Transition & Resource Expo '17
Interim High School Principal Announced-Mrs. Tammy Highley
The Aurora R-VIII Board of Education has selected Mrs. Tammy
Highley as the Interim High School Principal for the remainder of the 2016-17
school year. Mrs. Highley has worked in
public education for 31 years successfully fulfilling the positions of English
instructor and 7th-12th principal. At the end of the 2015-16 school year, Mrs.
Highley retired as high school principal from the Halfway R-II School District
where she significantly impacted student lives for the past 10 years.
Mrs. Highley achieved a number of advanced degrees during
her educational career. She earned an
Associate of Arts (General Studies) from Crowder College and a Bachelor of
Science in Education (English) from Missouri Southern State University. While attending Southwest Baptist University,
Mrs. Highley received a Master of Science in Education (Secondary Education), a
Master of Science in Educational Administration (Secondary), and an Education
Specialist (Superintendent). Along with
these higher education degrees, Mrs. Highley has participated in multiple
professional development activities which will benefit Aurora R-VIII Students.
Information provided by Mrs. Highley indicates she is an “educator
to the core of her being” and that she “loves working with new teachers and
veterans alike to create the best possible learning opportunities and
environment.” Please welcome Mrs. Highley
to the Aurora District where she will begin her duties on Friday, February 10th.
5th Grade Science/Social Studies Teacher Selected for Remainder of 2016-17
On Monday, February 6th, the Aurora R-VIII Board
of Education voted to hire Ms. Cindy Coffman as 5th Grade
Science/Social Studies at Robinson Intermediate for the remainder of the
2016-17 school year. Ms. Coffman holds
an Elementary Education Degree from Western Governors University. It was noted that Ms. Coffman is “very
excited about the possibilities this position will provide to do great things
for our students.” Please welcome Ms.
Coffman as she begins her new position on Friday, February 10th.
Center OPENS new Primary Medical Care Clinic
Family Care Medical and Dental Clinics is happy to announce their new primary
medical care clinic, in Aurora, Missouri. Access Family Care’s Aurora
Medical Clinic opened February 1st. They will be serving the people
of Lawrence County with primary medical services. Nurse Practitioner
Shawn Brown will be providing quality medical care Monday through Friday.
A doctor will be available at least one day a week. The clinic is located
at 1810 S. Carnation Drive, which many locals will recognize as the previous
site of Carnation Kids Daycare.
The hours for the Aurora Clinic are Monday through Friday from 08:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. On Tuesdays the Clinic is open late until 7:00 p.m. Please call 417-678-1260.
Same day appointments are often available.Early Childhood Special Education Services
Do you have a preschooler who may be delayed in their development or one who has significant speech concerns? We may be able to help!
The Aurora School District begins providing special education services to students who meet eligibility at the age of three. Areas where a student could be delayed might include: physical, communication, cognitive (e.g. thinking/ problem solving skills), adaptive behavior (e.g. dressing self, potty training, feeding self, picking up toys, etc.), and social/emotional skills. A child does NOT need to have delays in all areas to receive services.
If you think you may have a child with developmental delays in any of the areas above, then please contact our special education director, Dr. Brenda Lakin, at 417-678-7742 to discuss a possible referral. We begin working with children at the age of three and will continue until a student is kindergarten eligible or no longer needs services through our early childhood special education program.
In order to reduce the incidence of bullying, a new reporting tool has been added to the Aurora R-VIII School District website. The form is located under the Quick Links section of the front page (right hand side). Please complete the form if you or your child is having difficulty at school. It will be routed to the appropriate office for additional investigation. If you have questions regarding the form, please contact the Central Office at 678-3373.
Houn' Dawg Clothing Store
The store will be open the 3rd Thursday of every month to families with children in the Aurora R-VIII School District. Dates include January 19th, etc. from 3:00-7:00 pm. The clothing is free and only intended for families with children in need.
