SHS Weekly Update

February 12, 2022

Principal's Update

This week students will have an asynchronous day, on Friday 2/18, in which they will not be in school but will have the opportunity to work on "explore boards". I am attaching the message from Dr. Ryba, better explaining the process.


SMS / SHS Asynchronous Day Plans (2/18)

Dear SMS / SHS Parents:

As you know, our next Asynchronous Day is on Friday, February 18th. Over the past month, a committee of parents and staff has been working hard to develop engaging options for students on this day that supports learning, but maybe in a different path than our traditional school days, while taking into consideration the busy schedule of our parents and students on these days.

Bill Wingler


Student ‘Explore Boards’

To engage students in exciting learning and exploration activities on this day, we have created ‘Explore Boards’ - one for SMS / Grs. 6-8 and one for SHS / Grs. 9-12. You can click on the links below to access these boards. We have created plenty of options for exploration that can be done with or without technology, at home, or anywhere your child may be on this day. Teachers will also have these Explore Boards posted in their Google Classroom. Although we are sharing these boards now, there is no expectation that students work on them prior to Friday (2/18)

  • Click here to access the Explore Board for SHS / Grs. 9-12

‘Explore Boards’ Directions

  • Students should engage in as many of the Explore Board activities and experiences as they can based on what sparks their interest.

  • Next to the title of each cell is a reflection link that is unique to that activity. There is also a link to all of the reflection forms in the center cell. If a student completes an activity, s/he will click on the reflection link for that cell and complete the brief reflection no later than Tuesday, February 22nd by 7AM.

  • For every Explore Board activity / reflection completed, students will be entered into a grade-level raffle for the chance to win some exciting prizes. The more activities students complete, the more entries they will have in the raffle!

  • If parents / students would like to share a picture / post of the work being done on the Explore Board activities on social media, use the #SCSExplores hashtag.

Teacher-Assigned Work

Some teachers may require your child to complete certain cells on the Explore Boards, such as the ‘Classwork Catch Up’ or ‘Organize’ option or engage in an activity to extend their learning from previously learned topics. If work is assigned outside of the Explore Boards, it will be limited and there will be no requirement to log on at a specific time to meet as a class on Friday.

I hope you and your children have a fun day and a wonderful long weekend together exploring all of these great learning opportunities!


Dr. Cameron M. Ryba


We want to attach a positive reward for students that complete any part of the Explore Board before Tuesday 02/22 at 7:00 am. On Friday I will send out a google form and students can upload picture evidence for each square completed. For each square completed we will put the student's name into a drawing for 10 students to win either Canes or Dibellas for a free meal. One grand prize winner will win a free quarter zip.

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Student Pride

Last week I had the pleasure of enjoying one of the best high school basketball games I have ever seen. Although we lost a close one it made me very proud to see a student section at freshman, JV, and Varsity games.

We want to see our students at games the rest of the season. Please come out and support your Mustang teams.

We want to pack the house all three nights this week:

This week our boys team plays on Tuesday 2/15 and Friday 2/18

Our girls team starts their playoff run on Thursday 2/17.

If you love Hockey our Hockey team plays Sunday in Brooklyn at the Barron Cup championship. The team is undefeated in league play and having a great season.

Gymnastics start their sectional playoff run on Monday 2/21

Wrestling starts their sectionals at SHS on Saturday 2/26.

Our Dance team starts their state run another week with a big competition at Avon Lake on 3/7.

Today, Saturday, our swim teams are at CSU starting their playoff run.


On Friday 2/18 SHS will host OMEA competition for our amazing music program
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Strongsville City Schools has an excellent Maintenance Department. This team does not hesitate when it comes to tackling both planned and unplanned projects. Our Maintenance Department features a variety of skill levels and expertise, which allows them to handle many projects in-house. Click HERE to see one of the recent projects this department has taken on which will result in an annual cost savings for our District.


Last week, Strongsville High School participated in the 2022 English-Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition. Students submitted a recorded performance of a classic Shakespearan monologue. Three local actors, directors, and educators judged the performances and came to a consensus on the winners. SHS 11th graders Avery Scullin and Aubrey Kocsis will perform at the Cleveland Branch competition where a winner will be chosen to advance to the National competition in NYC. Congratulations to the Top 5 winners from SHS:

1st - Avery Scullin

2nd - Aubrey Kocsis

3rd - Caleb Webb

4th - Charlie Parsons

5th - Maya Elmouhawesse

Polaris Students of the Quarter

Congratulations to Jocelyn Huber and LeAnne Hawk Polaris student of the quarter.
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The annual “State of the Schools” presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM. This year’s event will be held at Strongsville Middle School and will also be livestreamed on our SCS TV website. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our District and all that makes Strongsville City Schools special. Do you have something you wish to be covered during our “State of the Schools” event? Click HERE to submit a topic/question - the most frequent comments and feedback will be addressed on February 23rd. This form will be open and accepting responses until Friday, February 11th at 5:00 PM.


Congratulations to students in Strongsville High School’s DECA program, led by Mrs. Naymik. Every student in this two-year marketing program participates in a district marketing competition against students from other high schools in addition to the marketing classes they take. Due to the pandemic, these students participated in the DECA District Competition virtually, taking a test and submitting a video of their role play presentation to the judges for grading. Both scores were factored into their final score. The top four individuals and the top three teams in each event earned a spot to compete at the state level. Out of the 91 students at Strongsville High School who competed, 60 of them qualified to participate in the Ohio DECA State Competition. Click HERE for the complete list of students headed to the state competition in March.


Congratulations to the following Strongsville High School student-athletes who announced their college commitments in a Signing Day event at SHS this week. These individuals will be continuing their academic and athletic careers at the college/university level:

Ethan Boyd - Otterbein University (Football)

Kyler Cubbison - Baldwin Wallace University (Soccer)

Fiona Dadas - Ashland University (Lacrosse)

Fergus DeLeon - University of Mount Union (Soccer)

Anthony Gentile - University of Dayton (Football)

William Hryszko - Kent State University (Football)

Braedon Kennedy - University of Mount Union (Soccer)

Ryan Krempa - Ashland University (Football)

Jacob Lloyd - Centre College (Cross Country/Track & Field)

Stephanie Mraz - Baldwin Wallace University (Softball)

Thomas Redella - Baldwin Wallace University (Soccer)

Dylan Reid - John Carroll University (Football)

Jillian Rymer - University of Mount Union (Swimming)

Shelby Topor - Cleveland State University (Softball)

Megan Yanke - Ursuline College (Lacrosse)

Click HERE for a video featuring each of the student-athletes’ thoughts on their athletic careers at SHS.

We are proud of your accomplishments both inside and outside of the classroom and know that you will continue to positively represent SHS at the next level - CONGRATULATIONS!

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Don’t miss the 4th Annual “Night at the Races” fundraising event, benefiting Strongsville Athletic Boosters. “Night at the Races” is scheduled for Saturday, February 19 at Michaud’s Event Center - doors open at 6pm, dinner is at 7pm. It’s a fun night of food, beverages, and horse racing! Tickets are available now for $50 each or $360 for a table of 8. Please contact Stephanie Kunovich at 440.429.7954 or to order tickets or click HERE. Horses are also available for purchase for $25 each. Winning horses for each race wins $50! To purchase horses, please email or click HERE. Call Strongsville Athletic Boosters President Keith Housum at 440.382.1824 with any questions about this upcoming event.


Strongsville City Schools, SAMP Health, and Nurse Practitioners Health Services have partnered to help reduce the stress on our hospitals with a FREE ($0 out of pocket costs) drive through COVID-19 testing opportunity at Pat Catan Stadium on Saturday, February 12 from 10:00am - 4:00pm. For entrance to the testing site, please access Rademaker-Miller Lane from Pearl Rd. Make sure you have a photo ID and your medical/health insurance card. PCR and Rapid Tests will be available. Click HERE for additional details.


Make plans for the entire family to attend the ‘Magic Gives Back’ event on Sunday, April 10 at 3pm in the Strongsville High School Auditorium. This exciting show features the unbelievable magic and stunning illusions of world-famous Rick Smith, Jr. Initial proceeds from this event will go toward the Kinsner Elementary PTA. If over 600 tickets are sold, additional proceeds will benefit Strongsville Council PTA. Invite friends and win prizes, including a backstage “Meet & Greet” and an Oculus Quest 2 - click HERE for details. Click HERE to purchase tickets.


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).


Tuesday, February 15 - 6:30pm
Strongsville Board of Education Special Meeting / Retreat
Polaris Career Center

Friday, February 18
Remote/Asynchronous Day for Students
Professional Development Day for SCS Staff

Monday, February 21
NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day

Wednesday, February 23 - 6:30pm
“State of the Schools” Presentation
Strongsville Middle School Auditorium
Click HERE to submit topics/questions you would like to see addressed - form will be open until February 11 at 5pm

Thursday, February 24 - 7:00pm
Strongsville Board of Education Meeting*
SCS Administrative Offices (18199 Cook Ave.)
* SCS Board of Education Meetings are live streamed HERE

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Registration Form for the Next Level Prep ACT Preparation Seminar

Strongsville High School, Thursday, February 24, 2022, 7:45 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

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Address ________________________________________________ Student ID Number _____________

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SENIOR Announcements - Cap & Gown and Panoramic Photo

If you have not placed your order for cap & gown, please do so by February 15th. You can place your order at

If you will be using a siblings cap & gown (you will still need to order a tassel). Please notify Mrs.Clifford at or Mrs. Orlosky at if you will be using a sibling's cap and gown.

Seniors will have the opportunity to be in the Class of 2022 panoramic photo. Seniors who would like to be in the photo should attend the senior assembly on February 16th during the second period (8:00am). Following the senior photo will be the announcement of the Senior Superlatives.

808 Shaved Ice - Looking for Summer Help!

The flyer below has a code to apply online to work at 808 shaved ice. Students, if you are interested in working at 808 please apply online.

Support SHS' LLS fundraiser

Please read the attachment about how you can support the Leukemia and Lymphoma fundraiser for the school.

There is a QR code for direct donations for the school.

Please open the attachment to see the hard work students have put into the LLS campaign.