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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 14)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - November 20, 2020

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Learning Framework (November 30 - December 17)

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • WANTED: Bus Drivers

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Mary Matras, 2nd Grade Teacher at Muraski Elementary School

  • Mustangs Team Shop - FINAL WEEKEND - Order Online Through Sunday, Nov. 22

  • SHS Varsity Girls Soccer Team - Division I State Champions!

  • SHS Girls Soccer State Championship Merchandise

  • Opt In for Text Messages from SCS

  • SCS Tech Corral - Your Tech Support Website

  • Annual Strongsville Athletic Boosters Car Raffle - Drawing TONIGHT (11/20) for a 2020 Chevy Trax!

  • PCs For People

  • Spectrum Internet Assist for Qualified Households

  • “Heard Around Town” on SCS Website

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27
NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)


SCS Learning Framework (November 30 - December 17)
Remote Learning 2.0 for All Students (PreK - 12th Grade)


Thursday, December 10 - 7:00pm

Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
Strongsville High School Auditorium (20025 Lunn Rd.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE

60 SECONDS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

Our fall sports student-athletes and coaches faced many challenges to safely compete in practices and games. They all rose to the occasion, following health protocols and procedures to give them the opportunity to safely experience these extracurricular activities. There were many bright spots in this fall sports season - including a Division I State Championship for Girls Soccer. In this week’s episode, we hear from SHS Athletic Director Mr. Denny Ziegler, Girls Soccer Coach Mr. Todd Church, and senior soccer student-athletes Shelby Sallee and Sarah Robertson - click HERE for an overview of the accomplishments of our fall athletic teams.

SCS LEARNING FRAMEWORK (NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 17)

At last evening’s Strongsville Board of Education meeting, the Board voted unanimously to support Dr. Ryba’s recommendation for all students (PreK - 12th grade) to move to Remote Learning 2.0 from Monday, November 30 - Thursday, December 17. Please click HERE for the email communication to families providing more details regarding this decision.


The Board of Education’s next meeting is scheduled for December 10th. At this meeting, they will discuss and determine the District’s learning framework for the return from Winter Break (Monday, January 4th) and beyond.

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.

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.

MUSTANG SPOTLIGHT - MRS. MARY MATRAS, 2ND GRADE TEACHER AT MURASKI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Mrs. Mary Matras is in her 30th year with Strongsville City Schools. Mrs. Matras has worked at both Allen Elementary and Muraski Elementary Schools. She currently teaches second grade at Muraski. Mrs. Matras earned her undergraduate degree from Cleveland State University and has completed most of her graduate coursework from Ashland University.


“I am passionate about working with all students, but what is most rewarding is working with students who struggle to master new skills. I continue to challenge myself and these students to keep trying different ways to achieve success. The students' determination is incredible,” said Mrs. Matras.


She added, “I have been fortunate over the years to work with outstanding colleagues who value cooperation and collaboration. I treasure the professional relationships, as well as the personal friendships, I have made as a Strongsville teacher. Strongsville has certainly changed and grown in many ways during my 30 years here. It has been, and continues to be, a great community in which to work.”


Thank you Mrs. Matras for your efforts and dedication to the young learners at Muraski Elementary! #WeAreStrongsville

MUSTANGS TEAM SHOP - FINAL WEEKEND - ORDER ONLINE THROUGH SUNDAY NOV. 22

Get a jump on your holiday shopping from the safety and comfort of your home. Visit the online Mustangs Team Shop at https://mustangs-w20.itemorder.com/sale and shop for the Strongsville fan on your holiday list. Choose from T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and MORE! Many of the items can be personalized with name, number, and favorite sport. Delivery of items before the holidays! HURRY - the Mustangs Team Shop closes this weekend at 11:59pm on Sunday, November 22!

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SHS VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER TEAM - DIVISION I STATE CHAMPIONS!

The Strongsville High School Varsity Girls Soccer Team captured the Division I State Championship last week, defeating Lewis Center Olentangy 3-1. The Lady Mustangs finished the season with a perfect 20-0-0 record and recorded an amazing 14 shutouts. This is the Lady Mustangs 5th State Championship (1998, 2002, 2005, 2011, 2020). Congratulations to all of the student-athletes and the coaches in the Strongsville soccer program - you have been outstanding representatives of SHS and our entire community!

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2020 Strongsville High School Varsity Girls Soccer Team

Division I State Champions

(20-0-0)

SHS GIRLS SOCCER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MERCHANDISE

Strongsville High School Girls Soccer State Championship merchandise is now available! Visit https://forestcitytees.com/collections/strongsville-soccer for t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies celebrating the Lady Mustangs “perfect season!” This limited sale ends on Monday, November 23 at 8am - order your championship merchandise TODAY! Proceeds benefit the Strongsville Athletic Boosters and our District’s student-athletes and athletic programs.

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.

ANNUAL STRONGSVILLE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CAR RAFFLE - DRAWING TONIGHT (11/20) FOR A 2020 CHEVY TRAX!

The Strongsville Athletic Boosters annual car raffle drawing is TONIGHT (Fri. 11/20). One lucky individual will win a 2020 Chevy Trax, thanks to the generous donation from Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville. Tickets are $20 each and still being sold - you can purchase at the main entrance of SHS beginning at 5:15pm until the drawing prior to tonight’s varsity girls basketball game. All proceeds benefit the SCS Excellence in Athletics Turf Project and the Strongsville School’s sports, music and PTA programs.

PCs FOR PEOPLE

PCs for People recycles business electronics and provides refurbished computers and low-cost internet to under-resourced households and communities. This program provides financial aid to families in Cuyahoga County with K-12 students by distributing 10,000 free computers and 5,000 hotspots through a partnership with participating Cuyahoga County and Cleveland Public Libraries. Registrations are currently open so families can gain access to a computer in their home within a few weeks! Get started right away by registering at www.pcsforpeople.org/ohio/

SPECTRUM INTERNET ASSIST FOR QUALIFIED HOUSEHOLDS

The Spectrum Internet Assist program provides reliable, high-speed internet access at an affordable price for those who qualify.

Eligible low-income households can receive discounted 30 Mbps high-speed internet, along with Security Suite and an internet modem, at no additional charge. Spectrum Internet Assist requires no contracts - visit

https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.html for additional details about this program.

“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

Holiday Giving Project

Head Start Basketball and Pro Sports Performance are partnering up again this year for their annual "Holiday Giving Project" to make a positive impact in the community and bring some holiday joy to many families in need. Please click HERE for additional details on how you can donate and/or volunteer. Thank you for your support and generosity.


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.


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 November. You can also register at connectingforkids.org/register.


Eager Engineers

Eager Engineers is offering live online interactive classes! Join us live, on Zoom for both Lego and Citibloc adventures! STEAM concepts are built into every project, with new projects each class. Visit www.creativeclasses.org to register or click HERE for more 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.