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Strongsville City Schools News (2020-21 Vol 5, Iss 33)

We Are Strongsville

IN THIS ISSUE - April 30, 2021

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • SCS Responsible Restart Comprehensive Guide

  • ‘Right At School’ to Offer Before- & After-School Care in Our District for 2021-22

  • Upcoming Vaccination Clinic - Wednesday, May 5th

  • Facilities Development Committee Seeking New Members

  • SHS Dance Team Auditions - Friday, 5/7 (5pm)

  • Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Danielle Goloja, 4th Grade Teacher at Kinsner Elementary

  • Boys & Girls Mustangs Summer Basketball Camps

  • Register NOW for the Strongsville Track Club

  • Strongsville Athletic Boosters Annual Golf Outing - Friday, June 11

  • Attn: Current 5th Graders - Register for 6th Grade Camp (Sept. 10-12)!

  • Stay Safe. Speak Up!

  • Community Events

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Important Dates to Remember

Thursday, May 6 - 7:00pm

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


Strongsville High School recently announced plans for commencement, prom and after prom, and the academic recognition ceremonies that occur during the final weeks of every school year. It has been a year of adapting and adjusting, and that has been the case with preparing for these end of the year events. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode, to learn more about these memorable events that will be held in the upcoming weeks.


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

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.


Our District is excited to announce a partnership agreement with the nationally recognized school enrichment provider, Right At School, to provide before- and after-school care for elementary students this fall. Right at School will be offering before- and after-school care every weekday (Monday-Friday) at each of the elementary school buildings in our District, beginning in August, 2021. Parent Forums were recently held to provide additional information about the programs being offered for SCS families. In case you missed it HERE is the video and HERE are the slides presented. For additional information, please click HERE to visit their website dedicated to the newly established Strongsville Schools program.


Health Heroes, Inc. will be offering the TDaP and Meningitis vaccinations on Wednesday, May 5th at Strongsville High School and Strongsville Middle School. These vaccinations are REQUIRED for school attendance by the State of Ohio. Click HERE for additional information on this vaccination clinic. If you are interested in getting your student vaccinated on May 5th, click HERE for the consent form which needs to be completed and returned to your student’s school no later than Friday, April 30th.


Strongsville City Schools offers several opportunities for community members to serve on Board of Education committees, with the goal of continued growth for our District. The Facilities Development Committee is focused on the maintenance of our buildings, as well as the vision for future growth and development of our physical space (land and buildings). The Facilities Development Committee is currently seeking new members - click HERE for additional details and contact information to become involved.


Interested in joining the 4th ranked dance team in the state for hip-hop and the 6th ranked team in the state for jazz? If you are a dancer currently in grades 8th-11th, auditions are being held for the SHS Dance Team on Friday, May 7th at 5:00pm in the main gymnasium at the high school. Click HERE for additional audition information. Questions? Contact Coach Cunningham at


Mrs. Danielle Goloja started as a student teacher in our District at Zellers Elementary. She is now in her 26th year as an elementary teacher for Strongsville City Schools. After the closing of Zellers, Mrs. Goloja moved to Kinsner Elementary. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and her Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University.

“What I love best about working with my students is that they make each day a new and exciting experience. I get energized by the challenge to find creative and fun ways to present new concepts to them, and to see them get excited about what they are learning. I ‘eat up’ the times when they have great ideas and thoughts and questions to add to our lessons, to make it even more meaningful for them. They all have something to share that can add value to their own and their classmates’ learning. Kinsner students have made my career a passion. I am so fortunate to be able to get up every day and love where I am going and what I am doing.”

“Our Kinsner staff is a dedicated team of positive minded, hard working people. It may be a big building, but we can be confident that we are each other’s cheerleaders. My fourth grade team is a bonus second family. I can only do what I do with the help and support system of my partners. They say to ‘surround yourself with people who make you better, who help you grow, who love and celebrate you. You become a product of what you around.’ I thank my team, my building, and Strongsville students who help me be a better person and teacher each day,” said Mrs. Goloja.

Thank you Mrs. Goloja for making an impact and helping our fourth grade students grow and develop at Kinsner Elementary! #WeAreStrongsville


Join the Mustangs Boys & Girls Basketball programs for this year’s summer camp series for youth in 1st - 8th grades. Camps will be held the week of June 7th at Strongsville High School and all participants will receive a Mustangs T-Shirt and basketball. Click HERE for the boys camp information. Click HERE for the girls camp information. Register online at


Interested in a Summer Running Experience? Join the Strongsville Track Club. Registration is open NOW - click HERE for more information. Running begins on May 17th!


