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AURORA CITY SCHOOLS CLOSED ~ Friday, January 12, 2018 School Closed in green on chalkboard

The Superintendent of the Aurora City School District has determined that the deteriorating weather conditions forecasted for early this afternoon will make it too hazardous to proceed with school/classes safely today, Friday, January 12, 2018.  Therefore, all of the Aurora City School buildings will be closed today.  Any after school activities that normally would have taken place are also cancelled for January 12, 2018.

Stay tuned to your local news outlets for further weather condition updates. 

Winter Weather Update - Thursday, January 11, 2018 Winter Weather Update with snowflake

A fairly large winter storm is scheduled to arrive tomorrow afternoon.  Due to the fact the storm is scheduled to begin to impact us in the early afternoon, it is possible we may have to cancel school on Friday, January 12, 2018.  We are scheduled to have ice beginning around 1:00 p.m. and we would need to dismiss from the high school by 11:00 a.m. to finish the run to begin the elementary run by 12:00 p.m. so all bus routes could be finished by 1:00 p.m. An early dismissal is not a good option for elementary students as many parents will not have someone home for their children. I will make a final decision in the morning.

Because the conditions are expected to deteriorate in the late afternoon into the evening, all activities/contests are cancelled for Friday and Saturday.

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day MLK Day Banner Red, White and Blue

The Aurora City School District will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

AURORA CITY SCHOOLS DELAYED TWO HOURS THIS MORNING ~ Thursday, December 14, 2017 Two Hour Delay Today

The Aurora City School District has issued a delayed start this morning, Thursday, December 14, 2017.  The two hour delayed schedule will be implemented.  For more information regarding a delayed start, please view the Two Hour Delay Procedures website news article below.

ALL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES CANCELLED FOR TODAY ~ Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Sorry Event Cancelled in Red

There will be no after school activities including, clubs, practices, sports practices and games, for today, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, due to the expected inclement weather that has been forecasted.


“I wanted to share with everyone that power has been restored to all of our buildings and school will be open on Wednesday, November 8th

There are still some road closures within our district.  If you live in a residence that is not accessible for street traffic, please have your student meet the bus at the nearest cross street that is accessible.  If you do not have reasonable bus access, or if you are still without power and don’t feel you will be able to get your child to school, please call the attendance line so we know your child will be absent and they will be excused from school due to these circumstances. 

We appreciate your patience as this has been a difficult situation for many of our residents and our safety forces.  Thank you and have a good evening.”


Tickets for Wednesday’s (November 8, 2017) Boys’ Soccer Team Semifinal Game at Strongsville will be available for purchase tonight (Tuesday) from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Leighton School Cafeteria.  Avoid the long lines at the game.  Tickets are $8.00.  Tickets may possibly be sold on Wednesday, but has yet to be determined, so it is encouraged to pick up tickets this evening if possible.

Boys Soccer Team Good Luck Sign

Greenmen Post Season Checklist


Anyone not voting at the Bertram Inn today for today’s election (11/7/17) should vote at AT HARMON SCHOOL and NOT AT LEIGHTON SCHOOL.


Our Aurora Greenmen Boys Soccer Team will be facing the Hawnken Hawks on November 4, 2017 for an OHSAA Regional Semi-Final game.

Our Aurora Greenmen Football Team will be taking on the Canfield Cardinals in post season play at Canfield High School on Friday, November 3, 2017 with kick-off at 7:30 p.m.  

Please click on the link below for an informational flyer with game and ticket/t-shirt purchasing information and t-shirt design renderings.

2017 Ticket/T-Shirt Informational Flyer



This fall, the Cleveland Browns are promoting youth football by giving fans the opportunity to vote for a Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week throughout the season.  The winning team receives extended game coverage and special mention on the “Cleveland Browns High School Football Show” and on other Browns programming.  The winning team from the selected Game of the Week – weeks 1–10 of the high school regular season – receives $1,500 for their high school football program.  To vote just click on the following link: http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/community/youth-football/hsgotw-poll.html   Voting closes at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Go Greenmen!

cleveland browns stripe logo

2nd GRADE TO 3rd GRADE TRANSITION NIGHT ~ May 10, 2017 All About 3rd Grade Wording

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., Leighton Elementary School will be holding a transition meeting for parents of 2nd grade students who will be attending 3rd grade at Leighton School in the fall.  This welcoming and informational meeting will include discussion about the transition to 3rd grade, general expectations, answer questions and provide the opportunity for a building tour.  We look forward to meeting with you.

SPIRIT WEAR CUSTOMER APPRECIATION SALE ~ Thursday, March 16, 2017 green spirit wear words

Please come and check out the Aurora Spirit Wear Customer Appreciation Sale on March 16, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. located at the Aurora High School bookstore.  Enjoy 25% off your spirit wear purchases. 



The AHS National Honor Society is extending its Croc shoe collection (new or gently used) through Friday, March 3, 2017.  The Croc donations will be sent with a mission group going to El Salvador.  The shoes can be dropped off in boxes by the school building offices.  Thank you for your donation.

Croc Collection Flyer

AHS NIGHT WITH THE CAVS INCLUDES CHAMBER SINGERS PERFORMANCE Cleveland Cavaliers Sword Through Basketball Gold and Blue Logo

If you are attending the Cavs vs. New York Knicks basketball game tonight (Thursday, February 23, 2017) at Quicken Loans Arena, don’t miss the Aurora High School Chamber Singers as they perform the National Anthem before tip-off at 8:00 p.m. 

AURORA CITY SCHOOLS CLOSED ~ Monday, January 8, 2018 school closed in green

The Superintendent of the Aurora City School District has determined that weather conditions will be too hazardous to proceed with school/classes safely on Monday, January 8, 2018.  Any after school activities that normally would have taken place are also cancelled for January 8th.  All of the Aurora City School buildings will be closed.  Stay tuned to your local news outlets for further weather condition updates. 


The Superintendent of the Aurora City School District has determined that the road conditions and anticipated extreme weather conditions today will make it too hazardous to proceed with school/classes safely today, Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Therefore, all of the Aurora City School buildings will be closed today. 

Stay tuned to your local news outlets for further weather condition updates.  

LEIGHTON SCHOOL ANNUAL DADS AND DONUTS ~ March 7-9, 2017 A box of multiple donuts

Leighton Elementary School’s annual Dads And Donuts will be taking place on March 7, 8, and 9, 2017 beginning at 8:15 a.m. and running until 9:00 a.m.  Please try not to be early since set-up will be taking place.  We hope you can join us for this special opportunity for students to enjoy a breakfast including, coffee, juice, donuts, and other pastries, with their dads or special guest.  This is also a fantastic time for the adults to see the school and student classrooms.

In order to accommodate all students and special guests, we ask that ONLY Leighton students attend this breakfast.  The days will be broken down by grade in order to have room for families with multiple children.  Please try to attend on your designated day listed below.

3rd Grade – Tuesday, March 7th

4th Grade – Wednesday, March 8th

5th Grade – Thursday, March 9th

We look forward to starting the day off with you!

