Waldo Middle School

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Aurora IL, 60505

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East Aurora Student Artwork On Display in Aurora Beginning December 2

 More than 60 pieces of artwork from K-12 East Aurora students will be on display at the Aurora Public Art Commission's Winter Garden of Youth Art Exhibit. An opening reception takes place on December 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora History Center, 20 East Downer Place. The Art Exhibit will be on display through January 21, 2017.

East Aurora High School to hold first annual Prism Concert December 8

 The East Aurora High School music program will present its first annual Prism Concert at 7 p.m. on December 8, 2016 in the Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

Firsts are always special, and East’s first annual Prism Concert is no exception. On December 8, the bands and choirs of East Aurora High School will perform together in this unique concert.

A prism concert is a fast-paced, seamless performance, typically just over an hour in length. Like a prism, various facets of a music program are highlighted. At East High, the concert involves large and small instrumental and vocal ensembles performing in various locations throughout the auditorium. The audience holds their applause until the end of the program to allow the audience to focus on the musical progression throughout the program.

“This is an entirely new type of concert for us,” said choir director, Jim Stellmacher. “Some of our directors have experienced a prism concert as a performer, but this is the first time any of us have experienced it from the perspective of a director, and we’re all thrilled to be doing it.”

Students share the excitement of trying something new. “To have the chance to experience the Prism Concert as a senior is so exciting,” said senior Cesar Martinez, “This is something new for us, but I’m sure everyone’s really going to enjoy it. I just wish we could have tried it sooner so I got to do it more than once!”

In East’s Prism Concert, each band and choir ensemble will perform one selection with a grand finale that includes all performers to close the concert. The music has a distinct focus on winter and the holiday season. Selections include holiday classics like “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride” alongside pieces like “Horkstow Grange,” a concert band standard.

“It really is a huge undertaking, with huge challenges with logistics and use of space,” said director of bands Brian Liska. “We have dreamed about this sort of concert in the past, but this is the first time we’ve felt truly ready to give it a try. Planning started before the school year started. We decided if we were going to do a prism concert, it had to be good.”

For more information:

Jim Stellmacher, Choir Director

East Aurora High School



Public Invited to East Aurora NJROTC Pass-In-Review Ceremony on November 30

AURORA – East Aurora High School invites the community to attend the annual NJROTC Pass-In-Review ceremony on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. at East Aurora High School in the Kivisto Gymnasium, 500 Tomcat Lane. Visitors should enter through Door 15 near the Ponquinette Fieldhouse.

This event will be conducted in both English and Spanish. Feature performances by the NJROTC Color Guard, Dance, Drum and Bugle Corps, and Drill Teams will highlight the evening. NJROTC choral cadets will sing the national anthem.

The event will also feature a “Knock Out Drill” competition. Approximately 50 cadets will be given specific commands. Any variance from the exact military specifications for that command will knock the cadet out of the competition, until one student is named the champion.

The Pass-In-Review is a formal time-honored military ceremony that dates back before the Civil War. It honors cadets’ hard work and dedication. The ceremony ties together the future of the Navy with the naval customs and traditions.

Prior to the public ceremony, retired U.S. Naval LCDR Paul McNabb will conduct the Annual Military Inspection of the cadets at East Aurora High School during the school day. LCDR Paul McNabb, the founder of the NJROTC Unit 20 years ago will also be the Reviewing Officer.

East Aurora High School Hosts “Future Tomcat Night” for 8th Graders

 AURORA, IL – East Aurora High School welcomes all 8th graders and their parents/guardians to the high school on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The evening is designed to help students get an early start on their high school experience. Attendees will learn about student elective classes, activities, and East Aurora High School athletics. Campus tours will also take place. Program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Please enter at Door 1.

Waldo's 7th Grade to Hold Chipotle Fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 26 from 12 to 4

Waldo MS 7th Grade is having a fundraiser at Chipotle on Route 34 in Oswego on Saturday, November, 26, 2016, from 12 pm to 4 pm. 


Show your team spirit by joining us at Chipotle to support the students at Waldo. Bring in the flyer, show it on your smartphone, or just tell the cashier you are supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Waldo.


