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School Notes-Aug. 17

Published: August 17, 2016 1:00 AM

AHS is 14th in Ohio in

Newsweek's rankings

Aurora High School was ranked 215th in this year's recently released Newsweek list of the best public high schools in the country, and 14th among Ohio schools.

Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Va., topped the list. Academy for Math, Science and Engineering in Rockaway, N.J. was second.

Newsweek, along with the analytics firm Westat, uses legitimate and objective measurements to put together its annual ranking of the country's best high schools.

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The magazine looked at six measurements and weighted them to come up with a "college readiness index." The rankings are meant to show how well high schools do at preparing students for college.

Those measurements and their weight are: holding power, 10 percent; ratio of counselor/full-time equivalent to student enrollment, 10 percent; weighted SAT/ACT, 17.5 percent; weighted AP/IB/dual enrollment composite, 17.5 percent; graduation rate, 20 percent; and college enrollment rate, 25 percent.

In all, 6,477 of the nation's 15,819 public high schools met the criteria to be considered in Newsweek's rankings.

Open houses planned

Aurora High School's staff will conduct an open house Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. It gives parents of students the opportunity to tour the building, follow their students' class schedules, meet the teachers and gain valuable information for the coming year.

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Meanwhile, Harmon School open houses are slatded for Aug. 23 for seventh-grade parents and Aug. 25 for eighth-grade parents, both at 7 p.m. A sixth-grade open house took place Aug. 16.

Alleged hazing being

probed in Streetsboro

An investigation is under way into allegations "that some band members may have been hazed, demeaned and belittled during band camp activities," according to a news release from Streetsboro schools' Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh.

The alleged hazing took place during a July 29 to Aug. 1 band camp at Camp Muskingum in Carroll County. According to the release, hazing is "in direct violation of Streetsboro School Board policies."

During the investigation, Band Director Gretchen Weaver and Assistant Band Director Shane Ellsworth have been placed on paid administrative leave. Weaver is instrumental music teacher at Streetsboro High and Ellsworth teaches instrumental music at the middle school.

Daulbaugh said he's seeking qualified substitute teachers to fill in during the investigation.

"As of right now, the band is suspended until further notice," he said Aug. 12. "We're going to try to see if we can find someone to come fill in for the directors, so we don't lose very much practice.

"I'm hopeful we can find someone who's qualified to at least keep them practicing their music and hopefully their halftime show."

According to a parent who wished to remain anonymous, hazing, senior pranks and bullying have been going on for years at band camp.

-- Bob Gaetjens, Gateway News

Starting dates are listed

Although Aurora’s half-day  kindergarten students with last names startings with A-L are starting back to school today (Aug. 17) with all other students, those kindergartners with last names stating with M-Z will return to classes Aug. 18. The first day for all-day kindergarteners is Aug. 19 and the first day of classes for preschool students will be Aug. 22. Meanwhile, the Board of Education’s next meeting is Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Aurora High School media center.

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