Don’t miss the Strongsville Athletic Boosters annual golf outing, with proceeds benefiting the Mustangs athletic program. This year’s event will be held at Bunker Hill Golf Course on Friday, June 11. The day includes 18 holes of golf, breakfast and lunch on the course, and a dinner and auction. Click HERE to register as an individual golfer or as a golf foursome. Registration is also available for non-golfers to attend the dinner only.


Attention current fifth graders - don't miss your chance to zipline, swim, fish, and participate in lots of fun activities with your friends at the annual Sixth Grade Camp in the fall! The Sixth Grade Camp will be held at Skyview Ranch in Millersburg, Ohio from Friday, September 10 - Sunday September 12 (students attending the Sixth Grade Camp will be excused from school on Friday, September 10th). Cost per camper is $180.00 and includes transportation to/from Skyview Ranch, meals throughout the weekend, activities and rental fees, drawstring bag, camp t-shirt and hooded sweatshirt. Space is limited, and the deadline to register is July 1 - click HERE for additional information on the camp and to register!


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 ( 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).


Jeff Ellis' International Karate After School Enrichment Program

Join Jeff Ellis' International Karate After School Enrichment Program, with 100% of the proceeds going toward Strongsville Elementary Schools. This five class after school program begins Tuesday May 4th and is limited to the first 15 students to register. Click HERE for additional program information. Click HERE for the registration form.

Strongsville Women’s League Art Contest Winners

The Arts and Culture Committee of the Strongsville Women’s League would like to thank all 70 children who entered the art contest that ran March 15 – April 15, 2021. We are very proud to announce the contest was very successful and well received, and we would like to thank all the students who entered. The judging panel of Councilman Jim Kaminski, Dare Officer Aaron Plut, and Strongsville Middle School Teacher, Lisa Bluemel met on April 26,, 2021. After careful deliberation, they have determined the following winners.

Category K-1: First Place – Samantha D. Grade 1, Second Place – Katie B. Kindergarten, Third Place – Maria W. Grade 1.

Category 2-3: First Place – Madelynn R. Grade 3, Second Place – Benjamin L. Grade 3, Third Place – Estella G. Grade 3.

Category 4-5: First Place – Allison M. Grade 4, Second Place – Prathula S. Grade 5, Third Place – Dhanvita I. Grade 5.

We had four winners from Saint Joseph & John, two winners from Kinsner, one winner from Saint Ambrose, Muraski and Whitney Elementary. Congratulations all!

The winner’s art work will be displayed at the Strongsville Recreation Center in the lobby, starting Friday, April 30th through May 20, 2021. There will be an unveiling of the art work at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening and the winners will be awarded their prizes. Each of the nine students won a gift certificate – First Place won $25 to Maggie & Ellie’s Pottery and Art Studio, Second Place won $20 to Target, and Third Place winners won $10 to the Strongsville Spirit Shop. Congratulations and Way to Go!!! Sincerely - Helen Hartman and Karen Burgund, Co-chairs, Art and Culture Committee

GOH Run Camps

GOH Run Youth running day camps provide an opportunity for young runners and those interested in running and physical activity to learn about the sport. We build confidence and character through team building, games, and activities that get everyone moving. We learn about nutrition, relaxation, and promote wellness. Campers are coached by experienced high school coaches and high school volunteers who lead the small teams of young runners. For additional information email Rae Alexander at Check out our website at or click HERE for the upcoming GOH Run Day Camp and click HERE for the upcoming Bulldog XC Camp.

Strongsville Safety Village

Safety Village is a Strongsville Police Event designed to provide most of the same information delivered in Safety Town to the children of Strongsville that did not have a chance to attend Safety Town last year pre-kindergarten due to the Pandemic. This event is strictly for Strongsville residents who have completed kindergarten and will be starting 1st Grade in August. Register online NOW - HERE is the link for registration. For additional information about this program, click HERE.

