Harmon School rated

ninth best by website

A website called TheBestSchools.org has rated Harmon Middle School in Aurora No. 9 in a list of the 50 top middle schools in the nation.

"The schools in this ranking have found a way to provide seventh- and eighth-graders with a rich school experience that prepares them superbly well for high school, college and life," said the website.

TheBestSchools.org selected Harmon based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, NAEP scores, state assessment scores, received awards and rankings, geographical diversity and reputation.

TheBestSchools.org is a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree. The website averages 6,000 unique visitors a day or more than 2 million per year.

"We've participated in NAEP testing for a few years and we once again have something to be very proud of," said Aurora Superintendent Russ Bennett.

Bennett pointed out the latest accolades compliment Harmon's National Blue Ribbon School award and No. 8 Performance Index rating in Ohio, plus the high school's recent high rating in U.S. News & World Report magazine, a No. 6 PI rating in Ohio and Advanced Placement Honor Roll status for four years.

"Congratulations to the Board of Education for its leadership, the efforts of our entire staff and the students who have performed amazingly," he added.

John Hopkins info set

A college information session for Aurora High School juniors interested in attending Johns Hopkins University will be May 19 at 8:30 a.m. College representative Stephen Wong, a graduate of AHS, will discuss selective college admissions in general. Students interested should sign up in the guidance office.

Sign up for robotics

Families with students interested in Aurora robotics who are in grades 3 to 7 can register on the Aurora robotics website at www.bit.ly/aurorarobotics. Registration will continue through May 12.

Top students selected

Several Harmon School students were named last week's athletes or students of the week. They are:

Athletes -- Zach Gerber, Robert Taylor, Kaleen Girman, Samantha Richards, Jacob French, Zach Horvath, Kelci Fleming and Keegan Horan; sixth-graders -- Nick Green, Ryan Kacmar, Tori Smith and Sydney Spahn.

Seventh-graders -- Lizzy Olensky, Jenna Schnell, Karson Taylor, Sam Timmons and Lindsay Yanoff; and eighth-graders -- Tayler Cassidy, Jake Famageltto, Samantha Friendler and Brock Mancini.

Schools represented

at summit on heroin

More than 150 people representing nearly 40 school districts, including those in Aurora, Hudson and Twinsburg, attended a special summit April 28 held by the Alliance for High Quality Education, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Gov. John Kasich.

The "Protecting Ohio's Families: Start Talking!" heroin summit addressed the risk of heroin and prescription drug addiction in Ohio's schools.

The goal of the summit was to educate school district leaders about the scope of the heroin epidemic, how to engage communities in the fight against drug abuse and best practices for prevention.

"There are people in every community in this state who are struggling with addiction, some who became hooked while in high school," DeWine said. "Those who attended today's summit know that their school districts are not immune to the problem of addiction, and they came out today to proactively work to prevent abuse and addiction among their students."

The conference included testimonials from Danielle Smoot and Heidi Riggs, community outreach specialists for the attorney general's office, who both lost a child to drug overdoses.