El Día de los Niños rescheduled for May 2
Due to expected inclement weather, the "El Día de los Niños" has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 2. The rest of the schedule remains the same. The event will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Aurora Transportation Center. The event is free. There will be food, music, activities and books for all children.
For more information on the event, go to: www.aurorahispanicheritage.com/ninos.html
East Aurora High School juniors can apply to serve as Student Board Members
High school juniors can now apply to serve as student representatives on the Board of Education. Forms can be picked up from Ms. Rivera at the high school or downloaded below. Applications are due by May 8.
The Student Board members attend the 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.
The District has traditionally chosen two students to serve as student Board members.
The Student Board members serve a term of office from September to May of their senior year. The Student Representative for the East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education serves as both a representative of the Board to students, as well as a representative of students to the Board.
In order to be a Student Board Member, the Student Representative must be in good academic standing and in the process of completing all requirements for graduation.
Both students will be seated at a Board of Education meeting in August.
Student artists ready to shine at the May 2 Fine Arts Festival
Actors, musicians and artists from elementary school through high school will showcase their talent from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 2 at the East Aurora School District 131 Fine Arts Festival. The Festival will take place throughout East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. Admission and parking are free.
On that day, the Little Theatre will feature dramatic performances. In the gymnasium, bands from various East Aurora schools will perform musical selections. There will be choral shows in the Hawks Auditorium. And the first-floor hallways will be filled with paintings, drawings, photographs and other student artwork.
Schedules and programs will be available at the event to guide visitors toward performances.
A growing tradition
The Fine Arts Festival has been a tradition in East Aurora School District 131 for more than 25 years. In the last decade, it has expanded to incorporate the work of all grade levels.
The first step into the Festival is an awesome experience. The walls are filled with paintings, sculptures, drawings and illustrations. The halls ring with voices and musical notes. And when you consider how difficult it is to have work on display – less than 10 percent of the pieces created are selected – the event takes on a new brilliance.
“What I see amazes me,” said East Aurora art teacher Susan McCarron, one of dozens of teachers involved in setting up the Festival. “I’ll see work and think: I would have never thought of doing that. And I see that all the time. How great is that?”
Anthony Crespo named next principal of East Aurora High School
The East Aurora Board of Education approved hiring Anthony Crespo as the next principal of East Aurora High School Monday night. Crespo, 36, is currently the Assistant Principal for Student Supports at Proviso West High School in Hillside.
“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to lead a great high school,” Crespo said.
Crespo grew up in New Jersey and attended a high school that was a melting pot of ethnicities and backgrounds. His mother worked 60-80 hours a week, providing for his family. Crespo was inspired by her, and by teachers who motivated him to get involved.
“East Aurora reminds me a lot of my high school,” he said. “If you don’t invest in students and give them that relationship, they might fall through the cracks. When you provide positive relationships, students can thrive regardless of their circumstances.”
Crespo is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2015.
“I’m excited for Anthony to be joining our team at the high school,” said East Aurora Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp. “He is a caring and dedicated educator who has a strong background in curriculum and instruction, as well as great experience in dealing with student discipline.”
Saw positive results at Proviso
Crespo has been the Assistant Principal for Student Support at Proviso West since August of 2014. In that role, he evaluates teachers, monitors student progress and achievement data, and supervises alternative-education programs. Crespo established a Latino Parent Advisory Committee, an RtI/PBIS Committee and a multi-tiered system of supports for students.
He also supervises all expulsion and residency hearings at the school.
From July 2012 to August 2014, Crespo was Assistant Principal for Student Life and Athletics at Proviso East High School, which is also in District 209. In that role, he was responsible for coordinating athletics and student clubs, including managing sports schedules and facilities.
While at Proviso East, Crespo chaired a committee to develop a student code of conduct, which led to a new disciplinary matrix. He worked to develop a new referral process and helped write a coaches and student athlete handbook. He also served as the liaison with the school’s booster club.
During Crespo’s time at Proviso East, he was part of helping graduation rates rise 10 percent, while incident of fights and drugs both dropped by 50 percent.
