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Harry Visiting from Nigeria 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

Aurora City School District News

SAFETY PRECAUTION FOR STUDENTS WALKING TO SCHOOL THROUGH AURORA SERVICE CENTER Photo of Aurora Service Center Green and White Rectangular Sign

The City of Aurora’s Service Center has requested that students who have been walking to AHS and other schools through the service center to please DO NOT continue to use this area as a route to school.  It is a dangerous area with heavy equipment, construction projects, etc. and they are concerned that anyone walking through the facility could be easily injured.  Thank you for your help with this situation.


AURORA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ODE 2017-18 REPORT CARD Ohio School Report Cards in White with Red O and Light Blue Background and White Light Bulb Made from Small Images

To view press release information from the Aurora City School District regarding the Ohio Department of Education’s 2017-18 District Report Card, please click Read More below.


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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.


LEIGHTON SCHOOL BAND CONCERT ~ October 25, 2018 Aurora Black and Green Band Rectangular Logo

Please join us for the Leighton School’s Band Concert on Thursday, October 25, 2018.  Please join us for their first performance of the school year.


AURORA HIGH SCHOOL PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES Parent Conference in Orange and Grey with Part of a Clock in Upper Right Corner

Aurora High School

Thursday, November 1, 2018

5:30 – 7:50 p.m.  10 minute scheduled appointments

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

5:30 – 7:50 p.m.  10 minute scheduled appointments

Drop-in Conferences from 8:00 - 8:30 pm

The parent/teacher conferences provide an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s academic progress with his/her teachers.

The following teachers will be available at the high school on only one date:

November 1:   Mr. Fenner, Mrs. Greenberg, Mr. Burdett & Mr. Nabring

November 7:   Mrs. Draime & Mr. Karnoupakis

To sign up, please click Read More below.


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COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS (CCP) INFORMATION College Credit Plus in Green and Blue with a Graduation Cap in White in Center of O in College and Black Arrows Pointing to Plus Underneath

College Credit Plus (CCP) is an opportunity for students in grades 7-12 to take college courses and earn college credit.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please attend the Education Options Night being held at Aurora High School on November 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  Please note the deadline for completion and submission of the College Credit Plus intent form is April 1, 2018.


MILLER SCHOOL INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL COMMUNITY PEER APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR Word Preschool Written With Each Letter Written in a Different Color and Lottery in Black Below

The Miller Elementary School Integrated Preschool Community Peer Application and Selection Process will be taking place for the 2019-20 school year.   Applications will be available beginning October 1, 2018 in the Miller School office and at the link below.  Please return the application to the Miller School Secretary by Wednesday, October 31, 2018. 

The lottery numbers will be drawn on November 2nd, 2018 and you will be notified by mail of your lottery number.  

Please click on the links below for more detailed information.  If you have any questions, please contact the Miller School office at 330-562-6199.

Aurora City Schools Integrated Preschool Program Handout

Aurora Schools' Integrated Preschool Lottery Program Guidelines

Miller Preschool Lottery 19-20 Application Form


PTO BOX TOP CONTEST & HEINEN’S REWARDS PROGRAM Heinen's Grocery Store

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The PTO is sponsoring a Box Tops contest for all students at Harmon.  All you need to do is put your Box Tops on a collection sheet or in a Ziploc bag with your name and grade.  For every 25 Box Tops you turn in, you will receive a raffle entry for a prize! Please turn them in at the office by Friday, October 26th.  Gift cards will be awarded to the winners! Just a reminder that expired Box Tops will not be counted.  AHS students can turn in Box Tops at the Book Store for FREE candy! Box Tops are always collected at all school offices, as well as the Aurora Library throughout the entire year. 

Heinen’s will donate up to 1% of your eligible purchases through the Teaming Up for Education program.  The reward period is September through April and is retroactive to the first day of program.   To register, simply stop by the customer service desk and tell them you would like to sign up for the Teaming Up for Education program or login to register at www.heinens.com/schools.  Then select your favorite Aurora school to receive Heinen's Teaming Up for Education donation.   You must designate a school every year.  

