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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 22)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - February 5, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • Important Updates to the School Calendar

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • Whitney Students Create “Make Someone Smile” Postcards

  • 2021-22 Kindergarten Full Day Requests

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Marissa Olesick, Building Secretary at Chapman Elementary

  • Save the Date! Annual SCS “State of the Schools” Presentation - Wed. 3/3 at 6:30pm

  • FREE Student Breakfast/Lunch for the Remainder of the 2020-21 School Year

  • Popcorn, Coffee, & Granola - OH MY! - Strongsville Council PTA Online Fundraiser

  • Greater Cleveland Conference Athletes of the Month

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Opt In for Text Messages from SCS

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences*

* Teachers/building principals will be reaching out with the specific instructions to schedule these virtual conferences
Wednesday, February 10 (Grades PreK-8)
Thursday, February 11 (Grades 6-12)

Thursday, February 11 & Friday, February 12
Remote/Asynchronous Learning Days for Students
Teachers will have all assignments/learning for both days posted to Google Classroom and communicated to students prior to the start of each school day and there will be no live instruction on either day. This also applies to SCS Connects students. This will not impact any students in Lincoln Learning, Edgenuity, Edmentum, or Apex.


Monday, February 15

NO SCHOOL (Presidents’ Day)


Thursday, February 18
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE


Thursday, March 4 & Friday, March 5
Remote/Asynchronous Learning Days for Students
Teachers will have all assignments/learning for both days posted to Google Classroom and communicated to students prior to the start of each school day and there will be no live instruction on either day. This also applies to SCS Connects students. This will not impact any students in Lincoln Learning, Edgenuity, Edmentum, or Apex.

60 SECONDS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

Surrarrer Elementary students are learning about Ancient Egypt through art class with Mrs. Solecki. Each year, Mrs. Solecki incorporates a “trip to another country” in her lessons for students in K-5. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode as we hear about how art is teaching students about Ancient Egypt.

IMPORTANT UPDATES TO THE SCHOOL CALENDAR

Earlier today, Superintendent Ryba sent an email to all families in the District providing important information regarding vaccinations for SCS staff and updates to the school calendar. Please click HERE for additional details and the complete correspondence.

SCS RESPONSIBLE RESTART COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

Our District has created the SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide - one document in one location outlining our District’s policies and procedures. This document should be used as a guide, allowing you to quickly find answers to your questions. The guide can also be found at www.strongnet.org/restart.

As we have seen throughout the pandemic, factors can change on a daily basis and this Guide will remain adjustable and flexible to respond to state and local health guidelines.

WHITNEY STUDENTS CREATE “MAKE SOMEONE SMILE” POSTCARDS

In art class at Whitney Elementary, students designed a “make someone smile” postcard to send to someone to let them know they were thinking about them. In class, students learned about what a postcard is and how it is used. They compared postcards to email messages and texts and learned how postcards are addressed and sent through the mail using postage stamps - no envelope needed!

2021-22 KINDERGARTEN FULL DAY REQUESTS

An informational meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students (2021-22 school year) was recently held. If you missed the meeting and want to view the presentation, please click HERE.

Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) requests for the 2021-22 school year are currently being accepted exclusively online. Please click HERE for additional information on kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year.

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. MARISSA OLESICK, BUILDING SECRETARY AT CHAPMAN ELEMENTARY

Mrs. Marissa Olesick is the building secretary at Chapman Elementary School. Mrs. Olesick is in her first year working in our District after spending several years in administrative roles for other industries. She has her undergraduate degree from the University of Phoenix and has lived in Ohio all of her life (except for a few years in Florida!). Mrs. Pinney, Principal at Chapman Elementary said this about Mrs. Olesick, “Marissa is so kind to our students and staff and welcomes any challenge that comes her way.”


“The best thing about working for Strongsville City Schools is the team atmosphere. I was very nervous when I first started at Chapman since I had never worked in a school district before, but everyone happily welcomed me and made me feel as if I had been with the district for years. I love the different interactions I am able to have each day with my co-workers, families, and the students at Chapman Elementary,” said Mrs. Olesick.


Thank you Mrs. Olesick for being the positive and friendly first impression for those that visit Chapman Elementary! #WeAreStrongsville

SAVE THE DATE! ANNUAL SCS “STATE OF THE SCHOOLS” PRESENTATION - WED. 3/3 AT 6:30PM

The annual “State of the Schools” presentation by SCS Superintendent, Dr. Cameron Ryba, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30pm and will be livestreamed on our District website (www.strongnet.org). We encourage our community to tune in for a review of the student and teacher accomplishments from this past year and the exciting path for the future of our District.

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REMINDER: FREE STUDENT BREAKFAST/LUNCH FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

Thanks to the USDA and Federal Meal Program, breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided at no cost to students through the end of the 2020-21 school year (5/28/21), or until available funding runs out. Elementary families still need to pre-order meals (by 10:00pm the night before) through Nutrislice - click HERE for step-by-step instructions. Visit the Food Services section (under Business Services) of our District website or call 440.572.7058 for additional information.

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POPCORN, COFFEE, & GRANOLA - OH MY! STRONGSVILLE COUNCIL PTA ONLINE FUNDRAISER

Check out Strongsville Council PTA’s online fundraiser, which includes granola, coffee, popcorn, and MORE! Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used for graduating seniors scholarships and other Council PTA activities this school year. HERE is the direct link to the fundraiser page. Click HERE for the shareable flyer.

