Upward Bound at NIU accept 6 Students from Simmons!
Upward Bound based at NIU has accepted these 8th graders into their summer program!
Simmons Wins the Stock market game!
Simmons Middle School Students Win in The Stock Market Game™
[Aurora, Illinois – After picking stocks that propelled them to the front of the class, students from Simmons took first and second place in the spring semester of The Stock Market GameÔ program’s online portfolio simulation. The 8th grade winning student teams competed in the grades 4-8 level in their geographic region, beating out over 187 other teams. Competition between student teams throughout Illinois drew to a close at the end of the spring session with the highest valued portfolios receiving awards.
The first place winning student team includes Juan Angel Avalos, Fabian Bermudez, and Rogelio Jimenez Nicasio. The second place winning student team includes Cecilia Calancha, Lizbeth Hurtado Reyes, Cynthia Reynoso, and Yarila Sosa. Regana Jones and her winning teams will be recognized with medals and award certificates at the 8th grade promotion May 31st.
Mrs. Jones’ second place students increased their original $100,000 cash to a final portfolio equity of $112,766.They outperformed the S & P 500 for the same period by 12.77 percent. Her first place team increased their portfolio equity to $116,017 which was a 16.02 percentage change.
The Stock Market Game™ (SMG) program is used in thousands of classrooms nationwide to help teach core academic subjects while emphasizing the importance of long-term saving and investing. Students work together in teams to conduct research, invest their hypothetical $100,000 cash account and manage their portfolio over time. Through their participation, student teams gain practical knowledge about the markets, learning such concepts as risk and diversification. While the students think they're playing a game, their teachers know they’re learning real-life economic and financial skills that will benefit them for years to come.
Teachers use the SMG program’s online educational resource library as a tool to enhance student engagement with math, language arts, social studies, business, and technology, while integrating investment concepts into their existing curriculum. The cross-curricular lessons and materials support both Illinois and national Common Core State Standards.
The SMG program, designed for grade 4-12 teachers and their students, is offered to Illinois teachers by Econ Illinois, a division of NIU Outreach, Engagement & Regional Development. Since its inception in Illinois in 1988, the SMG program has enrolled more than 610,000 Illinois students. Participation is offered without financial cost through numerous sponsorships. Nationally, the SMG is provided by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).
For more information, please contact Illinois Stock Market Game coordinator, Debbie Kerman at Econ Illinois, 815-753-0356 or visit the Econ Illinois web site, http://www.econed-il.org .
Upcoming golf outings will support Tomcat Golf Team (June 1), Cuba trip (July 2), Aurora East Educational Foundation (July 7)
Golfers will have three opportunities to hit the links while supporting East Aurora students this summer. On June 1, the East Aurora boys golf team will host a fundraising tournament at Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora. On July 2, the General Mills Annual Golf Outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course will support the East Aurora High School student trip to Cuba. Finally, the Aurora East Educational Foundation will host its 15th annual golf outing on Thursday, July 7, at the Phillips Park Golf Course.
More information about each outing is below.
June 1: Tomcat Golf Outing at Phillips Park to support boys golf
The Tomcat golf team will host a four-person, best-ball, 9-hole tournament on Wednesday, June 1, at Phillips Park Golf Course. Tickets are $36, which includes a golf cart. The event will celebrate the end of the school year and support the East Aurora High School boys golf team.
To sign up, contact Coach Megan Rodriguez in room 149 in East Aurora High School or at email@example.com. A flier for the event can be found here. Any individuals who sign up will be put into a four-person group. The deadline to register is May 27.
Phillips Park Golf Course is located on Ray Moses Drive in Aurora, near the intersection of Hill Avenue and Montgomery Road.
July 2: General Mills Golf Outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course to support student trip to Cuba
On Saturday, July 2, the General Mills Annual Golf Outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course in Aurora will support a 2017 East Aurora High School student trip to Cuba. The deadline to register is June 18. For registration and payment information, contact East Aurora High School teacher Simon Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 299-4462. A flier is available here.
The $78 entry fee includes unlimited range balls, a round of golf, lunch at the turn, two hours of open bar, and appetizers. There will be prizes for long drive, closest to the pin, and longest putt. There will also be a one-year golf membership raffled off, as well as vacation prizes for a hole in one.