AOA LEIGHTON LUAU PARTY ~ April 7, 2017 Leighton Luau Wording with colorful hibiscus flowers

The Aurora Orchestra Association is holding its annual spring party for all Leighton students.  The "Leighton Luau" will be held on Friday, April 7th, 2017 from 3:30 - 5:30 at Leighton and will include pizza, a DJ, games and raffle baskets.  All students in grades 3-5 are invited to attend with a $5 advance ticket purchase only.  Order forms/permission slips are due no later than Thursday, March 23rd.  Raffle tickets will be available at the event. 

Please click here for the Leighton Luau Flyer.

SPECIAL SERVICES PCF ~ Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Special Services  White Wording Over Blue Background

The Special Services Department will be holding a Parent Communication Forum (PCF) on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  It will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Leighton Media Center.  The topics will be Positive Behavior Supports and What Does Good Mental Health Look Like for Our Students. 

Presenters will include Guidance Counselors, Ginger Biales, Kristin Fecko and April Nenadal, along with Aurora Schools’ SRO and Aurora Police Officer Chris Reiter. They will provide parents with information on the nation-wide movement for providing positive behavior supports in the schools, as well as, to discuss individual student topics such as how to assess students' self-care, the importance of sleep, teaching time management and setting priorities, and learning to communicate needs and develop strategies.

AFTER PROM BUFFALO WILD WINGS FUNDRAISER ~ Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Buffalo wild wings logo with buffalo

Dine at Buffalo Wild Wings (18865 Giles Rd., Aurora) on Wednesday, April 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and help Aurora’s After Prom 2017.  When you dine at BWW and show the cashier the ticket linked below, 15% of your purchase will be donated to the AHS After Prom. 

Thank you for your support!

BWW After Prom Fundraiser Ticket

SPECIAL SERVICES/ELEMENTARY PCF ~ Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Parent Meeting word in black

The Special Services Department will be holding a combined Special Services and Elementary Parent Communication Forum (PCF) on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  It will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Leighton Media Center. 

The topics will be Whole Child Approaches to Learning.  Harmon School teachers Heather Berlin, Brian Callahan, and John Farrell will be presenting on the importance of movement and learning, and sharing information about the brain fit room at Harmon School.  Principals Julie Troman and Paul Goodwill will discuss encouraging and supporting students' sense of self-awareness and self-regulation skills. 

AURORA CITY SCHOOLS CLOSED ~ April 7, 2017 School Closed sign

The Aurora City Schools are closed today, April 7, 2017, due to a lack of electricity at several school buildings.  Electricity to these buildings is not expected to be available until this afternoon.

AHS SPRING MUSICAL & DISTRICT ART SHOW ~ April 21-23, 2017 Anything Goes wording with ship


This year’s AHS Player’s spring musical and annual district art show will run from April 21 -23 2017. The play Anything Goes (featuring madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London) by Cole Porter will be performed at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21st, Saturday, April 22nd and a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23rd. Performances are held in the Aurora High School Auditorium.  Tickets are available at the door for:  $10 - Adult, $7 - Senior Citizen, $5 - Students.  General admission tickets will be available at the door.

Please be sure to stop by and enjoy all of the impressive artwork created by our talented art students throughout the district both before and after the performances at the AHS Annual District Art Show.

VOTER POLLING LOCATIONS IN AURORA Polling locations black words with red and blue stars and stripes above and below

Please click on the link below for a complete listing of polling locations in the City of Aurora.  Election Day is May 2, 2017 Please remember to vote.



Help support STEM at AHS!  The Science Olympiad team finished 3rd in the region this past season and has qualified for the state tournament for three consecutive years.  We have partnered with El Camino Mexican Restaurant to help raise funds to support our effort.  Please consider joining them on Thursday, May 11, 2017 for lunch or dinner.  You may dine in or carry out.  If you present the flyer linked below to your server, El Camino will generously donate 20% of your bill to the Aurora Science Olympiad program.  Thank you for your support.

El Camino Fundraiser Flyer

TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY ~ May 9, 2017 National Teacher Appreciation Day in white chalk on black chalkboard

Teacher Appreciation Day is today, May 9 2017, and the Aurora BOE and Aurora City School District would like to thank our teachers for the caring, dedication and commitment to Aurora’s students that has made us one of the top school districts in the State and recognized nationally for our excellence.  We thank you and appreciate all that you do!

LEIGHTON SCHOOL BAND CONCERT ~ May 16, 2017 Aurora band logo

Please join us for the last concert of the year for the Leighton School band students on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  It will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Aurora High School.  We hope to see you there.

HARMON SCHOOL 5th GRADE TO 6TH GRADE ORIENTATION NIGHT 6th Grade orange and black Words with arrow pointing right in between two words

Harmon Middle School will be holding a 5th grade to 6th grade parent transition meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Harmon School Commons.  Please join us for this informative session about your student’s transition to the middle school in the fall.


The last day of classes for the Aurora City Schools will be Thursday, May 25, 2017.  We wish everyone a fun and safe summer break and look forward to seeing our students again on the first day of the next school year, Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

OHIO BACK TO SCHOOL “SALES TAX HOLIDAY” ~ August 4-6, 2017 Back to school sales tax holiday in red apple

The Ohio Senate has recently enacted Senate Bill 264 which exempts the purchase of clothing or school supplies under $75 from Ohio sales tax for three days in August 2017. Ohio’s “Sales Tax Holiday” begins on Friday, August 4 at 12:00 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 6 at 11:59 p.m. 

During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:


  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and 
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.  

For a complete listing of eligible items (laptops and tablets are not included), please click on Read More below.

Read More
LEIGHTON SCHOOL NEW PARENT ORIENTATION ~ August 9, 2017 New student orientation

The Leighton School New Parent Orientation will take place on August 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  Please join us to see the building and learn more about the upcoming year at Leighton School.

LEIGHTON SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE (Meet & Greet) SCHEDULE ~ August 2017 Meet and greet

Leighton School will be holding an Open House Meet & Greet for the 2017-18 school year.

Below is the Open House schedule:


August 14, 20174th & 5th Grade

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

August 15, 20173rd Grade

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

HARMON/LEIGHTON SCHOOL 2017 MAGAZINE SALE HAS BEGUN ~ August 22 – September 5, 2017 Great American Opportunities Red and Blue Logo

The annual Harmon/Leighton Magazine Sale begins Tuesday, August 22 and runs through Wednesday, September 5, 2017.  This yearly fundraiser supports many student-based activities and competitions.  In addition, Harmon’s field trip fees for 6th & 8th grade will be reduced by a portion of the school’s profits.  All students in the same grade will benefit from that particular grade’s total sales efforts so this is truly a team effort.  Prizes will still be earned on an individual basis

Please click on the link below for more detailed information regarding this year's magazine subscription sale.


ID #585083

Thank you for your support!

LEIGHTON SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL ~ Thursday, September 7, 2017  ice cream scoops

Please join us for the Leighton Elementary School Ice Cream Social on Thursday, September 7, 2017.  It will take place from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and will feature lots of ice cream, toppings and the smiling faces of many Leighton students and families.

Thank you to all of the PTO members for their sponsorship and to the teachers for helping dish up the “sweet” treats.

THUNDER OVER AURORA ~ A Marching Band Spectacular Aurora Bands Logo

Aurora Veterans Memorial Stadium

Saturday, September 23, 2017

7:00 p.m.

