District quality profile

updated and available

The Aurora school district has released its updated 2015-16 comprehensive "Quality Profile." The original 2013-14 profile was a companion document to the Ohio Department of Education's School District Report Card.

The Ohio Department of Education released the state of Ohio school district report cards for the 2015-16 school year on Sept. 14.

The Aurora district's "Quality Profile" features measures that help define what a quality public education looks like for the community, which are not included in the state report card.

This was done in conjunction with area school districts and is supported by the Alliance for High Quality Education, an education consortium that works to improve educational opportunities for students and to speak for member districts on matters of educational policy and funding.

The content of the profile examines in greater depth those qualities that our community deems important for a high quality public education. It includes six categories: Academics, arts, student leadership and activities, fiscal stewardship, parent and community involvement and student services.

As the "Quality Profile" is released by districts statewide, it is Aurora's intention to continually update it to keep residents informed and knowledgeable about the district's educational priorities.

It can be found under "Quick Links" on the district's homepage at www.aurora-schools.org.

Robotics seeks items

The Aurora schools' robotics programs has scheduled a "Fill the Truck" fundraiser in conjunction with Easter Seals in the Aurora High School parking lot. Tax donation receipts will be available.

It will be Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Clothing donations will be accepted, along with such as dishes, kitchenware, small picture frames, wall hangings, small children's toys/ games, knick knacks, jewelry, books and CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes.

Peer applicants eyed

Miller School's Integrated Preschool community peer application and selection process is under way.

Applications are available in the Miller School office and online at www.aurora-schools.org. They must be returned by Oct. 31.

Lottery numbers will be drawn Nov. 7 and applicants will be notified by mail of their number. If a child's lottery number is drawn, parents will be notified by phone during the first week of February 2017 as to the date of screening.

Questions can be referred to the Miller School office at 330-562-6199.

AHS conferences set

Aurora High parent-teacher conferences will be Nov. 2 and 10. They provide an opportunity for parents too discuss their child's academic progress with his/her teachers.

Times are 5:30 to 8 p.m. for 10-minute scheduled appointments and 8 to 8:30 p.m. for drop-ins.

The following traveling teachers will be available at the high school on only one date: Lindsey Draime on Nov. 2 and Jason Burdett and Eddie Nabring on Nov. 10.

Conferences can be scheduled online by visiting the district's website at www.aurora-schools.org.

Greenmen Spiritwear will be available Oct. 20 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the commons bookstore.

AHS now has a Little Free Library in the commons. Students can take a book or leave one. Officials ask that students not collect multiple volumes to build their personal libraries.

Top students named;

photo retakes slated

Recent athletes and students of the week at Harmon School are:

Athletes -- Allyssa Reece and Hannah Wiencek, cheerleading; Bryson Pozniak and Tory Williams, football; Amanda Hsia and Sarah Kropf, volleyball; and Abby Baker, Mia Bryant, Alex Hendl, Isabella Hsia, Ryan Plisko and Collin Sapochetti, cross country.

Students -- Sixth-graders Carmen Courtad, Melody Keckan, Christopher McBirney and Connor Piero; seventh-graders Aiden Henderson, Sophia Miller, John Stanson and Brandon Witmer; and eighth-graders Lillian Bates, Kyle Davis, Brooklyn Duguay, Cefvne Freeman and Scott Sparling.

Harmon School's picture retakes will take place Oct. 25. To have photographs retaken, students should bring the original photos to their session. Any questions should be directed to Harmon's office.

Harmon's next parents communication forum will be Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. with Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli as the main speaker.

Harmon's Ski and Snowboard Club forms are available in the office. Cost, including five weeks of transportation, is $290 with rentals and $230 if you own your equipment. Money and forms are due Nov. 18. The club can accommodate only 108 members. See Lauren McMahon for details.

Week stresses safety

by teenage motorists

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in teens, ahead of all other types of injury, disease or violence.

With National Teen Driving Safety Week running through Oct. 22, it's the perfect time for teens and their parents to discuss the dangers new drivers face so they can make safe and responsible decisions, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Surveys show that teens whose parents set firm rules for driving typically engage in less risky driving behaviors and are involved in few crashes.

Drivers 15 to 19 years old were involved in 15 percent of all traffic crashes in Ohio from 2013-15. Of those crashes, a teen driver was at fault 73 percent of the time. These crashes resulted in 271 fatalities and 40,505 injuries.

While crash causes may vary, speed-related factors contributed to a majority of the crashes caused by teens. Another 20 percent of crashes were brought about by failure to yield, running a red light or running a stop sign.

"Teen drivers need to realize that poor decisions while driving now can stay with them for the rest of their lives," said Lt. Antonio Matos, commander of the highway patrol's Ravenna post.

"That is why responsibility, awareness and safety are so important for our youngest drivers."

Visit book fair tonight

Families can visit Miller School's book fair tonight (Oct. 19) from 4:30 to 7:30. The fair is under way this week, and students have browsed during their regular library times and shopped during scheduled times.

Also, Oct. 19 is Guy's Pizza give-back day. When placing orders, mention Aurora Elementary PTO and a portion of the total sales for the day will be to the PTO.

Miller School fall parent-teachers conferences are Oct. 20 and 25. Report cards go home for grades 1 and 2 on Oct. 21.

The Board of Education meets Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the AHS media center, and Craddock second-grade parent-teacher conferences are Oct. 25 and 27.

The next parents communication forum is Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Leighton's media center.

Organizational skills,

stress meetings start
Harmon School guidance counselor Kristin Fecko is starting a group that will meet once a week to help students improve organizational skills. If interested, sign up on the table outside the guidance office? or send an email to Fecko by Oct. 21.
Harmon also will start a stress busters group which will provide strategies for students on how to deal with stress. Signups are on the same table as noted above.
Copies of “ Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down” by Jeff Kinney can be pre-ordered for a special price by Oct. 25 at Harmon. Order forms are available in the media center. Return with exact payment by Oct. 25 to reserve a copy. See Mary Beckstrom for further information.
PTO is sponsoring a boxtops contest for all students at Harmon.Place boxtops in a Ziploc bag with name and grade and turn them into the office by Oct. 24. Gift cards will be awarded to the winners.
Dates for Session 2 of Electronics Club have changed. For info, check the sheet on the window of the main office.

Wear purple on Oct. 20
Aurora High students are encouraged to wear purple Oct. 20 to show support against domestic violence. The grade with the most students wearing the most purple will earn points. The event is being promoted by the high school’s service learning class featured in the Advocate last week.