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


East High students qualify for National History Day competition

A documentary created by three East High students was recently selected as one of two national qualifiers at the Illinois History Expo held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

The students and their project will now advance to the National History Day (NHD) competition at the University of Maryland-College Park outside Washington DC (June 11-15).

History students at East High began working on their projects back in September. Students must choose a topic from local/state history that fits the national theme. This year’s theme was “Taking a Stand in History".

Students must conduct research in both primary and secondary sources, compose an original thesis, and present their findings in one of the following mediums: Exhibit, Media Documentary, Research Paper, or Live Performance.

Competition began in December, when East High's annual school History Fair was held. Social Studies teachers judged projects and selected those that advanced to the Suburban Regional competition, held in February. Projects from there were selected to advance to Chicago Metro Finals held in April at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC).

Two groups of students qualified for the Illinois History Expo (State Finals) and one of the groups was chosen as a national qualifier for the National History Day (NHD).

Illinois History Expo (State Finalists):

- Adriana Nava Villanueva (Grade 11), Abigail Ramirez (11), and Fatima Rodriguez (11) – Media Documentary – “Chicago’s Chicano Movement: Chicanos al Grito de Guerra”

- Emma Blackmon (11) and Marlena Cannon (11) – Media Documentary – “The Chicago Black Panthers: Taking a Stand for Equality”

National History Day (National Qualifiers):

- Adriana Nava Villanueva, Abigail Ramirez, Fatima Rodriguez

East High Social Studies teacher Matthew Caylor is the Social Studies Club Advisor for East Aurora High School. East High has a strong tradition of success in this competition with students qualifying for NHD in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015 and now in 2017.

PHOTO CAPTION (attached): National History Day qualifiers from East High, from left to right: Adriana Nava-Villanueva, Fatima Rodriguez and Abigail Ramirez.



Celebrating our Parent Volunteers!

 Parent Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Our lovely Simmons Parent Volunteers were celebrated this Monday, June 6th, 2017. This school year our Parent Volunteers worked very hard to make our school a welcoming and motivating environment. They made decorations for several of our school events, including the 8th grade dance. They also assisted thought the year on beautifying the teacher bulletin boards in the hallways. They worked with the school Parent Liaison on fundraising by working concessions. This strong group of involved parents is much appreciated and our teachers and staff here at Simmons provided donations of food and gifts. They received a breakfast, a certificate, and a few gifts of appreciation. Parent Volunteers we thank you so much for your support and hope to count on your help the next school year!

Desayuno de Apreciación de Padres Voluntarios

Nuestros lindos padres voluntarios fueron celebrados este lunes, 6 de junio, 2017. Este año nuestros padres voluntarios trabajaron muy duro en hacer nuestra escuela un medio ambiente motivador y invitante. Hicieron decoraciones para varios de nuestros eventos, incluyendo el baile de 8vo grado. También asistieron entre el año en hacer bellos los boletines de los maestros localizados en los pasillos. Trabajaron con el Enlace de Padres en recaudar fondos en trabajar las concesiones. Este grupo fuerte de padres involucrados es muy apreciado y nuestros maestros y personal aquí en la Simmons proporciono donaciones de comida y regalos. Recibieron un desayuno, un certificado y unos regalos de apreciación. ¡Padres Voluntarios les damos muchas gracias por su apoyo y esperamos contar en su ayuda el próximo



District 131 summer maintenance and improvement projects scheduled

As the school year draws to a close, East Aurora School District 131 will take the opportunity to maintain and improve many of its school buildings.

In addition to the high school construction which continues on-schedule, several school buildings have work scheduled to be completed this summer. Projects include roofing, asphalt and patching, entry improvements, window replacement, masonry tuck-pointing, as well as interior improvements.

Estimated project dates, schools, projects and notes are listed below, as supplied by contractor Cordogan Clark. Estimated start and target completion dates are subject to change, due to weather and unforeseen conditions.

