The following items are reprinted from the Aurora High School Communicator newsletter.

The Aurora Orchestra Association is gearing up to host its second annual Steak'N Strings benefit dinner and raffle on Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Aurora High School commons.

Outback Steakhouse of Macedonia will provide and prepare the food.

"This is a wonderful and fun event that will benefit the orchestra students in Aurora," said orchestra director Jason Burdett. "Everyone had a great time last year. The food was excellent and the raffle prizes were amazing."

The menu will include a 9-ounce steak with side, salad and cheesecake. A children's menu is chicken fingers and french fries. There also is a vegetarian option.

Adult tickets are $20 and children will pay $5. Proceeds go toward a large international competition in which the AHS orchestras participate every three years.

"This trip is really important to the students because it allows them to travel outside of the United States," said Burdett.

Prizes include a $75 Legacy Village gift card, $100 Portrait Innovations gift card, Jim Brickman autographed books and CDs and items from Lowe's Greenhouse, the Cleveland Orchestra, Whole Foods Market and other businesses.

The AHS rock orchestra will perform during the evening, along with members of the AHS orchestras.

Visit or contact Kathi Grandillo at for more information.

The deadline for AHS seniors to submit baby pictures and senior pictures has been moved back to Jan. 31. Students may turn in a senior picture other than a yearbook photo to be used in the senior slide show.

All photos should be turned in with name on the back to Gayle Lewis or sent by email to Photos will be returned before seniors leave for their internship.

The community is welcome to purchase tickets to see the Aurora bands perform at Severance Hall in Cleveland on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10. For details, visit

Mid-term exams continue today (Jan. 15) and Jan. 16 for AHS students. There is no school on Jan. 17 and 20. An educational options night will be Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The high school solo and ensemble contest will be Jan. 18 at Crestwood High School.

AHS panoramic and group photos will be taken Jan. 22. A college planning for students with disabilities session will be Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and the next SAT date is Jan. 25. The Board of Education will meet Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at Leighton School. Excel TECC Opportunity Day will be Jan. 30.