“We needed to restructure what we were doing and how we were doing it,” Crespo said. “We looked at the personnel we already had and asked: how can our staff best serve so students are in a safe, secure environment. We found that when you impact the hallways, you impact the classroom.”
Reading scores doubled and science scores increased on the Prairie State Achievement Examination, which measures achievement of 11th grade students.
From 2005 to 2012, Crespo worked as a physical education teacher, physical education department chair and athletic director in Osceola County, Florida. He established the Students Operating for Academic Readiness mentoring program and was named the District’s Minority Teacher of the Year in 2007.
Fluent in Spanish
Crespo grew up in New Jersey and attended Ramapo College in New Jersey, where he graduated with a degree in International Business in 2000. In 2008, Crespo graduated from Walden University with a Master’s Degree in educational leadership.
Crespo is fluent in Spanish. He lives in Wheaton with his wife, who is a teacher, and three children.
High school PARCC testing will resume April 27, and will affect morning schedules
East Aurora High School will resume PARCC testing on Monday, April 27. The testing will continue through May 14. There will be no adjustment to the school day for PARCC testing. Students who are taking the PARCC tests will miss periods 1 through 4. Students will be notified which testing group they are part of.
The testing schedule is as follows:
Monday, April 27: morning, ELA 1 & 2 — Group 1
Tuesday, April 28: morning, ELA 1 & 2 — Group 2
Wednesday, April 29: morning, ELA 1 & 2 — Group 3
Thursday, April 30: morning, ELA 1 & 2 — Group 4
Friday, May 1: morning, ELA 1 & 2 — Group 5
Tuesday, May 5: morning, Algebra II Test 1 & 2 — Group 1
Monday, May 11: morning, Algebra II Test 1 & 2 — Group 2
Thursday, May 14: morning: Algebra II Test 1 & 2 — Group 3
Students will find out their testing date and location for English testing at the end of this week from their English teachers. Algebra students will find out their testing date and location next week through their math teacher.
About the PARCC tests
High school students across the country began participating in the ACT exam and the new national PARCC assessments in March.
The PARCC exam is a national computer-based assessment aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This year, the State of Illinois has mandated PARCC testing for all students enrolled in a junior English class and/or Algebra II.
May edition of EAHS Newsletter now available
East Aurora High School Wind Ensemble earns first Division I rating
The East Aurora High School Wind Ensemble earned a Division I rating for the first time at the IHSA Music Organization Contest on April 18. The Wind Ensemble scored significantly above the level to earn Division I, which is the highest possible rating.
The Wind Ensemble performed at Reed-Custer High School Saturday, in the competition among large ensembles. Judges scored the ensemble on tone quality, intonation, rhythm, accuracy, balance/blend, technique, interpretation, articulation and performance factors (choice of music, appearance, poise and posture).
East Aurora performed “Ride” by Samuel R. Hazo; “Be Thou My Vision”, a traditional Irish tune arranged by Travis J. Cross; and “Symphonic Dance No. 3 Fiesta” by Clifton Williams.
The best any ensemble could score was 40 points from each judge. To earn Division I rating, the Ensemble needed to be rated above 36.
The judges gave East Aurora scores of 39.2, 38.6 and 38.
“I knew the kids had played the best they had ever played. You could see it on their faces even before they got the scores,” said East Aurora High School Band Director Brian Liska. “(When the scores were announced) they were very excited. They were supposed to be quiet but they got loud. They were proud. I was proud of them.”
Liska credited the success to the students’ consistent hard work, and the help from two guest conductors - Jim Stombres and Ron Polancich – who worked with the students.
There are two more opportunities to hear the Wind Ensemble perform this school year:
- East Aurora Fine Arts Festival - Saturday, May 2 - Band Concert Begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Kivisto Gymnasium
- Wind Ensemble Concert – 7 p.m. Friday, May 8 in Hawks Auditorium. Tickets, which are available at the door, cost $2.
Students: tell us what sports and clubs interest you
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