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Congratulations to our Youngest Preschool Graduates Class of 2035 Congratulations to the AHS Choir who performed at the Cedar Point Festival of Music and brought back a Superior Rating. Congratulations to AHS Quiz Bowl Members who Appeared on Channel 5's Academic Challenge and Took 2nd Place Ms. McArthur's Class Enjoyed a Cool Kona Truck Treat at Craddock Field Day Congratulations to all 246 AHS Class of 2022 Graduates! Congratulations to the AHS Academic Signing Day 2022 Recipients! Harmon School Goodyear STEM Career Day 2022 Harmon School Students Enjoyed Breakfast with Their Grandparents During Harmon School’s Annual Grandparent's Tea.  Check Out the Photos in the Harmon Photo Gallery. AHS Students Enjoyed a Sushi Demo Lunch by The Nutrition Group During Lunch Periods Check Out More Photos of the ACSD 2022 Art Show Located in the District Photo Gallery Quick Link on the ACSD Website's Homepage ACSD Superintendent, Mike Roberto, Provided an Update on the District During Aurora’s State of the City 2022 Luncheon Miller School Students Celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Their Greenmen Green AHS After Prom Committee Sponsored Glow Party 2022 Miller School Principal, Maria Goodman, Gets a Dramatic Play Teeth Cleaning Thank You to All of the AHS Students Who Gave Their Time and Energy to Stuff Bears for the Annual Build-A-Bear Akron Children's Hospital WKDD Radio-Thon Congratulations to the AHS Swimming & Diving Team on Winning The Suburban League Championship Laurie Kidwell’s Kindergarten Class Held a Writing Celebration Event and Wrote Their Own Books The AHS Choir Performed the National Anthem at the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Basketball Game on Monday, January 31, 2022 APD Chief Brian Byard (Second Right) Presented a Donation Check for $10,000 to the Aurora BOE at the December BOE Meeting Ms. McArthur's First Grade Class Shared Their Dreams as They Learned About Martin Luther King Jr. Thank You to All of Our School Board Members For All They Do ~ Gerald Kohanski, Pam Mehallis, Miriam Conner, Stephen Sabulsky and Amy Dolzine The AHS Concert and Rock Orchestras Combined to Feature Trans-Siberian Orchestra Songs at their Holiday Concert in December The AHS Service Learning Class, in Collaboration with the AHS Musical Department, Sponsored a Dinner/Concert for Veterans in December 2021 The ACSD Board of Education, Administration and Staff Would Like to Wish All of Our Families a Wonderful Winter Break AHS Student Ryley Wisniewski's Photo of the AHS Main Entrance AHS Instructor Heidi McKenzie’s Business Management Class Presented a Sweatshirt/Bracelet Fundraiser Check for ACSD Teacher Justin Montello and Another Check to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Congratulations to Athletic Signing Day Athletes, Codie Cuerbo (front, right) and Lauren Vonderhaar (front, left), on their Commitment to their Respective Universities Congratulations to Community Focus' Jeff Cole who was Recognized by the Aurora BOE as he Retires After 40 Years as the Channel's Friday Night Football Announcer for Aurora Schools HAPPY THANKSGIVING to All of Our ACSD Families and Staff Members Congratulations to AHS 2021 Academic Signing Day Athletes
(Left to Right):  Dylan Fishback, Tyler Lillard, Colin Skolaris, Chase Gerbrick, Kepler Rhoden, Mackenzie Krafcik Ms. McArthur’s 1st Grade Class Celebrated Veterans Day The Harmon School Bike Club Got One Last Ride in for the Season Thank You to All Veterans for Your Service Craddock Fall Party’s Were Scary Fun! AHS National Honor Society's Trunk or Treat was Loads of Fun! Congratulations to Joe Cech (left), Wes Miller (center) and Ken Mitroff  (right) on their 2021 Induction into the Aurora Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame Congratulations to AHS 2021 Homecoming King Alex Moore (5th from Left) and Queen Madison Burick (6th from Left) Thank You to Our Greenmen Water Boys Who Make Sure the Football Team is Ready for Action Congratulations to Ty Lillard (3rd Left) who Won $500 in the Ganley Chevrolet of Aurora Field Goal Kicking Competition Sponsored by the Drug Free Club Football Season is Here - GO GREENMEN! Craddock School Meet & Greet 2021 Superintendent Mike Roberto Welcomes Staff on Opening Staff Day ~ August 16, 2021  Aurora All Sports Boosters' Community Day Craddock School Building Tours Took Place Over the Summer Months The AHS Marching Band Participated in the City of Aurora's 4th of July  Parade 2021

