The Leighton News

August 19th 2022

From the Principal

Dear Leighton Families,

We have officially kicked off the school year with the first two weeks of school. The excitement and joy of learning are some of the best sounds in the world! It has been such a smooth start to the school year and students are already so hard at work earning "pom poms" for demonstrating our 3 Leighton Elementary Pillars of being respectful, being responsible, and being problem solvers. These three pillars are the hallmark of our PBIS or Positive Behavior Interventions Supports Programming and aligns with the six competencies and design specifications encompassed our Strategic Vision.

PBIS is an empirically validated, function-based approach to supporting challenging behaviors and replace them with pro-social skills through systematic teaching of these skills and positive reinforcement strategies. The use of PBIS decreases the need for more intrusive or aversive interventions (i.e., punishment or suspension) and can lead to both systemic as well as individualized change. Through PBIS we have developed a school-wide token economy of earning poms for demonstrating our three pillars. When students fill up their classroom jars, they celebrate that success through a whole class reward. Students then empty their classroom jars into the "Building Wide Pom Pail" in the main office. When we work as a building to fill it, the whole building celebrates with a building wide event.

We are looking forward to our building-wide PBIS kickoff where students and staff will participate in fun skits demonstrating expected and unexpected behaviors in all areas of the school. Anytime throughout the day, students are exhibiting these pillars in the classroom, hallways, recess, lunch, etc they can earn a Caught Being Good. Likewise, while the Golden Fork left the lunchroom this year, the "platinum platter" made its' first appearance. Classes in each grade level have an opportunity to earn the "platinum platter" for earning the most positive compliments at lunch and recess. Leighton Pride is always Building Wide!!

The beginning of each school year is always so special but it was particularly special because we welcomed Mr. Lehman to our Leighton Family! Mr. Lehman comes to us from Shaker where he served an an Instructional Coach working along side the administrative team. We have had so much fun welcoming our staff and students back to school this week.

I am one proud principal each day as I get to work with the most amazing, caring, dedicated, and hardworking staff who go above and beyond for our learners each day to ensure the best possible learning environments and education possible. Likewise, we value the support of our parent community and the blessing we are given each day to support such wonderful children and help mold their futures. Thank you for your continued support, teamwork, and partnership as we embark on another fantastic school year together!

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or feedback!

Enjoy the weekend!

Kind Regards,

Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Ben Lehman, Assistant Principal

Counselor's Corner

Hello and Welcome Back to School!!! Can you even believe we have started yet another school year already!?!?!!

I plan to begin Class Counseling Lessons or visits in September. I look forward to spending time with the kids, learning their perspectives and working together to gain a greater understanding of our social emotional well-being!

If you find yourself in a position where you might need a little extra help right now, please contact me and we can talk about how I might be able to assist or find that connection for you. If you'd like to donate to our Project Back Pack Program that allows me to help students and families, please just let me know.

I am excited to start yet another year with all of you!!!

Be sure to visit my Google Site (often) for updates and fun things we are doing!!

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor


PTO News

Welcome back to another amazing school year!

Here are a few important updates:

Kick off PTO Meeting: Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30 at Mad Jacks.

Mumkins are back! PTO will be kicking off our Mumkin Fundraiser on Friday, August 18th and flyers will be coming home to each family.

Follow this link for more information:

PTO Sign Up

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Aurora Schools Foundation

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Hot Lunches/ Lunch Menu

As a reminder The "no-cost" lunch program will no longer be provided by the government for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Students will again be required to pay for their lunches. If a family feels they may qualify-permanently or temporarily-for the 'Free and Reduced Lunch Program', then please have the form filled-out and submitted prior to the school year. The link for this form and the lunch menu for each day can be found on the ACSD's home page under "Forms & Links" (

Please be sure to keep tabs on your child’s lunch account balance to avoid going into a negative balance. We will always ensure all students have access to eat lunch, but it is appreciated by our lunch staff if a positive balance can be maintained.

Parents can either send their kid in with money to pay for lunches (and they can bring in any amount essentially) or they can go to the Aurora Schools Website and go to Lunch Accounts on the left side under the quick links tabs to get to the MY Payments Plus section and add money to their kids account that way, we would prefer them to pay in advance online over bringing in money. If you have any questions please reach out to Brandon Zimmerman at

Here is the link for My Payments Plus:

We are excited to be working with a new food service provider called the Nutrition Group! They are working to provide balanced and healthy meals to our children each day.

