This is my first superintendent’s letter as I have transitioned into my new role here as superintendent of the Aurora City Schools. As we move quickly closer to the start of classes here on August 19th, I want to welcome all of our students, staff and parents back to what looks to be another successful school year filled with numerous opportunities to learn, discover and work together. By the end of the year, we will undoubtedly find ourselves as having grown in our attempts to reach our full potential.
I want to address several important topics as our 2015-16 school year begins. As most of our parents are probably aware, our students in grades 6-12 received a new Chromebook. This “One to One” technology initiative is an important tool in aiding us to prepare our students as 21st Century learners. Our students will now have direct access to a tool at school that provides them with an unlimited amount of information. This will afford them the opportunity to connect, create, and communicate in ways that are not possible without this type of technology. For more information regarding the Chromebooks, we have posted a video, “Success With Your New Chromebook,” that has also been set to automatically start when students launch their Chrome browser for the first few days of school. I encourage parents to view this video to familiarize themselves with the basics of our new Chromebook program. Soon, we will also be adding a posting to our website with various helpful links to better understand and utilize the Chromebooks.
I would also like to welcome our newest administrators to the district. Dr. Paul Milcetich is the new Principal at Aurora High School and Christy Koestner is our new Director of Special Services. They are both very dedicated educators who have a passion for helping students achieve and we are very excited to have them on board. They have both been getting acclimated over the last month and are ready for our school year to begin.
I want to convey a special “thank you” to our custodial crew who work especially hard over the summer to make sure that our buildings are clean and safe for our student’s arrival. Thanks to them our student’s will be welcomed with bright and shiny classrooms which are very conducive to learning.
Now, and throughout the year, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. My door is always open and I encourage feedback and ideas. My goal as superintendent is to move the district forward in our quest to not only continue, but to exceed our current excellence. I am looking forward to a terrific year!