The booming sound of marching bands, trumpets blaring and drums pounding will be heard throughout Aurora High School’s Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The annual Aurora Marching Band Spectacular entitled, “Thunder Over Aurora” will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Aurora will host five guest marching bands:  Chardon, James A. Garfield, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, and Streetsboro.  Our own Aurora High School Marching Band will wind up the evening’s entertainment.  This annual marching band performance gives guests the unique opportunity to hear bands that they may not normally get a chance to hear.

Ticket Information

Pre-Sale $6.00/At Gate $8.00/Children 3 & under are free

Pre-Sale tickets are available on-line at www.aurorabands.com, at Mazzulo’s Market or from any band student..  Please make checks payable to Aurora Band Boosters. 

If you have any questions, contact aurorabandboosters@gmail.com

View the Thunder Over Aurora flyer here


The Aurora Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill the unexpired term of Board member Annie Grohe who resigned effective August 16, 2017. 

The Board will begin interviewing candidates soon and must name a replacement within 30 days of the resignation. The newly appointed member will serve until December 31, 2019. If the appointed member desires to continue serving, he or she must run in the general election in November of 2019.

According to Ohio law, people serving on Ohio school boards must be at least 18 years old, district residents and registered voters.  Aurora School Board President Gerald Kohanski said the board will review all applications. 

Those interested in serving on the Aurora Board of Education should submit the application found at the link below or send a resume/cover letter to Aurora Board of Education Office at 102 E. Garfield Rd., Aurora, Ohio 44202.

Application For Member Board Of Education


The Aurora Destination Imagination Program is holding an organizational meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the AHS choir room.  Anyone interested is welcome and encouraged to attend.

SPECIAL SERVICES PCF ~ Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Special Services Word over beige background

The Special Services Department will be holding this year’s first Special Services Parent Communication Forum (PCF) on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  It will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Leighton Media Center. 

At 6:30 p.m., Christy Roshong will provide a brief review of the district's yearly allocation of federal funds related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Attendees will have the opportunity to offer comments and feedback. This is a meeting the district is required to hold annually because we receive federal funds related to serving students with special needs. 

From 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., district Occupational Therapist Alisa Deininger, will share her expertise on emotional wellness and the importance of developing the skill of self-regulation.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about each physical/emotional state or "zone" a child can be in, and develop strategies that can be used to help a child learn self-control and self-care of their behavior and emotions.  This is Alisa's follow-up to her PCF presentation last year.  We are excited to dive deeper into this topic this school year!

HURRICANE HARVEY ~ Lending A Helping Hand Hurricane Harvey

Miller and Craddock Elementary Schools have been matched with Helms Elementary School in Houston, TX to lend a helping hand.  They have 480 students who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.  The students are in need of school supplies.  If you are able to make a donation, please click here for more information and a list of items needed.  Donations will be collected until September 25, 2017.  Thank you for your caring and generosity.


The Miller/Craddock/Leighton Literacy Teams are holding the first K-5 Parent Communication Forum (PCF) of the year on October 5, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Leighton School Media Center.  The topic will be elementary school literacy development.  Please RSVP to jtroman@aurora-schools.org  or by calling your child’s school office to reserve your space.  Please be sure to indicate whether you plan to attend the K-2 or the 3-5 breakout session.

LEIGHTON SCHOOL BAND CONCERT ~ October 26, 2017 Aurora Band Logo

Please join us for the first concert of the year for the Leighton School band students on Thursday, October 26, 2017.  It will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the AHS Varsity Gym.  We hope to see you there.

VETERAN’S DAY BREAKFAST ~ You Are Invited On November 10, 2017 Veteran's Day Breakfast Banner in red

The Aurora High School Service Learning Class would like to show how much they appreciate your military service by hosting a Veteran’s Day Breakfast.  The breakfast, which is generously supported by the Aurora Schools Foundation, will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017.  Join them at Aurora High School (109 W. Pioneer Trail) from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Please RSVP to ahsvetbreakfast @gmail.com or at 330-840-1767 by November 1st and include your name, if you are bringing a guest and branch of the military served in.  Click on the link below to view the invitation.

Veteran's Day Breakfast Flyer

AURORA ELEMENTARY PTO GUYS PIZZA FUNDRAISER ~ Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Guys Pizza Logo

The Aurora Elementary PTO will be holding a Guys Pizza fundraising event all day on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  Order lunch or dinner, for home or business, on this day and mention Aurora Elementary PTO and your child's class or homeroom and we'll get a percentage of your sales back to the PTO.

Enjoy and Thank You for your support!

NO CLASSES - NEOEA DAY ~ Friday, October 13, 2017 NEOEA written in black on State of Ohio outline

There will be no classes held in the Aurora City School District on Friday, October 13, 2017 which is NEOEA Day.  Classes will resume again on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Enjoy the day off!

AOA LEGENDARY PIE FUNDRAISER ~ Order By November 15th Legendary Pie Photo

Legendary Pies from Market Day are back!  Legendary Baking was the Market Day pie supplier for over sixteen years and Legendary is now offering the same great pies and the same great taste through the Aurora Orchestra Association fundraiser to benefit Aurora students.  Please see the flyer below for information on how to order your pies online by November 15, 2017  Pies will be available to pick up at Aurora High School on December 14th from 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m..  Just pull up and we will deliver them to your vehicle - no need to even get out of the car!

AOA Legendary Pie Fundraiser Flyer


This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Aurora Orchestra.   As a part of our celebration we are inviting all Aurora Orchestra Alumni to play with the high school orchestra at our Winter Concert on December 15, 2017.   We will continue the celebration after the concert with a reception for alumni with the location to be determined.  If you are interested in participating in either event, please click on the signup genius button listed below.

Sign UP Genius Button Green

SPECIAL SERVICES PCF ~ December 6, 2017 ~ 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. special services orange wording in grey circle

For this month's Special Services PCF, Jennifer Cecere, a community member, parent, and wellness practitioner, will come to speak on the importance of sleep - why it matters and how to get it! Her talk will include the science of sleep, understanding different sleep requirements in every decade of life, why getting the right amount of sleep is key, and the role diet, nutrition and even technology play in developing our sleep habits. Participants will go home with a list of suggestions that can be used to improve sleep for everyone in the family!  Please join us in the Leighton Media Center for this very informative session.

AURORA SPIRIT WEAR OPEN HOUSE ~ November 30, 2017 Aurora Jacket

An Aurora Spirit Wear Open House will be taking place at the Aurora High School Book Store on Thursday, November 30th from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Check out all of the Aurora items for everyone on your holiday list! 

Thank you for your support!

AURORA CITY SCHOOLS CLOSED ~ January 4 - 5, 2018 school closed in green

The Superintendent of the Aurora City School District has determined that the extremely cold weather conditions will be too hazardous to proceed with school/classes safely on Thursday, January 4th and Friday, January 5th, 2018.  All of the Aurora City School buildings will be closed.  Stay tuned to your local news outlets for further weather condition updates. 

Any after school activities and practices WILL TAKE PLACE as planned on both evenings.

SPECIAL SERVICES PCF ~ January 31, 2018 ~ 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. special services word in white on green board

This month's Special Services PCF will feature Melissa McClain, the Community Education Program Coordinator at Akron’s Children’s Hospital.  She will be presenting Reducing Childhood Stress: A Presentation for Parents on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Leighton School.  Parents will walk away with a strong understanding of stress and practical tools to reduce stress in their children and encourage relaxation. 

Please click HERE to view a flyer with more information about McClain and her presentation topic.