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SUMMER BOARD OFFICE/SCHOOL BUILDING OFFICE HOURS 2022 Summer Hours Blue and Yellow

The Aurora City Schools are currently operating on a summer schedule in order to conserve energy wherever possible.  The following office hours for each school building will be in effect for the summer of 2022.  Please click on Read More below to view the district building office hours.


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LEIGHTON SCHOOL INCOMING 5TH GRADE SUMMER READING PROJECT 2022 Summer Reading Circles

To view the Leighton School Incoming 5th Grade Summer Reading Project requirements, please click on the links below.

Leighton School Summer Reading Project 2022

Summer Reading Recommendations

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Journal


AHS ART & DESIGN SENDS TRIBUTE TO COMMUNITY AND STAFF AHS Art & Design Logo

The AHS Art & Design classes wanted to thank the AHS community and staff for all of their support throughout the year by creating a 2022 tribute video.  The video link can be seen HERE.


AHS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY CLASS OF 2022 VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING Class of 2022 Round Logo

The video of the AHS Class of 2022 Commencement Video is available for viewing HERE.  This video is made available courtesy of Community Focus. Congratulations to the Class of 2022!


“KICK OFF TO KINDERGARTEN” 2022-23 AT MILLER SCHOOL  Kindergarten Registration with Crayons

It’s time to think about the next school year already!  It’s kindergarten registration time.  If you, a friend, or neighbor, have a child who will be eligible* for kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year, the registration process is starting now.  Please use our Kick Off to Kindergarten Presentation linked below to better understand the registration process and all of the necessary steps to get your child registered for kindergarten in the Aurora City Schools.  Help spread the word that it’s registration time. 

*Children must turn 5 on or before September 30, 2022 to be eligible for registration.

Miller Elementary School’s “Kick Off to Kindergarten” VIRTUAL Google Meet introduction meeting and summary of the registration process for parents of students entering kindergarten for the Class of 2035 will be held on February 15th at 6:30 p.m.  Kindergarten registration will take place on March 2nd and 3rd, 2022.  If you have any questions, please contact the Miller School office.

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ACSD EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD WINNERS Excellence in Education Logo

Congratulations goes to the ACSD 2022 Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Classified Service Award Winners.  AHS Intervention Specialist, Meg Halko, was named the ACSD Excellence in Teaching Award winner.  Leighton School Paraeducator, Karen Fleming, was recognized as the Excellence in Classified Service Award winner.  Both honors are very well deserved!

TEACHER Halko      Teacher Fleming

Meg Halko               Karen Fleming


AHS 9th ANNUAL ACADEMIC SIGNING DAY 2022 Academic Signing Day

Congratulations to the eleven AHS 9th Annual Academic Signing Day honorees who were recognized on May 9th.  Senior recipients are recognized annually for receiving a merit based scholarship from the university they will attend that meets or exceeds 50% of the total direct cost of attending the university and/or matriculation to a university with a highly selective acceptance rate.

To view a listing of the honorees and their photos, please click Read More below.


