Waldo Middle School

School Day
(Horario escolar):
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Office Hours
(Horario de oficina):
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Address (Dirección):
56 Jackson St
Aurora IL, 60505

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Attendance (Asistencia):

Waldo MS New Principal Meet & Greet June 2, 2017

Please join us as we welcome our new Waldo Principal, Mr. Simpson! Learn about his vision for the upcoming school year. There will be a question and answer session. All are welcome! Donuts and coffee will be served.

Friday, June 2nd

8:45 - 9:45 am

Waldo Library


¡Por favor, únase a nosotros mientras damos la bienvenida a nuestro nuevo director en Waldo, el Sr. Simpson! Aprenda acerca de su visión para el próximo año escolar. Habrá un período de preguntas y respuestas. ¡Todos son bienvenidos!

Viernes, 2 de junio

8:45 am-9:45 am

(Biblioteca de Waldo)

¡Café y donas serán servidos!



Summer enrichment camp available to students entering grades 1 through 5

 In partnership with the City of Aurora and Community In Schools, East Aurora School District 131 will offer a Summer Enrichment Camp for students entering grades 1 through 5.

The Summer Enrichment Camp will take place from June 19 through July 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy. Camp will meet each Monday through Thursday, with no camp held on Fridays. Camp will not be held the week of July 3.

The camp is designed for students not attending academic summer school but who are still looking for enrichment this summer. Students must be entering grades 1 through 5.

The fun-filled enrichment camp is open to any District 131 student, and will include educational enrichment activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); sports activities and field trips; fun hands-on science activities, and more. Breakfast and lunch is included.

Enrollment is free and open to a maximum of 100 students. Students can register by using the enrollment form in English and Spanish, found on the district website.

For more information contact Mr. Alfred Morales at (630) 299-7266 or (630) 345-2027.

East Aurora High School 2017 graduation to be broadcast live on District website

Family and friends of the East Aurora High School class of 2017 will be able to watch the ceremony live if they are unable to attend the ceremony in person. The live stream broadcast of the graduation ceremony will be found at tv.d131.org.

The high school’s graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 26, in the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb.

Only visitors with graduation tickets will be allowed into the Convocation Center. Students will receive tickets at Thursday’s mandatory graduation rehearsal.

Graduate transportation to ceremony

It is mandatory that all East Aurora High School graduates ride buses to Northern Illinois University together. Graduates must report to Door #1 of East Aurora High School for the bus. The bus will depart at exactly 5 p.m.

Students will have the option of riding back to the high school on buses or with their families. Any students who want to return on the bus needed to pre-register for the return trip.

There are no more friends and family bus tickets available. Every person who is going to ride the family bus needed to purchase a ticket. Those tickets are good for a round trip to and from the Convocation Center. The friends and family buses will pull away from Door #15 at 5:30 p.m. sharp on Friday, May 26.

Free busing will be provided for all band, chorus, and NJROTC cadets who are part of the graduation ceremony.

Graduates must attend a graduation rehearsal on Thursday, May 25 at 4 p.m. Graduates are asked to arrive for rehearsal on Thursday by 3:45 p.m.


Dunham Fund Grant Puts S.T.E.A.M. into East Aurora Educational Curriculum

Educational efforts in East Aurora School District 131 are picking up momentum — or, more accurately, gaining S.T.E.A.M.

EASD 131 is in the process of realigning its curriculum and programs to be more focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math. With a $550,000 grant award from the Dunham Fund, the vision will become a reality beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

The "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow" initiative will focus on kindergarten and first-grade students and be headquartered at the Benavides Kindergarten Center at 250 E. Indian Trail in Aurora. Two adjoining buildings will be utilized as well for creation of the Benavides S.T.E.A.M. Academy.

"We are delighted to learn about this important grant from Dunham Fund," said Dr. Mark McDonald, interim superintendent for District 131. "Mr. Dunham's generosity will once again greatly benefit young people who will become tomorrow's leaders."

The Academy anticipates it will educate 475 students in 2017-18 with the potential of adding 800 preschool students in 2018 that would result in over 1,200 students enrolled in a S.T.E.A.M.-based curriculum.

