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Mustangs in the Middle: Oct 21, 2016

In This Edition:

  • Winding Down: 1st Quarter
  • Jump Rope Club
  • Homework Help
  • Picture Re-takes
  • Red-Ribbon Week
  • Greet and Treat
  • Fall Sports Recap
  • Veteran's Day
  • PTA Update
  • Monday is a WHITE Day
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1st Quarter Nearing the End

First Quarter comes to a close on Friday, October 28. Please continue monitoring your child's grades on PASS, have conversations with him/her about progress and encourage any re-take opportunities that may be available on past assessments.

This has been quite a transition for most of our learners- I look forward to seeing how much our students grow, academically, come second quarter.

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Student Collaboration

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is next week (October 24th-October 28th)! The theme for Red Ribbon Week this year is "YOLO. Be Drug Free." On Monday, students will be given a red bracelet to wear for the week. Students will also be asked to sign the Red Ribbon Week Pledge which can be found on the SMS webpage. Students who sign the pledge will be entered into a raffle which will take place each day on the morning announcements (starting on Tuesday). There will be 6 raffle winners per day. To claim their raffle prize, students MUST be wearing their red ribbon week bracelet. On Thursday, Officer Don will be coming to visit during students' lunch periods for a chance to win some "cheesey DARE prizes." We will also have different dress-up days each day to show our commitment to being drug free. The dress up days are below:

Mon. 10/24: “RED Ribbon Spirit!” Wear Red

Tues. 10/25: “Put a CAP on drugs.” Wear your Favorite Hat!

Wed. 10/26: “Don’t let drugs MIX YOU UP.” Wear Mix & Matched Clothing!

Thurs. 10/27: “TEAM up against drugs.” Wear Sports Attire!

Fri. 10/28: “Give drugs the BOOT.” Wear Country and Western Gear!

Please encourage your child to participate!

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Homework Help

At Cuyahoga County Public Library, we view ourselves as partners to parents and schools in ensuring student success. As part of our organizational commitment to reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement, our Homework Centers and Homework Mentors programs will provide students in kindergarten through eighth grade with free access to afterschool homework help during the 2016-2017 school year.

The Homework Mentors program will be available at the Cuyahoga County Public Library Strongsville Branch Mondaythrough Thursday beginning Wednesday, October 19 to students in your school district between the hours of 4 PM and 6 PM. Students who participate in the program will receive homework assistance from trained staff in language arts, reading, math, science and social studies.

Cuyahoga County Public Library recognizes that homework is an important extension of the school day as it reinforces the lessons that take place in the classroom. We also recognize that students may struggle with their homework if they do not fully comprehend their lessons. To that end, our Homework Mentors will provide the guidance students may need to better comprehend their lessons and successfully complete their homework assignments.

We are asking for your school district’s support to help make our Homework Mentors program a success. Please help us to promote this valuable program to parents of all kindergarten through eighth grade students in your school district. For your convenience in publicizing this new service we have provided a PDF informational document suitable for print or email.

For additional information about the Homework Centers and Homework Mentors programs, we invite you to visitwww.cuyahogalibrary.org/homework, or contact our Literacy and Learning Division Director Pamela Jankowski by phone at 216.749.9353, or by email at pjankowski@cuyahogalibrary.org.

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Pringles Challenge

Jump Rope Club

Would your child be interested in joining a city-wide jump rope club for the 2016-2017 school year? If interested, please click HERE to complete a survey which will help with planning for this club. Please call Dot Hepp at 216.924.1475 or email dot.hepp@roadrunner.com with additional questions related to the jump rope club. Please complete the survey by October 26th.
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Dissecting Sheep Brains

Picture Re-Takes

Picture Retake Day is Thursday, October 27, in the auditorium. Retakes will start at 8:00. Students will be sent down individually from classes. The photographers will be on the stage the whole day. If a student needs a form, they will be available in the Main Office.
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Edible Photosynthesis

Greet & Treat

Greet & Treat

On Wednesday October 26th, from 6 -8pm, we will host the Greet and Treat here at Strongsville Middle School. This is an opportunity for the community to come in to the new building and see what student activities are taking place here in Strongsville City Schools.

Come and enjoy this activity to see all that our district has to offer.

Strongsville Greet and Treat

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Fall Sports Recap

Congratulations to all of our fall sports teams on fantastic seasons!

8th Grade Green Volleyball

Overall Record of 18-3 with a conference record of 11-2. They finished 2nd in Conference for the regular season yet, won the GCC Conference Tournament. The Green Team also won the Sara Glosik Brecksville Invitational. This was the first time a team from Strongsville has won this tournament since its inception in 2002.

8th Grade White Volleyball

Overall Record of 16-4 with a conference record of 14-2. They finished 2nd place in the conference.

7th Grade Green Volleyball

The girls had an overall record of 16-4 with a conference record of 14-2. They finished 1st place in the conference.

7th Grade White Volleyball

The girls finished with an overall record of 13-7 with a conference record of 10-6. They finished 3rd place in the conference.

8th Grade Football

The boys finished 5-3 along with a big win against Root 14-12.

7th Grade Football

The 7th grade boys finished the season 3-4-1 with more game time player participation than ever before.

Lots of player development took place this year with 22 different players starting each game for the Mustangs.

Cross Country

The cross-country team had a great season. All runners cut at least a minute or two off of their times from the first meet to the end of the season. All 7th grade runners plan to return for their 8th grade season. We also have the faster runner in the entire conference in Gus Miller! Congratulations on a great season, everyone.

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Pre-Algebra Scavenger Hunt

Veteran's Day Festivities

On Friday November 11, SMS will honor our own SMS Veterans and celebrate their service. Mrs. Peck will be putting together a slide show using pictures sent to her of SMS students' family members who are veterans of our military. Here is the procedure for your child to submit pictures:

For all SMS students and staff who have veterans in their family and would like them included in this year’s PPT, I need the following information e-mailed to me at jpeck@scsmustangs.org by Tuesday, November 1, 2016:

  • Student name
  • Student team
  • Veteran’s name
  • Veteran’s relationship to student
  • Branch of the military (example: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard)
  • Where/when served (example: Afghanistan, Desert Storm, WW 2)
  • Picture of veteran (or student and vet) in .jpeg format (included as an attachment)


NOTHING will be accepted after Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Information must be E-MAILED TO: jpeck@scsmustangs.org

Pictures MUST be in .jpeg format

PTA Update


The SMS PTA will be holding a special meeting on Monday, October 24, at 2:00pm to review and vote on Council Grant applications submitted by SMS teachers and staff. Per the rules of the Council Grant process, each unit must review and approve all requests from their unit before they can be submitted to the Council Grant Committee. This meeting should be brief and will be held in the Commons at SMS.


SMS Website: Click Here

District Fees: Click HERE

Box Tops: Box Tops Letter

PTA Form: PTA Membership Form

Important Dates

  • Oct 26: Greet & Treat 6-8 pm @ SMS
  • Oct 27: Picture Retakes
  • Oct 28: End of 1st Quarter
  • Nov 3: State of Schools 7-8 pm @ SMS
  • Nov 8: No School for Students
  • Nov 11: Veteran's Day Festivities
  • Nov 14: PTA Meeting 1:15