January News Strongsville H.S.

January 2016

In this Month's Edition

  • Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honorary Inducts New Members
  • Renovation Update: Phase IV Opens
  • From the Desk of Mr. Smithberger
  • Receiving Grade Updates via Email
  • January's Featured Staff Member: Mr. Josh Sorge
  • Wellness Focus: Eating Disorders
  • Raising Cyber-Consciousness
  • December Photos
  • Upcoming January Events

Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honorary Inducts New Members

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On December 4th, Rho Kappa inducted 64 new members to its organization. Rho Kappa is a national organization that recognizes students' excellence in the area of social studies. The induction ceremony was led by SHS's social studies faculty and Rho Kappa's current officers:

  • Andrejs Alberentins, President
  • Donovan Dalessandro, Vice President
  • Gabrielle Bewie, Historian
  • Ritika Patel, Sergeant at Arms
  • Meghan Hayes, Secretary
  • Haley Brengartner, Treasurer

Congratulations to Rho Kappa's newest inductees!

Renovation Update: Phase III and IV Opens

The new year brought the opening of many newly renovated areas, including the auditorium, Little Theater, Aux I gym and many classrooms, offices and conference areas.
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From the Desk of Mr. Smithberger

Start of the 2nd Semester

Welcome to the start of second semester. I know it is hard to believe we are already to the second semester. As excited as we are for the 3rd quarter, this is historically the quarter our students have the most academic difficulty. For a variety of reasons, third quarter is traditionally the quarter where students have the lowest GPA. It could be the weather, the difficulty of coursework, or just that we have been in school for six months. Whatever the reason, please keep an eye on your child’s grades because if there is going to be a drop in grades, it usually happens during the third quarter. If we can be of any assistance to you, let us know.

As always, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to provide your child their high school education.

Receiving Grade Updates via Email

If you're looking for a simpler way to monitor your child's grades, consider setting up PowerSchool/PASS to send weekly updates to your email account.

Click here for a quick guide on how to do this.

Hint: Select "Weekly" for the frequency of emails. Daily emails tend to be too frequent.

January's Featured Staff Member: Mr. Josh Sorge

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Education/Training: Ohio University

Years at SHS: 14 years

Family: Dana (wife), Turner (14), Annabelle (12) Madalynne (10)

Additional SHS Contributions: Former SHS baseball coach from 2004-2013. State champions in 2006.

Why did you decide to be a teacher? I like working with young people. I had some great teachers in high school and wanted to give kids a similar experience that I had.

What do you like best about working at SHS? I really dig seeing kids achieve. Strongsville has so many talented young people. In addition, I enjoy working with our staff here at SHS.

What might students be surprised to learn about you? Prior to working at SHS, I was a college baseball coach at Ohio University, Georgia Tech, and the University of Hawaii.

Thank you, Mr. Sorge, for all you do to make SHS a great school!

Wellness Focus: Eating Disorders

It's that time of year, time for resolutions and diet commercials. With so much focus on weight loss, it's a good time to increase awareness about disordered eating and symptoms that may indicate a loved one might need help.

Eating disorders currently affect approximately 25 million Americans, mostly teenagers. An eating disorder is a disruption in eating behavior which may include an extreme reduction of food intake or overeating. An eating disorder may also entail a feeling of extreme concern or distress about body shape, size, weight, or appearance. The four most common eating disorders are: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder.

Anorexia Nervosa Symptoms

  • Extreme thinness
  • A relentless pursuit of thinness and unwillingness to maintain a normal or healthy weight
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Distorted body image, a self-esteem that is heavily influence by perceptions of body weight and shape, or a denial of the seriousness of low body weight
  • Lack of menstruation among girls and women
  • Extremely restricted eating

Bulimia Nervosa Symptoms

  • Recurrent and frequent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food and feeling a lack of control over these episodes
  • Binge-eating followed by behavior that compensates for the overeating such as forced vomiting, excessive use of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, excessive exercise, or a combination of these behaviors
  • Tend to have healthy or normal weight or may even be slightly overweight
  • Fear of gaining weight
  • Desperately want to lose weight
  • Intensely unhappy with body size and shape

Binge-Eating Disorder Symptoms

  • Loss of control over eating
  • Binge-eating that is not followed by purging, excessive exercise, or fasting
  • Often overweight or obese
  • Often experience guilt, shame and distress after binge-eating

SOURCE: Information from National Eating Disorders Association and National Institute of Mental

If you are concerned that someone you know may have an eating disorder, contact your guidance counselor.

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Do you want to know more about what your kids are doing online? Would you like to learn which social media sites teens are using now?

On January 21st at 7:00PM, Caroline Wathey from the Internet Crimes Against Children will be coming to discuss internet safety for children and teens. This presentation will help parents know more about their child's social media use as well as what can happen when kids use social media inappropriately.

Please RSVP for this event.

More December Highlights

Happy Holidays from SHS

Upcoming Events


14 - SHS PTA Meeting - 9:30 AM

14 - College Planning Meeting - 7:00 PM

15 - Early Release Day - school dismisses at 1:25 PM

18 - Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL

21 - Raising Cyber-Consciousness - Little Theater - Register online