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Families encouraged to visit schools during September open house events

All schools in East Aurora School District 131 will host open house events starting next week, and running through Sept. 23.

Parents are invited to attend the open house at their student’s school to meet with teachers, review curriculum and classroom activities, and discuss plans for the 2015-16 school year. For more information on open house events, contact your student’s school.

- Allen: Kindergarten through second grades 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, September 14; third through fifth grades 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15

- Bardwell: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- Beaupre: 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- Benavides Kindergarten Center: 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22

- Brady: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- Child Service Center: 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9

- Cowherd: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3

- Dieterich: 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15

- Early Childhood Center: 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15

- East Aurora High School: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, followed by PTA social from 8:05-8:30 p.m. in school cafeteria

- East Aurora Extension: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 10

- Gates: Primary 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15; Intermediate 6–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- Hermes: Kindergarten through second grades 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16; third through fifth grades 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23

- Johnson: 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15

- Krug: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- Magnet Academy: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3

- Oak Park: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- O’Donnell: 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 17

- Rollins: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 16

- Simmons: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3

- Waldo: 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3

 



Welcome back! School starts August 25

East Aurora School District 131 will welcome back elementary, middle and high school students for the first day of classes on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

East Aurora High School and the East Aurora Extension campus will have a late start (8:55 a.m.) on the first day of school. All other East Aurora schools will start at their regular time on the first day.

During the 2015-16 school year, all East Aurora elementary and middle schools will end the instruction day at 3 p.m. The high school will dismiss at 3:04 p.m.

East Aurora School District 131 class schedule:

Morning kindergarten 8:30 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.

Benavides Kindergarten Center 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Elementary school (grades K- 5) 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Middle school (grades 6- 8) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

High school (grades 9-12) 7:55 a.m. to 3:04 p.m.

High school late start (grades 9-12) 8:55 a.m. to 3:04 p.m.

For preschool start dates and times, please contact your student’s school.

 



Students can meet their teacher, visit classroom on Friday, August 21

  Kindergarten through high school students will have a chance to visit their classroom and meet their teachers before the start of the school year. From 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Friday, August 21, a student and their guardian can stop by their school, see their classroom, and meet their teacher.

  Elementary students will be able to drop off any supplies in their classroom. Middle and high school students may not have access to their lockers and should not anticipate being able to leave supplies at their school.

  Preschool classrooms will not be open on August 21. Preschool students will have a separate date to meet their teachers and visit their classroom before their school year starts.

  Teachers will be available in their classrooms at this time to greet families. Because many families will be visiting the classrooms, it will not be an appropriate time for in-depth discussions about academic or social concerns your student might have. Please contact the school or your student’s teacher to schedule a separate time to discuss these concerns.

  We look forward to seeing all students for the first day of school on August 25!

 



East Aurora welcomes new Rollins principal, three new assistant principals, division chair

The East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education approved the hiring of one principal, three assistant principals and a department chair at recent meetings.

   Glenda Mitrov, who has worked in East Aurora School District 131 since 2011, was named principal at Rollins Elementary School at the July 6 Board meeting. Mitrov was assistant principal at Hermes Elementary School last year.

   At the July 20 Board meeting, Stephanie Brennan was hired as assistant principal at Gates Elementary School; Jill Bushman was hired as assistant principal at Bardwell Elementary School; Ines Sem was hired assistant principal at Hermes Elementary School; and Jennifer Brinkman was hired as Division Chair for English and Fine Arts at East Aurora High School.

Glenda Mitrov, Principal, Rollins Elementary School

   Mitrov started her educational career in 1998 as a bilingual education primary teacher in Chicago Public Schools. From 2006 to 2011, she was a bilingual education primary teacher and transitional program of instruction teacher at Creekside Elementary School in Plainfield. Mitrov was an Assistant Principal in East Aurora School District 131 from 2011-12 and from 2013 to 2015. As assistant principal, she oversaw implementation of curriculum in regular, special education and bilingual classes. She also managed school-improvement data and coordinated ACCESS testing.

   She received Rookie Administrator of the Year awards in 2011, 2014, and 2015.

   From 2012-2013, Mitrov was Assistant Director of Bilingual Services for East Aurora School District 131. In that role, she oversaw and supervised state and local assessment for English Language Learner students, and evaluated program models for English Language Learner students.