The Aurora Orchestra Association on March 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m. for raffle viewing) at Aurora High School for a delicious Outback Steak House dinner.  Join them for a fantastic evening of food and fun to benefit the Aurora City Schools’ Orchestra program.  The Macedonia Outback Steak House will provide and cook your meal on-site which will include their 9 oz. steak (or Salmon) with sides, drinks and cheesecake for $22.00.  A kid’s meal choice will also be available for $5.00.  Entertainment will be provided by the AHS orchestras.  Presale tickets are required with an order deadline of February 12th by mail and online.  No tickets will be sold at the door. 

Raffle items will also be available to win, including tickets to concerts, golf outings, vacation packages and much more.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for raffle viewing and the raffle proceeds will benefit the AOA general fund.

In addition, there will be dozens of fantastic themed raffle baskets including candy, toy and craft baskets for the kids as well as date night out and concert ticket baskets for the adults.  Finally, they will have some incredible family vacation packages!

You can purchase tickets by mail through February 12, 2018 OR order tickets online at www.auroraorchestra.org by February 12th.



Ganley Chevrolet of Aurora will be holding a new Little Free Library unveiling in conjunction with their February book drive supporting the little libraries and school classrooms on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The new Little Free Library will be located at the Aurora dealership located at 310 W. Garfield Rd. 

The library was built by Aurora Schools’ CT Technology instructor Shawn Reilly and his class.  Aurora’s Eric Van Raepenbusch will be on hand during the event for a storytelling extravaganza, so bring your book and come enjoy with drinks and snacks provided.  For more information, please click on the links below.

Little Free Library Debut Invitation

Ganley Little Free Library Video

NO SCHOOL ~ TEACHER IN-SERVICE DAY AND PRESIDENT’S DAY ~ February 16 & 19, 2018 President's Day with red, white and blue hats and stars in circle

There will be no classes held in the Aurora School District on Teacher In-Service Day, February 16th and President’s Day, February 19th.

PTO JANUARY BOX TOP CONTESTS ~ Grades Preschool - 8 Box Top For Education in Pink

During the month of January, there will be PTO contests for grades Preschool-8th. Individual winner contests will be run at the Miller, Craddock and Leighton. As always, there will be great prizes! 

At Harmon from January 8-January 31st, there will be a classroom contest.  Sixth and Eighth graders should turn their Box Tops into their homeroom teachers, while Seventh graders should turn them into their 2nd period teachers. The classroom with the most Box Tops per grade will win a juice/donut party!  AHS students can turn in Box Tops at the Book Store for FREE candy! Just a reminder that expired Box Tops will not be counted.  Also, Box Tops are always collected at all school offices, as well as, the Aurora Library throughout the entire year. 


The Aurora City Schools will be hosting a variety of holiday concerts in December. These will be a prelude to our winter break and are sure to get us all into the holiday spirit!  The dates/time schedule can be found under "Read More" below. 

We hope you enjoy these programs and the upcoming holidays!

Read More
AOA LEGENDARY PIE PICK UP ~Thursday, December 14, 2017 Legendary Pie with Logo

If you ordered a Legendary Pie from the AOA, pick up is this Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. at the Aurora High School Cafeteria.  Please pull up to the side cafeteria door (from the student parking lot) and we will bring the pies to your car.  Please remember that pies must be picked this Thursday or they will be donated to charity.  We cannot store the pies and cannot arrange for a different delivery day.


The Harmon/High PTO is sponsoring a Ladies Night Holiday Paint Party on November 13, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Hawthorn Clubhouse.  The fundraiser with PaintCan Studios will be led by Julie Brubaker.  Please send payments by November 11, 2017. 

For an informational flyer with more detailed information, please click HERE.

AHS FALL PLAY ~ OUR TOWN - November 17 - 19, 2017 Our Town Play Cover with Ladder

The Aurora High School Fall Play production of Our Town will take place on November 17 - 19, 2017.  Curtain times are at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2:00 p.m. for the Sunday matinee.  Tickets are available for $7.00/Adults, $6.00/Senior Citizens and $5.00/Students.  Our Town tells the story of a small fictional American town called Grover’s Corners through the everyday lives of its citizens from 1901-13.  Join the AHS Drama students for this Pulitzer Prize winning drama by American playwright Thornton Wilder.

CROSS COUNTRY CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER ~ October 16, 2017 chipotle  restaurant logo

The Aurora Greenmen Cross Country Team is holding a fundraiser at the Chipotle located at 2640 Creekside Drive in Twinsburg on Monday, October 16, 2017.  Dine in or carry out between 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 50% of the proceeds will benefit the AHS Cross County Program.  You must present the flyer below, show it on your phone or tell the cashier when ordering.  Thank you for your support!

Cross Country Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer


LEIGHTON LEADERS SPONSOR VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA FOOD DRIVE ~ October 23-27, 2017 Food drive in box with cans surrounding it

The Leighton Leaders are sponsoring their annual food drive to support the Volunteers of America that will benefit families in Portage County.  The Leighton Leaders will be collecting donations of canned/boxed food items and toiletries as students enter the building in the mornings from October 23 – 27, 2017. 

Please click HERE for an informational flyer which includes a listing of some specific items that are needed. 


LEIGHTON SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES  ~ October 25, 2017 School picture retakes with boy's smiling face

Picture retakes for Leighton School will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.  In order to have a photo retaken, please bring in the original pictures on that day and give them to the photographer before the retake is taken.  Please do not send in any pictures before retake day.  If your child was not at school on the original picture day, they will need a picture envelope with a check inside for the photographs before a picture will be taken.  If you have any questions or need a picture envelope, please call the Leighton Office at 330-562-2209.

AURORA ELEMENTARY PTO GUYS PIZZA FUNDRAISER ~ Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Guys Pizza Logo

The Aurora Elementary will be holding a Guys Pizza fundraising event on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  When placing your order for lunch or dinner, mention the Aurora PTO fundraiser and your child’s teacher’s name.  The class with the most orders will win a prize. 

Click here for the PTO Guys Pizza Flyer with more information.


The Harmon School Beta Club is sponsoring a hurricane relief fund that is collecting items for those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Items that can be accepted are: blankets, flashlights, batteries, pillowcases, paper towels, brooms and trash bags.  Bins will be located in the cafeteria for each grade.  The grade who donates the most will receive a prize.  The collection will end on Monday, September 25, 2017.  Thank you for your donation.


The first day of classes for all students (except Preschool and Kindergarten) attending the Aurora City School District is Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  

Kindergarten classes will begin for students with their last name beginning with A-L on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  The first day of classes for Kindergarten students with their last name beginning with M-Z is Thursday, August 17, 2017.  All Kindergarten students attend classes on Friday, August 18, 2017.

All Preschool student’s first day of classes will be Monday, August 21, 2017.


Looking directly into the sun during the upcoming 2017 solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 is not safe.  The light of an eclipse really can damage your eyes.  The bright light floods the retina making the cells over-stimulate and release a flood of communication chemicals that can damage the retina.  The only really safe way to look at the sun during the eclipse is through special eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers.  Homemade filters or glasses are not safe for looking at the sun.  For a listing of reputable vendors of solar eclipse glasses and viewers, please click HERE.  

For guidelines and safety measures regarding the solar eclipse, please click on Read More below.

