Beginning of the School Year
Parents of children new to the district can obtain enrollment packets from building personnel where the students will be attending. Information required for enrollment includes: enrollment form, up-to-date immunization record, proof of residency (rental contract, utility bill/deposit receipt, real estate contract signed by all parties, payroll check, driver’s license, W-4, employment documents), and emergency information. The enrollment form must be notarized and a picture I.D. is required.
If an enrolling student has participated or is currently participating in a special education program, parents are required to visit the Special Services Office located at 201 S. Madison Avenue to complete accompanying paperwork to transfer services.
Familiar procedures and programs will remain in effect for the new school year. This includes the Bright Futures program. The goal of Bright Futures is to provide a “hand up” for those in need. Physical needs such as clothing, food, hygiene items, and school supplies are among the provisions given to students when determined appropriate. Donations to Bright Futures program are the foundation of the ability to give since school funds are not utilized to support these services.
A new drug testing program will be in place for Junior High and High School students who participate in athletics, co-curricular activities, and clubs. This is the first year for the district and more information can be found at http://www.aurorar8.org/.
Teachers will again participate in professional development activities during the early-release Fridays. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. from Robinson Elementary, Robinson Intermediate, Junior High, and High School; and 12:30 p.m. at Pate Early Childhood Center every Friday of the school year in order to allow these activities to occur.
Excitement continues to build as the time nears to start classes. If any parent or patron has questions regarding school programs, procedures, or processes; information can be obtained by calling the Central Office at 678-3373 or Billy Redus at 229-0277 (cell). Again, we ask you to partner with us to ensure that our mission of “Ensuring all students are successful learners” is fulfilled.
Title I Beginning of the Year-Annual Meeting-August 29th at 5:30 p.m.
The Aurora R-VIII District will be conducting a Title I Beginning of the Year Meeting on Monday, August 29, 2016 starting at 530 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room. This annual meeting is being convened to: 1. inform parents of their school's participation in Title I, 2. to explain Title I requirements, and 3. the right of parents to be involved. Please join us on August 29th at 5:30 p.m.
Thank You Jimmy Michel Motors-Teacher of the Month Program
The Aurora R-VIII School District sends out a huge "Thank You" to Jimmy Michel Motors (and Chad Vaught) for sponsoring the Teacher of the Month program during the 2015-16 school year. Winners of the award (pictured at the bottom of this website) received a new car to drive for a month compliments of Jimmy Michel Motors. The award was based on criteria including teacher evaluation, perfect attendance, and service above and beyond for students. All certified teachers were eligible for the award. Again, the Aurora R-VIII School District thanks Jimmy Michel motors for this generous gift and unique partnership.
Drug Testing Program For The 2016-17 School Year
The Aurora R-VIII School District will be implementing a drug testing program during the 2016-17 school year. Students participating in athletics, co-curricular activities, and clubs will be required to submit to random drug screens. This program will apply to students in grades 7th through 12th. For more information, please call 678-3355.
Drug Testing Handbook 2016-17
Bright Futures-Robinson Elementary Site Council "Thank You" Letter
Thank you. Two words usually said in casual passing for some gesture no
matter the significance of an event or act of kindness. On behalf of staff and
students at Robinson Elementary, I would like to say THANK YOU to several
individuals and businesses in the Aurora community for stepping up for our school.
Arvest Bank: Thank you for continually partnering with our building site
council to provide opportunities for our students in a variety of ways. From clothing
and shoes, to sponsoring events, your presence is appreciated in many ways.
Jimmy Michel Motors: Thank you for providing members of the Aurora
teaching faculty a chance to be selected as “Teacher of the Month” and allowing that
teacher a chance to drive a NEW vehicle of their choosing. Also thank you for
sponsoring various camps and/or T-shirts for various buildings in the District.
Luggage Works/Blackstone Group: Thank you for your willingness to
sponsor activities for our building. Your generosity to invest in the Aurora
community is very much appreciated.
I was invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Arvest Bank
building for what I thought was an opportunity to meet a few people and to help
with a fundraiser for the site council T-shirt project. Much to my surprise, the
fundraiser began with presentations of checks to our site council from both Arvest
(Debbie Weathermon) and Luggage Works (Ben Henderson) totaling $2000.
