Lady Houns' Volleyball Sectionals-Saturday, October 21st

Sectional Volleyball action will begin on Saturday, October 21st at 1:00 p.m. with the Lady Houns' taking on Jefferson City Helias at 1:00 p.m.  At 2:30 p.m. Sullivan will play Logan-Rogersville.  The winners of both games will meet at approximately 4:00 p.m. to determine who will play in the Final Four at the Sho-Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  Come cheer on the ladies as they take the court!  MSHSAA price for admission will be $7.00.  There are no exceptions or passes accepted.    

Junior High Drop-Off and Dismissal Changes

Due to safety issues and construction beginning tomorrow in the north lot at Aurora Junior High, we will be making some changes with buses and parent drop-off and pick-up.

Bus drop-off and pick-up will be in the north lot (where parents have dropped-off and picked-up students in the past).

All parent drop-offs and pick-ups will be on the east side of the building
  • AM - Parents will enter through the gate on the northeast side of the armory and drive through the gravel lot, dropping kids off in the AM at the front door (A-10).
  • PM - Parents will enter through the gate on the northeast side of the armory, drive through the gravel lot, and pull up all the way to the last sidewalk past A-9 (There will be teachers and cones posted to help you navigate the route).  Please pull up next to the curb to load your student(s).  As students are picked up, parents can carefully exit out of the left-hand lane if the cars in front of them have not loaded yet.

Trauma-Informed Information for Parents (From the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)

The district shall provide the address of the trauma-informed website developed by DESE to all parents before October first of each school year (section 161.1050, RSMo) once developed.

Dr. M. Rene' Yoesel, LPC
Director of School Counseling
Chrissy Bashore
Assistant Director of School Counseling
Pursuant to Missouri Senate Bill 638, Section 161.1050, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has established the “Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative.”
For the purposes of this initiative, the following terms are defined as follows:
  • “Trauma-informed approach” -an approach that involves understanding and responding to the symptoms of chronic interpersonal trauma and traumatic stress across the lifespan
  • “Trauma-informed school” -a school that:
    a. realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery
    b. recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in students, teachers and staff
    c. responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into its policies, procedures and practices; and
    d. seeks to actively resist re-traumatization
DESE recommends The Missouri Model as the developmental framework for the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative.
The implementation of a trauma-informed approach is an ongoing organizational change process. A “trauma-informed approach” is not a program model that can be implemented and then simply monitored by a fidelity checklist. Rather, it is a profound paradigm shift in knowledge, perspective, attitudes and skills that continues to deepen and unfold over time. Some leaders in the field are beginning to talk about a “continuum” of implementation, where organizations move through stages. The continuum begins with becoming trauma aware and moves to trauma sensitive to responsive to being fully trauma informed.
The Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework for Trauma-Informed:
An Introduction to Trauma (Professional Training):
“Research has revealed that the prevalence of trauma is high particularly in specific target populations. This webinar will introduce viewers to the definition and prevalence of trauma, as well as examining the social, biological and health impact.”
University of Missouri St. Louis / Missouri Institute of Mental Health

Trauma-Informed Website Link

Substitute Teachers, Substitute Bus Drivers, Substitute Paraprofessionals, and Substitute Nurses Needed

The Aurora R-VIII School District is currently looking for substitutes to fill positions as needed during the 2017-18 school year.  For more information please call 417-678-3373.   

MAP-EOC Results for the 2017 Administration

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Results from the 2017 Spring Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests and End-of-Course (EOC) exams are now available and will be given out at Parent-Teacher Conferences during the 2017-18 school year.  We are very proud of the efforts given by students during the administration.  Both students and teachers worked very hard to reach the standards in place. 

The Missouri Assessment Program is Missouri’s evaluation program used to illustrate your student’s progress toward mastery of the educational standards set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). There are four achievement levels:

Advanced indicates a student performing at the Advanced level on the MAP/EOC consistently demonstrating a thorough understanding of the skills and processes identified in the Missouri Learning Standards.

Proficient indicates a student performing at the Proficient level on the MAP/EOC demonstrating an understanding of the skills and processes identified in the Missouri Learning Standards.

Basic indicates a student performing at the Basic level on the MAP/EOC demonstrating an incomplete understanding of the skills and processes identified in the Missouri Learning Standards.

Below Basic indicates a student performing at the Below Basic level on the MAP/EOC demonstrating little understanding of the skills and processes identified in the Missouri Learning Standards.

As mentioned previously, official reports will be provided at Parent-Teacher Conferences.  If you have questions or would like the reports ahead of this official release period, please contact the counselor or principal in the building where your child attends.

Aurora Houn' Dawgs-Class 4 Baseball State Champs!

The Aurora High School Baseball Team won the Class 4 State Championship in O'Fallon, Missouri on Friday, June 2nd.  The Dawgs beat Lutheran South 5-3 to wrap up the championship.  In order to win the title, the boys beat Monett 5-0 in the sectional, Jefferson City Helias 8-2 in the quarterfinals, and Pleasant Hill 12-2 in the semifinals.  Congratulations Houn' Dawgs!
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Preschool Screening For 2017-18

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Health Center OPENS new Primary Medical Care Clinic

Access 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.

Reporting Form    
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.

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 Letter

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.  This program was begun during the 2015-16 school year and continued through 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. 

2017-18 Grading Cycles


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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.

Chad 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 program.

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 of Aurora! 

David Mais 
Robinson Elementary Principal

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.  

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.

More information can be found here: Substitute Teacher Guide

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

Upcoming Events

The first day of School for the 2017-18 School Year is Wednesday, August 16!  
Private/Parochial School /Students who are Home Schooled Meeting - August 29, 2017 at 2:00 in the Central Office

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