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The Craddock School Fall Festival Parade Thunder Over Aurora 8th Graders On the Way to Washington, D.C. on Bus #3 Craddock PE Teacher Gretchen Jessel Has Been Working With  Japanese Educators In A Global Collaborative Program

Aurora Students Performed at the Kent State All-Star Choir Festival Henry Visiting from Uganda Addressed AHS International Club Members Congratulations to AHS 2018 Homecoming King Colin McNamara and Queen Taylor Burick Congratulations to the Class of 2019 National Merit Award Semifinalists (Gustav Burkhardt, Joey Esposito, and Ricky John)! AHS Safe Decisions Week Included a Driving Impaired Simulator Lauren Skonieczny’s 2nd Grade Class Sent Their Caterpillars Off As Butterflies 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

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AURORA BAND BOOSTERS FUNDRAISER ~ November 26, 2018 Buffalo Wild Wings Logo with Black Buffalo in Yellow Circle

The Aurora Band Boosters will be holding a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on Monday, November 26, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Just tell the server, cashier, or bartender you are supporting the Aurora Bands and the band will receive 15% of the total sales.

Thank you for your support.

HARMON/HIGH PTO FIVE BELOW STORE FUNDRAISER ~ November 22-28, 2018 Five Below Store Blue logo

The Harmon/High PTO will be holding a fundraiser at the Five Below store at the Marketplace at Four Corners in Bainbridge from November 22-28. 2018.  During the fundraising dates/times 10% of your total dollars spent will be donated back to the AOA.   Please bring the flyer with more information linked below to the store and give to the cashier so that the AOA receives credit for the purchase.  Thank you for your support.

Click HERE for the Five Below Fundraiser Flyer

AURORA HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEAR SALE ~ November 29, 2018 Close up of Green Aurora A logo on beige sweatshirt

The Harmon/High PTO will be holding a Holiday Spirit Wear Sale that will be taking place at the Aurora High School Book Store (located at the cafeteria entrance of the high school) on Thursday, November 29th from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Come and shop for everyone on your list with items from sweatshirts to socks and everything in between.  This year Aurora ornaments will be available.  Youth Under Armour sweatshirts will also be back in stock.  Bring your list, check it twice and buy Aurora Gear for everyone nice.

Thank you for your support!

AURORA CITY SCHOOLS’ 2018 HOLIDAY CONCERT SCHEDULE Holiday Concerts in White on Blue Background with White Falling Snowflakes

The Aurora City Schools will be hosting a variety of holiday concerts in November/ December. These will be a prelude to our winter break and are sure to get us all into the holiday spirit!  The dates/time schedule can be found under "Read More" below. 

We hope you enjoy these programs and the upcoming holidays!


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SCHOOL BUILDING HOLIDAY SHOPS ~ December 2018 Gold Gift with Bow with Red Background

Harmon, Leighton, Craddock, and Miller Elementary School s will be holding holiday shops to give students a wonderful opportunity to choose items for their family members and proudly give as gifts during the holidays.  The shops will be filled with an amazing assortment of quality items for family members and pets offered at very reasonable prices.  Children can do their own special shopping during assigned shopping time with their classrooms.    

The dates for each building are as follows:

Leighton School:  December 3 -7

Craddock School:  December 10 -12

Harmon School:  December 11 - 13

Miller School:  December 13 -14

AHS EXCEL TECC OPPORTUNITIES TIMELINE Excel TECC Technical Education Career Consortium Logo in Black with Black Swooshes Running From Top Left Underneath Words

Career Technical Education is available for your student through Excel TECC.  Half day programs are located around Northeast Ohio and available for students in their junior and senior year.  The timeline for learning about and applying for a program is as follows:

November 9th during the school day - All sophomores hear from the Excel TECC counselor about what career technical programs are available to them

December 6th during the school day - Sophomores who turn in a permission slip travel to Mayfield High School to experience Opportunity Day and meet with the teacher and students from their programs of interest

December 6th in the evening - Parents and students can attend an evening program at Mayfield High School to learn more about Excel TECC

January 10th during the school day - Sophomores who fill out an online application travel to Mayfield High School to interview for a seat in their selected program

LIVE LEARNSTREAM EVENT ~ December 8, 2018 LearnStream in Green with Freedom to Learn, Passion to Share below

Each year, through the Aurora High School Course of Study, we invite young learners to participate in a purely free and open learning environment. Each year, several of our learners at AHS take us up on the offer. They come with only their passion for knowledge in some area determined solely by their interests. They adapt to an environment where both personal autonomy and collaboration are championed above all other elements. They develop their own goals, their own curriculum, and curate teachers and resources from around the world.

On Saturday, Dec. 8th, you have the chance to watch and participate in our live event, where these learners, after a semester of research and work, share their progress in this space. On the morning of Dec. 8th, we will host LearnStream, a live web event, from 8am - 4:30pm. You will find a link to our event prominently displayed on the front page of the District Website. Watch anytime throughout the day, and interact with our learners as they share their passions, their struggles, and their successes in self-directed learning.

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT ~ December 8, 2018 Parents Night Out in Colors With Black Buidling with Yellow Lights Inside

Parents are invited to enjoy a parent’s night out sponsored by National Honor Society.  Childcare will be provided for children aged 3-13 on December 8, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Aurora High School.  The cost is $20 per family. Popcorn will be provided. Please RSVP at parentsnight2018@gmail.com by December 1, 2018. For more information, please click on the link below.


AHS WINTER 2018-19 EXAM SCHEDULE Exam with Pencil Filling in Bubbles on Exam

Please click on the link below for the Aurora High School Winter 2018-19 Exam Schedule

Exam Schedule  with Exam and Pencil Coloring in Exam Bubbles


In accordance with the Aurora City School District’s Procedures for Emergency School Closing, the use of a delayed school opening may be utilized in the event of inclement weather.

Under the two-hour delay, the school day will be modified; however, the school day will end at the usual time.  To view the high school and middle school building’s delayed start class schedules, please click on the links below.

Harmon School Delayed Start Class Schedule

Leighton School Delayed Start Class Schedule

Craddock School Delayed Start Class Schedule

Miller School Delayed Start Class Schedule

As with school closings, the announcement of a school opening delay will be broadcast on television and radio stations and this announcement could begin as early as 5:00 a.m.

Please click on “Read More” below to view the transportation adjustments that will be made when a two-hour delay is implemented.

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Upcoming Events & Calendar

Thanksgiving Break
@All School Buildings
11/21/2018 - 11/26/2018
Aurora Spirit Wear Open House
@AHS Bookstore
Thursday, 11/29/2018
Harmon Choir Concert
@AHS Auditorium
Thursday, 11/29/2018
No Preschool
@Miller Elementary School
Friday, 11/30/2018
Excel TECC Opportunity Day
@Mayfield High School
Thursday, 12/6/2018
Parent's Night Out
Saturday, 12/8/2018
Craddock School Holiday Shop
@Craddock Elementary School
12/10/2018 - 12/12/2018
Harmon School Holiday Shop
@Harmon Middle School
12/11/2018 - 12/13/2018
AHS Choir Concert
Tuesday, 12/11/2018
Harmon School Band Concert
Wednesday, 12/12/2018
Miller School Holiday Shop
@Miller Elementary School
12/13/2018 - 12/14/2018
AHS Orchestra Concert
@AHS Auditorium
Thursday, 12/13/2018
No Preschool
@Miller Elementary School
Friday, 12/14/2018
Board of Education Meeting
@Aurora High School ~ Media Center
Monday, 12/17/2018

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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.