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AURORA HIGH SCHOOL RANKED #1 IN AKRON METRO AREA, #4 IN NORTHEAST OHIO, #14 IN OHIO BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT’S BEST HIGH SCHOOLS 2022 AHS Building Photo

Aurora High School (AHS) has been ranked #1 in the Akron Metro Area, #4 in Northeast Ohio and #14 in Ohio in the Best High Schools article by U.S. News & World Report for 2021.  Earning this distinction (indicating the level of college readiness) places AHS at #461 in the country. This puts AHS in the top 1% of high schools (out of 864 high schools) ranked in the State. The report is derived from data submitted on nearly 24,000 public high schools nationally.  To view the complete AHS overview results, click HERE.  To view the complete State of Ohio U.S. News & World Report ranking results, click HERE.  

Aurora City School District Superintendent, Mike Roberto, said, “Aurora’s status within these rankings is a natural byproduct of focusing on the roots (our strategic vision’s competencies) leading to beautiful flowers and fruit (the aforementioned rankings and scores).  Thank you to all the amazingly dedicated Aurora staff members who continuously help nurture our students’ roots leading to such impressive outcomes!”


AOA 23RD ANNUAL SOLO COMPETITION WINNERS AOA Long  Website Logo

On Friday, April 1, 2022 the Aurora Orchestra Association (AOA) held its 23rd Annual Aurora Orchestra Solo Competition. For a complete listing of Aurora orchestra students from grades 6 through 8 who performed solos for an independent judge to earn a rating of I-IV, please click on Read More below.


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AHS NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP 2022 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED National Merit Scholarship Logo

Congratulations to the AHS National Merit Scholarship Class of 2022 Finalists.  These six seniors represent the largest number of National Merit Scholarship Finalists in Aurora High School history.  The students, David Bian, Joseph D'Alessandro, Alyssa Marotta, Andrew Pilarczyk, Andrew Ploskunak, and Thomas Stoycos, are now eligible for approximately 7,500 scholarships available to the finalists.

Beyond scoring in the 99th percentile on the PSAT, these students had to earn a qualifying score on the SAT or ACT tests, write an essay and be recommended by a high school official while maintaining an outstanding academic record. 

The Aurora City School District would like to congratulate all of our 2022 National Merit Scholarship Finalists.  We are very proud of these students and their continued hard work!

David BainJoseph D'AlessandroAlyssa MarottaAndrew PilarczykAndrew PloskunakThomas Stoycos

From Left to Right:  David Bian, Joseph D'Alessandro, Alyssa Marotta, Andrew Pilarczyk, Andrew Ploskunak, and Thomas Stoycos


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AURORA ALUMNI ~ JERICKA DUNCAN

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Aurora alumni Jericka Duncan, Class of 2001, is a national correspondent and anchor of the Sunday edition of the CBS Weekend News in New York City. 

At AHS, Duncan was a three-year letter winner in Basketball and a four-year letter winner in Track and Field.  Duncan set five AHS records in Track & Field Hurdles and was a three time OHSAA State Champion in hurdles.  She was named to the CVC All 2nd Place Team in 1998 and earned CVC 1st place honors in 1999, 2000, and 2001.  Duncan was named to the CVC 1st team her senior year.

Duncan attended Ohio University after graduation on academic and athletic scholarships and majored in communications.  After graduating, Duncan became a reporter for various television stations and, in 2012, she was acknowledged as the Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. She has since earned numerous prestigious nominations and awards, including a first place award from the Associated Press and a nomination for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award.   She became a national TV news correspondent for CBS News in New York City in 2013.

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 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.

AURORA ALUMNI ~ ALFRED BECKSTROM

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Alfred Beckstrom, AHS Class of 2014, obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Gannon University in Erie, PA in May 2018.  After graduation, Alfred accepted a Project Engineer position in Cleveland with Fives North American Combustion, Inc. a world leader in industrial high combustion.  Beckstrom provides product engineering support to sales, systems, and manufacturing.  In high school, he participated in the Excel TECC CADD-Engineering Program held at that time at Lakeland Community College and was a member of the first Aurora High School Robotics that took sixth place at the National competition held at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.  While at Gannon, Beckstrom co-led spring break service trips to KY, DE and VA and volunteered his time to setup the 3D printer at Harmon School.

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.