The Leighton News

April 1, 2022

From the Principal

Dear Leighton Families,

Happy April!! I hope all of our families had a restful, rejuvenating, and relaxing Spring Break last week. It is so important to recharge our batteries for the fast and furious 2 months left of school with all the end of the year festivities.

Next week marks the start of State Testing. Through the rigor of our ELA, Writing, and Math Frameworks as well as our Science and Social Studies content standards, our students are prepared to "rock the test". Over the course of the school year, students and staff have been working hard to develop important critical thinking skills through problem solving and student led learning opportunities. Please find the testing dates below in Mrs. Mazzella's update and keep in mind these important testing reminders:

Being sure to arrive on time to school as testing is right away in the morning, eat a good breakfast, be sure your child has working headphones at school, and support your child at home by engaging with practice testing materials and resources located at the following website:

Please check out the important dates section at the bottom of the newsletter for important end of the year events such as concerts, field days, and student/parent events. More information and dates will be coming your way in the next few weeks.

As we embark on the closing of another year, I always find myself reflecting on the beautiful blessings the school year has afforded us. I inevitably find myself beaming with pride at all we have accomplished especially during the unprecedented 2 years of the pandemic. The innovation, critical thinking, resilience, empathy, balance, and collaboration exemplified during this time to continually create learning environments that foster our exemplary curricular frameworks and a whole child approach to teaching and learning is awe inspiring. As we continue to be lead learners and model this for those entrusted to us, we find that these times have taught us that anything is possible in our wonderful world of education. What greater example can we share with our learners than to always let them know they can accomplish anything they put their minds to, and, what better "calling" then to be those given the title of "educator" to support each students' forward momentum. Please know the role you play in helping us provide the best education is paramount. We couldn't do it without the support of our families. Thank you for all you do and your continued partnership!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Mrs. Maria Goodman, Assistant Principal

Counselor's Corner

Spring Testing is upon us! We will be administering State Tests during the month of April. Please make sure your child arrives on time to school, has had a good night's sleep and has eaten something for breakfast. We always want their bodies and brains to be ready to do their best work, so this is a great time to reinforce some of these good habits!

3rd grade ~ ELA - April 4th & 5th; MATH - April 19th & 20th

4th grade ~ ELA - April 7th & 8th; MATH - April 21st & 22nd

5th grade ~ ELA - April 7th & 8th; MATH - April 21st & 22nd; SCIENCE - April 25th & 26th

A great big THANK YOU goes out to Amy Draganic for coordinating a special event to get some family Easter baskets into the hands of some of our families that need a little extra help right now. She has worked closely with the TW Warehouse Outlet to get supplies for this baskets and the Beljon Farms Neighborhood, as well. We are so blessed to have the support of so many in our district.

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor


Spotlight on PBIS

We continue to capitalize on opportunities to teach and reinforce our 3 pillars of Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being a Problem Solver through our daily words and actions and celebrate our students' successes with "caught being good tickets." Each week we teach our students "focus skills" based on the data from the previous week including any referrals or situations that have arisen. This week's focus skill is I can stop, think, and make a good choice.

Our UDL (Universally Designed Lessons) hone in on each focus skill allowing us to explicitly teach those skills, reinforce them, and connect them to our strategic vision including our 6 competencies of a learner (critical thinker, collaborator, innovator, resilient, balanced, and empathetic). Ms. Mazzella also capitalizes on teaching these skills in her classroom lessons focused on various topics including friendships, growth mindset, perseverance as it relates to school work, etc.

We announce our next Golden Fork winners next week! These classrooms earn this honor by demonstrating our 3 pillars in the lunchroom and at recess while following all the expectations. Congratulations went out to Mrs. Yusko, Ms. Most, and Mrs. Nagy . These classrooms will be passing the Golden Fork along to the next winning classes to display outside their classroom doors.

Our next monthly PBIS office raffle will be Friday, April 1st. Students will continue to turn in their caught being good tickets to the office and a building-wide drawing will take place, where caught being good tickets will be read over the announcements and students will pick a prize from our PBIS rewards cart.

Lastly, our 3rd quarterly PBIS building wide reward of an extra recess was a big hit. Students had fun playing various games and enjoying the sunshine with friends from other classes. We are gearing up and looking forward to our last quarter event!

Here are some great resources to support your PBIS efforts at home. Thank you for your partnership!


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District Art Show

This year’s AHS Drama Club’s spring musical and Annual District Art Show will run from April 8-10, 2022. Art from all grades, first through twelfth, will be showcased in the Aurora HS gym from Friday April 8th (6 p.m.) through Sunday April 10th (ends 3 p.m.). The Art Show is free and open to the public! Ticket information for the musical (in AHS auditorium) is on the district homepage. Come celebrate our talented students and the Arts at AHS next weekend.

