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


Simmons Middle School to host free cooking and nutrition classes

 AURORA, IL – Simmons Middle School will host a six-week series of cooking and nutrition classes designed for parents.

The classes take place at Simmons Middle School, 1130 Sheffer Road, Aurora, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Classes will be held Mondays February 27; March 6, 13, 20; April 3 & 10.

Parents will learn how to make the most of their food resources, how to cook healthy, nutritious food, ideas for nutrition and meal planning. Participants will put their new skills to the test at a local grocery store, trying new recipes to make at home with food they take home each week.

Classes are presented in connection with the 21st CCLC, EverThrive Illinois, Cooking Matters, and District 131. EverThrive Illinois is the state lead partner for Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers are funded from federal and state 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds. Additional funds were used from Title I/III.

For more information please contact Mr. Alfred Morales at (630) 299-7266.

 



Summer Innovation Engineering Program at Aurora University

EA students entering grades 9-12: Have you thought of an idea for a new invention?

Are you interested in learning the language of innovation?

Aurora University will offer summer classes focusing on the design process cycle and interpersonal skills. You'll work with AU professors and industry professionals to gain experience and develop an understanding of STEM careers. Registration and scholarship applications begin on March 1.

Program cost is $535/credit hour. Need-based scholarships are available.

Summer 2017 Courses:

Leading Design
ERG1500: Introduction to Engineering Design I
2 undergraduate credits
June 12-30 | Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Aurora University Main Campus

The Invention Process
CSC1810: The Invention Process
2 undergraduate credits
July 10-28 | Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Aurora University Main Campus

Students who complete either course will earn two undergraduate credits granted by Aurora University. Applications for need-based scholarships will be available March 1.

See the flyer for more information.



Simmons Middle School to host Parent Café workshops to promote optimal child development

 AURORA, IL – Simmons Middle School will host “Parent Café”, a three-week series of workshops designed to help parents provide optimal child and youth development.

The workshops take place at Simmons Middle School, 1130 Sheffer Road, Aurora, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Childcare and snacks provided. Workshop dates and topics include:

• Wednesday, March 1: Be Strong and Flexible – As Parents We Need Help

• Wednesday, March 8: What I do know, what I don’t know – how to ask for help

• Wednesday, March 15: Communication between parents and their children

During the workshops, parents have the opportunity to reflect and talk with other parents about parenting issues. Parents can build social connections, increase parental resilience, increase knowledge of parenting and child development, find support, and gain social and emotional competence of children. Critical issues are brought up, facts are shared, connections are made and all in a safe non-judgmental way.

Workshops are presented in connection with the 21st CCLC, Illinois Strengthening Families, and District 131. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers are funded from federal and state 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds. Additional funds were used from Title I/III.

For more information please contact Mr. Alfred Morales at (630) 299-7266.



East Aurora kindergarten enrollment begins March 21

East Aurora School District 131 will be holding several registration days for students who are starting kindergarten in the 2017-18 school year. Students may register at either Benavides Kindergarten Center or their neighborhood school.

The school locations, dates, and times for registration are:

March April
Hermes and Beaupre

March 21, 2017

8:30–11 a.m. & 5–7:30 p.m.

 

Bardwell and Krug

March 22, 2017

8:30–11 a.m. & 5–7:30 p.m.

 

Allen and Johnson

March 23, 2017

8:30–11 a.m. & 5–7:30 p.m.

 

Benavides Kindergarten Ctr.

March 24, 2017

8:30–11 a.m.

Oak Park and O’Donnell

April 4, 2017

8:30–11 a.m. & 5–7:30 p.m.

 

Gates and Brady

April 5, 2017

8:30–11 a.m. & 5–7:30 p.m.

 

Dieterich and Rollins

April 6, 2017

8:30–11 a.m. & 5–7:30 p.m.

 

Benavides Kindergarten Ctr.

April 7, 2017

8:30–11 a.m.

 

Benavides Kindergarten Ctr.

April 8, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 12 noon

To register for kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2017. See the flyer in English and Spanish for more information.

