Free meals available during East Aurora summer school
All children 18 years or younger can receive free meals this summer in East Aurora School District 131 buildings thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Meals will be served in most buildings while the District is hosting summer school. The program started June 13 and will run through July 21. Each school will have a color flier on the main door, notifying residents of the meal times for breakfast and lunch.
All local children, 18 years and younger, are eligible for the healthy breakfast and lunch meals. Meals must be eaten in the school. Small children must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling who will be responsible for them.
To find a summer meals site close to you, call (800) 359-2163, text “FOODIL” to 877877, or go to SummerMealsIllinois.org. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Community invited to see Grammy-nominated Sones de México Ensemble play free concert at East High at 6 p.m. June 21
Sones de México Ensemble, a Grammy-nominated folk music group, will play a free concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, in the Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. The community is invited to see the live performance of “Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography of Mexico” which will give a musical tour of 10 regions in Mexico. A flier for the event can be found here.
Sones de México Ensemble is a Chicago folk music ensemble that specializes in Mexican ‘son’ music, including the styles of chilenas, gustos, huapango, and son jarcoho. The group was formed in 1994 and is based in Chicago.
Sones de México Ensemble has created many original arrangements of traditional Mexican tunes. They have toured internationally and released six albums, including the Grammy-nominated Esta Tierra Es Tuya (This Land is Your Land).
The show is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Chicago Community Trust. It is presented in collaboration with www.makemuscichicago.org.
Spots are available in 5th/6th grade jump start program
There are spot open for the fifth/sixth grade Jump Start Program that runs from Aug. 1 - Aug. 12 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The goals of the program are to prepare students for 6th grade, learn leadership skills to start your year off right, and organize and adjust to a new school.
Elementary principals can recommend additional students. Contact the building office for more information
East Aurora will stagger 2016-17 start, end times for school levels
East Aurora School District 131 will change the some schools’ starting and ending times for the 2016-17 school year. See below for 2016-17 school day:
Pre-K half day (Early Childhood Center, Child Service Center, Oak Park, Johnson, Gates)
Morning: 8:10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
Afternoon: 11:40 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.
Pre-K full day (O’Donnell)
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Kindergarten. pre-K full day (Benavides Kindergarten Center)
8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
8:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Middle school and Magnet Academy
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
7:55 a.m. to 3:04 p.m.
Late start at the high school will be 8:55 a.m. on Tuesdays. There will be no late start at the other levels.
When the East Aurora Council IFT/AFT Local 604 contract was approved in April, it included a commitment to studying the possibility of staggering the start of elementary, middle, and high school days, so parents with students at more than one level can more easily drop off students.
Cowherd Peace Jam raises $400 for Culture Stock Bookstore in Aurora
On Friday, May 27, 2016, Cowherd Middle School’s Peace Jam helped students raise $400 for Culture Stock Bookstore in downtown Aurora. Culture Stock Bookstore is a cultural center that serves as a used book and media reseller. Find out more about Culture Stock at http://www.thelightoftheheart.org/
Upcoming golf outings will support Tomcat Golf Team (June 1), Cuba trip (July 2), Aurora East Educational Foundation (July 7)
Golfers will have three opportunities to hit the links while supporting East Aurora students this summer. On June 1, the East Aurora boys golf team will host a fundraising tournament at Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora. On July 2, the General Mills Annual Golf Outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course will support the East Aurora High School student trip to Cuba. Finally, the Aurora East Educational Foundation will host its 15th annual golf outing on Thursday, July 7, at the Phillips Park Golf Course.
More information about each outing is below.
June 1: Tomcat Golf Outing at Phillips Park to support boys golf
The Tomcat golf team will host a four-person, best-ball, 9-hole tournament on Wednesday, June 1, at Phillips Park Golf Course. Tickets are $36, which includes a golf cart. The event will celebrate the end of the school year and support the East Aurora High School boys golf team.
