John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School

The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School on the Aurora University campus serves students in third through eighth grades in the Indian Prairie, East Aurora, West Aurora, and Batavia school districts. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

Teachers for the STEM Partnership School are drawn from the four districts and complete STEM graduate coursework or professional development in the school. They will return to their home districts to serve as teacher leaders.

The curriculum for students has been developed through a collaboration between area educators and local corporations, covering the STEM fields as well as art, music, and more. The building itself serves as a teaching tool, with a green roof, solar panels, a wind turbine, and other elements.

Instructional expenses will be covered by district per-capita budgets, and Aurora University will fund ongoing operational costs.

Parent Information

First page of the PDF file: 19-20_Parent_Information_Sheet

What A Day as an Elementary Student looks like

Arrival:

  • If a student arrives on the bus, his/her bus will pull up in the bus lane immediately south of the school building. When he/she exits the bus, he/she will be greeted by the School Resource Officer and a Aurora University student worker to safely arrive at the sidewalk.
  • If a student arrives by car, the driver will enter into the car lane south of the school building. When the car gets to the front of the line, he or she can exit the vehicle to be escorted to the sidewalk by the School Resource Officer.
  • Students will walk along the sidewalk to the front door of the school.
  • Weather permitting, the students will wait outside the front door until 7:50 am, supervised by the School Resource Officer and AU student workers.
  • In the event of extreme cold or rain, students will wait in the entryway of the school by the main office until 7:50 am.

Breakfast:

  • All students are able to eat breakfast at school between 8:00-8:10am. Students may either bring breakfast from home or take a bagged breakfast from school.
  • All funds for breakfast and lunch must be deposited into students’ meal accounts through their districts. No funds are accepted at the STEM school.
  • If a student chooses to take a school breakfast or lunch, he/she will follow classroom procedures to notify teachers.

Morning Classes:

  • Students remain in their classrooms for the duration of the morning for instruction.

Lunch:

  • Monthly hot lunch menus are posted on the school website. Vegetarian options are available daily.
  • At 10:20am, students will begin preparing to go to lunch. They will get their lunch or lunch ticket and line up.
  • Students are escorted by staff, the School Resource Officer, and Aurora University student workers across campus to Alumni Hall to eat lunch every day unless there is lightning. Students must dress for the weather throughout the school year.
          In the event of lightning, Sodexo will bring hot lunch to the school to be served in classrooms.
  • All funds for breakfast and lunch must be deposited into students’ meal accounts through their districts. No funds are accepted at the STEM school.
  • Students will have outdoor recess supervised by the School Resource Officer and Aurora University student workers every day, with the exception of days with rain, active snowfall or accumulation, or if the windchill is 15 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Students must dress for the weather throughout the school year.
        In the event of a weather event listed above, students participate in indoor recess activities in
        their classrooms.
  • Students are escorted back to their classrooms at 11:10am to begin afternoon instruction.

Physical Education:

  • Students have PE class at some point during their afternoon instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  • Students are escorted across campus by the School Resource Officer and participate in PE class in a variety of settings including but not limited to Vago Field, Alumni Hall gym and activity room, and campus fields. Students must dress for the weather throughout the school year.

Art & Music:

  • Students receive one period of art instruction and period of music instruction per week. These classes occur on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • The art and music teachers come to the students’ classrooms to provide instruction.

Afternoon Snack:

  • Students are encouraged to bring a healthy afternoon snack each day.
  • Most classrooms have snack time between 1:30-2:00 pm.

Dismissal:

  • Students begin to pack their belongings and line up for dismissal between 2:45-2:50 pm. Building dismissal for elementary begins at 2:53pm.
  • If a student rides the bus, he/she will walk down the sidewalk to the bus lane. Bus locations are listed on a board, and Aurora University student workers and STEM School staff are present for direction.
  • If a student is picked up, he/she will walk down the far sidewalk by the Institute for Collaboration and wait on the brick walk. The School Resource Officer will call his/her name when the driver arrives and escort the student safely to the car.
  • Students whose busses or drivers arrive late are supervised by STEM School staff until transportation arrives.

 

FAQ

2019-2020 STEM Board Meeting

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The meetings of the Governing Board of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School Meetings will be held in the Homer Easley Education Center at the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School located at 405 S. Gladstone Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506. 


Public Notice: Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations while attending John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School/events should notify personnel of the accommodation(s) required a minimum of 48 hours prior to the event/meeting.  Requests are to be made directly to the school 630/947-1240