'Excellent' schools anddistricts earn bannersThe state Board of Education will honor schools and districts that performed well on 2006-07 reports cards by delivering banners and certificates this month.The 139 districts that received an "excellent" rating, including Aurora, will receive a congratulatory letter signed by President Jennifer Sheets and Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Tave Zelman.Banners will be presented to 62 districts that have received an excellent designation for at least five straight years.The 1,150 individual schools that earned an excellent rating will receive congratulatory letters and certificates to be displayed in the schools."Communities should be proud of the academic achievement in these schools," Sheets said. "For Ohio to continue building a competitive workforce in the 21st century, we must continue this success. Students must graduate ready to excel in college or the workforce."AHS yearbooks are inThe 2007 Aurora High School Borealis yearbooks are in, and members of the class of 2007 can arrange to pick up their copies by calling 330-562-9646 ext. 3647. Yearbooks also can be picked up after school from 2:35 to 3:15 p.m. daily.Band concert Nov. 4;fundrasiers under wayThe Aurora High School marching band will present an end-of-season concert Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in the varsity gymnasium. Music, formations and dances from the 2007 season will be featured.Two holiday fundraisers are under way for to benefit the band. The citrus and greenery sale sponsored by the Band Boosters runs only through Nov. 2.Grapefruit, oranges and tangelos from Florida are available, as are holiday wreaths or centerprices from Washington state.To order, contact any band member or call Linda or Jim McGinnis at 330-562-6942 for fruit or Ann Marie Leissa at 216-559-6903 for greenery. Delivery will be in early December.The Band Boosters meeting for parents of band, flag and Highlights members has been research to Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the AHS auditorium.IB information sessionwill take place Nov. 27An International Baccalaureate (IB) information meeting that was scheduled for Oct. 30 has been rescheduled to Nov. 27.In will be at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Its purpose is to inform parents about the school's most rigorous curriculum courses. Included are the IB diploma program and opportunity to take IB or AP courses as stand-alone curricular classes. Parents of students in ninth, 10th and 11th grades are invited. It is most appropriate for parents of 10th-graders since they can enter the IB diploma program in 11th grade and because the majority of IB and AP offerings begin at that level.AHS conferences setParent-teacher conferences at Aurora High School will be Nov. 8 and 13 at 5:30 p.m., with drop-in conferences from 8 to 8:30.Jason Burdett, Crystal Waysack and Mary Pat Pavicic will be available for conferences at the High School Nov. 13 only. To schedule a conference appointment, email Mary Jane Cech at mcech@aurora-schools.org with date, start time and teacher's name or call 330-995-7785.Teacher meetings setHarmon parent-teacher conferences will be Nov. 8 and 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for drop-ins and 6:30 to 8:30 for 10-minute appointements.Conferences are not mandatory. To schedule appointments, call 330-562-9646 ext. 3498 and leave name, student's name, teachers you want to see and the best times.Parents will be notified by mail of their appointments. Deadline to make appointments is Nov. 2.Academic letters givenHigh performing students and their parents filled the Aurora High School auditorium Oct. 29 for the second annual academic letters award assembly. To receive an academic letter, students must have a 4.0 semester average in both semesters of the year. Students receiving the honor for a second and third year were awarded pins to put into their letters. AHS Principal Pat Ciccantelli thanked the parents who attended and acknowledged their part in helping their students succeed.