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Aurora -- With the start of school just around the corner, Aurora will participate in the new PARCC assessments this school year like all other districts in Ohio, Superintendent Russ Bennett said.
PARCC's goal is to ensure every student graduates from high school prepared for success in college and the workplace, according to the PARCC website.
Bennett said math and English / language arts will be tested in PARCC in grades 3 to 9.
The first day of classes for all students -- except preschool and kindergarten -- attending Aurora schools is Aug. 21.
Kindergarten classes will begin for students with last names beginning with A-L on Aug. 21, while the first day of classes for those students with last names beginning with M-Z is Aug. 22. All-day kindergarten classes will kick off Aug. 25. Preschool will begin Aug. 26.
Aurora High School has added an advanced placement environmental science course and a course exploring community service called the Aurora service learning class, Bennett said.
"This class will research and explore the history of non-profits and the development of community service opportunities," Bennett said.
He said at the elementary level, the district is "rolling out a new writing curriculum, so we're excited to see gains in this important skill."
Bennett said Aug. 11 the district has enrolled 136 new students, "but we are not sure until school starts how many we will have actually gained because often we don't get the withdrawal requests until a school requests records." Last spring's final enrollment was 2,944.
The district will have three administrators in new roles.
PAUL GOODWIN is Leighton principal, succeeding the retired Dana Lambacher. Mike Janatovich is Harmon assistant principal, succeeding Goodwin. Julie Troman is Craddock principal, taking over for Patty Minrovic, who will continue as Miller School principal until the end of the 2014-15 school year when she will retire, then Troman will take over as principal at both schools.
Craddock parents new to the district are invited to meet there tonight (Aug. 13) at 7 for an informational meeting.
An orientation program for all incoming ninth-grade students and high school students new to the district will take place Aug. 20 from 7:40 to 11:15 a.m. at the high school.
The staffs of the elementary schools will have "meet and greet" sessions prior to the first day of school. Parents are encouraged to bring their students to tour the building, find their new classroom, meet their teacher and drop off their school supplies during these times:
• Craddock School, Aug. 19, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
• Miller School (kindergarten), Aug. 20, 10 to 11 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
• Miller School (preschool), Aug. 21, 10 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.
• Leighton School, Aug. 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Bennett said parents should feel free to contact any of the school administrators.
"They would be more than happy to meet with you," he said. "We are excited to have them in our district and on our team and look forward to a successful new school year with them."
Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4187
Twitter: Mike Lesko@MikeLesko_RPC