Dates (approximate) School Project
June 7-30 Krug Roofing
June 7-30 Oak Park Roofing
June 7-30 Cowherd MS Roofing
June 8-30 Hermes Roofing
June 8-30 Gates Roofing
July 5-21 Allen Roofing
July 5-28 Johnson Roofing
July 5-31 Waldo MS Roofing
July 5-31 Simmons MS Roofing

Project notes: Tar used on roofing projects may produce an unpleasant but harmless odor.

 

Dates (approximate) School Project
June 12-16 Multi-site* Asphalt patching
July 5-28 Gates Asphalt
July 5-28 Johnson Asphalt
July 5-28 Hermes Asphalt

Project notes: Parking lot access may be altered during pavement projects.

*Patching work will be performed at Allen, Bardwell, Beaupre, Brady, Cowherd MS, Dieterich, Magnet Academy, B&G, Krug, O'Donnell, Rollins and Simmons MS.

 

Dates (approximate) School Project
June 7-31 Brady Entry improvements
June 7-31 Waldo MS Entry improvements
July 11-31 Dieterich Interior improvements
July 11-31 Gates Interior improvements
June 26-July 10 Dieterich/Gates Abatement

Project notes: Student entrances during these projects may be altered and have been coordinated with the schools. Interior improvements include gym ceiling and lighting renovation. Areas have been coordinated with school administration to prevent occupancy. Abatement areas will be segregated from any occupants to prevent exposure.

 

Dates (approximate) School Project
June 26-July 10 Oak Park/Gates Abatement
July 5-31 Oak Park Window replacement
July 5-31 Gates Window replacement

Project notes: Abatement areas will be segregated from any occupants to prevent exposure.

 

Dates (approximate) School Project
June 7-July 31 Waldo MS Masonry tuck-pointing
July 5-July 28 Magnet Academy Masonry tuck-pointing

Project notes: Masonry tuck-pointing will create noise and dust at times in the surrounding areas

 

Dates (approximate) School Project
July 7-August 18 Waldo MS Science rooms
July 7-August 18 Simmons MS Science rooms

Project notes: Interior science lab renovations; minimal impact on surrounding areas.

 

Dates (approximate) School Project
June 7-July 14 Allen Mechanical improvements
June 7-July 14 Bardwell Mechanical improvements
June 7-July 14 Child Service Center Mechanical improvements
June 7-July 14 Oak Park Mechanical improvements
June 12-July 28 Simmons MS Mechanical improvements

Project notes: air conditioning may be disrupted in certain areas

 



Free summer meals served to children 18 and under

East Aurora School District 131 will offer free summer breakfast and lunch to children 18 and under during summer school session.

Only children 18 and under eligible to receive free meals. Enrollment in summer school is not required. Small children must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. Meals must be eaten in the school and cannot be taken home.

Meals are generally offered only during summer school session. Dates and times are as follows:

Elementary and middle schools

Monday through Thursday

June 14 -July 20th

No school or meals served on July 3rd or 4th

Breakfast served 8 - 8:30 a.m.

Lunch served 11:30 a.m. 12 noon

East Aurora High School

Monday through Friday

June 8 - July 26th

No school or meals served on July 3rd or 4th

Breakfast served 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Lunch served 12 noon - 1 p.m.

See the main door of each East Aurora #131 school for the exact dates and hours that meals will be served at the school.



East High graduates 667 students at Northern Illinois University

East Aurora High School celebrated the Class of 2017 on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7 p.m., as 667 graduates walked across the stage in the Convocation Center at Northern Illinois University. Congratulations to all our graduates and their families!

The broadcast of the graduation ceremony will soon be available on tv.d131.org. Photos from the ceremony can be found on the district’s Facebook page.



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.



8th Grade Ceremony! Mayor to speak at Promotion Ceremony!

 The 8th grade End of the Year Ceremony will be held June 6, 2017 at 1:45 pm in the gym. Mayor Irvin will return to Simmons Middle School, his alma mater, to speak at the 8th grade Promotion Ceremony.



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.

 


 
Mechelle Patterson
Principal

 
John Young

Assistant Principal

 
Jacqueline Gibson

Assistant Principal

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