GREATER CLEVELAND CONFERENCE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to the following Mustang student-athletes who earned Greater Cleveland Conference Player of the Month honors for January:


Camryn Larissey (Gymnastics) - Camryn is one of two senior captains and a three year letter winner. In the first home meet of the season, Camryn led the Mustangs to a victory over Brunswick and individually won Vault, Bars, and the All-Around. She helped contribute solid scores on Vault and Bars at the GCC Invitational, where the Mustangs finished 3rd overall.


Justin Wypasek (Boys Basketball) - On Friday, 1/22, in a 97-61 victory over Open Door Christian, Justin broke the Strongsville single game scoring record as he finished the night with 52 points. He also tied the school record for three-pointers made in the game with 9. Justin is currently averaging 18 points a game this season.


Reagan Bass (Girls Basketball) - Earlier this month in an 81-41 victory over Euclid, Regan scored 22 points. Along with being a team captain, Reagan maintains a cumulative 4.5 GPA. Reagan will continue her academic and athletic career at The University of Akron next year.


Andrew Arslanian (Boys Swimming) - On Saturday, January 9th at the GCC Championship Meet, Andrew was Champion in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free Relay, and 400 Free Relay. On January 19th against Solon, he won the 200 Medley Relay, 50 Free, 100 Backstroke, and 400 Free Relay. Next year, Andrew will continue his academic and athletic career at Cleveland State University.

WANTED: BUS DRIVERS

Strongsville City Schools is now hiring motivated, energetic, part-time professional substitute school bus drivers. This position features great pay ($16.19 per hour), flexible hours, no holidays, and is very rewarding. Requires a CDL Class B, with SP endorsement - TRAINING IS AVAILABLE!


If you would like to apply for a Substitute Bus Driver position, please complete this EXTERNAL application. When your application is complete, those interested, qualified candidates should contact the Transportation Department to schedule an initial interview at 440.572.7060.

OPT IN FOR TEXT MESSAGES FROM SCS

With the abundance of emails that we all receive on a daily basis, and some being directed to spam or becoming buried in other folders in your email account, it sometimes leaves you without knowing an email was sent. One way to address this issue is to send a text that alerts an email has been sent. Although our texting option is not new for the district, families must opt in to receive our texts. More parent opt ins are needed to make it an effective communication strategy. Please click HERE and follow the directions to opt in to our text messaging service.

SCS TECH CORRAL - YOUR TECH SUPPORT WEBSITE

Our Instructional Technology Department and Curriculum Department have partnered in the creation of the 'SCS Tech Corral.' The site includes reference guides and 'how-to' videos for a number of common programs and software our students and teachers are utilizing. This is a great resource with lots of helpful information. Check out the ‘SCS Tech Corral’ by clicking HERE.

“HEARD AROUND TOWN” ON SCS WEBSITE

Have you heard something that you want more clarification about concerning Strongsville City Schools? Share your questions with us, we're happy to provide information to clear up any misconceptions! Visit the new “Heard Around Town” link on the main page at www.strongnet.org or click HERE to submit your question.

STAY SAFE. SPEAK UP!

Strongsville City Schools encourages students, teachers, staff, parents, and other members of our community to report any instances of potential violence, bullying, self-harm or any other issue where students may be at risk. The Stay Safe. Speak Up! link is located in the shortcuts along the right hand side on the homepage of the District website (www.strongnet.org). It can also be found on the homepage of each of our individual building websites. Reporting incidents can be made anonymously online or through a toll free number (​1-866-listen2me / 1-866-547-8362).

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Cavs Academy Youth Clinic - Saturday, February 27th

Cavs Academy is headed to Strongsville Recreation Center on Feb. 27th for an awesome opportunity for young basketball players to engage in a safe, fun and active basketball clinic. Each participant will receive a Cavaliers game ticket, T-shirt & Basketball with their registration. For more information please visit: https://www.cavsyouth.com/clinics


Strongsville Recreation Center Winter Programs

Check out these Strongsville Recreation programs for all ages - signups are currently happening! Click HERE for the list of activities to help keep active this winter and spring.


The Junior Browns Spring Flag Football League

The Cleveland Browns, in association with the Strongsville Football Backers, are bringing the Junior Browns Spring Flag Football League to Strongsville! The league is open to girls and boys in grades K-6, with competitive play at each grade level. Practices will be held once per week, with games on Sundays beginning in April. Register now at www.strongsvillefootballbackers.com. Click HERE for additional information about this exciting flag football opportunity!


Connecting for Kids

Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families who have concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources. Click HERE for the CFK programs being offered in February. You can register at connectingforkids.org/register.


Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts are looking for kindergarten students interested in joining area troops. Visit gsneo.org/join, call 800.852.4474, or click HERE for additional information.


Great Lakes Science Center Learning Lab

Great Lakes Science Center’s new Learning Lab program supports working parents who need daytime childcare for their school-age children. The program provides a safe, supportive environment where children can do their schoolwork virtually. Many of the Science Center’s health and safety procedures for programming during the pandemic were developed for Camp Curiosity, which served more than 1,000 children this summer. The program is open to children in grades K-8. Click HERE for more information or visit GreatScience.com.


Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

Did you know that the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce, established in 1941, is one of the largest and most active Chambers in the state of Ohio? The Strongsville Chamber of Commerce provides members with an opportunity to be a part of the framework of the local business community. Through various business related activities and events, the Strongsville Chamber promotes and supports the growth of local businesses and the Strongsville area business community. The Strongsville Chamber offers a convenient way to network, locate business opportunities, and access a vast array of information vital to your business’s continued growth. Join the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce today by calling the Chamber office at 440.238.3366 or visit the Chamber website at www.strongsvillechamber.com.