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Simmons Middle School
 
 
 

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

Office Hours
(Horario de oficina):
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Address (Dirección):
1130 Sheffer Rd.
Aurora IL, 60505

Phone (Teléfono central):
630-299-4150

Attendance (Asistencia):
630-299-4199


Students encouraged to use free online summer reading tools

As the school year winds down, we encourage you to incorporate summer reading and learning into your children’s activities in the months ahead. Children who keep their brains active and engaged during summer vacation are more likely to return in the fall prepared and confident for the new school year.

Children can lose up to 60 percent of their skills during summer vacation. Children who read during the summer months, however, can sustain their reading gains. Let’s work to prevent the loss of those critical learning gains, also called the “summer slide,” this year.

As you prepare for summer, we invite you to check out the free “Find a Book” search tool, http://www.lexile.com/findabook. It allows you to quickly and easily search for books that will match your child’s reading level and interests, as well as to locate your selection at the local public library. Information is also available on our summer reading website at http://www.isbe.net/find-a-book/default.htm.

“Find a Book” uses a student’s Lexile® measure, a measure of reading ability and text complexity. Students can find their Lexile scores from a variety of benchmark measures, including many standardized tests. The search tool also features a search option to access appropriate book choices based on grade level and comfort with typical reading materials at that grade level. Attached is a flier about “Find a Book” that will explain how to use Lexile measures.

Additionally, the Summer Math Challenge is a free math skills maintenance program targeted to students who have just completed grades 2 through 6. It is designed to help children retain math skills learned during the previous school year. Parents who enroll their children in the program will receive daily emails from now through July 31 with fun activities and links to resources.

We encourage you to talk with your children about the fun and importance of summer learning and take them to your local public library and museums. Librarians have information about Lexile measures and other programs such as iRead, a summer reading program offered through the Illinois Library Association. The program’s audience is kindergarten through grade 8, but may provide supplemental materials for pre-schoolers, teens and adults. This year’s theme is

Read to the Rhythm!”

Thank you for your efforts to encourage lifelong learners and readers. Have a fun and safe summer.

Sincerely,

Bruce Rauner

Governer

Jesse White

Secretary of State State

Librarian

Tony Smith, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Education



Special needs parent support group to meet at 6 p.m. May 14

   The East Aurora School District 131 Special Needs Parent Support Group will meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at Bardwell Elementary School, 550 S. Lincoln Avenue, Aurora. Claire Howes of the Fox Valley Recreation Center will be the guest speaker. She will share information on summer activities and programs that are offered.

   Families will also get feedback on future topics for the 2015-16 school year. Refreshments, Spanish translation and child care will be provided.

 



Incoming freshman can start strong with free summer high school readiness class

  East Aurora High School is offering a free summer transition program to help incoming freshmen start their high school career strong. Core Study Skills will focus on three main skill areas: algebra readiness, reading comprehension, and general study skills. Core Study Skills will run 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 15 through July 23.

   In the classes, students will work on computers, in small groups with a teacher, and independently to strengthen their abilities in these three areas and prepare for high school. Many of the programs are designed to meet students at their individual instructional level. The general study skills program will provide students with reading and note-taking strategies that will help them be successful in any high school class. Students who successfully complete the program will earn a one-half elective credit toward high school graduation.

   There is only space for 150 students, so this class will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are required to attend mandatory summer school at their middle school will not qualify for this program.

   To register, go to the East Aurora High School Freshman Center and enter through door 45 on Smith Blvd. See Ms. Rosa to fill out the application. If you have any questions contact Assistant Principal Glynis Keene at (630) 299-7960 or gkeene@d131.org.

 



East Aurora School District 131 offering free fine arts summer camps

   East Aurora School District 131 will be offering free art, music and theater 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 2014-15 school year.

   In order for students to participate in fine arts camps, registration forms must be turned in by May 15. Forms can be turned into the office at each students’ school.

