The Leighton News

January 14, 2022

From the Principal

Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone enjoyed their Holiday as we had a great 2 weeks back to school! All of our students did a great job of remembering all of routines, expectations, and rekindling friendships. Thank you to our Leighton Staff and families for helping to make this transition so smooth. We also would like to welcome many new students to our Leighton Family this semester! We are so excited to welcome you and your families to our community of learners! We are very excited and looking forward to all the learning, growth, and gains we will make during the second semester. We also want to send well wishes to Dawn Zorc, previous Secretary, as she began her new journey in Cuyahoga Heights where she is closer to home and family. We are looking forward to welcoming a new addition to our office staff soon.

Please don't forget that the cold weather is upon us and students should dress in warm clothes including winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc . We typically go out to recess if the "feel like" temperature is between 15-20 degrees or above.

A special welcome to Amy Dolzine who has joined our Board of Education. We are excited to have her apart of the Board of Education and are looking forward to celebrating each of the members of this important team at our next meeting in honor of Board Appreciation Month. Thank you for all your support of our students, staff, and community.

We are looking forward to a productive, learning filled second semester. Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the rest of this unique school year together and keep our learners at the center.

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Mrs. Maria Goodman, Assistant Principal

Counselor's Corner

Happy 2022!! It is hard to believe that we are almost half way through January! My class lessons this month are on planning and prioritizing. Be sure to ask you student if I visited their classroom yet!

The week of February 17-23, 2022 is National Random Acts of Kindness Week. Please be sure to visit my Google Site via the link below to hear the challenge I am sharing.

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

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 are looking forward to announcing our Golden Fork winners every 2 weeks for demonstrating our 3 pillars in the lunchroom and at recess while following all the expectations. Congratulations went to Mrs. Leone, Ms. Most, and Mrs. Dorner who earned the Golden Fork and will be getting ready to pass it along to the next winning classes to display outside their classroom doors. Lastly, our monthly PBIS office raffle will be Friday, January 28th. Students turn in their caught being good tickets to the office and a building-wide drawing takes place, where caught being good tickets are read over the announcements and students pick a prize from our PBIS rewards cart. We always capture that moment with a group photo.

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

Lastly, we are excited about our PBIS or Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Programming and the engaging, safe, and supportive learning environments it fosters. Part of the program's effectiveness is looking at feedback from all stakeholders including students, staff, and parents. Please take a moment to complete our PBIS family survey linked above if you have not already done so to help us continue to enhance our PBIS program. We always look forward to your feedback!

PTO News

Yearbook Orders: Yearbooks are now on sale! The sale runs through February 21st. Please use the link to purchase your yearbook

Password: leighton22

Teacher Appreciation Week 2/7-2/11: We want to shower our teachers with gratitude during this week. Each day will incorporate a different way of showing our gratitude to our teachers. Be on the lookout for information to come from your head room parents for what each day will be.

PTO Meeting: 2/9/22 Our next monthly meeting will be held on this date. Please stay tuned for location/time.

PTO ELECTIONS: There are board positions for next year! It's a wonderful way to volunteer in your child's school! Please consider joining the PTO board and helping to plan fun and meaningful events for our elementary schools!!! If you have any questions, or would like to talk to a current board member, see the emails below:

PTO President: Katie Stump
Craddock Vice President: Lindsey Twarogowski

Miller Vice President: Erin Toler

Leighton Vice President: Natasha Rodriguez-Olah

Treasurer: Ashley Keating

Secretary: Bridget Sable you would like to join the PTO please click the link and fill out the form.

Head Room Parent Communication:

If you would like to receive communication from your head room parent, please click on the link and fill out the form.

Important Dates and Reminders


3 NO SCHOOL ~ Winter Break

4 School Resumes

5 PTO Meeting at Annex (9:30 AM)

7 Report Cards Distributed

17 NO SCHOOL ~ Martin Luther King Day

24 Board of Education Meeting


9 PTO Meeting

11 Valentine’s Day Parties

17 Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 PM to 8:30 PM)

18 NO SCHOOL ~ Teacher Professional Day

21 NO SCHOOL ~ Presidents Day

23 Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 PM to 8:30 PM)

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.

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