurora for nearly 20 years. Vivi loves what she does and always strives to be better, looking for new creative ways to support her students learning. She has an immense respect for her students and their families, as well as the profession. Vivi herself is an alumni of East Aurora and believes whole heartedly in giving back to her community. Vivi lives in the district and her daughters attend EA schools. She is a shining example of East Aurora 131 and believes in our district and reverently serves our community.Several teachers shared that when they were new, Luna would answer many and all of their questions, always made time for them and willingly shared her know-how with them. Vivi carries herself with professionalism, always has a smile and a kind word.

-Oak Park Elementary School custodian Anthony Rhoden earned a Merit of Excellence in the Educational Service Personnel category. Anthony is affectionately known to Oak Park staff as “Jolly.” The nickname couldn't be more fitting. Jolly is such a friendly and positive person, and his attitude and disposition improves the school climate. He is always available and willing to help in any way that he can. When something needs to be done, he is right there getting it done in an extremely timely manner. When unexpected requests or issues come up, Jolly is willing and able. If he cannot do it in the moment, it will likely get done within 24 hours. Jolly regularly puts in extra hours to ensure that the environment is clean, presentable, and ready for students to learn. His work ethic and attitude serves as an example to the rest of the staff at our school, as well as to the students, who see him working tirelessly throughout the school grounds.

-Cowherd Middle School Counselor Grace Sinclair was honored with Merit Recognition for Student Support Personnel category. Sinclair started her involvement as a substitute and completed her counseling internship in EA. She left EA to accept a counseling position and while she was away, completed her Masters. She then returned to EA when a counseling position opened. Peers say Sinclair is always helping out whenever she can. They comment on how she is always visible in the hallways during passing periods, before school and after. One peer said, “Grace looks like she is always putting out fires!”

-The Bardwell Elementary PLC Team earned an Award of Recognition in the Team category. Team members were David Babyar, Lauren Jordan, Lisa Metcalfe, Laurie Ross and Katie Zinzer. If you walk down the hallway outside the 5th grade classrooms at Bardwell, you will see walls covered in college banners and posters. Bardwell's 5th grade team considers their students to be college bound scholars and have created a culture of high expectations to support this. Through challenging, purposeful work, they aim to prepare their students for not only middle school, but college and a successful life. Highest percentage of 5th grade students in East Aurora meeting and exceeding in PARC in both math and ELA. Bardwell's 5th grade team's expectations are not only for their students; they also have high expectations for themselves. They analyze their students' needs and exhaust themselves designing, creating, improving, and teaching materials that will best meet students where they are, and then systematically bring them up to where they need to be.

The ISBE nominations start in the East Aurora School District 131 buildings, where employees are nominated based on their concern for children, positive effect on the school, excellence in their position and leadership. Those nominations go to a District committee that narrows the field for ISBE nominations. Finally, nominations are evaluated by a statewide selection committee which selects staff members to receive Awards of Excellence, Meritorious Service or Special Recognition.

EAHS Band Boosters Host Second Annual Mattress Fundraiser

 This Saturday, October 15th, the East Aurora High School Band Boosters will host their second annual Mattress Fundraiser. The unique fundraising event takes place at the East Aurora High School Freshman Gym from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our Band Boosters can potentially raise on average $4,000, as a portion of all sales will go to the Band Boosters.

A large selection of mattress styles and sizes, priced up to 50% below retail, will be staged in a mobile showroom in the gym. Shoppers and supporters can test drive name-brand beds and find a perfect fit.

What: 2nd Annual Mattress Fundraiser for East Aurora High School

Where: EAHS Freshman Gym

When: Saturday, October 15th 10AM – 5PM

Link: http://bit.ly/beds4eahs

For more information about the East Aurora High School Mattress Fundraiser contact Matt Hook, Band Booster President, at (630) 205-5023


Old Timers Football Banquet Dinner Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20

 Old Timers Football Banquet Dinner Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20

AURORA - The East Aurora Football Old Timers Association will hold its 71st annual dinner Thursday, Oct. 20, at Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road, Aurora. The 1991 East Aurora High School varsity football team will be inducted into the Old Timers Association, 25 years after their graduation.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. A dinner will follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each.

For tickets, call Steve Kenyon at (630) 553-1631 or email Steve at eaoldtimersfootball@gmail.com. Make checks for tickets or donation payable to East High Football Old-Timers Association.

Some of the funds raised by the dinner will be used to support the Tomcat Youth Tackle Football program. With three teams made up of players enrolled in East Aurora District 131 schools, the program works to expose young players to football before they reach high school. Securing, maintaining, and replacing equipment has become our biggest challenge. Portions of our dinner profits will assist with this ever-growing need.

Tom Jackson, APR | Public Relations Officer


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Please see below for important state health requirements.

9th Grader - Require New Child Health Exam (Physical) and Updated Shot Record

12th Graders - Require Updated Shot Record Showing Proof of Meningococcal Vaccine (must have 1 at age 16 or later)

New Students - Require Child Health Exam (Physical) and Updated Shot Record

Vision Exam - Required for Students New to State of Illinois

Need Assistance? Call the Health Office at 630.299.8189

****All required health information must be in the health office by October 15th. After that date your child will not be allowed to be in school until the health requirements are met. Any absences resulting from non compliance with health requirements will result in an unexcused absence.



East Aurora High School's NJROTC Celebrates at First Formation

 Our amazing NJROTC held their first Formation of the year this morning in the Ponquinette Fieldhouse at East Aurora High School. The acclaimed NJROTC unveiled and presented their Distinguished Unit Academic Honors Banner with the help of School Board President Annette Johnson. Speakers included Johnson, EAHS Principal Marina Kosak, and District 131’s Director of Secondary Education Yolanda Stovall. The NJROTC Area 3 Junior of the Year Award was also presented to Oscar Miranda. Special thanks to Lieutenant Lauren Carthan, Master Chief George Allen—and to all our NJROTC department staff who make the EA NJROTC program the largest and finest in the world.

Be sure to see photos from the event at our Facebook page!

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.


Marina Kosak

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