Whitney's Jungle Journal

Mr. Stacho's Newsletter - October 16, 2020

Wild About Whitney!

Powerschool Unified Classroom Needs to be Updated

The following is information from district offices regarding updating your online account. It is vital that you update ALL information in this site, including up to date phone numbers for emergency contact and the form regarding photos. Please be advised that if you say "no photos," this means your child will not be included in class photos or the yearbook. We'd love for all of our students to be included in school photos, so please compete this form carefully.

Online "Information Update" for the 20-21 school year is now available! This task should have been completed by September 18, 2020, however we have 119 families that have not completed the update. SOLO families must update PowerSchool as well. You will use the NEW PowerSchool UNIFIED CLASSROOM (formerly referred to as (PASS) Parent Portal) to access the 2020-2021 information update form. Even though the forms are "pre-filled" please check all information and you have to submit for each form and you must do it for each child that you have in the system even if all the information remains the same.

How do I get started?
Visit the Strongsville City Schools Website and click on the Powerschool Unified Classroom icon in the upper right corner and log into your UNIFIED CLASSROOM Parent Portal account.

  1. Select the student you wish to register along the top
  2. Click on the "Quick Links" icon in the left hand menu and select "Main Portal Page."
  3. Choose the Link "2020-2021 Information Update" on the Navigation bar on the left hand side.
  4. Enter the birthdate for the selected student
  5. Complete the form and submit.

I can’t remember my login for the PowerSchool Unified Classroom Parent Portal.
If you aren’t able to retrieve your login credentials using the “Forgot Username or Password” link on the Powerschool Unified Classroom Sign In page, please contact your school directly for assistance logging in to the Unified Classroom Parent Portal.

I don't have a Unified Classroom PowerSchool Parent Portal (PASS) account.
Contact your school directly for instructions on setting up your account, and your credentials.

Do I have to answer all the questions?
Questions marked with a red asterisk (*) are required.

What if I make a mistake?
If you would like to make a change prior to submitting the form, you can either navigate back to the page using the “< Prev” and “Next >” buttons or if you are on the Review page click on the underlined field. If you have already submitted the form you will need to contact your student’s school so they can make the changes for you.

I’ve completed the form, now what?
Once you have finished entering your information click “Submit.” This will send all of the information you’ve entered to the school. If you cannot click on this button you will need to make sure that you have answered all required questions. Make sure you click "save and signout" before exiting to insure information is kept.

What if I have more than one student in the district? Do I need to do this for each child?
Yes you will need to provide information that is specific to each child. We recommend that you complete and submit one form and then start another. This will allow you to “snap” (or share) selected family information, which saves you time.

Help! I’m on the Information Update form and I’m having technical difficulties.
For technical support, visit our PowerSchool Community help center or click “Help” from any form page.

School Picture Day Is Coming

We will be having Individual School Pictures taken at school on Friday, October 23, 2020. Safety protocols will be strictly followed. Students will take their mask off for the photo. Due to Covid restrictions, there will NOT be a class photo taken at this time.

SOLO Students have their times for their photos to be taken on this day as well.

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Responsible Restart Webpage

You can also access our Responsible Restart webpage for additional details and resources by going to www.strongnet.org. However, we have the Covid19 - Student Guidelines on Whitney Webpage as well. You can click here to view.

Please understand that cough drops will no longer be administered in elementary school clinics.

One more reminder - your child should have two masks at school in a plastic baggie as part of their school supplies in case one is soiled or lost.

If you should have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate in reaching out to our Whitney nurse, Mrs. Tracey Winkelmann by calling 440-268-5909.

“Here Comes The Bus” Website/App Now Available for SCS Families to Track Daily Transportation Information

‘Here Comes the Bus’ App
Now Available for Strongsville City Schools Families
to Track Daily Transportation Information

Strongsville, OH (October 5, 2020) - Last year, Strongsville City Schools purchased and installed GPS on its entire fleet of buses and have now completed the testing of a new app for the District which will allow families to monitor daily transportation information. The Here Comes the Bus app is now available to families with students who utilize Strongsville City Schools transportation. The app and complementary website, available on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or personal computer, enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus on its daily route. Additional highlights of Here Comes the Bus include:

  • Notifications sent to a phone or computer (text messages and/or email) which alerts families when their bus is approaching the bus stop
  • Notifications sent updating families on any daily bus number changes
  • Customizable features for different devices, depending on how parents are viewing the app/website

“Being able to add GPS to our fleet of buses and offering the Here Comes the Bus app to the families in our District is a positive upgrade for transportation in our District. This app and website provides another layer of security for our students and families, while also leading to greater efficiencies for our bus drivers,” said Mr. Stephen Breckner, Operations Manager for Strongsville City Schools.

Click HERE for additional information on Here Comes the Bus.

Families please see below for the specific code for Whitney.

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Early Release Days Eliminated for 2020-21

Excluding the last day of school, the previously scheduled early release days on October 23rd and March 26th will not occur. These days will now be traditional full school days with normal dismissal times. Again, the last day of school - May 28th - will remain an early release day. The dismissal times for the last day of school can be found by clicking here.

SOLO / SOLO 2.0 Communications

For our families in our SOLO program, which would include K-5 students in the Lincoln Learning program and all students in Grades 6-12, if you are having login issues or course assignment questions, please contact Erin Green (eringreen@scsmustangs.org). For our K-5 families in the SOLO 2.0 program, if you have questions related to assignments or other general teacher-related questions, please contact your SOLO 2.0 teacher. For other programmatic questions, please contact Katie Hawk (khawk@scsmustangs.org).

Mr. Schibley's October Newsletter

Please click here to view Mr. Schibley's Newsletter.


Mr. Eric Schibley

Please join our PTA! (Repeat Item)

Our PTA does so much for our students at Whitney Elementary School. From providing grants for special projects, to financially supporting special events and assemblies for students, to providing fun family events, and so much more. We count on YOU, our parents, to make our PTA and school successful!

Here is the live link that you can click on that is mentioned in the flyer below:


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Marco's Pizza Night!