The Leighton News

April 18, 2022

From the Principal

Dear Leighton Families,

I hope all of our families had a wonderful, restful, and family filled long weekend and Easter Break! I am looking forward to the "Spring -like" temperatures towards the end of the is week and hopefully saying goodbye to the snowflakes!

I could not be more proud of all our students for their focus and hardwork over these last few weeks with state testing. These days are long and our students have done a great job putting forth their best efforts and showing what they know! I am equally as proud of our Leighton Staff for ALL of their hard work in preparing our students not just for the required tests, but also to be "future ready" learners. It is such a gift to be able to spend our days helping to support our learners academic and social-emotional growth. We are so appreciative for the strong partnerships we have with our parent community which makes it all possible! We are looking forward to finishing up testing strong with Math and Science State Tests over the next two weeks.

We have many end of the year events coming up so please see the important dates below including Field Days, end of the year concerts, transition days, and 5th Grade Clap out (5th Graders are "clapped out" of the building on the last day of school - video will be provided to parents) to name a few.

Aurora will once again be offering Summer Academy to students who would benefit from the extra summer support. We will be offering it in the areas of reading and math and invitations will be going out via email in late April. Decisions to offer Summer Academy to students are data based to ensure we have the students needing the most support attending. If you have any questions about Summer Academy please feel free to reach out to myself at or our RTI Coordinator, Laura Arters at the following email

As we near the end of the school year our team will be getting ready to beginning the process of student placements for next school year. This process takes several days to complete as many factors are worked through including servicing needs, data to support best placement, teacher and specialist input, parent input, and any student needs. We work very hard to ensure each student is placed in the best learning environment. While we are unable to take specific teacher requests, please feel to email me if you have any special circumstances of which I should be aware. I do my best to honor special circumstances.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Mrs. Maria Goodman, Assistant Principal

Kiera Strong!

Thank you to our Leighton Staff and students for all the support of our Fifth Grade Student Kiera! (This is one of many great photos)

#Kierastrong #LeightonPride #werisebyliftingothers

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Counselor's Corner

Just a reminder that 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 ~ MATH - April 19th & 20th

4th grade ~ MATH - April 21st & 22nd

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

Please be sure to visit my google site (link below). There are a lot of resources included on a variety of topics.

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor


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National Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day - Tuesday, April 12th

National Drop Everything and Read Day was April 12th. Our Leighton students enjoyed curling up for 30 minutes with their favorite book to celebrate DEAR day.

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 listen and follow directions.

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 will announce our next Golden Fork winners this 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. Radtke, Ms. Sauto, and Dr. Stoyle . 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 29th. 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 4th quarter PBIS building wide reward of a school wide Bingo Event! Thank you to our PTO for helping with prizes for this fun event!

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

5th Grade Exploring the Trail and the Great Outdoors!


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PTO News

Here are the updates for the PTO section of the newsletter

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.

Save the Date - If you did not receive a form in your child's folder you can find it below.

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

Good Luck to our "Positive Protons" Robotics Team

Our Positive Protons Robotics Team is making their way to Houston Texas April 20-23rd to represent Ohio at the Global Competition. We wanted to send them off with some Good Luck!!

Team Positive Protons, 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students from Leighton Elementary School are participating FIRST Lego League (FLL) Challenger robotics competition. This friendly competition introduces science, technology, engineering, and math to children ages 9 – 16* (* US age limit is restricted to 9 - 14) engaging them in research, problem solving, coding and engineering a LEGO robot navigating missions of a robot game.

As part of the competition, teams participate in a research project to identify and solve a real-world problem. This year, teams were challenged to reimagine our global transportation system and explore ways to improve how we access and deliver cargo.

This global competition takes place in over 100 countries inspiring the minds of approx 280,000** (** Data from 2019) participants worldwide. The competition culminates with a Global Championship in Houston, Texas, where the top teams from each country and the top team from each US state compete for the ultimate prize.

This year in Ohio over 450 teams with 4000+ students competed at various regional and district levels before the top 39 teams competed for the opportunity to represent Ohio at the Global Competition.

This year the “Positive Protons” were honored to win the Ohio Championship and be selected to represent Ohio at the World’s Festival in Houston on April 20th-23rd.

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Aurora Schools Foundation

The Aurora Schools Foundation funds innovative grants that are outside of the school budget. Shannon Gagel, Gifted Intervention Specialist, submitted a grant requesting six LEGO Education Spike robots to replace outdated robots that were over twelve (12) years old. The robots will allow up to twenty-four (24) students at a time to have access to programming and teamwork needed in the STEAM fields. The robots combine easy-to-use hardware and intuitive drag-and-drop coding. The way students use these robots to solve problems within their First Lego League Challenges is innovative, creative, and imaginative.

These robots are an investment in the future. Students gain confidence to look for careers in Computer Science or Engineering, having already gained early experiences with those subjects through the use of these robots. We cannot wait to see the students innovate with these robots!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)

23 Grade 2 Visits Leighton Elementary (9:30am-10:30am)

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 (3:20pm- students only/PTO Livestream video shared with parents)

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