Activities planned

in Aurora schools

The Aurora Orchestra Association's steak and strings fundraiser will be March 4 at Aurora High, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. for bidding on raffle baskets. Diners will be seated at tables and served by students. It is not a buffet.

During the evening, the high school philharmonic and concert orchestras will perform. Tables generally will seat eight people, and seats will be assigned. Food service will start at 6 p.m. and raffle winners will be selected after dinner.

For details or to reserve tickets, visit the association's website at

Harmon School's winners of the K'Nex Catapult Challenge held last week are: Tommy LoGalbo, Gabriel Mingle and Gage Savage, furthest distance at 34 1/2; Thomas Stoycos, most creative design; and Sami Yousef, least amount of K'Nex used at 14 pieces.

School districts and community schools must administer a state-funded college and career readiness test to juniors in the spring of 2017. Aurora High will administer a state-funded ACT on March 21 at 7:40 a.m. Juniors should remember to take care not to schedule appointments or college visits on that day.

The next Aurora Band Boosters executive board meeting will be Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. An Aurora High band concert will be Feb. 28 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Mehallis selected
Portage top teen
The Portage County Teen Board  selected Aurora High senior Lexie Mehallis as a teen of the month for October. She  has a maintained a 4.214 cumulative grade-point average.
She has run track since seventh grade and cross country since 10th, and has earned varsity letters in both.  Last year, she switched from running more distance events to sprinting.
This year, Mehallis is volunteering at Fieldstone Therapeutic Riding Center, has played piano at Anna Maria of Aurora (she has played the piano for 14 years) and participated in an annual piano benefit recital that collects money for the Portage County Food Bank.
An Advanced Placement art student, she has received numerous awards and recognitions, including National Merit commended scholar, academic letters for three years, artwork chosen for Ohio's Governor Show (top 200 in the state)  and several top awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
In the future, Mehallis plans to attend college;  Clemson is at the top of her choices. She is interested in political science and art and is hoping to major in one and minor in the other.

Pizza fundraiser;
yearbook orders
The Elementary PTO is sponsoring a Guy’s Pizza fundraiser today (Jan. 25) . Whether you prefer dine in, take out or delivery, just mention the Aurora schools’ Elementary PTO any time during the day or night and a portion of the proceeds will go to the PTO.
Parents of elementary students should keep their eyes open for yearbook order forms, which will be sent home Feb. 1. Orders can be placed until Feb. 28, and online orders will continue until mid-March.
A kindergarten kickoff meeting will be Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. It is for parents only of children who will enter kindergarten in August, and it is the first of a series of steps in the registration process. Parents will receive enrollment info and meet key staff members. Registration is due in early March.
There will be a teacher in-service day on Feb. 17, with no classes for students. Classes also will be out Feb. 20 (Presidents Day). Miller and Craddock Chuck E. Cheese family night will be March 3.
Parents who drop off children should arrive at 8:45 a.m. at Craddock for an 8:55 class start and 8:55 a.m. at Miller for a 9:05 class start.

Harmon play set;
top pupils named
Local residents can join all their favorite animals from the DreamWorks movie hit “Madagascar” for a hilarious journey out of the zoo and onto the stage.  Harmon School students will present “Madagascar Jr.” on Jan. 26-27 at 7 p.m. in the Aurora High auditorium. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults with general admission seating.
Last week’s students of the week at Harmon School are: sixth-graders Kyle Bizjak, Kylie Bryant, Eric Eggett and Grace Wilson; seventh-graders Faith Bulone, Grace Kulawiak, Andrew Meyer and Johnathan Ugran; and eighth-graders Leah Domos, Christopher Jeras, Eric Salay, Ashleigh Stern and Morgan Viant.
The following students will represent Harmon at the MathCounts tournament on Feb. 4 at the University of Akron: eighth-graders Ella Case, Michael Carpenter, Cameron Mullin, Jeffrey Miller and Kevin Jin; seventh-graders David Bian and Andrew Pilarcyk; and sixth-graders Charlie Carpenter, Eric Eggett and Miriam Harden.
The 13 finalists for this year’s Harmon geography bee are: Andrew Pilarczyk, Daniel Hirsch, Cameron Mullin, Catherine John, Katie Rosengarten, Conner Piero, Michael Stoycos, Ian Payne, Emma Krondorfer, Antoinette Walter, Kenny Bahleda, Andrew Pluskunat and Lukas Evans.
The final round will be today (Jan. 25) after school in Laurie Schofield-Carter’s room.