To sign up, contact Coach Megan Rodriguez in room 149 in East Aurora High School or at email@example.com. A flier for the event can be found here. Any individuals who sign up will be put into a four-person group. The deadline to register is May 27.
Phillips Park Golf Course is located on Ray Moses Drive in Aurora, near the intersection of Hill Avenue and Montgomery Road.
July 2: General Mills Golf Outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course to support student trip to Cuba
On Saturday, July 2, the General Mills Annual Golf Outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course in Aurora will support a 2017 East Aurora High School student trip to Cuba. The deadline to register is June 18. For registration and payment information, contact East Aurora High School teacher Simon Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 299-4462. A flier is available here.
The $78 entry fee includes unlimited range balls, a round of golf, lunch at the turn, two hours of open bar, and appetizers. There will be prizes for long drive, closest to the pin, and longest putt. There will also be a one-year golf membership raffled off, as well as vacation prizes for a hole in one.
Rodriguez is leading a group that is hoping to bring a dozen students to Cuba for nine days in 2017. The tour will be paid for by students and community fundraising. While in Cuba, the students are expected to visit community organizations, meet University of Havana students, and participate in cultural experiences. The tour will be run through EF Educational Tours.
To donate to the trip, go to: www.gofundme.com/eacuba2017
July 7: Aurora East Educational Foundation Golf Outing at Phillips Park
The Aurora East Educational Foundation will host its 15th annual golf outing on Thursday, July 7, at the Phillips Park Golf Course.
The golf outing is a major fundraiser for the Educational Foundation, which supports teachers and students in East Aurora School District 131. Proceeds from the golf outing will be used to benefit literacy projects and programs in the District.
The entry fee for a single golfer begins at $125, or $450 for a foursome. The entry fee includes: 18 holes of golf, a cart, a box lunch, refreshments, and dinner.
Reservations are due July 1. The registration form and more information can be found here.
There are also opportunities to be an event sponsor, or buy a place for your sign to be put near one of the golf holes, driving range, putting green or on the beverage cart.
Check-in for the golf outing begins at 11 a.m., with lunch to follow, and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the golf rounds and prizes will follow dinner.
Phillips Park Golf Course is located on Ray Moses Drive in Aurora, near the intersection of Hill Avenue and Montgomery Road.
For questions about the Golf Outing, contact Rhonda Mont at (630) 896-4678 or go to www.d131.org/aeef.asp .
Student performances, new theatre and art installation highlight East Aurora Fine Arts Festival on May 14
Actors, singers, artists, and musicians from elementary through high school will showcase their talent from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 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.
The choir performances will begin at 9 a.m. in the Hawks Auditorium, theater performances start at 11 a.m. in the Little Theatre, and the band programs begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Kivisto Gymnasium. Student paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and illustrations will be on display in the building throughout the day. Among the highlights will be the live installation of a new 3-D art piece in the cafeteria.
Schedules and programs will be available at the event to guide visitors.
“We hope that a lot of people visit,” said Assistant Director of Athletics and Student Activities Nestor Garcia. “It’s phenomenal to see these students sing and act, and to see their artwork.”
The Fine Art Festival will also be the unveiling of the high school’s refurbished Little Theatre.
Cafeteria art installation
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 work from all grade levels.
“You should see the entire event as an experience,” said East Aurora High School art teacher Susan McCarron. “Look at elementary, then look at middle school, then look at our high school work. See where it starts and where it ends. It’s amazing.”
The East Aurora High School 3D Art students will be completing a permanent art installation. Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space which, in this case, is the school cafeteria.
This high school installation was inspired by ceramic artist David Hicks who uses oversized objects hung in a cluster to give a sense of a still life. East Aurora students have fabricated oversized objects that are commonly seen in the cafeteria, and will be hanging clusters of these objects off a 6-foot copper pipe.
East Aurora High School choirs will start at 9 a.m. in the Hawks Auditorium. Performances include: “I Won’t Give Up”, “Shake It Out” by the Concert Choir, “Keep Your Lamps” and “Bless the Broken Road” by Soave Cantando, “Shut Up and Dance” by Honors Vocal Ensemble.