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SUMMER BOARD OFFICE/SCHOOL BUILDING OFFICE HOURS Summer Office Hours hanging from thumbtack

The Aurora City Schools are currently operating on a summer schedule in order to conserve energy wherever possible.  Please click on Read More below to view the district building office hours.

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GREENMEN STAMPEDE XC/TRAIL 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN ~ July 23, 2017 Aurora A logo with Athletics word below

Join us for the Greenmen Stampede XC/Trail 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run on July 23, 2017 at Sunny Lake Park in Aurora.  The net proceeds will benefit the Aurora City Schools Cross Country Program.  This 5k race does have a twist to it. You can either enter as an individual like any other 5k or you can create a same gender team of at least 5 members of any age group. The top 5 members will be scored just like a cross country team. Medals will be awarded to top individuals in age groups in the individual race OR the top male and female teams will be awarded in the team event.

In the past 2 years we have been able to give (4) $500 scholarships in memory of Tommy Dankelson and Jack Morrison to the graduating seniors along with other various team items!  

For more information, including run times, cost, shirt sizes, etc. and the Registration Form, please click on cross country below.

Cross Country with Runners


The Leighton School 4th and 5th Grade Orchestra students will be performing their last concert of the school year on Thursday, May 18, 2017.  The 4th graders will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the 5th graders will perform at 7:30 p.m. with both concerts taking place at Aurora High School. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to see them perform in concert before the school year ends.

NHS BOOK DRIVE SUPPORTS UNITED WAY PROGRAM Book Drive word with colorful book stack between words

The Aurora High School National Honor Society is conducting a book drive for gently-used books from birth to 3rd grade levels. They will be donated to United Way in Ravenna as a part of their Big Red Bookshelf program. All books will be used to supply less fortunate communities in Portage County with the wealth of knowledge and fun that reading holds. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated! There is a box at Miller, Craddock, and Leighton Schools for book donations. Please drop off books by Friday, May 12th.

AOA LEIGHTON LUAU PARTY ~ April 7, 2017 - CANCELLED Leighton Luau Party Logo

The Leighton School Luau Party scheduled for today, April 7, 2017, has been cancelled due to today’s district-wide school closing because of an electricity outage.  There is a possibility that the Luau party may be rescheduled.  Please look for more details to come.

AFTER PROM SAN DIEGO TACO FACTORY FUNDRAISER ~ April 21-23, 2017 San Diego Taco Factory orange word logo

The Aurora After Prom Committee will be holding a San Diego Taco Factory fundraiser.  Just go to the San Diego Taco Factory at 7217 North Aurora Rd. in the Marketplace at Four Corners on April 21-23 from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and help Aurora’s After Prom 2017.   The full menu is included with the additional promotion of all burgers (normally $9.99 with fries) being priced at $5.00 with SDTF donating $5 to After Prom.

Mention you are supporting Aurora’s After Prom and they will donate 25% of your dine-in or carryout purchase to the AHS After Prom.  On-line orders must have added AFTER PROM in the comments or pay in the store.  Catering is also included if teachers want to order in for lunch on Friday, April 21st.

Thank you for your support!

San Diego Taco FactoryFlyer

San Diego Taco Factory Directions/Information

AURORA SCHOOLS' CHOIR BOOSTERS’ CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER ~ Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Chipotle Mexican Grill Red Jalapeno Logo

The Aurora Choir Boosters are holding a Chipotle Mexican Grill fundraiser on Wednesday, April 26, 2016.  It will be held at the Chipotle restaurant in Twinsburg located at 2640 Creekside Dr. between 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Just bring the informational flyer linked below, show it on your phone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Aurora Choirs.

Choir Boosters' Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer

AURORA BAND’S CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER ~ May 9, 2017 Chipotle Mexican Grill Red Jalapeno Logo

The Aurora Schools’ Band program will be holding a fundraiser at the Chipotle Mexican Grill in Twinsburg (2640 Creekside Drive) on May 9, 2017 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Please mention the Aurora High School Band when ordering/purchasing and they will donate 50% of the profits to the band.


Good luck to Jarrod Brezovec, Bubba Arslanian, Kyle Peterson, and Jack Gorman as they head to State wrestling competition on Thursday, March 9, 2017.  Way to go!

AURORA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY 2017 LEVY INFORMATION PRESENTATIONS Yellow caution Sign with word levy in black and parent and child walking

To view informational presentations regarding the upcoming ACSD proposed 5.9 mill levy, that will be on the May 2, 2017 ballot, please click on the links below.  Please go to the ACSD website homepage under the Quick Links tab to find even more important information regarding the upcoming 2017 district levy.

District Financial Presentation

District Levy Presentation

AFTER PROM CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER ~ Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Chipotle Mexican Grill Red Jalapeno Logo

The Aurora After Prom Committee will be holding a Chipotle Mexican Grill fundraiser.  Just go to the Chipotle at 2640 Creekside Drive in Twinsburg on Wednesday, March 22nd from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and help Aurora’s After Prom 2017.  Show the flyer linked below, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the AHS After Prom. 

Thank you for your support!

After Prom Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer

AURORA HIGH SCHOOL BAND CONCERT ~ February 28, 2017 Aurora Band Logo

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a date change from the Band Calendar.

The Aurora High School Band will be performing on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  It will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Aurora High School auditorium.  This year’s band students have done a tremendous job!  

Come and support their hard work while enjoying an evening of quality entertainment.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY’S PRINCESS PROM AWAITS – March 11, 2017 Pink Crown With Word Princess In White

All pre-K through 5th grade princesses are cordially invited to attend the National Honor Society Princess Prom accompanied by their King or Queen.  The ball will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Please RSVP by March 3, 2017.  This year the ball is proudly sponsored in part by Allstate Integrity Insurance Agency and Aurora Rose Dance Academy. 

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will be offered during the day at Aurora High School from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.so that the princesses can get ready for the ball.  For more information about this event, please click on the invitation link below.  Please contact jsimmerman@aurora-schools.org with any questions.

Princess Prom Flyer

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Sign Up  Sign Up Genius Logo

AHS BUSINESS CLASS SELLING T-SHIRTS Colorful Tshirts with letters sale on front hanging from rod on hangers

The Aurora High School Business Management Class, which has joined with Junior Achievement, has started a business called “1803 Tees” and are currently selling T-shirts.  There are two shirt styles available for purchase--they are both short sleeved, one is a grey Aurora spirit shirt and the other is a black Cleveland shirt. Pre-order cost is only $12.  Order forms can be found on link below. Please return all forms to Mrs. McKenzie’s room (113) by Friday, April 7, 2017.

T-shirt Order Form For Students

T-shirt Order Form For Non-Students

AOA LEIGHTON LUAU PARTY (Rescheduled) ~ Friday, April 28, 2017 Leighton Luau Wording with colorful hibiscus flowers

The Aurora Orchestra Association has rescheduled its annual spring party. The "Leighton Luau" will be held on Friday, April 28th, 2017 from 3:30 - 5:30 at Leighton School and will include pizza, a DJ, games and raffle baskets.  All students in grades 3-5 who previously purchased a ticket can attend. Raffle tickets will be available at the event.

