Waldo Newspaper Club releases Wildcat Chronicles February 2016 Edition
Be sure to check out the February 2016 edition of the Waldo Wildcat Chronicles here.
Students invited to hear Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams speak at East Aurora High School on March 17
Students are invited to register for the 2016 PeaceJam Slam, which will include an opportunity to interact with Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. The PeaceJam Slam will be held at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, on Thursday, March 17. The Slam is open to students in second through seventh grades; Williams’ keynote address is open to the public. To register, go to: http://peacejam.org/events/East-Aurora-PeaceJam-Slam-644.aspx
Williams earned the Nobel Prize in 1997. While studying international politics in the 1980s, she began working to provide artificial limbs to children who had lost arms or legs in war-torn El Salvador. She became a leading voice in the movement to ban and clear land mines.
Her organization – the International Campaign to Band Landmines – was the driving force behind the 1999 Ottawa Convention, where 120 nations agreed to: stop using land mines, put in provisions to clear existing landmines, and offer humanitarian assistance.
At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, Williams will give a keynote presentation in the East Aurora High School cafeteria that is free and open to the public. The public should enter through Door 11. Williams’ presentation does not require registration. Williams will have a question-and-answer session, and students will present service projects to Williams.
Students who register can participate in other PeaceJam youth leadership events, which begin at 4 p.m. There is no cost to East Aurora students active in PeaceJam, thanks to scholarships provided by a grant from the Aurora East Educational Foundation.
Registration for all other students is $15 by March 1, and $20 afterward. Students will receive dinner and a shirt at the event, which runs from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.
A flier for the event is available here.
For more information about registration, contact Gates Elementary teacher Sue-Z Bruno at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 306-4415.
The PeaceJam Slam is sponsored by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Aurora East Educational Foundation, and the 21st Century Grant.
Public invited to East Aurora’s Black History Month celebration on Saturday, Feb. 20
The public is invited to hear music, spoken-word artists, and student presentations at East Aurora School District 131’s Black History Month celebration on Saturday, February 20. The free event will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane.
The event will open at 2:30 p.m. with middle school students from East Aurora and West Aurora school districts participating in a living wax museum in the hallways outside the high school’s Hawks Auditorium. Students will be dressed as important African American historical figures. Visitors can press a “button” and the student will share information about the person they are portraying. The wax museum will be open until 3:15 p.m.
From 3 to 3:50 p.m., traditional African American food will be served in the high school’s cafeteria. “Taste of Soul” cups of food will be available for a donation, which will go to the Aurora East Educational Foundation.
The one-hour celebratory program will begin at 4 p.m. in the Hawks Auditorium. In addition to spoken word artists, the Ayodele Drum and Dance group will perform. Students from West Aurora High School will perform a Motown revue, highlighting classic songs. The event will end with a gospel choir performance from Aurora students and staff.
Waldo 's PeaceJam to sell Out-of-Dress-Code Passes for Valentine's Day
Attention Waldo students: PeaceJam will be selling Valentine’s Day out of dress code passes for pink or red shirts to be worn on Friday February 12th (all other dress code rules apply). The passess will be sold before and after school in front of the MPR. Click here to see the flyer.
Waldo Middle School second quarter honor roll
Waldo Middle School is proud to announcesecond quarter honor roll. Great job, Wildcats. Keep up the hard work. Students earn high honor roll by achieving a GPA of 3.75 or higher with no C's, D’s, or F’s. Students earn regular honor roll by achieving a GPA between 3.0 and 3.74 with no D’s or F’s (one C is allowable). Click here to see the honor roll! (Students in bold recieved a perfect 4.0 GPA)
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: https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/
You can find the survey through the East Aurora School District 131 webpage at www.d131.org. 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.
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
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 https://www.aurora-il.org/mlk/