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School Counseling Department Wins Gysbers Award

Award Letter from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  The award was presented last night-Sunday, November 8, 2015.

Dr. Travis Shaw:

CONGRATULATIONS! On behalf of the Guidance and Counseling Services Section of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri School Counselor Association, it is with great pleasure that I inform you that Aurora School District has been selected as the recipient of the Gysbers Success Designation Award. 

This award is in recognition for commitment to fully implementing a comprehensive guidance and counseling program focusing on the academic, career and personal/social development of all students.  Full implementation signifies that the program incorporates a results-based approach in the evaluation of its program using relevant student data to demonstrate the impact of guidance interventions on student outcomes.

The Gysbers Success Designation is a state award named in honor of Dr. Norman C. Gysbers.  Dr. Gysbers is a retired Curators Professor of Educational/School & Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri – Columbia and has been a major contributor to the field of guidance and counseling. He is considered by many to be the ‘Father of modern guidance and counseling’ and is best known for his work in comprehensive school counseling and for his many national leadership positions.

There is a growing body of evidence at both the state and national levels that more fully implemented comprehensive guidance and counseling programs make a value added contribution to student achievement and other positive student outcomes.  The work of your school counselors in the delivery of Aurora School District’s comprehensive guidance and counseling program is further testament to those findings.

Fully implementing a comprehensive guidance and counseling program does not occur without the support of the central office and building administrators, teachers, parents and students.  This award recognizes that Aurora School District has demonstrated that commitment through its willingness to provide the resources that allow school counselors to devote their time to working with students to promote their academic, career and personal/social development.  Your entire staff and community can be proud of the work being done by the school counselors in your district.  We convey our sincere congratulations to you and your School Guidance and Counseling Department!

Aurora School District will be recognized at the fall conference of the Missouri School Counselor Association.  We invite you to participate in this recognition at the The Gysbers Gala (details attached) and look forward to recognizing your school counselors at the conference and Gala.

Way to go, ladies!

Pictured (left to right): Skylar Davis-High School, KayLynn Pennell-High School, Cindi Grace-Junior High, Karen Bader-Pate Early Childhood Center, Sis Ann Broyles-Robinson Intermediate, Dr. Travis Shaw-Superintendent, Lauren Parrish-Robinson Elementary and Intermediate, and Billy Redus-Assistant Superintendent

Senior Citizens' Appreciation Dinner and Veterans' Day Celebration

The Aurora R-VIII School District is hosting a Senior Citizens' Dinner and Veterans' Recognition on Friday, November 13th beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the High School Gymnasium.  A meal will be served, student groups will perform, and door prizes will be provided.  

Please call 678-3373 (Central Office) to register.  Those registering by the end of the day on Friday, November 6th will be entered into the drawing for door prizes.  You may also call the Central Office if you have additional questions.  We hope to see you there! 

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 revision-MSIP 5.

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 for 2015

*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 category, Attendance.

*Aurora Students earned 30 of 30 points regarding category, Graduation Rate.

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 bredus@aurorar8.org.

It is very satisfying to see that improvement has been made regarding our mission of “Ensuring all Students are Successful Learners.”

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.


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 Bus Drivers and Sports/Activities Drivers Needed!

Need extra cash before Christmas?  We are looking for substitute bus drivers and sports/activities drivers.  We provide the training and 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.

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.

4-Way Test Scholarship Speech Contest

This scholarship contest is open to all young men and young women from grades 9 to 12 in public, private, parochial, and home schools. The Rotary Four Way Test speech contest offers an opportunity for educators in all settings to provide an ethical learning opportunity to young people. All students participating should write a short essay on the subject: "What the Rotary Four Way Test Means to Me" that can be read in six minutes. The only criteria should be that the student's presentation must specifically relate in the essay or speech to Rotary's Four Way Test. It can be humorous or serious, current or historical, commonplace or unique. The text only need incorporate in some manner each part of the "Four Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do", which states the following: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?" For more information on entering the contest, please contact Billy Redus at 678-3373 or 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 Events

12/10/15 - 1st Grade Christmas Program 6:30 pm

4/21/15 - KG Nursery Rhyme Program 6:30 pm

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