East Aurora Student Artwork On Display in Aurora Beginning December 2
More than 60 pieces of artwork from K-12 East Aurora students will be on display at the Aurora Public Art Commission's Winter Garden of Youth Art Exhibit. An opening reception takes place on December 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora History Center, 20 East Downer Place. The Art Exhibit will be on display through January 21, 2017.
East Aurora High School to hold first annual Prism Concert December 8
The East Aurora High School music program will present its first annual Prism Concert at 7 p.m. on December 8, 2016 in the Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.
Firsts are always special, and East’s first annual Prism Concert is no exception. On December 8, the bands and choirs of East Aurora High School will perform together in this unique concert.
A prism concert is a fast-paced, seamless performance, typically just over an hour in length. Like a prism, various facets of a music program are highlighted. At East High, the concert involves large and small instrumental and vocal ensembles performing in various locations throughout the auditorium. The audience holds their applause until the end of the program to allow the audience to focus on the musical progression throughout the program.
“This is an entirely new type of concert for us,” said choir director, Jim Stellmacher. “Some of our directors have experienced a prism concert as a performer, but this is the first time any of us have experienced it from the perspective of a director, and we’re all thrilled to be doing it.”
Students share the excitement of trying something new. “To have the chance to experience the Prism Concert as a senior is so exciting,” said senior Cesar Martinez, “This is something new for us, but I’m sure everyone’s really going to enjoy it. I just wish we could have tried it sooner so I got to do it more than once!”
In East’s Prism Concert, each band and choir ensemble will perform one selection with a grand finale that includes all performers to close the concert. The music has a distinct focus on winter and the holiday season. Selections include holiday classics like “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride” alongside pieces like “Horkstow Grange,” a concert band standard.
“It really is a huge undertaking, with huge challenges with logistics and use of space,” said director of bands Brian Liska. “We have dreamed about this sort of concert in the past, but this is the first time we’ve felt truly ready to give it a try. Planning started before the school year started. We decided if we were going to do a prism concert, it had to be good.”
For more information:
Jim Stellmacher, Choir Director
East Aurora High School
East Aurora School District 131 Pre-K Programs Awarded Gold Circle of Quality through ExceleRate
AURORA, IL – East Aurora School District 131 preschool sites have been awarded the Gold Circle of Quality through ExceleRate Illinois.
Preschool students throughout the District attend class in one of four sites for half day: Early Childhood Center, Child Service Center, Gates Elementary, and Oak Park Elementary. Two other sites, O’Donnell and Benavides Kindergarten Center, offer full day Preschool.
The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that meet or go beyond the highest quality goals. Gold Circle programs have met the highest quality standards in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and training and education. Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.
“This is quite a significant achievement for our Preschool programs, as well as for our District, said Katie Kogut preschool principal at Early Childhood Center. “The fact that all six of our sites received the Gold Circle of Quality means that across the board we have created an environment where children have the best opportunity to learn and grow.”
ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality recognition and improvement system designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers. The program establishes standards for helping infants, toddlers and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.
The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs which have demonstrated quality on all fifteen standards, as validated by a state approved assessor. Gold Circle programs meet or exceed specific quality benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, and all program administrative standards; group size and staff/child ratios; staff qualifications; and professional development.
East Aurora High School Theatre presents “She Kills Monsters” Nov. 18-20
AURORA, IL –East Aurora High School Theatre will present its fall play “She Kills Monsters – Young Adventurer Edition” this weekend. The performances will be presented in the beautiful Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora, on Friday, November 18th at 6pm, Saturday, November 19th at 6pm, and Sunday, November 20th at 3pm. General Admission Tickets are only $5 and are available at the door.
About “She Kills Monsters”
As the play opens, Tilly Evans, of Athens, Ohio; her Dungeons & Dragons name is Tillius the Paladin, healer of the wounded and the protector of lights and her parents have been killed in a car crash, leaving behind Tilly’s 25-year-old schoolteacher sister, Agnes the Average, and a notebook containing “The Lost Soul of Athens,” a D&D adventure that Tilly created. Agnes never paid much attention to her sister, but now she’s hoping to connect through the notebook, so she seeks out über-geek teenager Chuck. Suddenly Agnes finds herself inside the notebook, joining a leather-clad Tilly and her friends Lilith Morningstar and Kaliope Darkwalker on a quest to recapture the lost soul of Athens from Orcus, demon lord of the underworld. It turns out that Tilly based her characters on people she knew, and that brings Agnes and Tilly uncomfortably close. It also gives everyone a clear view of the monsters that bullied her every day, and what is was like to grow up a closeted nerdy 15-year-old in a small town.
