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February 2020

  • The Honourable Adriana LaGrange, Alberta Minister of Education, visited Aurora during our Annual Science Fair on the evening of Thursday, January 30th, 2020.  The Minister toured our school and met with our Board Chair Arlene Huhn along with our many students, parents and staff. Honourable Adriana LaGrange helped with the Awards Ceremony following the Science Fair.  On behalf of our Aurora Board and stakeholders, we thank Honourable Adriana LaGrange for her caring visit and spending time with our Aurora teaching and learning team. 

 

  • Our Aurora research project “Parent Voice and Perspectives for Improvement of Engagement and Social Connectedness within the Multicultural Fabric and Culture of Schools” in collaboration with Edmonton Public Schools, University of Alberta and Simon Fraser University has recently completed the final research report accessible online at:  https://www.auroraschool.ca/research-publications on our Aurora website.  On February 26th, 2020 in our Aurora Learning Commons, the research team presented the findings of this project to our Aurora parents, students, and stakeholders.  We also participated in a presentation at Edmonton Public Schools. We thank Mother Earth’s Children’s Charter School for bringing students, parents and staff to share in the Land Acknowledgement and Dance Ceremony with our parents, staff, students, and researchers.  The research team consisted of Dr. Malcolm Steinberg (Simon Fraser University), Dr. Paul Wozny (Aurora), Dr. Owen Livermore (Edmonton Public Schools), Dr. Nicole Ofosu, Dr. Paul Veugelers, and Dr. Jim Parsons (University of Alberta.). We thank our parents with Aurora and Edmonton Public Schools that volunteered to participate in this project.  

 

  • The construction process with our Aurora Elementary Entrance renovation is now at the stage of concrete footings and foundation walls.  The forms are currently under construction and the concrete pouring will be commencing shortly. We look forward to our grand opening of this facility during the 2020/21 school year.

 

  • The next Aurora Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 starting at 6:30 pm in our Aurora Learning Commons.  

January 2020

  • The Honourable Adriana LaGrange, Alberta Minister of Education, will be visiting Aurora and our Annual Science Fair on Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at 5:15 pm.  Our Aurora Board Chair Arlene Huhn and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Paul Wozny look forward to greeting and introducing our Minister of Education to our superb Aurora students, parents, and community stakeholders. 

 

  • Our Aurora Elementary Construction/Renovation project is proceeding with the demolition process ongoing at this time.  We appreciate your patience and support with this ongoing process. We thank our hard-working contractors for their caring and safe efforts with this exciting project.  We look forward to the completion of this renovation later this summer.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The next Aurora Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19 starting at 6:30 pm in our Aurora Learning Commons.  We invite our Aurora parents, staff and community members and stakeholders to attend our monthly Aurora Board of Directors meetings!  

Demolition Underway

December 2019

 

  • Thank you for attending our Aurora Annual General Meeting held on Thursday evening, November 21, 2019.  Our Board of Directors’ governance team includes Arlene Huhn (Board Chair), Zahida Hirani-Saran (Board Vice-Chair), Shazin Mohamed-Standing, Robert Kossick, Felix Amenaghawon, Nokuthula Sithole and Kiera Hanrahan.  We are honoured to serve our exemplary Aurora parents, students, staff, and community stakeholders and look forward to an inspiring and successful school year.  

 

  • Our Aurora Board of Directors provide an important governance role and focus on high level policy decision-making when in Board formal meetings and functions as a corporate entity for Aurora School Ltd.  

    • Administration of schools and teaching staff is not done by the Board of Directors.  Administration is handled by Principals, Assistant Principals in coordination with the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent.  

 

  • The Aurora Annual Education Results Report (AERR) 2018/19 and Three Plan 2019 to 2022 was approved by the Board is now posted on our Aurora website at:  https://www.auroraschool.ca/documents    Our Aurora students continue to achieve excellent academic results among the very highest in the province and our Provincial Achievement Test (PAT) results include a 99.3 % pass rate and excellence rate of 56.3%.  These results are significantly higher than the Alberta average of 73.6% pass rate and 20.6% excellence rate. Our Aurora students continue to distinguish themselves in exemplary achievement across all academic subjects.  We thank our staff a students for their continued excellence in academic learning, effort, and achievement.

 

 

  • The next Aurora Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22, 2020 starting at 6:30 pm in our Aurora Learning Commons.  All parents, staff and community members are welcome to attend our Board of Directors meeting!  

 

 

  • On behalf of our Aurora Board of Directors and Senior Administration Team, we wish you and family all the best for 2020!


