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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.
Fifth-grade intramural softball tournament will be played May 6-7 at Krug Elementary
The public is invited to see fifth-grade softball teams compete on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, at Lebanon Park and Krug Park. Lebanon Park is near the corner of Douglas and Ashland avenues. Krug Park is at Krug Elementary School, 240 Melrose Avenue. The full bracket can be found here.
The elementary school teams will begin their tournament as follows:
- Bardwell vs. Beaupre, 5 p.m. Friday, at Lebanon Park Field 1
- Allen vs. Rollins, 5 p.m. Friday, at Lebanon Park Field 2
- Bardwell/Beaupre winner vs. Johnson, 6 p.m. Friday, at Lebanon Park Field 1
- Allen/Rollins winner vs. Brady, 6 p.m. Friday, at Lebanon Park Field 2
- Dieterich vs. O’Donnell, 5 p.m. Friday, at Krug Field 1
- Gates vs. Magnet, 5 p.m. Friday, at Krug Field 2
- Dieterich/O’Donnell winner vs. Hermes, 6 p.m. Friday, at Krug Field 1
- Gates/Magnet winner vs. Krug, 6 p.m. Friday, at Krug Field 2
- Dieterich/O’Donnell loser vs. Gates/Magnet loser, 6 p.m. Friday, Krug Field 3
Teams will then advance to Saturday games that start at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7.
The All-Star game will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the home run derby starting at approximately 8:30 a.m.
The championship, third-place, and fifth-place games will all be played at 1 p.m., in the fields near Krug Elementary School. Awards will be handed out at Krug School at the conclusion of those games.
If it rains on Friday, there will be a single-elimination tournament on Saturday, May 7.
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
Students invite to build, explore, and blast off at free S.T.E.M.-a-palooza on May 7
There will be rockets, robots, bridge building and non-Newtonian fluids - more commonly known as goop – at East Aurora School District 131’s first S.T.E.M.-a-palooza event this Saturday. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to the District’s free interactive science, technology and math festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7, at Cowherd Middle School, 441 N. Farnsworth Avenue.
This the first year that East Aurora will host S.T.E.M.-a-palooza event. A financial donation made by the DART Foundation made S.T.E.M.-a-palooza event a possibility. East Aurora Science and Social Studies Facilitator Chris Heath said the inspiration came from an NIU STEM Fest he attended where he saw students excited about interacting with science, math, and technology.
Heath helped put together a team of staff, students, and community members that spent more than three months planning a festival that will include opportunities to shoot stomp rockets, test gliders, conduct microscope investigations, plant seeds, work with electrical circuits, design on a 3-D printer, and work on coding.
There will also be a bridge building competition, where students will design bridges and compete for prizes to see how much weight the bridge can hold. Students will also be able to study Oobleck, that non-Newtonian fluid that acts like a liquid when it’s held in your hand, but takes on the properties of a solid when squeezed. Staff will show how that substance is affected by sound waves.
“It’s going to be a great way to get kids interested in science, math, technology, and what’s coming in the future,” Heath said.
According to the National Math + Science Initiative, more than one-third of students have lost interest in science by fourth grade, and half by eighth grade.
“I just think that’s a crime especially when so many of their jobs are going to be S.T.E.M. related,” Heath said. “We need to have more than 50 percent. We need to have everyone interested. If you really want to get kids interested in science, engineering, you need to hook them early.”
Community invited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5 at Simmons Middle School
The public is invited to attend a free Cinco de Mayo celebration on Thursday, May 5, at Simmons Middle School, 1130 Sheffer Road. The celebration will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the middle school.
Visitors will be able to watch student and community groups dance and sing. There will be children games for 25 cents. Food and drinks will be sold at the event.
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of heritage and pride. It commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla through dance and the coming together of the community.
The flier for the event can be viewed here.
Hermes Choir prepares for National Anthem Performance on May 2
The Hermes choir has been practicing diligently to perform our National Anthem at a very special event - a Kane County Cougars game on May 2! This game is extra special, because many Hermes students and staff will be in attendance thanks to the Ozzie's Reading Club program set up by the Kane County Cougars. The Hermes choir is comprised of 5th grade students, and is led by music teacher Matt Todd. Choir members say that Mr. Todd "makes learning to sing really fun" and that singing our National Anthem can be difficult. "There are a lot of high parts that we're still learning, but we sound really good" reports a group of students.
The Hermes choir performs at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva on Monday, May 2nd. The game starts at 6:30pm, and the National Anthem will be sung right before the first pitch. The choir will also perform will other D131 choirs at the Fine Arts Festival on May 14th.
Open the attachment below to see some pictures of our musically talented students rehearse!
Tuesday, May 3: Free Navigating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals workshop at Waldo Middle School
East Aurora School District 131 will host a free workshop for parents and students on navigating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other forms of relief for undocumented students and immigrant families. The workshop will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Waldo Middle School, 56 Jackson Street.
Workshop topics will include: defining key terms, state and national demographics, eligibility requirements for DACA applicants, steps for applying to DACA, post-secondary and legal resources, and best practices for school staff working with students and immigrant families.
RSVP with Qoc’avib Revolorio at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 280-0265. For more information, contact Alfred Morales at email@example.com or (630) 299-7266.