Kasich seeks increase

in 2014 calamity days

Aurora school officials report that last week's three "bad weather" days has brought the total for the 2013-14 year to five. The state of Ohio allows five days each year as "calamity days" without students having to make up the time.

However, Gov. John Kasich is asking state lawmakers to increase the number of calamity days for the current school year, given continuing snowy and frigid weather that has prompted many districts to close their doors for more days than allowed.

"School closures can, of course, be an inconvenience but student safety always comes first," the governor said last week. "Many schools have already hit the maximum number of snow days, or will soon, and if they exceed it and have to extend the school year it can wreak havoc with schools budgets and schedules."

John Charlton, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education, said state law requires districts to be in session a minimum of 175 days. Districts schedule their school years with more days so that they can meet that minimum even if they have to close schools for weather or other emergency situations.

Existing state law allows districts up to five calamity days, enabling them to close schools during wintery weather and other emergencies without having to make them up at the end of the school year. Schools also can arrange online coursework or send "blizzard bags" with students so they can complete lessons at home.

Auditions set at AHS

Auditions for Aurora High School's spring musical "All Shook Up" will take place after school Feb. 11-13. Students interested should prepare a song with sheet music and be ready to dance. Contact Rob Albrecht if you have any questions.

Indoor track practice at the high school was to kick off Feb. 4, with athletes gathering on weekdays at 2:45 in the commons.

VCA sets open house

Valley Christian Academy will host a new family open house on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon for prospective parents and students entering kindergarten to eighth grade. It will include a kindergarten information program at 10 a.m. and a middle school information program at 11. VCA faculty members and current families will be on hand to share their experiences.

Harmon play Feb. 6-7

Harmon School's musical "Metaphasia" will be presented Feb. 6-7 at 7 p.m. in the Aurora High auditiorium. The play is described as a radically updated retelling of the Brothers Grimm's "The Twelve Dancing Princesses."

Harmon's yearbook order deadline has been extended to Feb. 7 because of recent bad weather. Orders can be placed online or at the school. Cost is $15.

Hawkins dance set at AHS
Aurora High School’s Sadie Hawkins dance will take place Feb. 7 at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are being sold all week during lunch periods for $5. All proceeds will be donated to the Paulie McGhee scholarship fund.
AHS seniors who had Miss McArthur as a first-grade teacher can attend a reunion March 6 at 3:45 p.m. in her classroom at Craddock School. Parents also are welcome.

No classes Feb. 14 and 17
There will be no classes in Aurora schools on Feb. 14 and 17. Miller, Craddock and Leighton students will have Valentine’s Day celebrations on Feb. 13. Meanwhile, there will be a roller skating party for younger students Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Chagrin Roller Rink.

Sample questions offered
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has released online tutorials that provide sample questions to help with preparation for upcoming PARCC tests at various grade levels.
The tutorials also demonstrate the basic techniques and computer based tools that students will use to navigate the tests. The sample questions will not be scored. Visit www.aurora-schools.org for questions.