Spring Concert-Pride of Aurora Houn' Dawg Bands
This Sunday, May 1st, the Pride of Aurora Houn' Dawg Bands will present their annual Spring Concert at Aurora High School. The Jazz Band will perform at 1:00 p.m. in the Commons followed by the Beginning Band, Junior High Band, and High School Symphonic Band starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Gymnasium. Musical selections from each group will encompass a wide variety of styles and genres. The Friends of Aurora Bands will be holding a bake sale of homemade pies, cakes, and cookies in conjunction with the concert beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Big 8 Art Show Winners
The Big 8 Art Show is on display today, April 29th at the High School from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The following students won or placed in the show. Great job!
Kailey Ryan: 3rd Place: Digital Photo (Basic Editing) 1st Place: Portfolio
Victoria Johnson: 1st Place: Ceramic Sculpture
Best in Show Sculpture
1st Place: Digital Photo (Basic Editing)
1st Place: Digital Photo (High Editing)
4th Place: Digital Photo (Basic Editing)
5th Place: Digital Photo (High Editing)
1st Place: Open Category
2nd Place: Digital Photo (High Editing)
5th: Digital Photo (Basic Editing)
6th: Digital Photo (Basic Editing)
Honorable Mention: Digital Photo (Basic Editing)
Emily Parker:2nd & 5th Place in Ceramic Sculpture
Ashley James:2nd & 3rd Place in Airbrush Art
6th Place: Digital Photo (High Editing)
3rd Place in Ceramic Handbuilding
6th Place: Levi Mooneyham
Honorable Mention: Michelle James
1st: Tina McGuire
2nd: Devon Hilton
3rd: Julia McVey
4th: Rebbeque Robinson
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.
Information Regarding Closure Of Road On Carnation
Effective April 18th, Carnation Drive will be closed between College Street and Pleasant Street. Parents will still be able to access the pickup line by going north on Carnation to College Street. If parents access the pickup line by coming south down Carnation (from Highway 39), an alternative route will need to be selected.
Preschool Openings for 2016-17
Aurora R-VIII School
Therapy/Physical Therapy Bids For 2016-2017
School District is accepting bids for occupational therapy and physical therapy
services for the 2016-2017 school year (including Extended School Year 2017). All services and
recommendations must be based on educational needs of the student. Please see the included document for more information.OT/PT Bid SpecificationsMAP Testing
MAP Testing will soon begin for students in grades 3rd through 8th and we encourage parents to visit with their students to do their best. The results of the tests provide information regarding the growth of the student during the year. If you have not received information yet from building personnel, you will shortly. Please assist us by making sure your students get plenty of rest during the testing period and are motivated. The following letter further outlines the testing process.
March 30, 2016
The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level Assessments evaluate students’ progress toward the Missouri Learning Standards. Grade-Level Assessments provide important information that contributes to decisions concerning individual students, groups of students, and educational programs. Assessments are given in the subject areas of Communication Arts (grades 3-8), Mathematics (grades 3-8) and Science (grades 5 and 8).
A policy statement, adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education, designated the purposes of the Missouri Assessment Program as:
· Improving students’ acquisition of important knowledge, skills and competencies;
· Monitoring the performance of Missouri’s education system;
· Empowering students and their families to improve their educational prospects; and
· Supporting the teaching and learning process.
The effectiveness of an assessment program depends on the wise choice of assessment methods, appropriate administration procedures and accurate interpretation of results.
The Grade-Level Assessments include multiple types of questions or items:
· Selected Response (also known as multiple choice) items are composed of a question followed by a series of possible responses. Students must select the correct response or responses.
· Constructed Response or Short Text items require students to supply an appropriate response rather than making a selection from a list of choices.
· Performance Tasks/Events allow students to work through more complicated items using real-world scenarios. · Technology Enhanced items make use of technology in the presentation of the item, the ways in which students respond, or both. For example, students might listen to a story and then drag and drop labels into a diagram, or click on specific parts of a text to provide a response.
Your child’s Individual Student Report (ISR), includes an Achievement Level, which will describe his or her performance as Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, or Advanced. The report will also include a short description of the knowledge and skills that are typically demonstrated by students in each Achievement Level. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) publishes a Guide to Interpreting Results (GIR) that provides additional details about the content of the Individual Student Reports. The GIR is available on the DESE website at: http://dese.mo.gov/college-careerreadiness/assessment/grade-level.
Helping your Child - Test Preparation
ACT Testing For Students Not Enrolled In The Aurora R-VIII School District - May 3, 2016
The State has chosen to fund the ACT for all juniors in Missouri (no cost to students and their families). The test will be given on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 for anyone not enrolled in the Aurora R-VIII School District, yet living within the District boundary lines. This is the make-up date selected by our State education agency. Test results will be accepted by universities for the admission process.
As mentioned previously, this opportunity is being provided to non-public students who are at an age corresponding with students who would be considered Juniors (16-17) that reside in the Aurora R-VIII School District boundaries on May 3rd. Juniors who are enrolled in Aurora Schools will take the test on April 19th (with the make-up date of May 3rd). Registration for non-public students will be collected through the High School Counselors’ Office.
On test day, please ensure your student(s) brings a current photo ID or driver’s license, an ACT
approved calculator (if available) and No. 2 pencils (not mechanical). Information on ACT
approved calculators may be found at http://www.actstudent.org/faq/calculator.html.
In order to participate in the May 3rd ACT administration, students will also have to participate in a session to complete the non-test portions of the administration. The non-test portion collects information such as the student profile and the ACT Interest Inventory. Your student will also have the opportunity to submit a list of up to four colleges to which they want the scores provided. Please discuss this with your student so they are prepared to include those colleges on his/her paperwork. This is a great opportunity for your student to take the ACT at no cost to you.
ACT informational links
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."
Make-up Days Due to Snow and Ice-January 20th Through January 22nd
Due to the cancellation of school for inclement weather January 20th through January 22nd, the following dates will be used as make-up days as outlined by the approved school calendar.
Wednesday, May 18th (12:30 dismissal)
If additional days are missed, they will be added onto the end of the calendar.
Thursday, May 19th
Friday, May 20th
Monday, May 23rd
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
Arvest Bank was presented with a certificate and recognized as a Bright Futures' "Partner of the Month" at the 1st Annual Evening of Champions Banquet on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The banquet was held at Missouri Southern State University in conjunction with the Bright Futures Community Engagement Conference 2016.
Bright Futures currently has 38 affiliates located in 6 states. The Aurora Chapter of Bright Futures was also presented with a "Cornerstone Community" certificate for being one of the original 7 school districts to implement the Bright Futures program.
Thanks to Debbie Weathermon and all the employees at Arvest Bank for the assistance they provide with the program.
The District also thanks all other businesses, churches, and community members who give their Time, Talent, and Treasure to ensure students' needs are met. Without your assistance, students would struggle with having proper nutrition, clothing items, hygiene products, and school supplies.
Thanks to Loralee Vaught for her guidance and direction in running the program.