It is amazing what our staff members do, both inside and outside the classroom. Below are just a few of those activities!
*Paul Frankmann, who teaches both French and Social Studies at Harmon, was selected by the American Red Cross to attend the Exploring Global Program in Switzerland this past summer. He was the only person from North America that was selected and the Program focused on issues involved with International Humanitarian Law. He will be able to use much of the information and experience he gained in his classes this coming year.
*Harmon teacher Lauren Sanford, with help from her colleague, Jessica Matousek, is leading a group of about 20 students in a project called “Tech Tuesdays”. This group of students is meeting with senior citizens in the community and helping them with technological issues such as e-mail, Skype, smart phones, I pads, E-Readers, etc.
*Under the direction of Leighton teachers DeeAnn Pochedly, Nancy Petru, and Gina Voinovich, the students in EcoKids raised over $800 during their Earth Week Activities and donated $400 of that to the Moebius Nature Center. This past spring they also did weeding and spring clean-up around the interpretive center. Coming up this Fall, they will start working with Melissa Foster, Aurora’s energy specialist and high school teacher, to reduce Leighton’s energy footprint.
*Miller teacher Dana McKinney, along with her husband, raises honey bees on a farm and sells the honey. They also make their own maple syrup.
*Under the direction of elementary art teacher Lois Girbino, a fifth grade student had his artwork displayed in the Big Screen Plaza in downtown New York last spring.
*The Harmon Nature Club, under the direction of Liz Fuller, planted a butterfly garden this past year, complete with bird feeders. Sean Reilly also helped tremendously with the project.
* Jen Yonally, a teacher at Miller, is the leader of a Daisy troop in Aurora. In addition to many other activities, she had her troop members sing and serve cookies at Independence Village Assisted Living last year.
*Gayle Lewis and Melissa Foster, Aurora high school teachers, took 15 students to Spain last year during their spring break.
*Leighton teacher Mike DeMay is a member of the Aurora City Building and Grounds Committee and a member of the Aurora City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
*Rob Albrecht, Carolyn Hopkins, Beth Bryant, Tami Mazzella, Katie McArthur, and Lois Mudrey, all Aurora City School employees, helped at Aurora’s 3rd annual Shop with A Cop Program, which is organized by Aurora Officer Vickie Yendriga.
*Paul Powers, Aurora’s athletic director, was awarded Athletic Director of the Year in the state of Ohio.
*Staff members of the Aurora art department (Terri Hickey, Lois Girbino, Leigh Jacobson, Brian, Caponi, and Sean Berrodin) hosted the Portage County Art Show at Hiram College and their students won multiple awards. In addition, over $300,000 was awarded to seniors students graduating in the art program.
*A high number of Aurora teachers popped kettlecorn at an Aurora football game with all the proceeds going to help fix the bleachers at the stadium that were destroyed by a fire.