Rodriguez is leading a group that is hoping to bring a dozen students to Cuba for nine days in 2017. The tour will be paid for by students and community fundraising. While in Cuba, the students are expected to visit community organizations, meet University of Havana students, and participate in cultural experiences. The tour will be run through EF Educational Tours.
To donate to the trip, go to: www.gofundme.com/eacuba2017
July 7: Aurora East Educational Foundation Golf Outing at Phillips Park
The Aurora East Educational Foundation will host its 15th annual golf outing on Thursday, July 7, at the Phillips Park Golf Course.
The golf outing is a major fundraiser for the Educational Foundation, which supports teachers and students in East Aurora School District 131. Proceeds from the golf outing will be used to benefit literacy projects and programs in the District.
The entry fee for a single golfer begins at $125, or $450 for a foursome. The entry fee includes: 18 holes of golf, a cart, a box lunch, refreshments, and dinner.
Reservations are due July 1. The registration form and more information can be found here.
There are also opportunities to be an event sponsor, or buy a place for your sign to be put near one of the golf holes, driving range, putting green or on the beverage cart.
Check-in for the golf outing begins at 11 a.m., with lunch to follow, and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the golf rounds and prizes will follow dinner.
Phillips Park Golf Course is located on Ray Moses Drive in Aurora, near the intersection of Hill Avenue and Montgomery Road.
For questions about the Golf Outing, contact Rhonda Mont at (630) 896-4678 or go to www.d131.org/aeef.asp .
Student performances, new theatre and art installation highlight East Aurora Fine Arts Festival on May 14
Actors, singers, artists, and musicians from elementary through high school will showcase their talent from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the East Aurora School District 131 Fine Arts Festival. The Festival will take place throughout East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. Admission and parking are free.
The choir performances will begin at 9 a.m. in the Hawks Auditorium, theater performances start at 11 a.m. in the Little Theatre, and the band programs begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Kivisto Gymnasium. Student paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and illustrations will be on display in the building throughout the day. Among the highlights will be the live installation of a new 3-D art piece in the cafeteria.
Schedules and programs will be available at the event to guide visitors.
“We hope that a lot of people visit,” said Assistant Director of Athletics and Student Activities Nestor Garcia. “It’s phenomenal to see these students sing and act, and to see their artwork.”
The Fine Art Festival will also be the unveiling of the high school’s refurbished Little Theatre.
Cafeteria art installation
The Fine Arts Festival has been a tradition in East Aurora School District 131 for more than 25 years. In the last decade, it has expanded to incorporate work from all grade levels.
“You should see the entire event as an experience,” said East Aurora High School art teacher Susan McCarron. “Look at elementary, then look at middle school, then look at our high school work. See where it starts and where it ends. It’s amazing.”
The East Aurora High School 3D Art students will be completing a permanent art installation. Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space which, in this case, is the school cafeteria.
This high school installation was inspired by ceramic artist David Hicks who uses oversized objects hung in a cluster to give a sense of a still life. East Aurora students have fabricated oversized objects that are commonly seen in the cafeteria, and will be hanging clusters of these objects off a 6-foot copper pipe.
East Aurora High School choirs will start at 9 a.m. in the Hawks Auditorium. Performances include: “I Won’t Give Up”, “Shake It Out” by the Concert Choir, “Keep Your Lamps” and “Bless the Broken Road” by Soave Cantando, “Shut Up and Dance” by Honors Vocal Ensemble.
The high school singers will be followed by the middle school choir. Performances include “Hava Nashira” by Cowherd Middle School; “Ain’t That Good News” and “Ode to Beethoven” by Simmons Middle School; and “Sing, Sing, Sing” by the Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy.
Following the middle school performances, elementary school choirs will perform. Performances will include: “Brave” by Hermes Elementary School; “Count on Me” by Gates and Brady elementary schools; “Dynamite” by Dieterich Elementary School; “Home” and “Fireflies” by Beaupre and Oak Park elementary schools; “The Best Day of My Life” by Krug and Beaupre elementary schools.
Drama performances will begin at 11 a.m. in the Little Theater.
