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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Cowherd Peace Jam Raises $685 for Ramos Family

Cowherd Middle School Peace Jam organizes a fundraiser in September for the family of Angelica Ramos. Last week the students raised $685 for the Ramos family. Another ongoing fundraiser has been organized to assist the family of Cowherd custodian Angelica Ramos, who passed away August 31 after a long illness. Ramos had worked in the District since 2002. The fundraiser will help her husband and two children. To donate, go to:

The Cowherd back-to-school newsletter is available!

The back-to-school newsletter for Cowherd Middle School is now available. Make sure to read the newsletter for important information about attendance, calendars, school improvement team, tardies and more. Click here to see the newsletter.

Chicago Museum Week: October 1-7, 2015

This fall, Chicago Museum Week will take place from October 1-7. A dozen city museums are planning special programming and discounts in this unique promotion. All eleven of the Museums in the Park members, located on Chicago Park District land, plus Lincoln Park Zoo, are offering specials ranging from backstage tours to admission and membership discounts. Full details are at

Other participating institutions are: Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum, MCA Chicago, National Museum of Mexican Art, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Shedd Aquarium.

Also attached is an updated list of Museum Free Days.


Banana Split to host Cowherd fundraiser noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 16

 Banana Split Partners with Cowherd School N.J.H.S.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Noon - 9 P.M.

820 Church Rd.

Aurora, IL 60505

(630) 896-8680

Percentage of total sales will benefit Cowherd School N.J.H.S.

Contact Cowherd N.J.H.S. to receive coupons.

“Fostering education one tasty treat at a time!”

East Aurora mourns loss of custodian Angelica "Angie" Ramos

   Cowherd Middle School custodian Angelica “Angie” Ramos, 41, died Monday evening after a lengthy illness.

  Ramos worked in East Aurora School District 131 since 2002, serving as custodian at Gates Elementary, Bardwell Elementary, and Cowherd Middle School. She was known as a hard worker who cared deeply for others. Ramos would often bring extra homemade treats to share with coworkers. It was just one example of her generosity.

   “She was always willing to give her time. She would always stop what she was doing to help you with anything you would need,” said Cowherd Principal Crystal England. “She just had that special spirit that allowed her to always be there for others.”

   Former Cowherd Principal Joan Glotzbach remembered that Ramos never seemed to have a down day; she was always had a can-do attitude. Staff members said Ramos could be relied on to do any job that would help the school. Even on tough, physical work, her joyful spirit and warmth shone through.

   “Angie had a habit of getting things done even before you asked her to do them,” said Cowherd engineer Fernando Alarcon. “She knew what needed to be done and she was proud of her work. She was a leader among her peers.”

   Alarcon said Ramos would go out of her way to encourage students to work hard and do the right thing.

   “She was a unique, special person. Before she became ill, she was such a vibrant member of our staff,” England said.

   Outside of work, former coworker Jesse Medina said Ramos was a dedicated mother and wife, who was devoted to her family. Ramos is survived by her husband, daughter and son.


Visitation will be Wednesday September 2, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m.

James Funeral Home

204 Hill Ave. Aurora, IL 60505

(630) 851-6503


Mass will be Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

St. Rita of Cascia

750 Old Indian Trail

Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 892-5918

Families encouraged to visit schools during September open house events

All schools in East Aurora School District 131 will host open house events starting next week, and running through Sept. 23.

Parents are invited to attend the open house at their student’s school to meet with teachers, review curriculum and classroom activities, and discuss plans for the 2015-16 school year. For more information on open house events, contact your student’s school.

- Allen: Kindergarten through second grades 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, September 14; third through fifth grades 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15

- Bardwell: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- Beaupre: 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- Benavides Kindergarten Center: 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22

- Brady: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- Child Service Center: 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9

- Cowherd: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3

- Dieterich: 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15

- Early Childhood Center: 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15

- East Aurora High School: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, followed by PTA social from 8:05-8:30 p.m. in school cafeteria

- East Aurora Extension: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 10

- Gates: Primary 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15; Intermediate 6–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- Hermes: Kindergarten through second grades 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16; third through fifth grades 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23

- Johnson: 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15

- Krug: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- Magnet Academy: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3

- Oak Park: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- O’Donnell: 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- Rollins: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 16

- Simmons: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3

- Waldo: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3


Welcome back! School starts August 25

East Aurora School District 131 will welcome back elementary, middle and high school students for the first day of classes on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

East Aurora High School and the East Aurora Extension campus will have a late start (8:55 a.m.) on the first day of school. All other East Aurora schools will start at their regular time on the first day.

During the 2015-16 school year, all East Aurora elementary and middle schools will end the instruction day at 3 p.m. The high school will dismiss at 3:04 p.m.

East Aurora School District 131 class schedule:

Morning kindergarten 8:30 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.

Benavides Kindergarten Center 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Elementary school (grades K- 5) 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Middle school (grades 6- 8) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

High school (grades 9-12) 7:55 a.m. to 3:04 p.m.

High school late start (grades 9-12) 8:55 a.m. to 3:04 p.m.

For preschool start dates and times, please contact your student’s school.


Students can meet their teacher, visit classroom on Friday, August 21

  Kindergarten through high school students will have a chance to visit their classroom and meet their teachers before the start of the school year. From 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Friday, August 21, a student and their guardian can stop by their school, see their classroom, and meet their teacher.

  Elementary students will be able to drop off any supplies in their classroom. Middle and high school students may not have access to their lockers and should not anticipate being able to leave supplies at their school.

  Preschool classrooms will not be open on August 21. Preschool students will have a separate date to meet their teachers and visit their classroom before their school year starts.

  Teachers will be available in their classrooms at this time to greet families. Because many families will be visiting the classrooms, it will not be an appropriate time for in-depth discussions about academic or social concerns your student might have. Please contact the school or your student’s teacher to schedule a separate time to discuss these concerns.

  We look forward to seeing all students for the first day of school on August 25!


Crystal England

Margaret Boyd

Assistant Principal

Jesus Barraza

Assistant Principal

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