Cowherd Middle School

School Day
(Horario escolar):
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Office Hours
(Horario de oficina):
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Address (Dirección):
441 N. Farnsworth Ave.
Aurora IL, 60505

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FRMA GreenLab Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser

 Support the Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy’s Annual Plant Sale by purchasing plants or seeds for the upcoming gardening season.

This year the fundraiser offers seeds from Baker Creek Seeds (non-GMO) and plants available from Burpee through Schaefer Greenhouse. Seeds are priced at $2.50 per package and plants are in 4-inch containers and cost just $4. See the attached catalog for details.

All pre-orders are due on May 1st, 2017.

Orders can be picked-up Friday May 12th from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy, just in time for Mother's Day.

For more information contact Mindy Adams at or call (630) 299-7175.

District 131 offering free summer camps for students

 East Aurora School District 131 is offering free summer camps for students who attend East Aurora Schools in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Camps will be offered throughout the district in sports, art, band, music, theater, computer, health/wellness and PeaceJam.

For students to participate in the summer camps, a registration and a waiver form must be signed by the legal parents/guardians and the student. Download registration and waver forms from the links below. All registration and waiver forms must be returned to the main office of your child’s school by Friday, May 12, 2017.

Students may choose more than one sport and/or activity at different locations. For questions, please contact your child’s school or the coach/teacher listed on the respective sport/activity.

Elementary Summer Camp Registration and Waver Form

Middle School Summer Camp Registration and Waver Form

High School Summer Camp Registration and Waver Form

Notice of public meeting to discuss District special education services

 On May 9, 2017 from 10 to 11 a.m., a meeting will be conducted by Aurora East District 131 at the Gonzalez Child Service Center 1480 Reckinger Rd., Aurora, IL 60505. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2016-2017 school year. If you are the parent of a home-schooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of Aurora East District 131, you are urged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Joseph Schimmel, Assistant Director of Special Education, at 630.299.7902.

East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education approves busing for students

AURORA, IL – At their April 17 meeting, the East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education approved a three-year financial commitment to provide busing for students residing more than 1.5 miles from their school.

While some details of the busing plan are still being finalized, the busing plan for District 131 expects to provide transportation to and from school for more than 3,000 students.

With the State of Illinois reimbursing about 80% of the costs, it is anticipated that busing with increase student attendance, resulting in additional revenue from the State.

“We are now in the planning stages to make busing a reality,” said School Board president Annette Johnson. “It will require no tax increase and no referendum. We look forward to next school year when the buses start rolling.”

The Board approved spending up to $5.4 million to First Student, a school transportation company.

School administrators are working to have the busing in place for the 2017-18 school year.

East High Travel Club Fundraiser

East High's Travel Club will hold a fundraiser at the Oswego Portillo's for their student group trip to England, Scotland, and France in June of 2018. Dine at Portillo's on Monday, April 17th, from 5-8 p.m. and 20% of your bill will go toward the Travel Club's trip. See the flyer for more information or contact Ms. Hilary Stott at

Tech Showcase at Benavides Kindergarten Center

 Benavides Kindergarten Center invites the community to attend their Technology Showcase 2017 on Wednesday, April 26, from 8:30-10 a.m. at the school, 250 E. Indian Trail, Aurora. Guests can explore their 1:1 iPad program and other technologies infused into their curriculum, watch students as they demonstrate coding skills through robotics, and more. See the flyer and RSVP to Jill Calhoun, tech teacher at

Students invited to free S.T.E.M.-a-palooza event April 22

Students from kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to East Aurora School District 131’s 2nd annual STEM-a-palooza. The event is a free interactive science, technology, engineering and math festival held on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cowherd Middle School, 441 N. Farnsworth Avenue.

District 131 students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities. Parents attending can learn how to continue STEM learning at home through activities with their children.

The event is set up for kids to move freely from booth to booth to try new things, learn, and most of all, have fun.

Featured this year will be the Lego robotics team from Cowherd Middle School, who will be showcasing their work. A course will be set up for the kids to practice their robot programing skills.

Christopher Heath, the district’s science and social studies facilitator, feels the event will be even better than last year. “We’re growing our event this year, with more things for kids to experience and learn,” said Heath. “We’re also holding the event on Earth Day, so we are giving away a copy of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax to the kids who attend, with specific activities related to protecting the environment and being eco-friendly.”

Heath said that getting kids, particularly young kids, interested in STEM is critical in today’s world. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between 2012 and 2022, STEM jobs would grow to more than 9 million jobs, a growth rate of 13 percent.

Heath adds that women and minority groups are underrepresented in STEM-related careers, proportionally based on their population size, and that hooking students’ interest in STEM early is important.

“STEM-a-palooza plays a role in helping to hook students early in STEM by showing them a world of possibilities, while showing parents how they can help grow their budding scientist outside of school hours. We will give them examples of simple experiments and activities the kids can do at home.”

Now in its second year, STEM-a-palooza will welcome outside groups to the event, including Argonne National Lab, Fermi Lab, ComEd, Nicor, the NIU Chemistry Honors Fraternity, North Central College Women in Science Club, DePaul’s ACM-W chapter, the Aurora Public Library, The Kane County Forest Preserve, Red Oak Nature Center (planning partner), University of Illinois Extension (planning partner), Sci Tech, the APD Mobile Crime Scene Unit, and Aurora Fire Department.

May 3 deadline to buy family bus ticket for East Aurora High School graduation

Tickets are now on sale for family members of East Aurora High School seniors who want to ride a bus to this year’s graduation ceremony at Northern Illinois University on May 26, 2017. The $5 tickets are only for family members that want to ride a bus to the ceremony. Free busing will be provided to all high school seniors and graduation performers. The deadline to purchase the family bus tickets is 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 3.

Numbered family bus tickets will be on sale in the main office during the school day, and after school from 3:15 to 4 p.m. Door 1 is the main entrance of the high school, off of Fifth Avenue. Tickets are sold for cash only.

Every person who is going to ride the family bus will need a ticket. The tickets are good for a round trip to and from the Convocation Center at Northern Illinois University.

The buses will pull away from East Aurora High, 500 Tomcat Lane, at 5:30 p.m. sharp on Friday, May 26.

There are no refunds, and no tickets will be sold after May 3. Tickets cannot be replaced if they are lost or damaged. If you miss the departure time for the family buses, you will have to provide your own transportation to DeKalb.

No alcohol or other banned substances are allowed on the buses. Anyone can lose the right to ride the family buses based on intoxication, carrying dangerous items, disruptive language, or other unruly or unsafe behavior.

Students bused to ceremony

On May 26, all East Aurora High School seniors will ride buses to Northern Illinois University together. Seniors will receive more information about departure times during senior assemblies.

Students will have the option of riding back to the high school on buses or with their families. Any students who want to return on the bus will have to pre-register for the return trip. Those forms will be provided at the Senior Assembly on April 27, 2017.

Free busing will be provided for all band, chorus, and NJROTC cadets who are part of the graduation ceremony as well.

Crystal England

Margaret Boyd

Assistant Principal

Sean Flauter

Assistant Principal

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