AFTER PROM DECORATIONS PREVIEW ~ May 13, 2017 After Prom Word  in Blue

The AHS After Prom Committee would like to invite all members of the community to get a sneak peak at the fabulous decorations that have been created for the Prom event on Saturday, May 13th.  The community is welcome to view them on Saturday, May 13th from 9:00-10:00 p.m. before the students are scheduled to arrive.  The committee is also still asking for help with set-up on Friday May 12th from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.  If you want to volunteer, just plan to show up or contact lisa.parks@roadrunner.com or tinahgerber@gmail.com with questions.

HARMON/HIGH PTO SCHOOL SUPPLY SALE 2017-18 Cart with school supplies with sale on the side

You can purchase your prepackaged school supplies for the next school year through School Tool Box.  You can place your order online, and it will be DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR HOME ADDRESS. 

You will have the option to CUSTOMIZE you order by adding or removing items from the teacher-approved list.  Already have a ruler or scissors? Remove them.  Need an additional box of crayons for home or supplies for a sibling?  Add them.  It's that simple!  School Tool Box will donate one meal for each box sold to Feed My Starving Children.

ORDER TODAY at:  www.schooltoolbox.com.  


For questions, please contact Vanessa Fabec at 440-655-0538 or vanessafabec@gmail.com.

AURORA BOYS’ GOLF PROGRAM 3rd ANNUAL GOLF OUTING ~ July 9, 2017 Join Our Golf Outing With Golf Ball on Tee with Club

The Aurora Boys’ golf outing to benefit the AHS Boys Golf Program will include a day of golf, food and fun.  The four person scramble will take place at Gleneagles Golf Course in Twinsburg on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.  The registration deadline is July 2, 2017

Contact Aurora Varsity Head Coach David Munson with any questions at 330-425-1283. 

For more information and the registration form, please click on the link below.


AHS VOLLEYBALL TEAM HOSTING 2017 VOLLEY FOR THE CURE ~ October 3, 2017 Volley for a cure pink logo

Pass. Set. CURE!  The AHS Volleyball team will be hosting a 2017 Volley For The Cure event on October 3, 2017 during the Freshman, JV and Varsity games beginning at 4:30 p.m.  Join the teams (including Highland) for a bake sale, gift basket raffle, games/prizes and more.  Free admission for students with a donation or wearing the Volley for Cure Spirit Shirt.  Spirit shirts will be sold at lunch during the week of September 25, 2017.  All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  We hope to see you at this special event!

Please click here for more a detailed informational flyer.


Congratulations to AHS Senior and football team member Gavin Blunt who is featured this week on the High School Sports Insider’s episode of Spectrum Sports Game Breaker. 

To view Gavin’s episode go to:  Spectrum Game Breaker

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HOLIDAY SHOPS ~ December 2017 Holiday Shop in red with green bow O

Leighton, Craddock, and Miller Elementary Schools will be holding holiday shops to give students a wonderful opportunity to choose items for their family members and proudly give as gifts during the holidays.  The shops will be filled with quality items for family members and pets offered at very reasonable prices.

The dates for each building are as follows:

Leighton School:  December 4-8

Craddock School:  December 11-13

Miller School:  December 14-15

HARMON/HIGH PTO MOTHER SON DINNER DANCE ~ February 24, 2018 Mother Son Dance with Black Bow Tie

The Harmon/High PTO is holding a Mother Son Dinner Dance on February 24, 2018 at the Aurora High School for students in grades Pre-K-5.   Dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m. and the dance will take place from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Tickets are $30 per couple and $10 for each additional child.  Please send in cash or checks (payable to Harmon High PTO) to your school office by February 15, 2017.

For an informational flyer and RSVP form, please click on the link below.

Mother Son Dance Flyer

HEINEN’S TEAMING UP FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM Heinen's Teaming Up For Education Green Logo

Through Heinen's Teaming Up for Education program, Heinen's will donate up to 1% of your eligible purchases.  The reward period is September through April and is retroactive to the first day of program!  To register, simply stop by the Heinen’s customer service desk and tell them you would like to sign up for the Teaming Up for Education program or register at www.heinensrewards.com.  Select "my school" from the School Donation Program under Quick Links at the bottom of the webpage and choose an Aurora School.   You must designate a school every year.  Thank you for your continued support!

At Harmon School there is a Heinen's Teaming Up for Education Contest.   Currently, Harmon has 49 supporters, if they reach 150 supporters by January 31st, the whole school will have an ice cream party during lunch!    

LEIGHTON SCHOOL YEARBOOK ORDERS Order your yearbook with camera

Leighton Elementary School yearbook orders are due in the school office by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  Order forms were sent home last week.  If you would like to purchase a yearbook, please send in the order form along with $13.00 in cash or check made payable to Ripcho Studio.  There are extra order forms in the office. Online orders are due by Friday, March 16th.  

DOG TREAT SALE GOING ON NOW ~ Great for Gifts! Stack of colored dog treat bones

Emily Hilker and her class are sponsoring their yearly Dog Treat Sale for staff members and students at Leighton School.  After shopping for all the ingredients, the kids have been busy baking, decorating and bagging these homemade treats. The funds raised will be used for classroom field trips, activities and resources. A donation will also be made to Camp Sunshine! 

The treat sale runs from December 6 - 19, 2017.  If you would like to order dog treats, please call Ms. Hilker’s room at 330-954-2203 (10:15 – 11:00 and 11:30 – 1:30) or Mrs. Harwood’s room at 330-954-2499 (9:30 – 10:30).  Email orders can be sent to ehilker@aurora-schools.org. Please make checks payable to Aurora City Schools and thank you for your support.  

Dog Treat Bags include:

Small bags $2.00; Large bags $4.00                                     

HARMON SCHOOL MUSICAL JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR. ~ February 1 & 2, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. James and the Giant Peach Jr. Logo in orange

Harmon Middle School presents the musical James and the Giant Peach Jr., the “delightfully offbeat adaption of the classic Roald Dahl adventure [where] a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean.”  Tickets are $3.00 for students and $5.00 for adults with general admission seating.  Curtain time both evenings is at 7:00 p.m.  We hope to see you there.

Click HERE for the musical flyer.


The PTO Yankee Candle pick up will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Craddock School in the cafeteria. You will be entered into a drawing for a few Yankee Candle goodies upon pick up!  The Aurora Elementary PTO thanks you for your continued support!

AOA FIVE BELOW STORE FUNDRAISER ~ November 24-26, 2017 Five Below Logo in Blue

The Aurora Orchestra Association will be holding a fundraiser at the Five Below store at the Marketplace at Four Corners in Bainbridge on November 24-26. 2017.  During the fundraising dates/times 10% of your total dollars spent by the organization will be donated back to the AOA.   Please bring the flyer with more information linked below to the event so that the AOA receives credit for the purchase.

Click HERE for the Five Below Fundraiser Flyer


School supply lists for the 2017-18 school year are available on-line for students in grades Preschool - 8.

There is no school supply list for Aurora High School students  Each teacher will inform their students as to what materials they will need for class at either new student orientation or the first day of class. It is recommended that all high school students come prepared with basic school supplies, such as spiral notebook paper, folders, pencils, and pens, on the first day of school and the calculator that corresponds with the math class they are taking.  (Integrated Math 1 BLOCK or Integrated Math 1- Graphic Calculator TI 83+ or TI 84+ (TI 89 is not recommended). 