"Our vision is to provide passionate and collaborative educators, strong partnerships, and relevant curricula so that our young learners will build a strong foundation to a successful future," said Beatrice Reyes-Childress, assistant superintendent for educational services.

Experts agree that increasing students' knowledge and understanding in S.T.E.A.M. curriculum is a national imperative. A Carnegie Foundation commission of leaders concluded the nation's capacity to innovate and thrive in in the modern workplace depends on a foundation of math and science learning.

Nationwide, S.T.E.A.M. jobs are projected to grow 13 percent in the next five years, with the anticipated increase slightly higher (16%) in Illinois. However, data also indicates the East Aurora community does not have the skilled workforce necessary to meet the increasing demand—a shortcoming that much of the country is experiencing and beginning to address.

"By encouraging scientific innovation and collaboration in the educational and community development programs, we help effect positive change," said Dunham Fund board member Mark Truemper. "The research is clear that this kind of learning builds skills and interests that serve children throughout their school years and beyond the classroom to a brighter future."

Dual language student identification lottery to be held May 18

 East Aurora School District 131 will hold a student identification lottery for admission to its dual language program.

The lottery will take place on Thursday, May 18 at the Benavides Kindergarten Center at 4 p.m. The lottery allows for a random placement of students entry to the program for the 2017-18 school year.

For questions or more information, please contact Diane Argueta, Director for Bilingual Services at (630) 299-7281.

East Aurora District 131 newsletter moves to online publication

 With its current edition, the District 131 newsletter Enlightener moves to an online publication.

In doing so, the district saves tens of thousands of dollars each year in printing and postage costs while continuing to provide information about the district to the community.

The district will continue to print a small number of copies and make them available in district buildings and in the community.

Readers can now view the publication online at the district website, and community members can sign up to receive an email each time Enlightener is published.

Parents and guardians of District 131 students will automatically receive an email link to the newsletter if they provided an email address to their school. Parents and guardians who have not provided an email address can do so through the Infinite Campus portal, or by calling their school directly for assistance.

Staff members with District 131 email will also receive a link with each new edition.

Community members and alumni who do not have children enrolled District 131 can receive Enlightener by signing up on the district website at www.d131.org/email. Community members will receive email each time Enlightener is published.

Jonathan Simpson appointed new principal of Waldo Middle School

At their May 1 meeting, the East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education approved the appointment of Mr. Jonathan Simpson to serve as principal at Waldo Middle School.

Simpson has served as assistant principal of Waldo Middle School since 2015. He serves as a member of the school Improvement Team, PBIS Secondary Team, Leadership Team and Olweus Team. Mr. Simpson has helped lead and co-lead multiple professional developments that have focused on de-escalation techniques, assessment design, data analysis and social emotional learning. Simpson also serves on a variety of district level committees including; MTSS, discipline, and mentoring & Induction.

From 2014-2015 Simpson served as a Dean of Students at East Aurora High School for about 600 students, working with counselors and social workers to form a triangle team to help students with academic, behavioral, and social emotional needs. He worked with staff to address and handle classroom management needs. Simpson also collaborated with the school leadership and PBIS teams to develop new programs and initiatives to better meet the needs of all students.

From 2009-2014 Simpson taught a variety of social studies classes at East Aurora High School, serving on PLCs that focused on curriculum design, assessment design, data analysis, the alignment of curriculum and assessments to ELA Common Core standards.

Simpson obtained his Bachelor’s degree in history and education from Northern Illinois University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from North Central College. He is currently working on my doctorate in educational administration at Aurora University.

Board members Johnson, Arroyo, Hatchett re-elected to District 131 Board positions

At the May 1 Board of Education meeting, Ms. Annette Johnson was re-elected as president of the District 131 Board of Education. Mr. Alex Arroyo was re-elected as vice president of the Board, and Ms. Kimberly Hatchett was re-elected as secretary.

The Board also decided to disband the Finance Committee, and have its functions handled by the Board as a whole. The District will continue to have Curriculum as well as Buildings and Grounds committees. The Finance Committee will meet through July 1, with remaining meetings scheduled for May 9 and June 13.

The Board also voted not to change the scheduled Board meeting calendar at this time.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, May 15.

Sandra Katula

Jonathan Simpson

Assistant Principal

Wilson Morales

Assistant Principal

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