Cowherd Middle School

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Aurora IL, 60505

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East Aurora Student Artwork On Display in Aurora Beginning December 2

 More than 60 pieces of artwork from K-12 East Aurora students will be on display at the Aurora Public Art Commission's Winter Garden of Youth Art Exhibit. An opening reception takes place on December 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora History Center, 20 East Downer Place. The Art Exhibit will be on display through January 21, 2017.

East Aurora High School to hold first annual Prism Concert December 8

 The East Aurora High School music program will present its first annual Prism Concert at 7 p.m. on December 8, 2016 in the Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

Firsts are always special, and East’s first annual Prism Concert is no exception. On December 8, the bands and choirs of East Aurora High School will perform together in this unique concert.

A prism concert is a fast-paced, seamless performance, typically just over an hour in length. Like a prism, various facets of a music program are highlighted. At East High, the concert involves large and small instrumental and vocal ensembles performing in various locations throughout the auditorium. The audience holds their applause until the end of the program to allow the audience to focus on the musical progression throughout the program.

“This is an entirely new type of concert for us,” said choir director, Jim Stellmacher. “Some of our directors have experienced a prism concert as a performer, but this is the first time any of us have experienced it from the perspective of a director, and we’re all thrilled to be doing it.”

Students share the excitement of trying something new. “To have the chance to experience the Prism Concert as a senior is so exciting,” said senior Cesar Martinez, “This is something new for us, but I’m sure everyone’s really going to enjoy it. I just wish we could have tried it sooner so I got to do it more than once!”

In East’s Prism Concert, each band and choir ensemble will perform one selection with a grand finale that includes all performers to close the concert. The music has a distinct focus on winter and the holiday season. Selections include holiday classics like “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride” alongside pieces like “Horkstow Grange,” a concert band standard.

“It really is a huge undertaking, with huge challenges with logistics and use of space,” said director of bands Brian Liska. “We have dreamed about this sort of concert in the past, but this is the first time we’ve felt truly ready to give it a try. Planning started before the school year started. We decided if we were going to do a prism concert, it had to be good.”

For more information:

Jim Stellmacher, Choir Director

East Aurora High School


Public Invited to East Aurora NJROTC Pass-In-Review Ceremony on November 30

AURORA – East Aurora High School invites the community to attend the annual NJROTC Pass-In-Review ceremony on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. at East Aurora High School in the Kivisto Gymnasium, 500 Tomcat Lane. Visitors should enter through Door 15 near the Ponquinette Fieldhouse.

This event will be conducted in both English and Spanish. Feature performances by the NJROTC Color Guard, Dance, Drum and Bugle Corps, and Drill Teams will highlight the evening. NJROTC choral cadets will sing the national anthem.

The event will also feature a “Knock Out Drill” competition. Approximately 50 cadets will be given specific commands. Any variance from the exact military specifications for that command will knock the cadet out of the competition, until one student is named the champion.

The Pass-In-Review is a formal time-honored military ceremony that dates back before the Civil War. It honors cadets’ hard work and dedication. The ceremony ties together the future of the Navy with the naval customs and traditions.

Prior to the public ceremony, retired U.S. Naval LCDR Paul McNabb will conduct the Annual Military Inspection of the cadets at East Aurora High School during the school day. LCDR Paul McNabb, the founder of the NJROTC Unit 20 years ago will also be the Reviewing Officer.

East Aurora High School Hosts “Future Tomcat Night” for 8th Graders

 AURORA, IL – East Aurora High School welcomes all 8th graders and their parents/guardians to the high school on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The evening is designed to help students get an early start on their high school experience. Attendees will learn about student elective classes, activities, and East Aurora High School athletics. Campus tours will also take place. Program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Please enter at Door 1.

East Aurora School District 131 Pre-K Programs Awarded Gold Circle of Quality through ExceleRate

AURORA, IL – East Aurora School District 131 preschool sites have been awarded the Gold Circle of Quality through ExceleRate Illinois.

Preschool students throughout the District attend class in one of four sites for half day: Early Childhood Center, Child Service Center, Gates Elementary, and Oak Park Elementary. Two other sites, O’Donnell and Benavides Kindergarten Center, offer full day Preschool.

The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that meet or go beyond the highest quality goals. Gold Circle programs have met the highest quality standards in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and training and education. Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.

“This is quite a significant achievement for our Preschool programs, as well as for our District, said Katie Kogut preschool principal at Early Childhood Center. “The fact that all six of our sites received the Gold Circle of Quality means that across the board we have created an environment where children have the best opportunity to learn and grow.”

ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality recognition and improvement system designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers. The program establishes standards for helping infants, toddlers and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.

The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs which have demonstrated quality on all fifteen standards, as validated by a state approved assessor. Gold Circle programs meet or exceed specific quality benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, and all program administrative standards; group size and staff/child ratios; staff qualifications; and professional development.


Cowherd November 2016 Parent Newsletter in Spanish

 Cowherd's November Newsletter is now available in Spanish.

Cowherd November 2016 Parent Newsletter in English

 Cowherd's November Newsletter is now available in English.

Cowherd Students Raise $384 for the Northern Illinois Food Bank

On November 18th, Cowherd students paid $1 to be out of dress code and help raise money for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The Northern Illinois Food Bank is solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need in Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will & Winnebago counties. The fundraiser was sponsored by Cowherd Middle School’s Peace Jam.

Find more information about the Northern Illinois Food Bank at

Crystal England

Margaret Boyd

Assistant Principal

Sean Flauter

Assistant Principal

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