Strongsville Safety Town

Registration for Strongsville Safety Town opens on Thursday, April 1 for Strongsville residents and/or those who attend a Strongsville school and will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. Registration will be exclusively on-line. Visit to register. Click HERE for additional information, or contact Strongsville Police Youth Program Coordinator Marie McManus at 440.580.3257 or

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 this spring. You can register at

Strongsville Chamber of Commerce

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

May Business Luncheon

“State of the City” Presentation with Mayor Thomas P. Perciak

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - Ehrnfelt Senior/Rec Event Center

11:15am* – 1:00pm (Lunch served at 11:45am)*

*Please note time adjustments

*Doors open at 11:15am

*Seating is Limited, reserve your space early.

*All Covid-19 State Mandates will be strictly followed.

Mark Your Calendars:

2021 Homecoming Festival

Wednesday, July 14th – Saturday, July 18th

Firework Display (Saturday, July 17th at Dusk)

Strongsville Chamber Golf Outing

Friday, August 27, 2021

Shale Creek Golf Club

Strongsville Library

Please note the following May 2021 events being held on ZOOM virtually and presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address are required for all events in order for us to send you the Zoom invitation. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

Summer Reading Game Returns: Tales & Tails Summer Reading Game. June 5th – August 15th, 2021. Visit to register to play online. Stop in to your local branch library beginning June 5th to pick-up a game board or download the Beanstack Tracker app to play on your mobile device. Track your reading and win some prizes along the way. Read all summer for a chance to win some great prizes! Go to YouTube now to see our promotional video:

English as a Second Language. IN PERSON Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Aspire Greater Cleveland is once again teaching IN-PERSON classes to help non-native speakers learn English and validate their skills. If you are interested in attending these ESOL classes, please call Aspire at 833.277.4732 to register.

Computer Classes
Cuyahoga County Public Library offers computer classes for beginners to advanced. Classes are currently being held VIRTUALLY using the program Screenleap which requires a web browser and an internet connection. There is no additional software to download. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. A valid email address is required for registration. Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the class at least an hour before the start time. Registration opens 30 days before the start of the class and closes prior to the start of the class. To see a full class list, descriptions, and to register, please visit

Take & Make At Home Crafts!
Stop into the Strongsville Branch to see what the current take it and make it craft of the month is for All Ages. Each month the Youth and Adult Departments are offering free craft kits to take home while supplies last.

Take & Make Teen DIY Special Edition – Stress Balls!
Pick up supplies during the month of May while supplies last to make your own stress ball. Perfect for finals week or whenever life stresses you out.

Zoom Virtual Preschool Storytime. Tuesday, May 4th from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

James A. Garfield: Passionate Reader. Tuesday, May 4th / 7:00 p.m.
Join us for this VIRTUAL presentation as a local park ranger from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site will speak on James A. Garfield - he was a devoted reader of books on all different subjects. You will learn more about what he liked to read and the many books displayed in the Memorial Library and elsewhere in the Garfield Home.

Zoom Virtual Toddler Storytime. Wednesday, May 5th from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Virtual Storytime Baby & Me. Wednesday, May 5th from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Virtual Family Storytime. Thursdays, May 6th from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Virtual Studio Orientation. Saturday, May 8th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, May 10th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Have you ever thought about recording your own music, making a video, digitizing memories and more? The Strongsville Library is home to both Audio and Video Recording studios that can help you do just that! You must go through an orientation in order to use the spaces. During the COVID-19 pandemic these orientations will be held VIRTUALLY ONLY. We will offer orientations on both rooms, however, only the Video Studio is open during this time. Patrons 11 & up can participate in the orientation and must turn in the User Agreement form at the branch in order for the orientation to count. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Southwest General Health Talk: Healthy Summer Eating. Tuesday, May 18th / 10:00 a.m.
Join us for this virtual Zoom presentation! It's summer. . . Time to relax, but don’t take a vacation from healthy eating. Join Amy Dunbar, Lead Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from Southwest General Hospital, as she discusses ways to improve summer eating. She will share tips about nutrition and how to buy fresh ingredients and cook them on the grill to ensure healthy eating this summer.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, May 19th / 7:00 p.m.
Our Wednesday Evening Book Discussion has gone VIRTUAL and will be live on Zoom at 7p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We welcome all adults interested in reading and discussing great books! Our April discussion title will be The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library.

Podcast 101. Thursday, May 27th / 7:00 p.m.
Have you been wanting to start your own podcast? Well look no further! In this VIRTUAL event, successful podcaster, Matthew Aaron Diemer, will walk you through the steps on how to make your very own podcast. Please note that this workshop is geared towards Apple computer users.