Well, already we are into the second grading period of the school year and the winter holiday season has begun. We have been lucky so far and the weather has been very cooperative. However, I’m sure there are probably a few snow days lurking just around the corner. We have been very busy in the district over the last three months with a solar eclipse, Homecoming activities, Aurora Alumni Association inductions, the 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C., the Service Learning Class’ homeless experience at Veterans Stadium and the high school’s fall play Our Town.
We also began the school year with a new Board member, Miriam Conner, who replaced outgoing Board member Annie Grohe. We welcome Miriam to the Board and thank Annie for all of her commitment to our students and district. Miriam will fill Annie’s seat until the expiration of the current term. I would also like to welcome Mike Janatovich as he began his first year as the new Leighton School principal. He and Paul Goodwin have done a fantastic job in making this transition so successful.
Academically, AHS had one National Merit Semi-Finalist, Maddie Brandes, and one National Merit Commended student, Justin Voyzey. Congratulations to both on their outstanding accomplishment. Also, it was just announced that AHS has earned the Momentum Award 2016-17 from the Ohio School Boards Association that is granted for schools that have received A’s on all value added measures included on their state district report card. Congratulations to our staff and students for all of their hard work.
Extracurricular activities also abounded. Coach Jason Bibza and the Boys’ Soccer Team had an amazing season and not only won the Suburban League title, but made it to the OHSAA Regional Championship and played Bay Village in the Semi-Finals, losing with a score of 2-1. Our football team made its 13th consecutive appearance in the playoffs. Boys’ Cross Country Team Division I runner Robbie Taylor was named the team’s Most Valuable Runner and qualified for the State Championship meet. Our athletes gave us much to cheer for this fall.
Looking ahead, we have many festive holiday concerts scheduled that are free and open to the community. Please come and enjoy the sounds that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Our numerous giving projects will be beginning for the holidays, but be on the lookout for many philanthropic activities that take place throughout the year. Our students and staff excel at keeping service mindedness in the forefront. Good luck to all of our students taking their winter exams.
Service Learning Class' Veterans Day Breakfast