Vaught and Jimmy Michel Motors stepped to the plate and sponsored a ‘Drive for
Schools’ in which we raised an additional $1000 for the council. Arvest added to the
fundraiser and matched Michel’s donation of $1000. In total, we raised $4000 for
our site council T-shirt project, which provides a FREE T-shirt for every student in
the building. We will also have enough money to help stock a community room for
students and sponsor after-school events for students taking part in our mentor
I appreciate the investment these three organizations have made into our
school community through generous donations of their time, treasures, and talent. I
look forward to great things ahead for the students at Robinson and the community
Robinson Elementary Principal
Preschool Screening and Classes for 2016-17
WHO: All children living in the Aurora R-8 School District that will be 4 years old before
WHAT: Free preschool classes
WHEN: Monday - Thursday, 8 am – 11 am or 12 pm – 3 pm
Beginning Wednesday, August 17, 2016
WHERE: Pate Early Childhood Center
CALL: 678-1552 for more information and to make a screening appointment for your child. Screenings are being offered during the month of June.
(If you do not have a preschool age child or if your child is already signed up, please pass this flyer on for another preschool child. Thank you!)
Classes are filling up - call today!
MAP Grade Level Science (Grades 5th and 8th) Results Provided For Students
The following letter was sent to Robinson Intermediate and Junior High parents on Tuesday, May 27th regarding the 2016 Spring Administration of the MAP Grade Level Science Assessments. If you have questions, please call Robinson Intermediate, Junior High, or Central Office.
May 27, 2016
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Individual Score Reports (ISR) from the 2016
Spring Administration of the MAP Grade Level assessments for science are
available for review. If your child was enrolled in 5th
or 8th grade, he or she will have an ISR from the testing.
Please contact the counselor’s office if you
have questions regarding the results or would like a copy. You may
also visit the Central Office located at 409 West Locust Avenue to obtain
We are very proud of how the students performed
on the assessments. Both students and teachers worked very hard to
reach the highest possible levels. Assessment is one way to ensure
we are meeting your child’s needs. We are committed to ensuring all
children in our district are prepared for success. In order to meet
this commitment, the results from this administration will be reviewed and used
to effectively revise instructional practices.
Again, if you have questions or need another copy of the ISR
please contact the counselor or principal at Robinson Intermediate, Junior
High, or call Central Office at 678-3373.
Billy A. Redus
EOC Results Provided To High School Students
The following letter was sent to High School parents on Tuesday, May 17th regarding the 2016 Spring Administration of the End-of-Course Exams. If you have questions, please call the High School or Central Office.
May 17, 2016
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Reports (ISR) from the 2016 Spring Administration of the End-of-Course assessments
were provided to students today. If your
child was enrolled in any of the following courses, he or she should have a
report to share with you. These courses
include: English II, Biology, Algebra I, Government, and Algebra II.
Please contact the
counselor’s office if you have questions regarding the results. If your child did not bring home a report,
you may contact the High School counselor to obtain another. You may also visit the Central Office located
at 409 West Locust Avenue to receive a copy.
We are very proud
of how the students performed on the assessments. Both students and teachers worked very hard to
reach the highest possible levels. Assessment
is one way to ensure we are meeting your child’s needs. We are committed to ensuring all children in
our district are prepared for success.
In order to meet this commitment, the results from this administration
will be reviewed and used to effectively revise instructional practices.
Again, if you have questions or need
another copy of the ISR please contact the counselor or principal at the High
School or call Central Office at 678-3373.
Billy A. Redus
Buddy Benches To Be Placed At Pate Early Childhood Center
Pate Early Childhood Center personnel wish to thank Engage Church and Matt Maples for donating funds for supplies; Brad Boettler's classes for construction; and the seniors for painting the benches.
Preschool Openings for 2016-17
Aurora High School Art Students Receive Recognition
PLACEMAKING AND SCHOOLS
MARCH 28, 2016
Editor's note: We want to thank Ashley Bolling, Aurora (MO) High School art teacher and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks for their contributions to this story.
The Project for Public Spaces defines placemaking as a "process that capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, which results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people's health, happiness, and well being." Missouri's Placeworks program is an excellent example of a regional placemaking program that combines the talents of local artists with rural school students to the benefit of the community.
Sponsored by the Springfield (MO) Art Museum and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO), Placeworks offers customized, interdisciplinary programs for Ozarks' schools, teachers, and students. The program includes teaching artists covering a range of areas of expertise including visual art, music, theater, tableau and more.
Here's how it works: Teachers from schools involved in CFO's Rural Schools Partnership apply for Placeworks programming and specify the type of lesson they would like delivered. Past examples range from a Veterans Day photography presentation to a musical representation a butterfly's life cycle to school art installations (see more here). With teacher input, Placeworks creates an artistic lesson around the subject. If the lesson requires a field trip, it is part of the program provided to schools. The goals are curriculum knowledge, new ways of learning for students, and an enhanced community aesthetic.
"We want kids to learn how to think critically, solve problems, work collaboratively, take risks, try again after failing and have confidence in their own ideas," said Kate Baird, museum educator for the Springfield Art Museum, who started the Placeworks program in 2010. "The arts are an incredibly effective way to teach those things."
