Seniors preparing

for HS conclusion

With not too much weeks left, Aurora High seniors are gearing up for graduation, which will be May 25 at 7 p.m. at Parkside Church in Bainbridge Township.

Seniors must turn in their commencement participation forms even if they will not participate in the ceremony by April 24, which is before senior internships start on April 26. Tickets are required for parents and relatives to attend commencement. Graduates will receive five tickets.

Advanced Placement exams will take place May 1-12, AHS awards night is May 10 at 7 p.m. and the prom and after-prom are May 13-14. The prom this year is at Signature of Solon, a new location. Tickets are available until May 5. For details, contact Michele Dirda at 330-954-2157 or

Seniors not going on internship must return Chromebooks and chargers to the library by May 15. The annual senior family breakfast is May 16 at 7:30 a.m. in the AHS commons, when caps and gowns will be distributed.

Senior internship symposiums are May 17 at 7 p.m., and senior exams will be given May 18-19. The latter is the last day for seniors. A baccalaureate service will be May 23 at 7 p.m. at Christ Community Chapel.

Commencement practice will be May 25 at 9 a.m. at Parkside Church, followed by the senior picnic at5 11 a.m. at Sunny Lake Park.

Order forms for the senior slide show and graduation ceremy DVD, plus Ripcho handshake photo information, will be distributed with cap and gown distribution at the senior breakfast.


Band date slated;

T-shirts available

The Aurora High marching band has a meeting for incoming freshman parents on April 11 at 7 p.m. at the High school. Uniform fittings for incoming freshman will be at 6 the same day. These two activities were previously scheduled for April 12, but had to be changed because of a conflict in the school schedule.

The next drivers' education course begins on April 5 at 4:45 in Room 202. Pick up a drivers' ed flier at the high school office for details and registration information or visit aurora to register. Call Aurora Parks and Rec at 330 562-4333 for details.

AHS’s business management class, which has joined with Junior Achievement, has started a business called 1803 Tees and is selling T-shirts. There are two styles available — both short sleeved, one grey Aurora spirit shirt and the other a black Cleveland shirt.

Pre-order cost is $12. Order forms can be found on the district’s website at Order forms should be returned to Heidi McKenzie’s room 113 by April 7.

A reminder that students must fill out a planned absence form for college visits, family vacations and other non-school sponsored educational activities. Forms are available in the office.



Don’t forget dates

Aurora students will return to classes April 3 after spring break. Some upcoming dates of importance are: April 4 — PTO Malley’s candy order pickup from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Craddock (enter through door 3); April 5, 7, 13, 20 — new kindergarten screenings at Miller; April 10 — Malley’s candy online orders due; April 14 and 17 — Easter holidays (no school); April 24 — Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m. at AHS.


Harmon sets tea;

top pupils named

Harmon School’s annual grandparents tea will be April 7 from 9 to 10 a.m.  Students can also adopt someone as a grandparent for a day. The tea will include refreshments provided by the PTO, entertainment by Harmon students and a tour of the school. Guests should meet their student in the commons at 9 a.m.

Last week’s students of the week at Harmon are: sixth-graders Miguel Fojas, Raul Gamez, Sydney Lin and Avery Scott; seventh-graders Kyle Bennett and Morgan Schmitt; and eighth-graders Parker Gorman, Justin Hartland, Anthony Koziar, Brianna Rawlings, Diego Van Schie and Alana Wallack.

Heinen's Teaming Up for Education program is ending April 1.  Harmon would like to get 200 signed up and as of March 22 only about half of that number were registered. Residents with a Heinen’s card can log onto their Heinen's accounts and designate "Harmon" as their school of choice. 

Harmon School’s sixth-grade parents’ meeting will be April 4 at 7 p.m. so parents can learn more about sixth-grade camp and ask questions.

For any Harmon students who believe their Chromebook is not working, try a couple of tricks.

Hold the power button down and slowly count to 20. The screen and power key will go dark. The Chromebook should be off at this point. Then slowly count to 20 again, then click the power button again. The screen and power button should illuminate and the Chromebook should be OK.

Or remove the apps/ extensions that you are no longer using or do not have any educational value. If  one of these solutions doesn’t work, see MaryBeckstrom in the media center.


Library school’s in

magazine’s top 20

New rankings released by U.S. News & World Report place Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science among the nation’s top 20 graduate programs in library and information science.

The iSchool claims an outstanding history of and continued commitment to pioneering education and research in the information environment of children and youth.

Amy Reynolds, dean of the College of Communication and Information, said, "The iSchool consistently ranks in the top 20, which is wonderful news for Kent State. It testifies to the excellence of our faculty and staff, as well as the success of our alumni and students.

"It also proves that the School is headed in the right direction, preparing graduates who can create opportunities in and address the challenges of an information-based society."

The rankings are based on a fall 2016 survey of deans, program directors and senior faculty at the 51 American Library Association-accredited schools in the U.S.

The iSchool at Kent State University has the only ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science program in Ohio and is one of the largest in the country.