Superintendent's Message for the 2015-16 School Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Many people sing these words around Christmas time, and I feel they are very relevant to the start of school as well.  Our staff has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of all the students and I’m sure parents are ready for their kids to be back in a normal routine.  

The beginning of school is an exciting time because it provides an opportunity for new possibilities.  The fall sports season is in full swing with competitions beginning very soon for all of our teams.  I encourage your children to be a part of an extra-curricular activity and for parents to be active and supportive in their children’s endeavors.  

Thank you for entrusting our staff with your children and allowing us to partner with you in their success. I’m thrilled to be starting my 19th year in education as a Houn' Dawg and look forward to an incredible school year.  If there is anything I can do to help you in anyway please give me a call or stop by the Central Office.

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 will be distributed during Parent-Teacher Conferences the week of October 19th through October 23rd.  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.   

Snow Removal Bidding for the 2015-16 School Year

Aurora R-VIII School is taking bids on snow removal. The bid should reflect a per hour rate for: rubber tire backhoe, rubber tire loader, road grader, and labor for salt or snow melt application. Bidders should have the capability to remove snow within one (1) day and the school should be a priority. Snow removal will include parking lots and driveways at Pate Early Childhood, Robinson Elementary/Intermediate, Bus Barn, Junior High, High School, and the Armory. Bids must be submitted to the Superintendent's Office at 409 W. Locust and will be accepted until September 11th at 12:00 p.m. Bids will then be awarded at the September 14th Board of Education Meeting. For additional information contact Dr. Travis Shaw at 417-678-3373.

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.


YMCA Fall Sports and After-School Child Care

Attention Parents! The YMCA is now taking registrations for Fall Sports and After-School Child Care.

 

The YMCA will be offering youth soccer and youth flag football in Aurora. Divisions for soccer range from age 4 through the 8th grade.  Flag football ranges from age 4 through the 5th grade. Practices and games will be held in Aurora.  

 

The YMCA also offers kindergarten through 5th grade After-School Child Care at Pate Elementary School. 

 

Please contact Jeramy Kee at the YMCA if you have additional questions-417-235-8213.


HS Graduation Online!

Did you miss the HS Graduation Ceremony?  You can catch it on YouTube at the link below:

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.

You may also obtain an application from the district office at 409 W. Locust, Aurora, MO 65605.

More information can be found here: Substitute Teacher Guide

For any questions, please call 678-3373 or Billy Redus at 229-0277.

Teacher of the Month

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.


APRIL 2015


Jessica Kristek is our Teacher of the Month for April. Ms. Kristek is a 2nd grade teacher at Pate Early Childhood Center.


MARCH 2015


Ann Parsons is our Teacher of the Month for March. Mrs. Parsons is a teacher at the Alternative School.


FEBRUARY 2015


David Brown is our Teacher of the Month for February. Mr. Brown is a 4th grade teacher at Robinson Elementary.


JANUARY 2015


Lori Rook is our Teacher of the Month for January. Mrs. Rook is a Math teacher at Aurora Junior High.


DECEMBER 2014


Kenna McCleery is our Teacher of the Month for December. Mrs. McCleery is a Reading teacher at Robinson Elementary.


NOVEMBER 2014


Courtney Mills is our Teacher of the Month for November. Ms. Mills is a 2nd grade teacher at Pate Early Childhood Center.


OCTOBER 2014


Leanne Cope is our Teacher of the Month for October. Mrs. Cope is a Science teacher at Aurora High School.


SEPTEMBER 2014


Christi Thomas is our Teacher of the Month for September. Mrs. Thomas is a Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Aurora Junior High.

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