The drama performances will begin with the East Aurora High School honors performance of a scene from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”; followed by a “Bearly Scene”, written and performed by the Simmons Middle School Drama Club. The final performance will be “Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit” by Cowherd Middle School students.
Band concert program
The band concert programs will start at 12:30 p.m. in the Ernie Kivisto Gymnasium, also known as the main gym.
All fifth-grade elementary school bansds will perform together. The performances will start with “Sousa’s Cadets”, followed by: “Alpha Squadron”, “The Tempest”, and “Rock Your Bones”.
The middle school performances will start with “Battlestar!” by Simmons Middle School, followed by “Harbinger” by Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy.
The East Aurora High School Wind Ensemble will then perform “Pas Redouble”, “Loco Motion”, and “Of Sailors and Whales”.
Finally, all band members will play the Star Wars main theme in a unified concert for all students.
16th Annual IPA Student Leadership Breakfast
The Kishwaukee Region of the IPA 16th Annual Student Leadership Breakfast recognizes tomorrow's leaders today. Each principal is invited to recognize a female and male student from the exiting grade level in his or her building. Parents of the students are also invited to attend. This successful program has always been well attended and appreciated by parents and students over the past several years.
Each student leader will receive a certificate, a copy of a book on leadership appropriate for each age level, and a picture in honor of his/her recognition.
Additionally, our Region provides several scholarships to high school seniors who attend the breakfast. The recipients of the scholarship will be selected at random. We will be giving out at least four $250 scholarships this year.
Representing Simmons Middle School:
Isyis Owens Champion and Savion Montanez
District #131 to Appoint Interim Superintendents
After conducting a comprehensive search, a committee led by Board Secretary Kimberly Hatchett has recommended that Dr. Marion Hoyda and Dr. Mark McDonald be appointed by the Board of Education for East Aurora School District #131 to serve together to fill the position of Interim Superintendent of Schools. The Board plans to vote upon that recommendation and make those appointments at its May 16, 2016, meeting.
Dr McDonald and Dr Hoyda are no strangers to East Aurora or the Aurora community. Dr Hoyda has been meeting with staff and small focus groups gathering information for a smooth transition plan. Dr McDonald has been a Principal and Deputy Superintendent at West Aurora District #129. He is exhilarated to become a part of Aurora schools again.
Dr. Hoyda, who previously provided the Board with analysis and consultation on curriculum, was recently retained to guide the Board in setting priorities and identifying issues that should be addressed by District leadership. She previously served in several key management roles for several school districts, most recently as Superintendent of District #146 in Tinley Park.
Dr. McDonald, also a seasoned school administrator, is currently the Superintendent of District #99 in Downers Grove. He will retire from that position at the end of June after eight years of service.
Both candidates have over 35 years of experience as professional educators.
Kimberly Hatchett said “Both candidates have strong credentials and have been highly recommended by the references who we contacted during our due diligence process.”
“Dr. McDonald has been characterized as a transformational, charismatic leader with a profound understanding of educational systems. He has been lauded for his ability to stimulate those around him to think independently and is also said to excel at forming and leading teams to achieve well-defined goals.”
Hatchett said that Dr. Hoyda “has an in-depth knowledge of the District and has strong leadership traits that the Board has recognized during her prior and current service with the District. She has a wealth of knowledge about how to select and deploy appropriate curriculum, and her passion and capacity for mentoring educational professionals has been obvious.”
Board President Annette Johnson said “I believe the level of confidence held by each of our members in both Dr. McDonald and Dr. Hoyda is very high. Both Dr. Hoyda and Dr. McDonald have so much to offer. They each express themselves in a way to which the Board, as well as our administrators, will be sure to respond.”
“We are looking forward to getting from them the help we need in setting priorities and finding the best way to put a Superintendent who is best suited to meet them, permanently in place.”
For more information:
Annette Johnson, President, Board of Education
Simmons Middle School will be participating in "Walk for the Cure" on May 6th. Students can participate and be out of dress code with a one dollar donation to JDRF.
Students of the Month!
Please join the counselors in congratulating our Simmons Middle School Students of the Month!
6th grade: Gyselle Tavizon
7th grade: Daisy Alvarado-Hernandez
8th grade: Claudia Santiago