Thank you for your continued support.


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


HARMON SCHOOL TEACHER CONFERENCE 2018 INFORMATION Parent Teacher Conferences in Teal and Red Color with Blue Cup Holding Pen, Pencil, Ruler

The Harmon School Parent-Teacher Conferences will be taking place on Tuesday, October 30th and Thursday, November 8th 2018 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Walk-in conferences only will be available from 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on a first-come first-served basis. Please click on the Sign Up Genius link below to schedule conferences.

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AHS/HARMON SKI & SNOWBOARD CLUB 2018-19 INFORMATION Ski & Snowboard Club in Blue Horizontal Over White Background with Snowboard Vertical and Skis and Poles Diagonal Behind Snowboard

Information about the Aurora High School and Harmon Middle School Ski and Snowboard Club is available in the offices. Deadline to complete the entire registration process is November 12, 2018.  Transportation is available for an additional $70 fee with only 108 available spots.

Please send permission slip and transportation fee to Dr. Lauren Sobolewski at Harmon Middle School. Once payment of school fees is verified, students will be given the code to complete the Brandywine online registration in the amount of $223.05. Please email Dr. Sobolewski with any questions at lsobolewski@aurora-schools.org.


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Upcoming Events & Calendar

Oct
22
Board of Education Meeting
@Aurora High School ~ Media Center
Monday, 10/22/2018
Oct
24
Harmon School 8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip
@Washington, D.C.
10/24/2018 - 10/26/2018
Oct
25
Leighton School Picture Retakes
@Leighton Elementary School
Thursday, 10/25/2018
Oct
25
Kindergarten Conferences
@Miller Elementary School
Thursday, 10/25/2018
Oct
25
Leighton School Band Concert
@AHS Auditorium
Thursday, 10/25/2018
Oct
26
No Preschool
@Miller Elementary School
Friday, 10/26/2018
Oct
29
Harmon Fall Sports Awards
@AHS
Monday, 10/29/2018
Oct
30
Kindergarten Conferences
@Miller Elementary School
Tuesday, 10/30/2018
Oct
30
Craddock 2nd Grade Conferences
@Craddock Elementary School
Tuesday, 10/30/2018
Oct
30
Harmon School Parent/Teacher Conferences
@Harmon Middle School
Tuesday, 10/30/2018
Oct
31
Harmon 7th Grade Wade Oval Field Trip
@Wade Oval
Wednesday, 10/31/2018
Nov
01
Craddock 2nd Grade Conferences
@Craddock Elementary School
Thursday, 11/1/2018
Nov
01
AHS Parent Communication Forum (PCF)
@AHS
Thursday, 11/1/2018
Nov
01
AHS Parent/Teacher Conferences
@AHS
Thursday, 11/1/2018
Nov
01
Education Options Night
@AHS Auditorium
Thursday, 11/1/2018
Nov
02
Harmon 7th Grade Wade Oval Field Trip
@Wade Oval
Friday, 11/2/2018
Nov
02
AHS Fall Play
@AHS Auditorium
11/2/2018 - 11/3/2018
Nov
04
AHS Marching Band Concert
@AHS Varsity Gym
Sunday, 11/4/2018
Nov
06
Leighton School Conferences
@Leighton Elementary School
Tuesday, 11/6/2018
Nov
07
AHS Parent/Teacher Conferences
@AHS
Wednesday, 11/7/2018

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AURORA ALUMNI ~ PAVEL GALCHENKO & YOHANN SAMARASINGHE

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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.

AURORA ALUMNI ~ BYRON SPRUELL

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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.

 

AURORA ALUMNI ~ RUSS BENNETT

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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.

AURORA ALUMNI ~ TOM CURTIS

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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

AURORA ALUMNI ~ KALEY ANN VOORHEES

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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.

AURORA ALUMNI - CAITLIN HOULAHAN

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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.

AURORA ALUMNI ~ MOLLY SCHNEIDER (KUDLEY)

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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.