Levy info offered

To view informational presentations regarding the upcoming Aurora school district proposed 5.9-mill additional operating levy that will appear on the May 2 ballot, visit the district's website at www.aurora-schools.org and click on theappropriate links.

Bian in 31st place

Harmon School student David Bian finished in a tie for 31st place for his individual written exam at the 2017 Ohio MathCounts competition at Columbus State Community College.

There were 202 students competing. The program is dedicated to increasing the level of mathematics achievement and prestige among students in anticipation that they will select and prepare themselves for future careers in science and engineering.

The competition is composed of a series of individual, team, written and oral math tests. Bian first competed in the Akron area competition Feb. 4 at the University of Akron and then moved on to the state event March 11.

Harmon School's coach is Lauren McMahon.

The top four written exam finishers progressed to the May 14-15 national MathCounts competition in Orlando, Fla.

Olympiad youths

3rd; soloists excel

The Aurora High Science Olympiad team earned a third-place overall finish at the regional tournament at the University of Akron. The Greenmen earned medals in 11 events and top honors in four events.

Alka Ghadiyaram and Purdita Irving took first in anatomy and physiology. Irving and Aaron Giganti teamed up for a first in ecology. Ghadiyaram and Sarah George were first in hydrogeology. And Giganti and Alex Polivka partnered for a first in Write It, Do It.

The strong performance has qualified the team for the state tournament April 1.

On March 10, the Aurora Orchestra Association held its 17th annual solo competition.

Orchestra students from grades 6 to 12 performed solos for an independent judge. Winning high school students in this year's competition are Amanda Hsieh, first, and Kameron Kainec, second.

Harmon School winners are: (sixth-graders) Allison Su, first; Peter Stoycos, second; and Evan Milligan, third; (seventh-graders) Thomas Stoycos, first; Mason Kacmar and Libby Hartenburg, second; and Sam Nabring, third; (eighth-graders) Samantha St. John, first; Catherine John, second; and Ilana Chestney and Ryan Stahl, third.

Don't forget the AHS after-prom committee's Chipotle Mexican Grill fundraiser tonight (March 22) from 5 to 9 at the Creekside Drive location in Twinsburg.

Show the flier available at www.aurora-schools.org or on a smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause and 50 percent the proceeds will be donated to the AHS after prom.

The after-prom committee is seeking donations and volunteers from among junior and senior class parents for the May 13 event.

Send donations in an envelope marked "after prom" and drop off or mail to the high school office. Checks should be made payable to Aurora After Prom.

An after-prom donor form can be found at www.aurora-schools.org.

The following dates and times apply for incoming freshmen band uniform fittings and parent meetings: fittings April 12 at 6 p.m. and parents meeting April 12 at 7 p.m.

DI team nabs 3rd

Harmon School's Destination ImagiNation team Cheesy Cheeto Dragons Wearing Somberos...Wait, What? placed third at the regional tournament at Hiram College recently. Members are Aurora Fabec, Kyra Green, Abby Kaufman, Emma Lang, Addy Natko and Hailey Tucker.

Harmon's Phoebe Yao had the winning design for the sixth-grade camp T-shirt.

KSU given money

Kent State University will receive nearly $615,000 in state funds for two projects, State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced recently.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education awarded KSU a $300,000 grant to lead the Northeast Ohio telemedicine RAPIDS program, a regional consortium of educators who will receive telemedicine training equipment to aid in workforce training and education.

The remaining $315,000 will be used for renovations to Rockwell Hall at KSU. Renovations include updates to improve energy efficiency and extend the life of the facility. The project will take place over the summer and winter recesses.

Forum set tonight

The Aurora school district's special services department is planning a special parents communication forum tonight (March 22) from 7 to 8:30 in Leighton's media center. The topics will be positive behavior supports and "What Does Good Mental Health Look Like for Our Students."

Speakers will provide parents with information on the nation-wide movement for providing positive behavior supports in the schools, as well as, to discuss individual student topics such as how to assess students' self-care, the importance of sleep, teaching time management and setting priorities, and learning to communicate needs and develop strategies.

The Aurora Orchestra Association will conduct its annual spring party for all Leighton students. The Leighton Luau will be April 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Leighton, and will include pizza, a DJ, games and raffle baskets.

All students in grades 3 to 5 are invited with a $5 advance ticket purchase only. Order forms/permission slips are due no later than March 23. Raffle tickets will be available at the event.

WJ course slated

Walsh Jesuit High is hosting an entrance exam prep course April 1 for junior high students. The course costs $50 and the fee is payable at the door. Visit www.walshjesuit.org for information and to register for the course or call Rob Eubank at 330-929-4205 ext. 103.

Local dates noted

Here are some important dates on the Aurora school district's calendar: March 24 -- report cards sent home; May 27-31 -- spring break; April 4 -- Malley's candy order pickup from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Craddock School; April 5, 7 and 13 -- screening for new kindergartners at Miller; Apil 10 -- deadline for online orders of Malley's candy; April 14 and 17 -- no classes (Easter days off).