The high school singers will be followed by the middle school choir. Performances include “Hava Nashira” by Cowherd Middle School; “Ain’t That Good News” and “Ode to Beethoven” by Simmons Middle School; and “Sing, Sing, Sing” by the Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy.
Following the middle school performances, elementary school choirs will perform. Performances will include: “Brave” by Hermes Elementary School; “Count on Me” by Gates and Brady elementary schools; “Dynamite” by Dieterich Elementary School; “Home” and “Fireflies” by Beaupre and Oak Park elementary schools; “The Best Day of My Life” by Krug and Beaupre elementary schools.
Drama performances will begin at 11 a.m. in the Little Theater.
The drama performances will begin with the East Aurora High School honors performance of a scene from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”; followed by a “Bearly Scene”, written and performed by the Simmons Middle School Drama Club. The final performance will be “Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit” by Cowherd Middle School students.
Band concert program
The band concert programs will start at 12:30 p.m. in the Ernie Kivisto Gymnasium, also known as the main gym.
All fifth-grade elementary school bansds will perform together. The performances will start with “Sousa’s Cadets”, followed by: “Alpha Squadron”, “The Tempest”, and “Rock Your Bones”.
The middle school performances will start with “Battlestar!” by Simmons Middle School, followed by “Harbinger” by Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy.
The East Aurora High School Wind Ensemble will then perform “Pas Redouble”, “Loco Motion”, and “Of Sailors and Whales”.
Finally, all band members will play the Star Wars main theme in a unified concert for all students.
District #131 to Appoint Interim Superintendents
After conducting a comprehensive search, a committee led by Board Secretary Kimberly Hatchett has recommended that Dr. Marion Hoyda and Dr. Mark McDonald be appointed by the Board of Education for East Aurora School District #131 to serve together to fill the position of Interim Superintendent of Schools. The Board plans to vote upon that recommendation and make those appointments at its May 16, 2016, meeting.
Dr McDonald and Dr Hoyda are no strangers to East Aurora or the Aurora community. Dr Hoyda has been meeting with staff and small focus groups gathering information for a smooth transition plan. Dr McDonald has been a Principal and Deputy Superintendent at West Aurora District #129. He is exhilarated to become a part of Aurora schools again.
Dr. Hoyda, who previously provided the Board with analysis and consultation on curriculum, was recently retained to guide the Board in setting priorities and identifying issues that should be addressed by District leadership. She previously served in several key management roles for several school districts, most recently as Superintendent of District #146 in Tinley Park.
Dr. McDonald, also a seasoned school administrator, is currently the Superintendent of District #99 in Downers Grove. He will retire from that position at the end of June after eight years of service.
Both candidates have over 35 years of experience as professional educators.
Kimberly Hatchett said “Both candidates have strong credentials and have been highly recommended by the references who we contacted during our due diligence process.”
“Dr. McDonald has been characterized as a transformational, charismatic leader with a profound understanding of educational systems. He has been lauded for his ability to stimulate those around him to think independently and is also said to excel at forming and leading teams to achieve well-defined goals.”
Hatchett said that Dr. Hoyda “has an in-depth knowledge of the District and has strong leadership traits that the Board has recognized during her prior and current service with the District. She has a wealth of knowledge about how to select and deploy appropriate curriculum, and her passion and capacity for mentoring educational professionals has been obvious.”
Board President Annette Johnson said “I believe the level of confidence held by each of our members in both Dr. McDonald and Dr. Hoyda is very high. Both Dr. Hoyda and Dr. McDonald have so much to offer. They each express themselves in a way to which the Board, as well as our administrators, will be sure to respond.”
“We are looking forward to getting from them the help we need in setting priorities and finding the best way to put a Superintendent who is best suited to meet them, permanently in place.”
For more information:
Annette Johnson, President, Board of Education