Registration packets will be available starting March 14, 2017, at schools and online at www.d131.org.

To register, parent/guardian must bring the following:

• Certified Birth Certificate

• Photo ID of Parent/Guardian

• Three (3) Proofs of Residency

For questions or more information, please contact the EASD 131 Welcome Center at (630) 299-7302.



East Aurora School District to host parent meeting for Dual Language program

East Aurora School District 131 will host a parent information meeting for its Dual Language program on Thursday, February 23, at the Benavides Kindergarten Center, 250 E. Indian Trail, Aurora.

The one-hour information meeting will be presented in both a morning and evening session. Those interested may attend either the 8:45 a.m. or the 5:30 p.m. session.

Parents and guardians of incoming kindergarten students are invited to learn more about the Dual Language program. The program will provide an opportunity for their child to learn Spanish and English at the same time. The program is intended for students who will enter Kindergarten this fall for the 2017-18 school year. See the flyer for more information.

For more information, please contact Diane Argueta at (630) 299-7281.



Student Services to host parent meeting on executive functioning skills

East Aurora School District 131's Student Services will host a parent meeting, “Planning, Organizing, and Prioritizing – Executive Functioning Skills in Children” on Tuesday, February 21, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The meeting takes place at Cowherd Middle School's Learning Resource Center, 441 N. Farnsworth Avenue, Aurora (enter door #1).

School Psychologist Intern Natasha Yancey will provide parents will learn about executive functioning skills and how they relate to their children’s performance in school. They will also learn how they can help their children build effective executive functioning skills and be provided with tools to assist them.

Spanish interpretation and childcare will be provided.



East Aurora wrestler Matt Young Qualifies for state tournament

East High wrestler Matt Young has qualified for the IHSA state wrestling tournament and will compete for a state title this Thursday in Champaign.

Young competed in the IHSA Sectionals at Downers Grove North High School this past weekend, competing in the 160lb weight class. After going 1-1 Friday night, Matt needed to win three straight matches today to qualify for the IHSA state finals.

On Saturday, Young won his first match of the morning by technical fall, winning 16-0. In his second match of the day, he won by pinning the wrestler from Batavia in the 3rd period. Then in his third match of the day, needing a win to qualify for state, Matt won a hard-fought match against a wrestler from Hinsdale Central 9-2 to qualify for state. 

His day was not over, however as he then went on to take 3rd place at the sectional by pinning the St. Rita wrestler in the 1st period.

Matt Young was featured in a district video and will be honored by teachers and staff during a “Walk of Champions” at the high school Wednesday afternoon.



Students invited to hear Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum speak at East Aurora High School on March 27

 Students are invited to register for the 2017 PeaceJam Slam, a one-day leadership conference which will include an opportunity to interact with Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum. The PeaceJam Slam will be held at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, on Monday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

The PeaceJam Slam is designed specifically for 2nd through 7th graders. Students, as well as their teachers and adult advisers, have the opportunity to spend the day interacting with Menchu Tum, a world leader for peace. They will also participate in workshops around current issues, volunteer projects, and family groups led by university and high school mentors.

Menchu Tum earned the Nobel Prize in 1992. In 1996, Guatemala’s 36-year civil war ended with a peace accord. Menchú Tum fought to have the Guatemalan political and military establishment tried in court, and ran for President of Guatemala in 2007 and 2011. She also established WINAQ, the first official indigenous-led political party in national history. Rigoberta Menchú Tum has joined her sister Nobel Peace Laureates to form the Nobel Women’s Initiative, to shine the light on women and children’s rights around the world.

Menchú Tum has been a member of PeaceJam since 1996.

Registration for students is $20, which includes lunch and a shirt at the event. See attached flyer for more information.

For more information about registration, contact Gates Elementary teacher Sue-Z Bruno at sbruno@d131.org or (630) 306-4415.


 
Mechelle Patterson
Principal

 
John Young

Assistant Principal

 
Jacqueline Gibson

Assistant Principal

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