Amended funds OK’d
At its Jan. 27 meeting, the Aurora Board of Education approved amended permanent appropriations totaling $45.75 million (total) and $31.09 million (general fund) for fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30.
In addition to the general fund, amounts approved in other funds are: special revenue, $1.57 million; debt service, $10.43 million; capital projects, $783,579; enterprise, $812,759; internal service, $748,930; agency, $312,730; and fiduciary, $312,930.
Nine students at AHS
earn music accolades
Nine Aurora High School music students earned either superior or excellent ratings in the Ohio Music Educators Association District VI adjudicated event Jan. 18 at Crestwood High School.
Getting superior ratings were: Jim Lee, Class A violin solo; Claire Mulvaney, Class A vocal solo; Gillian Nelson, Class A flute solo; Paige Ochocki, Class B trombone solo; and Andy Weber, Class A trumpet solo.
Getting excellent ratings were: Ian Behra, Class A trombone solo; Rekha Bhupatirju, Class A viola solo; Emma Kocar, Class B cello solo; Robby Lacey, Class B cello solo; and Mulvaney, Class B cello solo.
The competition was for students in Portage, Summit and Medina counties.
Students were required to prepare a piece of music and several scales to be performed for a judge selected by the OMEA state board. The directors said although it is great to see a student score well, the true value of this event is the experience and judge’s comments.
Students can play 24
at recess at Leighton
During recess at Leighton School, students in fourth and fifth grades can play the game 24. Students soon will compete for spots to represent Leighton at the Portage County 24 competition Feb. 26. The club will continue to meet after that.
PTO Market Day orders are due by Jan. 31 at 11 p.m. at Pickup will be Feb. 5 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Leighton’s cafeteria. New customers can save $5 off their first order of $25 or more. For details, email Vanessa Fabec at
Thanks go to Julie Vlach and Brandi Geyer for clipping and organizing boxtops for the Boxtops for Education program.
Leighton students participated in a variety of Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities, including watching videos of his life, reading stories, writing about their dreams, creating timelines, presenting a play and doing crafts.
Parent-teacher conferences are coming up at Leighton on Jan. 30 and Feb. 4.
Parents are reminded to make sure their child is dressed properly during the winter for outdoor recess. All outerwear should be marked with the student’s name.

TBD advances again
Aurora High School's TBD robotics team competed in the Pittsburgh qualifying competition on Jan. 18 and qualified for the Pennsylvania state tournament on March 1.
The team also won the judge’s award for autonomous programming for its robot which uses a sweeping mechanism to pick up and place blocks in crates, raises a flag on a pole and does a pullup. Team members are Jared Ruehr, Ian Doemling and Tyler Thieding.
The team has also qualified for the Ohio state competition Feb. 15 in Cincinnati.
Power of the Pen unit
at Harmon nabs third
Harmon School’s Power of the Pen team competed Jan. 17 at Garfield Middle School in Garrettsville. The next competition will be Feb. 22 at Kent State University.
The seventh-grade team of Rose Vachon, Michelle Guan, Colin Weil, Rachel Ryabogin, Sidney Hilston, Keshore Gowrishankar and alternates Katie Cochran and Daphney Miller brought home a third-place trophy, and Guan came in second overall in the 60-writer field. Hilston won the best of round, narrowly edging out Weil.
Newspaper club and Photography club will meet Jan. 30 in the media center. Articles should be submitted to Jennifer Jenkins or Lindsay Siedel as soon as possible.
Harmon’s yearbook orders are due Jan. 31 with payment. Orders also can be placed online. The cost is $15. Additional order forms are available in Harmon’s office.
Athletes and students of the week at Harmon were: athletes — Robby Albrecht, Rachel Kelley, Cassaundra Marotta, Drew McVay, Kyle Petersen, Karli Springer, Ava Stachowski, Virgil Glorioso, Michael Sapp and Ryan Scantland.
Sixth-graders — Eric Anderson, Audrey Davis, Reece Herendeen, Colin Krupinski, David Lasky, Elizabeth Miller, Elizabeth Rader and Kelsey Trecarichi.
Seventh-graders — Michelle Guan, Colin McNamara, Jodi Obly, Alena Paul, Sami Richards, Anthony Turchi and Grace Tutkovics; eighth-graders — Robbie Blackman, Zach Elsawy, Sarah George, Cade Huffman, Matthew Maselli, Julia Polaski, Paige Smith, Andrew Sobodosh, Morgan Riedel and Neel Saya.
Valentines are made
Leighton School students are making special valentines and sharing them with the community, according to Principal Dana Lambacher.
With the help of family members, students will place the valentines around town such as in grocery stores, restaurants and the library.
Lambacher said the goal is to teach students how meaninful an encouraging word or note can be. Students will hear a story titled “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch” to help them understand the meaning of friendship and kindness.
VCA activities planned
Several activities are coming up at Valley Christian Academy. Included are: Jan. 30 — boys basketball vs. Cornerston at 4 p.m.; Jan. 31 — girls basketball vs. Laurel at 4:30 p.m. and boys basketball vs. Medina at 5:30; Feb. 3 — girls basketball vs. Sacred Heart at 4:30 p.m.; Feb. 5 — boys basketball vs. Cornerstone at 4:30 p.m.; Feb. 6 — student council at 8 a.m., Market Day pickup from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and girls basketball vs. Bethel at 4:30.