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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

Phone (Teléfono central):
630-299-5900

Attendance (Asistencia):
630-299-5999


Registration packets for returning students will be sent home starting April 3

   Registration packets will be sent to the homes of all returning East Aurora School District 131 students starting April 3. On April 3, packets will be mailed to the homes of high school and middle school students. On April 8, registration packets will be sent home with all elementary school and Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy students. All packets are due back to schools by April 20.

    Completed registration packets can be mailed back to the school using the envelope included in the packet, or dropped off at the school your student is currently attending. Fifth grade students should turn their packets in at their elementary school; eighth grade students at their middle school.

   If the registration packet is not returned, students will not be placed on a class list or receive a class schedule.

    When the school gets the packet, they will send a postcard to the parents, letting them know the packet has been received. If the packet is incomplete, the family will be contacted by school staff.

    If you have moved or will be moving, please go to the Welcome Center at 254 E. Indian Trail with three proofs of your new address. The Welcome Center is open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

    Students will receive a registration packet, except for high school seniors. Registration packets can also be printed from www.d131.org/registration

   There will be no August registration event at the high school this year. There is no online registration.

New student registration

  New student registrations will be processed at the Welcome Center beginning June 15, 2015. More information on new student registration can be found on the Registration page

Kindergarten registration

    East Aurora School District 131 continues to hold registration events for students who will be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2015. Families must register their student at their home school. To register for kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2015.

    The remaining registration days are:

    - Gates and Brady elementary schools, April 7, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    - Dieterich and Rollins elementary schools, April 8, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    - Oak Park and O’Donnell elementary schools, April 9, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Students who register during these times will receive a free “get-ready-for-school” backpack.

    If you were unable to attend the kindergarten registration date at your home school, please visit the Welcome Center on or after April 13.

Questions

Registration questions can be answered at the East Aurora Welcome Center, 254 E. Indian Trail Road, Aurora; by phone at (630) 299-7302; or by email at enroll@d131.org.

 



Cowherd NJHS Heads for Washington, D.C.

 About 45 students and staff from Cowherd Middle School are on a fantastic journey to Washington, D.C. Students will be tour many sites in our nation's capital before ending their tour in Gettysburg. If you would like to follow their journey, you can check out their blog at http://cowherddctrip2015.edublogs.org. This trip is sponsored by Cowherd’s National Junior Honor Society.

 



Cowherd Students Raise Almost $400 for St. Jude

 Cowherd Peace Jam sponsored an out-of-dress-code day to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Students paid $1 to be out of dress code for the day. Together Cowherd students raised almost $400 for a very worthy cause!



Community invited to learn more about Desmond Tutu at April 10-11 Peace Jam events

   East Aurora School District 131 will host two events celebrating peace, as part of the Great Lakes Peace Jam on April 10-11. The keynote speaker at both events will be Naomi Tutu, daughter of the South African civil rights activist Desmond Tutu.

    Naomi Tutu, a college professor and minister, has spent her life advocating for tolerance and inclusion. She has spoken around the world on issues of social justice. She will meet with young people and show a documentary about her father’s life.

April 10: Screening of documentary “Children of the Light”

    On Friday, April 10, there will be a screening of “Children of the Light”, PeaceJam’s documentary that features the story of Desmond Tutu. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Simmons Middle School, 1130 Sheffer Road, Aurora. The suggested donation to attend is $5.

    The event is open to the general public. Tickets can be reserved here.

    After the film, Naomi Tutu will lead a discussion with participants.

April 11: Youth Leadership Conference

    On Saturday, April 11, Naomi Tutu will be the featured speaker at the Inclusivity and Cooperation Youth Leadership Conference at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora.

    The event is open to all students in second grade through seniors in high school. Students in second through fifth grades can attend the event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students in sixth grade through high school can attend the event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Registration is $10. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on the April 11, but to guarantee a PeaceJam shirt, you must register by March 27.

    Peace Jam is also looking for college-age students to serve as mentors.

    For more information, or to download registration forms, go to http://peacejam.org/events/Great-Lakes-PeaceJam-Slam-with-Naomi-Tutu-597.aspx Registration forms are also available at the bottom of this new release.

    This event is the PeaceJam Slam for the Great Lakes Region. For more information, contact greatlakes@peacejam.org or Adriana at (773) 383-9972.

About Desmond Tutu

    Desmond Tutu, 84, is a cleric who rose to prominence in the 1980s for his outspoken opposition to apartheid in South Africa. In 1978, he was appointed general secretary of the South African Council on Churches and drew international attention to the inequities black South Africans faced. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

    When Nelson Mandela was elected at the first black President of South Africa, Tutu was selected to introduce the new leader to the country. Tutu and his third daughter Naomi Tutu continue to be advocates for social justice.



Cowherd Presents Scholarship Mom

 All Cowherd parents are invited to hear a speaker on information on how to help your students obtain a debt free education. You can come to Fred Rodgers Magnet from 1:30-3pm, enter through Door 1, or Cowherd Middle School Library from 6-7:30 pm on Thursday, March 19th.  

An alternate date has also been setup from 6-7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 24 in the Cowherd Middle School Library for the convience of our parents. 



Last Chance to Buy a Cowherd Yearbook at the Reduced Price

 Hurry - it's your last chance to buy the Cowherd Middle School yearbook for $20! Buy your student's yearbook online with a credit card at yearbookforever.com or at school. Don't wait - the yearbook price increases to $25 on 03/31/2015!

Don't miss out on your chance to help your student remember all the exciting things happening this year. Buy their yearbook today!

The Cowherd Middle School Yearbook Staff



Two East Aurora Board of Education candidate forums to be held in March

There will be two forums in March where residents can learn more about the nine candidates running for the East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education.

March 17 at Prisco Community Center

   The DuPage County NAACP Education Committee will host a forum from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Avenue, Aurora. Community members are invited to meet the candidates, hear their ideas and ask questions. The forum is open to the public.

   For more information about the forum, contact DuPage County NAACP at info@dupagecountynaacp.org.

March 31 at East Aurora High School

   The Aurora East Educational Foundation (AEEF) has partnered with the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County to host an East Aurora School Board Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. in the Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. The forum is open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

   The forum will be moderated by Patricia Lackman, Chairman of Voter Services for the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County.

   The forum will be recorded and posted on the District’s website and broadcast on Aurora Community Television shortly after the forum.

   At the forum, each of the nine candidates will have the opportunity to make introductory and closing statements. The moderator will then present general questions that will be answered by each of the candidates. AEEF board members will also be collecting general questions from the audience during the event.

   Anyone attending the forum should enter through the high school’s main front doors, which face Fifth Avenue. For more information, contact the District Office at (630) 299-5554 or info@d131.org.

General election information

   Nine East Aurora School District residents have filed to run for the four open seats in the April 7 election. All four seats are four-year terms expiring in 2019.

   The candidates are: Alex Arroyo, Kenneth Darby, Julie Garofalo, Mary Garza, Kimberly Hatchett, Raymond Hull, John Laesch, Anita Lewis and Mary Lou Peryea.

The elected Board members will be seated at the Board of Education meeting on May 4. Board of Education elections are nonpartisan. The top four vote getters will be elected to the Board.

Current Board members Stella Gonzalez and Mary Anne Turza will retire from the Board in May.

 



Aurora Youth Summit on March 21

Hosted at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, located at 1500 Sullivan Rd, Aurora IL, 60506, the Aurora Youth Summit will help young people, aged 13 - 20, become leaders in their community.  There is a $12 fee to participate.  If you have any questions please contact Barbara Hernandez at 630-264-6855 or by email to barbara.hernandez18@gmail.com.


 
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