Principal's Weekly Update

May 2, 2016 - No.33

What's Happening at "The Big A"

May 2-6: Staff Appreciation Week

May 4: Albion Spring Choir Concert - SHS Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

May 10: Albion Spring Band Concert - Albion Gymnasium, 7:00 p.m.

May 12: Albion Spring Orchestra Concert - Albion Gymnasium, 7:00 p.m.

May 13: D.A.R.E. 8th Grade Graduation - 6:00 p.m. - Michaud's

May 17: P.R.I.D.E. Banquet , 6:00 pm - Albion Cafeteria

May 18: "Send Off Party" - Albion Fun Day!

May 19: 8th Grade D.A.R.E. Program - Gymnasium

May 20: Last Day of School - Dismissal, 2:00 p.m.


Staff Appreciation

May 2-6, Is Staff Appreciation week. This week is dedicated to express our thanks to our amazing teachers and staff at Albion. We want to make this extra special for our teachers and staff, they have been so amazing to the students over their many years at Albion. Please help us celebrate the week with volunteering to send in items and serve on designated dates. Please sign up to help on our SIGN-UP GENIUS

A Week of Celebration

There are only a few weeks of school left and the PTA, along with Albion Student Council and Albion Teachers, have been very busy creating a super fun week for the end of the school year!! Bonfire on Monday Night, End of the Year Celebration/Carnival on Wednesday, Bonnie Park/D.A.R.E. Day on Thursday, and Friday, Lunch for the last day of school. We will need a lot of help to make this happen, please look at the SIGN-UP GENIUS and see where you can help out. Your help is greatly appreciated!!!

Team Update - Mavericks:

The Maverick team is finishing up our final units of the school year. In Mr. Aurand’s science class, students are preparing to build their own rockets and use the concepts they have learned in class to create the best design. In Ms. Leach’s class, students just finished the novel Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. If your child enjoyed the novel, please encourage them to check out the sequel After Ever After. In Mrs. Picchetti’s language arts class, students are working on research projects to prepare for classroom debates. We also have an incentive fast approaching so we’re encouraging students to be their best selves during the last few weeks of school.

High School Golf Tryouts:

Please click on the link below for information on golf tryouts for August 2016.

HS Golf Tryouts

Summer Band Camp:

Summer Band for 5th thru 7th grade will run June 27-July 14 from 10:30 - 12:00 at Albion Middle School. Ms. Taylor, Albion Band Director this year, will be running the program.

Registration forms can be found on Ms. Taylor's website here. Forms/Money are due by May 16th. We are hoping this year's Summer Band will be bigger and better than ever!

Dress Code:

A reminder...As the weather gets warmer, student wardrobes begin to change. Just a reminder, students should continue to abide by the dress code. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

Summer School Opportunities:

This summer we will be running two types of summer school classes. Traditional and Online.

Traditional summer school will run for three weeks in June. Sessions will be held at Muraski Elementary June 6-June 24. There will be four classes offered in the traditional format. Physical Education and Personal Finance will be held in morning sessions (7:30-11:30). Health and Economics will be held in afternoon sessions (12:00-4:00). The cost for these classes is $150 for residents and $200 non-residents. The registration deadline for these classes is June 3, 2016. Traditional classes are for credit advancement, not credit recovery.

Online classes will be held at Muraski Elementary from June 6-July13. The lab will be open Monday through Thursday (the lab schedule is on the registration form). The courses for middle school students are core classes (English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science) for grades 7 and 8. High school course offerings are the same as the fall and spring. Classes cost $75.00 per semester (most classes have two semesters). Students cannot take more than four semesters this summer (two full classes). Registration for classes will be at Muraski from 9-11am on May 24 and finish on May 26. Parents can also register for these classes online. Online classes are for credit recovery, not credit advancement. Students must have failed the class in the traditional classroom before taking these classes.

7/8 Girls' Volleyball - 2016/17 School Year:

Those girls interested in 7th and 8th grade volleyball at Strongsville MS next year, are asked to please complete the Google Sign-Up form at Volleyball Sign-Up . You can also check the Albion MS Athletics main page for up to date information on summer open gyms & tryouts.

Check out the Strongsville Mustangs Volleyball Skills Camp for 5th - 8th grade students!

8th Grade to Washington, DC - 2016:

Washington DC informational packets are available in the office for current 7th graders. The first payment towards the Washington trip was due May 1.

Parents can contact Nowak Tours directly. The Washington Trip ID is SMSDC2016.

Relay for Life:

The Strongsville American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15 at Albion Middle School. This year’s Survivor Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30am on the 14th followed by the Opening Ceremony at 1:00pm. The event concludes at 8:00 am, Sunday, May 15.

For more information, visit the Relay for Life website.

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Strongsville Middle School Information! A running account of all things SMS!

Construction Update:

Strongsville Middle School is coming along quite well and the progress is tremendous. Many rooms are painted and nearly completed. In only five (that's right... 5!!!) short months, that building is going to be teeming with energy and excitement! Check out the pics below.

Honors Courses at SMS:

Strongsville City Schools is committed to providing every child with the opportunity to access rigorous content at an appropriately challenging level. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, middle school parents will have the opportunity to self-select their child’s honors placement for Honors Language Arts, Honors Science, and/or Honors Social Studies.Teachers will continue to make recommendations and parents are urged to consider their child's test scores from Norm-Referenced Assessments such as the Iowa Test for Basic Skills. For Honors Math, students will be required to meet established criteria for placement based on the district's administered assessments.

SMS Frequently Asked Questions:

With many changes taking place for the upcoming school year, we know there will be many questions as to how the new school will look in regards to policies and procedures. In efforts to address these questions and provide answers to parents, we felt it advantageous to have all questions submitted in writing. By doing so, we can ensure that all parents receive the same information.

Find answers to your questions at Frequently Asked Questions

SCS Video Newsletter:

In this installment of the District’s Video Newsletter, Assistant Superintendent Jenni Pelko details the transition to Strongsville Middle School, and Director of Business Services, Mark Donnelly takes us on a tour of Strongsville Middle School and the renovations at Strongsville High School. Click HERE to view this video newsletter.

Important Links

Strongsville City Schools: Strongsville City Schools

Cameron Rypa, Superintendent: 60 Seconds With the Superintendent

Volunteer in Our Schools: Volunteer SCS!

Albion Middle School: Albion MS

Albion Middle School Calendar/Athletics: HERE.

Middle School Construction: Work Zone Camera!

Construction Projects: Newsletter

Free and Reduced Priced Lunches: F/R Lunches

PASS: Your PASS Account

GMail: Gmail Info for Students

Snow Days Information: HERE

Two-Hour Delay Information: HERE

Albion PTA: PTA

Ohio Department of Education: ODE

Twitter: Albion on Twitter