To find your student's supply list, please click Read More below or go to the Aurora Schools’ website homepage and then go to either the Parent Portal or Student Portal at the top of the page.  Scroll down to the School Supply Lists title to find each grade level listed and select.

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Congratulations to AHS senior Ian Doemling who has earned the prestigious title of U.S. Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education.  The program honors some of the nation’s most distinguished students and only up to 161 students nationally are recognized with this award.  He is the first student from Aurora High School to achieve one of the Nation’s highest honors for high school students. AHS is very proud!

THANK YOU AURORA SCHOOLS’ VOLUNTEERS Yeloow voluntter bubble word

In honor of National Public School Volunteer Week (April 23-29, 2017), the Aurora City School District would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers who give so generously of their time to help make our district and students so successful.  Our volunteers truly make a difference in the lives of our staff and students.


Mark your calendars!  The Aurora All Sports Boosters will be holding their Spring For Sports Annual Reverse Raffle/Silent Auction on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  It will be held this year at the Bella Vita Event Center (formerly Aurora Country Club) from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 

Join them for a wonderful evening of dinner, fantastic auction items, and a $2,000 grand prize. This event helps support our Aurora High School and Harmon Middle School student athletes.  Please take a look at the flyer below for more information, including ticket prices/purchasing.


Aurora Sports Boosters Reverse Raffle Flyer

AFTER PROM SHOP & DINE FUNDRAISER ~ Monday, February 27, 2017 After Prom Word Logo in Black and Blue

Shop and dine at ABIGAIL’S and MAD JACK’S on Monday, February 27th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and help Aurora’s After Prom 2017.  When you shop or dine at these local businesses a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the AHS After Prom. 

Thank you for your support!

Shop & Dine Flyer

 AURORA TRACK AND FIELD BUFFALO WILD WINGS FUNDRAISER ~ March 15, 2017 Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill Logo

The Aurora Track and Field Team will be holding a fundraiser at the Aurora Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant (18865 Giles Rd.) on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Just show the flyer attached to the link below and 15% of all pre-taxed sales will be donated to the team.  Thank you for your support.

Aurora Track & Field Buffalo Wild Wings Flyer

AURORA ROBOTICS FAMILY INFORMATION NIGHT Robitic parts spell word robotics in grey

A family information night will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Leighton School Media Center.  Learn about what it takes to work on a team of robotics students and see demonstrations from other Aurora Robotics teams.  Find out more at aurorarobotics.org.


This year’s AHS Outstanding Senior for the Class of 2017 is Bobby Arnold.  Congratulations to Bobby for earning this outstanding recognition!


Congratulations to this year’s National Merit Scholarship Competition Semi-Finalist and Commended AHS students.  Maddie Brandes has been named a National Merit Semi-Finalist while Justin Voyzey was named a National Merit Commended student.  Congratulations on receiving this prestigious honor which represents less than 1% of each state’s graduating Seniors.

3rd GRADE SUMMER READING Summer Reading Open Book on grass

The 3rd Grade Summer Reading information and requirements, along with the Summer Challenge and Summer Reading Log, can be found at the link below.

Click here for 3rd Grade Summer Reading Information


The Leighton Leaders, in conjunction with the Salvation Army of Portage County, will again be sponsoring their annual Flurry of Gifts program at Leighton School.   The Flurry of Gifts program is a wonderful opportunity for your family to give a gift that will make a Portage County family’s holiday brighter. 

All unwrapped items should be dropped off as students enter Leighton School from Tuesday, November 28 to Friday, December 2.  You can help make someone’s holiday a little bit brighter by donating any of the following new items: Coats, Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Socks, Blankets, Holiday Gift Wrap and Boots.                                            

Thank you to all of the families that can participate for their generosity!

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH ~ Anti-Bullying Resources for Parents National Bullying Prevention Month with word bullying crossed out

Parents can take many important steps to help prevent and address bullying, intimidation or harassment among students at their children’s schools. In conjunction with October being designated as national Bullying Prevention Month, the Ohio Department of Education has compiled a website containing anti-bullying resources for parents.  Click here to learn what everyone should do to prevent and address bullying.


All pre-K through 5th grade princesses are cordially invited to attend the National Honor Society sponsored Princess Prom accompanied by their King or Queen.  The ball will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Please RSVP by January 26, 2018 in order to receive your invitation!  This year the ball is proudly sponsored in part by Allstate Integrity Insurance Agency and Elevation Dance Studio. 

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will be offered during the day at Aurora High School from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. so that the princesses can get ready for the ball.  The princesses can have their hair styled for $15.00 and their nails painted for $5.00.  For more information about this event, please click on the invitation link below.  Sign up for the boutique by emailing princessprom2018@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing all the princesses at the Prom.

Princess Prom 2018 Invitation

AHS EARNS MOMENTUM AWARD 2017 FROM ODE Momentum Award Logo with Upward Arrows

Aurora High School has recently earned the Momentum Award 2017 from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).  The award recognizes schools for earning A’s on every value-added measure on the 2016-2017 Report Card.  The value added is a measure of growth and not overall achievement, making this award much more difficult to attain.  Congratulations!

CABLE 9 SPOTLIGHT ON AURORA SCHOOLS HOLIDAY SHOW – Highlights Philanthropy Clip Art Spotlights Black and Yellow

The district’s Cable 9 television show Spotlight on Aurora Schools this month will feature some of the philanthropic giving projects that take place during the holidays. Host Pat Ciccantelli talks with Craddock/Miller School Counselor, Tammy Mazzella, and Aurora High School Spanish Teacher, Melissa Foster, who discuss the many philanthropic events that are planned.  Tune in to your local Cable 9 Channel 1023 (Aurora) or go to www.cable9.org to learn more about the many wonderful charitable acts our staff and students participate in.

TRACK & FIELD CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER ~ February 27, 2018 Chipotle Mexican Grill Red Logo

The Aurora Greenmen Track & Field Team is holding a fundraiser at the Chipotle located at 2640 Creekside Drive in Twinsburg on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  Dine in or carry out between 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 50% of the proceeds will benefit Aurora Schools’ Track & Field.  You must present the flyer below, show it on your phone or tell the cashier when ordering.  Thank you for your support!

Cross Country Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer



Support the Greenmen Boys Basketball Team at their last two home games (January 30th & February 2nd) and enter to win Cleveland sports memorabilia and tickets. Click on the link below for more information regarding the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers raffle packages you can win. All proceeds support the Greenmen Boys Basketball progam.


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DRUG TESTING PROGRAM MEETING ~ Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Drug Testing Wording with drawings of various drug types

The Aurora City School District will be holding a public meeting to address the components of a potential drug testing program that will be considered for recommendation to the Aurora Board of Education.  The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  It will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Aurora High School Library. 

This meeting will focus on the possible adoption of a random drug testing program being implemented in order to protect the wellbeing of our students by providing them with a safe and drug-free environment that enables students to reach their highest potential while in our schools.

The presentation will include an overview of the program, its purpose, testing guidelines, how testing would be conducted, consequences of testing positive, and a question and answer session.

4th GRADE SUMMER READING PROJECT Bear reading 4th grade book sitting on a pencil

For more information regarding the 4th Grade Summer Reading Project for students entering the 4th grade, please click on the link below.  Please give your project to your reading teacher on the first day of school.