   Camps are offered in the morning and afternoon, depending on the activity.

  The 15 fine arts summer camps include: art (2nd through 5th grade); art, music and fitness (3rd - 5th); acoustic guitar (3rd - high school); recorders and other instruments (3rd - 5th); drum line (8th – high school); American Pop (6th – high school); and theater/drama (1st – high school).

  The fine arts camps meet Monday through Friday at various schools throughout the District, depending on the activity and the age level. Fine arts camps start as soon as June 9 and run as late as July 25.

   A minimum of 10 students is needed to hold a camp. Fine arts camps are capped at 20 students. Assistant coaches will help staff higher-attended camps.

    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 ngarcia@d131.org, or your student’s principal.



East Aurora School District 131 offering free sports summer camps

   East Aurora School District 131 will be offering free 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 2014-15 school year.

    In order for students to participate in either sports camps, registration forms must be turned in by May 15. Forms can be turned into the office at each students’ school.

   Camps are offered in the morning and afternoon, depending on the activity.

   The sports offered this summer include: girls badminton (8th through high school), boys baseball (6th - high school), boys and girls basketball (3rd - high school), boys and girls cheerleading (3rd - high school), boys and girls cross country (6th - high school), dance (3rd – high school); fitness training (3rd – high school), boys and girls football (kindergarten - high school); boys and girls soccer (3rd - high school); boys and girls softball (3rd - high school); boys and girls tennis (6th - high school), boys and girls track and field (6th - high school), boys and girls volleyball (3rd - high school); and boys and girls wrestling (5th – high school).

   Athletics summer camps start as early as May 23 and run as late as Aug. 19, depending on the sport and level.

    A minimum of 10 students is needed to hold a camp. Assistant coaches will help staff higher-attended camps.

    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 ngarcia@d131.org, or your student’s principal.



Community invited to underage drinking prevention presentation May 7 at Waldo Middle School

   Parents are invited to learn more about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking at a free presentation from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Waldo Middle School, 56 Jackson Street. The presentation is open to all Aurora and Kane County parents. It will be conducted by Derek Murphy of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.

  The presentation will include tips on how to prevent students from starting to drink. The presentation will be in English and Spanish.

   For questions, contact parent liaison Sandy Diaz at (630) 299-8391.

 



Families invited to Fun Fair at East Aurora High School on Saturday, May 9

Families of all ages are invited to the East Aurora School District 131 fourth annual Fun Fair on Saturday, May 9. The Fun Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ponquinette Fieldhouse at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. Admission is $1.

  The Fun Fair will include a family friendly DJ, a moon bounce obstacle course, face painting, a dunk tank, raffles, mini golf, pony rides and much more. There will also be performances throughout the day from East Aurora elementary and middle school students.

  There will be food available, including hot dogs, tacos, popcorn, cotton candy, horchata, ice cream and more.

  All of the games and activities are staffed by East Aurora High School student council groups, honors societies or music groups. Tickets will cost 25 cents.

  All the funds raised go to the clubs running each of the activities.

 



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 Tuesday, May 5, at Simmons Middle School. The celebration will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the middle school, which is located at 1130 Sheffer Road, Aurora.

    Visitors will be able to watch student and community groups dance and sing. Among the presentations will be a greeting by East Aurora Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp, East Aurora High School drum and Tamborazo performances, Beaupre Elementary cheerleaders, Beaupre Elementary dancers, Simmons Middle School guitar club, Bardwell Elementary folklore dance, Benavides Kindergarten Center singers, Allen Elementary Mexican ballet, Dieterich performers and a Simplee Destinee dance performance.

    There will be children games for 25 cents. Food and drinks will be sold at the event.

   The Cinco de Mayo celebration is a recent tradition at East Aurora East Schools District 131. 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.

 


 
Mechelle Patterson
Principal

 
John Young

Assistant Principal

 
Jacqueline Gibson

Assistant Principal

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