About EAHS Theatre Program
The theatre program at East Aurora High School has a long tradition of creating productions that delve into reflections of acceptance and challenge our thoughts about what it means to be different. Our current production does just that. If you haven’t seen a show at East Aurora High School, this is the one to see. Comedy. Drama. Professional fight choreography. Turntables. Awesome Lighting. And did we mention…She Kills Monsters!
For more information, please contact Drama Program Director, East Aurora High School theater teacher Ross Wheeler at email@example.com.
Bardwell raises over $1000 for UNICEF
The students at Bardwell Elementary School have been Trick or Treating for UNICEF for 3 years. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) uses charitable donations to provide clean water wells, immunizations, vitamin rich meals for malnourishment, mosquito nets for areas with malaria, educational supplies, and even soccer balls to refugee children. Mrs. Herbert's 3rd grade room led the charge with a goal of $500.00 to build a well for kids with no clean water. The third graders delivered almost 850 boxes to classrooms at Bardwell providing one box for every student at Bardwell in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade.The amazing Bardwell Bears far surpassed their goal, collecting $1,845.52! They raised enough to build 3 wells. Mrs. Herbert remarked, "We are so proud you are changing the world as global citizens!" You can check out Mrs. Herbert's students in action in the photo gallery here.
Communities In Schools Turkey Fest this Saturday, November 19th, 2016
AURORA, IL – The Communities In Schools Turkey Fest 2016 will be held this Saturday, November 19th, 2016, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Mike & Denise’s Pizzeria, Bar & Grill 2760 N. Farnsworth Ave. Aurora, IL 60505.
Activities include Frozen Turkey Bowling Contest, Turkey Raffle, themed raffle baskets from local businesses, and a 50/50 drawing. Admission is free; bring a new child's winter hat or gloves for free raffle tickets. Proceeds from the event will help the Coats for Kids initiative, ensuring that children in our community have adequate winter gear. In the last four years, CIS has helped over 8,000 children get ready for winter by providing new coats, hats, mittens and scarves.
Communities In Schools partners with school districts like EASD 131 to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. For ticket booklets or more information please contact Anna Toole at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-640-8462. Thank you for your commitment to CIS and your help in supporting their programs.
Foundation Awards $29,000 in Mini Grants for Educational Enrichment
Foundation Awards $29,000 in Mini Grants for Educational Enrichment
AURORA, IL – The Aurora East Educational Foundation (AEEF) has awarded $29,000 in grants to District 131 staff who applied for funding through the AEEF Educational Grants Program.
The purpose of the AEEF Educational Grants Program is to allow innovative ideas to be tested and the education of our youth to be enriched through these ideas. Past activities have been very successful, making the educational experience of our students even more rewarding.
“As always there was an overwhelming interest in mini grants this year, with 42 grant applications,” said Lisa Morales, AEEF member. “We want to thank everyone that expressed an interest and encourage staff to apply as the grant cycle becomes available. East Aurora is fortunate to have so many dedicated staff members that continue to look for ways to enrich our students’ educational opportunities.”
The AEEF is a not-for-profit tax-exempt corporation, directed by a group of private citizens, many of whom are graduates of Aurora East High School. The Foundation has funded scores of programs that have touched the lives of thousands of students throughout East Aurora School District 131.
The AEEF plans to post the next applications for mini-grants during the 2017-18 school year.
Attached you will be find the projects that were funded for this cycle of the AEEF Educational Grants Program:
NOTE: Photos of this year’s mini grant recipients are available on the District’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/EASD131
21st Century Community Learning Center presents “Worries of the World Wide Web” November 15 & 29
The 21st Century After-School Program at East Aurora School District 131, in partnership with the Kane County Judicial Center presents “Worries of the World Wide Web” with the Honorable Judge Rene Cruz Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Tuesday, November 15 and 29, 2016 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. East Aurora High School, Little Theatre (Door #1).
The informative program designed for students and/or parents. Discussion topics include how to responsibly use the internet, social media, apps, and cell phones, and what can happen when we don’t.
Refreshments and child care will be provided. For more information contact: Alfred Morales at (630) 299-7266 or (630) 345-2027.
21st Century Community Learning Centers are funded from Federal and State 21st Century Community Learning Center grant funds. Additional funds were provided from Title I/III.