4th Grade Summer Reading Project Information


Heinen’s Grocery Stores offer community fundraising for local schools.  As a member of Heinen’s Tasteful Reward Program, you can help the school of your choice earn money through their Teaming Up for Education School Donation Program.  Up to 1% of your qualified purchases made from September through April will be donated to our schools by Heinen’s.

It is never too late to sign up!  Go to www.heinensrewards.com, call customer relations at 1-855-475-2300 ext. 2337 or stop by the customer service desk inside the store to participate.  Even if you have registered in years past, you must relink your card every year.   The PTO’s received $8,210 from Heinen's last year!  Thank you in advance for supporting the Harmon/High PTO and Elementary PTO.

Also, Box Tops contests are currently taking place at Miller, Craddock, Leighton and Harmon
Schools.  Please submit your Box Tops on a collection sheet or in a Ziploc bag with your child's name to the school's office by Friday, September 29th. Great prizes will be awarded! 

box top logo


By now you should have received the information packets on the school fundraiser with Yankee Candles. This is a huge fundraiser for our school so any order is appreciated! There are three ways to participate this year:

1. The catalog that was sent home last week.  You have until 10/2 to complete your order form and send it back to school. Product pick up will be the week of 10/23. More details to come!

2. You can order online at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com through 01/2018!!!

If you order online, go to the link, scroll down until you see the two boxes. One will be for About Yankee Candle Fundraising and Start ShoppingUnder the Start Shopping box, enter the group # 990016538 then click on start shopping!! Make sure to mention your student's name at check out to get credit for the order!!

3. There is also a Yankee Candle Fundraiser App available for Android and Apple devices.

If you have any questions please contact kelliannsutter@gmail.com 

AOA ANNUAL SOLO COMPETITION WINNERS ~ 4th and  5th Grades Aurora Orchestra Logo

Congratulations to the winners of the Aurora Orchestra Association’s 19th Annual Solo Competition.  Click on the link below for a complete listing of event winners.

AOA 19th Annual Solo Competition Award Winners

THANK YOU AURORA! Blurred photo of a child holding thank you sign

The  Aurora Board of Education and the Aurora City School District would like to thank our community members for your support of our recent operating levy on the May 2, 2017 ballot.  Without your continued support we would not have been able to achieve our current status as top rated on both local and national levels which includes our latest accolade ranking of #1 in Northeast Ohio in U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools article for 2017.



Save time and order your student’s school photographs online from Ripcho Studios by clicking on the Order Online Button below.

 Order Online Button

5th GRADE SUMMER 2017 READING PROJECT INFORMATION 5th Grade in Blue and Yellow Star

For more information regarding the 5th Grade Summer Reading Project for students entering the 5th grade, please click on the link below.

5th Grade Summer Reading Project

AHS 2018 SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS RECIPIENTS Scholastic Art & Writing Circle Logo in Yellow

Congratulations to Sean Berrodin and Brian Caponi and their students as the Aurora High School Art Department had yet another outstanding showing at the 2018 Northeast Central Ohio Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. 

In this year’s competition the judges boiled down 83 excellent portfolio entries to 11 gold winners and selected from over 3811 entries only 417 silver and gold key winners.   The exhibition of all silver key, gold key and portfolios will be on display through February 1, 2018 at the Kent State University, Stark Campus in the Campus Center (next to the Fine Arts Building), the Fine Arts Gallery and Lobby, and in the Main Hall Art Gallery. Building hours for the Campus Center and Fine Arts are:  Monday -Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mr. Coponi and Mr. Berrodin would both like to congratulate all students who entered and all students who were recognized in this year’s show.  They invite all staff, parents and students to visit the art exhibition.

For a complete listing of award winners, please click on the “Read More” link below.

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As Spectrum Cable completes its move from analog to complete digital service, the channel for Cable 9 has moved to channel 1021.  Programming for local city channels have also moved.  The cities of Aurora, Macedonia, Northfield Center, Reminderville, and Twinsburg Township can be found at Channel 1023, while Sagamore Hills and Twinsburg can now be seen on Channel 1022.  You can also watch Cable 9 programming, including the Aurora Schools’ Spotlight on Aurora Schools show, online at cable9.org.

5TH GRADE SUMMER MATH AUTOBIOGRAPHY PROJECT 2017-18 Summer Math with pink ice cream cone

Below you can find the Summer Math Autobiography Project 2017-2018 link with information about the assignment that is due on the first day of school for students entering the 5th grade.



Aurora High School (AHS) has been ranked #1 in Northeast Ohio and #6 in Ohio in the Best High Schools article by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.  Earning this Gold Medal distinction (indicating the greatest level of college readiness) places AHS at #202 in the country.  The gold medal rating is given to only 500 schools nationwide calculated by using College Readiness Index student performance results.  The report is derived from data submitted by more than 28,000 public high schools nationally.  To view the complete AHS overview results, click here.

To view the Top 15 Northeast Ohio public high school U.S. News & World Report ranking results, click here


In accordance with the Aurora City School District’s Procedures for Emergency School Closing, the use of a delayed school opening may be utilized in the event of inclement weather.

Under the two-hour delay, the school day will be modified; however, the school day will end at the usual time.  To view the high school and middle school building’s delayed start class schedules, please click on the links below.

Harmon School Delayed Start Class Schedule

Leighton School Delayed Start Class Schedule

Craddock School Delayed Start Class Schedule

Miller School Delayed Start Class Schedule

As with school closings, the announcement of a school opening delay will be broadcast on television and radio stations and this announcement could begin as early as 5:00 a.m.

Please click on “Read More” below to view the transportation adjustments that will be made when a two-hour delay is implemented.

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TECH TUESDAYS COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY HELP ~ Updated Information Tech Help Word with Computer Mouse

The Harmon School TECH TUESDAYS, a program offered by students to provide advice on technology for community members, is now being held at the WALKER BUILDING on Tuesdays from approximately 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Just bring in your technological device and the students will be happy to help with all problems, big or small. 

Help will be available on the following dates through the end of the school year:

March 7, 14, 21

April 4, 11, 18, 25

May 2, 9, 16


Congratulations to our 2017 Outstanding Greenmen and the instructor they chose as having had a strong influence on them. Please click on "Read More" below to see the listing of names.

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PTO HEINEN’S BOX TOP COLLECTION EARNINGS THANK YOU Box tops for education pencil logo  in pink and yellow

Thank you for supporting the Aurora PTO’s Box Tops Collection.  This year the Harmon High PTO earned $1,223.40 and the Elementary PTO earned $4,437.60 from Box Tops collection.  With the Heinen's Teaming Up for Education Program, the Elementary PTO had 183 supporters registered, while Harmon and the High School had 212 supporters.  Together, the PTO’s earned $8,210 from Heinen's! 

Please continue to save your Box Tops over the summer - there will be contests in the fall as well as throughout the year.   Also, please re-register your Heinen's preferred member card in the fall to support the PTOs.  We appreciate your continued support.

AURORA BAND CALENDAR SALE ~ Now Available at Mazzulo's Market Band Calendar Events

The Aurora High School Band will be selling their CALENDAR OF EVENTS door-to-door on Monday, July 31, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Calendars are $10 each. In addition, you can purchase this school calendar (an essential planning aid) after the door-to-door sales event ends at Mazzulo's Market in Aurora through the month of September.  

Thank you for your support!

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