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Strongsville City Schools News (2016-17 Vol I, Iss 12)

Strong Schools. Strong Community. Strongsville.

In This Issue - November 11, 2016

    • Important Dates to Remember

    • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

    • Strongsville City Schools Earns Meritorious Budget Award

    • Mustang Spotlight - Kinsner Elementary Intervention Specialist Jana Karanicolas

    • THANK YOU for Your Support of Issue 120

    • Community Conversation at Strongsville Library - Wednesday, December 7

    • Rebroadcast of Strongsville Education Foundation Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert

    • Student Artwork “On Loan” at SCS Administration Offices

    • Adding SCS Events to Your Calendar

    • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

Friday, November 11 - 6:30pm-9pm

Rockin' At The Rec Dance for 6th - 8th grade students

Ehrnfelt Recreation Center (18100 Royalton Rd.)

Theme: Favorite Football Team

Thursday, November 17 - 7pm
Board of Education Meeting (Administration Building - 18199 Cook Ave.)

Tuesday, November 22 - 6pm-9pm

D.A.R.E. Ice Skating Party for all students and their families

OBM Arena (15381 Royalton Rd.)

$3 Admission (+ skate rental)

November 23-25
NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

Wednesday, December 7 - 5:30pm-7:30pm
Community Conversation with Superintendent Ryba (“SCS & District Finances”) at Strongsville Library

60 Seconds With The Superintendent

The Strongsville City Schools renewal levy (Issue 120) was approved by voters this week. We appreciate our community’s overwhelming support of this issue. Click HERE for a special “Thank You” message from our District.

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Congratulations to Strongsville City Schools Treasurer George Anagnostou and his staff for earning a Meritorious Budget Award by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for the 2016-17 budget year.

The award promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and enhances school business officials' skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school districts that have met or exceeded the program’s stringent criteria. Last year, only two districts in the State of Ohio earned this award. Congratulations!


Mrs. Jana Karanicolas is an intervention specialist at Kinsner Elementary School and has spent 20 years with our district. Mrs. Karanicolas has also worked at Drake and Zellers Elementary Schools.

As an intervention specialist, Mrs. Karanicolas works with students at all grade levels and finds herself interacting with different classes and teachers on a daily basis. She says, “Every day is a new day. Being an intervention specialist is great because I get to know every aspect of students at all of the grade levels. I love working with our students and helping them reach their fullest potential.”

Mrs. Karanicolas adds, “My job allows me to work with so many of the teachers in different ways. It is such a privilege to work with the awesome teachers in our District.”

Thank you Mrs. Karanicolas for making a positive impact on our students and helping them grow into the very best students they can be!


This week, the Strongsville City Schools Renewal Levy (Issue 120) was approved by Strongsville voters. Issue 120 passed with 61.3% (14,194) voting for the renewal.

The renewal levy is a five year extension of an existing operating levy, originally passed in 2007. This renewal will provide approximately $7.9 million for District operating expenses through 2023. Updated textbooks, transportation throughout the district, learning technologies, Advanced Placement and Honors courses, and co- and extra-curricular opportunities are some of the ways this renewal levy will be used to benefit the students and schools in the Strongsville District.

“Thank you to the Strongsville community, and to the many volunteers who supported Issue 120 through making phone calls, going door-to-door, and endorsing Issue 120 by sharing the positive story of Strongsville City Schools. We appreciate our community recognizing the importance of Issue 120 and approving this renewal levy. We have, and will continue to work diligently in making sure our District utilizes taxpayer dollars with great care, respect and in a financially prudent manner. Our students deserve the very best education and the renewal of this levy ensures that we can continue to provide learning and growth experiences both inside and outside of the classroom that our students, parents and community deserves,” said Cameron Ryba, Superintendent of Strongsville Schools.

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Join Superintendent Ryba at the next Community Conversation on Wednesday, December 7 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Strongsville Library. The focus will be on District finances and how Strongsville City Schools continues to look for ways to operate efficiently and with great care of taxpayer dollars. The District’s Treasurer, George Anagnostou, will also be there to answer questions and provide additional insight.

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Did you miss the recent concert by the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at the new Strongsville Middle School Auditorium? A rebroadcast of this concert will take place on November 22 at 7pm on SCS-TV (check your local cable channel listings). Special thanks to the Strongsville Education Foundation for bringing this concert to our community.

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Student artwork is now decorating the hallways of the Strongsville City Schools Administration Offices (18199 Cook Ave.). At the end of last school year, art teachers from each school selected a variety of student projects to represent the talented artists in our District. Pat Catan’s Frame Center generously donated matting and protective sleeves, worthy of any professional art gallery! The student artwork is “on loan” until the end of the school year. The community is encouraged to visit our offices during regular business hours (7:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday) and see the fantastic Strongsville City Schools Art Gallery. Click HERE for a list of the students represented in our hallways.


Are you interested in syncing the calendars posted on our District website to your calendar? There are a couple of different ways to do this:

iCal Feed: Use the iCal feed to subscribe to the calendar using your calendar software. Connect the iCal feed to Google Calendar, Apple iCal, Mozilla Thunderbird, and many other calendar programs.

RSS Feed: Subscribe to the Calendar RSS feed by clicking the RSS feed button and then follow the directions to add the feed to your feed reader.