Waldo's 7th grade will be using the funds to help pay for events and field trips. Thank you for the support. 

East Aurora School District 131 Pre-K Programs Awarded Gold Circle of Quality through ExceleRate

AURORA, IL – East Aurora School District 131 preschool sites have been awarded the Gold Circle of Quality through ExceleRate Illinois.

Preschool students throughout the District attend class in one of four sites for half day: Early Childhood Center, Child Service Center, Gates Elementary, and Oak Park Elementary. Two other sites, O’Donnell and Benavides Kindergarten Center, offer full day Preschool.

The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that meet or go beyond the highest quality goals. Gold Circle programs have met the highest quality standards in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and training and education. Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.

“This is quite a significant achievement for our Preschool programs, as well as for our District, said Katie Kogut preschool principal at Early Childhood Center. “The fact that all six of our sites received the Gold Circle of Quality means that across the board we have created an environment where children have the best opportunity to learn and grow.”

ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality recognition and improvement system designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers. The program establishes standards for helping infants, toddlers and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.

The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs which have demonstrated quality on all fifteen standards, as validated by a state approved assessor. Gold Circle programs meet or exceed specific quality benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, and all program administrative standards; group size and staff/child ratios; staff qualifications; and professional development.


East Aurora High School Theatre presents “She Kills Monsters” Nov. 18-20

 AURORA, IL –East Aurora High School Theatre will present its fall play “She Kills Monsters – Young Adventurer Edition” this weekend. The performances will be presented in the beautiful Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora, on Friday, November 18th at 6pm, Saturday, November 19th at 6pm, and Sunday, November 20th at 3pm. General Admission Tickets are only $5 and are available at the door.

About “She Kills Monsters”

As the play opens, Tilly Evans, of Athens, Ohio; her Dungeons & Dragons name is Tillius the Paladin, healer of the wounded and the protector of lights and her parents have been killed in a car crash, leaving behind Tilly’s 25-year-old schoolteacher sister, Agnes the Average, and a notebook containing “The Lost Soul of Athens,” a D&D adventure that Tilly created. Agnes never paid much attention to her sister, but now she’s hoping to connect through the notebook, so she seeks out über-geek teenager Chuck. Suddenly Agnes finds herself inside the notebook, joining a leather-clad Tilly and her friends Lilith Morningstar and Kaliope Darkwalker on a quest to recapture the lost soul of Athens from Orcus, demon lord of the underworld. It turns out that Tilly based her characters on people she knew, and that brings Agnes and Tilly uncomfortably close. It also gives everyone a clear view of the monsters that bullied her every day, and what is was like to grow up a closeted nerdy 15-year-old in a small town.

About EAHS Theatre Program

The theatre program at East Aurora High School has a long tradition of creating productions that delve into reflections of acceptance and challenge our thoughts about what it means to be different. Our current production does just that. If you haven’t seen a show at East Aurora High School, this is the one to see. Comedy. Drama. Professional fight choreography. Turntables. Awesome Lighting. And did we mention…She Kills Monsters!

For more information, please contact Drama Program Director, East Aurora High School theater teacher Ross Wheeler at rwheeler@d131.org.

Communities In Schools Turkey Fest this Saturday, November 19th, 2016

AURORA, IL – The Communities In Schools Turkey Fest 2016 will be held this Saturday, November 19th, 2016, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Mike & Denise’s Pizzeria, Bar & Grill 2760 N. Farnsworth Ave. Aurora, IL 60505.

Activities include Frozen Turkey Bowling Contest, Turkey Raffle, themed raffle baskets from local businesses, and a 50/50 drawing. Admission is free; bring a new child's winter hat or gloves for free raffle tickets. Proceeds from the event will help the Coats for Kids initiative, ensuring that children in our community have adequate winter gear. In the last four years, CIS has helped over 8,000 children get ready for winter by providing new coats, hats, mittens and scarves.

Communities In Schools partners with school districts like EASD 131 to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. For ticket booklets or more information please contact Anna Toole at agtoole@cisaurora.org or 630-640-8462. Thank you for your commitment to CIS and your help in supporting their programs.

Sandra Katula

Jonathan Simpson

Assistant Principal

Wilson Morales

Assistant Principal

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