Our new school year here at Aurora City Schools is fast approaching. I want to welcome everyone back and hope everyone enjoyed their “cool” summer. Sort of feels like the summer weather never quite arrived this year.
As always, we will kick off the school year in high gear with our high school orientation, elementary school’s Meet and Greets, first day of classes, Kindergarten staggered start dates and upcoming Harmon and high school Open Houses. From there we head full steam into social activities, including our elementary school’s Ice Cream Socials and our marching band show, “Thunder Over Aurora,” set for Saturday, September 21st.
As you are probably aware, our district has achieved some very high rankings in several prestigious publications (#10/Ohio, #307/Nationally – U.S. News and World Report and #15/Ohio, #497/Nationally – The Washington Post). So it will be quite a challenge to increase these rankings, but improvement in student learning, no matter how high achieving we are, is always our goal. For example, we will be having additional assessment and instruction due to the implementation of the new State of Ohio mandated third grade reading guarantee this year and have added an anatomy and physiology class to our science elective course offerings at the high school.
We have a fantastic team of dedicated, caring administrators and staff whose hard work each day makes a difference in our student’s education and lives. We take this important responsibility very seriously and I have no doubt that we will again have an exceptional school year with the help of our staff, students, parents and community members. I would like to thank all of you for your help in making this school year successful and fulfilling. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or concerns that may come up. Looks like we are already off to a great start!