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.
Read Principal Katula's May 2016 Message
Be sure to read Mrs. Katula's May message here. The message contains information about promotion activities, summer school, and passing grade requirements.
Waldo MS Students win free books from "Captain Underpants" Author
Author Dav Pilkey gives a new book to every student at Waldo MS for summer reading thanks to Mrs. Stockl. Ms. Stockl entered a nationwide contest to win free books for the students at Waldo. Thanks to her efforts, Waldo was one of fifty schools selected nationwide to receve these free books. Be sure to thank Mrs. Stockl for this wonderful award. To learn more click here.
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.
Waldo announces third quarter Honor Roll
Waldo Middle School is proud to announce third 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 received a perfect 4.0 GPA)
East Aurora School District 131 offering free music, sports camps
East Aurora School District 131 will be offering free music and sports summer camps for students from kindergarten through high school. The camps are open to all students who are enrolled in East Aurora School District 131 during the 2015-16 school year.
In order for students to participate in either sports or music camps, registration forms must be turned in by Friday, May 13. The forms will be sent home with students on Wednesday, April 27. The forms and additional information are also available on the District’s website, www.d131.org. Forms can be turned into the office at each student’s school.
Camps are offered in the morning and afternoon, depending on the activity. A full schedule, including times, grade levels and coaches, is available on the District’s website.
The three music summer camps include: beginners band (sixth grade), drumline (8th grade – high school), and musical exploration (6th – 8th).
The music camps meet Monday through Friday at either Simmons Middle School, Cowherd Middle School, or the high school, depending on the activity and the age level. Music camps start as soon as June 6 and run as late as July 21. A full outline of all music camps, as well as times and dates, is available here.
The sports camps offered this summer include: badminton (7th- high school), baseball (7th – high school), basketball (3rd – high school), bowling (6th – high school), cheerleading (3rd – high school), cross country (6th – high school), dance (kindergarten – high school), fitness training (3rd – high school), football (kindergarten – high school), soccer (kindergarten – high school), softball (6th – high school), tennis (6th – high school), track and field (6th – high school), volleyball (3rd- high school), and wrestling (kindergarten – high school).
Sports summer camps start as early as June 2 and run as late as Aug. 24, depending on the sport and level. A full outline of all the sports camps, as well as the times and dates, is available here.
A minimum of 10 students is needed to hold a camp. Music camps may be capped at 20 students, depending on the activity.
Students can attend multiple camps, as long as they are designated at the student’s grade level.
For more information about the summer camp opportunities, contact Nestor Garcia at (630) 299-5530 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or your student’s principal.
Families encouraged to watch CPR video
In August 2013, Illinois Public Act 098-0305 took effect. This Act required that all school districts encourage parents to watch a CPR training video posted on the IHSA website. The video can be viewed here.