PTO News

THANK YOU to all who ordered from our spring Foertmyer & Sons fundraiser!!! We were able to raise $5,976.00!

PICK UP for the flowers will be Sunday May 15th in the Leighton parking lot. Times will come closer to the date.

Our last PTO Meeting will be held Wednesday 4/12 at Dunkin Donuts @ 7:00pm, we hope to see you there!

Princess & Pins Event

If they have not already, your daughter will be bringing home a form for our upcoming bowling event for your daughters and their one special grownup.

This event will take place 4/29 at Roseland Bowling Alley (this is not replacing Princess Prom, just an event we thought would be fun)

Save the Date: Family Night at the Drive In May 21st at Midway Drive In in Ravenna

Want to Help Next Year?

Use this link to sign up to chair events next year. If you have any questions please feel free to email

All Sports Booster

The All Sports Boosters is sponsoring a Spring Market and Pancake Breakfast on April 2nd. The Boosters was hoping that you would be willing to add the following information to your school's announcements and e-newsletters. I have included a blurb for each, but please feel free to edit it as you see fit.


Who's ready to get your pictures taken with the Easter Bunny at the Spring Market & Pancake Breakfast? Or grab ALL YOU CAN EAT pancakes served by your favorite Aurora High School student athletes! Tickets are only $5 per person, so grab your parents and drag them to AHS cafeteria on April 2nd from 8am-1pm!


Aurora All Sports Boosters is proud to bring the next big event to our community - Spring Market & Pancake Breakfast, Saturday April 2nd from 8 AM until 1 PM at the AHS Cafeteria/Gym! You won't want to miss the all you can eat pancake breakfast or the spring market vendors! While you are there be sure to bid on our amazing team baskets in our silent auction, and of course, plan to visit the Easter Bunny for a few quick pics! Move to the front of the line and grab your tickets ahead of time so we know who's coming: for only $5 per person! Bring your friends, neighbors and grandparents - this will be a great community event you won't want to miss! (Admission will also be sold at the door)

Aurora Schools Foundation

The Aurora Schools Foundation funds innovative grants that are outside of the school budget. The Aurora Schools Foundation recently funded a grant for nonfiction books at Craddock that matched the students’ interests. After the students selected the nonfiction books that matched their interests, the books were then distributed to the students. The students said it was the best day ever at Craddock! They were over the moon excited to receive the plethora of new non-fiction books that they had a voice in helping select. The teachers were so appreciative because they could feel the excitement in the room. We cannot wait to see what these students learn and how they innovate after reading these books!We are so blessed to have a wonderful PTO and Aurora Schools Foundation to support our staff, students, and teaching and learning! If you would like to learn more about Aurora Schools Foundation, please visit their website at

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Important Dates and Reminders


12 PTO Meeting at Dunkin Donuts(7:00 PM)




9 2nd to 3rd Grade Parent Orientation (6:30 PM)

16 5th Grade to Harmon (Building Tour@9:15- More information to come)

18 4th-Grade Track Meet at High School (PE event)

18 LES Orchestra Concerts at High School 4th-Grade (6:30 PM) & 5th-Grade (7:30 PM)

24 LES Band Concert at High School (7:00 PM)

26 5th-Grade Field Day

27 3rd & 4th-Grade Field Day

27 5th Grade Student Clap Out

27 End of 4th Grading Period

27 Report Cards Distributed


Please see some reminders in regards to our car rider line

1. When a teacher shows the stop signal with their hand or does not motion for your child to exit the car please do not let them get out of the car.

2. Please DO NOT pull around cars unless a teacher motions you around. This is for the safety of our students.

3. Please make sure your child is ready to go when they reach the front of the car line.

4. Please be sure to have your orange tag in your car window visibly so staff can see it when calling students to cars. If you need another orange tag, please ask a staff member who is outside.

Thank you for your help in making the car line run as smoothly and safely as possible.


Click on the link below to view the school lunch menus. We are excited to have the Nutrition Group supporting our lunch program this year. Our students have been enjoying the variety of options. We HIGHLY encourage you to check the menu each week to see if any changes will be occurring.

Student Attendance

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.

Clinic Updates

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

**** 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. We are a google district and utilize google classroom in our 3-5 classes. Please check in with your child's teacher about any google classroom posting and/or assignments in his/her absence.

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures and Transportation

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

Thank you for all your assistance on helping us make sure our arrival and dismissal procedures are safe, smooth, and rapid.

For transportation information go to: (cut & paste into your browser)

The login information is as follows:

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

Please be reminded we 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