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Students Who Join the New AHS Drug Free Club Have the Chance to Win a 2-Year Lease on this Chevy Equinox Offered by Ganley Chevrolet of Aurora. Ms. McArthur's First Grade Class Celebrated Patriot Day with Aurora Emergency Medical Service Members The Aurora Band’s Flag Girls Harmon School Jamestown Settlement 8th Grade Social Studies Class First Day Back at Craddock School First Day of School for Seniors Excitement First Day of Junior Year Thumbs Up First Day of Sophomore Year Smiles First Day of Freshman Year Enthusiasm First Day Back at School at Craddock Elementary Summer Band Camp 2018 The Football Team Prepares for the Upcoming Season with a Scrimmage Against Willoughby South AHS Veterans Stadium Track and Field Replacement Project The new AHS Veterans Stadium Track & Field The Aurora Band Flag Girls

Aurora City School District News

HARMON SCHOOL WASHINGTON, D.C. PARENT MEETING ~ September 20, 2018 Photo of Washington Monument with Washington D.C. Written in White

The Harmon School Washington, D.C. trip parent meeting will take place on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.   The meeting will take place at Harmon Middle School.  This very important meeting will address the information that parents will need to know about the trip and will include a question and answer session.

AHS SADD/DRUG FREE CLUB Circle with Drug Free in Middle and Twice Around the Sides in Grey

The new Aurora High School SADD/Drug Free Club Opt In Program highlights can be viewed at Read More below.  A link to sign up for the program can be found at the link below.

Drug Free Club Announcement Letter

AHS Drug Free Club "Opt In" Student Drug Testing Program Sign Up Form

Ganley Chevrolet (Aurora) Drug Free Club Car Lease Incentive

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THUNDER OVER AURORA - Marching Band Spectacular Aurora Black and Green Band Logo



Aurora Veterans Memorial Stadium

Saturday, September 22, 2018

7:00 p.m.

The booming sound of marching bands, trumpets blaring and drums pounding will be heard throughout Aurora High School’s Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The annual Aurora Marching Band Spectacular entitled, “Thunder Over Aurora” will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Aurora will host five guest marching bands:  Chardon, Hudson, James A. Garfield, Newton Falls, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (NDCL). Our own Aurora High School Marching Band will wind up the evening’s entertainment.  This annual marching band performance gives guests the unique opportunity to hear bands that they may not normally get a chance to hear.

Ticket Information

Pre-Sale $6.00/At Gate $8.00/Children 3 & under are free

Pre-Sale tickets are available on-line at www.aurorabands.com and at Mazzulo’s Market.  Please make checks payable to Aurora Band Boosters. 

If you have any questions, contact aurorabandboosters@gmail.com

View the Thunder Over Aurora Flyer HERE

AURORA SCHOOLS’ PTO KALAHARI RESORT FUNDRAISER Kalahari Resort logo with blue elephant above and name in blue below

Mark your calendar to take a break.  The Aurora Schools’ PTO is sponsoring a Kalahari Resort Fundraiser that supports your school while having fun with your family at the Kalahari Resort on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  Rooms are ONLY $149 and feature two Queen beds.  The price includes Waterpark passes.  A portion from EACH room booked will benefit the Aurora City School District PTOs.  Ask for the AURORA CITY SCHOOLS’ GROUP RATE when making reservations and be sure to BOOK EARLY to avoid being shut out.  

RESERVATIONS: 1-877-525-2427

Click HERE for Kalahari Fundraiser Flyer

MILLER/CRADDOCK SCHOOL PICTURE DAYS Grey Mouse Waving Behind Camera Saying "Cheese"

Craddock and Miller Schools will be holding picture days as listed below.  Orders can be place online at www.ripchostudio.com using the school codes below.

Craddock Picture Day – Tuesday, September 25 – Online Order Code: 1588cradd

Miller Picture Day – Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – Online Order Code: 1590mill

LEIGHTON ELEMENTARY READING CLUB Brown Bear Stuffed Animal Wearing Glasses and Holding a Book

The Leighton Elementary Reading Club now has a link on the Leighton School webpage.  To access the link, go to the Leighton School webpage and look under the Quick Links section on the left.  Click on Links and then under School Links you will find Leighton Elementary Reading Club.  Just click on the link to find out more about the club, reading selections and the discussion sessions.  Click on the link below to view the October Reading Club information.

Leighton Reading Club - October 2018

AURORA GREENMEN TICKET SALES Aurora Black and Green Aurora A Logo with Athletics written below

Tickets on sale

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY ~7:30 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M. @ AHS Door #8 - Athletic Office (behind cafeteria) 


Cash or Check Only (payable to Aurora City School District)

Adult - presale tickets can only be used for HOME GAMES

 $5.00 single ticket ~ $50.00 book of 10 tickets ~($6 at the gate)

Student- tickets can be used for HOME & AWAY FOOTBALL Games

No student tickets accepted at Suburban League AWAY games for all other sports

$4.00 single ticket ~ $30.00 book of 10 tickets ~($6 at the gate price for FOOTBALL) ~ ($4 at the gate price for OTHER SPORTS)

FREE – Senior Citizens 65 & Older    FREE – Children 4 and Under

LEIGHTON SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES ~ October 25, 2017 A Boy  in an Orange Shirt Smiling and Looking Up with Words "School Picture Retakes"

Picture retakes for Leighton School will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018.  In order to have a photo retaken, please bring in the original pictures on that day and give them to the photographer before the retake is taken.  Please do not send in any pictures before retake day.  If your child was not at school on the original picture day, they will need a picture envelope with a check inside for the photographs before a picture will be taken.  If you have any questions or need a picture envelope, please call the Leighton Office at 330-562-2209.

