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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East Aurora students, teachers, and guardians invited to fill out 5Essentials survey

  All East Aurora School District 131 teachers and guardians are invited to fill out the 5Essentials Survey that is offered for all Illinois public schools. The 5Essentials Survey is issued annually by the Illinois State Board of Education to gather feedback from students, teachers, and parents/guardians on school climate and learning conditions. The survey will be open through March 11.

   5Essentials is a research-based survey that gives Districts an opportunity to reflect on progress since the last statewide 5Essentials survey. The free survey is anonymous and voluntary.

   Middle and high school students will log in with their student ID and birth date, but not their name. Parents will receive a letter allowing their middle or high school student to opt out of taking the survey in school. Elementary school students will not take the survey at school.

Teachers should use the username and passcode that was emailed to them by the Illinois State Board of Education to log in.

   Parents/guardians do not have to enter any of their own, or their students’ personal information. Parents should select “Parent Survey”, then type “Kane” in the county box. Then type the name of your student’s school in the next box.

   The survey only asks which school your students attend and what grade they are in. The rest of the questions ask you to evaluate the school’s performance in several areas, including preparation and communication. If parents have children at more than one school, they should complete a survey for each school.

   The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. It is available in English and Spanish.

There are two ways to take the 5Essentials survey:

Online: Go directly to the survey at:

You can find the survey through the East Aurora School District 131 webpage at There is a “5Essentials Survey” button on each school’s webpage.

   If you contact your school’s parent liaison, they can also help you fill out the survey online through a computer at school.

On paper: Contact the parent liaison in your student’s school and they can provide a paper copy of the survey to fill out.

You may also contact your child’s school for assistance in participating in the survey.


Cowherd Peace Jam raises $450 for the Simply Destinee dance club

On Friday, January 15, 2016, Cowherd Middle School’s Peace Jam helped students raise $450 for Simply Destinee dance club by organizing an out-of-dress-code day for $1 per student. Simply Destinee is a youth inspired dance team in the Aurora area that promotes suicide awareness in the memory of Destinee A. Oliva. Find out more about Simply Destinee at

Cowherd's Selina Mendez Lions Club Calendar Winner

Cowherd Middle School eighth grader Selina Mendez was chosen as a Lions Club winner for her drawing of Sharing the Peace! It has been published in a calendar by the Lions Club. Her family received a banquet lunch, a gift card to Wal-Mart, a certificate, and a copy of the calendar. Her calendar will be on display at the Lions Club convention this spring and she will go on to the state finals to be judged.

East Aurora eighth grade families invited to January 28 “Future Tomcat Night”

  Eighth grade students and their parents are invited to learn more about high school at the “Future Tomcat Night” open house from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. The free event will include information about academics, activities, athletics, and more in both English and Spanish. Students will also be able to take tours of the school.

  The event will start promptly at 6 p.m. with comments from East Aurora High School Principal Anthony Crespo in the high school’s Hawks Auditorium. After Crespo’s comments, families will be able to attend break-out sessions with representatives from every academic division: bilingual, business, driver’s education, English, fine arts, foreign language, math, NJROTC, physical education/health, science, social studies, and special education.

  Throughout the night, NJROTC cadets will offer small-group tours of the high school to students and families.

  Finally, in the Ponquinette Fieldhouse, tables will be set up with information about sports, clubs, and activities at the high school. There will be snacks and drinks available in the Fieldhouse as well.

Students will discuss the poem “Choices” at Martin Luther King Jr. event on January 18

   College, high school and middle school students will reflect on Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Choices” in a panel discussion prior to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at East Aurora High School on January 18. The panel discussion will begin at 5 p.m. in the high school’s cafeteria. The discussion is free and open the public.

  Giovanni, one on the nation’s best known poets, will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day program, which will be held at Hawks Auditorium of the high school at 500 Tomcat Lane. Giovanni begins her poem “Choices” by writing:

   If I can’t do

  what I want to do

   then my job is to not

  do what I don’t want

  to do

   It’s not the same thing

  but it’s the best I can


   The college students on the panel will share their educational experiences and discuss how the choices they have made led to success.

  Giovanni, a 72-year-old writer, activist, and Virginia Tech University professor, headlines the program that begins at 6 p.m. on Monday. The event is free and open to the public.

The annual event is organized by the City of Aurora and the Aurora MLK Committee. The event pays tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The location rotates between different Aurora high schools each year.

   Student groups from several Aurora high schools will honor King’s legacy with performances that reflect the theme “Still Rooted in the Dream in 2016.”

   More information about Giovanni and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event is available here. Many Aurora-area students will also be participating in acts of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. More information about how to sign up to serve is available at

Looking for something to do? Here's a great list of inexpensive local places to visit

The parent liasons and parent educators have put together a list of fun and affordable places in the Aurora area to take your students! Most of the places listed offer various days and times that admission is free! Attached you will find a file that lists all of the places, their address, the days/times they are free, as well as a link to click on for more information about each place. During these cold, winter months, these places are an excellent idea to continue to build education for your child and create many hands-on experiences!

Cowherd Peace Jam raises $400 for Toys for Tots

Friday, December 18, 2015, Cowherd Middle School’s Peace Jam helped students raise $400 for Toys for Tots by organizing an out-of-dress-code day for $1 per student. In addition to that fundraising effort, students and staff at Cowherd brought in unwrapped toys to be donated to the organization as well.

Cowherd Newspaper December 2015 Edition

 Check out the Cowherd Newspaper December 2015 Edition

Crystal England

Margaret Boyd

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Assistant Principal

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