As the school year gets under way, Aurora principals were asked to complete this sentence: "I am proud of my school because ..."
Here are their responses:
Mike Roberto, principal at Aurora High School: "I am going to modify my answer a little and state that I am proud of our school because of the pride that our students, parents, educators and community members have for Aurora High. People outside of Aurora associate our school with excellence: Excellence in academics, excellence in athletics and excellence in the arts. The pride of all of the Greenmen, from student to adults, helps to illuminate that excellence."
Mark Abramovich, principal at Harmon Middle School: "I am proud of my school because the students take so much pride in the school, their academics, their behavior and their extracurriculars.
"Then the parents are such great advocates for the school and pushing their children to do the best they can academically. And then the faculty members are so solid. They work so hard at what they do, all year around, and treat each of their students as if they were their own children.
"We are proud to again go up in our performance index score. We produced a 110.14 PIS last year. This would have put us in the top five the previous year [out of 643 middle schools], and we believe we will be right there once again. I can safely say we can stack up to any middle school in the state while outdoing 99 percent of them. It truly is such a wonderful place for students and faculty alike."
Dana Lambacher, principal at Leighton Elementary School: "I am proud of my school because we have outstanding teaching and support staff who are excited about education and care deeply about their students. That goes hand in hand with our great families that are partners in learning. Aurora is so special that parents value education and support us and our students. This will be a great year."
Patty Minrovic, principal at Craddock and Miller elementary schools: "I am proud of my schools because of the wonderful students and families we welcome at Miller and Craddock to begin or continue their educational journeys. With a caring and nurturing staff, we are committed to make our students life-long learners."
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