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Aurora High School AP students, Emma Duckham, Grayson McMaster, Raye Palko, Sophia Roberto, Tuuli Pirinen and art teacher Sean Berrodin created a mural for Beachwood’s new restaurant, City BBQ.  

Congratulations To The AHS Greenmen Cheerleaders For Earning The CCC Oustanding Showmanship Award. Greenmen Boys’ Basketball vs. Ashtabula The Craddock Holiday Shop ~ Happy Holidays! AHS Fall Play - Lend Me a Tenor Ms. Hickey's Art Class Shows Off Their Creativity Leighton Book Club Welcomed Deepti Panguluri and Her Mother, Anjali Panguluri, Who Provided Indian Food Samples to Club Members Congratulations to Dennis Suchetka from Community Focus (Cable 9) who was named to the Ohio School Boards Association's Media Honor Roll and recognized at the November Aurora School Board meeting. Ms. McArthur’s Class Celebrated Donut Day with Photos too! Seniors (pictured with their coach) Signed National Letters of Intent on November 14, 2018. 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 AHS Interact Club Participated in Aurora's Fourth of July Festivities 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

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY’S PRINCESS PROM AWAITS – February 2, 2019 Pink crown with word Princess on front

All pre-K through 5th grade princesses are cordially invited to attend the National Honor Society sponsored Princess Prom accompanied by their King or Queen.  The ball will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Please RSVP by January 22, 2019 in order to receive your invitation!  This year the ball is proudly sponsored in part by Allstate Integrity Insurance Agency. 

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will be offered during the day at Aurora High School from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. so that the princesses can get ready for the ball.  The princesses can have their hair styled for $15.00 and their nails painted for $5.00.  For more information about this event, please click on the invitation link below.  Sign up for the boutique by emailing princessprom2019@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing all the princesses at the Prom.

Princess Prom Flyer

INCOMING FRESHMEN/PARENT ORIENTATION ~ Thursday, January 24, 2019 Welcome Freshman Written in Orange on Light Blue Square Box

An Incoming Freshmen/Parent Orientation program will take place at Aurora High School on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.  Please join us for a very informative evening and a great opportunity to have your questions answered.

ACT PREPARATION SEMINAR ~ Saturday, January 26, 2019 ACT Letter Logo in Blue

AHS will be offering an ACT Prep Seminar for any interested students who would like to participate.  The seminar will take place on Saturday, January 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  Registration forms are available in the guidance office and on our AHS Guidance webpage.  Please note there was an error in dates on the original forms distributed last semester.  In addition, the deadline has been extended to January 18th.

ACT Prep Seminar Information and Registration Form


The AHS Chamber Singers will be performing the National Anthem at the Cavs vs. Washington Wizards basketball game on Tuesday, January 29, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena.  They would love to see you there cheering on the Cavs and supporting the choir.  Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. but get there early to be sure and hear the choir.

A ticket form is linked below with pricing and more information.  If you would like to order tickets, please click HERE.

Choir Night at Cavs Game Flyer

SPECIAL SERVICES PARENT COMMUNICATION FORUM (PCF) ~ January 30, 2019 Grey Circle with Special Services in Orange

This month's Special Services PCF will be held on January 30, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Leighton School Media Center.  It will feature speaker Michael Embrescia, who will relate his own success story from a challenged student to CEO of his own company.

For more detailed information about this month’s PCF, please click HERE.  We look forward to seeing you there.


OSBA SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH ~ January 2019 OSBA January Board Recognition Month Banner

The Ohio School Boards Association has declared January 2019 as School Board Recognition Month.  Thank you to our Aurora City Schools’ Board members:  Gerald Kohanski, President; Pam Mehallis, Vice President, Zena Elliott, Miriam Conner and Stephen Sabulsky.  Each member spends many dedicated hours serving the children in our community and making our district one of the top ranked district’s in the State of Ohio and the nation.

“KICK OFF TO KINDERGARTEN” AT MILLER SCHOOL ~ Tuesday, February 5, 2019 "GET READY FOR KINDERGARTEN" in Colorful Block Letters with colored dots inside letters

It’s time to think about the next school year already!  Miller Elementary School’s “Kick Off to Kindergarten” program for the upcoming Kindergarten class (Class of 2032) will be held at Miller School on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

This is an informational meeting for parents of students entering kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year and will outline the Kindergarten program and procedures for registering kindergarten students.  During this meeting parents will receive their registration packet with important dates, required documents needed and instructions on how to complete and return the registration papers.

In the Aurora School District, a child who is five on or before September 30th is eligible for Kindergarten registration. If you have any questions, please contact the Miller School office.


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

Incoming Freshmen Orientation
Thursday, 1/24/2019
Board of Education Meeting
@Aurora High School ~ Media Center
Monday, 1/28/2019
Board of Education Meeting
@Aurora High School ~ Media Center
Monday, 1/28/2019
No Preschool
@Miller Elementary School
Friday, 2/1/2019
Princess Prom
Saturday, 2/2/2019
Kick Off to Kindergarten
@Miller Elementary School
Tuesday, 2/5/2019
NCAA Signing Day
@AHS Media Center
Wednesday, 2/6/2019
NHS Induction Ceremony
Monday, 2/11/2019
Leighton Valentine's Day
@Leighton Elementary School
Thursday, 2/14/2019
Teacher In-Service Day ~ NO SCHOOL
Friday, 2/15/2019
President's Day ~ NO SCHOOL
Monday, 2/18/2019

<<January 2019>>


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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.