Ashley Bolling had never heard of Placeworks, but a note from a friend prompted her to learn more. "I got an email about an organization that offered field trips and in-school residencies, and I decided to apply. I'd wanted to create some kind of mural or permanent installation since I began teaching at Aurora, and Placeworks seemed like an excellent opportunity."
Bolling's application to the program was accepted, and she was soon contacted by Placeworks' teaching artists Cory Leick and Lillian Fitzpatrick to begin planning the project. "Cory and Lillian were great about cross-referencing information and adapting it to our curriculum," Boling noted. "The plan was to create a permanent mosaic installation with my foundation classes designing impressionistic tiles and my Advance Art students designing the mosaic as a whole."
With the plan in place, student work on the project began last October and continued through February. Bolling reflected on the process: "Some things I'll remember about this time were the students gluing mosaic pieces in the dark using the lights from their cell phones, their revolving playlist on Spotify, a lot of "One Direction" and Styx's "Come Sail Away," and then eventually banning the latter because it became increasingly annoying!" More significant aspects of the collaboration also left a strong impression. "As we came across challenges," Ashley recalls, "Cory and Lillian were always great about providing insight. They even recruited help from a well known mosaic artist, Bruce Anderson, who showed us what materials to use and artist Brian Fiket, who helped us hang the mosaic securely."
The installation was a large project for Bolling and her students, bigger than any they had ever attempted before. "I really wanted to bring color into the school environment on a monumental level," she said. "This was the idea from the start, but it truly represented collaborative art. Before we started I had a concept and plenty of student help, but the project would not have possible without the guidance and expertise of Placeworks."
Substitute Bus Drivers and Sports/Activities Drivers Needed!
We are looking for substitute bus drivers and sports/activities drivers. Training is provided and we will help you obtain your CDL. Please visit Central Office for an application. Contact Mykie Nash at Pate Early Childhood Center with questions: 417-678-1552.
Important Information from the Aurora R-VIII Health Staff and Administration
Aurora R-VIII personnel are asking parents to assist with stopping the spread of head lice. Like many districts in the area, Aurora students are experiencing an increase in the number of cases being seen in school. While this situation can affect any student, it is the goal of the district to eliminate or minimize the number of students affected. In order to do this, the following information is being provided to assist parents with better understanding head lice and the steps needed to prevent/treat them.
There are 3 stages of head lice. The first is the Nit Stage (louse egg). The nits are laid on the hair shaft and take 8 to 12 days to hatch. District policy does allow students with nits to be in school (per recommendation from the Center for Disease Control, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The National Association of School Nurses). The second stage is the Nymph Stage (immature stage). The Adult Stage is the last stage. This is where lice are full grown. Both the nymphs and adults feed off the blood of the student.
Signs and symptoms of head lice include itching from an allergic reaction to the bites or irritation from sores caused by bites. Transmission of head lice occurs through head-to-head contact with an infested person or from hats, combs, pillows, etc. Please caution your student to not share clothing, hats, combs, other hair items, or to be in close contact with other students.
Treatment of head lice is recommended only for individuals with live lice or viable eggs. This can be done by combing with a nit comb, over-the-counter lice shampoo, or prescription lice medications. Alternative treatments such as petroleum jelly, mayonnaise, or margarine should be avoided because there is not conclusive evidence these work.
Family members of students with lice should be inspected. Bedding, towels, nightclothes, and other clothing/toys (stuffed animals) should be washed and/or dried in the dryer at high heat. Combs, brushes, and hair accessories used by the student should be rinsed in hot water every day until lice are eliminated. Vacuuming of floors, especially carpets is also recommended.
More information about lice and prevention/treatment can be found on the school website. Parents may also call the nurse of the building where their child attends or Central Office (678-3373) regarding additional questions. Please join with us in our efforts to reduce and/or eliminate head lice which keeps students from obtaining the education they deserve.
CDC - Lice Treatment
Facts about Head Lice
Great Job Aurora R-VIII Students and Teachers!
Congratulations go out to both students and teachers
regarding overall improvement on the MAP tests and other areas associated with
the Annual Performance Report (APR) and Missouri School Improvement Program
(MSIP) during the 2014-15 school year!
The APR is part of the overall MSIP 5 process used to
distinguish the performance of schools and districts in meaningful ways. Established in 1990 to act as the State’s
accountability system for school districts, it is now in the fifth cycle or
Aurora R-VIII’s APR, as calculated by the Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education, showed growth and significant improvement
regarding the 2014-15 school year. The
District scored at the Accredited Level by achieving 94.3% of the points
possible (132 out of 140 points). This was
more than 21 percentage points higher than the 73.2% (102.5 points of the 140
points) scored during the 2013-14 school year.