Directions for adding a calendar on the District website to your Google calendar:

1. Click ICAL button on calendar

2. Click "Copy Link" button

3. Open Google Calendar

4. Click the down arrow beside "Other calendars"

5. Click "Add by URL"

6. Paste the link you copied earlier into the URL field

7. Click "Add Calendar

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Strongsville Mustangs Jewelry

Strongsville Middle School PTA is selling Mustangs jewelry as a fundraiser. These bracelets, keychains, and necklaces are perfect gifts for the holidays!

Visit to place your order.

Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County’s Inaugural Youth Advisory Council

Applications are now being accepted through an extended deadline of November 21, 2016 for this Youth Advisory Council.

  • The ADAMHS Board is looking for young individuals between the ages of 13-18 who are interested in partnering with other youth in Cuyahoga County and who are passionate about making a difference in the fields of mental illness, addiction and recovery.
  • The first Youth Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for January 2017 at the ADAMHS Board office where monthly meeting dates, times and locations will be determined for the remainder of the year. Youth Council Members will also be developing activities and goals to be accomplished through this program.
  • Click here to access the application, or visit our website at, click About Us and then choose the Youth Advisory Council tab.

Chapman PTA Wing Ding Fundraiser

Chapman Elementary PTA's annual wing ding fundraiser is TOMORROW (Saturday, November 12th) at Bilo's Bar and Grill in Strongsville from 6pm-9pm. Tickets are $25/person. Please join us for dinner, auction (baskets and silent), friends and fun! Come out for a stress free, casual night out with our Chapman community! Dinner includes all you can eat Italian sausage platter, sausage and pepperoni pizza, salad, rolls, beer, wine and soft drinks. We will also have a number of terrific raffle baskets, silent auction items, sideboards, and door prizes. There’s something for everyone! Please invite your friends, family and neighbors (adults only please). Please contact Michelle Thall at to purchase advanced tickets.

Strongsville Athletic Boosters Social Event

The Strongsville Athletic Boosters Club has an upcoming social event. This evening is NOT a fundraiser and is meant to be a fun evening to get to know other parents in the District.

What: Strongsville Athletic Boosters Night Out

When: TOMORROW (Saturday, November 12th) 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Where: Strongsville Cleats

Cost: $20.00 per guest, includes food (mozzarella sticks, pretzel sticks, fried pickles, quesadillas, chips & salsa, cheeseburger sliders, boneless and traditional wings, mac & cheese, and salad) and drink (domestic drafts and house wine).

Southwest General ‘Safe Sitter’ Classes

Southwest General, partnering with University Hospitals, presents “Safe Sitter” classes. Keep your child safe while home alone or when babysitting. Safe Sitter is a nationally recognized program, developed by a pediatrician, designed to teach both boys and girls (ages 11-14) how to be safe and responsible sitters. Call Southwest General at 440.816.8036 to register.

Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

Please note the following events hosted by the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required for all events. Please call 440.238.3366 to register or for more information. Those interested may also visit to register and to see more event information.

November Breakfast – ESPN 850 WKNR's Mark “Munch” Bishop

Tuesday, November 15th from 7:30-9:00am at the Holiday Inn. Cost is just $20 per person

Holiday Scholarship Dance. Friday, December 2nd. 7:00pm at Michaud’s

Contact the Chamber now to reserve your table! $350 for a table of 10 or $70 per couple.

100% of ticket sale revenue goes toward scholarships

Strongsville Library

Please note the following November 2016 events at the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration is required for most events. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. All events sponsored by our Friends of Strongsville Branch Library. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

**The Library, administration and all branches, will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23rd. Regular hours resume on Friday, November 25, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

Year-Round Story Times!

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers story time sessions year-round for children Birth to Age 5. Our current story time sessions are in full swing! Please call the library for more information about our Fall story time sessions.

Just 4 You Student Friends Volunteers. Ages 10-18. Saturday, November 12th from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Join Just 4 U Student Friends and get involved at the Strongsville Branch and in your community. Pick up an application at the Teen Desk.

Online Security Series. Mondays, November 14, 21, & 28th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Come learn how to identify threats and security weak points and take home practical, actionable, advice for securing your information and implementing best practices. Week 1: Basic Computer Security; Week 2: Basic Internet Security; Week 3: Set up a Secure Wireless Network.

Parkfit Mall Walkers Wellness Talk: "Money Saving Strategies for Medications" Tuesday, November 15th from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

This month's speaker will be Josh Unsworth from PharmD speaking on cost saving strategies for medications. The ParkFit Mall Walkers Club is a combined effort of Southwest General and SouthPark Mall in Strongsville. The Club provides an opportunity for community residents to improve their health by walking for exercise in a safe, interesting and climate-controlled facility. Walk at the mall first, then come over to the Library for this informative wellness talk!

Good Morning, Strongsville Speaker Series. Wednesday, November 16th from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Please join us for our bi-monthly Good Morning, Strongsville Speaker Series. Each month we bring a special speaker of interest to seniors and residents of Strongsville. Our November speaker will be Dr. Lika from Southwest General speaking on options for Hip and Knee Arthritis. Refreshments served.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. New Members Welcome! Our next discussion will be on Wednesday, November 16th. This month we will be discussing The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. Copies of the book will be available at the check-out desk. Registration for this program is not needed. Join us for an evening of great discussion!

Weird Science: Build a Bridge! Teens Ages 10-18. Tuesday, November 22nd from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Calling all future engineers! Learn how to build a truss bridge with craft sticks. Even if you don't plan to be an engineer, come have fun with us!

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. Meets the 4th Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. New Members Welcome! Our next discussion will be held on Monday, November 28th. This month we will be discussing Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk. Join us for great conversation!