Click on the link below for the school lunch menus

Please reach out to Sal Arquilla at for any questions.

Transportation Information

We are no longer mailing out transportation information. You can go to: (cut & paste into your browser or use the button link below.)

The login information is as follows:

User name = jane.smith (That is the student's first name period last name with no spaces) Password = students date of birth 01012021 with no characters or spaces between mmdayyear

Once you are in, go to "Work with students" and then "View my students"; you should see all your students to choose from. Routes do change from time to time when new students are added so please check back over the next week to ensure your pick-up and drop-off times.

All students are assigned a bus route using their home address. If your child will be using an alternative stop such as a daycare or caregiver, please make sure you submit an alternative bus stop form as soon as possible.

We also now have GPS on all of the school buses. You can see when the bus is to arrive at your home. Download the app "versatrans my stop" from the app store and sign in the same as above. If you have any questions or concerns with transportation, please email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Note, we are never sure how many students will be riding the buses. Once schools open we will make necessary adjustments for buses that may be full.

Thank you and have a safe school year, Transportation Department

Arrival and Dismissal

As a reminder, you can find our arrival and dismissal procedures here.

Car rider lines reminders:

Morning Arrival - Car riders will start being unloaded at 8:50 am and then will be able to enter the building at 8:55 am through the 3rd Grade Wing Doors (Door 2) Our goal is to make sure all students are in the building by 9:05 am.

PM Dismissal - Dismissal procedures will be the same as last year by having students line up in alphabetical lines. A staff member will be calling last names for students to line the loading lanes to get into their cars when they pull up.

1. Please remind your child to load cars quickly to keep the line moving

2. Pull all the way up to the top of the pick-up lane to the sign for loading cars. We have found this allows us to load the maximum number of cars possible.

3. Please be sure to have your orange car tag in the rearview window so staff can visibly see it when calling students' last names.

Thank you for your patience as we have worked very hard to ensure a safe, smooth, and rapid arrival and dismissal process. We appreciate your support with these few reminders.

Important Dates and Reminders


26 Autumn Assessment Day for Students with Last Name A-L (M-Z Stay Home)

29 Autumn Assessment Day for Students with Last Name M-Z (A-L Stay Home)


5 NO SCHOOL ~ Labor Day

7 PTO Kickoff Meeting at TBD (6:30 PM)

21 School Picture Day

Final Forms Reminder

Please be sure to update your Final Forms information for this school year to ensure you can receive the newsletters each week. If you need any help with updating your Final Forms please contact

Please use the following link:

School Fees

Three ways to pay your student's school fees:

1. Send in with your student a check made out to Aurora City Schools.

2. Call the Board of Education office to make a credit card payment between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM at 330-954-2228.

3. Go to the Aurora City Schools website and go to the Parent Page and click on Fee Payments On-Line.

Clinic Updates

Please remember that when you take your child out of school for a doctor or dentist appointment, the State of Ohio requires that a doctor's note be brought back to the school for attendance purposes. You can give the note to the secretaries in the main office.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tanski in the clinic at 330-954-2285 or email her at

As a reminder, please monitor your child for any COVID-related symptoms and contact our school nurse if you have any questions. We appreciate your attention to this.

  • Check your child each day for COVID-related symptoms. If your child is showing any symptoms whatsoever, it is best to keep him/her home to monitor.
  • Students sent home with a fever, may not return to school until they are fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours. This means if your child was sent home on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. with a fever, he/she may not return to school until Thursday. If your child does return the next day, our school nurse will be calling for you to come to pick him/her up. Thank you for your support and efforts in this area.
  • We have COVID-19 home testing kits available that we can send home with any child or family should you question symptoms or exposure. We will be able to answer any questions about these kits should the need arise.
  • Please make sure your Final Forms medical information is up to date. We will closely read the health sections to address any medical concerns.

**** If your child will be absent for an extended period, please reach out to your child's teacher and they will get school work ready for your student for the period of the absence. You may pick up the work outside the main office on a table that will be labeled with your student's name.

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