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Upcoming Events & Calendar

Washington, D.C. Parent Meeting
@Harmon Middle School
Thursday, 9/20/2018
Thunder Over Aurora ~ Marching Band Spectacular
@Veterans Stadium
Saturday, 9/22/2018
Board of Education Meeting
@Aurora High School ~ Media Center
Monday, 9/24/2018
Craddock Picture Day
@Craddock Elementary School
Tuesday, 9/25/2018
Miller School Picture Day
@Miller Elementary School
Wednesday, 9/26/2018
7th Grade Wade Oval Field Trip
@Wade Oval
9/27/2018 - 9/28/2018
No Preschool
Friday, 9/28/2018
Miller, Craddock & Leighton A-L Autumn Assessment Days
@Miller, Craddock, Leighton Schools
Friday, 9/28/2018
Homecoming Football Game
@Veterans Stadium
Friday, 9/28/2018
Homecoming Dance
Saturday, 9/29/2018
Leighton School Picture Retakes
@Leighton Elementary School
Thursday, 10/25/2018

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Aurora Alumni (2015) Pavel Galchenko and Yohann Samarasinghe cofounded RVS Rubber Solutions, a company that offers high-tech B2B rubber solutions using a proprietary RVS technology to efficiently source rubber base material from would be waste tire components.  The refinement process for recycling rubber in industrial environments has the potential to eliminate waste of more than 100 million pounds of tires annually.  Galchenko attends Case Western Reserve University majoring in Biochemistry and Samarasinghe is studying Nanoengineering at the University of California San Diego. 

In 2016, RSV Rubber Solutions won the Northeast Ohio [M]SPIRE  entrepreneur pitch competition, which is held exclusively for product-focused startups and small manufacturers, earning them $60,000.  In 2017, RSV Rubber Solutions was among 36 finalists chosen worldwide to compete in an international competition organized by the Singapore Management University’s Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  Earlier in 2017, RSV Rubber Solutions won $50,000 at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cleantech University competition.


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Byron Spruell, an Aurora Alumni, was named President of League Operations for the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 2016. Spruell, who graduated from AHS in 1983, was named Homecoming King and was Co-Valedictorian of his class.  He was active in basketball and football earning All CVC First Team recognition for football and receiving the US Army Scholar Athlete Award for Portage County.  He was named as an Aurora High School Distinguished Alumni in 2001. Spruell graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to being named the NBA President of League Operations, Spruell spent 20 years as the Vice Chairman, Central Region Market Leader at Deloitte LLP.



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Former Aurora Schools’ Superintendent Russ Bennett began attending the Aurora Schools when he was in 2nd grade.  He then pursued a career in the field of education and became a teacher, coach, principal and later superintendent in the Aurora City Schools.  After 31 years spent in the district, Bennett moved on to accept a leadership position with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County as the District Leadership Director in 2015.  Bennett was instrumental in leading the district to the highest educational ranks on local, state and national levels.


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Tom Curtis, an AHS alumni from the Class of 1966, was a Class All-Ohio quarterback for the high school football team.  He went on to attend the University of Michigan where he quarterbacked the all-freshman team.  Curtis was then moved to the position of safety and played from 1967-69.  He broke the University of Michigan’s record for interceptions in a game, season and career with none of them being broken.  He also had a career total of 431 return yards off of interceptions that broke the NCAA record set in the 1940’s.

After college, Curtis was drafted in the 14th round by the Baltimore Colts during the 1970 NFL Draft.  He played for the Colts’ from 1970-71 which included their Super Bowl winning team.  Curtis went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams and the Miami Dolphins before retiring in 1973.  He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.  In the Land of 10’s Top 100 Big Ten football players of the last 100 years, Curtis ranks at #90.

Curtis owns one of the nation’s largest privately owned publishing companies, Curtis Publishing Company which publishes Steelers Digest and River Cities Gazette


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Kaley Ann Voorhees, an Aurora High School 2012 graduate, began her Broadway career in 2014 playing the coveted alternate role of Christine Daae in the “Phantom of the Opera.”  She just recently starred in the Hal Prince Broadway musical “Prince of Broadway” where she took on the roles of Maria in West Side Story, Magnolia in Showboat, Young Phyllis in Follies and Amy in Company.  She previously appeared in the Aurora High School production “Annie Get Your Gun” as the character Annie Oakley.


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Caitlin Houlahan, a graduate of Aurora High School (2009) and Baldwin Wallace University (2014), made her Broadway debut in October of 2016.  She has earned a Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical in the title role of Carrie at the Beck Center.  She portrayed the waitress Dawn in the play Waitress. Her stage credits include Bridges of Madison County, Parade, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Theory of Relativity and Carrie.  She made her television debut in NBC’s Peter Pan Live! as Jane.  Houlihan can be seen in the final season of HBO’s Girls.


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Notre Dame Cathedral Latin Social Studies Department Chairperson Molly Schneider (nee Kudley), who graduated from Aurora High School in 2002, has been named one of 53 teachers in the entire country—and the only one from Ohio—to win the prestigious and highly competitive James Madison Foundation Memorial Fellowship.

Madison Memorial Fellowships recognize promising and distinguished teachers by enhancing their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government so that they can take the lead in educating secondary school students about our nation’s constitutional heritage.  Schneider’s Madison Fellowship includes a stipend of $24,000 to be used toward an advanced degree focused on the history and principles of the United States Constitution. She and other fellows will also participate in a four-week institute on the U.S. Constitution at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. next summer.

Schneider is the daughter of Barb and John Kudley of Aurora, Ohio and lives with her husband Matt in the Four Seasons development along with their son Ben who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall.