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Strongsville City Schools News (2016-17 Vol I, Iss 28)

Strong Schools. Strong Community. Strongsville.

In This Issue - March 17, 2017

  • Important Dates to Remember

  • 60 Seconds with the Superintendent

  • Superintendent Ryba Testifies in Columbus

  • Mustang Spotlight - Chapman Elementary Special Education Aide Joanne Cirigliano

  • SHS Choir & Band Contest Results

  • State Testing (AIR Tests) for 3rd-10th Graders Is Online This Year

  • Summer School Information

  • Wanted: Local Businesses for SHS Job Fair & Senior Project Experiences

  • College Credit Plus Registration

  • Kyrie Irving Youth Basketball ProCamp at SHS

  • Strongsville City Schools App & Syncing Your Calendar

  • “Love & Logic” Seminars

  • Community Events

Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, March 21 - 7:00pm
SMS Mid-Year Band Concert
SMS Auditorium
* Rescheduled from 3/14 Snow Day

Wednesday, March 22 - 7:00pm
All-City Choir Concert
SHS Auditorium

Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31
Spring Break

Thursday, April 6 - 6:00pm

SHS Science Expo
SHS Main Gym

Saturday, April 8 - 7:00pm

SHS Teen Idol
SHS Auditorium


Even though the weather might not have seemed so, this week marked a sure sign of spring - it was Kindergarten Registration Week for our District. The Class of 2030 was established as parents of our kindergarten students filled out the online forms and brought the necessary documents to enroll their children for classes in the fall. Click HERE for this week’s episode, as Mr. Marino (Kinsner Principal) and Dr. Raso (Surrarrer Principal) explain what makes kindergarteners a very special part of our District.


Last week, Superintendent Cameron Ryba had the opportunity to travel to Columbus and testify before the House Finance Subcommittee on Primary & Secondary Education. He joined representatives from Solon City Schools, Sycamore Community Schools, St. Bernard City Schools, and Granville Exempted Village Schools to share testimony regarding the impact of Governor Kasich’s proposed budget reductions on public schools around the state, which amounts to a $3.5 million reduction of state funding dollars for Strongsville City Schools in just one year. Superintendent Ryba’s full testimony may be found HERE.

Please make your voice heard and express your disappointment and opposition to the Governor’s proposed budget reductions. Your opinion matters and we encourage you to reach out to both State Representative Thomas Patton and State Senator Matt Dolan. Below are links to letters that can simply be printed, signed, and mailed. If email is preferred, the letters can be copied and sent to Representative Thomas Patton ( and Senator Matt Dolan (

Letter to State Representative Patton

Letter to Senator Dolan

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Mrs. Joanne Cirigliano is a Special Education Aide at Chapman Elementary. She has been with our District for 5 years, starting as a playground monitor, and has spent the last four years in her current position. A graduate of John Carroll University, Mrs. Cirigliano has experience working with adults with disabilities in residential settings, but has found a home with Strongsville City Schools.

“I love working with the students at Chapman. Each day brings new challenges. Our position is unique because not only do we teach our kids academics, but we also teach them the skills necessary to reach their individual goals. We have the privilege of getting to know their unique personalities and are able to teach each person based on their likes and dislikes and their wants and needs,” says Mrs. Cirigliano.

She also enjoys her work environment. “The special education department at Chapman is a great place to work. We have a team of teachers, aides, and other professionals who work as a team. Decisions about our kids are made collaboratively and the teachers and other professionals seek and value our opinions about the kids we assist.”

Thank you Mrs. Cirigliano for being an important part in the development of our students at Chapman!


Strongsville High School students recently participated in the OMEA State Choir & Band Contests. Congratulations to SHS Choral Director Vickie Eicher and SHS Band Director Brian King and the following groups:

Strongsville Symphonic Band - Excellent (II) Rating

Strongsville Wind Ensemble - Superior (I) Rating

Strongsville Cantorum - Superior (I) Rating

Strongsville Women’s Chorale - Superior (I) Rating


In a few weeks, students in 3rd-10th grade will be taking Ohio’s mandated state tests (AIR tests) in English Language Arts (reading/writing) and Math. Certain grade levels will also be taking other subject areas, as well. An important reminder that all tests will be online this year, as mandated by the State of Ohio. Please click HERE for additional information on upcoming AIR tests.


Elementary Grades 2-3

  • June 12th – 30th / Monday-Friday / 9:00am-11:30am / Strongsville HS Media Center
  • By invitation only (no cost)
  • Letters will be sent home in the coming weeks
  • Summer School Principal - Mr. Greg Pollock, Chapman Elementary Principal

Middle & High School Grades 7-12

  • June 12th – 30th / Monday-Friday / 7:30am-11:30am or 12:00pm-4:00pm dependent on course schedule @ SHS
  • $175 per course / ($225 non-resident)
  • Courses offered for credit advancement - Economics, Health, Physical Education, Personal Finance

In addition, SCS will offer Middle School and High School courses online for credit recovery (June 13-July 13, 2017), Monday through Thursday (AM). Please work with your building Principal and/or counselor to determine if your student is in need of summer school. All courses are online with open lab hours in the mornings for teachers to meet with students and assist with questions. These lab hours are mandatory for middle school students and optional for high school students. Registration forms will be available on the district website in the coming month. Our summer school administrator is Mr. Greg Pollock, Chapman Elementary Principal.


Attention local businesses - there are two opportunities to partner with Strongsville High School in the coming months. SHS is hosting a Job Fair on May 17th, giving businesses the chance to interview students for potential part-time/summer work. SHS is also in need of businesses to sponsor Senior Projects for students interested in exploring career options. Please click HERE for a letter outlining additional details and information.


College Credit Plus provides students with the opportunity to take college classes offered by any Ohio public college or university, or from any participating private postsecondary institution, at SHS, on the college or university campus, or online. The program allows students to explore college interests sooner and to earn college credits toward a degree before graduating from high school. It is free to families when students take courses offered by Ohio public colleges and universities.

Students are now able to notify the high school’s main office of their interest to participate, and must declare their intent to participate by April 1. This includes students who participated in the first and/or second year of College Credit Plus.


Mustang basketball players, don’t miss your opportunity to attend a two-day camp featuring Cavs All-Star Kyrie Irving. The camp is open to boys and girls in grades 1-12 and will be held July 8-9 at Strongsville High School. Click HERE for more information and registration details.


The new Strongsville City Schools app has many great features, including a calendar of our District events. Choose a school (or multiple schools) in your settings to view the calendar events on a daily basis. The calendar is on the main page of the app.

If you are interested in syncing the calendars posted on our District website to your calendar without downloading the new app, try these:

iCal Feed: Use the iCal feed to subscribe to the calendar using your calendar software. Connect the iCal feed to Google Calendar, Apple iCal, Mozilla Thunderbird, and many other calendar programs.

RSS Feed: Subscribe to the Calendar RSS feed by clicking the RSS feed button and then follow the directions to add the feed to your feed reader.

Directions for adding a calendar on the District website to your Google calendar:

1. Click ICAL button on calendar

2. Click "Copy Link" button

3. Open Google Calendar

4. Click the down arrow beside "Other calendars"

5. Click "Add by URL"

6. Paste the link you copied earlier into the URL field

7. Click "Add Calendar

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A fantastic “Love & Logic” seminar was held this past week. Don’t miss two more informative “Love & Logic” seminars for parents, courtesy of the SCS Guidance Department and the Strongsville Civic Group:

Wednesday, April 12 "Parenting with Calmness”

Wednesday, April 26 “Teaching Responsibility for Academic Success”

Each of the seminars will be held at Strongsville Middle School from 7-8pm. Click HERE for additional information and to RSVP.


Healthy Kids Day 2017

Join the YMCA of Greater Cleveland for the sixth annual Healthy Kids Day at The Q on Saturday, March 25 from 3:00pm-5:00pm! There will be activities and fun for the entire family. Make it a play date - it's FREE and open to everyone! Click HERE for additional details.

Head Start Basketball Camps

The 25th annual Head Start Basketball Camps for boys and girls in grades 1-6 will emphasize the FUN-damentals of basketball with individual attention given to each camper. The camps will not only provide a fundamental base for each player, but will also be a fun and enjoyable experience for each and every camper! The camps will be directed by former Strongsville High School and Kent State University player Mike Klinzing who has more than 25 years of basketball camp experience.

The Head Start Basketball Camps will be held at Strongsville High School. There are four weeks of camp to choose from: June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, & July 10-14, 2017. Each camp runs from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. The cost of the camp is $85. Please contact Mike Klinzing at 216-392-4059 or for more information or click the following link to register:

Olmsted Performing Arts Musicals

Olmsted Performing Arts has two upcoming musicals for the entire family (click below for additional information):

Snoopy The Musical
- March 24-26 at The Parma Snow Library Auditorium

The Little Mermaid - April 21-23 at The Elyria High School Performing Arts Center

To purchase tickets, call 440.973.4363 or visit

Olmsted Performing Arts is also hosting a week-long camp for students on Spring Break the week of March 24th. Click HERE for additional information.