 

 
 
 

November 2019

  • Our important Aurora Academic Charter School, Aurora School Ltd. Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday November 21, 2019 starting at 7:00 pm in the Aurora Learning Commons.  Child care is available during the AGM.  All parents/members are invited to attend this important meeting that includes:

    • Aurora School Ltd Audited Financial Statements 2018/19

    • Election of 4 Directors to the Aurora Board of Directors

 

  • Re:  Important update - Albertans on Choice in Education Survey:

       Survey Online Link:  https://www.alberta.ca/choice-in-education-engagement.aspx

     The Alberta Government is conducting a survey for Albertans on Choice in Education to gather input from parents, staff, school council, and

     school boards on opportunities to protect, improve and enhance education choice in Alberta including: charter, public and separate schools,

     Francophone schools, private schools, early childhood education and home education.

     Parent feedback will be used to inform the development of the Choice in Education Act which will affirm that parents are the primary decision-       makers in their child’s education and support the range of choice within the current education system.

 

      We appreciate your support of our Aurora Academic Charter School teaching and learning system and appreciate your participation in this

      important survey on choice in education.

  • The Elementary School entrance construction is in full swing with abatement, demolition, and further work in progress.  The target date for

       completion of the entrance is June 30, 2020 barring any unforeseen construction delays.  We will endeavour to keep all stakeholders 

       informed on this project as it continues.

October 2019

  • Our Aurora teaching staff, administration and governance teams will be attending and participating in the TAAPCS (The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools) Biennial Conference and Annual General Meeting, October 25th and 26th, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta.  This important conference brings our Alberta Charter Schools together in collaboration to share research, innovations, progress, along with the important TAAPCS Annual General Meeting with key stakeholders. Aurora researchers and University partners will be presenting and sharing research processes and findings at this provincial conference.

  • The Aurora Academic Charter School, Aurora School Ltd. Annual General Meeting is on November 21, 2019 starting at 7:00 pm in the Aurora Learning Commons.  Child care is available during the meeting. All parents/members are invited to attend this important meeting that includes:
         - Aurora School Ltd Audited Financial Statements 2018/19
         - Election of 4 Directors to the Aurora Board of Directors

 

  • The next Aurora Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13, 2019 starting at 6:30 pm in our Aurora Learning Commons.  All parents, staff, and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly Board of Directors meeting.   

 

  • Work continues on the Elementary Entrance renovation.   The project is going smoothly and is on schedule. We all look forward to the opening of the new entrance in late Spring 2020 and would like to thank students, teachers and staff for their patience and understanding as the renovation project unfolds.  If you have any questions regarding the renovation plans, please contact Dr. Paul Wozny at the school.  

 

September 2019

 

 

  • Aurora is urgently requesting parents/community members for an Audit Committee, required by Alberta Education as stated in the new Education Act. This committee will have two to three meetings over the next two months, approximately a 10 hour commitment. The committee must have a minimum of 5 members including at least one member from the adult learning community, one member from the business community and one Board Director. If you are interested in finance, and are looking for a short term commitment, please contact our Aurora Secretary-Treasurer Holly Maccagno at: hmaccagno@auroraschool.ca

  • The renovation/construction of our Aurora Elementary main entrance is underway and we appreciate your patience over the next year during this process.  This project will feature a larger parent/student main entrance and engagement area, along with additional office space, meeting rooms, washrooms, and flexible work/learning areas.  The North parking is closed, but the two accessibility parking spots (must have placard) are still open for use along with the deliveries area directly adjacent the Aurora Middle School North Main Entrance.  Please avoid blocking the delivery access to the school.  

 

  • Development continues on the new Aurora Research and Innovation Fund (ARIF) that includes input from Alberta Education, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University, Aurora Board of Directors, Aurora School Council, and Aurora stakeholders.  This fund will encourage and support research and innovation projects within Aurora and research partners/stakeholders from local to international with a focus on improving student learning, wellness, achievement and success.  

 

  • The next Aurora Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2019 starting at 6:30 pm in our Aurora Learning Commons.  All parents, staff, and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly Board of Directors meeting.  

 
June 2019
  • Dr. David Van Tamelen presented a detailed summary of the Aurora Parent and Staff survey results addressing our Aurora Charter vision, mission, philosophy, goals, system growth, and alignment with Alberta Education policy, regulations, and related practices.  The summary report generated from your survey input will be valuable as our Aurora Board of Directors continue to refine our vision, mission, philosophy and goals and continue the great legacy of Aurora in providing exemplary teaching, learning, and student achievement.  We had a large number of participants in the survey.  Thank you!

