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.
Monday, February 15th
Monday March 28th
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
7th Grade Girls Basketball Conference Champs
Congratulations to the 7th Grade Girls Basketball team on their undefeated season! Great job ladies!
Pate Pictures-Students Meeting Goals and High School Students Working with Pate Students
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
*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
*Aurora Students earned 30 of 30 points regarding category, Graduation
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 email@example.com.
It is very satisfying to see that improvement has been made
regarding our mission of “Ensuring all Students are Successful Learners.”
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.
Jenessa McCulloch is our Teacher of the Month for December. Ms. McCulloch is a 6th grade teacher at Robinson Intermediate.
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
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
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
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
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.