Mitrov also worked as an evening program coordinator at Joliet Junior College for three years. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of St. Francis and Aurora University since 2013.

Mitrov has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Roosevelt University as well as master’s degrees in Education and Educational Leadership from University of St. Francis.

   To learn more about Mitrov, go here.

Stephanie Brennan, Assistant Principal, Gates Elementary School

   Brennan has been teacher in the West Aurora School District, at McCleery and Hall elementary schools, since 2003. She received two A+ teaching awards at West Aurora and created a Welcome Night for kindergarten parents. She was a 2014 principal intern through the Kendall County Special Education Cooperative ESY, where she evaluated programs, designed staff communication systems, supervised, coached, and assessed instruction.

Jill Bushman, Assistant Principal, Bardwell Elementary School

   Bushman has worked in East Aurora School District 131 since 2010, serving as a sheltered ESL and bilingual teacher and a PLC team leader. Prior to joining East Aurora, she was a Junior Senior Scholars Academic Camp Director at North Central College for four years. She participated in the IL-PART Grant Intern program, where she presented technology workshops, mentored teachers, wrote grants and monitored student development. As part of the program, she also collaborated with North Central to create a College Week and College Fair.

Ines Sem, Assistant Principal, Hermes Elementary School

   Sem was a special education resource teacher in three school districts from 1998 to 2007. Since 2007, she has worked as a bilingual special education elementary teacher in East Aurora School District 131. Since 2013, she has been an RtI/PBIS coach in East Aurora School District 131. In that latter role, she collected, analyzed and reported data on student achievement and interventions.

Jennifer Brinkman, Division Chair for English and Fine Arts, East Aurora High School

   Brinkman started her teaching career in 1997 as an English teacher in Killeen Independent School (Texas) where she taught sophomore, junior and seniors. She assisted the English Department with budgeting, directed a night school credit recovery program and initiated an SAT/ACT preparation program for student athletes. From 2002 to 2015, she was an English teacher in Indian Prairie School District 204, where she wrote curriculum, mentored teachers and participated in District committees.



Aurora East Educational Foundation will host annual golf outing on July 23

   The Aurora East Educational Foundation will host its 14th annual golf outing on Thursday, July 23, at 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 20. 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. More information about being an event sponsor can be found here.

    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 .

 



State Board of Education will meet at 10:30 a.m. June 17 at Oswego East High School

  The Illinois State Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17 at Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego. East Aurora Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp is expected to speak at the meeting about changing the state’s funding formula.

   Over the last four years, East Aurora School District has lost $36 million due to the state’s proration formula, which takes the most dollars from districts with the least local resources.

   Last week, in an open letter, Popp encouraged the community to attend the meeting and show they believe it is time to fix the state’s educational funding formula. To read Popp’s open letter, go here. A graphic explaining the effects of the state using an across-the-board percentage cut for school districts is available here.

   “A formula that heavily penalizes students who need the most support is simply unfair. It’s unfair to our residents who end up paying higher tax rates, and unfair to the students who don’t have access to the same resources as their neighbors,” Popp said. “Other districts have told us to wait for a better formula to come along. We have waited long enough. … It’s time to fix the formula.”

   The State Board confirmed the time for the start of Wednesday’s meeting today. The State Board will be touring Oswego East High School prior to the meeting, so there is a potential the meeting could start slightly late. For more information about the State Board meeting, go to here.

   Also last week, East Aurora School District 131 launched a “Fix the Formula” website with more information about the impact of the state’s educational funding formula; sample letters and contact information for local legislators; and letters of support from local officials.

  The State Board meeting is free and open to the public.



USDA sponsoring free meals during East Aurora summer camps

   Any children 18 years or younger can receive free meals this summer in East Aurora School District 131 buildings, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Meals will be served in all buildings while the District is hosting educational, athletic, fine arts and other summer camps, beginning June 17. Each school will have a color flier on the door, notifying residents of the meal times.

    All local children 18 years and younger are eligible for the healthy breakfast and lunch meals.

Meals must be eaten in the school. Small children must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling who will be responsible for them.

    To find a summer meals site close to you, call (800) 359-2163, text “FOODIL” to 877877, or go to SummerMealsIllinois.org.

    USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 



East Aurora Superintendent urges community to show support for fixing the formula at State Board meeting on June 17 in Oswego

   In an open letter to the East Aurora School District 131 community posted on the District’s new “Fix the formula” website, Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp said it is time to for a long-term fix to the state’s educational funding formula.