Options info is set
Students in grades 6 to 11 and their parents are invited to an evening of information and discussion on course offerings beyond Aurora’s college preparatory curriculum.
The educational options night, hosted by the AHS guidance department, will take place Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. This program features information regarding Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus and other options that earn a student college credits.
The presentation will feature administrators, high school counselors and college representatives who will be on hand to answer questions and give valuable information.
The deadline for the College Credit Plus intent form is April 1. For more information, contact a guidance counselor at Aurora High or Harmon.

A choir workshop
is planned Feb. 25
Members of the Aurora High Emerald Ensemble show choir will sponsor a show choir workshop for third- to sixth-graders on Feb. 25 in the high school auditorium.
Participants will spend the day learning singing, staging and dance under the direction of  show choir director Sarah Dixon. The program is designed to teach kids in a comfortable environment before they get a chance to show off onstage.
The workshop begins at 9 a.m. and ends with a performance for parents at 11:50 before pickup at noon.
The registration fee is $25 and includes a T-shirt for each participant if registered by Feb. 13. Signup forms are available at the main offices of Leighton, Harmon and the high schools. Music teachers also will have forms available.
Participants should wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are appropriate for movement. Students should bring a water bottle with their name on it; snacks will be provided.
The show choir workshop is a fundraiser sponsored by the Aurora Choir Boosters. All proceeds will benefit various school choirs. For more information, contact Michelle at 248-895-0515.

TBD’s top honors
High school robotics Team TBD competed at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Qualifying Tournament in Pittsburgh recently.
Its members were captains of the finalist alliance, won the Think Award for their engineering notebook and were nominated for the Inspire Award.
The team will advance to the Pennsylvania state championship in Harrisburg in late February. Team members are Ian Doemling, Ethan Ellis, Kameron Fry, Kavya Kosana, Barbora Ptackova and Tyler Thieding.

Club seeks items;
speakers sought
Aurora High’s Key Club will conduct a drive to collect items for children in foster care in Northeast Ohio. All collected items will be donated to the MetroHealth Medical Center.
The drive will be conducted from Feb. 16 to 27. Key Club is asking for donations of socks, underwear and miscellaneous toiletries such as soap, toothbrushes and deodorant. Donations will be collected at AHS throughout the drive.
AHS students are being sought to enter the Rotary Club's 4-Way Speech Contest. Each year, the Rotary Club of Aurora sponsors the contest, with the central idea of the speech to solve an ethical problem using the principles of the Rotary's 4 Way speech model.
The topic is entirely up to the student. The preliminary round will be Feb. 16 and the three top students will advance to the final round to speak in front of the Rotary on Feb. 22.  For details, contact Melissa Lindley in Room 206 by Feb. 1.
Last week’s pride card winners at AHS are Bobby Arnold and Josie Hydell.
“Know Abuse,”  a play about teen dating violence and developing healthy relationships that tours locally throughout the school year, is looking for incoming 9th to 12th graders to participate in acting, stage crew and advisory panel roles for the 2017-18 school year.
Auditions are March 5 and 12 and April 2. Students must sign up for audition times. Information is available in the AHS office and fliers are also posted throughout the school.

Akron U. will offer
insurance degree
The University of Akron will offer a new bachelor's degree in risk management and insurance as the industry attempts to fill what the state of Ohio estimates will be 29,000 job openings in the Ohio insurance business through 2024. The new degree will be offered through UA's College of Business Administration beginning this fall.
“We are thrilled this program will prepare students for a field where there are so many available opportunities,” said Ravi Krovi, dean of the College of Business Administration. “The insurance industry is a major employer in Ohio, and it's important we help address the need for graduates ready to contribute to the field.”
“Ohio is fortunate to have one of the strongest insurance markets in America,” said Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. “With 29,000 jobs available between now and 2024, I'm excited to see the University of Akron is making sure Ohioans have an opportunity to get the training they need to enter a field with stable, high-paying jobs.”
The new bachelor of business administration will prepare students to work in the are