The Houn' Dawg Clothing Store is located on the east side of Robinson Intermediate School (1044 S. Lincoln). To enter, use the walk through gate at the southeast corner of the building where the building and chain link fence meet.
If you have questions, please call 417-678-8921.
If deemed as needed, additional times can be scheduled to access the store.
Annual Performance Report Results
Aurora R-VIII School District
Annual Performance Report Results
2015-16 School Year
go out to both students and teachers regarding overall achievement on
the MAP tests and other areas associated with the Annual Performance
Report (APR) and Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) during the
2015-16 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 revision-MSIP 5.
Aurora R-VIII’s APR, as calculated by the
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, showed consistent
performance regarding the 2015-16 school year. The District scored at
the Accredited Level by achieving 94.3% of the points possible (132 out
of 140 points). This was the same percentage as obtained during the
2014-15 school year. It was also higher than the average State MSIP 5
score of 90%.
More specific information may be viewed at: http://tinyurl.com/h5jdd5v
Key Points Regarding Aurora R-VIII’s APR and MSIP 5 Results for 2016
*Aurora Students earned 55 of 56 points regarding the category, Academic Achievement.
*Aurora Students earned 12.5 of 14 points regarding the category, Subgroup Achievement.
*Aurora Students earned 27 of 30 points regarding the category, College and Career Readiness.
*Aurora Students earned 7.5 of 10 points regarding the category, Attendance.
*Aurora Students earned 30 of 30 points regarding category, Graduation Rate.
The 2015-16 school year was the second 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 participation
rate for Aurora R-VIII was 98.5% with an average composite score of
As mentioned previously, students and teachers are the
reason for these scores. They should be praised and honored for their
hard work. Please join with us in congratulating your child or children
on these 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 201 South Madison
or through email firstname.lastname@example.org.
is very satisfying to see that improvement has been made regarding our
mission of “Ensuring all Students are Successful Learners.”
Billy A. Redus
Spring 2016 MAP Results Were Distributed At Parent-Teacher Conferences October 24th-27th
Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) results were given to parents during Parent-Teacher Conferences (October 24th-27th). Please see the included letter which further explains the MAP and Individual Student Reports (ISR). The ISRs outlines your child's performance on the assessment. For further information or if you did not receive your child's report, please call 678-3373 or the building office where your child attends.
MAP Assessment Results LetterStudent Community Service ProjectStudents from Ms.
Bolling's Art I class designed and painted the mural for The Aurora Dawg Pound
on October 18, 2016. Until now, the building has been solid white and difficult
for people to distinguish. Special thanks to Brittany Gold of Aurora's Animal Control
for involving our students in this project!
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 and continuing with the 2016-17 school year. Winners of the award receive 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 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.
2016-17 Grading Cycles
Parents interested in knowing when grading cycles begin and end may view the link included below. The first progress cycle will end on September 22nd. Progress reports will not be sent or given the day that the cycle ends, but will be shared as soon as possible after all accompanying grades can be processed by the building offices. While the grading cycles run approximately every three weeks, no reports are shared until the first six weeks at the beginning of the first and second semesters. The purpose for this is to ensure information is included in the report which most accurately reflects student progress. During the first part of each semester, multiple power standards are not assessed until closer to the end of the first six weeks. If you have additional questions, please contact Central Office at 678-3373.
2016-2017 Grading Cycles
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
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.
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
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.
Aurora R-VIII and City of Aurora Continue to Partner Regarding School Resource Officer (SRO)
The Aurora R-VIII School District is proud to continue the partnership with the City of Aurora to provide a School Resource Officer (SRO) for the 2016-17 school year. Officer Tim Swadley will be the designated SRO to assist buildings with ensuring safety and security. For seven years, Officer Swadley was 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 Events2/07/17 - PAT Screenings - 3:00-6:00 pm
4/04/17 - PAT Screenings 8:30-6:00 pm
4/06/17 - KG Nursery Rhyme Program - 6:00 pm
5/02/17 - PAT Screenings 8:30-6:00 pm
5/19/17 - Last Day of School
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