    Over the last four years, East Aurora School District has lost $36 million due to the state’s proration formula, which takes the most dollars from districts with the least local resources.

    “A formula that heavily penalizes students who need the most support is simply unfair. It’s unfair to our residents who end up paying higher tax rates, and unfair to the students who don’t have access to the same resources as their neighbors,” Popp said. “Other districts have told us to wait for a better formula to come along. We have waited long enough. The current formula has cost our students $36 million in the last four years. It’s time to fix the formula.”

Community urged to attend June 17 meeting in Oswego

    The Illinois State Board of Education is scheduled to meet on June 17 at Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego. Popp will be testifying, along with an East Aurora student. The meeting is tentatively scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. If that time changes, the District will send out a notice.

   Ahead of that meeting, the District launched an informational website - www.d131.org/fixtheformula - and Popp released an open letter to the East Aurora community urging them to get involved:

To the East Aurora community:

  General state aid was designed to help the state’s neediest students; it was designed to close the educational opportunity gap that exists between the wealthiest and the poorest districts. However, the current state formula that prorates general state aid is turning that noble goal upside down.

   In East Aurora School District 131, the proration of general state aid has cost our students $36 million in the last four years. With that money, we could have built a school, hired 90 teachers and bought a laptop for every single student. Robust early childhood education, low class sizes and integrated technology are all proven to increase student achievement. Wealthier school districts take access to those opportunities for granted. Yet, our students are continuously told to wait until the state’s education funding formula can be fixed. While we are waiting, the opportunity gap persists, as do the achievement gaps that come with it.

  In 2014, our students lost out on $10.7 million due to proration; that’s $856 per student. Meanwhile, a wealthy school district in our same county - one with access to more local dollars - lost just $60 per student. Any loss in educational funding is disappointing, but that disparity should be shocking to anyone who cares about the future of our children. Many members of our community have expressed that they are stretched as far as they can go in the support provided to our schools through property tax dollars. Our citizens are taxed at a much higher rate than community members in the aforementioned school district; yet, our community members are told to wait for the formula to be fixed.

   A formula that heavily penalizes the students who need the most support is simply unfair. It’s unfair to our residents who end up paying higher tax rates, and unfair to the students who don’t have access to the same resources as their neighbors. Other districts have advocated to their legislators that we should have to wait for a better formula to come along. We have waited long enough. The current formula has cost our students $36 million in the last four years. It’s time to fix the formula.

   For change to happen, the voice of the East Aurora community must be heard in Springfield. Everyone who believes in equitable education - our residents, and our employees - need to speak up now.

What can you do?

- Get informed. You can learn more about the state’s funding formula by visiting the East Aurora School District 131 “Fix the formula” website: www.d131.org/fixtheformula

- Get involved. We need you to write, call or email your local legislators and let them know that equitable educational funding is crucial for our kids. The “Fix the formula” website can give you contact information for our local legislators, as well as sample letters to get you started.

- Spread the message. Even a something as simple as adding our “Fix the formula” website address (www.d131.org/fixtheformula) to the tagline of your emails will help inform people about the issue. Use #fixtheformula on Twitter, or share our website address on social media. Our voice needs to be as loud as the voices coming from all of the other districts who do not want to see a change in the current formula.

- Stand with us on June 17. We have heard from many public officials who support our belief that it is time to fix the formula. We need you to join us at the June 17 Illinois State Board of Education meeting at Oswego East High School. Let them see the faces of people who are fighting for a better education for East Aurora students.

I thank you for all that you do in support of education and our students.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael A. Popp

Superintendent East Aurora School District 131

Popp testified in support of change

   The effort to change the state’s proration funding formula began in 2014 with the Senate Bill 16, introduced by State Senator Andy Manar. Popp testified in Springfield about the poverty penalty that was hurting students who happened to live in District’s without great property wealth. The bill was heavily criticized by wealthier District’s that stood to lose some funding in the gradual shift. The bill did not move out of committee.

   Manar introduced a new bill – Senate Bill 1 – in the latest legislative session. Popp testified again in Springfield, this time in front of the Illinois State Board of Education, which heard testimony on changing the educational funding formula. The budgets passed by the House and Senate propose an increase in the state’s educational funding. The state continues to debate a final budget.

 


 
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