Counselor will speak
The local elementary schools' next parent communications forum will feature Bob Schuppel, a child counselor who will address strategies to help parents whose children may experience anxiety at home and/or school. The gathering will be Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the media center.
Math, literacy is focus
Leighton School's academic department and building principal/teachers are hosting an informational math and literacy meeting for parents of all students in grades 3 to 5 on Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Ohio has adopted new academic standards in math and language arts, referred to as the "Common Core" curriculum, and this meeting will explain the major curricular shifts in each of these areas. Ways that parents can support their child's learning also will be provided. More detailed information is available on the school district's website at www.aurora-schools.com.
Fundraisers go on for
The Harmon-High School PTO is having an afghan/blanket sale. An order form can be downloaded from the district's website at www.aurora-schools.com and turned into the Harmon or high school office. The sale ends Oct. 4.
Also, the Aurora schools vocal music department is sponsoring a fall mum sale, and orders are due by Oct. 8. Order forms are on the district's website. The mums will be on stage for the high school choir concert Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. They can be picked up after the concert.
The Harmon-High School PTO also is running a flower bulb fundraiser. Orders are due by Oct. 25 if turned in at the schools or Oct. 30 online. Checks should be made payable Harmon-High PTO. Order forms are available at all school buildings.
The flower fundraiser, which has awarded scholarships over the last 30 years to deserving seniors who would like to further their education, has provided more than 100 scholarships totaling more than $65,000.
If you have any questions or need more information regarding the flower bulb sale, contact Lori Bopp at 517-320-1783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Markets help schools
Two programs sponsored by area supermarket chains aid the Aurora schools.
Heinen's ABC school donation program gives up to 1 percent of a customer's qualified purchases to a local school of the customer's choice if he or she is enrolled in Heinen's Tasteful Rewards program. Information is available at www.heinensrewards.com.
Giant Eagle's Apples for the Students also helps local schools. Customers can earn points for free educational awards for their selected school when enrolled in the Giant Eagle Advantage Card program. For details, visit www.gianteagle.com/schools/apples-for-students.com or call 1-800-474-4777.
Smokers in minority
at KSU, survey finds
Devon Workman and Eliott Golod think a campuswide smoking ban at Kent State University would be "ridiculous."
The 18-year-old Kent State freshmen, who live in Koonce Hall, say they're conscientious about their habit. They don't smoke indoors. They respect the 20-foot policy from building entrances, and they make sure their butts find the garbage can.
Workman and Golod are in a minority of Kent State students who use tobacco, according to the results of a nearly year-long comprehensive survey conducted by the university's Tobacco-Free Campus Advisory Committee, which is recommending sweeping bans of all tobacco products across KSU's eight-campus system.
Responses were collected from 8,302 Kent State-affiliated individuals, or roughly 17 percent of the all Kent State students, faculty and staff. Of those surveyed, about 21 percent said they use tobacco in some form.
KSU President Lester Lefton charged the committee with researching the pros and cons of a tobacco ban in response to a recommendation from the Ohio Board of Regents made in July 2012 that all public university campuses across the state become tobacco-free zones in the interest of public health.
--Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier
Test planned at AHS
The 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test will be given to Aurora High School students Oct. 16 at 7:40 a.m. at the high school. Students must sign up by Oct. 9. Information and a signup form are on the district's website at www.aurora-schools.com.
Some notes at AHS
The Aurora High Environmentally Concerned Students club kicks off its meeting schedule today (Oct. 2) after school in Room 203.
It is open to all students, and the club will work on an activity that promotes environmental awareness.
Savannah Alonso and Maddie Task were last week's PRID card drawing winners at the high school.
Mantua Center School now on list as a historic location
A century-old schoolhouse in Northern Portage County has secured a lasting place in history.
The National Park Service in Washington, D.C., has named the Mantua Center School in Mantua Township to the National Register of Historic Places, affirming the structure's historical significance and its eligibility for federal funding supporting its preservation.
Members of the Mantua Historical Society and Mantua Restoration Society pushed for the school's addition to the register. The building is the third in the vicinity to make the national list following the civic center and township hall on Route 82. It was approved for inclusion on the National Register on Sept. 4.
Township residents have big plans for the neo-classical building and are excited at the prospect of seeing the school used for generations to comes.
"That building is at the absolute heart of the township, and now it can be a source of township identity and civic activity for another 100 years," said Carole Pollard, secretary for the non-profit Mantua Restoration Society, which focuses on the preservation of the township's historic properties.
-- Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier
Open house slated at VCA
Valley Christian Academy on East Boulevard in Aurora will host a fall open house Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon for prospective parents and students entering kindergarten to eighth grade.
The program will include a kindergarten information program at 10 a.m. and a middle school information program at 11 a.m. VCA faculty and current families will be on hand to share their experiences.
VCA serves students in kindergarten to eighth grade, from Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Portage and Summit counties. Bussing is provided through the Aurora, Bedford, Crestwood, Hudson, Nordonia, Streetsboro, Stow and Twinsburg school districts.
Stock club students sought
Forms to join the Stock Market Club at Harmon School are available in the office. Cost is $15 per team. Students can compete individually or with up to four other students. If interested in joining, fill out the form and turn in money by Oct. 5. The first meeting will be Oct. 7. See Lauren McMahon for further information.
'Garden Club' is AHS play
Aurora High School's fall play is "the Girls of the Garden Club." It will be presented Nov. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $5 for students.