SHS Weekly Update

Halloween Edition

Principal's Update

This past week the high school had quite a bit going on. Our Special Education students had a Soctober fundraiser that collected over 1200 pairs of socks for those in need. Mr. Scott's class was the winner of the contest collecting over 300 pairs.

The Girl's Soccer team won the district championship (again), both boy's and girl's cross country teams qualified for the Regional meet, our Choir had their first concert, and we hosted to greet and treat at Catan.

It was a great week for the Mustangs!

New Quarantine Rules - Mask to Stay

Based on the Ohio Department of Health guidelines there are new protocols for those who are in direct contact of a COVID positive case.

I am attaching updated district operating procedures below.

The biggest change is that students who are unvaccinated and are NOT wearing a mask do not have to quarantine moving forward. Per ODH and Strongsville district policy the students will have to wear masks in school for 14 days following the date of exposure.

This puts our staff in an awkward position of having to police this policy. A student who agrees to wear their mask to avoid quarantining will not be asked to put it back on multiple times and if the student takes the mask off after being asked at least once they will then be placed into quarantine.

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Happy Halloween from the SHS office staff.

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Did You Know

Issue 68, the renewal levy for Strongsville City Schools, is on the ballot. This is a renewal levy which means no new taxes and the opportunity to provide financial stability for our District for at least the next five years. Strong school districts don’t happen by themselves. It takes strong support from the community, including engaged partnerships with families and local businesses, to become the very best for our students. We are grateful for our community’s past support and hope that our current efforts have earned your continued trust. CLICK HERE for a video message about Issue 68 from SCS Superintendent Dr. Cameron Ryba.
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We appreciate our PTA and their efforts to raise money for various programs and resources in our District. Through many volunteer hours and passionate dedication, our PTA Council and the individual PTA units for each school are an important part of the SCS community. Click HERE for this week’s ‘60 Seconds’ episode and to learn more about the ways PTA supports Strongsville City Schools.


Make plans to enjoy showchoir performances from Berea High School, Westlake High School, the ETC Performing Arts School, and our very own “Mustang Express” at the “BOO”-tiful Showcase of Showchoirs event. This “frightfully great time” is scheduled for TOMORROW (Saturday, October 30th) at 7:00pm in the SHS Auditorium. See Halloween-themed performances from very talented high school singers and dancers throughout this “spooky night” of music. Tickets are $5 at the door (senior citizens are FREE!).


On Wednesday November 3, the Strongsville High School Theatre Program will be holding a Raising Cane's fundraiser from 10am to 10pm to help support its live, in-person fall production of Almost, Maine. Please consider ordering from the Strongsville Raising Cane’s location (14356 Pearl Rd.) on Wednesday to help recoup many of the funds necessary for props, set pieces, costumes, licensing rights, scripts, etc. Click HERE for the flyer to present when ordering.

The SHS Fall Play, Almost, Maine will take the stage on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 at 7pm in the SHS Auditorium. Purchase your tickets in advance HERE ($10 - General Admission for Adults; $5 - General Admission for Students and District Employees) or pay at the door on the night of the performance (cash only).


Mrs. Alana Bendetta is in her 12th year at Strongsville High School. Mrs. Bendetta teaches French and is also the World Language Department Chair for SHS. She is a lifelong resident of Strongsville - she graduated from Strongsville High School (Class of 2005), received her undergraduate degree from the University of Akron, and also earned her graduate degree from Baldwin Wallace.

“For as long as I can remember, being a French Teacher at Strongsville High School was my dream. Being able to teach with teachers who inspired me to become a teacher is an added bonus. I am truly so happy to be teaching my passion to others and hopefully inspiring students to continue their learning outside of the classroom,” said Mrs. Bendetta

“Above all, I love making genuine connections with my students. I believe that mutual respect and trust is essential in creating a positive classroom environment and I love how students come in happy, open, and willing to try new things. Their curiosity and overall kindness can turn any bad day into a good one.”

Thank you Mrs. Bendetta for bringing world languages to life at Strongsville High School! #WeAreStrongsville


THANK YOU to the Strongsville community for participating in another successful (& FUN) “Greet & Treat” event. This annual family-friendly trick-or-treat night was held for the first time outdoors at Pat Catan Stadium and saw a record crowd attend. Donations were also collected for the Strongsville Food Bank and more than $2,000 was raised in food and cash donations for this worthwhile organization!


Make plans to visit the SHS Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 6th from 9am - 2pm at Strongsville High School. The Craft Fair will feature local artwork, homemade crafts, jewelry, bakery items, and much more! Admission is just $1 and all proceeds will benefit the SHS Yearbook Club and the SHS Cheerleaders. Click HERE for the event flyer.


Don't miss the "Electrify Your Symphony" concert with world-renowned violinist Mark Wood, featuring SMS and SHS orchestra performances, on Friday, November 19. Two shows are scheduled - get your advanced tickets for the 6:00pm show HERE & for the 8:30pm show HERE.


The COVID-19 vaccination is a key to keeping Ohio’s students in the classroom, and that’s why the Ohio Department of Health has launched Ohio Vax-2-School. Ohioans between the ages of 12 and 25 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination have the chance to win one of 150 $10,000 scholarships and one of five $100,000 scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education. The entry period is now open. To learn more about this initiative or to submit an entry, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.


The Strongsville Athletic Boosters are selling raffle tickets to win a 2022 Chevy Trailblazer LS AWD donated by Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville. The vehicle is on display in front of the SCS bus lot on Pearl Road. Tickets may be purchased for $20 each. All proceeds benefit Strongsville Athletics. The raffle drawing will be held on December 3, 2021 at the Strongsville High School Boys Basketball Game. This year, a 2nd Place Prize of $500 and a 3rd Place Prize of $100 will also be awarded! Purchase tickets online at or from any SHS or SMS student-athlete.

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. Click HERE for additional Stay Safe. Speak Up! Information on the District’s website. Reporting incidents can be made anonymously online or through a toll free number (​1-866-listen2me / 1-866-547-8362).


Have questions about our District Operating Procedures for this school year? You can view a recorded presentation by Superintendent Ryba HERE and view the presentation slides HERE.

Leaving for Lunch

We have had some recent issues with students leaving for lunch and and getting let in the building in other doors instead of the main entrance. This is a safety issued for our building. Students leaving for lunch that we catch will be receiving a Saturday school where they will serve a 2 hour detention from 8am -10am. These detentions will be covered by an administrator. We have also had attempted deliveries by doordash which also comes to doors where students are letting them in. Doordash is being notified that they are not to bring deliveries to the school. Any student ordering door dash and opening doors to allow them in will also receive a Saturday detention. Finally students will no longer be allowed to sit by the side doors at lunch. Students will be in the lunchroom during lunch time. As a reminder there is no food in the auditorium study hall.