East Aurora Ladycats Named Chicago Sky High School Team of the Week
The East Aurora Ladycats were selected this week as the “High School Team of the Week” by the Chicago Sky.
Our East High Ladycats were recognized for their accomplishments on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
As part of their recognition, the Ladycats will be invited to enjoy a Chicago Sky game, where they will have the opportunity to watch the world’s best female basketball players. At halftime of the game, the team will be honored at center court.
Congratulations to our Ladycats players: Dearra Brown, Maya Hobson, Jasmine Underwood, Tatiana Ocasio, Jeanette Villezcas, Celeste Rios, Cynthia Navarro, Barakat Adekola, Alexis Bee, Linda Nevarez and Kameron Clayborn.
The Ladycats are coached by Head Varsity Coach Lee Clayborn, and Assistant Coaches Jewel Savage, Torry Pryor, Dan Vashinko, Nicole Martin, April Boldman and Anthony Dougherty.
See the Chicago Sky website’s story about our Ladycats.
East Aurora students to participate in Martin Luther King Commemoration on January 16
Students from East Aurora High School and middle schools will help celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King by participating in a citywide commemoration on Monday, Jan. 16.
The presentation, entitled "Did the Dream Die?" takes place at Metea Valley High School, 1801 N. Eola Road, Aurora, at 6 p.m.
East Aurora students will join students from other neighboring school districts as they present a series of dramatic interpretations, highlighting major milestones in King's life. East Aurora students will perform a dramatic portrayal of the Selma march of 1968.
The event will also include a presentation of “Service Over Self Awards” — recognizing youth who are carrying on Dr. King’s dedication to selfless service to others, as well as certificates presented to all those who volunteered as part of the MLK Day of Service.
Hosted by Aurora MLK Planning Committee, the event is free and open to the public.
East Aurora Board of Education Public Hearing Location and Time Changed
The East Aurora Board of Education has received a number of requests to be heard at the January 10, 2017, Public Hearing on the Greater Good Education’s application to establish a Charter School in East Aurora School District 131.
The level of interest shown on this subject makes it evident that the boardroom at the McKnight Service Center (SSC) is most likely not large enough to comfortably accommodate those showing an interest in this matter. Accordingly, the site of the hearing will be relocated to the East Aurora High School Cafeteria, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora, IL to be convened at 7:00 p.m.
The board of education will meet at the original hearing site (McKnight Service Center – SSC) at 6:00 p.m. on January 10, 2017 for the sole purpose of redirecting the hearing and all other agenda items to the high school.
Special Needs Parent Support Group Hosts Reading Literacy Program
The Special Needs Parent Support Group at East Aurora School District 131 will host a Reading Literacy Program on Tuesday, January 17.
The program, "Promoting Literacy at Home: What Can I Do to Help My Child Improve His/Her Reading Habits and Skills?" will be presented by Ms. Anastasia Papas, Literacy Interventionist and School Psychology Practicum Student.
The program takes place from 6 -7 p.m. at the Child Service Center Training Room (Door 7), 1480 Reckinger Road, Aurora, IL 60505. Spanish interpretation and childcare will be provided.
East High to debut new “East Side Percussion” Ensemble
A new percussion ensemble called “East Side Percussion” will debut later this month as part of the East Aurora band program. The ensemble is one of 12 of its kind in Illinois and will provide students with a unique, high-level performance opportunity.
The performance group is best described as an indoor marching ensemble geared specifically towards percussion. The group is scheduled to perform at half-time during a selection of basketball games this winter season, with an ultimate goal to participate in regional competitions and compete against other ensembles in the United States.
The ensemble provides percussionists at East High with a unique opportunity to be featured in a rigorous, creative performance. The new percussion ensemble is partially funded by a grant from the Kane County River Boat.
“We are excited to see the progress of this ensemble and for the opportunity to represent our school with a unique performance experience,” said band director Joe Kulick. “Students are working extremely hard to present a product that is cutting-edge and entertaining.”
Kulick invites the community to see the ensemble perform during half-time at upcoming basketball games.
East Side Percussion will perform at East High girls’ basketball games on January 20, 27, 28, and February 3rd. The ensemble will also perform at East High boys’ basketball games on February 7 and 11.
Notice of Special Public Meeting
East Aurora School District 131 will conduct a Special Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the McKnight Service Center at 417 Fifth Street, Aurora, IL. At this time and place information regarding a Charter School Proposal received by the District on December 27, 2016 will be heard.
East High Staff and Northern Illinois Food Bank Host Mobile Food Pantry
AURORA, IL –East Aurora High School teachers and staff will partner today with Northern Illinois Food Bank to host a mobile food pantry for families in need. Families and individuals can come to East High on Wednesday, December 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Door 15.
Teachers and staff will be serving as volunteers, distributing food and assisting families. Northern Illinois Food Bank will supply nutritious food for the holidays.
The Mobile food bank generously sponsored by Caterpillar.
Cowherd Middle School Students Stepping up for Others
Cowherd Middle School students are known for their regular participation in fundraising events. Despite the cold days in December, Cowherd students are still stepping up. This month Peace Jam sponsored an Out of Dress Code day, raising $280 for Toys for Tots. Along with that, students brought in over 700 items (16 boxes and over 300 pounds) of food, donated to the Northern Illinois Food Pantry. Way to go Cougars!