Strongsville Youth Lacrosse
Are you interested in playing lacrosse this spring? You're not alone; lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the USA and Strongsville has had youth teams since 2008. Registration is open now, with indoor practices already underway. Outdoor season begins in late March and runs through May. Come see why we're America's fastest growing sport. Boys (Grades 2nd-6th) & Girls (Grades 4th-8th) teams are forming now. Register today at!

Cleveland Youth Rowing Association

Cleveland Youth Rowing Association would like to invite students to come check out rowing. Come by, learn more, and jump in! No experience necessary. Practices held Monday through Friday 4:45-7pm at The Foundry (1831 Columbus Road in The Flats). Please reach out with any questions to or check our website for more middle and high school rowing opportunities:

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

Strongsville Young Professionals

Cleveland Monsters Game

Tuesday, March 21st - 7pm

Tickets - $15 per person

Register & purchase tickets at

Business After Hours Event

Thursday, March 30th - 5:30pm-7:30pm

Brown Aveda Institute


April Business Luncheon

Tuesday, April 18th - 11:30am

Ehrnfelt Recreation Center

Luncheon features guest speakers Beth Gantz & Lisa Hutson. $20 per person. Register at

All Chamber Day Golf Outing

Monday, May 8th - 11:00am

Weymouth Country Club

Register HERE

Transition Bootcamp

Introducing Transition Boosters 2017! These booster sessions are intended to provide information on the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Families, individuals with disabilities, educators, and other professionals are invited to attend these sessions at no charge. Please see this FLYER for additional details and session offerings.

Strongsville Library

Please note the following March 2017 events at the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration is required for most events. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. All events sponsored by our Friends of Strongsville Branch Library. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

Year-Round Story Times!

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers story time sessions year-round for children Birth to Age 5. Our current story time sessions are in full swing! Please call the library for more information about our Winter story time sessions.

Strongsville Branch Library Fundraiser - the Friends of the Strongsville Branch Library have partnered with local roaster Red Cedar Coffee to sell Library Lovers' Brew at the branch, with sales supporting the Library. Twelve-ounce bags of ground regular and decaf are $8.99 each. Stop in and pick up a special gift for yourself and a friend!

2017 Strongsville Branch Library Reading Challenge!

We challenge you to resolve to read in 2017! Adults 18 and over – stop in to the Strongsville Branch Library today to pick-up a Reading Challenge bookmark. Complete the 10 reading tasks and be entered to win a Kindle Fire courtesy of the Friends of Strongsville Library. Contest ends December 1, 2017. One entry per person.

Build It! – A Preschool S.T.E.A.M. program. Ages 3 – 5 with parent or caregiver. Saturday, March 18th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Explore various S.T.E.A.M. concepts as you build amazing structures with a wide variety of blocks and other construction toys.

Parkfit Mall Walkers Wellness Talk: "Ways to Cope with Everyday Anxiety" Tuesday, March 21st from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Join us the third Tuesday of each month for this special wellness talk sponsored by Southwest Hospital. Our speaker this month will be Marlene Kurz speaking on ways to cope with anxiety. The ParkFit Mall Walkers Club is a combined effort of Southwest General and South Park Mall in Strongsville. The Club provides an opportunity for community residents to improve their health by walking for exercise in a safe, interesting and climate-controlled facility. Walk at the mall first, then come over to the Library for this informative wellness talk! For more information call (440) 816-4037.

American Red Cross Blood Drive. Wednesday, March 22nd from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In just an hour of your time you can help save up to three lives. Make sure hospital patients get the treatment they need. Donate blood today. For more information or to make an appointment, visit or call the American Red Cross at (216)431-3010.

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. Meets the 4th Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m.

New Members Welcome! Our next discussion will be held on Monday, March 27th. This month we will be discussing My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk. Join us for great conversation!

Creative Gardening in Containers. Monday, March 27th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Big yard, small yard, no yard - - Come learn how to garden creatively in containers. There is no limit to what you can grow: herbs, vegetables, annuals and perennials. The Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County will share with you what you need to know to get started and successfully garden in contains through the seasons.

Heinen’s Healthy Living Seminar: Probiotics. Thursday, March 30th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Debbie Piper, wellness consultant and a Registered Dietitian at the Strongsville Heinen's store, will discuss probiotics. What are they? Where do they come from, and how do you incorporate them into a nutritious diet plan?