 

  • The renovation of our Aurora Elementary main entrance is projected to begin in July, 2019.  We appreciate your patience over the next year of the construction phase.  Our contractors will be meeting with our Project Manager and Senior Admin Team in July, 2019 for scheduling and safety protocols.  Further construction updates to follow.

 

  • Our Board and senior admin team are currently developing an Aurora Research and Innovation Fund (ARIF) to encourage and support our staff in developing and completing research projects to improve student learning, wellness, and achievement.  We are currently in dialogue with the University of Alberta, Faculty of Education to further develop and refine this research framework.  This framework will also improve the sharing of our research and related evidence with colleagues and stakeholders from local to international.  

 

  • The next Aurora Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 2019 starting at 6:30 pm in our Aurora Learning Commons.  All parents, staff, and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly Board of Directors meeting. 

 

  • Our Aurora Board of Directors and Staff Team wish our students, parents, families and community a safe and enjoyable summer holiday.  We thank you for all the tireless support and many volunteer hours that help make our Aurora community of learning a truly welcoming and caring learning community for our students.  All the very best with final exams in June and we look forward to an inspiring and adventurous 2019/20 school year!

 
May 2019

  • Our Aurora Academic Charter School organization recently had our mid-term Evaluation completed by Alberta Education Field Services.  We thank our Aurora students, parents, staff, Board, School Council, and Alberta Education Field Services team for their support and efforts in this important process for our Aurora teaching and learning team and ongoing growth and systemic improvement.  This review process is a regular part of our operation as a public charter school in Alberta.  The findings of this Charter review process are accessible on the Aurora website under Governance/Documents header located at:  https://www.auroraschool.ca/documents                                            

      Click on AURORA SCHOOL CHARTER EVALUATION REPORT 2019    

                                                             

  • Our Aurora Policy Committee thank our Aurora staff and parents for their input into our Aurora Strategic Planning Processes and Charter updates via the online survey shared with our staff and parents earlier this month.  We thank Dr. David Van Tamelen for his expertise in developing this important survey process to gather stakeholder input into our organizational future, system growth, and alignment with Alberta Education policy, regulations, and related practices.  Parents are welcome to attend our Policy Committee Meetings that are held on a monthly basis.  Do not hesitate to contact any Aurora administrator for any further information or meeting schedule.

 

  • The next Aurora Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, 2019 starting at 6:30 pm in our Aurora Learning Commons.  All parents, staff, stakeholders, and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly Board of Directors meeting! 

 

  • Our Aurora Board of Directors and Senior Administration Team would like to thank our Aurora students, parents, staff, and community stakeholders for your ongoing support, valuable input and many volunteer hours that help make our Aurora community of learning a truly special and inspiring place for our students.  All the very best with final exams in June and we look forward to an exciting 2019/20 school year!

 
April 2019
  • Our Aurora Board under advisement of Project Manager Randy Darr and Architects Robert Bennett and Peter Hohn have progressed to the Tender stage with the City of Edmonton for the Aurora Elementary School Front Entrance Renovation project.  During the Tender Stage, bids will be submitted for the construction of the Aurora Elementary Renovation project.  The Tender stage will be followed by Aurora Board of Directors review of bids and decision whether or not to proceed based on overall costs and available budget.

 

  • Our Aurora Research project in partnership with University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University and Edmonton Public Schools is progressing very well and we will be holding focus group discussions with voluntary Aurora parents during the month of May, 2019.  This study will be used to develop strategies to strengthen engagements with teachers, improve parent/teacher interview processes, and build social connectedness between families and our school community.  Participant contributions will be held in strict confidence and no participants will be identified in any results reported from this study.  If you have an interest to participate in the focus group discussion please contact Nicole Ofosu:  lartey@ualberta.ca or your school Principal: Jacquie Harman (Aurora Elementary) Email:   jharman@auroraschool.ca or Peter Dang (Aurora Middle School) Email:  pdang@auroraschool.ca by April 30, 2019.

 

  • Our next Aurora School Ltd. Annual General Meeting will be held on November 21, 2019, 7:00 pm in the Aurora Learning Commons.  All Aurora Parents are invited to this important event.  The Annual General Meeting includes:  a) Annual Report from the Chair of the Aurora Board of Directors; b) Review of Aurora Audited Financial Statements; c) Election of candidates for open spots on the Aurora Board of Directors; d) other business as determined by the Aurora Board of Directors in consultation with Aurora Stakeholders. 

 

  • The next Aurora Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2019 starting at 6:30 pm in our Aurora Learning Commons.  All parents, staff, stakeholders, and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly Board of Directors meeting! 

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