It was also higher than the average State MSIP 5 score of 91.3%.
More specific information may be viewed at on the DESE website.
Key Points Regarding Aurora R-VIII’s APR and MSIP 5 Results
*Aurora Students earned 54 of 56 points regarding the
category, Academic Achievement.
*Aurora Students earned 12 of 14 points regarding the
category, Subgroup Achievement.
*Aurora Students earned 26.5 of 30 points regarding the
category, College and Career Readiness.
*Aurora Students earned 9.5 of 10 points regarding the
*Aurora Students earned 30 of 30 points regarding category, Graduation
The 2014-15 school year was the first year that all 11th
grade students were required to participate in an administration of the
ACT. The ACT consists of
curriculum-based tests of education development in English, math, reading, and
science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college
coursework. The reportable participation
rate for Aurora R-VIII was 97.2% with an average composite score of 19.4. For
Missouri, the average participation rate was 95.5% with a composite of 19.4.
As mentioned previously, students and teachers are the
reason for these increased scores. They
should be praised and honored for their hard work. Please join with us in congratulating your
child or children on the improved efforts.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the
performance of the District, please call me at 678-3373 or 229-0277. You may also come by my office located at 409
W. Locust Avenue or through email email@example.com.
It is very satisfying to see that improvement has been made
regarding our mission of “Ensuring all Students are Successful Learners.”
Jimmy Michel Motors has once again teamed up with the Aurora School District to sponsor our Teacher of the Month program. Winners of the award will have a new car to drive for a month compliments of Jimmy Michel Motors. The award is based on criteria including teacher evaluation, perfect attendance, and service above and beyond for students. All certified teachers are eligible for the award. The Aurora R-VIII School District would like to thank Jimmy Michel motors for this generous gift and unique partnership.
Jessica Kristek is our Teacher of the Month for April. Ms. Kristek is a 2nd grade teacher at Pate Early Childhood.
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Becky Land is our Teacher of the Month for March. Mrs. Land is a Language Arts teacher at Aurora Junior High.
Courtney Mills is our Teacher of the Month for February. Ms. Mills is a Kindergarten teacher at Pate Early Childhood.
Jenessa McCulloch is our Teacher of the Month for December. Ms. McCulloch is a 6th grade teacher at Robinson Intermediate.
Jessica Rapert is our Teacher of the Month for November. Mrs. Rapert is a 5th grade teacher at Robinson Intermediate.
Peggy Henson is our Teacher of the Month for October. Mrs. Henson is our Elementary and Intermediate Library Media Specialist.
Substitute Teacher Openings
The Aurora R-VIII School District is seeking applicants for substitute teaching. Substitute teacher requirements include: 60 college credit hours, a substitute certificate (obtained from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education), and an acceptable background check.
Applications can be found here
For any questions, please call 678-3373 or Billy Redus at 229-0277.
Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and End of Course Exams Spring 2015 Results
Results from the 2015 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests have been finalized and are available to the District for the majority of areas. The results were distributed during Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you did not receive a copy, please contact the building office. The assessments represent the first time students were tested on new academic standards for English and math. The new standards raise expectations for learning in Missouri to meet our goal of preparing all students for success throughout their school years and beyond. The 2015 tests set a new baseline for student performance in Missouri. Please note that these test results cannot be compared with results from previous years as these are new tests with different learning expectations. Our students and teachers have done very well to reach the new, higher standards. Please join with us in telling your students how proud we are of their accomplishments.
Aurora R-VIII and City of Aurora Partner to Add School Resource Officer (SRO)
The Aurora R-VIII School District is proud to partner with the City of Aurora to provide a School Resource Officer (SRO) for the 2015-16 school year. Officer Tim Swadley will be the designated SRO to assist buildings with ensuring safety and security. For the last seven years, Officer Swadley has been employed by the City in the capacity of patrolman and supervisor.
The duties carried out by Officer Swadley during the school year will include: building relationships with students, assisting school personnel with student issues, and working as a liaison between the City and the District. Officer Swadley has been teaching the D.A.R.E. program at the 5th grade level for the last few years which has allowed him to get to know students and their needs. Please join us as we welcome Officer Swadley and celebrate the important job he has with our students.
Upcoming Events8/17/16 - First Day of School
11/10/16 - 2nd Gr Veteran's Day Program - 6:00pm
12/13/16 - 1st Gr Christmas Program - 6:00pm
4/6/17 - KG Nursery Rhyme Program - 6:00 pm
5/19/17 - Last Day of School
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